INTERNET globalization, concentration largest circle: 1 M, smallest circle: 1 user
Library functions Acquisition, preservation, dissemination, abstracting and indexing of relevant information. Serve education at all levels.
Acquisition Exponential growth of the number of documents. Rocketing prices. Limitation of physical space. Result: increasing role of electronic storage, restricted, specialized collections.
Preservation Paper retains its strong position. Need for continuous restoration. Limited retrieval in paper-based documents. Digital material needs special care.
Dissemination Decreasing number of visitors. Accessibility outside library walls. What is absent from INTERNET does not exist?! Decreasing role of libraries?! Changing role of the librarian.
Abstracting and indexing Often performed by the authors themselves. Appropriate definition and selection of metadata. Growing importance of repositories and other databases. Needs a specially skilled librarian.
Education in the library Kindergarten High school College and beyond Life-long learning
Lifelong, life-wide, voluntary, and self-motivated pursuit of knowledge for either personal or professional reasons. Response to the rapid change of our world. New job skills (learndirect packages, courses). Scientific research Management Technology Marketing
Library: modern agora? Oriental collection of the Library of HAS
Library: modern agora? Knowledge dissemination Enhancing literacy Meeting point for communities Discussion panel