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The following is from the July 25 edition of the CS Monitor...\"Last year, $686 million was spent on library construction – the second-highest dollar total ever spent, and a 15 percent increase over a decade ago, American Library Association data shows. Aside from the construction of 80 new libraries, 132 existing ones underwent renovations: creating new space, wiring old buildings for high-speed Internet access, and buying computers.\" Read More.
Charles Davis points out
This IHT Story on THe Chester Beatty Library.
The library has one of the world\'s great collections of ancient religious manuscripts. It opened to the public with great fanfare in 1957 as the Chester Beatty Library, but in recent years it had become an unappreciated hidden treasure. Only dedicated students and diligent tourists ventured in to see its delicate Egyptian papyri and its beautiful illuminated Korans.
That is, until two years ago, when the library moved and reopened on the grounds of Dublin Castle, in the heart of the city. Visits went from around 5,000 to nearly 80,000 a year
LLRX writes \"
Dr. Peter Clinch details The Foreign Law Guide or FLAG project, which has developed a free Internet database describing the holdings of foreign, international and comparative law in the national and university libraries of the United Kingdom.
See LLRX.com for July 15. \"
Bob Cox finds some great stuff, This One is no exception.
Alberto Manguel, winner of the Prix Medici for his book A History of Reading, wrote This Article for a recent issue of the Index on Censorship.
He says it\'s a mistake to look upon a library as an all-encompassing and neutral space, because any library is, by definition, the result of a choice, necessarily limited in its scope.
\"A public library is a paradox, a building set aside for an essentially private craft (reading), which now must take place in a communal space. Locked inside the realm of an individual book, each reader also forms part of the community of readers, which the library defines. Under the library\'s roof, these readers share an illusion of freedom, convinced that the entire reading realm is theirs for the asking.\"
The Washinton Post has This Transcript from The Smithsonian Institution Libraries exhibition curator Mary Augusta Thomas who was online to discuss \"An Odyssey in Print,\" other books in the Libraries\' collection and what it takes to mount such a large exhibit.
Lee Hadden writes: \"The University of Concepcion library in Chile was being robbed, when
a brave security challenged them and then began to chase the thieves on a
motorcycle. The crooks turned and shot at the guard during their escape,
hitting him in the chest. The bullet then was deflected by a Parker\'s pen
in the shirt pocket of the cop, who suffered nothing worse than a few
bruises above the heart and rush of adrenaline.
Thus, once again, at the library the pen is mightier than the sword.
So to speak.
Read more about it at Ananova
Bob Cox sent along This One on a new book, A Refuge in
Peace and War: The National Library of Wales to 1952, written by
the former Librarian, David Jenkins, on the history of one of Wales\'s
most important institutions. The book recounts the first
efforts to set up a library by Richard Morris of Anglesey in the mid
18th century, of Iolo Morganwg at the beginning of the 19th century,
the concerted campaign which began in the Mold National
Eisteddfod of 1873 which ultimately led to the Budget of 1905 which
granted Wales its own national library, and the campaign to house
the Library in Aberystwyth rather than Cardiff which was deemed
too anglicised and not central to Wales.
Here\'s A Story that says collecting and organizing the books in a congregation falls to the church or synagogue librarian, a volunteer who often goes about this work unnoticed until the day that a Sunday school teacher needs help with a lesson. Or a child wants a Bible storybook. Or a pastor needs to consult a reference text. Then the congregational library, no matter how modest, becomes a treasure trove.
\"A library helps a church because when people want to learn more about something spiritual, they have a place to go,\" says the Rev. Robert Wise, pastor of Reformation Lutheran Church in Lakeland. \"Public libraries might have a few books, but this is focused.\"
In the early hours of Sunday morning, June
23, 2002, the National Library of Canada’s Response Action Team
responded to an emergency call in the third basement level of the Jean
Edmonds Tower in downtown Ottawa where, once again, water
damaged hundreds of Canadian books. The National Library of Canada
has over 20 million items in various buildings in the National Capital
Region – close to 1 million of them are found in this basement facility.
A leak from a heating pipe on the first basement resulted in water
seeping through to the 2nd and 3rd basement levels. This incident marks the 14th accident since January of this year. Two
more incidents occurred at the National Library’s main building during
the excessive rainfall of the past two weeks.
Further details on the extent of the damage will be available once the
incident and evaluation reports are compiled. \"