Global Reach

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UNITED STATES (1)

Ash clouds from Iceland's Eyjafjallajokull volcano wreaked havoc on airline traffic worldwide in April, but the Martin Luther King Jr. central branch of the District of Columbia Public Library turned distress into an international library moment by enabling a group of 20 British teens on an overseas field trip to access their school's classwork website despite being grounded in the U.S. capital.--WUSA-TV, Washington, D.C., Apr. 20.

UNITED KINGDOM (2)

In collaboration with Stanford (Calif.) University, the University of Cambridge's Corpus Christi College has made available its treasured collection of more than 550 Anglo-Saxon manuscripts in almost 200,000 digitized pages at parkerweb.stanford.edu. The Parker Library collection, which was given to Cambridge in 1574 by Matthew Parker, archbishop of Canterbury under Queen Elizabeth I, and includes the Anglo-Saxon Chronicle, the earliest history written in English, and the 6th-century St. Augustine Gospels, believed to be the oldest extant book in England.--University of Cambridge, Apr. 28.

NETHERLANDS (3)

The International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions joined a coalition of European groups that released May 6 the Copyright for Creativity declaration. The document calls for standardizing copyright regulations across Europe so that creators can draw from digitized works within the bounds of fair-use principles. Members of the European Parliament favor the declaration, whose co-signers include the Special Libraries Association, the Association of European Research Libraries, and the European Consumers' Organisation.--IFLA, May 6.

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SPAIN (4)

The chief of the Biblioteca Nacional de Espana has resigned in apparent protest of the national library's budget being slashed almost 15% and her own post being downgraded. The government cut 7.5 million euros ($9.5 million U.S.) from the library's 52 million euro budget and changed the job title of Milagros del Corral from managing director to director. …