Magazine article American Libraries

Global Reach. (News Fronts)

Magazine article American Libraries

Global Reach. (News Fronts)

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Citing insufficent revenue and organizational conflict, the Senate of Copernicus University in Torun voted to dissolve the International Centre for Information Management Systems and Services last year, after a dispute with ICIMSS Director Maria Sliwinska over plans to move the training center for information professionals into the Faculty of History, which includes the library school. In January, Sliwinska announced that she planned, with over 40 supporters in Europe and the United States, to reestablish ICIMSS as an independent association, possibly in affiliation with the University of Vienna.


The Library Association of Ireland issued a new policy statement on library services to children and young adults October 22, calling for free library membership for children in Irish public libraries, easy access to a library for every child in the republic, and for children's library services to be given a status equal to that provided to adults. The policy asks government decision-makers to draft laws requiring libraries in schools at all levels of education: "The scope and objectives of school library services and the role of public libraries in administering them should be fully defined and properly funded."


The first library in Mexico City to offer computer access for primary and secondary school students opened in November. Called the Beacon of Knowledge, the city-owned library has the goal of making educational materials available to the 80,000 children who live in the Miguel Hidalgo precinct. Director of Social and Educational Services Jorge Triana Tena told the daily El Universal that the library cost 8 million pesos ($800,000 U.S.) to build, though the vast majority of the funding and books came from private donations.


The Lebanese American University established a Center for Lebanese Heritage on its Beirut campus January 7 to house books, plays, films, and music created by Lebanese authors and artists. Its library will "protect the heritage from one generation to another and to avoid losing it," said center president Henri Zoghaib, referring to how the National Library was robbed during the country's civil war. The Daily Star reported that the facility would be open to all Lebanese.


Prime Minister Begum Khaleda Zia declared 2002 "National Book Year" January 1 and urged citizens to participate by reading books, according to the Dhaka Independent. …

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