International

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?\"

Cuban Libraries Support Group

The Cuban Libraries Support Group (CLSG) has moved its website to a new location: http://libr.org/CLSG/. CLSG, established last year, exists to support Cuban liibraries, library workers and the Cuban Library Association. They promote cultural exchanges between Cuban librarians and librarians in other countries, and provide a record of some of these exchanges. The site has about a dozen articles and background information on Cuban libraries, the Cuban educational system, and the effect of the US blockade. It contains research debunking the claims of Robert Kent and his so called \"Friends of Cuban Libraries\" group, but CLSG mainly exists to support Cuban libraries and develop relationships with Cuban librarians. It\'s an interesting site. Makes me want to go to Cuba and visit some libraries.

National Library Week in the Czech Republic

This week is National Library Week in the Czech Republic.

Czech TodayIs Reporting on the status of the local library in The Czech Republic after the fall of the iron curtain. It seems that local library branches have not only survived, but seem to be gathering new readers. They even share the same problems most libraries have, the main one being people who forget to return the books they borrowed.The local library in Nove Straseci contacts the police and a policeman calls on the offender to deliver a polite reminder to return the book!

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