Magazine article American Libraries

Global Reach

Magazine article American Libraries

Global Reach

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UNITED KINGDOM

An illustrated Armenian Bible dating from 1269 went on display April 12 at the British Library as the centerpiece of its Armenian Christian Art exhibition. Normally housed in the Armenian Patriarchate in Jerusalem, the Erznka Bible has not been loaned out since it was discovered in 1629, the London Daily Telegraph reported April 13. Curator of Armenian Manuscripts Vrej Nersessian remarked: "To get the manuscript out, I had to resort to quoting the injunction of medieval Armenian scribes: 'The day is at its end, the night is close, release the manuscript.' We are thrilled it is now on display."

CANADA

Citing Quebec's financial woes, the English Montreal School Board May 8 cut library support-staff hours in the city's elementary schools by 10%. The board had backed off from cutbacks for two years because of stiff opposition from parents, but faced an $8-million ($5.2-million U.S.) deficit, the Montreal Gazette reported May 9. Unlike other provinces, Quebec does not require schools to maintain libraries or librarians; consequently, cash-strapped boards often cut library budgets first.

SOUTH AFRICA

The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation is providing $250,000 to set up a South African Library Leadership Project to train future administrators of academic and public libraries. Workshops will take place in 2002-2003 in South Africa under the guidance of the Library and Information Association of South Africa, and in the United States at the University of Illinois/Urbana-Champaign's Mortensen Center. For more information, contact LIASA Executive Director Gwenda Thomas at gwenda@liasa.org.za.

POLAND

An organizational meeting of the 10 Central and Eastern European nations joining Cultivate, an effort by the European Union to establish a cultural heritage network, was held May 6-8 at Nicholas Copernicus University in Torun. Coordinated by the British Council, its objectives were to promote cooperative grant opportunities among libraries and museums in the region, create an online magazine, and establish collaborative Web sites.

SINGAPORE

Woodlands Regional Library officially opened April 28 with a ceremony featuring Deputy Prime Minister Tony Tan. Occupying the basement and four floors of the Woodlands Civic Center, the library is the country's largest, with 420,000 volumes, 54 multimedia stations, a cafe, music lounge, stage, and a child-care center. …

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