The best route towards larger European integration is regional cooperation. In the Western Balkan countries, a pivotal role is played by Slovenia and IZUM with its COBISS.Net. The World Conference on Higher Education (WCHE) has been one of the most visible initiatives of UNESCO, and it has been following the global trends, such as rising demand, massification, private higher education, the ICT revolution, mobility, cross-border higher education, and internationalisation of quality assurance.
One of the current trends in higher education is the rapid growth of distance education. Until recently distance learners could not access the rich documentary resources available to campus students, a factor thought to undermine the quality of distance education.
Library development depends on rapid changes in the environment, such as pressure on budgets, personnel and space, and much higher expectations of users. Libraries, therefore, have to focus on virtual space where users’ eyes are.
In the information landscape, there is an increasing number of non-library providers who attract the attention of current library users. Libraries are in a state of intense transitioning and face the question of whether or not they still sufficiently meet the information needs of their users on a daily basis.