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This Web magazine is in part the result of the exciting energies generated by the 2 day forum "Networking the Pacific" held in Victoria, B.C., Canada, in May 1995. The forum was convened by Stan Skrzeszewski, ASM Consultants (London, Ontario, Canada) as part of the pre-conference activities of the Annual B.C. Libraries Association Conference.
The forum was attended by about 60 participants, representing private and public sector agencies from across the Pacific Rim. People came from Australia, New Guinea, Singapore, China, Japan, Canada, the United States and Mexico.
Agencies ranged from:
Left to right: Maria Ng, The Asian Network, IDRC Singapore; Carole Joling, IDRC; Jack Cain, B.C. Trade Development Corp.; Hiroshi Kawamura, U. of Tokyo; and Leonora Crema, U.B.C. & B.C.L.A.
Left to right: Dr. Marianne Scott, Stan Skrzeszewski and Robert Felsing, University of Oregon
In light of the pending budget and staff cutbacks at the National Library of Canada and the International Development Research Centre Canada, these agencies were not able to offer assistance to deal with the first point outlined above.