Magazine article American Libraries

Global Reach

Magazine article American Libraries

Global Reach

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CANADA (1)

The Vancouver (B.C.) Public Library has refused permission for Exit International, an Australian assisted-suicide organization, to hold a workshop on suicide in its main downtown library. The organization had proposed holding the workshop September 10 in the central library, but City Librarian Paul Whitney canceled it after seeking legal advice. The seminar had included a private presentation for those over the age of 55 seeking information on methods of committing suicide.--Vancouver Sun, Sept. 21; Seattle Post-Intelligencer, Sept. 22.

UNITED KINGDOM (2)

Minister of State for Culture and Tourism Margaret Hodge said at a Public Library Authorities conference in Bristol October 8 that a national review of British libraries now underway would contain some radical proposals for modernization. She said she was in favor of "pushing our thinking to the boundaries." Among the proposals is a web-based lending service with home delivery and cards offering discounts from businesses.--The Guardian, Oct. 9.

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NETHERLANDS (3)

Europeana, the online database for Europe's cultural heritage initiated by the European Commission, is one year old but critics are saying it has not grown as quickly as it could have. Commissioner Viviane Reding said that "Member states must stop envying progress made in other continents and finally do their homework." But Europeana Marketing Manager Jon Purday said his plan was to "double in size each year, and I have no doubt we will meet that target."--Rotterdam NRC Handelsblad, Sept 15.

GERMANY (4)

Half a year after the dramatic collapse of its city archives building, Koln's documents are to be given a new home. The city council announced September 10 that it plans to spend over 97 million euros on a new, purpose-built building that will also provide space for a variety of other cultural institutions. …

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