ERIC Number: ED045146
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1970-Sep
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Certain Problems of International Co-operation of Libraries of Patent Departments.
The largest patent libraries annually acquire over 300,000 descriptions. The tasks and problems of patent libraries are characteristic for patent libraries in many countries. However, until recently, international cooperation mainly boiled down to mutual patent document exchanges. These libraries did not participate in various international associations. A meeting of the heads of patent libraries of the CMEA country-members held in Moscow in 1970, proved that there are opportunities for extending cooperation between patent libraries. One of the main problems facing these libraries is the organization of the patent description collections according to the union classification system of the International Patent Cataloging (IPC). Only the first steps have been made in the transition to the IPC system, since the patent departments are classifying only new patent description publications according to this system. Another important problem is the organization of the retrospective exchange of the descriptions of inventions and information publications. Patent libraries should exchange opinions about the forms which further cooperation among them should take. (NH)
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Authoring Institution: International Federation of Library Associations, Seven Oaks, Kent (England).
Note: Paper presented at the meeting of the Special Libraries Section at the International Federation of Library Associations General Council 36th Session, September, 1970, Moscow