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I just finished reading today’s article from The Atlantic Why We Can’t Afford Not to Create a Well-Stocked National Digital Library System which highlights 9 reasons why the United States needs to jump out to DL bandwagon. Don’t worry — the article doesn’t advocate for abandoning traditional print collections, but rather for expanding and evolving the already existent reading practices.

The article goes on to discuss digital library set-ups around the world:

Europeans countries like France are–at least in terms of politicians’ rhetoric–closer than we are. There is even a Euro digital library portal. China has already amassed a huge digital collection, with six million books scanned as of 2006. A Wikipedia page lists dozens of government and nongovernment digital library projects, ranging from Project Gutenberg, probably the first, to the New Zealand Text Center.

The Pontifical Catholic University of Chile is calling for applications for position of Professor in the Department of Computer Science School of Engineering, Catholic University of Chile in the area of information science, focusing on knowledge management and information classification. This is a position funded by the International Bank for Reconstruction and Development to support the Master of Information and Library Management degree program.

La República de Chile ha recibido del Banco Internacional de Reconstrucción y Fomento para la Programa de Magíster en Gestión de Información y Bibliotecología”, adjudicado a la Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile. Instrucciones más detalladas estarán disponibles en: http://www.ing.puc.cl

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It’s International Literacy Day! It is estimated that 860 million adults in the world cannot read. Here’s a roundup of literacy-related news and blogs:

BLOGS

IN THE NEWS

UNESCO: UNESCO launches new Knowledge and Innovations Network for Literacy (KINL) http://bit.ly/cyyo4H View Irina Bokova, Director-General of UNESCO speaking about International Literacy Day 2010 on YouTube http://bit.ly/bH7pjR

Rwanda: Adult Literacy Programme Kicks-Off. The Rwandan Ministry of Education has kick-started an adult literacy programme under which an estimated 162,000 people will have been trained under the programme by the end of December. http://allafrica.com/stories/201009080424.html
Pakistan: PM says Pakistan committed to address major causes of illiteracy http://bit.ly/cHYQWK Int’l Literacy day reminds of unfulfilled dream of a literate nation http://bit.ly/arEFrA
Haiti: Celebrarán en Haití Día Internacional de la Alfabetización  http://bit.ly/9JlYcg
Nepal: Int’l Literacy Day Celebrated in Nepal http://bit.ly/bJQ4K9

United States: Laura Bush Commemorates International Literacy Day 2010 http://bit.ly/cj864n

LIBRARIAN ACTION

Librarian by day:  Celebrate International Literacy Day, Read Something http://t.co/ExtCsBx

Gun Carrying Librarian http://bit.ly/cSCrK2

UN PublicationsAnnounced today, United Nations Publications launched their first application for the iphone. The first publications available are UN flagship titles such as ‘The Charter of the United Nations’, ‘The United Nations Today’, and ‘Universal Declaration of Human Rights’.

UN Publications is the main source for over 5,300 titles produced by the United Nations and its key agencies.

The apps — which can also be downloaded for the iPad — are available for a fee. For more information, see https://unp.un.org/MobileApps.aspx

Aaron Schmidt  — referred to in Library Journal as a hard-core librarian “by friends because he is an avid mountain biker, rock climber, and extreme sports kind of guy”  — recently made an interesting post on the future of libraries in Finland from the Gates Foundation’s 2010 Global Libraries Peer Learning Meeting:

The libraries I saw have overcome their addiction to circulating content. Now they’re all about doing, making, publishing, working, and experiences revolving around content.

Instead of books people check out guitars. Or record music and edit music videos.

Another observation of Finnish libraries from Ari Katz at IREX from the same meeting.

Some recent blogs I just discovered:

  • International Archives – archivist/records manager Gustavo Castañer from Barcelona, Spain blogs on his knowledge about job opportunities for international organizations. Library and archives centric and something of what he calls  “a personal obsession”. Looks like he has a sense of humor too since calls himself “in short, your Dream Nerd” in his twitter bio.
  • International baccalaureate librarians – a blog for school media librarians working in IB schools around the world. Centers on issues in school libraries, job search and career advice, and conference discussion.
  • Save Libraries – “When one library is in trouble, ALL libraries are in trouble.” This blog is the brainchild of Lori Reed and Heather Braum in response to library closures throughout the United States. You might recognize their branding: they developed the social “Save Libraries” sticker for twitter and facebook profiles. (Get yours here.)
  • Bilingual Librarian – This blog has been out there for a while, but it deserves special mention for its continually timely information on trends in the library world (especially Latin America).  Stephanie Rocío Miles has some interesting things to say about the profession, which is why she is mentioned on all these.

Anti-Ukrainian book burning in Crimea (unian.net & kyivscoop.blogspot.com)

Kyiv Scoop blogger Steve Bandera published an interesting story last week about Anti-Ukrainian book burning in Crimea. The protests are in response to what Russian nationalists say are “distortions of the past by the administration of former President Viktor Yushchenko.” (VOANews)  Many of the books were Ukrainian history textbooks.

More Links:

Book Burning in Ukraine Stokes Controversy About History: http://bit.ly/cq3mm7

Crimea book burning: http://unian.net/ukr/news/news-367439.html (Ukrainian)