Magazine article Computers in Libraries

Around the World with Library Technology

Magazine article Computers in Libraries

Around the World with Library Technology

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Exchanging ideas and stories of successful projects is always helpful for librarians who are intent on improving library service. A different perspective can be especially beneficial. The internet makes it easy to learn from other librarians in distant places, and frequently, when I am researching topics for this column, I find references to libraries and librarians around the world.

IFLA: The official website of the International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions

IFLA was founded in Edinburgh, Scotland, in 1927 to represent the interests of library and information services and their users. It considers itself to be "the global voice of the library and information profession." Information on IFLA and its work is available on the official site. The section titled Electronic Collections provides links to international resources in the following categories: library and information science, digital libraries, government information and official publications resources, and internet and networking. The Success Stories database allows librarians to contribute and access stories of successful projects in libraries around the world.

ALA: International Relations

At the time I was researching this column, ALA was in the process of an associationwide website redesign. As of Sept. 1, 2008, the International Relations Office (IRO) website was not adding new content. During the redesign period, updates and news were to be posted on the IRO Wiki page. The original IRO website provided information on activities and projects, awards, grants, and exchanges; international associations, organizations, and conferences; and library employment and foreign credentials.

IRO Wiki

OCLC Global Gateway

A new entrance to OCLC's website brings together all the regions served by OCLC.

The European Library

This free service provides access to 48 national libraries in Europe in 20 languages with both bibliographic and digital resources available to visitors. …

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