Magazine article American Libraries

Global Reach

Magazine article American Libraries

Global Reach

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UNITED KINGDOM 1

A scheme to put thousands of advertisements into library books will find borrowers taking home more than they expected. Up to 500,000 inserts a month are due to be handed out by libraries in Essex, Somerset, Bromley, Leeds, and Southend. Direct-marketing company Howse Jackson is looking to take the marketing plan nationwide over the next few years, a development that dismays the director of policy at the Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals, Guy Daines.--The Guardian (U.K.), Nov. 5.

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GERMANY 2

The Bavarian State Library in Munich is using a robot to scan its rare books and store more than 7.5 million pages. The device, which uses gentle suction and a puff of air to turn the pages, will work until 2009, digitizing 37,000 German-language books published between 1518 and 1600. Designed by the Treventus company of Vienna, the robot won a European Union innovation award earlier this year at the CeBIT computing trade fair in Germany.--Deutsche Presse-Agentur, Oct. 16.

POLAND 3

Rare manuscripts in the Jagiellonian Library in Krakow have become the subject of a bitter diplomatic debate between Poland and Germany. The Germans claim some of these items--hidden here during World War II--are legally and morally part of their national patrimony and should be returned. Poland insists Germany forfeited any legal and moral claim to the collection long ago. Polish President Lech Kaczynski bluntly said in September that the collection would not be returned.--Chicago Tribune, Oct. 14.

JAPAN 4

Pacific-wide concern among teachers about U.S. Department of Defense Dependents Schools internet filtering software grew November 2 with two more grievances filed against school administrations on Okinawa. Teachers contend the Blue Coat WebFilter software is so restrictive that it hampers teaching as well as learning. The complaints come on the heels of one recently filed by DoDDS teachers at Seoul American High School in South Korea for the same reasons.--Stars and Stripes (Pacific edition), Nov. 4.

CHINA 5

The National Library in Beijing has reprinted nearly 30,000 volumes of ancient and other rare books in its collections over the past three decades to ensure the original information is not lost. …

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