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61st IFLA General Conference - Conference Proceedings - August 20-25, 1995

Section of Government Libraries

Annual Report 1994

Hans H. van der Neut
Room H-148
Ministry of Education and Science
POB 25000, 2700 LZ Zoetermeer
Fax: (31-79) 531953
is the Chair of the Section of Government Libraries.

Judith R. Bernstein

University of New Mexico
New Mexico 87131
Fax: (1-505) 2776019
e-mail: rosen@tagore.unm.edu
is Secretary.

Standing Committee and Section Membership

The Standing Committee has ten members from eight countries, an honorary advisor, and one corresponding member. The Section has 58 members: 10 association members, 45 institutional, and three Persona l Affiliates. For the seven libraries in developing countries registered for the Section, subscriptions to INSPEL are paid for by the Section. The SC is also proposing the subsidy of conference regis tration for the one SC member from a developing country. However, more funds need to be raised to encourage attendance of SC members from developing countries at IFLA Conferences.

Future Conferences

Istanbul 1995

The Section's open session will be on the theme: "The Internet: Finding Government Information".

Havana Meeting

The theme of the open session, attended by 40 persons, was "Government Libraries within the National Political Structure: Roles and Functions". Two papers were delivered and available in both English and Spanish.

Las bibliotecas gubernamentales en la estructura política nacional: roles y misiones

El sistema Nacional de Información Científica, surgimiento, desarrollo y estado actual. Misión y objectivos de los Comités de Coordinación para la Informació n (ramales y especialízados), organizados a partir de la estructura de la Administración Central del Estado cubano.

Las bibliotecas oficiales en Colombia

The paper deals with the organizational structure (laws, norms) of the government libraries of Colombia within the context of the country and their impact on the education, culture and the modernizat ion of the Colombian people. It provides comprehensive details of all the bibliographic materials and the sources from which they are acquired, the loan services to different levels of users, and the processes of modernization in accordance with the needs of the country. The paper further describes the methods used in promoting services and publications which assist users to access them. It als o describes relations between the many Colombian governmental institutions and the projected work to bring Colombian governmental libraries to an international level. In addition, the paper presents a vision of agricultural libraries in accordance with the Official Network of Services in the Colombian Agricultural Sector.