International

Canadian freedom to read isn\'t free

According to an old story in The Globe and Mail, sent in by alert reader Robert Aubin, (which I can\'t find),
Canadian authorities show
an alarming tendency to \"appease a narrow and sometimes extreme constituency\". You can check out this

WebSite for more information.


\"Canada enjoys a Charter of Rights and Freedoms which protects our right to free
expression. Yet it takes constant vigilance, determination and, sadly,
sometimes a lot of money to protect those rights against authorities who should
know better,\"

English Words Verboten in Germany

Lee Hadden Writes:\"Word lovers may be interested in a new trend to eliminate English words
creeping into the German language usage through globalization. Politicians
and other \"Kultur Fuhrers\" are beginning a populist move to create an
\"Academy for the Cultivation and Protection of the German Language,\" similar
in concept to the French Academy, which will search for German language word
substitutes for foreign words being used in German.
The English press, as usual, is having a lot of fun with this. One
English tabloid ran the story under the headlines \"Germans Haff Vays of
Banning English\"


Read more about it in the Washington Post

New targets for libraries

The BBC in Reporting that libraries are
being given new standards to meet as part of a drive to
improve services across England.

\"My hope is that the publication of these
standards and the pressure they will bring to bear on
library authorities will help to reverse the drift towards
reduced opening hours.\"

Divide and rule out

Helga Cronje was kind enought to suggest This Story from The Gaurdian on the not-so vast reach of the internet. They say not even 2% of the world\'s population is linked to the net, most people on the planet have not even made a telephone call and there are more telephone lines in a big city like Tokyo than in the whole of sub-Saharan Africa. Looks like we have a long way to go.

Resolution on the Draft ALA International Relations Agenda

New on the SRRT International Responsibilities Task Force web site, a Resolution on the Draft ALA International Relations Agenda from the 2000 annual conference. ALA released its proposed international relations agenda, and SRRT members, being the conscience of ALA (and I don\'t mean that ironically), responded with a very thoughtful resolution which said the things that needed to be said. Will the right people listen? I hope so.


What do you think?

Digital Library Initiatives Across Europe

Computers In Libraries has a report on how the Digital Library thing is going in Europe. They also include a nice definition of the term, \"Digital Library\".

\"Digital libraries are organizations that provide the resources, including the specialized staff, to select, structure, offer intellectual access to, interpret, distribute, preserve the integrity of, and ensure the persistence over time of collections of digital works so that they are readily and economically available for use by a defined community or set of communities\"

Microsoft Spends $5 Million on Chile

Bill Gates is giving $5 Million dollars get libraries in Chile hooked up to the Internet. Chile was chosen because of it has a history of open access. Read the full story from the Seattle Times.\"The program, announced Tuesday, would put an estimated 1,200 computers in the libraries and would pay for librarians\' Internet training. Microsoft Corp., which Bill Gates co-founded in 1975, will separately give $1.2 million in software.\" -- Read More

Independent libraries crop up in communist Cuba

CNN has a Story on the independant libraries down in Cuba.

\"\"This has nothing to do with freedom of expression, nor does it have anything to do with literature or culture,\"

Lebanon National Library Rebuilding

The Daily Star has a story on the national library, that after years of war and neglect, is having somethings restored. Plans are going ahead with the renovation of a building to house what has made it throgh the war. The new national library will be the present School of Law at the Lebanese University in Sanayeh.

“The process of rehabilitating the library has been divided into two general phases. During the first phase, which will take between three and four years, the books will be cleaned, sorted and organized in their current temporary location at the Science Library of the Lebanese University’s Hadath campus.” -Maud Stephan, the director of the National Library Rehabilitation Project

Bill Says send Meds, not Windows

Wired has a Story on the Digital Dividends conference. A gaggle of important rich geeks and bankers got together to talk about using information technologies to spur development and create markets among the world\'s poor [Read: How to make money off the 3rd world]. It took Bill Gates to set them straight. He says to fix problems of disease and literacy first, then maybe worry about computers later.

\"The percent of growth that an IT firm like Hewlett-Packard will get from people who make less than a dollar a day is minimal,\" Gates said. \"Do people have any concept of what it means to live on less than a dollar a day? There\'s no electricity. Do they have PCs that don\'t use electricity?\"

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