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PULMAN, a European Commission-Funded Network Charged with Promoting International Cooperation in the Development of Digital Services for Public Libraries and Cultural Organizations. (International Report: Oeiras, Portugal)

Magazine article Information Today

PULMAN, a European Commission-Funded Network Charged with Promoting International Cooperation in the Development of Digital Services for Public Libraries and Cultural Organizations. (International Report: Oeiras, Portugal)

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Around 170 participants from 41 countries have signed a high-level manifesto that sets out goals for the future development of library services across Europe. This document also includes four cornerstone priorities and a 10-point action plan.

The manifesto was drawn up at a policy conference held March 13-14 in Oeiras, Portugal. The event was organized by PULMAN, a European Commission-funded network charged with promoting international cooperation in the development of digital services for public libraries and cultural organizations that operate at local and regional levels.

Conference delegates included ministers, secretaries of state, and government representatives from most of the participating countries. They were accompanied by high-level library figures and public librarians who are responsible for the detailed development of information resources in the countries concerned.

Addressing delegates via video link, European Information Society commissioner Erkki Liikanen described the conference as a key event for public libraries in Europe that would set the stage for development in the years to come.

Characterizing libraries, museums, and archives as "vital building blocks" for advancing the information society, the Oeiras Manifesto asks that sufficient funding and support be given at national and local levels to accelerate their development as "centers of access to digital resources."

The document's four cornerstone priorities are democracy and citizenship, economic and social development, lifelong learning, and cultural diversity. …

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