Outgoing Prime Minister Bertie Ahern told the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library in Boston May 2 that his government would donate $2 million to help create an Irish Heritage Collection for its digital archives. The gift will also support the library's Profile in Courage Award and public programs that celebrate diversity.--Associated Press, May 2.
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Police forces are increasingly requesting information on the library borrowing records of individuals under police surveillance, British librarians have reported. The requests tend to center on areas with a large Muslim population. John Pateman, head of libraries in Lincolnshire, criticized the development, saying it went against library ethics. Warwickshire head of libraries Ayub Khan added that police were also asking libraries for records of websites individuals had visited.--The Bookseller, May 2.
Chicago's Polish Museum of America is donating to the city of Wroclaw its collection of manuscripts and books by Tymoteusz Kar-powicz (1921-2005), an award-winning poet known as a representative of the esoteric school of "linguistic poetry." The collection will form the backbone of a new Karpowicz Center to be set up in the house in Wroclaw where the poet had lived before he was appointed pointed professor of Polish literature at the University of Illinois at Chicago.--Radio Poionia, Feb. 21.
The National Book Development Council has inaugurated a memorial library in Tiko to honor poet and dramatist Bate Besong (1954-2007), a professor of English and literary studies at the University of Buea. Besong got into trouble with the government for some of his political writings, notably his play Beasts of No Nation in 1992. The library opened on International Book Day, April 23.--Buea Post, April 28.
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The National Library in Pretoria is planning to publish out-of-print indigenous language books and has called on the public to help identify titles. The library and the Department of Arts and Culture are spearheading the process in a bid to reduce illiteracy and promote the culture of reading and writing. …