Periodical polemic divides Brazil’s National Library

Cavan writes “Directors and librarians of Brazil’s National Library, in downtown Rio de Janeiro, are arguing about where to preserve 50,000 original volumes of newspapers and journals which have been microfilmed. The head of Technical Services wants to transfer the paper copies from a storage facility in the downtown library to an annex, because the originals are no longer available to the public and the downtown store is a fire risk. The librarians claim that the annex, a former silo near the port, has not been adequately prepared to receive the periodicals. The downtown building was planned for 400,000 volumes, and now holds eight million items. “Jornal do Brasilâ€? online edition, April 8, 2005”

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