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

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Library & Research Services for Parliaments


Workshop day

The Library & Reseaerch Services for Parliaments section of IFLA is meeting at the Joint Parliamentary Library building in Rome, a former monastary (where Galileo was tried) with wonderful frescos, marble, wood as well as a fantastic view of the top of the Pantheon from the cafeteria on the 6th floor. What an amazing venue for a meeting. Tuesday started with a workshop on leveraging technology. I participated in the workshop with Donna Scheeder, Director, Law Library Services, Library of Congress and Moira Fraser, Parliament of New Zealand. My presentation slides are here and the others will join mine shortly.

On Wednesday our large group of about 250 from more than 50 countries, learned about the Italian Parliament, their Joint Parliamentaty Library and ended our day in the Senate which was first used in 1861 followed by a wonderful dinner in a fantastic atmosphere. More to come.