Magazine article American Libraries

Global Reach

Magazine article American Libraries

Global Reach

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IRELAND (1)

The National Lesbian and Gay Federation donated its Irish Queer Archive June 16 to the National Library in Dublin. The collection contains 250,000 newspaper clippings, photos, articles from gay magazines,Irish lesbian and gay films, and hundreds of letters received by various support organizations.--Irish Times, June 17.

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WALES (2)

The Welsh Assembly Government May 15 launched a three-year strategy to modernize libraries. The Libraries for Life program aims to improve facilities and refurbish 20% of public libraries open at least 10 hours a week by the year 2011. The scheme includes upgrading internet facilities at libraries, introducing Wi-Fi, and allowing users to search for books via an all-library search system.--Welsh Assembly Government, May 15.

ENGLAND (3)

Royalties from Andrew Lloyd Webber's Cats, the long-running musical inspired by T.S. Eliot's Old Possum's Book of Practical Cats, have enabled the poet's estate to donate [pounds sterling]2.5 million ($4.9 million) to the London Library. For 13 years, Eliot presided over the institution, founded in 1841 by Thomas Carlyle and others. On June 11, Eliot's 82-year-old widow, Valerie, formally handed over her donation toward an ambitious [pounds sterling]25-million renovation of its premises in St. James's Square.--The Times, June 12.

NETHERLANDS (4)

A fire that destroyed the Faculty of Architecture building at Delft University of Technology has led to the loss of tens of thousands of books and illustrated works from as early as the 17th century. As many as 300 people had to be evacuated on May 13 after the fire started on the sixth floor of the building. The library special collections included old plans of Dutch towns and cities, topographical prints, and architectural drawings. Officials suspect that a short-circuit in a coffee machine started the blaze.-- TU Delft, May 13; De Volkskrant, May 13; Building Design, June 19.

FRANCE (5)

Four libraries in Paris have turned off their wireless internet connections after staff claimed they were causing health problems. The Bibliotheque Sainte-Genevieve shut down its network after a staff member threatened to take early retirement on health grounds. …

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