Magazine article American Libraries

Global Reach. (News Fronts)

Magazine article American Libraries

Global Reach. (News Fronts)

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VATICAN CITY

Millions of documents owned by the Vatican Archives opened to the public February 15, several years ahead of schedule, at the express wish of Pope John Paul II. The documents originated from Vatican offices in Munich, Berlin, and Rome and cover relations with Germany from 1922 to 1939. Scholars hope they will shed light on the controversy over how Pope Pius XII, who became pope in 1939, viewed the Holocaust.

BARBADOS

At least 50,000 books have disappeared from the National Library in Bridgetown. Director Annette Smith said in the February 1 Daily Nation that the books were overdue and the borrowers could not be found.

CHILE

The Chilean Directorate of Libraries, Archives, and Museums joined OCLC in January and arranged to have its union catalog of 600,000 biblio-graphic records added to OCLC's WorldCat database. The National Library and 368 public libraries also agreed to catalog their original materials using WorldCat.

MALAWI

Supporters of President Bakili Muluzi broke all the windows of the University of Malawi Polytechnic College library in Blantyre during a conflict with students the last week in January. BBC News reported January 31 that the students, who oppose Muluzi's bid to change the constitution to allow himself a third term, responded by setting fire to the headquarters of the ruling party.

GERMANY

The Berlin State Library announced the discovery in its music archive of the original handwritten manuscripts of the first two operas by Russian composer Mikhail Glinka, A Life for the Tsar and Ruslan and Lyndmila. Agence France-Presse reported February 4 that officials would investigate their legal status to see whether they would be returned to Russia.

SOUTH AFRICA

The South African Library for the Blind in Grahamstown welcomed its first blind director in 84 years February 3. Advocate Johan Roos, a long-time user of the library and director of a legal resources center, wants to extend its services and make the library more accessible, the East Cape News reported February 4. …

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