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Approved For Rease 2000/08/24: CIA-RDP68-0W69A0001001000 Memorandum LIBRARY OF CONGRESS TO Lewis 0. Coffin, Associate Director, DATE: December It 1960 Processing Department FROM SUBJECT: ,amt Xontgomory, Heel, Hispanic Dzohange aectisa,, Irchangs and Gift Division Regional Seminar on Bibliograpbj. Doauaentatien, and 3mob& s of Publication, organised by the Government of Mexico with the collaboration of IInesco (Mexico City, November 21-Deesabsr 4, 1960). ?,4.5 L 1 The original plan was to divide the members of the 3esdaer into three groups, each oars to consider one of the topics mentioned. However, most countries had sent only one d?le,gate, and most participants vets interested In all of the topics. Therefore, the three topics wore taken up cons?sutively, and only on 2 or 3 ocoasions wore separate meetings hold.. The conclusions (minas details) reached are as foll?wsi 1. Bibliogrspky of Central America and the Caribbean. Group I of the Seminar constituted a Third Reainar on Jibliog- rs of Central America said the Caribbean. The first two senjIMB" were held in Havana in 1955 and in Panes,, in 1966, and resulted in publication of the 31bl1o raffia At C?ntroaMrica Z Carib., edited annually b Fermin P?rasa in Savona. The 1986..1958 Tolaaes have been published by various means, and the 1959 volume is now in press in Havana. The Brass lien Government has offered to publish the 1960 volume. It was decided to expand this bibliography as rapidly as possible to include other countries of Latin America, and to change the title to Bib ia is AS AWrIc Ist j . Argentina and Chile are to be included in the forthcoming 1959 volume, and Uruguay will be included in 1960. For the time being only books and pamphlets are included; addi- tional bibliographies for periodicals and reference works are contemplated. Hntri?s are to be supplied by ?bibliographic groups" in each country. It is hoped that beginning with 1961 the publication can be fi- nanoed from the sale of copies. IInesco is trying to encourage each country to publish its national bibliography; it was thought that the Biblioerafia At A"riC laths would not obviate their publication. 2. Bibliography and Documentation. Group II concentrated on the possibility of establishing docu- mentation centers in various countries. It was agreed that the follows Approved For Release 2000/08/24: CIA-RDP68-00069A000100100015 Approved For "ease 2000/08/24: CIA-RDP68-b 69A000100100015-1 - 3 - steps are presequisite: (a) Betablish objectives (b) Determine the existing resources (a) Determine what is needed (d) Provide for financing the project. The University of Chile has evolved a plan for establishing a bibliographic and documentation center, and I believe they will carry it out. There was a goad deal of dispassion of a possible union catalog of the holdings of Latin American libraries. The Brazilians are very enkbusiastic about this, but most delegates agreed that this is something for the distant future and that each country mast first organize its own libraries, catalog all holdings, and establish national union catalogs. Better education for librarians (including bibliographers) is also criti- cally needed. 3. ]exchange of publications. This is a topic which has been such discussed, with little tangi- ble result, and a good deal of what was said was repetitious. It was agreed that Latin American librarians will try to work for ratification of the Unesco draft convention of 1958 by their governments. In this connection, Unesco plans to help organize round table meetings in each country to which Government officials and other influential persons will be invited. Postal and customs difficulties would also be discussed. It was generally agreed that new international agreements are not needed so such as compliance with the existing agreements. There was no enthusiasm for a new Inter-American convention at this time. Several countries are interested in establishing national ex- change centers. This question, with special attention to calculation of the cost, would be included in the agendas of the proposed round tables. Unesco may possibly be able to help set up an exchange center in one of the smaller countries having a good output of publications, such as Peru, Chile, or Colombia. Most delegates felt that international exchange activities should be centered in the National Library rather than the Ministry of Foreign Relations. Uruguay is now in the process of making this change, and this action was oommendet. Miss Ball from USBB described its activities with emphasis on its limitations. The example of Ui8s may assist others, particularly the proposed Chilean documentation center. Delegates expressed the hope of having another Seminar in 1962 or 1963, possibly in Santiago, Chile. Approved For Release 2000/08/24: CIA-RDP68-00069A000100100015-1