European information in public libraries in the United Kingdom: the implementation of the public information relay.
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MARCELLA, R. and BAXTER, G. 1996. European information in public libraries in the United Kingdom: the implementation of the public information relay. Public library journal, 11(1), pages 11-12.
In the early 1990s, during the lengthy and often heated debate over the United Kingdom's ratification of the Maastricht Treaty, the European Commission became increasingly aware of a communication gap between itself and the British public. Mindful of the need to bridge this gap, the London Office of the Commission convened a National Consultative Conference at Stoke Rochford Hall, Grantham, in January 1993. This conference, entitled 'Britain in Europe - filling the information gap together', assembled a wide variety of information providers who recognised that if the lack of consensus between Brussels and the general public was to be overcome, then a more decentralised approach to EC information provision was necessary. This article examines how the response to this was developed.