Magazine article American Libraries

Global Reach

Magazine article American Libraries

Global Reach

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SPAIN 1

The director of the national library in Madrid, 74-year-old prize-winning author Rosa Regas, resigned from her post August 27, saying she did not have the confidence of the new culture minister, Cesar Antonio Molina. Her resignation came two days after the library announced the theft of two maps from Greek geographer Ptolemy's Cosmographia, printed in 1482, but Regas said her decision to quit had nothing to do with the theft. Her left-wing opinions have won her criticism from Spain's conservative opposition.--Agence France Press, Aug. 28; El Pais (Madrid), Aug. 28.

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SCOTLAND 2

The University of Aberdeen is planning a [pounds sterling]57-million (U.S. $113.8-million) "library of the future." The nine-story building will replace the existing Queen Mother Library. Danish architects Schmidt Hammer Lassen, who created the famous Royal Danish Library in Copenhagen, were selected for the project. University Vice-Chancellor C. Duncan Rice said the new library "will stand as one of the most significant new Scottish public buildings of the last 100 years."--BBC News, Aug. 13.

ENGLAND 3

Public libraries serving the densest population of Muslims in London have been inundated with extremist literature, according to a report, Hate on the State, by a right-leaning think tank, the Centre for Social Cohesion. Multiple copies of books that would be featured on any jihadist reading list were found in Tower Hamlets borough libraries, the report said. Tower Hamlets Council said their Islamic collections had been imbalanced, but they were improving.--BBC News, Sept. 5.

NETHERLANDS 4

The main branch of the recently opened Amsterdam Public Library was robbed the night of August 26 by several masked men who overpowered three security guards at gunpoint. Library Director Hans van Velzen said the men bound and blindfolded the guards, destroyed surveillance cameras, and set off the library sprinklers, causing some water damage. The guards were locked up for several hours, but managed ultimately to free themselves and call police.--Expatica News, Aug. 27; De Telegraaf (Amsterdam), Aug. …

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