Archive for May, 2009

Just before the May 31 deadline for UNESCO Director General nominees, several candidates have surfaced to replace the current director general, Koichiro Matsuura of Japan. UNESCO, or the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization, acts as the UN’s culture body.

Farouk Hosni, who has served as Egyptian culture minister since 1987, has been a leading candidate for the position, despite receiving criticism for allegedly exhibiting antisemitism and pledging to burn Israeli books; he responded to a question about a collection of Israeli books appearing in an Alexandria library by saying “Burn these books; if there are any there, I will burn them myself in front of you”.

Additional candidates for Director General of UNESCO:

  • Ambassador of Ecuador to the United States Ivonne Baki
  • Former Austrian Foreign Minister Benita Ferraro-Waldner
  • Current Assistant Director General for Africa Noureini Tidjani-Serpos
  • Bulgarian Ambassador Irina Bokova
  • Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Alexander Yakovenko
  • More from the New York Times.


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    The first ever open source software awards will be held at the Panafric Hotel, Nairobi, on 27th May, 2009. The ceremony will recognize Kenyans “who have  made an impact in the open source community both locally and globally with their innovative solutions”.

    Award categories include:
    – Best open source deployment by government;
    – Best open source deployment by business;
    – Best open source deployment by civil society;
    – Best FOSS developers;
    – Best FOSS in SME; and
    – Best innovative FOSS solution.

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    from chosun.com

    from chosun.com

    After seven years of preparation, the Digital Library opens at the National Library of Korea in Seoul, South Korea on Monday.

    The Digital Library will be the the first such repository of its kind in the world with more than 380,000 digitized books, 116 million pieces of digital content, video and audio recording studios, satellite TVs with touch screens, and over 600 computers in the eight-story 38,014 square-meter-large building (from the Korea Times).

    Library website at www.dibrary.net.

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    Brasiliana, the library of books donated by collector José Mindlin, will be soon be scanned by a robot and made available on the Internet through the University of São Paulo in Brazil. Mindlin owns the largest private library in Latin America, with more than 38,000 titles and an extensive collection of rare books. Nearly half of his collection – 100, 000 books — was donated to the University of São Paulo in 2006.

    As one of the largest collections of Brasiliana in Brazil, the Brasiliana library should be ready in July 2010, with first books available to the public online in mid-June.

    A robot scans 2,400 thousand pages per hour, effectively digitizing his entire collection. By the end of the year, the robot will have scanned 4 thousand books and 30 thousand pictures.

    Among the many rare and antique works that will be made available to the public will be writings by sixteenth centuries Brazilian travelers,  engravings of Jean-Baptiste Debret; the Brazilian first edition of Marília de Dirceu by Tomás Antonio Gonzaga, and the first edition of The Guarani.
    Digitization of this collection found at http://www.brasiliana.usp.br/

    More at the Oficina da Net.

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    Biblioteca Vasconcelos

    Biblioteca Vasconcelos

    The new and largest public library in Mexico City, La Biblioteca Vasconcelos has separated tables 2 meters to comply with influenza prevention measures.

    La Biblioteca Pública Vasconcelos, la más grande en su género, ha separado las mesas 2 metros para cumplir con las medidas de la influenza

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    Contenidos LocalesLocal Content,” (Contenidos Locales)a new Chilean community website collects has been launched in Chile,  part of the national BiblioRedes.

    Local content is a virtual community created by the program Directorate of Libraries, Archives and Museums (DIBAM), present in 425 public libraries in Chile.  Since 2002, Biblioredes has promoted the inclusion of thousands of people, offering through public libraries free Internet access, digital literacy courses and support local communities in generating web pages with information about their towns and villages.

    Anyone can contribute to Local Content regardless of whether they live in Chile or are Chilean.

    El Programa BiblioRedes de la Dirección de Bibliotecas, Archivos y Museos (DIBAM), lanzará a la web la Comunidad de Contenidos Locales, una comunidad virtual que busca ser un espacio de interacción para las personas a las que les gusta compartir, conversar y crear contenidos digitales sobre Chile.

    Desde el año 2002, BiblioRedes ha promovido la inclusión digital de miles de personas, ofreciendo a través de bibliotecas públicas acceso gratuito a Internet, cursos de alfabetización digital y apoyando a las comunidades locales en la generación de páginas web con información de sus ciudades y pueblos.

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    TwitterThanks to @aarontay for tweeting about this library-centric Twitter League. Nearly 500 libraries are represented worldwide, but again the majority are from the United States, Canada, and Europe. The library with the most followers? The U.S. Library of Congress http://twitter.com/librarycongress

    Visit here: http://ow.ly/5JKO

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