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Women in Canadian Librarianship and Bibliography

The National Library of Canada has a website called Celebrating Women\'s Achievements. In the Women in Canadian Librarianship and Bibliography section, the National Library highlights \"10 women who have made significant contributions to the development of library services and bibliographical research in Canada\".
One of these women was Newfoundland librarian Jessie Mifflen.
Jessie Mifflen\'s mandate was to visit and establish public libraries in various parts of the province. In the early days, her visits were made by dogteam, bush plane, small boat and coastal steamer. Many of her trips took days and, in some cases, weeks. However, when she retired in 1972 more than 50 new libriares had been established throughout the province.
You can read about all ten of these librarians here.

Scotland\'s National Library Overbooked

Scotland\'s National Library, unlike the Library of Congress, collects all the books and magazines published in the UK. So, it\'s no surprise that it is already outgrowing the extension built in 1984. Among the unusual items preserved at the library are an ancient Buddhist text and some of Robert Burns\' manuscripts. The Edinburgh Evening News Online has the full story.

The Library as Cornerstone of a National Identity

. . . in this case the new library at Addis Ababa University\'s Institute of Ethiopian Studies:

Ethiopian studies today, at the beginning of the twenty-first century, faces one of its greatest challenges, and one in which we appeal for help from all readers. Since its establishment in 1963, the Institute has made itself central to the study of Ethiopia, in all areas of scholarship. Ethiopia has an age-old tradition of indigenous learning, in which its people can feel proud.

However, as far as the modern study of the country is concerned, most scholars of Ethiopia, prior to the founding of the Institute of Ethiopian Studies, lived outside the country; virtually all works on Ethiopia, including scholarly periodicals, were published abroad; academic gatherings on the country were held almost exclusively in other countries, indeed continents . . .

The major problem - and challenge - for today relates to the Institute Library, which, as far as possible, collects all works produced inside or outside Ethiopia . . . The [present] building . . . was planned for State Receptions, not for the storage of millions of books, manuscripts, pamphlets, and newspapers, and is, we believe, groaning under the weight of so much scholarly material. (It groans, but it wants more).

The Society, and the Institute, is appealing to all individuals and institutions of good-will to assist in the noble endeavour of building the New Library: we appeal to Ethiopian intellectuals, and to the media, to help with creating awareness of the importance of the Library and Museum project; to the Ethiopian business community at home and abroad . . . to Ethiopian and foreign corporations and foundations; to the diplomatic community . . . and to the ordinary man, woman or child in the street.

More from allAfrica.

Trinidad & Tobago National Library Named for Naipaul

From the St. Vincent and the Grenadines Herald:

Who said a prophet is not honoured in his own country, even if he has has lived away from home for nearly 40 years?

The Trinidad and Tobago Government has announced plans to name the soon-to-be-opened National Library Complex in the capital after its famous son Sir Vidia S (VS) Naipaul, who recently won the Nobel prize for literature.

The complex which is nearing completion will be named the \" Sir Vidia S Naipaul National Library Complex of Trinidad and Tobago,\" the Sunday Guardian quoted Education Minister Ganga Singh as saying. \"There is no better way to encourage our children to read, and our scholars to excel, with this icon of achievement held up before them,\" Singh said.

More via World News.

Freedom Forum International News Libraries

Find out more about the life of a librarian at Freedom Forum International News Library in Budapest, Hungary in this interesting article. There are other articles about Freedom Forum Libraries in other countries.
The Freedom Forum is a \"nonpartisan foundation dedicated to free press, free speech and free spirit for all people\". It\'s sad to note, then, that they will be closing all international operations at the end of 2001 and discontinuing all international programs. I don\'t know the reasons, but it seems a shame.

Progressive Librarians Around the World

Progressive
Librarians Around the World
, originally created by
Raimund Dehmlow of Germany and off the web for a few
months, is now on libr.org
and being updated and maintained by Rory Litwin.

What it is is a directory of progressive, library-related
organizations and publications in different countries (or
individuals in cases where we don\'t know about a group in
that country).

The site also contains a \"Preliminary Statement of
Unifying Principles\" which some of you may find
interesting.

Librarians Against War

\"Librarians Against War,\" at http://libr.org/peace/,
is a small new website collecting statements by librarians
opposed to war.
It is the new home of the Emergency Declaration written by
Mark Rosenzweig
and signed by 280 people, as well as similar letters
written over the past
few years, and the Peace Telegram, sent to President
Roosevelt by the
Progressive Librarians Council in 1940.

Cuban Libraries Under the Embargo

Eliades Acosta Matos, director of the José Martí National Library, reports on Cuban libraries under the embargo:

The cost of the embargo to the cultural life of the Cuban nation is immense and difficult to reduce to numbers. Still, it can be gleaned from the difficulties we face in acquiring the paper we need to print books, magazines and journals, and in obtaining the oil we need to generate the electricity that ensures, for instance, that our public libraries are not forced to reduce their evening hours . . . Of course, other technologies as well, computers, photocopy machines, microfilm readers, television sets or music players, items essential to the daily operation of any library, also face these same travel-related restrictions. And how could there be a normal and fluid exchange between Cuban and American colleagues when U. S. citizens face a fine of up to 250,000 dollars and ten years imprisonment if they travel, for instance, to a library conference in Cuba without first obtaining a license from the U. S. Treasury Department?

More from Movable Type. Thanks to librarian.net.

EMERGENCY DECLARATION FOR A HALT TO PREPARATIONS FOR BOMBING AFGHANISTAN

Mark Rosenzweig has written an emergency
declaration
for librarians to sign expressing their
opposition to preparations for war on Afghanistan. So far
it has around 160 signatures (it is Wednesday night). The
above link leads to a web page where you can add your
signature. The declaration is copied here:

National Library of Australia Celeberates Centennial

The other ABC News reports on the Centennial of the Australian National Library this past Sunday, September 23rd. Among the celebrations include author readings, tour, exhibitions and a circus group.

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