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Germany returns books worth 2.5 million euros stolen from Italian libraries

“German authorities on Friday returned 500 historical books including original works by Renaissance scientists Galileo Galilei and Nicolaus Copernicus, stolen from Italian libraries three years ago, to Naples prosecutors. Most of the books, worth around 2.5 million euros, were stolen from the Girolamini library in Naples, according to Italian prosecutors. German authorities seized them in a Munich auction house at the Italians’ request.” (via Reuters)

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“German prosecutors say they will return to Italy more than 500 historic books, including original editions of works by Galileo Galilei and Nicolas Copernicus, that were seized in Munich after being stolen from Italian libraries. Munich prosecutors said Wednesday that the books, dating largely from the 16th and 17th centuries and estimated to be worth at least 2.5 million euros ($2.8 million), will be handed over to Italian judicial authorities on Friday.” (via The Associated Press)

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Oldest known Torah scroll found in library of Italian university

“What is being described as the oldest Torah scroll known to exist has been discovered in the library of the University of Bologna.The parchment scroll, 36 meters long and 64 cm high, previously had been wrongly catalogued as dating from the 17th century, a university statement said.“Instead, ‘Roll 2? was copied in a period between the second half of the 12th and the early 13th century 1155-1225 and is therefore the most ancient complete Hebrew scroll of the Torah known today,” according to the statement.” (via Jewish Telegraphic Agency)

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Italian public library records added to WorldCat

“OCLC has added the records of a group of more than 100 public libraries in the province of Trento, Italy, to WorldCat. This addition significantly increases the number of Italian language records in the world’s largest database of items held in libraries. With their records in WorldCat, these Italian libraries’ collections are more visible and accessible to people around the world interested in Italian literature, history and culture.”

via OCLC

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Italian museums to close Nov 12 over budget cuts

Reuters – “Italian museums, archaeological sites, public libraries and theatres will shut down on November 12 in a nationwide protest against government funding cuts to cultural events. Organizers of the protest said on Thursday an austerity budget passed by parliament this summer cut arts and cultural funds by 58 million euros ($82.02 million) annually in 2011 and 2012.”

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INTERVIEW – Court ruling will not affect Italy ops – Google

Reuters – “A senior Google Inc. executive dismissed any impact on the company’s Italian business from a court ruling on a cyber-bullying case, as the company unveiled a deal with the Italian government to digitise books. A Milan court last month gave six-month suspended jail terms to three Google executives, convicting them of violating the privacy of an autistic Italian boy by letting a video of him being bullied be posted on the site in 2006.”

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A digital renaissance: partnering with the Italian Ministry of Cultural Heritage

Google Blog – “Today we’re announcing an agreement with the Italian Ministry of Cultural Heritage that will push this vision forward. Working with the National Libraries of Florence and Rome, we’ll digitize up to a million out-of-copyright works. The libraries will select the works to be digitized from their collections, which include a wealth of rare historical books, including scientific works, literature from the period of the founding of Italy and the works of Italy’s most famous poets and writers. It marks the first time we’ve ever joined forces with Italian libraries, and the first time we’ve worked with a ministry of culture.”

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