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UNITED KINGDOM

What experts consider the oldest surviving printed book in the world is on display through August as part of the British Library's "Silk Road" exhibit. The Diamond Sutra, dating from 868 A.D., is a Chinese Buddhist text printed by carved wooden blocks on a scroll of gray paper. The artifact can also be viewed digitally on the library's "Turning the Pages" virtual site at www.bl.uk/collections/treasures/digitisation6.html.

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CANADA

Minister of Canadian Heritage Helene Chalifour Scherrer announced April 23 that a bill combining the National Archives and the National Library into one entity had received Royal Assent. The new Library and Archives Canada has an enhanced mandate to publicize the country's documentary heritage. The appointment of a new Librarian and Archivist will occur at a later date.

MOROCCO

Minister of Cultural Affairs Mohammed Al-Ash'ari has agreed to provide books and manuscripts on the history of Morocco and Andalusia to the recently established research library of Ayatollah Mar'ashi in Qom, Iran, the Mehr news agency reported May 7. Al-Ash'ari made the announcement during a recent visit to Rabat by Library' Director Seyyed Mahmud Mar'ashi to review cultural exchanges. In turn, the Iranian library will provide materials to the Library of Dar al-Hadith al-Hasaniyeh in Morocco.

SLOVAKIA

The Matej Hrebenda Library for the Blind in Levoca may have to curtail its publication of three magazines for the blind because the ministries of labor and culture have cut its funding in half, Director Jaroslav Kacera said in the May 3 Slovak Spectator. The library distributes them in both Braille and audio formats.

KENYA

The Vincentians, a Roman Catholic religious community, has donated its theological library of some 70,000 volumes located in Princeton. New Jersey, to Tanzaga College of the Catholic University of East Africa in Nairobi. The donation will make the Tanzaga library one of the largest in East Africa. …

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