This book, first published in 1992, provides vital information on the changes in Western European information services resulting from the new European Community. Through an elaboration of the information infrastructure supporting political, economic, social, and bibliographic interconnections among Western European nations, readers will gain a detailed understanding of this multifaceted landscape. It contains informative chapters on topics such as information policy and library status in the European Community, standardization and other cooperative strategies among libraries in Europe, bibliographic access in the United Kingdom, access to information stores in Nordic countries, access to selected European online databases, and implications of European libraries’ cooperative developments for American libraries. This revelatory book features the thinking of distinguished experts on key initiatives in the European information community.
1. Developments in Western Library and Information Systems: An Introduction Mary M. Huston 2. Information Policy and Libraries in the European Community Harold Dierickx 3. Cooperation Among Libraries in Europe: Current Realities, Future Prospects Paula Goossens 4. Bibliographic Access in the United Kingdom: Some Current Factors Philip Bryant 5. London and South Eastern Library Region (LASER) J.M. Plaister 6. Access to Information in the Nordic Countries Antti Soini 7. Access to European Online Databases Erwin K. Welsch, Eleanor Rodini and Victoria Hill 8. 1992 and Beyond: In Conclusion Maureen Pastine