Magazine article American Libraries

Global Reach

Magazine article American Libraries

Global Reach

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The British Library has digitizcd its copy of the 14th-century Koran of Sultan Baybar as part of its "Turning the Pages" project, designed to widen public access to the religious books in its collections. Highlights from the full seven volumes are available on the Web at The library uses touch-screen technology to give users the impression they arc flicking through parts of the manuscript.


Prime Minister Patrick Manning announced September 5 that he did not think the new national library, currently under construction in Port-of-Spain, should be named after one person. Some saw this as a rejection of a proposal that the library be named after Trinidadian writer V. S. Naipaul, who failed to acknowledge the country after winning a Nobel Prize in 2001.


The private library of poet Pablo Neruda (1904-1973) opened to the public in September at his former home in Santiago. The collection includes books he purchased worldwide, including literary treasures given to him by his friends Federico Garcia Lorca and Jorge Luis Borges. The Neruda Foundation hopes the library will serve as an important research center for scholars around the world, according to NewsMexico August 29.


The UN Population Fund (UNFPA) and the UN program on HIV/AIDS have launched an information center on AIDS documentation and education in the capital, Bangui. Center Director Enoch Senzongo said the project would run on a trial basis until August 2004 and work with international organizations that deal with HIV/AIDS. "Our library will have books not only about HIV/AIDS but also about tuberculosis and other infectious diseases," Senzongo told IRINnews September 3.


The National Library of Russia in Saint Petersburg has been awarded the 2002 Gale Global Grant. Established to "recognize a library that develops innovative programs that address the electronic information gap in their community," the new award consists of a library of Gale and K.G. Saur reference products, along with a two-year subscription to a variety of Gale's online products, including 3,500 full-text journals. Applications for the 2003 award are at


The Uganda Library Association has organized reading camps in Kampala and six other towns in order to promote literacy throughout the country. …

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