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Section for Latin America and the CaribbeanN. 33, December 1998
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.
EditorialUnder the theme "In the crossroad of information and culture", the 64th IFLA General Meeting was carried out in Amsterdam, at the RAI Convention Center, 16–21 August 1998. The meeting, as usual, was very well attended, with the presence of over 2900 people from 112 countries. Its importance and interest is also made evident by the amount of conferences presented: over 200!
In the opening session it became evident the ingenuity and imagination of its organizers, for providing both the living copy of a Rembrandt painting as well as a game with woolen skein in different colors which the delegates happily traded, without being previously informed about the game objective, for them to eventually notice its symbolism, being already webbed in the confusing woolen maze: a crossroad of communications, with its advantages and drawbacks.
In her opening speech, IFLA's President, Ms Christine Deschamps, stated what were the problems which she considered as being most urgent to be solved by the Federation: formation, communication or freedom of speech and standardization.
From August 17 through 19th, it took place a products exhibition at RAI, the majority concerning technology, related to the libraries. The organization was excellent; one hundred library science professionals and students, cordially not only taking care of the delegates problems resolution as well as making sure that all participants felt as if they were in their own country. It is equally necessary to highlight the social activities excellence. For thus, we hereby congratulate the meeting organizers.
Argentina postulates to host the IFLA General Conference of year 2004. We ask the LAC members to support its candidacy.
In this issue the "Newsletter" brings information on the IFLA General Conference and Council Meeting to be held in Bangkok and on the availability of the DANIDA Travel Fund to support a number of delegates from developing countries to the Conference.
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 INTERSET YOU
News/ IFLA and its Sections
Invitation to IFLA's 65th Council and General Conference, Bangkok, Thailand, 20-28 August 1999"Swadee". Greetings from Thailand and a warm welcome to IFLA '99 Bangkok.
The Thai Library Community takes great pleasure in cordially offering you an invitation to participate in the 65th IFLA Council and General Conference 1999 which is to take place in Bangkok, Thailand, 20-28 August.
IFLA's annual conference and exhibition is the largest international event for professionls within the library and information sector.
The 65th IFLA Council and General Conference 1999 will take place at the Bandkok International Trade & Exhibition Centre (BITEC), the first purpose-built exhibition and convention centre in Thailand.
An International Trade Exhibition has been arranged at BITEC in connection with the Conference. The Exhibition will be held for the 3 days during the Conference, from 23-25 August.
A varied programme of social and cultural activities is planned for the delegates attending the Conference. The delegates will have opportunities to have a glimpse of Thai traditional everiday life, and to meet and talk with their colleagues from other countries in an informal and pleasant atmosphere.
The National Organizing Committee is more than happy to reserve hotel rooms for participants and accompanying persons. A number of selected hotel rooms in different categories and prices have been block reserved from 19-29 August 1999.
The deadline for advance registration is 15 March 1999 for a fee of USD 350 for delegates and USD 200 for accompanying persons. After 15 March the fee is USD 425 for delegates and 250 for accompanying persons.
For a copy of the Final Announcement, registration and hotel reservation forms, please contact: IFLA '99 Secretariat, c/o SPAFA 81/1 Si Ayattaya Road, Samsen, Theves, Bangkok 10300,
Directory of Librarian and Related Professionals Associations of Latin America and the CaribbeanIn 1985, during IFLA's General Conference in Chicago, a proposal was put forward to compile a Directory of Associations in Latin America and the Caribbean in order to be able to rely upon general information in the field. This proposal was approved by IFLA's Professional Board which agreed to its realization in 1991.
The project started in 1993 and was coordinated by Rosa Maria Fernández de Zamora, President of the IFLA/LAC Section from 1991 to 1993. Logistical support for the realization of the Directory was also provided by the "Centro Universitario de Investigaciones Bibliotecologicas - CUIB" (Library Science Research University Center) of the "Universidade Autonoma do Mexico - UNAM" (National Autonomous University of Mexico). Ms Zamora was assisted by Alberto Castro Thompson and Manuel Avila Uriza.
The Directory in Spanish appears as No. 55 in the series IFLA Professional Reports and is the first directory to be published containing the contact details and statistical information about professional associations in the region. The title is available from:
Grants IFLA'98 ContestAt the end of January, 1997 it was divulged, through IFLA site on the Web, the formulary which informed about the prize organized by the "Grants IFLA 98" Committee for a certain number of delegates from developing countries and from East Europe to be able to take part in the 64th IFLA Conference, which would take place in Amsterdam August 16 - 21, 1998.
The National Organizer Committee created for such the "Grants IFLA 98" Committee integrated by a jury constituted by 4 experienced and prestigious librarians: Paul Nauta, IFLA's former general secretary, as president; Alex Klugkist, University of Groningen head librarian; Wim Renes, The Hague's Library general manager director; Adriaan Staats, former head of information of Justice Department Library and Archive and Richard Saris, NBLC publisher's editor as secretary.
The prize partially covered the participants expenses: airplane fare, lodging, including breakfast, health insurance during the stay in Amsterdam and a meal fund which summed USD 425,00 approximately. The registration fee was supposed to be paid by the beneficiaries.
All the requirements should be received by March, 31st . At the end of April, a list with 40 beneficiary representatives of 35 countries from Africa, Latin America, Asia and Eastern Europe was organized. They were selected among 287 postulants from 68 countries. The beneficiaries were informed in May.
The funds for the prize were granted by the Dutch Development Aid Department and by the Education, Culture and Science Department.
From Latin America there were five colleagues beneficiary from the following countries: Chile - María Antonieta Palmas Vargas, conservation head of National Library; Costa Rica - América Hidalgo Campos, Rain Forest Agricultural School librarian; Cuba - Mireya Goñi Camejo, public relations of the National Library of Science and Technology (BNCT) of the Technology and Scientific Information Institute (IDICT); Mexico - Javier Solorio Lagunas, Science and Health Library manager director, University of Colima; Peru - Luis Miguel Saravia López de Castilla, coordinator of the Communication Area, Intermediary Group of Technology and Development. Twelve representatives of African countries, 15 from Asian countries and 8 from Eastern European countries were also granted.
The meeting was very successful, both professionally and organizationally, and a great experience for all the participants. The prize brought the opportunity of interested people to take part in one of the most up to date events in the profession and possibly the one that gathers the greatest amount and variety of experts in information. It was a good opportunity for learning, socialize and sharing experiences with colleagues from all over the world and for bringing back home a beautiful memory of a unique city.
ObituaryOrlando Garcia, director of the Matanzas Public Library, Cuba, and Cuban chair of the 1994 Pre-Session Seminar on "Libraries for Literacy in Socially and Geographically Isolated Communities" died in May 1998 while return to Cuba from a mission in Mexico.
In Leo Voogt's message to our Cuban colleagues, he wrote: "The message about Orlandito has really brought us shock and grief here at IFLA Headquarters. Orlando was such a vibrant and strong personality, it is indeed difficult imagining Cuban librarianship without him. I am so happy that Orlandito was able to join us in Copenhagen last year. It was good to tell him in person, again, how much we had appreciated his support from Matanzas for IFLA's Cuban Conference, most notably for the very succesful Pre-Conference Seminar. Yes, he was Mr. Matanzas for us - proud of the Provincial Library, proud of the printed products of his province, and proud of the libraries in the sugar mills in his province. I will never forget my visits there, nor will I ever forget his warmth, his commitment and his friendship. Communication with Orlandito for me has proven once and for all that is possible to work together representing different cultures, even without knowing each other's languages. He will be greatly missed, in IFLA and in Cuba. Please send out personal wishes for strength and comfort to his family and friends".(IFLA Journal 24(1998) 4)
Caucus of Spanish Speaking CountriesOn August 18, during IFLA's General Conference held last August at Amsterdam, the Spanish Federation of Archive, Library and Documentation Societies (FESABID) organized a meeting for the constitution of a caucus or group of Spanish speaking persons to represent members of Spanish speaking countries at this international organization. Other cultural and linguistic groups already exist to facilitate communication and knowledge interchange among members and also to strengthen their presence at the professional and steering IFLA's structure.
Approximately 80 professionals from several Spanish speaking countries (Argentina, Chile, Spain, Mexico, Nicaragua and Peru) as well as representatives of French and Portuguese groups as observers participated of its creation.
The publication of a report with the results of this IFLA Conference, including the contributions of Spanish speaking participants was announced in this meeting. A translation into Spanish of next year Conference's programme will also be included. It is presumed that both issues will be financed by "Subdirección General de Coordinación Bibliotecaria" of the Education and Culture Ministry.
After discussing of this matter, it was agreed that "to make real" Spanish as one of the official language at IFLA the Spanish speaking members are the main responsible. So, they will be encouraged to present more papers and communications and to do it in Spanish. It was also agreed that in future IFLA consider need of increasing simultaneous translation into Spanish or from Spanish into other languages. At last, the offer from the French group or caucus to collaborate in the reciprocal translation to Spanish and to French was accepted.
The representation of Spanish speaking countries at IFLA professional groups (Sections and Round Tables) Standing Committees was also discussed. It was agreed to produce a list of the Spanish speaking representatives that are actually members of these Committees in order to articulate a mechanism to get information on the vacancies and how to cover them with Spanish speaking members.
The nomination to IFLA's Executive Board of Jeronimo Martinez, Director of Andalucia's Library, for the elections to be held during Bangkok's Conference in 1999 was also discussed. Celia Zaher, from Brazil, announced the possibility of another Latinoamerican nomination based on the fact that the representation in the Executive Board is not linguistic but regional. Other participants agreed to support Jeronimo Martinez nomination because of his engagement as a representative of all Iberoamerican community members as well because of the possibilities of his election among nominees from other geographical and cultural areas. (Jeronimo Martinez, actually member of the IFLA Committee on Freedom of Access to Information and Freedom of Expression (FAIFE) was firstly nominated to the Executive Board in 1997 elections.(See: Correo Bibliotecario Nr. 16, June 1997, p. 11-12 and Nr. 18, October 1997, p. 10-11).
In the last part of the meeting the highlight point was the announcement of Buenos Aires as candidate for the venue of IFLA's General Conference in 2004 made by Ana María Peruchena, President of the "Asociacion de Bibliotecarios Graduados de la Republica Argentina" (ABGRA), the main professional association in that country, and by Roberto Jorge Servidio, Vice-president of the "Comision Integrada de Entidades Profesionales Bibliotecarias del MERCOSUR" (CIBIM).
Finally it was decided to create an executive committee of the IFLA Spanish speaking group recently founded which will have as its main objective to execute the actions agreed. Among their first initiatives are the arrangements to facilitate a regular communication means with IFLA Spanish speaking members. A WEB page and an e-mail list are considered very suitable. It was recommended to use IFLA List (IFLA-L) as a provisional means of communication.
Caucus of Portuguese LanguageThe Caucus of Portuguese Language took place in August, during the IFLA's 64th General Conference in Amsterdam, at Quetzal Boeleencentrum, a Portuguese bookstore which kindly offered its facilities for the meeting, besides offering the participants a cocktail. The Caucus was coordinated by the librarian Maria Inês Lopes, from the Kalouste Gulbenkiam Foundation, who substituted ABAD President, Antonio José de Pina Falcão who, by an act of God, couldn't go to Amsterdam. The meeting was very well attended and many actions were outlined.
IFLA / ALP
DANIDA Travel Fund for Developing CountriesIFLA/ALP is pleased to announce the availability of the Danida Travel Fund, to support a number of delegates from developing countries to the IFLA Conference in Bangkok. The funds have been brought together by Danida for the year 1999.
Priority will be given to younger professionals with a minimum of five years of experience in the library field. In appointing the grants, the Grant´s Committee will look for balance between all sectors of library & information work.
Applications, including professional curriculum vitae and information on present occupation should be sent as soon as possible and not later than February 1, 1999 to:
Attention to Native Communities through Public Library Services"Newsletter" issue from December 31st, 1997, gave extensive news about the second international seminar "Capacitación en Producción y Promoción de Materiales de Lectura en Lenguas Indígenas". Now it has just been published by ALP the Project report # 12 "Atención a Comunidades Indígenas a través de Servicios Bibliotecarios Públicos" (Attention to Native Communities through Public Library Services) produced by Milagro Medina de Silva, Maria Elena Zapata and Livio Rangel. This project, developed with the support of the "Asociación de Bibliotecas Públicas de la América Latina y del Caribe - ABIPALC" (Latin American and the Caribbean Public Libraries Association), "Biblioteca Nacional de Venezuela" (Venezuelan National Library), "Red de Bibliotecas Públicas del Estado Amazonas" (Amazonas State Public Library Network), and the IFLA-ALP Programme, answered the need to project, evaluate and systematize specific actions oriented to meet the requirements of information and life quality improvement of differentiated population groups, such is the case of native communities located in Venezuelan border regions.
Lourdes Feria, from México, selected as correspondent member of the Section on Management and MarketingProfessor Lourdes Feria, from University of Colima, in México, was selected as correspondent member of the new Section on Management and Marketing. The next election for this section Standing Committee will be in 1999 and we hope that Professor Lourdes Feria will be elected for that Committee
IFLA/LAC Standing Committee MeetingThe Standing Committee meetings took place in August 14th and 21st. During the meetings, the Committee President, the ALP Coordinator, and the Regional Office Manager informed about the actions taken since the last meeting, in Salvador, Bahia. There were information on the Bibliographic Control Seminar, which will take place in September, in Mexico; also about the possibility of doing a librarian associations meeting from March 14 to 20th, in Taxco, Mexico and about the future publications of the Studies Plans Guide of Librarianship, Archivology, and Museology of Ibero-America by the "Sociedade Argentina de Investigaciones Bibliotecologicas" (Argentinean Library Science Research Society). The Standing Committee manifested its support to the "Asociación de Bibliotecarios Graduados de la Republica Argentina" (Argentina Graduated Librarians Association) concerning IFLA General Conference taking place in Buenos Aires, in 2004.
News/ IFLA Affiliates and Members in the Region
Symposium: “At the Crossroads of Information and Culture: 64th IFLA ConferenceOn November 18, the Cultural Center of the Institute for Cooperative Funds together with the Society for Library Research, sponsored a symposium titled "At the Crossroads of Information and Culture: 64th IFLA Conference" in the Pueblo Theater. The themes of the Amsterdam meeting were discussed: IFLA's objectives; World Memory Program, School Libraries, and the IFLA Manifesto, Public Libraries and the Unesco Manifesto, New Technologies and author's rights.
XXXIII National Meeting of Librarians. Utopias and Realities of Libraries in MERCOSUR. Buenos AiresThis meeting will be held in April 12-16, 1999 during the International Meeting of Book Professionals at the 25th International Book Fair of Buenos Aires and it is expected that important national and foreign colleagues will participate of it.
Themes proposed for this meeting are the followings:
Papers Selection Committee
Asociación de Bibliotecarios Graduados de la Republica de Argentina (ABGRA)
Tucuman 1424, 8º piso, Dto. "D"
1050 - Buenos Aires
Official languages: Spanish and Portuguese
Papers should be in WORD (6.0 or superior) in 3-1/2 diskette, with a printed original 12 pages maximum, double space, in A-4 format, with 3cm top margin and 2 cm bottom margin at each page.
Authors should also send the following information no longer than a half page: full name, profession, entity which one belongs or represents, curriculum vitae and address, as it is requested by Congress organizers.
Authors are recommended to present suggestions or concrete projects and not ideas or other expressions.
All works are exclusively responsability of their authors and do not represent in any case the opinion of the Congress authorities
ABGRA reserves the right of the publication of the works presented. The copyright of the works is automatically transfered to ABGRA.
For more information, please contact:
IV Meeting of University Libraries. Utopias and Realities of University Libraries in MERCOSUROrganized by the Information and Library System of the University of Buenos Aires (SISBI) and ABGRA, this meeting will take place during the XXXIII National Meeting of Librarians to be held in April 12-16, 1999.
Themes to be developed:
Those interested in participating in the Meeting should contact:
10th Argentina Meeting of Health Libraries - JABS 99. Utopias and Realities of Health Libraries in MERCOSUROrganizers: "Red Nacional de Información en Ciencias de la Salud" (Health Science National Information Network) (RENICS/BIREME/ OPS/OMS), "Sistema de Información Cooperativa en Ciencias de la Salud de La Plata " (La Plata Health Science Cooperative Information System) (SICCS/La Plata) and ABGRA.
Conclusions of this meeting will be presented during National Meeting plenary session.
Themes to be developed
The rules for the XXXIII are also applied for this meeting. The résumés of those interested to give free lectures (10 minutes) on the themes 2-11 must arrive before November 30 1998 to:
VI Meeting of Agriculture and Cattle Raising, and Veterinary Sciences Libraries. Utopias and Realities of Agriculture and Cattle Raising Sciences Libraries in MERCOSUROrganized by ABGRA with the collaboration of the Agriculture, Fishing and Food Department Library.
Themes to be developed
For more information please contact:
VI School Libraries Meeting. Utopias and Realities of School Libraries in MERCOSURThe objectives of this meeting organized by ABGRA are the followings:
Themes to be developed:
For more information, please contact: ABGRA
1st Public and Popular Libraries Meeting. Utopias and Realities of Public and Popular Libraries in Argentina and MERCOSURThe objectives of this meeting, organized by ABGRA and the "Comision Nacional Protectora de Bibliotecas Populares - CONABIP" (Public Libraries National Defensive Commission) of the "Secretaría de Cultura de la Nacion" (Nation's Department of Culture), are the followings:
Themes to be developed
For more information, please contact: ABGRA
Information, Culture and Society Review: a new journal from the Institute of Library Science Research of the School of Philosophy and Literature, University of Bueno AiresFounded in 1967, the "Instituto de Investigaciones Bibliotecologicas" (Institute of Library Science Research) of the "Universidad de Buenos Aires" (University of Buenos Aires) has long supported research in the field of librarianship. It announces the creation of a new journal titled: "Información, Cultura y Sociedad" (Information, Culture and Society) in which original works will be published concerning the areas of production, copyright, preservation, circulation, dissemination and use of information. The objective of the journal is to offer an interdisciplinary forum for library / information science professionals and professionals from other disciplines to discuss issues and exchange ideas relating to information.
Although the primary goal is to offer a forum for Ibero-American researchers, the editors will accept articles from the international community. The following types of articles will be accepted for evaluation:
All researchers, teachers and professionals are encouraged to send works to the Insitute. Standards and policies for submitting and acceptance of works are available at the Institute's homepage:
(Roberto Servidio SC FLA / LAC - AR)
FID 2000 in BrazilIBICT, according to FID Council proposition, accepted to organize in Brasilia, in the year 2000, FID's 50th World Congress and Conference. The Congress will offer the opportunity for discussion of critical issues relative to information's global society in a transition moment, besides demonstrating the country's maturity in the information activities. The event will coincide with the celebrations of Brazil's Discovery Five Hundred Anniversary and of IBICT's creation 45th anniversary.
VI Informational Science Studies Cycle - CECIOrganized by the Information and Libraries System - SIBI of Federal University of Rio de Janeiro - UFRJ, the VI CECI took place in October 7 - 9, 1998. The themes approached were: Libraries: modernization; Financial Resources: captivation and utilization; Users/ Informational Resources; Communication Networks: connection with information; Consortium: Cooperative Administration.
IFLA 's Regional Office Manager for Latin America and the Caribbean, Elizabet Maria Ramos de Carvalho, headed the meeting Users/Informational Resources.
The "Newsletter" congratulates SIBI Coordinator, the librarian Mariza Russo and her staff for the seminar success.
The works presented can be found on the Internet at:
Virtual Library of Long-Distance Education in BahiaThe Virtual Library of Long-Distance Education started to function at the "Universidade Federal da Bahia - UFBA" (Federal University of Bahia).
Opened in March 13th, it displays as setting the Internet and it allows access to information about use of tools capable of improving teaching relations. The project, which is part of Prossiga Specialized Information Education Virtual Net, has the support of "Conselho Nacional de Pesquisas - CNPq" (Research National Council) in partnership with Universidade Federal da Bahia - UFBA (Bahia Federal University).
Based in Salvador, Bahia, and coordinated by professor Nelson Pretto, it allows access to worldwide information. According to its coordinator, the use of new communication and information technology in schools, such as video, television, computers, and, above all, the Internet, are some of the applied resources in the long-distance teaching, which proposes substantial transformation in the country's educational process.
With the http://master.prossiga.br/edistancia/ site, the library provides sections with long-distance courses, in praesentia courses, financing tips, scientific associations and societies, contemporary controversial issues and discussion lists. Through the texts there are links to other Brazilian and foreign sites.
Seminar: "School Library: pedagogical education spaceIt took place in Minas Gerais, in October 6-9th, aiming to congregate researchers, students and librarians, involved with the the school library issue, for share and trade of experiences and discussion of problems concerning the issue. The seminar gathered around 170 people and it was organized by the UFMG Librarianship School and by the "Associação de Bibliotecários de Minas Gerais - ABMG" (Minas Gerais Librarians Association), affiliate to FEBAB, with the aid of "Fundação de Apoio à Pesquisa de Minas Gerais - FAPEMIG" (Minas Gerais Research Support Foundation). At the event, the School Libraries Guide was released by the "Comissão Mineira de Bibliotecas Públicas e Escolares" (Public and School Library Commission of Minas Gerais).
"Model Library Association Project" – 2nd phase / last moduleIn November 17 -18, the Second Seminar on Management of Librarians and Information Scientists Unions and Associations took place in Florianópolis, Santa Catarina, as the last module of the second phase of the "Model Library" Project which beheld the Librarian Associations of Minas Gerais, Pernambuco and Santa Catarina.
The financing covered, besides the seminar's organization, the 3-day lodging costs of some of the invited institutions presidents. The Seminar was very successful, and counted on the presence of class institutions presidents from several Brazilian states.
Meeting on the IFLA's 64th Conference: In the crossroad of information and cultureIFLA's Regional Office for Latin America and the Caribbean, the "Conselho Regional de Biblioteconomia da 7a. Região - Rio de Janeiro" (7th Region Regional Council of Librarianship - Rio de Janeiro) and the "Universidade do Rio de Janeiro - UNIRIO" (Rio de Janeiro University), through the librarians Elizabet Maria Ramos de Carvalho, regional manager, Fátima Raposo, CRB-7 president, and Ludmila Mayrink da Costa, professor of "Escola de Biblioteconomia e Documentação" (Librarianship and Documentation School) organized the meeting for celebrating the Book's Week, held in October 21st in Rio de Janeiro's Getúlio Vargas Foundation.
"The Intellectual Capital of Institutions"After the IFLA 64th General Conference in Amsterdam, invited by Ana Flávia Fonseca, head of the World Bank Information and Knowledge Sharing Services, the LAC regional office manager , librarian Elizabet Maria Ramos de Carvalho, gave a lecture titled "The Intellectual Capital of Institutions" at that Bank, Washington, DC, USA.
The lecture was very appreciated and in November she received an e-mail from Dr. Irene Farkas, president Arthur L. Conn. and Associates, Ltd., asking her to send the paper to be published on ASIS (American Society for Information Science) Bulletin.
INFO'99 - International Congress of Information. Havana, Cuba, October, 4-8, 1999The "Instituto de Información Científia y Tecnológica - IDICT" (Institute of Scientific and Technological Information) of the "Ministerio de la Ciencia, Tecnología y Medio Ambiente" (Department of Science, Technology and Environment) of the Republic of Cuba, has the pleasure of inviting you to participate in the International Information Congress, which will be held on October 1999, under the theme: "Information at the Threshold of a New Millenium" at the "Palacio de las Convenciones" (Havana International Conference Center).
INFO'99 will organize for you: Seminars, round tables, workshops, courses, keynote papers. Parallel to the Congress the International Exhibition EXPOINFO'99 will be held. In this exhibition interested companies, institutions and organizations will show their products, equipment and software, as well as exhibit added value services.
Main themes of this meeting will be:
Official languages in INFO'99 will be Spanish and English. If you are interested in receiving additional information about this meeting, please contact:
Iberoamerican Colloquy on Book and Libraries Destiny: from papyrus to the virtual library. Havana, March 22-26, 1999Sponsored by UNESCO Regional Office for Latin America and the Caribbean and "Fundación Jorge Guillen" (Jorge Guillen Foundation) from Spain.
The library is the symbol of the civilization, of the human development, of the success of the man imaginative creation, of his fears, of his faith in himself. Several theories have announced not only the end of the history and the ideologies but also of the book and the traditional library.
Will compact disk defeat paper? Will we read El Quijote on screens instead of printed pages in the next decades? Will the book be a museum object inside the walls of a museum-library? Which is the real scope of the new technologies in a cultural community with high levels of illiteracy and huge budget problems? What are the possible answers of our countries to the increasing globalization of the information?
The Colloquy invites librarians, writers, publishers, information specialists, popular educators and researchers to think over the past, present and future of the book and libraries in Iberoamerica by means of presentation of papers, debates, round tables and discussions on local or regional projects for the application of new technologies.
Themes, besides those already mentioned:
The professional programme includes sessions for papers , round tables, workshops and conferences. Papers should be no longer than 10 pages (30 lines, 60 characters each) double space and speakers will be given 20 minutes for their presentation.The workshop will include the presentation of experiences and projects on conservation and restauration, automation and other matters linked to the Colloquy general theme. The Conference programme will be planned by the Organizing Committee.
Papers abstracts including those for the workshop should be sent to Casa de las Americas no later than February 26, 1999. They should have 250 words maximum and should include author's name and the institution represented. Abstracts of papers should include information on technical requirements for the exposition to be presented at the workshop.
Registration fee: USD $100.00 and should be paid personally in Casa de las Americas. Cuban participants should pay the same fee but in national money.
All documents should be sent to:
(Estela Morales Campos SC IFLA / LAC - MX)
The Bibliographic Control in Latin America and the Caribbean Towards the Third MilleniumUNAM's "Centro Universitario de Investigaciones Bibliotecologicas" (Library Science Research University Center) organized the International Seminar on Universal Bibliographic Control, from September 21 to 23rd. The seminar was supported by IFLA, "Dirección General de Intercambio Academico" (General Directorate of Academic Interchange) de la "Universidade Autonoma de Mexico" (Mexican Autonomous National University) and "Asociación Mexicana de Bibliotecarios - AMBAC" (Mexican Librarians Association).
The Seminar's theme was focused on the following considerations:
In this way, the seminar objectives were the following:
The Seminar counted on the presence of experts from Germany, Canada, USA, and England, all of them as IFLA's representatives. From Latin America and the Caribbean the following took part: Argentina, Brazil, Costa Rica, Cuba, Chile, Guatemala, Panama, Peru, Uruguay and Venezuela. From Mexico many UNAM organizations took part: "Centro de Estudios Sobre la Universidad" (Center of Studies on the University), "Dirección General de Bibliotecas" (Libraries General Directorate), "Dirección General de Servicios de Cómputo Académico" (Academic Record Services General Directorate), "Instituto de Investigaciones Bibliográficas" (Bibliographic Reasearch Institute) and "Centro Universitario de Investigaciones Bibliotecológicas" (Library Science Research University Center). Besides UNAM, the Seminar counted on the collaboration of "Colegio de Mexico" (College of Mexico) .
In the program there were 23 speakers, 8 moderators and 3 reporters.
The audience counted on professionals from Central America, South America, Mexico City and Mexican Republic states. Formally, there were 67 people registered and informally, 35 more, making a total of 102 participants.
The Seminar had open sessions and one closed session: in the first ones, specialists, researchers and librarian teachers involved with bibliographic control study, as well as the other fields' professionals interested in the theme, took part.
It was assigned that IFLA, seriously committed with the factors that affect the information use and transference in our countries, constitutes a feasible alternative to supports us, in a short term, through continuous education formal programs. It is understood that in this updating process it is necessary to involve the librarian associations and other organizations from the region, for their responsibility in human resources formation, which afterwards will be multiplying agents in their own countries.
On the other hand, the region's participants manifested their interest in having a greater tie with IFLA and required to ask this organization central authorities to study the possibility of establishing special shares for Latin American countries. This request is based on the confirmed fact that there are serious economic difficulties both on the part of institutions and on the professionals' to participate in IFLA. Elsa Barberena and Julio Castro will conduct this petition to IFLA/LAC Standing Committee.
It's worth saying that, in the seminar's organization and development, the support of Marie France Plassard, Programme Officer, Universal Bibliographic Control and International Marc of IFLA, was determinant for its success, for her wide experience in the discussed themes. The donation of several IFLA's publications performed by Marie France Plassard was very appreciated by the audience; the CUIB's library was given a set of the mentioned publications, once they are widely requested and very important for the users' consultation.
Finally, it is important to recognize that, thanks to IFLA's economical support, it was possible to invite 10 bibliographic control experts from Latin America and the Caribbean. These experts, along with the Federation's representatives and Mexican speakers, provided a very interesting and beneficial seminar for the region, once it was able to transmit to the audience the speakers' set experiences.
The open and closed sessions' conclusions and other information can be reached at CUIB/UNAM.
Future associations. Latin-American Seminar of Librarian and Related Professionals Associations. Mexico City, March 15 – 17, 1999IFLA/LAC Section and (Asociación Mexicana de Bibliotecarios" (Mexican Librarians Association), A. C. (AMBAC) are organizing this important seminar, which aims to obtain information and to reflect on the current situation of the region's associations, its weaknesses and strengths. In this way, the objective is to work together in the future, knowing the important role that the associations should play and the challenges which they should face as non-governmental organizations in a global world of commercial and cultural treaties which knows no frontiers.
For this meeting organization, IFLA ALP Programme support will be required, such as others'. Pertinent invitations will be sent according to the obtained resources. Professor Rosa María Fernández de Zamora, researcher of UNAM's "Centro de Investigaciones Bibliotecologicas" (Library Science Research University Center), is coordinating the seminar's organization.
For further information:
Librarianship College of National Autonomous University of Mexico study plan updatingThe "Colegio de Biblioteconomia" (Librarianship College) of the "Facultad de Letras y Filosofia" (College of Literature and Philosophy) of "Universidade Autonoma de México - UNAM" (National Autonomous University of Mexico) - considering the most notable aspects for a librarianship school to be able to train future professionals for the current world needs - undertook this year the task of updating its studies programs and plans. In this way, the fields and courses included in this new proposal are focused on training future professionals capable of: adequately organizing information; learning - both tradition and modern - information resources for offering top quality services; being able to efficiently manage the libraries and other information units and for using new information technologies in their professional activities.
The works are performed by a college's teachers commission, headed by Dr. Filiberto Felipe Martínez Arellano, Librarianship College Coordinator, aided by distinguished UNAM librarians, such as Dr. Estela Morales Campos, Professor Jose Adolfo Rodríguez Gallardo, Professor Rosa María Fernández de Zamora and Dr. Elsa Barberena Blásquez, among others.
IV National Meeting of Teachers and Students of Librarianship, Library and Documental Information SciencesThe event took place in October 21-23, 1998 at "Universidade Nacional Autonoma do Mexico - UNAM" (National Autonomous University of Mexico), organized and sponsored by the Licentiateship Coordination in Sciences of Documental Information of the "Colegio de Humanidades" (Humanities College) of UNAM.
Students and teaching staffs from the six Mexican specialized schools attended the meeting. The main themes were: "Schools infra-structure for teaching-learning", "local and national working market", and "graduate studies possibilities"
One of the meeting's important aspects was that progress was presented concerning students' theses and teachers' and former student's research works.
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XVI Library Research Colloquy: Internet, meta-data and access to information in libraries and networks in the electronic eraUNAM's "Centro Universitario de Investigaciones Bibliotecologicas" (Library Science Research University Center) held its XVI Colloquy with the mentioned theme, from August 5-6, 1998. The event's aim was to analyze the multiple problems derived from electronics research organization and to look for possible solutions which could give answers to an adequate information systematization in the electronics era.
The key-note conference "Meta-data and cataloguing: a mistaken option", presented by Prof. Michael Gorman, was transmitted through video-conference for "Universidad Veracruzana" (Vera Cruz University), "Instituto de Estudios Superiores de Monterrey" (Monterrey's High Studies Institute), "Universidad de Colima" (Colima University) and UNAM's "Colegio de Biblioteconomia" (Librarianship College). Besides CUIB's researchers participation, there were teachers' and librarians' conferences from the following institutions: State University of New York at Buffalo, Harvard University, Iowa State University, Dakota State University, Lund University Library, "Universidad de Colima", "El Colegio de México" (College of Mexico), "Universidad Autónoma de Ciudad Juárez" (Autonomous University of Ciudad Juárez) and, of course, academics from other UNAM facilities.
The conferences summaries can be consulted at:
(Estela Morales Campos SC IFLA / LAC - MX)
Book Bank of VenezuelaThe Book Bank of Venezuela is a non-profit public service organization founded 38 years ago for the promotion of reading and children/YA books in conjuction with the National Section for IBBY (International Organization for Children's and Youth's Books). Initially created as an exchange center for textbooks, it has branched into other services in response to the changing needs of the population.
The Book Bank has developed a number of public service oriented activities including the outstanding "Centro de Información y Documentación sobre Literatura Infantil y Lectura - CIDLIL" (Center for Children's Literature and Reading) . This center seeks to assist children's specialists in addition to the "Red de Centros de Documentación sobre Literatura Infantil" (Network for Children's Literature Documentation Centers) which is comprised of 23 member countries from Latin America, France, Spain. Another activity it supports is the "Centro de Estudios y Promoción del Libro Infantil y Juvenil" (Center for the Study and Development of Childrens and YA Books) which focusses on the promotion of reading.
The Center for Studies is also responsible for the coordination of evaluation and selections of the Best Children's Books competition, an annual event that started in 1980. By means of this event, the Center awards editorial excellence while promoting the habit of reading and contributing to the improvement of the quality of children's books published in Spanish. Traditionally the award ceremony is accompanied by an exposition of books, this year titled "It's Raining Books!"
The 1998 exhibition contains 55 recreational books, 14 books about information, and 26 YA books. The jury consisted selected the 10 best children's books for 1998 including 5 original and 5 translations in addition to 4 YA novels.
General News of Interest to the Region
Electronic publications on Latinamerican information science in Internet"Bibliotecologia, Bibliotecas, Bibliotecologos: Revista digital de Ciencias de la Informacion" (Library Science, Libraries, Librarians: Digital Journal on Information Sciences)
"Ciencia da Informação" (Information Science). Instituto Brasileiro de Informação em Ciência e Tecnologia (Science and Technology Information Brazilian Institute)
"Encontros BIBLI Universidade Federal de Santa Catarina" (BIBLI Meetings of Federal University of Santa Catarina)
"Investigacion Bibliotecologica: Archivonomia, Bibliotecologia e Informacion" (Library Science Research: Archives, Librarianship and Information). Centro Universitario de Investigaciones Bibliotecologicas de la UNAM. Mexico.
"Libros en Mexico" (Books in Mexico). Camara Nacional de la Industria
"Perspectivas em Ciência da Informação" (Perspectives in Information
Sciences). Escola de Biblioteconomia da Universidade Federal de Minas
"Revista de Biblioteconomia e Comunição" (Librarianship and Communication Journal). Faculdade de Biblioteconomia e Comunição, Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil
"Transinformação". Departamento de Pos-Graduação em Biblioteconomia PUCCAMP
Latin American Newspapers Database on the WebThe University of Connecticut Library has completed a finder's list for a database of historical Latin American newspapers. The materials are housed in the archives and special collections unit of the Dodd Center of the University Libraries. The website for the database is: http://www.lib.uconn.edu/collections/latamnews/
There is an alphabetical list by title and each entry includes the place of publication, dates, notes, call number, and descriptors for region, country and city of publication. With most web browsers one can use the "Edit/Pull Down Menu" and "Find or Find in Page" to search for papers from a given country or city.
There are some 2,000 entries in the database, so please be patient when accessing the information.
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"The Impact of Information and Telecommunications in the Creation of Policies for Development"The accelerated pace of technological development, the massive quantities of databases and the communication needs between administrators of information have spawned a wide variety of projects dedicated to joining forces to put order to and make useful the information that is produced every second of the day. One such project is already having results.
The project started by the Latin American Association of Financial Institutions for Development (ALIDE) and the International Development Research Center (IDRC) is geared towards the development of activities that will identify user-client information needs of the participating networks and determine the impact of information in the creation of development policies of the region.
The following networks are participating in the study: "Red de Agroindustrial Rural" (Rural Agroindustrial Network) (PRODAR/ICCA); "Red de Investigación en Sistema de Producción Animal de Latinoamérica y el Caribe" (Latin American and Caribbean Animal Production Research Network) (RISPAL/IICA); Panamerican Network for Sanitary Engineering and Environmental Science Information and Documentation (REPIDISCA); the Inter-American Program for Childhood and Family Information (PIINFA); "Centro Latinoamericano para Administración del Desarrollo - CLAD" (Latin American Center for Development Administration); and of course the ALIDE.
The project encompasses user education for online services; the development of online applications and value-added services generated by information networks; the identification of spheres of influence for policy formation and regional listserves to disseminate the project's results.
New CD-Rom for Latin American PhotographyThere is a new CD-Rom available containing 3,000 photographic images of Latin America and the Caribbean in the 19th and early 20ieth centuries.
The fruits of a project of the Preservation and Conservation Program of IFLA-PAC and coordinated by the National Library of Venezuela, the collection represents images located, restored and preserved from 26 Latin American libraries.
APOYO creates clearinghouse for Spanish language preservation resourcesThe "Associación para la Conservación del Patrimonio Cultural de las Américas - APOYO" (Association for the Conservation of the Americas' Cultural Patrimony) is creating a bibliographic information database of Spanish language materials on conservation, with an emphasis on preventive conservation. The database includes materials from Latin America, the USA, and Europe that were either written in Spanish or were translated into Spanish from other languages. The database will serve as a clearinghouse of information and will help avoid duplication of translation efforts.
APOYO will distribute the list of translated titles as an annotated bibliography. The Apoyo newsletter in Spanish, published twice yearly, will announce the availability of the bibliography. The newsletter is co-edited by Amparo R. de Torres and Ann Seibert, in collaboration with volunteers and with the support of the Library of Congress's Preservation Directorate, the Smithsonian Center for Materials Research and Education, and the International Center for the Study of Preservation and Restoration of Cultural Property.
For information about APOYO, please contact: Amparo R. de Torres or Ann Seibert
IV Conference of the Mercosur Professional Librarians Integrated CommissionAsuncion, Paraguay was the host city for the sixth conference of "Comisión Integrada de Entitades de Profesionales Bibliotecarios del Mercosur - CIBIM" (Mercosur Integrated Commission of Professional Librarians Institutions) from August 28-30, 1998. Sponsored by the "Asociación de Bibliotecarios del Paraguay" (Paraguayan Librarians Association), representatives from the following institutions were present: "Asociación de Bibliotecarios Graduados de la República Argentina - ABGRA" (Republic of Argentina Graduated Librarians Association), the "Conselho Federal de Biblioteconomia do Brasil" (Federal Council of Librarianship - Brazil) and the "Asociación Uruguaya de Bibliotecarios" (Uruguayan Librarians Association -ABU), in addition to several regional Brazilian librarianship councils, "Sindicato de Bibliotecarios do Paraná" (Library Union of Parana, Brazil) and the "Associação de Bibliotecarios de Belo Horizonte" (Librarians Association of Belo Horizonte, Brazil).
During the meeting an overview of the Commision from its establishment in Buenos Aires in 1996, the situation of the library professional vis-a-vis the Montevideo Protocol and commercial services in Mercosul were presented. Progress reports from the working groups of the four countries were also presented and there was a panel in which the library associations of the four CIBIM countries discussed their present circumstances and future prospects.
On the last day of the conference, the Executive Committee approved the first resolution of CIBIM which established the Working Group for National Policies for Information and Professional Legislation. With reference to the Montevideo Protocol, it was resolved that each country study the text of specific obligations related to professional library services in the Mercosul that will be dealt with during the next meeting
The following additional resolutions were approved:
Finally, approval to support the candidacy of Bueno Aires as the host city for the 70th IFLA conference in 2004 was granted.
The calendar for 1999 is:
Sattelite Meeting in the North-East of ThailandInstead of the Pre-Session Seminar programmed a Sattelite Meeting will be held for about 100 participants which will pay a small fee plus the air fares and lodging in order to raise funds to pay air tickets for some developing countries representatives. This meeting will take place either Monday-Thursday or Tuesday-Thursday, before the IFLA General Conference at Bangkok and will be sponsored by Division of Regional Activities, Division of Preservation and Conservation, and the ALP Programme.
The theme will be: Recover and Preservation of the Oral Tradition.
The ALP Office will act as the Secretary of the Planning Committee. The IFLA Section for Latin America and the Caribbean selected the region's candidates for the Meeting and sent the list to the ALP Coordinator. Country reports on very specific points about the oral tradition will be presented in no more than five minutes each.
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INTERNATIONAL FEDERATION OF LIBRARY ASSOCIATIONS AND INSTITUTIONS (IFLA)
REGIONAL OFFICE FOR LATIN AMERICA AND THE CARIBBEAN
c/o FEBAB Rua Avanhadava, 40 - cj. 110
c/o Delegacia Regional do MINC no Rio de Janeiro
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