January 20, 2022

France: Employee Held in National Library of France (BNF) Theft

From The NY Times: The French police have detained a low-level employee of the National Library of France in connection with the disappearance of a collection of 43 engravings by 16th-century artists valued at up to $4.4 million. It was the second theft uncovered at the library this year, which holds more than 14 million […]

Repositories: The Royal Library of Denmark Joins Hydra

From a Hydra Announcement: The Royal Library has announced a digital library strategy for the future management, preservation and dissemination of born digital materials, as well as all the digitized materials from our large physical collections. In order to support this strategy, the library has launched a project to build the necessary new digital infrastructure […]

The National Library of Australia’s Catalogue Goes Mobile With New iOS and Android Apps, Library’s Overall Mobile Strategy Recently Made Available

From the NLA Blog: The National Library’s catalogue is now available for your iOS and Android mobile devices. This means you can search our extensive collections, request items and track these items all from the palm of your hand, no matter where you From a NLA Mobile Info Page The mobile catalogue, available through iTunes […]

Scotland: National Library Reforms Passed by Scottish Parliament

From the BBC: New laws to cut the size of the board which runs the National Library of Scotland have been passed by MSPs, as part of wider reforms. Future board appointments made by ministers would be “based on merit and selection”, under the bill. [Clip] With 70,000 visits a year to the reading room […]

Israel’s National Library Director Pledges to Place Disputed Kafka Manuscripts on Internet

via Haaretz: The National Library in Jerusalem has prepared a program for handling Franz Kafka’s manuscripts and promises to make them and other rare collections available on the Internet. However, the court has yet to rule on the fate of the Czech writer’s manuscripts. The manuscripts, part of the literary estate of Kafka’s close friend […]

Romania’s New National Library Opens in Communist-Era Building

From AFP: Romania’s new National Library opened its doors Monday in a monumental building in the capital city, more than 20 years after its foundations were laid under the communist regime. [Clip] The impressive construction covering more than 160,000 square feet currently shelters some 750,000 works, 40 percent of which can be consulted. On the […]

Statistical Report: “The British Library – Transforming Stored Knowledge Into Smart Knowledge”

Direct to Full Text Report (7 pages; PDF) The British Library makes an essential contribution to the UK’s intellectual, social, economic and cultural life, underpinning key sectors of education and research. Here are a Few Examples of the Statistics Included in the Report: £4 million Value of digitising 4 million pages of historic newspapers in […]

Digital Heritage: European Library Uses First Data from ENUMERATE

via the Europeana Web: The European Library is pleased to announce that we were able to use the first set of data made available by the ENUMERATE project (www.enumerate.eu). The data provided by ENUMERATE helped The European Library identify digitised collections across Europe which will be essential for the newly-developed content strategy. This effort clearly […]

The British Library Submits Sesponse to DCMS Consultation on Non-Print Legal Deposit

From a BL Announcement: The British Library has today submitted its response to the DCMS [Dept. of Culture, Media, and Sport] Consultation on the Draft Legal Deposit Libraries (non-print works) Regulations 2013. A number of improvements have been made to the draft Regulations since the last consultation and the Library supports them overall; however some […]

Japan: National Libraries: Noritada Otaki Appointed New Librarian of the National Diet Library

From the National Diet Library: As of March 31, 2011, Dr. Makoto Nagao, the Librarian of the National Diet Library, retired and as of April 1, 2012, Mr. Noritada Otaki was newly appointed Librarian of the National Diet Library. Mr. Otaki joined the National Diet Library in 1968 and served as Director General of the […]