ERIC Number: ED343598
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1991-Apr
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Library Networks in Less-Developed Countries: Two Argentine Cases and Some Observations.
Tang, Donna Taxco
As an American Library Association/USIA International Library Fellow in Argentina from March to September 1989, the author worked with the Argentine National Protective Commission for People's Libraries. Included in her assignment was a charge "to assist in the development of a popular libraries network in Patagonia," the southernmost region of this South American republic. Argentina's current attempt to transform its economy from an inefficient, state- dominated one to a more productive mix in which private enterprise predominates, resembles similar efforts in other South American countries and also in the countries of Eastern Europe. This paper uses the author's experience and observations in working with the "network" of Patagonian people's libraries and with another, more developed network (INTA--the National Institute of Farming Technology) in Argentina--to describe the role libraries and librarians play in this transformation. It touches upon the social, political and economic factors and attitudes at work in this massive task. The barriers which exist in Argentina to effective performance of information's vital role are outlined. Finally, the paper suggests areas for specific international and inter-institutional cooperation to enhance the role of information management in this type of transformational development. (Eleven figures are appended.) (Author)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Reports - Descriptive
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