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On this day one hundred years ago, Imperial German soldiers who had peacefully arrived in the Belgian city of Leuven (Fr: Louvain), having taken hostages and accepted the parole of its mayor on behalf of its citizens, without warning set fire to the city and massacred its inhabitants forever altering the city, its university's library, and the course of the war.
  • Belgian Judicial Report on the Sacking of Louvain in August 1914
  • The destruction and rebuilding of the Louvain Library: claim and counterclaim
  • [more inside] posted by Blasdelb on Aug 25, 2014 - 13 comments

    Lord Cobham was burnt alive, but I forget what for

    15 year old Jane Austen wrote a satrical history of English monarchs and now you can read it.
    posted by The Whelk on Feb 25, 2014 - 19 comments

    A new library for an old city

    The new central library of Birmingham (England), the largest public building of its type in Europe, is officially opened tomorrow by Malala Yousafzai. Reviews, pre-opening, have been largely positive [Independent] [Telegraph] [Guardian] [Residents] [Financial Times]. [more inside]
    posted by Wordshore on Sep 2, 2013 - 19 comments

    The Man, the author, his reader & her e-book

    The American Library Association fires the latest response in its tussle with publishers over e-books in public libraries, while in England, a government review of e-books in public libraries is announced.
    posted by Wordshore on Sep 28, 2012 - 36 comments


    Milton turns 400 today. The Morgan Library celebrates by exhibiting the last surviving pages of Paradise Lost manuscript. Just you wait for the movie! [more inside]
    posted by spamguy on Dec 9, 2008 - 23 comments

    Can Dumbing Down Save Our Libraries?

    Can Dumbing Down Save Our Libraries?
    An intersting story from The Sunday Herald that says libraries are facing a stark choice: modernize or die.
    The author say we just can't win, if we put in a bank of computers we are accused of dumbing things down, if we demand silence in the reading rooms and purchase books that aren't "popular" we find ourselves charged with elitism.
    He says the public library has an altruistic purpose of making knowledge freely available through the printed word. The trouble is that those high principles were undermined by the librarians themselves. Facing a revolution in communications, they tried to become all things to all people.
    He focuses on England, but I think many of these issues are international. Are public libraries out of date?
    posted by Blake on Aug 12, 2002 - 26 comments

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