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.
The article presents results of the research into state of the art of theoretical foundations and use of cataloguing rules, putting them in relation to the contemporary trends in the field of bibliographic control. The research that was conducted in national libraries and library associations of countries of South-East Europe showed that in spite of the claimed use of Eva Verona’s Code and Manual for the Compilation of Alphabetical Catalogues as national cataloguing rules in the majority of interviewed countries, the practice shows a conscious decline from the rules due to new types of resources, national implementations of MARC formats, and use of specific library software.
As library functions are slowly turning into library and information activities, also traditional library education at library schools is merging with new information contents. If the task of such schools is to educate librarians, the task of employers is to provide them with adequate training. Both are joined by occupation.
New publication paradigm and changed users’ expectations compel library profession to develop new services. The trend of cutting down libraries’ budgets only further compels libraries to rationalise their work in all areas, also in cataloguing. Ever-growing complexity of bibliographic systems dictates cataloguing procedures to be changed.
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