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1 Inaugural Meeting of the Cardiff EDC Forum Guest Building Wednesday 19 January 14:30 Ian Thomson Director, Cardiff EDC

2 Cardiff EDC Forum Inaugural Meeting 19 January 2011 Cardiff EDC Forum 19 January 2011 What is an EDC? What do we do at the Cardiff EDC? The future

3 Cardiff EDC Forum Inaugural Meeting 19 January 2011 What is an EDC? EDCs look two ways… They are usually part of the library services of universities in EU Member States They are part of an official EU Information Network called the Europe Direct Information Network

4 Cardiff EDC Forum Inaugural Meeting 19 January 2011 Europe Direct Information Network Call Centre in Brussels Europe Direct Information Centres in all 27 EU Member States: 400+ in total European Documentation Centres in all 27 EU Member States: 400+ in total

5 Cardiff EDC Forum Inaugural Meeting 19 January 2011 What is an EDC? Objective: EDCs are intended to encourage the study of, and research into, the European integration process and the increasing European dimension in other academic disciplines in higher education by providing access to, and developing expertise in, information sources of and about the EU

6 Cardiff EDC Forum Inaugural Meeting 19 January 2011 What is an EDC? Objectives: Help universities and research institutes promote and develop education and research on European integration, encouraging them to take part in the debate on Europe Help the public learn about EU policies in more depth

7 Cardiff EDC Forum Inaugural Meeting 19 January 2011

8 Cardiff EDC Forum Inaugural Meeting 19 January 2011 The EDC at Cardiff University Established in 1973 EU publications and documents + books and academic journals on Europe, plus much more – the most comprehensive source of European information in Wales Source of expertise to help students and researchers find printed and electronic information on Europe: neutral and professional service

9 Cardiff EDC Forum Inaugural Meeting 19 January 2011 EDCs in the Digital Age Are EDCs useful in the 21 st Century? What does the Cardiff EDC do today to justify its continued existence?

10 Cardiff EDC Forum Inaugural Meeting 19 January 2011 The Cardiff EDC today… Enquiries Training / Information Literacy Events –ERASMUS Reception / European film evening / Europe Day Quiz / Participation in external activities Internships

11 Cardiff EDC Forum Inaugural Meeting 19 January 2011 The Cardiff EDC today… Cardiff EDC website European Sources Online Wales and Europe External training and consultancy Working with the wider EDC Network and other EU information networks Pan-European Working Group on Electronic Repositories

12 Cardiff EDC Forum Inaugural Meeting 19 January 2011 The future… New location What should we be doing? Over to you… Cardiff EDC Forum

13 Cardiff EDC Forum Inaugural Meeting 19 January 2011 The future location of the Cardiff EDC Existing building New location from Summer 2011

14 Cardiff EDC Forum Inaugural Meeting 19 January 2011 Existing EDC in Guest Building Proposed setting for EDC in Guest Extension

15 Cardiff EDC Forum Inaugural Meeting 19 January 2011 Draft plan for the Aberconway Guest Study Centre (including EDC)

16 Cardiff EDC Forum Inaugural Meeting 19 January 2011 Future activities of EDCs… EDC Network Pan-European Working Group on Electronic repositories Create a European information repository (or portal to link existing repositories) ESO to evolve into an EDC Network information service Ask an EDC Librarian information service

17 Cardiff EDC Forum Inaugural Meeting 19 January 2011 Future activities of Cardiff EDC More of the same in our new setting Do you have suggestions?... Cardiff EDC Forum


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