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

Section of National Libraries

Annual Report 1994

Peter Scott
National Library of New Zealand
POB 1467
Wellington 1
New Zealand
Fax: (64-4) 4743060
is Chair of the Section of National Libraries.

Erland Kolding Nielsen

Royal Library
Christians Brygge 8
POB 2149
DK-10167 Copenhagen K
Fax: (45) 33329846
e-mail: ekn@admin.kb.bib.dk
is Secretary.

Standing Committee and Section Membership

The Section has 20 corresponding members from 15 countries, plus two corresponding members and one observer. Its registered members total 142, and it is the 6th largest professional group within IFLA .



The Section's Newsletter is issued with ISSN number 1019-8520. Issue No. 2 for 1993 and No. 1 for 1994 were published jointly in July 1994, covering the activities within the Section for the previous year. It is available free of charge from the Secretary, and is circulated to all registered members and SC members on a regular basis.

Section Papers

Several of the papers delivered during the Barcelona Conference in 1993 have been published: those of Ruth Wuest (Switzerland) on "From National Libraries to the Global Village Library: Networks Offe r New Opportunities for Traditional Libraries" and of Bendik Rugaas (Norway), present Chair of CDNL, on "Past, Present and Future Relations between the Section of National Libraries and the Conferenc e of Directors of National Libraries" were published in IFLA Journal 19(4):385-90(1993) and 20(2):141-44(1994). Others were published in Alexandria: The Journal of National and Internationa l Library and Information Studies in 1994 and 1995.

Havana Meetings

About 85 persons attended the open session of the Section, which was dedicated to the theme: "Twinning between National Libraries" including various types and forms of strategic and concrete cooperat ion.

Papers presented

The Cooperation Project between the Royal Library, National Library of Sweden and the Biblioteca Nacional Ruben Dario,  Nicaragua

The paper describes a twinning arrangement between Sweden and Nicaragua which has been in operation for seven years, and will be funded for an additional two years. The scope of the project covers cu ltural cooperation in the areas of libraries, theatres, museums, publishing and creative artistic works, all included in a bilateral framework.

The Cooperation between the National Library of Australia and the South East Asian and Pacific Regions

Working Together: The Australian and New Zealand National Libraries Joint Information Technology Project and its Wider Ramifications

The paper describes how two National Libraries have started to work together in a strategic alliance, the joint working arrangement lying somewhere between conventional cooperation and the full-scale merger of the two libraries. The venture is an essential means of carrying out core activities and has its own resources and organization. Covered in particular are the difficult areas that arise wi th this sort of organizational relationship, which is described in very general terms so that the Australian and New Zealand experience can be useful for other national libraries.

As the third of a series of area reports on the situation of national libraries worldwide was presented:

Informe de ABINIA sobre la situacion de las bibliotecas nacionales en America Latina a la Seccion de Bibliotecas Nacionales de IFLA

Finally, Marta Terry, National Librarian of Cuba, gave a presentation on the José Martí National Library of Cuba.