ERIC Number: ED329290
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1990-Aug
Reference Count: N/A
IFLA General Conference, 1990. Section on Research and Theory.
International Federation of Library Associations, The Hague (Netherlands).
The three papers in this collection were presented during the meeting of the Section on Research and Theory. In the first paper, "BIEF: A North-South Knowledge Transfer Tool," Suzanne Richer examines the vital importance of scientific and technical information (STI) for developing countries, and notes that BIEF (Banque internationale d'Information sur les Etats francophones) is one tool dedicated to the transfer of knowledge which will enable countries to access informatic and telematic resources and become scientific, technical, and economic competitors. She provides an examination of the characteristics and objectives of the BIEF database, its bibliographic utility centers and training programs, the National STI policies and systems, the documentation center on Francophonie, and BIEF publications. In the second paper, "Library Associations and the Advancement of Librarianship in Developing Countries," Stephney Ferguson presents the positive correlation between the stage of advancement of library and information services and the existence of library associations in developing countries, and notes that, even where associations are weak and ineffective, they are recognized as a potential for good in influencing library development. Library associations in Jamaica, the Caribbean, and the Commonwealth are described as examples which illustrate the impact that such organizations can have in developing countries. Reports in the literature that describe the achievements of associations in other developing countries are used to support the evidence presented. In the third paper, "IFLA's Programme ALP: A Progress Report," Birgitta Bergdahl discusses the objectives, program structure, contents, priorities, and future initiatives of the IFLA Program for the Advancement of Librarianship in the Third World. (MAB)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: International Federation of Library Associations, The Hague (Netherlands).