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Librarians meet in Budapest

The fourth international conference on New Information Technology (NIT) was held in Budapest, Hungary, December 2-4, 1991. The purpose of the conferences is to equalize information sharing opportunities aimed at information professionals from both developing and developed countries, to establish a global information network on NIT subjects, and to understand the worldwide infotmation advances.

Over 230 registered participants, representing the United States and 16 developing and developed countries from Eastern and Western European regions, participated in the two- and-a-half-day conference that was hosted and co-sponsored in Budapest by the National Szechenyi Library of Hungary. It was supported by many United States governmental agencies as well as by several library organizations and organized by Dr. Ching-chih Chen, professor and associate dean of the Graduate School of Library and Information Science at Simmons College, Boston.

The conference concentrated on the following topics: new technologies, perspectives, and disciplines; new technologies and humanities; CD-ROM publishing; library automation: the Eastern European cases; digital visual information age; neural networks: experience and potentials; new information technology in academic libraries; new information technology and users’ perspective; technology and biomedical information access; communicating, sharing, and training; databases—international perspectives; classification, indexing, and union catalog; CD-ROM product reviews and CD-ROM use. The official conference language was English; however, simultaneous translations into Hungarian were available for all sessions.

The conference showed the latest NIT developments internationally and established an excellent information network among participants from the developing and developed countries. Librarians are looking forward to the next NIT conference to be held in Hong Kong at the end of August 1992.

Copies of Proceedings of NIT ’91 and NIT CD-ROM can be ordered from MicroUse Information, 1400 Commonwealth Ave., Newton, MA 02165; fax: (617) 527-0421 — Suzanne D. Gyeszly, collection development coordinator for social sciences and preservation, Sterling C. Evans Library, Texas A&M University ■

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