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UI Libraries staff member participates in European meeting for librarians

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Carolyn Kohler, head of government publications at the University of Iowa Libraries, participated in a training seminar for European Documentation Center librarians at the invitation of the European Commission.

The June meeting was in Brussels, Belgium. Representing the UI Libraries, which house a depository for European Union (EU) publications, Kohler was one of 11 American librarians joining some 53 European librarians, documentation specialists, and European Commission representatives from 25 countries.

During the three-day seminar, 16 officials of the EU gave presentations on its role in world politics today, acquisition, dissemination, and biological control of EU information in various formats. Particular emphasis was on current and future trends in electronic information.

The proceedings were in French or English with simultaneous translation provided. While the group primarily met in the European Commission's Albert Borschette Conference Centre, they also visited the Council of Ministers and the European Parliament. Following the official seminar, the American contingent met separately for a day of training on European Union databases (Eurobases) and particularly the Mistral command language in use.