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Digital library of Chinese Buddhist texts debuts

A collaboration between the National Library of China and the British Library has resulted in the Digital Dunhuang Website:

The Dunhuang Library Cave in northwest China was accidentally found by a Taoist priest when he was clearing sand from the No. 16 grotto on June 22, 1900. The cave, sealed for 850 years, holds more than 50,000 relics dating from the 4th to 11th centuries.

However, these documents became scattered around the world. The NLC has collected over 16,000 pieces and the BL more than 13,000.

Ren Jiyu, director of the National Library of China, said the situation had been \"very inconvenient for Dunhuang research.\"

\"To make Dunhuang documents accessible to scholars and let manymore people know about Dunhuang as well as share these treasured resources . . the NLC and BL signed an agreement to collaborate on the International Dunhuang Project (IDP) to present images of Dunhuangdocuments and information on scholars and their researches on the website,\" he said.

Complete article from the \"People\'s Daily\". More from the British Library.

New Library & Info Science Discussion Site

Allen writes "If you build it, they will .... come? Allen Williams, MLIS is waiting to find out the answer to this question. He recently launched a series of discussion forums focused on the library and information science communities. His intent is to create an online community of LIS professionals for general discussion, sharing ideas, support, and networking -- 'the human side of information'.

At the moment, people seem to be a bit skiddish about posting and the forums are nearly empty -- why not help out a fellow colleague and register today at:

betweenthestacks.com/forum/phpBB2 "

London Public Library Honored with Best Practices

Glenna Marr writes \"The London (Ontario) Public Library was honored with Industry Canada\'s LibraryNet Best Practices Award for its new Media Literacy Centre. The award was given for the library\'s work with CHUM Television to establish North America\'s first library-based Media Literacy Centre in the new Central Library, opened last August. The Centre provides access to print, electronic and audiovisual materials aimed at helping users to develop an informed and critical understanding of the media\'s role in society.\"

Check Out Digital Library of Information Science and Technology

Paul writes \"
The School of Information Resources and Library Science and the Arizona
Health Sciences Library at the University of Arizona have launched DLIST,
the Digital Library of Information Science and Technology. DLIST is
available at dlist.sir.arizona.eduThe objective of DLIST is to serve as a repository of electronic resources
in the domains of Library and Information Science (LIS) and Information
Technology (IT).

21 Century Librarian Award

It's the third annual competition
for the 21st-Century Librarian Award. This award recognizes librarians
who have been leaders in the evolution of the profession in the new
information environment. The award is a project of the Master of Library
Science (MLS) students at Syracuse University's School of Information
Studies.

Check Out ASL Access

Christine (Chris) Wixtrom writes:

\"ASL Access is a fully volunteer, non-profit organization with a mission for placement of American Sign Language (ASL) video resources in public libraries.... Please visit our web site and consider providing information on your site about our services to libraries.\"

Announcing Global Librarian

Glenna Marr writes "Launched September 6, 2002, Global Librarian is a unique international partnership of public libraries. The participating libraries are Southampton City Libraries (UK), Surrey Public Library (British Columbia, Canada) and Vaughan Public Libraries (Ontario, Canada). This venture allows patrons of these three libraries to access benchmark-standard reference services through their Web site virtually round-the-clock. Reference library staff will be checking for incoming e-mails every hour for twenty hours out of twenty-four. Anyone e-mailing a reference question to one of the libraries, Mondays through Saturday afternoons will receive a response from a librarian as soon as the answer has been researched. Negotiations are taking place with a fourth library, the Eastern Regional Libraries in Melbourne,Australia, to bring the coverage to the full twenty-four hours before the year's end.

Shy Librarian Teaming Up With The Public Library Association

I'm way behind on this one...

The Public Library Association (PLA) has entered into an agreement with Joseph Cadieux, publisher of the quarterly journal "The Shy Librarian," to distribute the journal to PLA's members. Beginning with the Spring 2003 issue and ending with the Winter 2004 issue, PLA will mail each issue of "The Shy Librarian" magazine to all of its members at no charge to the members.

Creation of the Library and Archives of Canada

Cabot writes \"Minister of Canadian Heritage Sheila Copps announced today the creation of the Library and Archives of Canada, confirming the intention of the Government as expressed in the Speech from the Throne on Monday. This new agency will see the convergence of the rich collections and recognized expertise of the National Library of Canada and the National Archives of Canada.

Here\'s The Story \"

Denver Public Library Ranks Number One!

M. Celeste Jackson writes \"Denver Public Library today announces it has been ranked the Number One Public Library in the nation for libraries serving a population of 500,000 or more by Hennen\'s American Public Library Ratings (HAPLR Index). This rating system identifies the best public libraries in America.\"

Rocky Mountain News has a story as well.

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