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International Conference on Library Automation
in Central & Eastern Europe

Budapest, 10-13 April 1996

Introducing information technology in libraries is a major concern in virtually all higher education and research libraries, and many public libraries in Central and Eastern Europe. The European Commission, DGXIII, Telematics for Libraries Programme and the International Co-operation Programme of the 4th Framework Programme for Research and Technological Development jointly with the Regional Library Programme of the Open Society Foundation, therefore organised in Budapest in April 1996 an International Conference on Library Automation.

The programme focused on topics such as standards, retroconversion, national bibliographies and co-operation. Pre-conference workshops were held on document delivery, introducing information technology in small and medium sized libraries, the proposal mechanisms of the Telematics for Libraries Programme and the Regional Libraries Programme. The conference was opened by key note addresses from Ariane Iljon , head of unit DGXIII/E-4, outlining EC actions for libraries and stressing the need for co-operation and resource sharing across Europe, and Peter Burnett (chairman RLP). EU speakers included representatives from successful and relevant projects such as UseMARCON , DECOMATE , UNICODE, FASTDOC and the concerted actions CoBRA and ECUP . Presentations on the use of bibliographic and technical standards in Cⅇ, on important retrospective conversion initiatives, on the state of national bibliographic services and on the experiences of setting up consortia in the region afforded a comprehensive overview of the state of library development in Central and Eastern Europe.

This conference brought together 216 experts from 26 countries in the European Union and Central and Eastern Europe. Many senior staff from important libraries in Albania, Belarus, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Estonia, Georgia, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Macedonia, Moldova, Poland, Romania, Russia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Ukraine met with experts from Denmark, France, Germany, Greece, the Netherlands, United Kingdom and the United States of America.

Conference Proceedings

The proceedings of this conference make an impressive volume of some 40 key papers on the main activities in the field of library automation in Central and Eastern Europe and relevant projects of the European Commission's Telematics for Libraries programme.

The Proceedings are available from the Office for Official Publications of the European Communities.

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