International

New Library Promps Hopes for Intellectual Revival in Egypt

Doesn\'t sound too bloody likely, however:

[As] the new library\'s credentials grew -- and $200 million poured in from Persian Gulf states, the United Nations and other international donors to finish the building -- the book collection expanded slowly but with no guiding principle. There is no set budget for acquisitions, and the previous director was criticized for his willingness to accept any donated tome that came through the door. His policy, detractors warned, threatened to create an 8 million volume attic of castoffs instead of the \"lighthouse for thought\" spoken of by its chief patron, Egyptian first lady Suzanne Mubarak. As of now about 200,000 \"so-so\" volumes are in hand, Serageldin said, including outdated travel and investment guides and old copies of the Guinness Book of World Records.

[More from the Washington Post .]

Afghanistan bans internet

The ruling Taliban in Afghanistan have implemented a country-wide ban on using the Internet as it seeks to control \"those things that are wrong, obscene, immoral and against Islam\". The full, sad story from Newsfactor.

A History of the National Library of Australia

The National Library of Australia is celebrating 100 years down under. They\'ve set up a Nifty Website [The Text Version is nice too], that details the full history.

No Worries Mate!

Belgium at the Cuban National Library

A short piece on \"Belgium: Two Looks,\" a newly opened photography exhibit at the Cuban National Library:

Klaude Kacking, director of the newspaper Cuban Review, which is sponsoring the exhibition, noted that two years of professional work had gone into the display and that it had received support from the Kingdom of Belgium’s embassy in Cuba, the National Library and a group of other sponsors. He noted that the exhibition had first been displayed in Brussels before moving to Havana, allowing the two cities to get to know each others’ cultures and peoples, through a display that characterizes the now traditional ties of friendship. He also noted that it was significant that the exhibition was opened on February 14, the international day of lovers. [More from Granma Internacional.]

More on Cuban\'s expanding relationship with
Belgium, also from Granma

First national conference of the APA

Alistair Kwun was kind enough to pass along This Story from asianweek.com
on the First national conference of the Asian
Pacific American Librarians, that was held in San
Francisco back in June.
It was the combined forces of the APALA and the
CALA.

It\'s library week in Botswana

Today marks the beginning of Library Week, hosted by the Botswana National Library Service reports this story from the Botswana Press Agency. The theme is \"Libraries - Gateway to an informed and educated nation\", to link in with Vision 2016, by which Botswana aims to be an informed and educated nation. It will be celebrated in public, special and education libraries and village reading-rooms.

Libraries forced to charge to make ends meet

This story from The Jerusalem Post tells how possibly 50% of Israel\'s public libraries have been reduced to charging patrons to borrow books, even though charging fees is illegal. This is the only way they can stay open because they are so short of money. Librarians and library supporters have been demonstrating in front of Jerusalem\'s main public library to try to get the extra funding needed.

Medical journals at knock-down prices

Six major journal publishers have agreed to offer researchers and students in developing countries either free or dramatically discounted online access to their medical journals, reports this story from the New York Times. This comes in response to a request from the World Health Organization and covers \"about 1,000 of the world\'s top 1,240 medical journals\". However, there is still work to be done as not all the institutions have the computers on which to access these online journals and the big university presses still have to be asked. But did you know that access to the British Medical Journal and The Lancet have been free for years?
[NB. You will need to register for a free NYTimes password to access this article.]

How I now ended up packing to move to Aruba!

Richard R.
Shook
has written a nice look at how he found a
job in sunny Aruba. If you\'ve ever thought of getting out
of North America, see how he did it, and maybe you can
join him!
He writes:

\"On March 3 I signed a contract to be the
Librarian at the International School of Aruba. On my
school librarians‚ listserv (lm_net) over 30 librarians
asked me questions and then I was asked to jot a few
notes about the experience of finding an international
school job. Here, I\'ll try to address these requests. -- Read More

America\'s Chronicles: only in Canada

Cabot writes \"A small Ottawa company is gearing up to store more than 300 years of the United States\' most precious memories in Canada\'s capital.


Cold North Wind, which digitizes newspapers so
they can be searched and viewed over the Internet,
has teamed with the National Newspaper Association
(NNA) in a deal that will see Cold North digitize
microfilmed editions of 3,600 NNA-member newspapers, bringing as many as 500 million news
pages to Internet.

Full Story \"

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