The European Community’s 1992 Plan: A Challenge for Information Specialists
The ACRL/WESS Conference on shared resources and shared responsibilities has been a profitable initiative for European librarians, offering them four major opportunities: first, to reaffirm European librarians’ commitment to share information resources and professional capabilities with their North American colleagues; second, to compare and update their own professional resources, such as library collections, databases and online communication services, as well as methods of information management, including preservation policies and practices; third, to explore ways to improve conditions for the transmission and accessing of information; fourth, to focus on cooperation as one of the major methods to reinforce the integration of libraries’ structures and functions. Furthermore, the Conference has played an especially important role for information specialists of the European Community (EC) member states. As the Community prepares for 1992 and the prospect of further integration, information specialists must look ahead to impending changes. The increasing demand for information on economic development means that the policy of European Community libraries must consider not just European member countries, but also the international community of researchers at large.