Libraries, Carnegie and Gates

Vista is here and here are a couple of videos to mark it .....

Gordon Brown, the Chancellor of the Exchequer in the UK, introduced Bill Gates at the Microsoft Government Leaders Forum Europe 2007 in Edinburgh during the week. He spoke about philanthropy and began by invoking the Scot Andrew Carnegie and his support of libraries, education and other causes. Bill Gates also began with Carnegie and noted the influence of Carnegie on the work of the Gates Foundation in support of libraries (which of course includes the good work of our Webjunction colleagues). He said that he was trying to live up to Carnegie's maxim: "He who dies rich, dies disgraced." A video of the event is available (click on the 'closing ceremony - English'); Bill Gates begins speaking at about 24 minutes. Bill Gates' talk is reported by the BBC.

In a somewhat shorter - and funnier - video, Jon Stewart interviews Bill Gates on the Daily Show.

Update: I notice that Bill Gates was also at the British Library on his trip for the UK launch of the consumer version of Vista. There was an announcement of a competition for public libraries to reveal treasures using the Turning the Pages system.

For the past decade we have created Turning the Pages versions of our greatest treasures, from Mozart's musical diary to Lewis Carroll's manuscript of Alice 's Adventures,” said Lynne Brindley. “Turning the Pages 2.0, which has been developed with Microsoft to demonstrate their new Windows Vista operating system, enables an even richer user experience and speeds up the process of creating a virtual text. [Hidden treasures brought to life]

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