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Abstract

This study aims to speed up the process of change by developing a visionary strategy in order to help public libraries face the new challenges brought about by the information highway. It was born out of the fact that the level of participation of the 40,000 public libraries in programmes initiated by the European Union was very low. In 1993 it was, therefore, decided to launch a series of initiatives to encourage libraries to participate in research projects. A further initiative called PubliCA was launched in 1996 to support the development and modernisation of public library services. One of its main missions is to examine the recommendations of this report. The findings of the study are based on eleven national studies, five monographs of exemplary cases of innovative libraries, an analysis of regional co-operation amongst libraries in Italy, and a documentary analysis. Obstacles hindering the use of new sources of information are examined, as are the relationship between libraries and other information providers, and the need for professional training. The study aims to provide public libraries with the necessary impetus to modernize and respond to the needs of the many and varied users across Europe.

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Authors: THORNHAUGE J, ;LARSEN G, ;THUN H P, ;ALBRECHTSEN H,
Bibliographic Reference: EUR 17648 FR (1998) 130pp.
Availability: Available from OOPEC Sales agents
ISBN: ISBN 92-828-5270-9
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