Argentine writer and intellectual Alberto Manguel, who enjoys a distinguished and prolific career in the field of the arts and culture, was yesterday appointed new director of the National Library (BN) by National Culture Minister Pablo Avelluto. Among other culture-related posts, Manguel has collaborated with the world’s leading universities and cultural institutions.
The new BN head will be at the service of readers and users, encouraging the use of the library as a source of knowledge for the future generations, promoting the conservation of the heritage and expanding the processes of the digital storage of all the material, Culture Ministry sources said. In turn, the mission of the new directors of the BN — the most emblematic and important institution of its kind in Argentina — will be to expand the reach of its cultural action, taking books as the physical support not only of ideas but also of the ample variety of cultural expressions through which the community gives testimony of its experience and power of imagination.
Another aim will be to implement federal approaches through support to the network of regional libraries and devicing joint programmes with national and provincial ministries. Also, Manguel’s appointment by the Culture Ministry seeks to reposition the BN’s strategical role in the international context, thus trying to foster exchange and articulation with other institutions from Latin America and the rest of the world.
The new BN management will also take up where the previous authorities left off as regards the projects to study and promote the different popular culture expressions and languages and literatures of indigenous peoples.
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