An international conference on public libraries in Greece and their mission in today’s Europe has attracted a large number of participants. So far, nearly 200 librarians from all over Greece have applied to attend the conference, to be held in Athens from June 2-4. «The popularity of the conference shows how well librarians network, and how great the need is for such an event,» Brigitte Doellgast, chief librarian at the Goethe Institute, told the press yesterday. Libraries need to share knowledge of how to move on from the «traditional, passive task of having books available to the active provision of information services,» she said. The program includes lectures and discussions with the main speakers and workshops under the direction of the international speakers. Participants will examine how to improve library services and analyze best library practices from a Greek and international perspective. Jointly organized on the initiative of the Greek Library Association, the National Documentation Center, the National Book Center, the Cervantes Institute, the French Institute, the British Council, the Italian Cultural Institute, the US Information Resource Center and the Information and Documentation Office of the European Commission in Greece, the conference is being held under the auspices of the Greek Education Ministry. Information from Christine Tzimis, tel 210.3661.033.