ERIC Number: ED059738
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1970-Apr
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Analysis of the Library Situation in Latin America 1969.
Organization of American States, Washington, DC. Library Development Program.
The modern library is an institution that supplies many information services by efficiently organizing universal knowledge that has been reduced to the printed word. Unfortunately, the Latin American countries have not developed centralized services and programs with respect to bibliography, cataloging, exchange, reprography, production of library technical manuals, or efficient book publication. Neither have public or private institutions been established to facilitate the words of the librarian. There is a critical need to accelerate the training of professional library personnel through new programs with multiplier effect on personnel training and the preparation of more and better library science teachers. In addition to personnel training, the most important aspect in library development is national planning and development of libraries. The first priority with regard to type of libraries is the library as it relates to education. Plans call for library training programs, concentrated initially in the Inter-American Library School in Medellin, Columbia. Fellowships and technical assistance will be provided in the form of teachers and subsidies for the libraries, as well as teaching equipment and materials. A committee will be appointed to advise the Organization of American States (OAS) with regard to the Medellin School and other librarian training programs. (Author/NH)
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Authoring Institution: Organization of American States, Washington, DC. Library Development Program.