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World Library and Information Congress:
70th IFLA General Conference and Council

"Libraries: Tools for Education and Development"

August 22th - 27th 2004, Buenos Aires, Argentina






Special Libraries

University Libraries

Art Libraries

Medical Libraries

Law Libraries

Public Libraries

National Libraries

Parliamentary Libraries

More Library Visit



Library Visits
Thursday 26 and Friday 27, August 2004

Only registered participants can take part in these visits, which are already included in the registration fee.
For more information please contact: Mr. José Fuster Relati Asociación de Bibliotecarios Graduados de la República Argentina (ABGRA)
E-mail: ifla2004rrpp@abgra.org.ar

Special Libraries

2. Buenos Aires Stock Exchange Library
The library at the Buenos Aires Stock Exchange can fulfill all the information requirements about the stock market system, whose book collection is integrated and increased through a meticulous selection pattern.
The collection deals with highly specific subjects such as the stock market, finance and general economics, and the legal framework for these areas to operate.
It consists of over 12,000 books, along with more than 200 periodicals, CD-ROMs and videotapes.
Members of the stock exchange and the general public are allowed to make best use of its modern and comfortable facilities: the main reading room, the special material room and the newspaper and periodical reading room.
The library has access to Internet and to on-line databases. A database of economic and financial news, which holds 260,000 records is also available, as well as the provision of SDI services.
It is in charge of the coordination of UNIRED a network of networks on economic and social information and is a member of RECIARIA Argentine Network of Information.

3. Buenos Aires City Professional Council on Economic Studies "Dr. Juan B. Alberdi" Bibliographic Information Centre
Founded in 1991 to provide information to economic studies professionals. The library collection includes over 14,000 volumes of books and journals. It caters for registered professionals and university students and has a reading room with a seating capacity for 72 users. Several services are offered, including reference services, bibliographies, special searches, fax and reprographics. Besides books, journals and newspapers, this library receives technical journals as well as sound and audiovisual recordings, together with information on electronic media. The database can be queried any time over the Internet, which also hosts the UNIRED database (Argentine network on economic information) with one million bibliographic records in 75 libraries specialized in economy and management.

4. National Institute of Industrial Technology (INTI), CIME - CID
This Institute provides documentary information for technical assistance to Industry as well as to the Institute's researchers, professionals and technicians. The Institute is also open to the general public: small entrepreneurs, Science and Technology agency employees, teachers and students amongst others. Users can either employ their own collection (books, periodicals, standards, acquired or self-generated databases, technical documents elaborated by INTI, or other options) or additional resources (such as on-line databases, data sources selected from the Internet or document providers). Additional services are offered, including reference services, on-line database searches, Internet searches, document retrieval, technical translations, user education, reprographics, orientation, technical processing of documents belonging to other information units or loans (for internal users).

5. National Economy Ministry (Treasury) - Documentation and Information Centre
This library's collection includes 250,000 books and journals; 400 CD-ROMs; 600 videos; 300,000 plans; 100,000 photographs, 30,000 full-text digitized regulations; 50,000 summarized digitized regulations.
It covers a wide variety of themes regarding technical and bibliographic information, specializing in economic, social, transport, energy and public works aspects. The centre's Legislative Information Area offers legal information and most national rules and regulations can be looked up on its web site at http://infoleg.mecon.gov.ar. Legal bibliography is available at the centre's law library.
The centre offers access to original plan and photograph collections related to national public works through the Public Architecture Research Centre

University Libraries

6. Belgrano University Main Library
The mission of the University Library is to support students' and professors' academic activities by making specialized bibliography available for consultation. This library includes specialized bibliographic material regarding every degree course taught at all the University Faculties. There is a Digital Library with access to international databases with full-text magazine articles, pages selected from Internet, catalogued and classified and including a textual analysis, CD-ROM catalogues and Theme Category catalogues.
This library is a member of national networks such as AMICUS (Network of Private University Libraries), UNIRED (Network of Social Studies Libraries), RECIARIA (Network of Argentine Networks) and VITRUVIO (Network of Arts and Architecture Libraries)

7. Argentine Catholic University - "San Benito Abad" Main Library
The Main Library of the Argentine Catholic University includes various collections in different areas: art, history, literature, philosophy, education, psychology, physics, mathematics, chemistry, engineering, information systems, economy, law, politics, advertising, journalism, music, theology and medicine. The bibliographic holding totals 150,000 volumes. Specialized database searches are carried out for university professors and researchers using Internet access or CDs. This library also includes a newspaper and periodicals library made up of 2,000 periodical titles and the research Department, an area used exclusively by University researchers. The library is located in the Puerto Madero district, a few meters away from the Hilton Hotel Convention Centre.

8. Argentine Business Management University Library
This is a semi-public library that caters for 3 faculties and 26 degree courses aside from Postgraduate and PhD courses. Its 1,250 m2 include: two reading rooms with a total seating capacity for 280 persons where talking is allowed to study in groups, two silent reading rooms for individual studying with a total seating capacity for 240 persons where talking is not allowed, an internet query room with thirty workstations, a video consulting room with a total seating capacity for 20 persons, a Reference area and a CD-ROM consulting area. Services provided to users include a book-lending library, reading and weekend rooms. Periodicals, videos, CD-ROMs and cassettes can only be used in the library room. Inter-library lending and on-line public access to catalogues (OPAC) with touch screens to query the Library databases are also available. The virtual library enables access to 4,750 full-text periodicals as well as various specialized databases.

9. Max von buch Library, St. Andrew's University
This library is noted for its serial publications, books and databases (both local and international), the organisation of its collection that meets international standards for university libraries and its commitment to the following international cooperative programmes: OCLC (cataloguing, contributing original records to WorldCat and CORC; interlibrary lending; the Association of Research Libraries LARRP Programme; and the Parliament Library NACO Programme for authority control. Its Special Collections and Archives section acts as an important custodian; it includes a wide array of archives, covering institutional as well as business and prominent figure archives; this library is likewise guardian of the Argentine Bibliophile Society collection and retrieves special material which is spread through its microfilms.

10. "Profesor Emérito Alfredo L. Palacios" Library, Faculty of Economic Sciences, Buenos Aires University
This library's collection includes 58,000 book titles ((112,000 volumes), 1,330 magazine titles, access to Internet databases and CD-ROM magazine and text collections in relation to economy, management, accounting and information system issues. It serves 60,000 students, 3,000 teachers and 300 researchers averaging 1,000 loans and queries per day. Academia can query the Faculty's Intranet catalogue and access basic bibliography texts in open-shelf rooms over the Internet. Likewise, Faculty teachers and researchers can access any collection and request copies of foreign papers and articles. The library's Reference service provides general guidelines regarding bibliographic searches, reference material, legislation and case law queries and also assists users in investigations on CD-ROMs and data bases with Internet access. Tables of contents for scientific journals and a collection of electronic magazines can be viewed over the Web.

11. Palermo University Main Library
This library caters for approximately 5,000 Palermo University students, professors and researchers on two floors covering an area of 500 m2. During active periods of the academic year, 700 daily visits are received and 360 books are lent out per day on average. The reference section is very efficient when responding to queries, providing directions regarding the use of the library and instructions for reference sources. Users have direct access to the collection, which is organised by themes on open shelves. The collection has grown steadily and approximately 36,000 volumes have been incorporated since 1994. Access to periodical databases has been available since 1993.

Medical Libraries

14. National Medicine Academy - "Rafael Herrera Vegas" Library
The National Medicine Academy Library began in 1938 with the donation of a book collection that included 11,000 volumes belonging to doctors Marcelino and Rafael Herrera Vegas. Amongst the many donations that helped increase its bibliographic realm is Dr. Pedro Arata's book collection comprising 10,000 volumes specialized in chemistry, medicine, historic works and theses.
Currently the library holding totals 40,000 book volumes and receive 410 periodical titles as purchases, exchanges or donations. It is a public Library. The catalogue comprising 1,330 periodical titles (open and closed collections) and the bibliographic Database (Academy Newsletter, Books and Awards) will be available shortly on the Academy portal. The library is a member of the National Health Sciences Information Network RENICS).

15. Pan-American Health Organisation - World Health Organisation, Documentation and Information Centre
The Information and Documentation Centre of the Representation of the Pan American Health Organisation/World Health Organisation in Argentina, is a reference centre of the editorial production of books, documents, publications and multimedia materials.
The Centre is the Coordinator of RENICS (National Health Sciences Information Network in Argentina), which gathers the cooperative work of 70 libraries in the country. The most important product generated is the Virtual Health Library, where national health sciences information database, the union bibliographic and periodicals catalogues, directories of institutions, events, libraries, professionals, etc. can be accessed. As an added value, the Centre coordinates 13 electronic forums as a tool of dissemination of health sciences information among 10.000 users in Argentina.
The Centre provides technical cooperation to other organisations to develop libraries and info centres, according to BIREME's methodology for selecting, processing, indexing and accessing web-based information.

16. Argentine Dental Association Library
This Library is one of the most important Spanish-speaking Information Centres in the field of Oral Health. It acts as a BIREME Cooperating Regional Centre, indexing dental literature in the LILACS Database in Spanish.
They provide bibliographic search services for their collection or other libraries that form part of the National Health Sciences Network (RENICS) or through SCAD (BIREME's article search service). The library includes an Internet room with workstations.
Likewise the library offers catalogues in their Database for on-line queries that can be made from the Library workstation. An on-line catalogue including library material will be implemented this year and available on the Web site.

Law Libraries

17. Supreme Court Main Library
This Library is located in the National Court of Law. The most important collections on legislation and case law are in the Reference Room. Currently the Library holding includes 60,000 volumes and approximately 500 current local and foreign periodical titles. Although it specializes in Law, you can also find material regarding other topics such as Economy, Philosophy, History or Sociology.
The Library receives resources from the Judiciary and important donations contribute towards increasing its collection. This Library is a member of the Argentine Law Libraries Network.

18. National Ministry of Justice, Security and Human Rights, "Raymundo Miguel Salvat" Library
This 40-year old library has provided assistance and continues to assist high ranking officials in the National Government. This time-honoured institution has a complete historical collection of annals on legislation and doctrine. As a ministerial library, it offers updated information on Justice, Security and Human Rights. It also provides both reliable documentation for government officials to write up bills and advice on new sources of information regarding issues related to the Ministry.

The library is one of the founders of the National Network of Libraries for Law and Legal Studies.

Public Libraries

19. National University of La Plata Public Library (UNLP)
The National University of La Plata Public Library offers widespread services to the entire community. It plays three major roles as a public library, as a university library and as the main library within the National University of La Plata's Library System.
Researchers, teachers, public and private university students and the general public visit it. Local and foreign researchers consult its special records.
Currently they are working on implementing on-line catalogues, thus generating virtual consulting systems and stepping up in situ services which will make the use of new technologies available to the entire population. Likewise they will be launching the "Roble" Project (www.roble.unlp.edu.ar), which will integrate all bibliographic records from every UNLP library. The objective during the first stage of this project is to bring together periodic publications and book catalogues from all participating units.

20. National Parliament Library, Public Hall
The first Public Hall in the National Parliament Library was inaugurated in 1917 and since then there has been free access to all areas. Since 1991 it is open all year round from Mondays at 07.00 to Saturdays at 20.00 and reopens on Sundays from 10.00 to 20.00.
Different types of literary works may be consulted, including general interest and reference works, magazines, newspapers and periodicals, works and documents from every international organization, newspaper microfilms and 19th century magazines. In the early morning, readers are offered a snack that includes a cup of hot chocolate or "mate" and a small cake or bun. This food is prepared by Day Care Centre No. 2 "Esperanza", an educational centre for children and youngsters with special needs.
The "Juan Felix Cafferata" Children and Youth Centre has been operating since 1994, providing assistance to children with their schoolwork. It specializes in both study texts and recreation for primary and secondary students, teachers and professors.
In 2001 the National Parliament Library was awarded the "Access to Learning" award granted by the Gates Foundation, who funded the Multimode Mobile Library (Bibliomóvil) that travels around the province of Buenos Aires in order to promote reading habits and access to new technologies.

National Libraries

21. Argentine National Library
Created in 1813, this library possesses one of the most important bibliographic sources in Latin America since the discovery of America. Amongst its most valuable books are 20 incunabulae, including Saint Thomas' Potencia Dei Matters, printed in Venice in 1476 and a copy of Dante Alighieri's Divine Comedy, also printed in Venice in 1484. This heritage is further enhanced by several editions of Don Quixote, the most outstanding being the 1607 Brussels edition, as well as the first editions of Facundo and Martin Fierro.
The building includes a Reading Room for the general public, a Reference Room, a Researchers Room and a Treasure Room. It also has a Newspaper and Periodicals Library, a Map Library and Historic Institutional Archives, microfilm and photocopying services, an Exhibition Hall and the "Jorge Luis Borges" Auditorium where cultural events are held.

22. National Teachers Library
This library is accountable to the Ministry of Education, Science and Technology. The Ministry's mission is to uphold and strengthen actions geared towards positioning the National Teachers Library as a national reference centre for knowledge and data management within the education system.
The National Teachers Library and the National Centre for Educational Documentation and Information coordinate a data consortium represented at the federal level by the National Education Information System (SNIE) which brings together 24 jurisdictions and the National Pedagogic Libraries Network made up of 41 pedagogic libraries located in provincial and neighbourhood (popular) libraries. To these you should add a network of school libraries, currently under construction. The National Teachers Library implemented the Specialized and School Libraries of Argentina Project in the year 2000, whose objective is to develop a federal library system at every level within educational establishments.

Parliamentary Libraries

23. National Parliament Library
This library has been established as a multiple-user library and is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week (except between 21.00 on Saturdays and 10.00 on Sundays), offering specific services for both legislators and the general public. There is a legislative reference area for the legislators' exclusive use and a general reference area for the entire community, a public room, a children and youngster's room, a newspaper and periodicals library, a special collection reserved for researchers which includes the most valuable material and a multimedia room offering free Internet access to the general public and special services for the blind and visually impaired. Likewise, several cultural activities are organized for the general public. The National Parliament Library's collection amounts to 2,000,000 volumes. This library is the repository of publications edited by international organizations and beneficiary of law 11,723 that regulates legal deposits in Argentina. It also possesses a multimode mobile library which travels around the country with the aim of setting up a cultural network between the library, the community, its various institutions and social agencies, while promoting reading habits and the use of information technology as learning tools, thanks to a donation received from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.

More Library Visits:

Constitución 662 (1646) San Fernando, Province of Buenos Aires
It was founded in 1873, its beautiful building was specially constructed to house a library in 1911. It has been open without interruption for 131 years and was mentioned by Sarmiento in his Complete Works by recognizing Juan Nepomuceno Madero to have set an example as a librarian. Currently, the library is comprised of 90,000 volumes and it is declared Provincial and Municipal Historical Monument. There will be transport facilities available for those who are interested in visiting the library.

Juan D. Perón Avenue 3065, Valentín Alsina, Province of Buenos Aires.
It was founded in 1918. It is an entity which has its roots in the community tradition, supported by its own means and visited by a significant number of readers: 6,000 per month. It has an astronomic observatory and a micro cinema with a capacity of 100 people. Besides, the Board for Historical Studies "Valentín Alsina" (Junta de Estudios Históricos de Valentín Alsina) meets there. It is placed within a community made up of 300,000 inhabitants and it is currently comprised of a total of 30,000 books. There will be transport facilities available for those who are interested in visiting the library.

The library of the La Salle School is comprised of the primary and secondary sections. It is a private school library at the service of the La Salle community: pupils from primary and secondary, former pupils, teachers and family members, as well as the Brothers of the community and other La Salle Schools. The School, which dates back to 1891, is the only architectural example of an extremely pure French Renaissance style and it was built with original materials brought from France. Among its treasures, it is worth mentioning its beautiful Chapel, its Museum and several important halls such as the Golden Hall, the Theatre and the Library. The Library itself is as old as the School and started out with the donations of books selected by the La Salle Brotherhood. Later 12,000 books were incorporated from another Library –for authors– belonging to the Stella Publishing House, adjacent to the School. The current Library, comprised of approximately 60,000 volumes for secondary school and of 9,000 volumes for primary, started to function in 1965 at different sites of the school premises until it was moved last year to its present location. Special attention must be drawn to the books from the 18th century, unique pieces on exhibition, the School Memories and copies of the traditional students’ Journal "La Colmena" since it first appeared in 1907 until now. Bibliographic material related to social sciences and humanities is very valuable, and, according to teachers and researchers, cannot be found in any other library of the country. Database enquiries in the library itself and by internet can be made through computer terminals available there. Soon, a unified on-line catalogue will be implemented on the School web site.

The Teachers’ Library does not only hold collections, but also offers consulting services and technical advice in relation to research studies on a permanent basis. In addition, it publishes its own material such as bibliographies, directories, newsletters and back-up booklets designed for the courses on education of information users. Besides, the Library organizes and coordinates RED COMENIUS, a network of Higher Education Libraries, and develops a comprehensive programme aimed at professional updating and support. It is located in a building complex of French academic style dated from the early 20th century. Its "Puerta Historiada", piece of work in bronze sculptured by Arturo Dresco, is an amazing Argentine work of art rooted in Renaissance art of Ghiberti’s Paradise Door in Florence. The door is a well-deserved homage rendered to the devotion of Argentine teachers and an excellent entrance to the world of knowledge proposed by the Library.

The library of the Colegio Nacional Buenos Aires has been dependent on the University of Buenos Aires since its foundation in 1863. Its main objective is to meet the information requirements of the intended educational community. Although it is intended for the use of those secondary students who attend the school in order to enter university directly, the semipublic nature of the Library enables access to the general reading public as well. It is also used by university and college students, teachers and researchers from Argentina and abroad. Prominent personalities, outstanding in various disciplines, have passed through its classrooms. It is an encyclopedic library, focused on humanities: history in general, and Argentine and American history in particular. It holds priceless collections which exemplify, in an exceptional way, a full range of literary works. In addition, publications and newspapers from the 16th, 17th, 18th and 19th centuries can be found. The library is located on the first floor of an imposing and elegant building, whose plans were designed by the architect Norberto Maillart at the end of the 19th century. It is located within the historical "Manzana de las Luces", a few steps from Plaza de Mayo and Casa de Gobierno.

The Argentine Library for the Blind is a non-governmental and non-lucrative entity. Its main objective is to encourage the blind and enable them to have access to information and culture in Argentina and Latin America. For this purpose, the Library provides the following services free of charge: Circulating Braille Library: It holds more than 3,000 publications in the Braille System which amount to a total of 14,000 volumes Talking Book: Includes 1,020 works recorded on tape. This task is performed by volunteer broadcasters or broadcasting trainees. The recordings are made in our study under the supervision of our technicians. The books can be borrowed by users from all over the country and the service offered is for the use of the blind or those who are visually impaired, as well as all others who cannot read by their own means. Braille Printing Press: Three magazines are printed in this way: "Hacia la Luz" (First Iberoamerican Braille magazine which has been published since 1927), "Burbujas" (children’s publication which turns out to be of great interest to parents and teachers as well), "Con Fundamento" (intended for adolescents). It is freely delivered to more than 1,400 blind people in Argentina and Latin America. Besides, Braille printouts are produced for companies, foundations and governmental organizations, an activity which constitutes a source of income. Educational Programmes: With the aid of volunteers it offers training courses and tuition to blind students of all levels. It is also in charge of adapting didactic material, giving advice to parents and teachers and organizing community talks on different issues related to the blind and their disability. Cultural Association "Julián Baquero": It organizes a series of talks, plays and concerts that are performed in our auditorium from April to December. Distribution of specific material: In addition, the BAC distributes, throughout all the country and at a low price, materials for the blind which are not commercialized in the market: walking sticks, boards, awls, didactic material as well as other items can be afforded by the blind through our entity. All of the services provided are supported by means of different productive enterprises and by the BAC’s own resources. The BAC has become the most important private entity for the blind in Argentina due to its experience, its highly–qualified staff and the quality of the services offered.

In November 1944, the library named after Martín del Barco Centenera was opened to the public. Originally it was located on 1597 Defensa Street. Later, and due to the fact that it was necessary to enlarge the premises, the Library was moved to 1538 Venezuela Street, where it is located nowadays and where it was inaugurated in 1978. Currently, the Library has two annexes: The Children’s Library "Casita de Monserrat", which was opened to the general public in 1985, and the Women’s Library "Alfonsina Storni", opened in 1986. The Martín del Barco Centenera Library is intended for public use; it holds bibliographic material comprised of 30,000 volumes, which covers all levels of education (primary, secondary and university). In the literature section, a great number of literary works belonging to the three genres can be found. It is worth mentioning that students can have access to various universal encyclopedias and videos for frequent reference. At present, the Library receives several daily newspapers and topical magazines.

Although it was incorporated to the group of municipal libraries about 30 years ago, the Municipal Library "Manuel Gálvez" has a long record of existence. We may say that in connection with the bibliographic stock it holds and the site where it is located nowadays, the Library had its origins in the Bernardino Rivadavia Association since it was this Association the one responsible for the creation and protection of the Municipal Library founded in 1879 in Buenos Aires. Its founders were Bartolomé Mitre, Luis and Roque Sáenz Peña and Doctors Agote and Lamas, among others. The Manuel Gálvez Library was one of the first libraries in the city. In 1926, the City Council granted the Rivadavia Association permission to use the premises situated on 1558 Córdoba Avenue, for the location of the popular library. So as not to undermine the noble aims for which the Institution was founded in 1879, and in order to preserve what had been conceived by the nation’s patriarchs, and what’s more, to avoid the inevitable loss of the 40,000 volumes housed there, the Director of Libraries at that time proposed the donation of all the existing bibliographic material. Much later was the donation accepted: fifteen years later, on May 17th 1967. The City Council became then responsible for the necessary process of restoration and arrangement. At the same time, the Municipal Palace Library was divided and all general interest and reference books, i.e. not directly related to the work of the City Council, were moved to the Municipal Library. As a result, the Library currently holds remarkable material and magnificent collections on Argentine and American history, which are very difficult to find elsewhere. By means of a decree issued on October 13th, 1972, the originally "Popular Municipal Library" was named after Manuel Gálvez to commemorate the 10th anniversary of his death.

The most valuable means of cultural promotion of the Alianza Francesa de Buenos Aires is its very well conceived Media Resource Center. The historical part of the building is a reading-room worthy of the most beautiful palaces in the city, in which the books and the wooden framework blend to create a magnificent decorative style. The Media Resource Center, which is intended for the general public (students and non-students) and is of free access, offers a wide range of material: 70 periodical subscriptions, more than 350 CDRom, 1,000 video tapes, 1,500 music cds, as well as 35,000 books. The Media Resource Center has 3,100 members, mostly young adults, who every year borrow more than 41,000 documents from the audio-visual aids collection. With approximately 250 entries per day, the Media Resource Center is yearly attended by more than 60,000 users on. The reason for this is that it is open long hours and that, on the premises, there is also a renowned photograph gallery. The Media Resource Center is not only an information centre about France and a cultural institution for recreational purposes, but also one of the most important French libraries in Latin America.

The IWO Library and Archives (Jewish Institute of Research) began its work in 1928. Its main objective was to document the history of the Jewish immigration to Argentina in its most varied forms. The library holds more than 60,000 books and a newspaper collection specialized in Jewish newspapers published in Argentina. The archive holds more than 400 document collections which are extremely dated between 1714 and 2003. Most dates concentrate on the first half of the 20th century, which coincide with the Jewish mass migratory movement to Argentina from East and Central Europe. Since its creation, the IWO Library and Archives has been located in the building of the Asociación Mutual Israelita Argentina (AMIA) and the collections were severely damaged during the terrorist attack of 1994. Since then, the process of recovery has been carried out with the aid of volunteers, professionals and solidarity organizations.


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