Multimedia culture access points

Since 1998, the Ministry of Culture and Communication has implemented an "Espaces culture multimedia" (ECM) programme, which aims to support the creation and development of access points for multimedia in cultural and sociocultural organisations. Apart from democratisation of access and introduction to the new technologies of information and communication (NTIC), ECM promotes and develops the cultural dimension of these technologies, as tools of access to culture and knowledge and also as tools of expression and creation. This programme has had genuine success and many libraries and mediatheques have joined it. If some of them have problems in dealing with the NTIC, the network and the system of support of the ECM programme, as well as new developments envisaged for 2002, are creating a system that will allow this situation to evolve and to integrate multimedia as an element of cultural action for libraries and mediatheques.