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Vol. XI, no. 2

TCU Library Newsletter, Web Edition   

November, 1999
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INFO '99, Havana, Cuba

     Bob Seal, University Librarian, attended INFO '99, an international library conference, in Havana, Cuba, October 4-8. With the theme "Information at the threshold of a new millennium," the conference was sponsored by the Cuban Institute of Scientific and Technical Information in Havana. The meeting attracted more than 470 information professionals and library educators from more than 20 countries all over Latin America, Europe, North America, and as far away as New Zealand. There were three delegates from the United States.

Based at the Havana International Conference Center in the western part of the city, INFO '99 featured a wide variety of programs and topics with a decided emphasis on technology and the World Wide Web. The bulk of the conference consisted of panel discussions and more than 250 contributed papers on information management, library services, technology, information and society, library education, technical processing, etc. Bob presented a paper on library reference service and how it has changed in recent years due to technology and the Internet.

Outside of the conference, he toured the campus and library of the University of Havana, the library of La Casa de las Américas, and the main branch of the Havana Public Library housed in the former U.S. Embassy. All delegates enjoyed seeing the city, especially Old Havana, the historic district with its beautiful architecture, 1940's and 1950's automobiles, and historic venues including the Hotel Ambos Mundos where Hemingway stayed and wrote For Whom the Bell Tolls. All in all, it was a very memorable experience for Mr. Seal and all attendees.

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