CILIP, the library and information association, has announced (26th July) the launch of a two-year, Arts Council England funded project to promote relevant, accessible and valuable international collaboration for public libraries in England.
The project draws on the Arts Council England’s existing programmes promoting International Development, with a focus on the areas of “exchange, partnership and growth”. The project will provide a platform to promote and celebrate successful international projects by establishing a Working Internationally for Libraries conference, grant programme and through parliamentary engagement activities and advocacy.
Rabeea Arif, Project Manager for Working Internationally, said; “I am delighted to announce the launch of the CILIP-led Working Internationally project that aims to bridge gaps and foster cultural relations through the work of public libraries, while celebrating innovation and sharing knowledge and skills. The ongoing public sector austerity in England means that many local libraries are struggling to make the significant investment of time and effort required to explore and establish international links and to develop these into full-scale partnership projects. The Working Internationally project will enable these libraries to access the myriad opportunities that international collaboration can bring.”
CILIP CEO Nick Poole added, “The Working Internationally project is a huge opportunity for public libraries in England to benefit from building relationships and sharing best practices with their counterparts outside the UK. Our fantastic, diverse and creative public library sector has so much to offer our colleagues around the world and we have so much to learn from one another. Thanks to the support of the Arts Council England, this project will provide grant-funding for libraries and librarians to develop international collaboration”.
About the Working Internationally projectEngland is known worldwide for the diversity and creativity of its public libraries and library collections. Having been among the first nations to establish a free, universally-accessible public library service, it has long been regarded as a leader in library innovation.
CILIP, in its role as the second-largest library association in the world aims to ensure that a strong international dimension is present in the aims and ambitions of libraries in England.
‘Working Internationally for Libraries’ is an ACE-funded 2-year programme to promote international working for public libraries in England. The programme will run from May 2019 to December 2020 in partnership with British Library and British Council to deliver innovative projects which promote knowledge-exchange and partnership between UK and International Library & Information sector professionals.
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Washington, Aug 2 (Canadian-Media): the Law Library of Congress presents the report 'Limits on Freedom of Expression', which examines the scope of protection extended to freedom of speech in 13 selected countries, Library of Congress reports said.
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The scope of protection extended to freedom of speech in 13 selected countries, has been examined by this report with main focus on the limits of protection that may apply to the right to interrupt or affect in any other way public speech.
The availability of mechanisms to control foreign broadcasters working on behalf of foreign governments is also addressed by the report.
The terms “freedom of speech” and “freedom of expression” as used in this report are interchangeable.
The report consists of individual surveys for the following countries: Argentina, Brazil, Canada, China, Israel, Japan, Germany, France, New Zealand, Sweden, the Netherlands, the United Kingdom, and Ukraine. Countries surveyed were selected from various continents based on relevance as well as on available staff’s expertise.
The surveys were prepared by foreign law specialists and analysts at the Global Legal Research Directorate of the Law Library of Congress.
All of the countries apply limitations on public speech at varied levels, with broad restrictions on speech in China and Ukraine.
Specific Prohibitions on Disruption of Public Speech and Deliberations were found in Brazil, Japan, Sweden, New Zealand and United Kingdom.
Indirect Limitations on Public Speech applies to France, Germany, Israel, Canada and Netherlands.
(Reporting by Asha Bajaj)
Below are the most-viewed bills on Congress.gov for the week of June 21, 2019.
1.H.R.1044 [116th]Fairness for High-Skilled Immigrants Act of 2019
2.H.Res.489 [116th]Condemning President Trump’s racist comments directed at Members of Congress.
3.S.386 [116th]Fairness for High-Skilled Immigrants Act of 2019
4.H.R.2500 [116th]National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2020
5.H.R.582 [116th]Raise the Wage Act
6.H.R.1327 [116th]Never Forget the Heroes: James Zadroga, Ray Pfeifer, and Luis Alvarez Permanent Authorization of the September 11th Victim Compensation Fund Act
7.H.Res.496 [116th]Affirming that all Americans have the right to participate in boycotts in pursuit of civil and human rights at home and abroad, as protected by the First Amendment to the Constitution.
8.H.R.748 [116th]Middle Class Health Benefits Tax Repeal Act of 2019
9.H.R.5 [116th]Equality Act
10.H.R.5428 [115th]Stand with UK against Russia Violations Act
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Forming Planets, Poetry Jam & Folk Music
Watch these new videos on the Library of Congress website.
Solving the Puzzles of Planet Formation in the Modern Era of Planet-Hunting
Elisa Quintana described NASA's Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite (TESS), which searched around our sun's nearest neighbors for Earth-size planets.
Art in Action: Conversation with Helen Zughaib
Helen Zughaib's work engages with contemporary political issues including the experiences of refugees and was on view in the Library exhibition "Art in Action: Herblock and Fellow Artists Respond to Their Times."
Members of the Washington, D.C. Youth Slam Team performed poems inspired by recordings, photographs and field notes from the American Folklife Center archives.
Read, Discover, Grow: Symposium on Diversity in Children's Literature
A symposium on diversity in children's literature, "Read, Discover, Grow:" included prominent authors and followed the 2019 ceremony for the Walter Dean Myers Awards, honoring literature for young readers.
Dick Spottswood: Mini Symposium
Renowned discographer, researcher, author, broadcaster and scholar of folk and ethnic music Dick Spottswood participated in a two-part event at the Library
Recorded Sound Research Centre of Library of Congress provides a historical perspective of Apollo’s Mission to the Moon
Washington, July 19 (Canadian-Media): Library of Congress' recordings of the celebration of the achievements of the US space program in bringing a human to the moon with the successful mission of Apollo 11 provides a historic perspective of these events, Library of Congress (LoC) reports said.
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In 1960s, radio was still the primary source for breaking news and National Broadcasting Company (NBC) had provided special coverage of nearly every development of the space race, beginning with the USSR’s launch of Sputnik through the harrowing journey of Apollo 13.
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NBC began recording portions of its network broadcasts in 1936, using metal discs coated in a thin layer of nitrocellulose, known today as lacquer discs. Each side of a lacquer could capture a 15 minute program. Magnetic tape would not be available in the US until after World War II. The radio record of the space race was captured on lacquer discs, a groove cut into a surface not far removed from the cylinders and shellac discs of the 1890s
The Library of Congress, through the NBC Radio Collection provides coverage of each launch, each milestone and each disappointment, in the march toward the moon and the stars beyond
using technologies to preserve the 20th century achievements were achievement of an earlier era.
NBC continued to record on to lacquer discs even after the advent of magnetic recording, which allowed for easy editing and longer playing times. When NBC donated their collection of these discs to the Library, it totaled over 125,000 discs. One of those discs reported the first words spoken on the moon.
NBC’s coverage of the space race can be heard in the Library of Congress' Recorded Sound Research Center (RSRC) and can be searched for in our SONIC catalog. These and thousands of recordings of radio broadcast are available for listening.
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It is reported that a close cousin of the stylus that engraved Thomas Edison’s voice onto a wax cylinder also traced the first reports of footsteps on an alien world.
(Reported by Asha Bajaj)
Palace Museum in Beijing launches digital products to transform cultural heritages into digital resources
Beijing (China) Jul 17 (Xinhua): Visitors experience panoramic Palace Museum with VR at the Palace Museum in Beijing, capital of China, July 16, 2019. The Palace Museum launched seven digital products to transform cultural heritages into digital resources during a press conference Tuesday. (Xinhua/Jin Liangkuai)
Visitors experience panoramic Palace Museum with VR at the Palace Museum in Beijing, capital of China, July 16, 2019. The Palace Museum launched seven digital products to transform cultural heritages into digital resources during a press conference Tuesday. (Xinhua/Jin Liangkuai)
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St. Petersburg (Fl, USA), Jun 11 (Canadian-Media): The Dali Museum, situated in St. Petersburg, Florida, United States, is an art museum is an active resource in the cultural life, of not only the community of St. Petersburg, Florida but also of the world community, and celebrates the life and works of Salvador Dalí (1904–1989) by providing delightful and educational exhibits to the visitors.
Dali Museum Entrance
The original Dali Museum opened in St. Petersburg, Florida, U.S.A in 1982 to bring the Morses’ collection of Salvador Dali’ s works to the area. Dali was one of the most celebrated artists of all time.
The Dali Museum's new building reportedly opened on January 11, 2011 combining the rational with the fantastical.
The visitors enter through The Dali Museum Store, on the first floor, featuring the largest collection of Dali-inspired merchandise in the world.
Second Floor houses The Dali Museum library, a unique resource for scholars, art professionals, collectors and students studying Salvador Dali, Surrealism and the Avant-garde and supports the Museum’s mission to serve as an active resource in the cultural life our community and the world at large. The administrative offices of the Museum are also located on this floor.
The library holds over 7,000 volumes; exhibition and sale catalogs; video, sound recordings and special collections pertaining to Salvador Dali’s work, his life, and other artists as well as genres related to Surrealism and the Avant-garde.
Special Collections include rare books, collectible books, manuscripts, correspondence, photographs, whole magazine collections and magazine and newspaper clippings. The library also contains the donated collection of New York collector and Dali archivist, Albert Field. The Field Collection consists of over 400 books, catalogs, limited prints, objects and research documents.
Applied research is conducted by the Museum staff specifically related to exhibitions and art history publications. The result of this research includes wall labels and text panels, exhibition brochures and educational material for docents.
The Library is open to scholars and researchers who have a specifically-defined project.
All of the galleries are located on the third floor. The James Family Wing holds the permanent collection of Dali’s works. The Hough Family Wing shares special exhibitions.
The James Family Wing The Hough Family Wing
The collection includes over 2,000 works in every medium of his artistic activity including 96 oil paintings, many original drawings, book illustrations, prints, sculpture, photos, manuscripts and an extensive archive of documents.
The six categories in which the works of Dali are portrayed are: Objects, Prints, Photographs, Works on Paper, Paintings and Book Illustration.
Aphrodisiac Telephone (Plastic (Bakelite) & City of Drawers (Etched Glass/Credit: Gift of
painted plaster lobster)/Credit: The Dalí of A. Reynolds & Eleanor Morse (EL5016)
Museum, St. Petersburg, Florida; Purchased
by the Salvador Dalí Museum, Inc.
The Lobster Telephone, the other title for Aphrodisiac Telephone is reportedly one of Dalí‘s most surreal and striking creations of an actual working telephone which is made of Bakelite with a plaster of paris lobster.
City of Drawers bowl in clear crystal is simple in shape on which Dalí portrayed a highly surrealistic seated figure and also superbly adapted to the transparent Steuben glass. The Steuben glass is today the leading and most highly valued products of the American glass industry.
Made by Montague Dawson (1895-1973), Wind and Sun…The Lightning an example of the original lithograph Dali altered to create "The Ship. " It is a good example of a print.
Made by Salvador Dali, L'Arc hystérique, also known by the other title, The Hysterical Arch, is a good example of ink on paper.
This exhibition examines the work and relationship of Belgium Surrealist painter Rene Magritte and the Spanish painter Salvador Dali. Magritte and Dali embody the goals of Surrealism by challenging the notion of what is real.
Surrealist Figure in Landscape of Port Lligat is another example of ink on paper.
Both Dali and Magritte used direct and pictorial representation, creating worlds where everything is recognizable, yet the details and relationships are radically changed and defy rational explanation presenting the enigmatic within the familiar.
Imp of the perverse (oil on canvas), 1928 symbolising the concept of holes in an image
Use of irrational spaces was a shared concept by both Dali and Magritte to create total confusion and disorder in order to achieve a total discrediting of the world of reality.
Fantasies Diurnes by Salvador Dalí, oil on canvas Cadaqués by Salvador Dalí, oil on canvas
A special exhibition, sponsored by Tampa International Airport, uses burgeoning augmented reality (AR) technology to engage visitors to highlight The Dali’s complete collection of its popular, Masterworks.
Visual Magic: Dali’s Masterworks in Augmented Reality — June 15, 2019 — November 3, 2019/Credit: Dali Museum
The term “masterworks” used by Dali Museum founder A. Reynolds Morse, refers to paintings exceeding five feet in height or width, painted over a period of a year or longer — in other words, they are both monumental in scale and critical Dali paintings. Through this exhibit, Museum visitors have an opportunity to gain a deeper understanding of the meaning behind these Salvador Dali works through the lens of AR.
(Reporting by Asha Bajaj)
Library of Congress launches online collection of Children’s Books to mark 100 years of Children’s Book Week
Washington, Apr 29 (Canadian-Media): A unique online collection of 67 historically significant children’s books published more than 100 years ago has been launched by the Library of Congress (LOC) has launched to celebrate the 100th anniversary of Children’s Book Week (April 29 to May 5, 2019), LOC reports said.
The 100th anniversary of Children’s Book Week will take place all year long with a dedicated week of celebrations, April 29 – May 5, 2019, and another week this fall, November 4-10!
Image credit: Library of Congress
Digital versions both of classic works still read by children today and of lesser-known treasures of Children’s Book Selections have been drawn from the Library’s collections.
The books in this collection from Humpty Dumpty to Little Red Riding Hood, the were published in the United States and England before 1924 and are no longer under copyright, and are free to read and share.
Three central themes are reflected in the selections:
The work of American illustrators such as W.W. Denslow, Peter Newell and Howard Pyle, as well as works by renowned English illustrators Randolph Caldecott, Walter Crane and Kate Greenaway are some of the highlights of the collection.
Featuring the 100th anniversary theme, “Read Now. Read Forever.,” the poster shows children of all ages reaching out to one another and sharing books.
Image Credit: Artwork by Yuyi Morales
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Washington, Apr 13 (Canadian-Media): The annual Earth and Space Science lecture series, now in its fourteenth year, would be hosted by the Library of Congress (LOC), LOC reports said.
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The series of lectures would be presented in partnership with the NASA Goddard Space Flight Center and the Science, Technology, and Business Division at LOC.
All of the lectures are free and open to the public. The lectures are always held at 11:30 a.m. in the Mary Pickford Theater of the James Madison Memorial Building, 101 Independence Ave., S.E., Washington, D.C.
The currently scheduled lectures are:
Tuesday, April 30
“Apollo at 50”: 'The Lasting Effect of Exploration of the Lunar Surface on Our Current Exploration of the Moon' by Dr. Noah Petro.
Using data from Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO), Dr Petro would discuss re-evaluating the geological samples from a planetary body provided by the Apollo missions to the Moon.
Thursday, May 9
“Solving the Puzzles of Planet Formation in the Modern Era of Planet-Hunting” by Dr. Elisa Quintana.
Dr. Quintana would discuss the wide array of planetary systems that NASA's Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite (TESS) may find. She would also describe the follow-up measurements that reveal clues as to which planets might be rocky and which may have Earth-like atmospheres, shedding light on how planets form and whether our Solar System is unique.
Thursday, June 13
“Hurricane Hunting NASA Style”
'Using Space-Based and Airborne Measurements to Better Understand and Predict Hurricanes' by Dr. Scott A. Braun.
Dr Braun would discuss our current understanding of challenging changes in storm intensity, storm structure, precipitation and storm surge and the suite of tools that NASA provides to improve understanding of these storms.
Thursday, Aug. 8
“Cosmic Explosions and Cosmic Accelerators”
'Gamma-rays and Multi-messenger Astronomy' by Dr. Regina Caputo.
Dr Caputo will discuss these jointly observed signals of astronomical processes, such as supernovae or gamma ray bursts and the contribution of the Fermi Gamma-ray Space Telescope at the forefront of this new era of astronomy.
Thursday, Sept. 12
“A Mud Matter”
'The Recent Discovery of Organic Matter Preserved in 3-billion-year-old Mudstones on Mars' by Dr. Jennifer Eigenbrode.
Dr Eigenbrode will discuss the discovery of organic carbon molecules by NASA’s Curiosity rover, some of the building blocks of life, in mudstones from a 3-billion-year-old Martian lakebed, how it was preserved and what the source might be.
Thursday, Oct. 17
“Exploring our Escaping Atmosphere”
'Going Above the Top of the World to Watch the Sky' by Dr. Douglas Rowland.
Dr Rowland would throw light on the earth's daily loss of tons of its atmosphere to space. He will also discuss the recent NASA suborbital rocket campaign and how these effects can be critical in determining the habitability of other planets.
Thursday, Nov. 7
“From Sun to Solar Wind: The Perplexing Solar Corona and the Space Environment it Creates” by Dr. Nicholeen Viall.
Dr Viall will discuss recent observations from STEREO and the Parker Solar Probe which show the constantly roiling complex dynamic at work, even when the Sun is relatively quiet.
Thursday, Dec. 5
“Space Lasers and Satellite Measurements”
'Ushering in a New Era of Spaceborne Laser Altimetry Dependent on Satellite Geodesy' by Dr. Scott B. Luthcke.
Dr Luthcke would discuss about the Advanced Topographic Laser Altimeter (ATLAS) aboard ICESat-2 and the Global Ecosystem Dynamics Investigation (GEDI) instrument on the International Space Station, their performance thus far and their dependence on satellite geodesy.
LOC maintains one of the largest and most diverse collections of scientific and technical information in the world, Its Science, Technology and Business Division provides reference and bibliographic services and develops the general collections of the library in all areas of science, technology, business and economics.
The Library of Congress is the world’s largest library offering access to the creative record of the United States, and from around the world, both on-site and online.
It is the main research arm of the U.S. Congress and the home of the U.S. Copyright Office.
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Washington, Apr 12 (Canadian-Media): Observance of Preservation Week by libraries all across the United States (U.S.) takes place during spring of each year, the Library of Congress (LOC) reports said.
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LOC, the oldest federal cultural institution in the US, is the research library officially serving the United States Congress and is the national library of the U.S.
Observance of Preservation Week by libraries all across US was initiated by LOC, Institute of Museum and Library Services, American Library Association, American Institute for Conservation, Society of American Archivists, and others how we can, individually and together, preserve our personal and shared collections.
During Preservation Week (usually the last week of April), visitors to the Library can pick up preservation bookmarks at the Library's visitor information desks.
Basic preservation information to raise awareness of preservation issues for both family heirlooms and for our communal cultural heritage and practical advice for caring for personal collections is offered by LOC by providing free public programs.
Most of the programs -- varied to cover different types of materials, such as books, paper, photographs, and digital files -- occur during Preservation Week (annually, in the springtime) and during the Library's National Book Festival (annually, at the end of summer).
LOC would celebrate Preservation Week 2019 with programming throughout the week, including behind-the-scenes tours of Preservation at the Library, a Preservation takeover of the Library’s main Twitter account, and tips presented by Library conservators.
Preservation staff from the Library occasionally participate in local K-12 programs, such as career day, National Reading Month, and other school, library, reading, and science initiatives.