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The State of Libraries and Information Services in Developing Countries (SIG III)

Ms. Andrea Goncalves, goncalan@bireme.ops-oms.org Mr. P.K. Jain, pkjain@ieg.ernet.in Ms. Merlyna Lim, merlyn@bdg.centrin.net.id Mr. Qihao Miao, qhmiao@libnet.sh.cn Mr. Duncan Omole, domole@worldbank.org

Presented at ASIST 2004 Annual Meeting; "Managing and Enhancing Information: Cultures and Conflicts" (ASIST AM 04), Providence, Rhode Island, November 13 - 18, 2004


Abstract

In December 2003, with the adoption in Geneva of a Declaration of Principles and a Plan of Action, the World Summit on the Information Association just concluded the first phase of its programme of work.

The role of libraries in fostering the Information Association is essential. Libraries in developing countries in particular spearhead the effort to build an inclusive Information Association and to bridging the digital divide.

Because the second phase of the World Summit will take place in 2005, in Tunisia - a developing country - SIG-III decided to explore the current state of Libraries and Information Services in developing countries, at the mid-term of the World Summit.

The proposed session will bring together representatives from all parts of the developing world. Librarians and information specialists coming from Brazil, China, Indonesia, India, and Kenya will present the situation in Asia, Africa, and Latin America and the Carribean.

As it will present an overview of the conditions of libraries and information services in several developing countries, this session should provide the opportunity to compare situations and trends in different parts of the world. The session will discuss national and regional information cultures, and it will show the role played by the Internet and the World Wide Web in bringing together communities in developing countries.

The session will address models in use in developing countries and present the overall contribution made by libraries to promoting development.


  
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