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Telematics for Libraries - Report on Information Day

In connection with the current call for proposals for the "Libraries" sector of the Telematics Applications programme (closing date 15 April 1997), potential participants were invited to a "Telematics for Libraries" Information Day, held in Luxembourg on 9 January 1997.

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In connection with the current call for proposals for the "Libraries" sector of the Telematics Applications programme (closing date 15 April 1997), potential participants were invited to a "Telematics for Libraries" Information Day, held in Luxembourg on 9 January 1997.

The aim of the Information Day was to provide supplementary information on sector priorities and on the preparation of proposals. The 147 participants at the event came from 20 European countries (including two from Central and Eastern Europe). Libraries and private sector organizations were well represented at the meeting. Representatives of the "National Focal Points" (NFPs) were also present.

Mr. Frans de Bruïne, director of DG XIII-E, delivered the introductory speech, stressing the growing importance of the global Internet for access to information and services. Following this, there were presentations on the work programme's aims and objectives (Ms. Ariane Iljon), the organizational context (Mr. Hans-Georg Stork), the call topics (Ms. Patricia Manson) and proposal preparation (Mr. Robert Fisher). Mr. Dick Tucker, an experienced project coordinator from the SVB Library in Amsterdam, presented a highly appreciated proposer's view, highlighting the most important factors in drafting proposals and submitting them to the Commission for evaluation.

In a session chaired by Mr. Gordon Pedersen, some 20 potential proposers were then given the opportunity to present their ideas and explain what kind of partners and expertise they were looking for. The Day closed with a presentation of background information and opportunities for partner finding in which Ms. Gitte Larsen of the Danish National Focal Point explained how NFPs could be of assistance. Mr. Ian Pigott from the Libraries Unit pinpointed how some of the programme's emerging successes could act as building blocks and suggested how participants could best make use of the Commission's resources on the World Wide Web (for example, in preparing proposals and looking for partners).

The event provided ample opportunity for discussion, both formally within the sessions and informally during the lengthy breaks. The organization of the Information Day to coincide with NFP training events and the launching of the PUBLICA concerted action on public libraries the following day, further ensured a high level of interaction between all the various players.

Source: European Commission, DG XIII
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