Magazine article American Libraries

Global Reach

Magazine article American Libraries

Global Reach

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UNITED KINGDOM 1

A claim by literary scholar Stanley Wells that a 17th-century painting from the family collection of Alec Cobbe held in Ireland is a "life portrait" of William Shakespeare was widely publicized in March. However, art experts quickly challenged both Cobbe's identification and the painting's provenance. National Portrait Gallery Curator Tarnya Cooper said the portrait more likely represents the courtier Sir Thomas Overbury (1581-1613).--The Times, Mar. 10, 18.

SWEDEN 2

Two child-welfare organizations filed a report to Stockholm police April 6 accusing the Swedish National Library of possessing and distributing child pornography. The large collection at the library was built up in the years between 1971--when the possession, distribution, and display of child pornography was legalized in Sweden--and 1980, when the law was repealed. Hand in Hand and the Association of Relatives of Sexually Abused Children argue that the collection should be restricted to legitimate researchers.--The Local (Stockholm), Apr. 6.

FRANCE 3

On April 21, the Library of Congress, UNESCO, and 32 partner institutions launched the World Digital Library at UNESCO headquarters in Paris. The site features manuscripts, maps, rare books, films, sound recordings, prints, and photographs--available unrestricted to the public and free of charge--from libraries and archives around the world.--Library of Congress, Apr. 6.

MADAGASCAR 4

Muskingum College librarian Cherie Bronkar and Antananarivo librarian Lanto Rakotoarison have set up a Malagasy People's Library project to get English-language children's books into school libraries on the island. English is being taught for the first time in the 2008-09 school year as a way for the country to improve its trade and tourism.--Malagasy People's Library.

ITALY 5

The April 6 earthquake that centered on the medieval town of L'Aquila has caused significant damage to the region's cultural heritage. …

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