The activities of the National Széchényi Library Centre for Library and Information Science in 1991.

LUKÁTSNÉ TAKÁCS Zsuzsanna

In spite of the changing social environment and the disadvantageous economic preconditions the NSZL CLIS’s work in 1991 was characterized by continuity, by retaining the types of tasks that had been characteristic for the previous years; it was at the most preferences that have changed. A task not included in the workplan was the successful organization of the NIT’91 (New Information Technology) conference in December. The report summarizes the tasks fulfilled in the field of coordination, grants, organization, development, methodology, research, collection development, information and by the library science library.The online information service network of SZÜV.

BELOVAI László

If someone is interested in certain data stored on a computer, he/she must get over a series of lengthy and uncomfortable procedures in order to get the required information. At first he/she must find the relevant host, i.e. the owner of the database which includes the data he is in need of, then he/she must conclude a contract with the host, must have access to the telecommunication channel, and get acquainted with the information retrieval language of the database in question. If someone is interested in information from several databases of several hosts, he/she must do the same several times. The general and standardized retrieval system of SZÜV (Enterprise for Computerised Office Management) enables uniform online access to a great number of different databases in a much simpler way. One contract suffices for access to all databases of the host, and — using the menu — it is unnecessary even to be familiar with the retrieval language.

The information infrastructure of higher education in Hungary: academic libraries.

MOHOR Jeno

The new political system necessitates new legal regulations in librarianship as well. The starting point for this should be social expectations, not how libraries had been judged so far. The new approach should involve new principles of financing too. It is especially true for academic libraries which are among the most significant libraries of the country. Their present situation is, however, not at all satisfactory, does not correspond to up-to-date requirements. It is certain that the economic situation will not make it possible to provide the necessary financial support for them and to develop them adequately. There is still reason for some hope because of international assistance, and even more because of the evolving cooperation of university libraries, and the recently published project of the ministry in charge. It is to be hoped that the local computerised networks being established in Hungarian university libraries will be able to join a national system and international systems.

PCLIB 2.0 and the KARDEX system

NAGY László — TÓTH Ferenc — TANKÓ István

The library software developed in Hungary so far offer to the user the support of certain library work processes, partial tasks, or, based on a single computer — they support library work as a whole in a complex way. The single-machinebased systems cannot be expected to increase the effectiveness of organization or services in libraries with a differentiated organization, even if the system is a complex one. The PCLIB 2.0 and KARDEX, as integrated systems operating on the Novell Network and relying on the management of central resources accordingly, support all library work processes in libraries with a larger staff and differentiated organization; they make the management of clerical registers and transactions fully automated; they generate all traditional formats and certificates, thus easily eliminating double input (traditional and computerised); they manage user needs and the library functions serving them with a uniform approach; and, as a consequence, their application results in an increase in the effectiveness of the library’s cataloguing work and services.

Information services on environmental protection in Hungary.

KOVÁCS Mária

Environmental protection is considered important worldwide only by a narrow cirle, the average individual is characterised by obstinate indifference and lack of information. Although they are spreading rather slowly, there are fortunately already in Hungary too national and local organizations and associations of environmental protection. The article describes organizations with national responsibilities, listing their addresses, telephone numbers, scope of duties and services.
HUNRA appears on the scene.

NAGY Attila

The Hungarian Reading Association (HUNRA) was established in October 1991. It held its first general assembly in February 1992. HUNRA aims at coordinating initiatives for developing reading and literacy. At the general assembly, where IRA members also participated, lectures were held first of all on the deterioriation of reading skills, the early recognition and correction of reading disorders.

The basic principles of cooperation between the Chamber of Hungarian Libraries and Information Institutes and the Association of Hungarian Librarians.

The Association is a professional organization which relies on librarians, and via their personal membership wishes to exert influence on library work. The Chamber on the other hand is an organization safeguarding the interests of institutions. The two organizations, which are functioning independent of each other, but essentially for the same goals, found it necessary to elaborate the preconditions, contents and form of their joint activities, retaining their traditions and internal operation system.