The Dutch town of Delft - long famous for pottery and as the birthplace of Vermeer, the great 17th century artist, - is now taking on new associations.
The Dutch town of Delft - long famous for pottery and as the birthplace of Vermeer, the great 17th century artist, - is now taking on new associations. The already huge Technical Library of Delft University is to become an OEEC centre for translations of East European publications.
Decision to establish the centre was made at an OEEC meeting in Paris October 12, at which American and Canadian representatives were present with their European colleagues.
The University Library is already noted for its section devoted to "scientific literature difficult of access", whose translations are available of technical periodicals and books published in many different countries and languages. The film shows how a student sets about obtaining a translation of part of a Russian scientific book.
Founded in 1910, the library contains nearly a quarter of a million reference books, and current scientific periodicals. The new centre will set up a permanent connection between national centres handling similar translations. There will be an index of translations available, and new additions will be publicised in regular bulletins.
The United States is to make a big contribution from its stock of technical translations. Facilities at the OEEC centre in Delft will be available to the public for a small fee.