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Taiwan’s international library connections

Posted by worldlylibrarian on March 22, 2009

Taiwan is continuing to develop international library connections as a way of promoting their culture and making ancientĀ  Chinese manuscripts more widely available.

The latest initiative involvesĀ  Taiwan’s National Central Library signing an agreement with the National Library of Latvia to create indexes and bibliographies of the Chinese documents.

Taiwan Collection Centres have been set up in other countries such as Mongolia, Vietnam, and the Netherlands, while the National Library has also worked with the Library of Congress to digitize Chinese items in their collection.

Source: Lexis-Nexis/Taiwan Central News Agency

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Latvia to get books taken in WW2 back from Germany

Posted by worldlylibrarian on July 22, 2008

A report by the Baltic News Service mentions that, during a recent audit of their collections by the University of Berlin, about 40 books previously owned by the Latvian Parliament were discovered. These items were taken out of Latvia during World War Two, just another in a significant number of library collections disrupted during that conflict whose fate is still being decided.

The University has decided to return these books, mostly on politics and the economy from the late 19th and early 20th century, to their rightful owner, the Latvian parliamentary library, who are looking at ways to restore and display the material.

This is just one of a number of stories about ongoing attempts to repatriate library collections after war and conflict in Eastern Europe, including efforts by Latvia to get documents and films back from Russia, and a proposal by Lithuania at the OSCE to make it easier to recover such collections.

Source: (Lexis Nexis/Baltic News Service, July 22nd)

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Latvia want to reclaim documents and films in Russian Archives

Posted by worldlylibrarian on May 20, 2008

It’s not just wars that leave collections stuck on the wrong side of a border. There’s a news report about how the Latvian Culture Ministry hopes to reclaim various documents related to Latvia from the Soviet era, currently stored in the Russian State Archives. Russian law says that the documents are the property of Russia. Latvia declared independence from Russia in 1991, along with Lithuania and Estonia.

For now, Latvia is hoping to get copies of the films made from the Archives, though the cost is high.

Source, Lexis-Nexis, also New Europe.

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