Ministero per i Beni e le Attività Culturali - Direzione
Generale Beni Librari e Istituti Culturali, Italy
In the field of Information Society the main
projects the Ministry for cultural heritage and activities - Direzione
Generale Beni Librari e Istituti Culturali is carrying out are:
Development of the Servizio Bibliotecario Nazionale (National Library
- Carrying out of the "Piano d'azione MEDIATECA 2000"
Creation of Italian Digital Library
The activity of the Ministry mainly aims at
fostering and improving integrated services among archives, libraries
and museums. Some key areas for co-operation have already been identified.
Cultural heritage institutions should work in order to find out
tools and standards, not only for sharing their information resources
but also for facilitating integrated access for end users.
SBN - Servizio Bibliotecario Nazionale (National Library Service)
- is the Italian network created by the Ministry for Cultural Heritage
and Activities in co-operation with the Regions and Universities.
At the moment there are about 1200 libraries participating in the
SBN network. The SBN Index contains the Union Catalogue of the libraries
which are part of the network. It can be consulted by users via
terminals at their local library or via personal computers connected
to Internet, and browse the bibliographic databases of SBN OPAC
or carry out complex searches (URL: http://opac.sbn.it).
"Piano d'azione Mediateca 2000" is a strategic plan undertaken
by the Ministry for Cultural Heritage and Activities in order to
strengthen and support the change from traditional libraries to
multimedia libraries through the creation or the improving of new
services, as well as providing them with technological infrastructures.
The Italian Digital Library is a project aiming to create an organic
system, accessible via Internet, of digital collections realised
through the co-operation among different libraries, cultural institutions,
archives, museums, publishers, information and media sectors. The
project will deal with both, digitised documents and digital born
CREMISI project, promoted by the Ministry and funded within the
programme ADAPT, realised open distance learning training courses
in the field of multimedia and IT devoted to librarians, and provided
libraries with multimedia services and multimedia classrooms for