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Newsletter of the Section for Latin America and the Caribbean

N. 35, December 1999

The "Newsletter" is published twice a year in June and December by IFLA's Regional Office for Latin America and the Caribbean. It is a major communication tool for IFLA members in the region. Please share your ideas and experiences by sending your contribution and suggestions to the Regional Office.

Editorial Committee:
Elizabet Maria Ramos de Carvalho (BR)
Stella Maris Fernández (AR)
Miriam Martinez (CU)

Ivone Tálamo (BR)

Editorial, Revision Approval:
Elizabet Maria Ramos de Carvalho

Spanish translation and revision:
Stella Maris Fernández

English translation and revision:
Hagar E. Gomes (BR)



In this issue we decided to publish a panorama of the LAC section activities from 1994 to 1999 so that you have an idea of its performance in the period. It is important to highlight the seriousness and dedication of the present and past LAC Staff and Standing Committee professionals, as well as their professional quality and the important functions they have in their countries what gives them the professional respect of their colleagues. Thay are all qualified to speak about Latin American and Caribbean questions and to very well represent IFLA in the region.

Dr. Jose Adolfo Rodriguez Gallardo, from Mexico, was reelected IFLA/LAC Section president and Librarian Alice Miranda Argueda was elected its secretary. Dr Adolfo Rodriguez was also elected chairman of Division VIII (Regional Activities) and Ms. Amelia Mackenzie (Asia/Oceania) secretary. They are all competent and renowned professionals and we are sure that Africa, Asia and Oceania and LAC Sections are very well represented

Our best thanks to Miriam Martinez, who left the IFLA/LAC Section secretariat, for her excelent work, always contributing to the development of associations of Latin American and Caribbean librarians. We want to also record the end of the mandate of Blanca Hodge and Maria Elena Zapata as IFLA/LAC Standing Committee members. Blanca was one of the more acting members of the Section and one of the stronger links between the Section/Regional Office and the Caribbean colleagues. Maria Elena performed an important role as President of the Section and as Chair of Division VIII. She represented very well the region in all the international events and she was a very good spokeswoman of IFLA, showing to the Latin American and Caribbean professionals the importance of joining the Federation. Both were unanimously choosed as Section Advisors during the Standing Committee meeting in Bangkok.

The 65th IFLA General Conference held in Bangkok was attended by a great number of delegates. It was a great success and the kindness and attention of the Thai colleagues remarkable. We hope that at the next conference, to be held in Jerusalem, we will have the same attendance.

When we approach the last year of the millenium, in a world where all the advancements of technology were not enough to end poverty and where we can see lots of people who do not have even access to books, we would like to honor the thousands of librarians of Latin America and the Caribbean who, earning very low wages, struggle to bring a bit of light to the poor people assisted by them. We are talking here of the kind of light represented by the magic of reading books. They live and work in areas that do not have access to latest word in technology, they may be in the Pampas of Argentina, in the Mountains of Mexico, in the Andes, in the islands of the Caribbean, or in the hinterlands of Brazil. It doesn't matter where they are, what really matters is the giant and silent work they are doing, the work that deserves our more moved and respectful words. We dedicate this number of the Newsletter to these dear and, many times, forgotten colleagues.

As the year comes to an end, we wish to all our colleagues a very happy New Year and we thank all the collaborators of the Newsletter, particularly the Official Press of the São Paulo State, Brazil, the Directorate of Public Libraries of the State of Bahia, Brazil, and the translators and editors, specially Stella Maris Fernández and Hagar Espanha Gomes for their excellent work. We also thank the FEBAB - Brazilian Federation of Librarian Associations which hosted the Regional Office Clearinghouse from 1991 to 1999 and DANIDA for its support of Latin American and Caribbean professionals, and ALP its support of LAC projects and the Regional Office.

Publications Received ("Clearinghouse")

The Clearinghouse maintains sets of conference papers and other IFLA publications. All papers listed below are avaialable for copies at the Regional Office Clearinghouse. Please note the news below each reference, they might interest you

  • Asociacion de Bibliotecarios Graduados de la República Argentina. Referencias. Vol.4, Numero 1, abril 1999.

  • CERLALC. Boletim Informativo. Numero 20, 1999.

  • Colegio de Bibliotecólogos y Archivologos de Venezuela. Informativo, No. 7, Caracs, enero, 1999.

  • Conselho Federal de Biblioteconomia. CFB Informa. Ano 4 - No. 5, Brasília, julho, 1999.

  • Conselho Regional de Biblioteconomia da 8a Região. Bibliotecário e Técnico em Biblioteconomia: Legislação. 11a gestão, 1997/1999. .

  • IBICT. Informativo. Vol. 19, Numero especial comemorativo dos 45 anos do IBICT, 1999.

  • IFLA Offices for UAP & International Lending. Proceedings of an International Conference held in Kuopio, Finland, May 1999: Solving Collection Problems through Repository Strategies. Edited by Pauline Connolly, 1999.

  • IFLA Journal. Vol. 24, No. 1,1998.

  • IFLA Professional Reports: No. 58. Proceedings of the IFLA/UNESCO Pre-Conference Seminar on Public Libraries: Public Libraries as the Gateway to the Information Society: the Revision of the IFLA Guidelines for Public Libraries, Noordwijk, Netherlands, 12-14 August 1998. Compiled and edited by IFLA Headquarters under the auspices of the IFLA Section for Public Libraries. The Hague, IFLA Headquarters, 1999.

  • IFLA Advancement of Librarianship Programme. Project report No. 13. Suministro de información rural en Países en desarrollo - Medición del desempeño e impacto. Preparado por la UNESCO a nombre de IFLA. Uppsala University Library, 1999.

  • IFLA Core Programme on Preservation and Conservation. News. No.18, March 1999.

  • IFLA Journal. Vol. 25 , No.3, 1999.

  • IFLA Section for Asia and Oceania. Newsletter. No. 11:1 June, 1999.

  • IFLA Section of Art Libraries. Newsletter. No 44, 1999.

  • IFLA Section of Children’s Libraries. SCL News. 10 August, 1999.

  • IFLA Section of School Libraries and Resource Centers. Newsletter. Number 34, May, 1999.

  • IFLA Section on Acquisition and Collection Development. Newsletter. No. 19, Summer, 1999.

  • IFLA Section on Document Delivery and Interlending. Newsletter. January, 1999.

  • Ministerio de la Presidencia. Boletim Oficial del Estado. Madrid, España. Año CCCXXXIX, Numero 126, Fascículo segundo, Jueves 27 de mayo, 1999.

  • UNAL Info. No. 23, mai 1999.

International Calendar

24-28XI National Seminar on University Libraries, Florianopolis, Sta. Catarina, Brazil
2-58th International Congress on Medical Librarianship, London, UK
6-13Annual Conference of the American Library Association, Chicago, USA
13-1866th IFLA General Conference, Jerusalem, Israel /Information for Cooperation: creating the global library of the future
24-30XIX Brazilian Congress of Librarianship and Documentation, porto Alegre, RS, Brazil
16-2250 th Congress and Worl Conference of FID, Brasilia, Brazil
14-21Annual Conference of the American library Association, USA
19-2667th IFLA General Conference, Boston, USA - Libraries and Librarians: making a difference in the knowledge age
18-2468th IFLA General Conference, Glasgow, Scotland
1-369th IFLA General Conference, Berlim, Germany
  70th IFLA General Conference, Buenos Aires, Argentina
  70th IFLA General Conference, Seoul, Korea

IFLA and its Sections


IFLA Goes to Buenos Aires in 2004

During the closing session of the IFLA conference in Bangkok last September, it was announced that IFLA would hold its 2004 conference in Buenos Aires. It was also announced that the 2006 conference would be held in Seoul. “It was a very difficult decision” said Nancy John, Chair of IFLA’s Conference Planning Committee. “Both the finalists had made excellent bids. In the end the chance of holding our conference for the first time in Latin America was the unique selling point that won it for Buenos Aires.”

The other finalist was Seoul. The commitment of the Korean government to the success of the conference was an especially attractive feature of this bid. The bid was so good, that the Executive Board decided to offer the 2006 conference to Seoul. Following usual IFLA practice, expressions of interest to hold the conference in 2005 are now open.

(Ross Shimmon- Secretary General - Press Release, September 13, 1999)

Newly Elected IFLA’s Executive Board Members

Ingrid Parent - Director General, Acquisitions and Bibliographic Services, National Library of Canada since 1994. Her affiliation with IFLA includes — Member, Professional Board (1997), Chair, Division IV Bibliographic Control (1997), Chair, Section on Cataloguing Standing Committee (1995-1999) and Member and Chair, Working Group on ISBD(S) Revision (1998).

Borge Sorensen (Re-elected) - City Librarian, Copenhagen Public Libraries since 1986. He has been a member of IFLA’s Executive Board since 1995.

Claudia Lux - Director General, Zentral - und Landesbibliothek Berlin - Berliner Stadtbibliothek (East Berlin) and Amerika Gedenkbibliothek (West Berlin) since 1997. Her affiliation with IFLA includes — Board Member, German Libraries Association (1995), Board Member, Association of Librarians and Assistants (1995) and Member, IFLA National Committee (1996).

Jeronimo Martínez González - Director of the Biblioteca de Andalucía since 1995. His library-related experience includes — Member, Consejo Asesor del Centro Andaluz de las Letras since 1998 and Member, Consejo Asesor of the Cuadernos de Biblioteconomía y Documentacion, edited by the University of Extremadura since 1998.

(IFLA/HQ Press Release, August 25, 1999)

Newly Elected IFLA’s Professional Board Members

Chair - Ralph W. Manning, Canada

Division I - Winston Tabb, USA

Division II - Hans-Christoph Hobohm, Germany

Division III - Ms Glenys Willars, United Kingdom

Division IV - Ms Ia McIlwaine, United Kingdom

Division V - Christopher Wright, USA

Division VI - Ms Wanda Dole, USA

Division VII - Ms Lis Byberg, Norway

Division VIII - Adolfo Rodríguez Gallardo, Mexico

(IFLA/HQ Press Release, August 27, 1999)

OCLC to Sponsor New IFLA Early Career Development Fellowship

At the IFLA General Conference in Bangkok, Thailand, the International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA) and OCLC announced the IFLA/OCLC Early Career Development Fellowship, which will support library and information science professionals who are in the early stages of their career development and from countries with developing economies.

Up to four fellowship recipients a year will travel to OCLC Headquarters in Dublin, Ohio, USA, for four weeks to participate in an intensive program of lectures, seminars and mentoring.

“This new kind of cooperation between IFLA and OCLC is really a great achievement, which will allow librarians from developing countries to come to the United States, have good technical training, and visit a few North American libraries,” said Christine Deschamps, president of IFLA and OCLC Board of Trustees member. “I can only hope that other bodies will join us and give additional funding to help more librarians to come each year.”

“As the leading global library cooperative, OCLC is in a position to promote the evolution of libraries worldwide,” said Jay Jordan, OCLC president and CEO. “This career development program, created in collaboration with IFLA, has the potential to positively affect individuals, their institutions, their countries and the global knowledge management practices of the future. The OCLC membership will also benefit from the diverse viewpoints and experiences the Early Career Development fellows will bring to the program.”

“The program will be designed to provide as much background as possible on emerging technologies and their role in global cooperative librarianship,” said Martin Dillon, executive director of the OCLC Institute. “It will provide advanced, continuing education and exposure to a broad range of issues in information technologies and library operations.”

Early Career Development fellows will participate in OCLC Institute seminars, observe portions of an OCLC Users Council meeting, and visit selected North American libraries.

More information is available from the OCLC Institute on the Web at :
via telephone at +1-614-764-6357, or by writing to the OCLC Institute at:
6600 Frantz Rd., Dublin, Ohio, USA, 43017

(Press Release, August 24, 1999, Nita Dean, Manager of Public Relations OCLC)

Unesco Awards IFLA US$ 10,000 For New Legal Deposit Guidelines

UNESCO has granted an amount of US$ 10,000 to IFLA, with the aim of updating the “Guidelines for Legal Deposit”, prepared by Jean Lunn and published by UNESCO in 1981. This revision will incorporate new forms of publishing, including audiovisual material and networked electronic publications.

The project is a direct follow-up to one of the recommendations adopted at the successful IFLA International Conference on National Bibliographic Services, held in Copenhagen, November 1998. The programme will be coordinated and carried out on behalf of IFLA by the National Library of Canada in close consultation with the Conference of Directors of National Libraries (CDNL). It is expected to be completed before the end of 1999.

IFLA’s Secretary General, Ross Shimmon, commenting today on the grant, said: “IFLA is delighted to receive this award from UNESCO. It is proof positive that IFLA conferences lead to direct action. Legal Deposit is an essential tool to ensure the survival of the record of human intellectual endeavour for posterity. These new guidelines will enable that tool to be sharpened up for the digital age”.

Further information from:
Sjoerd Koopman - International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA)
Prins Willem Alexanderhof 52595 BE The Hague Netherlands
Tel: 31-70-3140884 Fax: 31-70-3834827

The people of the book invite the keepers of the book

On behalf of the Israel National Organising Committee and the Israeli library community, we warmly invite all IFLA members to Jerusalem for the 66th IFLA General Conference in the year 2000.

The IFLA Conference is the most important professional international event within lhe library and information community. It brings together delegates, experts and suppliers from all over the world, to meet, exchange ideas, share experiences, introduce new technologies and to influence the development of libraries and information centres, both nationally and globally.

The Israeli National Organising Committee has chosen the theme “Information for Cooperation: Creating the Global Library of the Future” for the 66th IFLA Conference in Jerusalem. The key word of the theme is co-operation, towards which we shall all be aiming. It is to these goals - international, multilingual and multicultural co-operatíon throughout lhe library and information community - that the 66th IFLA Conference in Jerusalern commits itself and invites all of its colleagues throughout the world to participate, contribute and celebrate in Jerusalem in lhe year 2000.

Jerusalem the venue of the conference, is best characterised by its name in Hebrew, which means “city of peace’ The city has a history of over 4000 years and is holy to the three monotheistic religions Judaísm, Christianity and Islam. It is famous for its beauty and unique atmosphere - a blend of ancient and modern. Jerusalem is lhe most suitable setting for the 66th IFLA Conference, especially in the year 2000, the start of a new milleniurn and a new beginning. The Israelí library community is waiting to welcome you all warmly in Jerusalem.

Theme- “Information for cooperation: creating the global library of the future”.

The enormous potential for international co-operation in the exchange and utilisatíon of information which todays technology offers, and tomorrow’s technology promises, presents a unique opportunity to library and information professionals. The growing demand for bibliographic exchange, multicultural Internet resources, research unhampered by geographic or linguistic limitations, and cross-cultural networking, both in the sense of online technolgy and offline partnerships, is a challenge to libraries which should be welcomed and which must be addressed.

The Global information infrastructure which is developing and which will surely be in place early in the 2lst century, will require information professionals with a sense of obligation, both to their national needs and to the larger goals of the international community, to digitise, navigate, distribute and preserve all the world’s knowledge for all the worlds people.


  • Exchange of electronic bibliographic data
  • Cross-cultural networking partnerships
  • The multicultural Internet
  • Management of information: “librarianship for the 2lst century
  • The on-site hbrary in the era of the virtual library
  • Educating the professional for the Global Information Infrastructure
  • Research in a global environment
  • The study of reading in the digital society
  • Preservatíon of the past for the future

Organizing Committee

Professor Sara Japhef, Director, the Jewish National and University Library

Vice president:
Professor Bluma Peritz, Director, School of Library, Archives and Information Studies, the Hebrew University of Jerusalem

CeciIe Panzer, Chairperson. Israel Society of Special Libraries and Information Centres

Liaison officers:
General Research Libraries: Karen Sitton
Special Libraries: Sanda Berkowitz
Libraries Serving the General Public: Ora Nebenzahl
Biblioqraphic Control: Snunith Shoham
Collections and Services: Naomi Barzely
Managernent and Technology: Elhanan Adler
Education and Research: Bluma Perttz
Regional Activities: Cecile Panzer

Registration Fees
ParticipantAccornpanying Person
Before 15 May 2000US$ 375US$ 425
After 15 May 2000 US$ 200US$ 250

Participant Registratíon Fees ínclude: Admission te sessions, conference material, conference kit and badge admission to thc exhibition, library visits, social events as listed in the programme and a walking tour of the Old City of Jerusalem

Accompanying Person Registration Fees include:Admission to exhibition, Iibrary visits, social events listed in the programme, one walking tour and the Accompanying Persons Tour.

More information:
Peltours-Te’um Congress Organisers
POB 52047, Jerusalem 93420, ISRAEL
Street Address 9 HaUman St., Suite 207, Jerusalem 93420. ISRAEL
Tel 972 2 648 1245
Fax 972 2 648 1305
Website http://archive.ifla.org/IV/ifla66/66intro.htm

Substantial NCLIS Grant for IFLA

Like in the previous years the U.S. Department of State has made contributions to the programme for International Contributions for Scientific, Educational and Cultural Activities (ICSECA). A portion of the funds of the fiscal year 1999 has been allocated to the U.S. National Commission on Libraries and Information Science (NCLIS) to support international information, library and archive material.

A contribution of $ 12,500 has been approved for IFLA! The funds will be allocated to three projects that were identified and submitted as proposals to NCLIS, earlier this year:

  • Support for a Seminar on Universal Bibliographic control and UNIMARC in Georgia.
  • Production of a Practical Guide on Providing Library and Information Services to Disadvantaged Persons.
  • Revision of the ISBD Standard for Serial Publications.

IFLA is very grateful to the US Government and to NCLIS for this generous support.

(Press release: June 1, 1999 )

Obituary - Else Granheim

It is our sad duty to inform you that Else Granheim President of IFLA from 1979 until 1985 passed away after a long illness on 7 March 1999.

Else Granheim had been active in IFLA since 1962, heginning first as a corresponding member of the then Committee on Library Buildings. When IFLA held its 41st Council and General Confercnce in Oslo in 1975, Ms. Granheim was Chair of the Norwegian Organizing Committee. She continued her IFLA involvement as a Standing Committee member of the Section of Public Libraries and also served on IFLA’S Executive Board from 1977 until 1979, before she was elected President at the Council meeting held in Copenhagen.

Parallel with her IFLA work Ms Granheim was Director of the Norwegian Directorate for Public and School Libraries, a position she held until her retirement in 1991. She was also a member of the Norwegian UNESCO Commission, and a member of the UNESCO PGI Intergovernmental Council before her IFLA Presidency, and then represented IIFLA at these meetings as its President.

During Ms Granheim’s tenure as President. she was particularly involved in developing relations with IFLA’s sister organizations, FID (International Federation for Information and Documentation) and ICA (International Council on Archives) and convened a high-level policy meeting of these organizations with IFLA in Bellagio, Italy, in 1980. In that same Year IFLA held its first ever General Conference in a developing country, in Manila. Although Ms. Granheim may best be remembered for the establishment of the ALP Core Programme, she was a true internationalist. As she said in her Presidential Address in 1981: “We live in a world in which blessings are unevenly and unjustly distributed, and this applies not only to food and the necessities of life. This holds true just as much for the spiritual stimulus one gets through books and other printed matter, as well as for the information necessary for education and craft and for assuming our roles as conscientious citizens.”

She will he missed by all who knew her, and appreciated her professionalism, her beliefs, her humor and her warmth.

(IFLA headquarters staff -Carol Henry, Reference 2, Thu. 11 Mar 1999)

IFLA/UNESCO Pre-Conference Seminar on Public Libraries as the Gateway to the Information Society

The Proccedings of the seminar were compiled and edited by IFLA Headquarters under the auspices of the IFLA Section of Public Libraries. The seminar brought together 25 experts from 20 countries. The primary objectives of the seminar were to obtain advice and guidance on the shape and contents of a revised set of guidelines and standards for public libraries and to place the revision in the context of public library development in different parts of the world set against the background of the rapidly changing information society. During the seminar the participants spent time in smaller groups discussing the maior issues to be resolved. Papers were presented from various country/regional viewpoints by Kay Raseroka (Africa), Peter Klinic (Central and Eastern Europe), Ku Joo Bee (Malaysia), Didier Alvarez and Gloria Maria Rodriguez (Latin America); Kerstin Hassner (Nordic countries); Barhara Clubb (Canada): Rob Bruijnzeels(Netherlands). The conclusions and list of participants are also included.
The title is available from IFLA Headquarters, POB 93312, 2509 CH The Hague. Netherlands as Professional Report No. 58, for NLG 45.00 plus postage.
ISBN: 90-7091 6-69-X

Publications Posted to IFLANET

The IFlA Section of Art Libraries has posted the 2nd revised and enlarged edition, 1996, of the Multilingual Glossary for Art Libraries in English with indexes in Dutch, French. German.
Italian, Spanish and Swedish to IFLANET. It is available at

The PAC Core Programme has posted the IFLA Principles for the Care and Handling of Library Material, compiled and edited by Edward P. Adcock with the assistance of Marie-Thérèse Varlamoff and Virginie Kremp to IFLANET. They are available at

Unimarc guideline No.5 - The UBCIM Core Programme has posted UNIMARC Guideline No. 5: Multilevel Description Encoding Options for UNIMARC to IFLANET. This Guideline ilustrates how an agency may encode multilevel description using the UNIMARC format. It is available (like the first four guidelines) free of charge from the UBCIM Office and is also posted at


Danida Travel Grant for developing countries

In 1998 the Danish Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Danida, allocated a generous grant for the purpose of setting up a Conference Travel Fund. The intention was for librarians from developing countries, to attend the IFLA General Conferences. The grant runs for a three-year period to start with, and the IFLA Bangkok Conference 1999 was the first conference to which the Danida Travel Grant (DGT) could be applied. The sponsorship covers registration, travel, accomodation and per diem. Danida gave IFLA ALP the responsibility for administering the grant and a DTG Selection Committe was appointed.

In October 1998 the grant was announced with February 1 as the closing date. More than 400 applications were received from all over the world. The IFLA Regional Sections made a ranking and in March the DTG Selection Committe met in Uppsala to make the final selection. At the selection the geographical spread, type of library and the expected ”trickle down” effects were especially considered. There were many good applicants who deserved to get a grant, but only 40 candidates could be selected. They came from 35 different countries. From the Latin American and Caribbean Region the following countries were represented: Argentina, Bolivia, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba, Trinidad and Uruguay. Most of the candidates had e-mail connections which facilitated communications between us. Only one candidate could not be reached with the good news and instead we made another person happy. As many as 38 persons managed to make it.

In Bangkok the Thailand Grant Committee, headed by Dr. Pensri, handled the ticketing, accomodations and the programme, and did so admirably.

For many grantees it was the first time they were outside their country, and they were very keen on learning and making new contacts. We had asked the grantees to write a short narrative evaluation of the conference, and in those received so far the grantees found the conference very informative and beneficial for their profession. Meeting with colleagues from all over the world and creating networks, making new friends, sharing experiences, participating in the different sessions, and visiting the exhibition to see all the latest in the library world, were noted by many attendees as very interesting and important. All stressed ”the good organisation of travel arrangements, both before, during and after the conference, beautiful accomodations at spacious hotels with both good and caring management and staff”, and also the warm Thai hospitality. It was a worth while venture for the grantees.

Now it is time to announce the grant for the 66th IFLA General Conference, which takes place in Jerusalem, 13-18 August 2000. A new group of grantees will have the chance to attend ”the most important event in Librarianship”.

(Birgitta Sandell - ALP).

Danida Travel Grant - 2000

IFLA ALP is pleased to announce the availability of the Danida Travel Grant, to support a number of delegates from developing countries to attend the IFLA General Conference, to be held in Jerusalem, 13-18 August 2000.

Priority will be given to younger professionals with a minimum of 5 years of experience in the field of libraries. In appointing the grants, the Grants Committee will look for a balance between all sectors of library & information work. Applications, including professional curriculum vitae and information on present occupation should be submitted as soon as possible.

Criteria for allocation of the Danida Travel Grant:

  • Candidates are from developing countries (according to Worldbank standards).
  • Priority to younger professionals.
  • Priority to applicants who are not regular IFLA conference attendees.
  • Wide geographic distribution.
  • General quality of application.
  • Professional background and experience: level of education, positions held and professional experience in general. Type of library experience is also considered in order to get balance between all sectors of library and information work.
  • Committed letter of application and well presented CV.

Deadline of application: 1 February 2000.
Application forms can also be requested from the ALP office
c/o Uppsala University Library
Box 510
SE-751 20 UPPSALA, Sweden
Fax: +46 18 471 3994


Latin America and the Caribbean Section Report

The Standing Committee of Latin America and the Caribbean, considered important to present a summary of the main activities developed since 1994, starting from the 60th IFLA General Conference, held in Cuba, until now, as a consequence of its efforts for contributing to the development of librarianship and of the professional excellence of librarians. Another important point was to make IFLA more known in the area. We should point out that, in the reached results, the Regional Office and ALP program support played an important role along with the institutional and governmental help in those countries that held different professional events promoted by the Section.

I Professional Events.
1994: 60th IFLA General Conference, held in Havana, Cuba. For the first time a general conference took place in a Latin American and Caribbean country. Of the 940 foreign delegates that took part in the conference, 150 were local professionals, a number that ,added to more than 400 Cuban librarians, represents a great Latin-American and Caribbean presence in a IFLA meeting. 70 conferences and 30 posters were presented by different local delegates.

1995 (March): Seminar about the identification and evaluation of the Central America librarian needs and projects design, held in Manágua, Nicaragua.

1996 (April): Seminar on librarian services in rural and semi-urban areas, held in Piura, Peru.

1997 (March): Seminar on development tools: identification and evaluation of the Caribbean librarian needs and projects design, held in Martinique.

1998 (March): Seminar on the Public Library UNESCO Manifest, held in Salvador- Bahia , Brazil.

1999 (March): Latin-American Seminar of Librarians and Related Professionals Associations: “The Future Associations”, held in Mexico, D.F.., Mexico.

II. Standing Committee Meetings.
Right after each seminar previously mentioned, there is a Committee meeting, what was revealed to be very profitable, because it allows the use of the country’s financial support and organizational elements. It is important to mention the financial support that IFLA HQ provided to the Section so that the members of the Committee had the opportunity to attend the meetings.

The meeting held in Belo Horizonte, Brazil, 1994, is a milestone in the Section process, since there was financial support not only by IFLA, but also by other international institutions, like UNESCO, and local and national institutions, which had contributed to the event development. Likewise, Standing Committee members efforts were important, since through them and the institutions they belong a great amount of financial, human, material, technical resources, were raised to support the IFLA actions; what highlighted its presence in the region. It was precisely in this meeting in Belo Horizonte, Brazil, that there was a suggestion of linking the Standing Committees meeting with a professional event, an idea that has been applied ever since.

On the other hand, in the general Conferences, the Standing Committee meets in two occasions aiming to discuss and to move forward in the actions attributed to the Section. Also, the Standing Committee Staff, President, Secretary and Manager of the Regional Office, have been participating in the Coordination Committee meetings that are organized in each general conference, as well as in the ones that are accomplished every two years in Uppsala, Sweden. It should be mentioned that Birgitta Bergdahl (IFLA/ALP) and Winston Roberts(IFLA/HQ) participated actively of the Standing Committee meetings.

III. Medium Term Program.
The Medium Term Program designed for the period 1997 - 2001 counted on the active participation of all Section members. In its design there was the introduction of strategic planning techniques.

IV. Projects.
During this period 14 projects sponsored by the ALP Program were carried out:

  • 7 Creation of an Association of Librarianship Schools of the South Cone. Coordinated by Escuela de Bibliotecologia de la Universidad de Montevideo, Uruguay.
  • 27/316 INFOBILA. Database on Latin-American information and librarianship. Coordinated by Centro Universitario de Investigaciones Bibliotecológicas (CUIB) of UNAM.
  • 36 Attention to indigenous communities through public library services. Coordinated by the National Library of Venezuela.
  • 48 Research on national informational sources and services of the OECS members and revision of its development plans.
  • 306 Librarianship course for Aruba and Netherlands Antilles personnel. Coordinated by Asociacion Antillana de Bibliotecas Públicas.
  • 315 Seminar for the identification and evaluation of Central America librarian needs and projects design. Coordinated by the National Library of Nicaragua.
  • 323 Seminar on development Tools. Coordinated by the University Library of Martinique.
  • 326 International seminar on universal bibliographical control. Coordinated by Centro Universitario de Investigaciones Bibliotecológicas (CUIB) of UNAM.
  • 328 International seminar on reading production and encouragement regarding indigenous languages. Coordinated by the National Library of Venezuela.
  • 333 Regional seminar on UNESCO Manifest on Public Library. Coordinated by the Directorate of Public Libraries of the State of Bahia, Brazil.
  • 334 Latin-American seminar of Librarian Associations and Related Professionals: “The Future Associations” Coordinated by Universidad Nacional Autónoma de Mexico.

Moreover, the Section was represented in the Intra-Regional Project 400 on standards for the evaluation of the information to supply rural communities in the developing countries. In the Seminar held in Bostwana in 1994, the participants reached the following conclusion: the need to stimulate a culture of critical analysis, investigation and continuous evaluation of the information services of the African rural communities. Recognizing that evaluation standards for the supply of rural information are needed not only in Africa, but in all the developing countries, it was adopted a broader range of execution and it was established a workgroup of six people, all of them committed with the study and operation of rural information services in Africa, Asia and Latin America. The group was coordinated by Diana Rosenberg (UK) and it had as participants two representatives from Senegal, one from Namibia, one from Sri Lanka and one from Colombia. The project’s title is: “ Suministro de información rural en paises en desarrollo: medición del desempeño e impacto ", and it was translated into Spanish by Gloria Rodríguez from Colombia, and it is available at IFLA-ALP and in the clearinghouse of the IFLA/LAC RO.

In the Standing Committee meeting, held in Mexico City in March of 1999, there was the approval of 4 projects that will be presented to ALP seeking finance support:

  • 335 Paraprofessional training, a sub-regional program for The Caribbean (Puerto Rico).
  • 340 Study plan guide of Librarianship, Archives and Museum of Iberian America (Argentina).
  • 341 New Readers (Brazil).
  • 343 Latin-American meeting on librarian care to indigenous communities (Venezuela).

Other two projects were previously approved but their reformulation was required:

  • 339 First Latin-American Meeting on local information services as a tool for community participation.(Colombia)
  • 342 Seminar on librarianship developing tools targeted to South Cone countries.(Chile)

V. General Conferences.
In the considered period, it was possible to systematize the presentation of three to four lectures in the Section Professional Session in the General Conferences. There was also regional presence in the open forums of the Regional Activities Division (VIII Division), as well as in some workshops developed in those conferences, in some cases coordinated with other professional Sections. There was an annual regional contest for selecting the best academic work to be presented in the session of Contributed Papers. Unfortunately, in 1999, this option for allowing the General Conferences attendance was cancelled . It should be mentioned that this contest was an important way of getting new participants for IFLA activities, as well as presenting the participants with the region professional situation in the field through the analysis of different aspects of its know-how. Therefore its elimination is a great loss. The participation of Latin-American and the Caribbean delegates in the General Conferences, in the period was enriched by the significant contribution that represented DANIDA Grant since 1997.

VI. Promotion.
The Section’s presidency and the regional office have been accomplishing a systematic work in promoting the activity of IFLA in general, and specially of the Section, in the events organized by the later. There is also a great contribution by the invited professionals of different countries. There is a frequent distribution of pamphlets identified with the IFLA logotype and with the name of the Regional Office or of the Section. In the meetings organized by the Section there are exhibitions of IFLA works and publications and the ones that are produced by the Section itself. Through posters presented by the Regional Office the delegates to the general conferences became aware of the Section know-how.

VII. Newsletter
Starting from 1995, the informative bulletin (Newsletter), published by the Section, acquired the current format and its content has been enriched in each edition. It should be highlighted the high level of the bulletin that offers extremely updated news on the region’s professional know-how. Moreover, it reaches a great number of readers since there is a distribution of 500 copies. The text is presented in English and Spanish. This publication receives an important sponsorship by the Official Press of the State of São Paulo, Brazil.

VIII.Other actions.
In the period considered three meetings were carried out in Uppsala, Sweden, summoned and coordinated by ALP programme, in which the most important aspects of the Programme were analyzed, mainly concerning the relationship with the three areas, expressed by the projects that are approved every year. There were also sessions with the Nordic Group, the main sponsor of the projects approved and financed by ALP. In the period 1994-1996, the Section’s president took over the VIII Division presidency, and therefore, he participated in the Professional Bureau meetings. The document “Guidelines for Librarian Associations Administration”, designed by Rusell Bowden was translated into Portuguese and Spanish. Among other supports, there was the shipping of publications in Portuguese to the Portuguese-speaking African countries. The Executive Bureau of IFLA visited the area in several occasions. Robert Wedgeworth, President, visited Brazil; Christine Deschamps, current President, visited Argentina and Chile; Winston Roberts, Coordinator of Professional Activities, visited Peru, Venezuela, Martinique and Mexico. There was a strengthen of the Section internal organization through the elaboration of a document in Spanish and English, which presents the basic functions of the presidency, the secretary and of the Section members, an aspect that was also useful for the other regional Sections. There were also the formulation of standards for work presentations to the Contributed Papers Contest, as well as the procedures for the evaluation of projects to be presented for receiving financial support. The region members number in the period 1997-98, it is as follows:

  • National Associations: 13
  • Institutions: 59
  • Personal: 50
  • Total: 122

Concerning the number of other professional sections, it is as follows:

  • Sections Members and Meetings: 23
  • Corresponding members: 17

65th IFLA General Conference and Council Meeting

From 20th through 28th of August,1999, it was held in the city of Bangkok, Thailand, the IFLA 65th General Conference and Council Meeting, at the city’s Conventions and Exhibitions Center, BITEC, the country’s first complex of this type, oppened in 1997. This extremely different environment from the Western culture was enhanced by the presence of its royal highness MAHA CHACKI SIRINDHORN, who addressed her message to the delegates and presided the opening meeting according to the country’s tradition.

In her message she manifested that IFLA Conference is the world’s most suitable forum for all the librarians and information professionals. His words were the following : «Even on the edge of the 21st century, it is not too late to overcome the existent obstacles for information access taking advantage of the latest technologies. This way we can build a network of shared resources which allows us to overcome the existent unbalance between the ones eager for books and the ones who have more than plenty. Once again, «Books for everybody, everybody for the books». With these words she referred to the project promoted by IFLA in partnership with UNESCO, called «Books for everybody», a project which tries to promote access to reading for children and teenagers in the development countries.

Before the Conference, from August 16th through 19th, it was held in Khon Kaen, northwest of Thailand, a satelite meeting of the IFLA Professional Board, the Preservation and Conservation Section and the Basic Programmes, PAC and ALP, financed by UNESCO and DANIDA. The theme was: “Collecting and Safeguarding Oral Traditions”. There was the participation of 68 representatives coming from 32 countries which especially emphasized the need for a continuous support to collect and safeguard worldwide people and cultures oral traditions.

The conference general theme was “ The library as a gateway to an enlighted world “. In parallel to the conference, there was an exhibition.

Still during the meeting there was the election of the new members of the Executive Bureau (check a news report in this issue). Moreover, the Commitees were also renewed. In the Standing Committee Meeting of IFLA/LAC, José Adolfo Rodriguez Gallardo, from Mexico, was reelected as president and Alice Miranda, from Costa Rica was chosen as secretary. José Adolfo Rodriguez Gallardo was chosen as chairman of the VIII Division (Regional Activities).

The Section for Latin America and the Caribbean presented three interesting conferences in its meeting: Stella Maris Fernández, “Hispano América: su registro cultural a través de la imprenta.”.; Estela Morales, “El derecho a la información y las políticas de información en la América Latina”; Maria Elena Zapata y Loly Hernández D’Elia, “El Banco del Libro: un banco al servício de la promoción del libro y de la lectura”.

IFLA/EXPRESS, a newspaper which provides a daily news on the congress in French and English, was published for the first time in Spanish.

One of the most important themes, analyzed and submitted to the Council’s approval in an open session, was the revision of IFLA Statutes, which considered the breakup of the Regional Activities Division ( VIII Division). The proposal was suspended due to disagreements it generated among the participants.

As in the previous years, DANIDA provided financial support to developing countries librarians; thus 40 participants attended the meeting. 1980 delegates from 117 countries took part in the meeting, which added by the companions, represented a participation of 2237 people. The ten countries which were represented with a greater number of participants were: The USA, Thailand, China, Russian Federation, France, United Kingdom, Denmark, Sweden, Australia and Malaysia.

In the closing ceremony there was the announcement of the conference venues for the years 2000 (Jerusalem) and 2001 (Boston). It was also announced that in 2004 Buenos Aires will be hold the conference, what was supported by Latin America representatives, and that in 2006 the conference venue will be in South Korea.

News from IFLA Affiliates and Members in the Region


Study plans for the Iberian-American Schools of Librarianship, Archives and Museology

Fernández, Stella Maris y Giunti, Graciela María - Buenos Aires: Sociedad de Investigaciones Bibliotecológicas, Federación Internacional de Asociaciones e Instituciones de Bibliotecarios, Programa Avance para el Desarrollo de la Bibliotecología, 1999.193 p.-

The work is a product of an investigation conducted by Stella Maris Fernández and approved as a project by ALP, although it has not been financed by such program. Its development was accomplished by Sociedad de Investigaciones Bibliotecológicas, (SIB), but its publication was financed as project 340 of ALP. The work is divided in two parts: one dedicated to Argentine Republic schools, accomplished by Stella Maris Fernádez, and the other dedicated to Iberian-American schools, accomplished by Graciela Maria Giunti. The latter also includes Brazilian schools, because it was taken into account, in spite of the language difference, the new territorial model represented by Mercosul, as well as the important number of schools in Brazil. This inclusion also considered the Portuguese schools. The book considers 112 school study plans.

(Stella Maris Fernández SC IFLA / LAC - AR)

Information, Culture and Society – a new journal

The UBA (University of Buenos Aires) Philosophy School’s Instituto de Investigaciones Bibliotecológicas – INIBI (Librarianship Research Institute) inform the release of its new journal “Información, Cultura y Sociedad”. It is a Librarianship/Information Sciences specialized journal. It not only publish research works but also case studies and experiments of the professionals. Moreover, it stimulates the young students reserving a special section to publish their best school works. As usual, the contributions are submitted to experts judgement.

Table of contents no. 1:
The automatization of Argentinean university libraries: projects and implementation profiles / Elsa E. Barber, Nicolás M. Tripaldi, Silvia Pisano and Valeria Werner. The bibliographical formats applied in the Argentinean libraries and their implications for the online catalogs description of content. / Ana María Martínez and Susana Ramón. The development of the academic networks in Latin America: the cases of Argentina and Mexico. / Víctor Herrero Solana and Alvaro Quijano Solís. Librarianship and social responsibility/ Alejandro E. Parada. The Club Español (Spanish Club) library through its institutional documents: 1873-1920 / Carla Kollenberger. Course work: The Online Public Access Catalogs (OPACs): the state-of-the-art / C. Nicolas Rucks. Reports: Managing information for the competitive edge / edited by Ethel Auster and Chun Wei Choo; by Roberto V. Cagnoli. Supports in today libraries: development of information capabilities / Dora Gazpio and Marcela Alvarez; by María Cristina Cajaraville

More information:
Instituto de Investigaciones Bibliotecológicas
Facultad de Filosofía y Letras – UBA
Puán 480, 4to. Piso, oficina 8
1406-Buenos Aires.
Tel: (54) 11 4432-0606, int. 133,
Fax: (54) 11 4432-0121


The book plays a greater role

Under orientation and supervision of the Federal Council of Librarianship, the Culture Ministry implements public libraries in 2.500 needy municipal districts.

The Book and Reading Secretariat, from the Ministry of Culture, has been installing public libraries in the needy municipal districts for four years. There are already more than two hundred libraries installed and the aim is to get to the end of 2002 with 2.500 functioning libraries. With the orientation and supervision of the Federal Council of Librarianship the program “A Library in Each Municipal District “ is still unknown, since the media doesn’t acknowledge its importance.

The municipal district should not have a public library, but it should have a property and employees, and to commit itself in instituting municipal legislation supporting the library, which should also be connected to the state and national systems of libraries.

The Federal Council of Librarianship is celebrating an agreement with the Book and Reading Secretary for the popularization, technical support and supervision of the Program “A Library in Each Municipal District”. Besides maintaining an observer in the responsible commission for the program, the Federal Council of Librarianship will work in identifying the real and potential readers profile; in the selection and acquisition of each municipal library basic collection ; in the employees’ training for helping the user; and in the supervision of the budget destined to each municipal district.

Deaf contribution to the UFRJ libraries

The Libraries and Information System of the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro — SiBI/UFRJ —developed, in 1998, a social cultural project which deals with deaf work in the libraries. This pilot project began in August of 1998, under the name of “On-line Access to the Catalog of the National Museum Library- MN/UFRJ”. It was adapted from Project “On-line Access to the UFRJ Libraries Catalogs”, designed by the librarians Mariza Russo, Maria José Veloso da Costa Santos and Dolores Rodriguez Perez. The estimated duration period for the project implementation is nine months.

Among the aims are the following: providing greater speed in finding bibliographical items; making available the recorded knowledge at the MN Library in a national and international level and bringing the university to the society demands.

To make the proposed objectives possible, SiBI established partnerships with the “Instituto Nacional de Educação de Surdos — INES” (National Institute of Education of Deaf), the “Núcleo de Computação Eletrônica NCE/UFRJ” (Nucleus of Electronic Computation) and the “Centro de Tecnologia — CT/UFRJ” (Center of Technology - CT/UFRJ).

The Project relies on the librarians’ and assistant personnel participation from MN Library staff, 12 (twelve) deaf scholarship holders and a librarian as coordinator. For the qualification and leveling of these scholarship holders a training programme was developed. This programme was designed under the same guidelines of the course previously planned and offered by SiBI, entitled “Training for University Library Assistant”. The students had the following profile: deaf, age group from 20 through 43 years old; level of education ranging from incomplete elementary school to high school graduates, four of which were female and eight were male.

The course was lectured by Dolores Rodriguez Perez - the Project Coordinator - in 1998, with a total of 40 hours, enriched by didactic material and complemented by technical visits to several UFRJ libraries.

Since August/98, the Project team is including bibliographical records in the computing system of UFRJ - MINERVA Data Base. Through monthly reports presented to SiBI, by the project coordinator, it could be verified that the students showed great interest and fairly easiness in assimilating the course content. It was also observed that their productivity regarding the data inclusion task in the MINERVA Data Base is being developed as planned. From August/98 through February/99 there was the inclusion of about 15.000 bibliographical records in the MINERVA Data Base, referring to the Project in hand.

The project conclusion is scheduled for April, 1999 and SiBI is already being supported by the University Rectorate for applying the same methodology to the development of a computer system for the UFRJ retrospective collection. This Project, besides to make easier the task of development of computer systems for the UFRJ libraries collections, providing the community with conditions of getting information with greater accuracy and speed, was also important to showing that the handicapped are productive human beings. Therefore, there is a new labor field for the handicapped and a possibility for reinforcing the Brazilian libraries labor personnel.

XIX Brazilian Congress of Librarianship and Documentation (XIX CBBD)

The Brazilian Federation of Librarians Associations (FEBAB), together with the Associação Rio-Grandense de Bibliotecários (ARB) have the great pleasure to invite all the professionals and students interested in the theme “Information for the Citizenship” to participate in the XIX Brazilian Congress of Librarianship and Documentation (XIX CBBD). The event will happen from 24 through September 30, 2000, at the Centro de Eventos of the Pontifícia Universidade Católica do Rio Grande do Sul (PUC-RS), in Porto Alegre, Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil. With a tradition of more than forty years, this Congress can be considered as the main space for problems, aspirations and challenges debates of the Brazilian librarian class. Thus, in its last edition of the century XX, the Congress ambitions to provide tools to the professionals so that they contribute in the elimination of the access barriers to the information; because it will be these barriers the responsible for increase the social differences in the next millennium.

The event will be accomplished through conferences, seminars, courses and meeting by domains. There will be two keynote conferences, one in the opening and one in the closing ceremony of the Congress, respectively on “Information for the Citizenship” and “The Information Professional of the New Millennium”. The other conferences will approach the following themes:

  • Information for the Fundamental and Middle Education;
  • Information for the Formation and Professional Performance;
  • Information for the Managerial and Business Development;
  • Reading and Development;
  • Juridical Information: access, development and social justice.

There will be thematic seminars related to the mentioned conferences and free theme for the presentation of selected works from Professionals of Librarianship, Documentation, Science of Information and Juridical Documentation in Brazil and other countries of Latin America and The Caribbean.

The Congress will publish its annals in CD-ROM. The ones interested in publishing their works in the event should send its contribution until May 31, 2000 for XIX CBBD’S Secretariat, respecting the technical specifications. Information on these technical specifications for works presentation can be obtained at home page http://www.pucrs.br/cbbd2000/ or at the Congress Secretariat.

The registrations should be made in the Congress Secretariat, through sending the filled Registration Form by regular mail or by fax, together with the bank deposit order and the orders required for the A and C categories. For more information, please visit the site. Attention for the bank account in which the deposit for the XIX Brazilian Congress of Librarianship should be made:
Banco do Estado do Rio Grande do Sul/Banrisul, agency:836, account: 06.053535.0-4.

This field’ Members of Associations and Unions who are up-to-date with their contributions ( enclose confirmation):
until 31/12/1999 - 150,00;
until 30/06/2000 - 170,00;
until 31/08/2000 - 200,00;
until 29/09/2000 - 250,00.

Not associated, foreigners, other professionals and legal entities:
until 31/12/1999 - 200,00;
until 30/06/2000 - 210,00;
until 31/08/2000 - 250,00;
until 29/09/2000 - 300,00.

Librarianship undergraduate students (enclose confirmation):
until 31/12/1999 - 100,00;
until 30/06/2000 - 105,00;
until 31/08/2000 - 125,00;
until 29/09/2000 - 150,00.

Institutions with up to 3 participants:
until 31/12/1999 - 500,00;
until 30/06/2000 - 525,00;
until 31/08/2000 - 625,00;
until 29/09/2000 - 750,00.

Associação Rio-Grandense de Bibliotecários
Rua Dr. Flores, 254, cj. 902
Porto Alegre - RS - CEP 90020-122
Fone/Fax: (005551) 225.8194
Home Page http://www.pucrs.br/cbbd2000/

FEBAB Directorate

The FEBAB Management for the administration period from January, 1999 through January, 2002 is constituted by the following professionals in its respective states:

President- Maria de Lourdes Côrtes Romanelli, State of Minas Gerais
Vice President- Sônia Holderbaum Vieira, State of Rio Grande do Sul
General Secretary— Aracy Machado Campos, State of São Paulo
First Secretary- Auri Maria Santos Vale do Amaral , State of Minas Gerais
Second Secretary- Cristiane Dias, State of Rio Grande do Sul
First Treasurer- Rosa Maria de Souza Lanna, State of Minas Gerais
Second Treasurer- Conceição Maria Scott Figueiras, State of Minas Gerais
Publishers- Neuza Dias de Macedo e Heloisa Maria Donnard, State of São Paulo
Law Observer- Elaine Marinho, Brasília, DF
Profissional valorization- Walda Antunes, Brasília
FEBAB counts on the Professor Anna da Soledade Vieira, of Minas Gerais as Advisory for International Matters.

Latin America and the Caribbean meeting of the Ministers of Culture - Music, Cinema and Book

The meeting was held in Salvador, Bahia, Brazil, November 18-20, 1999.

The sections on the theme “book” were coordinated by Dr. Ottaviano De Fiore, Secretary .of Book and Reading of Ministry of Culture, Brazil.

The meeting was a great success and gather people from almost all the Latin American and the Caribbean countries.

The Manager of the Regional Office for Latin America and the Caribbean presented the Ministers, and it was approved, a proposal for wide divulgation of the UNESCO Manifest on the Public Library in all the Latin American and the Caribbean countries. In the next number of the Newsletter we will publish the recommendations of the meeting.

2nd Seminar of Juridical Information of Rio de Janeiro

It was held at Rio de Janeiro, November 8 - 12, 1999, and the theme was: “The Juridical Information in the Threshold of the 21st Century”. The seminar was organized by the Juridical Information and Documentation Professionals Group of Rio de Janeiro and by the Regional and Federal School of Magistracy.

virtual juridical information; right to information and access to justice; technology and its problems; the customer of juridical information; computer science crime and its moral damage; the juridical information professional qualification; information management.

The Manager of IFLA/LAC Regional Office coordinated the panel on qualification, where she also had the opportunity to divulge IFLA and its programs, its Divisions and Sections.

In the seminar, judges, lawyers, librarians and professionals of the juridical area, coming from all parts of Brazil, had the opportunity to present and discuss issues on juridical information.

Third Seminar on Management of Librarians and Information Scientists Associations and Unions

It was held at the city of Recife, Pernambuco, Brazil, October 25 - 26, 1999, promoted by the Brazilian Federation of Librarians Associations - FEBAB - and organized by the professional associations of Pernambuco, Minas Gerais and Santa Catarina.

Besides the President of FEBAB, Maria de Lourdes Cortes Romanelli, the seminar counted on the participation of presidents of the following states associations :
Rio Grande do Sul, Santa Catarina, São Paulo, Paraná, Minas Gerais, Mato Grosso of the South, Pernambuco, Paraíba, Ceará, Maranhão, Tocantins and Distrito Federal (Brasília).
The presidents of the unions of Rio de Janeiro and Paraná were also presents.

There was also the presence of the:
Brazilian Commission of Public and School Libraries, and of the Brazilian Commission of Juridical Information and Documentation, the President of the Association of Graduated Librarians of the Argentine Republic - ABGRA - Ana Maria Peruchena, the representative of IBICT, Lena Vânia Ribeiro Pinheiro and the manager of IFLA/LAC Regional Office, Elizabet Maria Ramos de Carvalho.

The seminar’s aims were:
to integrate the country’s associations and union professionals with the Federation and the country colleagues, concerning northern and northeastern areas mainly;
to motivate the restructuring of the state associations and strengthen the associative movement of the country;
to inform the Brazilian associations of the development of actions in the regional and international associative movement.


Database on Services for the community

The Public Library Comfenalco Antioquia, Colombia, has made available to the international community, since October of 1998, a database specialized in services for the community and for the citizens’ participation, with local information, which can be accessed through the Internet at:

The database is a product of the Information Service to the Community - SIC - the library’s unit of specialized information, introduced in 1990 having as its guideline the service developed by the Instituto Autônomo Biblioteca Nacional da Venezuela and UNESCO. Ever since, SIC began to create its own guidelines, to implement new programs and to improve this kind of service.

SIC database was designed as a response to the increasing information demand for the citizenship, due to the world social changes and to the country’s social-political context modified by the constitution of 1991, which seeks a new profile of democratic development. SIC database provides information on the city to a greater number of users, comprehending fields such as:

  • City Institutions which offer services to the community. Such institutions were distributed in 4 types: Governmental, Non-governmental, Private and Community.
  • City personalities, highlighted by their social, political, educational and/or cultural contribution for the last 30 years ( including deceased ones).
  • Cultural profile events which take place in the city; where it can be found in daily, weekly or monthly options.
  • Basic channels, with information on requirements and necessary procedures to benefit from the public services and for life in society.
  • Encouragement to cultural creation, prizes, badges, emblems, among others, which are given and granted by the city’s different organizations and institutions.

Moreover, the database allows the access to the library general catalog, such as the other six Comfenalco libraries. Technically, the database was designed in SQL - Server and it operates in NT Server as search motor. Write us: sicadmin@comfenalcoantioquia.com

Books on Reading Encouragement

The Coordination on Reading Encouragement of COMFENALCO Antioquia Culture and Libraries Department introduced the reading encouragement collection. The books and their themes are the following:

1- Title: La promoción de la lectura: conceptos, materiales y autores. (Reading Encouragement: concepts, materials and authors)
Author: Luis Bernardo Yepes Osorio
Pages: 240
It is a book introducing the new concepts on reading, its promotion and animation; it presents the several materials that allow teenagers and youngsters to have a greater contact with reading; it shows the most representative authors in worldwide children literature and displays the new concepts on library and its commitment with the reading promotion; throughout its pages there are several activities which provide the reader with the possibility to encourage interesting and reflexive reading.

2- Title: Selección de libros infantiles y juveniles: criterios y fuentes (Selection of Children and Teenagers Books: criterion and sources)
Academic Publisher: Gladys Lopera Cardona
Pages: 268
This book was designed with the purpose of guiding the people responsible for selecting children and teenager books, in the household environment, at the school and at the library. Within it is presented the range of possibilities concerning children and teenagers books: writers, illustrators, selection criteria, experts, publications, publishers, bookstores and types of books, among other themes.

3- Title: Animación y promoción de la lectura: consideraciones y propuestas (Reading Animation and Encouragement: considerations and proposals)
Academic publisher: Juan Pablo Hernández Carvajal
Pages: 224
The considerations and proposals delineated in this book live by the experience, reflection, diligence and the investigative spirit of an interdisciplinary work group. The reader may find in this work some criteria to approach reading encouragement at school, in the libraries and in the media. A repertoire of reading encouragement and animation, some suggestions to project animation activities and books lists recommended for all tastes, among the themes of interest.

4- Title: Elaboración de proyectos institucionales de promoción de la lectura (Making Institutional Projects of Reading Encouragement)
Author: Luis Bernardo Yepes Osorio
Pages: 67
Based upon the question that many educators and librarians ask themselves, of how to conduct to practice, in an effective way, the whole emergent theory on reading encouragement — this manual aims to answer this types of questions, since it proposes a series of methodological steps and it provides elements and tools that allow these professionals to implement their institutional project of reading encouragement.

General News of Interest to the Region

INTERNET/PROSSIGA: supporting the researchers

For those who want to research on the Internet it is important to know the service developed by Prossiga, aiming to help the researchers, which address is:
It can be used both by the neophytes and by the Internet experts.

Tools and services, selected among the several ones available on the Internet, are explained in a way to help the researcher to find the person’s or institution homepage, specific subjects, useful software, electronic debates, etc. Besides, it provides a step-to-step on how to use the available resources, as well as experts articles with additional information on each one.

Promoting Global Knowledge at IFLA 99

New information and communication technologies such as the Internet and e-mail are having a huge impact on all aspects of the way we live, work and play. The Knowledge Economy is now the fastest growing part of the world economy. The knowledge and information revolution brings great opportunities but also great risks. There is a real threat that in the information stakes the Developing World will be left behind. The Global Knowledge Partnership (GKP) was set up against this background to ensure that all countries and communities participate fully in the Information Age.

to ensuring there is global accces to information and knowledge using the new information and communication technologies. It is not a funding organisation. The Partnership does not run its own programmes but is an umbrella organisation that seeks to co-ordinate the various activities of its members. The Global Knowledge Secretariat is currently funded by and located within the World Bank in Washington.

In March 2000, the Global Knowledge Partnership and the Government of Malaysia will host a major conference in Kuala Lumpur. This is the Partnership's second Global Knowledge Conference (GKII). It will build upon the lessons and partnerships that emerged from the first Global Knowledge conference held in Toronto in June 1997. GKII will focus on critical challenges developing countries and the world's poor face as they seek to build knowledge societies in the 21st century. The theme of the conference will be "Building Knowledge Societies: Access, Empowerment and Governance.

The British Council, a founding member of the Global Knowledge Partnership, has been closely involved with the Global Knowledge agenda and has supported a wide range of different projects all over the world. In November 1999, the British Council and the Government of India will co-host a conference “Towards a South Asia Knowledge Network” (TASKNET) to raise awareness of the Global Knowledge Agenda in South Asia.

For further information:



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