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Section for Public Libraries meeting Saturday August 12 and August 18 2000 in Jerusalem
Burgetova,Jarmila, Czech Republica
Clubb,Barbara CHAIR, Canada
Gill Philip, United Kingdom
Haavisto Tuula, Finland
Häggström,Britt Marie SECRETARY, Sweden
Pestell Robert (August 18), Australia
Sondergard,Borge (INFORMATION OFFICER), Denmark
Stridde, Reinhard (August 12 ), Germany
Minutes from the SC meeting on the 12 and the 18 of August in Jerusalem1. Chair Barbara Clubb opened the meeting and welcomed all present.
Apologises were given from Nerses Hayrapetyan, Armenia who could not attend due to economic reasons. Georgeta Clinca Romania has not answered to mail, fax or e-mail. Djarmila Burgetova will try to find Madame Clinca.
2. The agenda was approved . One point at other business was added. An important foundation is interested in the work of the section.
3. Minutes from the SC meeting in Paris were approved and there were no matters arising from the minutes.
4. Chairperson´s report.
The meeting in Jerusalem has attracted 1600 participants. Some practical matters for the meeting concerning availability of food and registration possibilities during the Sabbath.
POINTS FROM THE CB MEETING
This is a presentation of the most controversial points.
Reviewed documents are often of poor quality
The standards haves following points :
a) To Identify items
b) Call for papers will be two years in advance
c) Referreed papers should be given
d) Invited speakers should have a reduced rate
e) No late incoming papers will be published ever
The suggested points caused many comments from the SC members.
Philip Gill gave some all covering comments, saying that some of the suggestions were rather good; others not.
Ilona Glashoff was concerned about the contributed papers to the open sessions. She expressed her fear that IFLA instead of being helpful to get papers for the different meetings rather prevented people from writing.
BM Häggström raised the importance of getting a balance between high quality and no papers at all.
Bernhard Margolis suggested that papers should be accepted by National organisations before they were sent to IFLA
Florence Ponce wanted small groups with well identified topics.
Clara Budnik wanted in the same direction short 10 minutes papers rather than too long.
All the members rejected the proposal of getting papers two years in advance.
A final draft of the Professional Profiles of IFLA is out for comments. Chair urged all to react on the document and to use the valuable document in all work related to IFLA
Students participation in IFLA meetings was discussed. The SC taxed on the statement that IFLA would loose money if students got a reduced rate. All reduced rates from students will be on the top of the incomes of IFLA. Today very few students attend IFLA meetings.
The SC was in favour of many more students at IFLA meetings.
The new school library manifesto can be translated by individual country or association initiative.
5. The mid term program was reviewed.
6. The Jerusalem program was reviewed
7. The section has their booth service on Tuesday August 15. Borge Sondergaard, Assumpta Bailac and Frode Bakken will be in the booth presenting the section.
8. Reports from the projects.
Guidelines for public libraries will be translated into all UNESCO languages. UNESCO will pay for the translation.
The Guidelines has been verbally promoted by Philip Gill in Finland, Portugal and Italy.
The role of Public libraries in lifelong learning. BM Häggström, Assumpta Bailac
The draft of the project was profoundly discussed in the section.
It was stated that the description must be more explanatory distinct and clear. There are risks for misunderstanding in many Spanish speaking countries.
An open invitation to give best practise examples will be given at this meeting.
The research part of the project is of vital importance.
Feasibility study on computer literacy. Borge Sondergaard, Florence Ponce´
This project should merge into a bigger project.
An updated report was given by Kerstin Hassner. The project can be followed on the projects website
No further progress in the area was reported by Mary Sherman.
11. Report from the Ibero American area Assumpta Bailac and Clara Budnik
The Ibero American library associations will have their second meeting in Antigua.
Assumpta Bailac will present the guidelines and the life long learning project.
There will be a meeting in Santa Cruz Bolivia organised by the minister of culture in Spain. There will be three workshops with 30 -40 participants dealing with important library matters.
The Spanish government has established a co-operative program with Panama in order to raise activities in public libraries.
12. Report on the CLM meeting.Frode Bakken
The CLM group have had two meetings where public library matters were discussed.
The subject was public libraries and licensing
A question is if IFLA can be responsible for licensing for public libraries.
Different licensing models will be put on the web.
The Canadian library association together with the American Library Association has been active in the WTO meeting in Seattle on behalf of the libraries. Further lobbying on national and European level will be necessary.
13. Report from the FAIFE meetings. Britt Marie Häggström
The report on the situation in Kosovo is presented at the Jerusalem meeting. It is also available on the web.
The FAIFE world report is also ready and Mrs Häggström asked the section if their country reports could be sent to FAIFE. The SC members agreed.
14. The Boston meeting
It was great concern about the costs of living in Boston. Bernhard Margolis assured that the organisers will try to find all possible subsidies to make it cheaper to come to the Boston meeting.
Suggestions for the sections program at the Boston meeting.
General topics are copyright and licensing.
The program will be finalized at the mid term meeting.
15. Mid term meeting
The mid term meeting will take place in Prague and Jarmila Burgetova welcomed the section to Prague on February 21- 24, 2001.
16. Other business
The Helsinki Public Library has got the Bill and Linda Gates first award. 1 million $. The Finnish were heartily concratulated.
A representative from the Gates foundation asked the SC if it was possible to give next years award in connection with the open forum arranged by the section.
The Section agreed with enthusiasm.
17. The SC committee of Public Libraries meetings at the Jerusalem meeting was closed chair Barbara Clubb asked the members to look for new members to the SC. Barbara Clubb thanked the committee members and the guests for their participation.
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