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68th IFLA General Conference and Council

Libraries for Life: Democracy, Diversity, Delivery

August 18th - 24th 2002, Glasgow, Scotland


Carnegie Workshop and Library Visit

Andrew Carnegie (1835-1919) was the most generous private benefactor of libraries in the world. After making his fortune in the steel industry in the U.S.A., his first gift, in 1881, was to establish a public library in his birthplace, the city of Dunfermline, about 30 miles from Glasgow. Subsequently more than 2,500 public libraries and over 100 academic libraries were gifted to towns and cities in a dozen or more countries in the English-speaking world between 1881 and 1919, including over 600 public libraries in Britain. Most are still in use today.

He also established a number of charitable foundations to carry on his work, and one of these helped to establish what has become today the Australian Library and Information Association. The Carnegie Trust for the Universities of Scotland has supported a number of recent library developments. The last of the many Foundations he established in North America was the Carnegie Corporation of New York, still one of the largest and most influential of the American foundations. Recently the Carnegie Corporation of New York has again become active in supporting library development, in Africa.

A special celebration of Andrew Carnegie: his legacy and buildings adaptation for the 21st Century will take place in the Glen Pavilion, Pittencrieff Park, Dunfermline on Thursday 22 August, with the following speakers in a morning Workshop session organised jointly with the Library Buildings and Equipment Section:

  • Jeffrey Scherer, Partner, Meyer, Scherer & Rockcastle Ltd. - Carnegie building adaptations in the USA
  • Maxine Rochester, formerly Charles Sturt University, Australia - The Carnegie Corporation and Libraries of the British Commonwealth in the 1920's and 19.30's
  • Gloria Primm Brown, Carnegie Corporation of New York, OR Stanley Ng'ang'a, Library Director, Kenya National Library Service. - The Carnegie Corporation's current Public Libraries Programme in Africa.

After lunch, participants in this Workshop will be invited to visit the Dunfermline Carnegie Library to view the original building and the recent extension and modernisation, and to tour the nearby Andrew Carnegie Birthplace Museum. Numbers for this workshop are limited to 100.

For those who do not wish to attend the morning Workshop session, a separate Library Visit to the Dunfermline Carnegie Library will also take place that morning, with a visit to the Birthplace Museum and some free time in Dunfermline after lunch. Numbers for this Library Visit are limited to 50.

Dunfermline is Scotlandís ancient capital, and there will also be an opportunity to visit the ancient Dunfermline Abbey, the ruins of the royal palace, and other local historic sites with their associations with Robert the Bruce and with Macbeth.

Buses for both the Workshop and the Library Visit leave the SECC at 0915 on Thursday morning. Participants in both the Workshop and the Library Visit programme will be taken directly to Edinburgh at the end of the afternoon for the evening events, and returned to Glasgow at their conclusion.


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