ICT Tools in Parliamentary Libraries

Moira Fraser of the new Zealand Parliamentary Library is presenting the results of a 2009 survey on the use of ICT tools in parliamentary libraries.  There were 32 responses from 27 countries, from Albania to Zambia.  with respoect to the involvement in the organization of the contents of parliament website, 4 have no involvement, 4 are responsible for the whole website, but most (ww) are involved in some aspects of the website.  Often parliamentary libraries’ involvement is with another group such as the Office of the Clerk, Senate, House of Commons.  Although 17% of the libraries in teh survey were not involved in the creation of parliamentary data baes, 23% were doing so and making them accessible through the intranet, and 60% were doing so on both the intranet and internet.  Not quite half of the parliamentary libraries are involved in teh application of mark up languages for indexingmetadata in parliamentary documentation.  The majority of responding libraries classify and evaluate web resources to respond to the parliament’s information needs, and they mostly make them available on teh intranet.  A range of tools are used to encourage collaborative work, including blogs, wikis, Lotus Notes, Google Suite, SharePoint.  Although no libraries have social networking policies, many are encouraging the use of these tools, and Chile is leading the charge.  All libraries have websites to inform citizens on the work of parliaments, but also in use: webcasts and TV, alerts & RSS, Twitter, YouTube (UK), blogs, Flickr and podcasts.  Full details will be available on the website of the Research & Library Services to Parliaments section of IFLA in the near future.  Also check out Moira’s mashup of pictures of parliamentary libraries around the world, and her husband Ross’ pictures from the section meeting in Rome.

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