Internet's Impact on Museums and Libraries


Open Lib/Info Sci Education Forum []; on behalf of; Kevin OConnell [KOConnell@IMLS.GOV] Fri 7/03/2008



March 6, 2008


IMLS Press Contacts


Jeannine Mjoseth,

Mamie Bittner,


University of North Carolina Press Contact


Wanda Monroe,


IMLS Announces Results of Study on the Internet's Impact on Museums and Libraries


MIAMI , FL -Institute of Museum and Library Services Director Anne-Imelda Radice released results of InterConnections: A National Study of Users and Potential Users of Online Information March 6 at the 9th annual WebWise Conference on Libraries and Museums in the Digital World in Miami . This new report offers insight into the ways people search for information in the online age, and how this impacts the ways they interact with public libraries and museums, both online and in person.


"Museums and libraries are alive and well in the digital world!" Radice said. "The InterConnections report shows how people currently search for information and makes the case that the libraries and museums must provide service both online and in person."

IMLS sponsored this national study through a cooperative agreement with a University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill research team led by José-Marie Griffiths and Donald W. King, recognized leaders in information research. Their findings are based on five surveys of 1,000 to 1,600 adults each that were conducted during 2006. The study found that:


Libraries and museums are the most trusted sources of online information among adults of all ages, education levels, races, and ethnicities. Libraries and museums rank higher in trustworthiness than all other information sources including government, commercial, and private Web sites. The study shows that the public trust of museums and libraries migrates to the online environment.


The explosive growth of information available in the "Information Age" actually whets Americans' appetite for more information. People search for information in many places and since the use of one source leads to others, museums, public libraries, and the Internet complement each other in this information-rich environment.


The Internet is not replacing in-person visits to libraries and museums and may actually increase onsite use of libraries and museums. There is a positive relationship between Internet use and in-person visits to museums and public libraries.


The InterConnections report provides evidence that public libraries and museums are thriving in the Internet Age as trusted providers of information to people of all ages.


To view the report, please go to <> .


The 2008 WebWise Conference on Libraries and Museums in the Digital World on March 6, 2008. The annual late winter WebWise Conference draws museum, library, information systems, and other professionals to explore new research and innovation in digital technology. The 2008 conference, co-hosted by IMLS and The Wolfsonian–Florida International University (The Wolfsonian–FIU), with support from the National Endowment for the Humanities, highlights the growing convergence between libraries and museums in collection and information management. For more information, go to <> .


About the Institute of Museum and Library Services The Institute of Museum and Library Services is the primary source of federal support for the nation's 122,000 libraries and 17,500 museums. The Institute's mission is to create strong libraries and museums that connect people to information and ideas. The Institute works at the national level and in coordination with state and local organizations to sustain heritage, culture, and knowledge; enhance learning and innovation; and support professional development. To learn more about the Institute, please visit <file://> .




Joint use conference proceedings now available


Open Lib/Info Sci Education Forum [JESSE@LISTSERV.UTK.EDU]; on behalf of; Sarah McNicol [ebase@HOTMAIL.CO.UK]



For any public, academic, special or school library considering any form of joint/dual use library or library based service partnership.


Full proceedings of the first International Joint Use Libraries Conference, Manchester UK June 2007


Twenty-six papers from Australia , Europe, and North America explore the expanding range and scope of joint use libraries and interactions. As well as the more traditional school community libraries and university/college public libraries, new models of joint use provision are appearing as one stop shops, access points and similar facilities. The types of partnerships which libraries are developing, and providing leadership for, are changing and growing. New forms of joint use services are constantly being created. These conference papers describe innovative and bold practical and theoretical approaches which provide exemplars for libraries of the future.


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JSC document 2008/01/25


McGarry, Dorothy [] SLA-DST Sun 27/01/2008





The following document was posted on the JSC Web site on 2008/01/25:


- 5JSC/Chair/9/Chair follow-up/6 [Appendix on initial articles]







Knowledge 2008: Map of Human Knowledge


chaim Zins [] Wed 6/02/2008


Dear Friends & Colleagues,

Knowledge 2008 is an ongoing R&D project aimed at mapping human knowledge and facilitating efficient information searching. The project is composed of 6 parts:

Map, Portal, Smart Search, Encyclopedia, Overview, and Forum:

Knowledge 2008: Map of Human Knowledge <>

Overview. A systematic map of human knowledge. The knowledge map maps 500 major fields. Human knowledge is composed of 10 pillars. Each pillar is divided into relevant categories and presents the relevant field.

Unique characteristics. To better evaluate the map let us look at its unique characteristics:

1. The 10 pillar structure, which is based on the Knowledge - Supernatural - Universe - Humans model is unique.

2. The distinction between categories of the map (e.g., Theory) and fields of knowledge (e.g., Philosophy of Knowledge) is unique.

Imagine that the Map mirrors a library. The pillars are bookcases. The categories are shelves, and the fields of knowledge are books. The Library of Human Knowledge has 10 bookcases, 100 shelves, and a collection of 500 books.

3. The Theory - Embodiment structure is unique. The map has a Theory - Embodiment structure. It is manifested within the map level, the pillar level, and the field level.

[in the map level: Pillar 1 is 'the theory' part of human knowledge (HK). It is composed of the meta-knowledge of HK. Pillars 2-10 are 'the embodiment' of HK. They are composed of our knowledge on the explored phenomena (the supernatural, the universe, the living world, and humans. In the pillar level: Each pillar has 'a theory' category. In the field level: Each field has 'a theory' sub-field (e.g., Philosophy of Medicine, Literary Theory, Philosophy of Art)

4. The categories of the map were formulated in this research.

Knowledge 2008: Portal to Human Knowledge <> <>

Overview. A systematic portal to top quality resources. Currently, the portal includes hundreds links to top resources in all fields of knowledge.

Rationale. Following Bradford 's law (1934) it is assumed that for every field there are core resources that include the core knowledge of the field. The portal will include links to the core resources in all the major fields.

Knowledge 2008: Smart Search <> <>

Overview. A systematic user interface of Internet search engines. It is designed to facilitate an efficient information searching. Currently, it is implemented for Google search engine.

Rationale. Search words are essential for formulating effective search queries. Unfortunately, most searchers are not familiar with the relevant search terms. It is assumed that in every field there are main keywords that relate to the core knowledge of the field. The idea is to develop a systematic user interface that presents the main keywords in the major fields of knowledge.

Knowledge 2008: Encyclopedic Portal to Wikipedia <>

Overview. A systematic portal to the Wikipedia Encyclopedia. The portal implements the knowledge map for facilitating systematic access to Wikipedia's encyclopedic articles.

Rationale. Wikipedia is a general encyclopedia. It is free and popular. Undoubtedly, Wikipedia is a significant international, intercultural, and interdisciplinary project despite the poor quality of many articles. Note that the map can be implemented in other encyclopedias.

Overview <>

A concise overview of the knowledge map.

Forum <>

An academic and professional forum (via email) on the theoretical and practical aspects of the project.

Please feel free to reflect. Thanks.


Chaim Zins

Knowledge 2008 <> : Map <> - Portal <> - Encyclopedia <> - Smart Search <> - Overview <> - Forum <>

Knowledge Map of Information Science <>


Chaim Zins, PhD.

Knowledge Mapping Research

26 Hahaganah St , Jerusalem 97852 , Israel ;

Tel/Fax: 972-2-5816705


Homepage: <> Knowledge 2008: Map of Human Knowledge






LC releases final report on future of bib control


Open Lib/Info Sci Education Forum [JESSE@LISTSERV.UTK.EDU]; on behalf of; B.G. Sloan [bgsloan2@YAHOO.COM]


Bernie Sloan




Library of Congress Subject Headings report


McGarry, Dorothy [] Science-Technology Division Wed 5/03/2008

-----Original Message-----

From: Miller, David []

Sent: Tuesday, March 04, 2008 7:21 AM


Subject: [ccs-sac] Library of Congress Subject Headings report


Hello, everyone -


Pardon me if you've all seen this announced already (I'm only on a couple of mailing lists and look at a handful of blogs), but this doesn't seem to have received a lot of play yet.


The report "Library of Congress Subject Headings: Pre- vs.

Post-Coordination and Related Issues" is out from CPSO, and is available at


Best wishes,


David M.





OpenDoc Society


Mark Perkins lists [] Thu 1/11/2007 5:52 PM


ISOC Netherlands and ISOC Belgium participate in the launch of OpenDoc Society


A new member-based organisation, OpenDoc Society, will try to bring a global community of users, technologists, and decision makers together around Open Document Format (ODF). The OpenDoc Society will be trying to build a community around the Open Document Format (ISO 26300:2006) and related document standards as key technologies for our society and the Internet in a pre-competitive way.


Open Document Format (ODF) is an OASIS/ISO-standardized, vendor neutral file format that enables cross-platform collaboration between people and many different types of applications - from Office suites to server software. Having such a standard will re-establish full ownership of documents to users, guaranteeing unhindered access to content now and in the future. At the same time, it will contribute to interoperability and innovation across platforms and applications. This will help people work more efficiently and take away the dependency on specific software companies and versions of software for having access to one's own content. It is not about converting people to use specific software. It promotes all ODF-based technology alike: may the best offering in any given situation win. This pragmatic and positive approach is what makes the OpenDoc Society unique. A growing number of governments, including the Dutch, Belgian, South-African and Danish governments, is moving away from the proprietary formats such as .doc, .wpd and .xls and converting to ODF.


On 23 October 2007, the new initiative was launched with a large event in the Royal Library in the Hague , with speakers from several governments, the European Commission, and the OASIS TC that produces ODF. Around forty organizations, representing government, industry, civil society, cultural institutions, organizations for people with visual impairments, and open source projects support the initiative already. ISOC Netherlands and ISOC Belgium actively contributed to the establishment of the new organization.


The founding board of OpenDoc Society will consist of Bert Bakker (director of Center for Media and Communication, and former member of the Netherlands parliament - chair), Michiel Leenaars (director, manager at NLnet foundation - secretary) and Bob Goudriaan (financial specialist and informal investor - treasurer). As new local branches around the world are added, an international board will be set up.


The organization wants to expand internationally and hopes it can play a strategic role in creating awareness and building a community to further the growth of ODF. More information can be found at:


There is already interest from a number of ISOC chapters to set up local branches. If you want to start a chapter of OpenDoc Society in your region, contact: or alternatively contact one of the people below:


Michiel Leenaars

ISOC Netherlands, NLnet foundation

Kruislaan 419

1098 VA Amsterdam


Phone: +31 (0)20 8884251

Cell phone: +31 (0)6 27050947

SIP: michiel [@t]


Machtelt Garrels

ISOC Belgium

machtelt.garrels [@t]

M: +32 (0)473 94 68 78




If you have any questions regarding your membership please contact ISOC membership team at <membership at>.


Copyright (c) 2007 Internet Society. Permission to duplicate and redistribute in any form is granted as long as this copyright and this notice remain intact.




Pioneers in Information Management Scoop Top Awards


Federation for Information & Documentation [LIS-FID@JISCMAIL.AC.UK]; on behalf of; DCSA DST-IM4 [DCSADST-IM4@DEFENCE.MOD.UK] LIS-FID@JISCMAIL.AC.UK Wed 28/11/2007




UKeiG are delighted to announce today the winners of the Strix and Jason Farradane Awards, which will be presented at the Online Information conference and exhibition at London 's Olympia in December. The awards are sponsored by The Journal of Information Science, published by SAGE, the world's largest, independent academic publisher.


Both awards celebrate achievement in the broad field of information management. The 2007 Strix Award, created in honour of Dr Tony Kent, is made to Mats Lindquist, senior executive officer at the National Library of Sweden.


"We're delighted to award the tenth annual Strix Award to Professor Lindquist, "said Adrian Dale, editor of The Journal of Information Science and Online Information conference chairman. "In the world of practical full text information retrieval he is one of the "giants", wholly in the spirit of Tony Kent's contribution in chemical information".


Professor Lindquist won the Strix Award for his key role in the development and significant improvement in accessibility to an information service through the business development of Paralog AB and its TRIP retrieval system. The Award also recognises his sustained contribution over many years to the field of information retrieval.


The Jason Farradane Award, which recognises brilliant work in information science, is made to executive director of Intute, Caroline Williams and the Intute community network. Intute is a free online service, created in partnership with university subject specialists, with over 100,000 links to academic content on the web, as well as a suite of virtual training tutorials and internet information services.


Adrian Dale praised highly the winners. "Intute is a great example of the UK library community taking a long-term, pioneering role in the Internet information environment. Through effective collaboration, they have developed a national service which now has a global reputation."


Intute's origins lie in the 1996 Electronic Libraries programme, where a number of librarians and researchers won JISC (Joint Information Systems Committee) funding to develop their ideas for new Internet gateway services. The service has thrived as it has always actively pursued exploring original ways of working online, as a community. Intute has also innovated with new technologies - such as Web 2.0 - but always against balanced judgements about their relative value to education and research.


The Awards will be presented at the Online Conference to be held from 4 - 6 December at London 's Olympia .




CONTACT: Chris Armstrong, UKeiG and Information Automation Ltd



Tel: (+44) 1974 251302




UKeiG is an established professional group for all information professionals, users and developers of electronic information resources. The Group encourages communication and the exchange of best practice and knowledge across all sectors; and offers an e-journal, a mailing list, an annual programme of training courses; and an array of awards and bursaries. UKeiG is a Special Interest Group of CILIP: the Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals.


SAGE is a leading international publisher of journals, books, and electronic media for academic, educational, and professional markets. Since 1965, SAGE has helped inform and educate a global community of scholars, practitioners, researchers, and students spanning a wide range of subject areas including business, humanities, social sciences, and science, technology and medicine. An independent company, SAGE has principal offices in Los Angeles , London , New Delhi , and Singapore .


The Journal of Information Science is an international journal of high repute covering topics of interest to all those researching and working in the sciences of information and knowledge management. The Journal seeks to achieve a better understanding of the principles that underpin the effective creation, organization, storage, communication and utilization of information and knowledge resources. It also seeks to understand how policy and practice in the area can be built on sound theoretical or heuristic foundations to achieve a greater impact on the


world economy.


The Strix Award is presented in memory of Dr Tony Kent, a past Fellow of the Institute of Information Scientists , who died in 1997. Tony Kent made a major contribution to the development of information retrieval and information services both in the UK and internationally, particularly in the field of chemistry. The name Strix was chosen both to reflect Tony's interest in ornithology, and the name of one of the last and most successful information retrieval packages which he created.


Past winners have been Stella Dextre Clarke (2006); Jack Mills (2005); Professor Cornelis Joost (Keith) van Rijsbergen (2004); Dr Herbert van Sompel (2003); Malcolm Jones (2002); Professor Peter Willett (2001); Dr Martin Porter (2000); Dr Donna Harman (1999); Professor Stephen Robertson (1998).


Jason Farradane graduated in chemistry in 1929 at what is now Imperial College and started work in industry as a chemist and documentalist. He was instrumental in establishing the Institute of Information Scientists (IIS) in 1958 and the first academic courses in information science in 1960 at the precursor of City University , where he became Director of


the Centre for Information Science in 1966. On the research side his main contributions lay in relational analysis, which can now perhaps be seen as providing a precursor to work in the area of A.I., and the concept of information. He saw information science as a step towards understanding and better organizing ourselves. The IIS first presented the award in 1979, to Jason Farradane.


Previous award winners have included University of Warwick Library for The Learning Grid; Michael Koenig; Bruce Royan; Michael Keen; Newcastle University Library; Sandra Ward; Phil Williams and Phil Holmes.




Proceedings of the 1st African Information Ethics Conference; on behalf of; M.J. Menou []; sigiii-l; sigifp-l; eurchap Tue 30/10/2007


The 7th volume of IRIE (01/2007) is dedicated entirely to the publication of the proceedings of the first African Information Ethics Conference ( <>) that was held in February, 5-7, 2007 in Pretoria , South Africa . It was co-organized by the University of Pretoria <>, the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee <> and the ICIE - International Center for Information Ethics <> and fully sponsored by the South African Government.


Dr. Michel J. Menou

Visiting Professor, SLAIS, University College London , U.K.

Consultant in ICT policies and Knowledge & Information Management Adviser of Somos@Telecentros board Member of the founding steering committee of Telecenters of the Americas Partnership B.P. 15 F-49350 Les Rosiers sur Loire , France

Email: micheljmenou[at]gmail[dot]com


Phone: +33 (0)2 41511043





Publishing trade associations issue clear rules for Orphan works "safe harbor" for users of academic and scholarly journals


Mark Perkins lists [] Fri 26/10/2007



Press Release

Publishing trade associations issue clear rules for Orphan works "safe harbor" for users of academic and scholarly journals


LONDON, 24 October 2007 - Three trade associations, The Association of Learned and Professional Society Publishers (ALPSP), The International Association of Scientific, Technical & Medical Publishers (STM) and the Professional /Scholarly Division (PSP) of the Association of American Publishers today released a further step towards establishing clear rules for users of copyright works who cannot locate the owners of such works (so-called "orphan works") to obtain permission to include such content in new works, course-packs, and compilations. The "safe harbor"

statement we are releasing today is an evolution in policy and practice from statements and positions announced previously (see prior STM, IPA and AAP

statements) .


Stakeholders around the world are currently debating whether orphan works should be dealt with as a matter of a copyright exception, a reduction in copyright penalties once a "parent" is located, or a blanket collective license. The view of ALPSP, STM and PSP is that private market solutions are almost always to be preferred, since they are the most likely to provide tangible results, and that solution is put forward in the new "safe harbor"



The safe harbor document outlines a need for a viable and diligence search request, and identifies resources that should be consulted, including a list of journal publisher imprints that the associations have compiled. Users who conduct such a search where the owner of such a work is later identified, will be subject only to a normal license fee and will not be subject to any statutory, punitive or special fees or damages.


A significant number of ALPSP, STM and PSP members have acceded to the safe harbor principles, and it is hoped many more will join shortly. In a sense this effort creates an actual legal right that would otherwise only be available through extensive formal legislation.


The safe harbor that members of the three associations are providing will significantly increase the ability of scholarly users, researchers and writers, to utilize the rich resources of scholarly and academic journal content for the benefit of all.


The Association of Learned and Professional Society Publishers (ALPSP) is the international trade association for not-for-profit publishers and those who work with them.


STM - International Association of Scientific, Technical and Medical Publishers - is an international association of about 100 scientific, technical, medical and scholarly publishers, collectively responsible for more than 60% of the global annual output of research articles, over half the active research journals and the publication of tens of thousands of print and electronic books, reference works and databases.


The Professional & Scholarly Publishing (PSP) Division of the Association of American Publishers, Inc. (AAP) serves over 140 commercial, not-for-profit, and university press publishers who provide scholarly information in the sciences, technology, medicine, business, law, and the humanities and social sciences. PSP engages in educational and advocacy activities for the advancement of scholarship and the broad interests of information services community.



For further information, please contact: Mark Seeley




Carmen Morlon

EU Information Officer


PO Box 16359

NL-2500 BJ The Hague

Tel.: + 31 70 309 05 52

Fax: + 31 70 309 05 58




Lobbying for Archives and Libraries




RDA Vocabularies work begun


McGarry, Dorothy [] Science-Technology Division Thu 21/02/2008


Announcement: Work Begins on the RDA Vocabularies


The DCMI/RDA Task Group was formed in April of 2007, when members of the Joint Steering Committee for the Development of RDA, Dublin Core and the W3C Semantic Web Deployment Working Group met in London . At that meeting, two tasks relating to RDA vocabularies were identified:

1. definition of an RDA Element Vocabulary

2. disclosure on the public web of RDA Value Vocabularies using RDF/RDFS/SKOS technologies


The RDA Vocabularies Project proposes to surface these underlying bibliographic elements in the form of Semantic Web vocabularies, thereby making them reusable in Semantic Web applications and citable with Uniform Resource Identifiers (URIs). This will be based on RDF (Resource Description Framework), a generic grammar for expressing data for use not just by humans, but also in automated processes of data integration and "intelligent" reasoning.


The work will be lead by the DCMI/RDA Task Group chairs: Gordon Dunsire of the University of Strathclyde and Diane Hillmann of Cornell University (with support from Tom Baker of the Dublin Core Metadata Initiative). Other participants working closely with the project are:

* Karen Coyle (independent consultant well known in the library world)

* Alistair Miles (editor for the Simple Knowledge Organization System (SKOS) and member of the W3C SWDWG)

* Mikael Nilsson (researcher in the Knowledge Management Research Group, Royal Institute of Technology, Sweden and co-chair of the DCMI Architecture Forum)


Partial funding for the effort has been secured, and sources of additional funding are still being sought. Potential funders should contact Diane Hillmann at for further information.


Public information on the progress of the project is available on the DCMI/RDA Task Group wiki, see: Continuing discussion on the work of the Task Group will take place on the public mailing list maintained by the task group and available for open subscription at: Feedback, comment and experimentation with the products that the group will be presenting is both welcome and essential to the success of the work.



SOCRS (Serials and Other Continuing Resources Section) - proceedings


Ann Okerson [] IFLA mailing list Tue 26/02/2008



We are very happy to let you know that the proceedings of our August 2007 SOCRS (Serials and Other Continuing Resources Section) satellite conference are now up on line at the Web site, located at:




The title of this satellite conference was: ELECTRONIC RESOURCE MANAGEMENT SYSTEMS: A Solution with Its Own Challenges, held at the University of the Western Cape, Cape Town, South Africa August 16-17, 2007. The papers presented are of an exceptional caliber and bring together state of the art information about ERMS, which will be of value to librarians in many institutions around the world.


When you click on "Papers," you will arrive at the section where the speakers' abstracts and full text presentations are available.


The Speakers' bios are all available on the link called "Speakers." The full contents are listed below.


Editing of the papers was done over the last few months by Graziano Kratli, International Program Support Librarian at Yale University Library, and we owe him immense gratitude for this painstaking work. We also owe, again, huge thanks to the various SOCRS members who helped to plan and organize this event, as well as to our hosts at the University of the Western Cape .


As they say, "enjoy" this substantive contribution to current serials and library work, and please share this information with your various e-mail lists and contacts.


Cordially, Ann Okerson

Chair, Serials and Other Continuing Resources Section Associate University Librarian, Collections & International Programs Yale University Library






Rochelle BALLARD and Jennifer LANG

( Princeton University Library)

The Hidden Benefits of Implementing an Electronic Resources Management System. Text & PPT



Robert BLEY (Ex Libris)

Dis-Integration and Re-Integration: ERMSs in the Wider Context - Predictions. Text & PPT.




A Consortial Approach to Information Management. Text & PPT.



Ted FONS ( Innovative Interfaces)

The Present and Future of Electronic Resource Management Systems: Public and Staff. Text & PPT.




Licenses and ERMs: Standards for the Expression of Publisher/Library Licenses. Text & PPT.



Dalene HAWTHORNE ( Emporia State UniversityLibraries) and Jennifer WATSON (University of Tennessee Health Sciences Library) Electronic Resources Management Systems: Alternative Solutions. Text & PPT.



Kimberly PARKER ( Yale University Library) Tools for Mature Management Electronic Resources Lyfecycles in Libraries.

Text & PPT.



Oliver PESCH (EBSCO Information Services) Connecting E-Resource Management Systems and Usage Statistics. Text & PPT.



Dorette SNYMAN ( University of South Africa ) UNISA Library: Adapting Our Organization to an Electronic Resource Management Environment? Text & PPT.



Wilhelm WIDMARK ( Stockholm University Library) A New Organization Built on a New Tool? Text & PPT.



Alicia WISE (Publishers Licensing Society) Electronic Resource Management: Copyright and Licensing Context Presentation. PPT only.







Federation for Information & Documentation [LIS-FID@JISCMAIL.AC.UK]; on behalf of; Paul Nieuwenhuysen [pnieuwen@VUB.AC.BE]



An International Training Program on "INFORMATION":



Scientific and Technological Information Management in Universities and Libraries:

an Active Training Environment (Edition 8) Announcement


Information about this training program can be found on the WWW starting from:

The program is planned to take place mainly in Brussels , Belgium , for 3 months:

October 1 - December 19, 2008. Language used is English.

Our motto is: "Helping educators and innovators to advance knowledge and to enrich lives"


Context and evolution of the program: The initiative has been approved by the Flemish

Interuniversity Council (VLIR) and is sponsored by the Belgian Government (the directorate named

DGOS since December 2002). This fits in a series of similar international training activities that

have been organized since 1991, named MIST 1, 2, 3, KNOW-HOW, and STIMULATE 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 and 7.

This initiative is aimed primarily at persons with a university degree (Bachelor or Master),

who work in universities, information and documentation centres, and libraries, including

of course university libraries, and who have a few years of practical experience.

The term Active Training Environment in the title of the training program reflects our wish to

create an environment in which each participant is stimulated to get involved actively, supported

by the lecturers and the infrastructure provided by the training program. This fits well into the

general, worldwide trend away from "teaching" to "learning management".


Aim / goal of the training program:

The main aim and goal of this International Training Program is to offer a stimulating

learning environment to the participants. These are young scientists and professionals who have a

function as information intermediary in the area of science and technology, so as to sharpen their

skills in collecting, storing, retrieving, presenting and managing information. This can be

of great benefit to the teaching and research activities going on in their institute and to the

further development of their organisation and region. This initiative corresponds well with the basic,

general aim of all the International Training Programs that are supported by VLIR: to train

young scientists and professionals from developing countries in a domain that is relevant

for the further development of the country, and to stimulate the participants to transfer their

increased knowledge and skills to their colleagues and other stakeholders in their home country.


More specific objectives of the training program: -- to provide participants with a clearer view on

the importance of information in general and for their environment in particular, and on how to manage information:

summarised: "Management in libraries and information centres"

-- to learn the participants to cope with modern technology, in view of the increasing importance of ICT;

summarised: "Information and communication technology for libraries and information centres"

-- to guide them in retrieving information that is publicly accessible on an international scale:

summarised: "Information retrieval/searching" and

-- to learn them to store, organise, present, manage, publish information resources at

personal, institutional, regional or national level: summarised: "Information architecture"


After being actively involved in this International Training Program, every participant

will have improved the ability

-- to appreciate and explain the importance of access to information for their organisation

-- to present information to users and potential users, using appropriate information technology

-- to train interested persons in the use and management of information, using appropriate presentation techniques

-- to contribute to the planning of the (further) development of an information service

-- to communicate through the Internet with users of information, information providers, colleagues,…

-- to apply quantitative methods in decision making related to information systems and services

-- to retrieve information from the Internet

-- to store information for later retrieval and access by potential users, using information technology


Contents of the program:

3 months means about 10 weeks or about 50 days.

During about 3 days per week for 10 weeks = 30 days, the participants will be guided by professors and other experts.

During the other 2 days per week for 10 weeks = 20 days, they will work on tasks=assignments as

individuals or in groups, and their reports will be presented and discussed afterwards again

guided by professors and other experts. The sessions are organised in such a way that

--the first month = introduction level,

--the second month = intermediate level, and

--the third month = more advanced level.

Thanks to this approach and organisation, it may make sense to participate exceptionally during

only one or two of the three months, depending on expertise. However, the available scholarships

are granted only to persons who will participate for the full three months.

To start with, the participants are offered an orientation tour of the University and the

University Library. Then some of the following subjects are covered. Of course, due to the

limited available time, not all the mentioned subjects can be discussed in each training

program, but a SELECTION will be made by the organisers. The concrete content of each training

program depends on the availability of suitable expert lecturers from Belgium and from abroad

during the period of the training program. As soon as possible, the concrete schedule is made

available through the WWW site of the program.


1. Management in libraries and information centers:


Statistics to support decision making for information science and for library management.

Business plans for libraries and information centers.

Using spreadsheets in the management of libraries and information centers.

Collection development.

Consortia of libraries for the acquisition of electronic journals and databases.

Scientific writing methods.

ISBD = International Standard Bibliographic Description.

Formats for computer-based cataloguing; MARC formats.

National libraries and national bibliographies.

Knowledge organisation: subject classification schemes; thesaurus systems, ontologies.

Citation analysis.

Assessing the influence of scientific journals; citations and impact factors.

The bibliometric laws.


Architecture of libraries and information centers.

Orientation of information users; relations with information users.

Interlibrary lending and co-operation; document delivery.

Development of a national or regional information network.

The information society.

Cultural aspects of the information society and information technology transfer.

Copyright; information security; trans-border data flow.

Writing a project proposal (for instance related to the establishment of an information network).

Conservation/preservation of printed documents.

Conservation/preservation of digital documents.

Informetric aspects of the Internet.

Artificial intelligence and knowledge representation in information science.

Electronic journals: implementation in a library.

Integration of e-learning environments and library services.

Libraries involvement in scientific publishing.

International co-operation projects.


2. Information and communication technology for libraries and information centers:


Microcomputer systems: evolution of hardware.

Disks for computers.


CD-ROM in a local area network.


Microcomputer operating systems.

Microcomputer systems: applications software.

Text editing; word processing; desktop publishing.

Presentation of data, using a microcomputer.

Creating charts to present information.

Image processing; graphics file formats; photo/image editing.

Multimedia / Hypermedia.

Data communication; computer networks; Internet.

Internet services.

Client-server systems.

Electronic mail.

World-Wide Web; hypertext and hypermedia.

Data-communications networks and librarians.

Selecting and procuring a computer system;

writing a proposal for a computer implementation.

Providing access to information through public Internet workstations.

Methods for access to databases through Internet:

telnet, http/WWW, Z39.50 and ISO239.50, Open

Archives Initiative - Metadata Harvesting Protocol.


3. Information retrieval/searching:


Introductory concepts about information.

Internet-based information resources: introduction.

Bibliographic databases.

The information industry and the information market.

Online information retrieval and database

searching; search tactics and strategies.

Internet search engines.

Information available free of charge; open access.

Online access databases about books and about journal articles.

Electronic newsletters and journals.

Computer-network based interest groups.

Patent information.

Online systems versus CD-ROM.

Citation searching.

Theoretical and quantitative aspects of information retrieval.

Evaluation of information retrieval strategies and systems.

Evaluating the quality of information sources.


4. Information architecture and digital libraries:


Basic, fundamental, theoretical concepts.

Software packages for local storage and retrieval of bibliographic information.

Introduction to the ISIS software package family for information storage and retrieval.

The application of ISIS : searching, editing data in a database, output of selected data to file or

printer; developing a database structure; indexing data for fast retrieval; ISIS for

Windows; WINISIS; history and future of ISIS; programming in ISIS .

Formats: MARC; application of MARC in ISIS .

Databases (and ISIS in particular) through the WWW.

Downloading of information and record format conversion.

Relational databases.

Library automation.

Online Public Access Catalogues (OPACs).

Archives and records management.

Archives in the domain of science and technology.

Geographic Information Systems (GIS): an introduction.

Developing a web site; HTML, CSS, XML, XSL; intranets; developing an intranet.

Evaluating web sites.

Dynamic web pages.

Developing co-operative community WWW sites; Web contents management systems.

Setting up an electronic newsletter.

Extensions of the classical WWW. (Client-based and server-based).


Study visits:


In addition to the courses taking place at the university campus, study visits are organised.

A selection from the following possible visits is made:

--to the Royal (National) Library, in Brussels , Belgium

--to the European Patent Office in Brussels , Belgium

--to the Information Service of the Geology Department of the Royal Museum on Africa, in Tervuren near Brussels , Belgium

--to the inter-university postgraduate school on information and library science at the University of Antwerp, Belgium

--to the library of the University of Antwerp, Belgium

--to the human sciences library of the University of Antwerp in old Antwerp city, Belgium

--to the library of the Koninklijk Museum voor Schone Kunsten in Antwerpen / Antwerp , Belgium

--to the city library of Antwerpen / Antwerp

--to the old central library and to the modern science and technology library of the KUL (university) in Leuven , Belgium

--to the VLIZ marine science information and documentation centre near the sea coast in Oostende / Ostend , Belgium

--to the central library of the University of Gent / Ghent , Belgium

--to the Documentation Department of the KIT (the Royal Tropical Institute), and to the high school on libraries, documentation and information, both in Amsterdam , Nederland / The Netherlands

--to the headquarters of IFLA and to the National, Royal Library in Den Haag / The Hague , in Nederland / The Netherlands

--to the Institute for Social Studies (ISS) in Den Haag / The Hague , in Nederland / The Netherlands

More culturally oriented guided visits are also organised; these may include trips to the old cities of Brussels , Antwerp , Bruges , Amsterdam , Paris , and to the North Sea coast.

Soon after the start of the program, each participant presents to the other participants and to interested lecturers his/her interests, working environment, planning, tasks, experience. This is organised with printed posters in a small

poster exhibition with time allotted for stimulating and ice-breaking discussions. At the end of the course, each participant completes a presentation supported by slides managed on computer, with constructive comments

on the training program experienced and with concrete recommendations to the organisers of this training program and to the director of their own organisation.


About half of the time, the participants are guided by experts who are invited to the university. They use the other half time to solve problems, to make exercises, to use microcomputers and the Internet, to prepare discussions, for self study...

Besides the formal, guided course activities, the participants have access like any regular student at our university

--to several rooms equipped with microcomputers connected to the Internet,

--to the university library which offers printed material, CD-ROMs and PCs with Internet access,

--to the university restaurant and to sport facilities at low student prices.


At the end of the program all participants obtain a certificate stating that they have indeed participated, with a reference to the full detailed overview of the program contents on the WWW site of the program. Several substantial parts of the program are followed by an evaluation by the responsible expert of the knowledge and skills acquired by

each participant; this can lead to a certificate of active and successful participation.


Notebook pc for each participant:


Participants should of course bring a notebook or laptop computer, if they have one available.

This notebook pc should ideally include a wireless network card (WiFi) to connect to the Internet through the university wireless network. If however that is not possible, then the participant should communicate about this problem

with the secretariat of the training program, as soon as possible; then the program organisers can try to rent a personal notebook computer for the participant at a reasonable price.


Poster session by participants:


Each participant is expected to create a poster about ongoing activities related to information management in their home institution. This poster is presented in a poster session as early as possible early in the program. In this way,

participants and some professors get to know each other efficiently and the participants learn to present information in the format of a scientific poster. Therefore, participants are encouraged to bring supporting materials like folders,

leaflets, photos, maps, etc… for inclusion in their poster.


Scientific tutorial presentations by participants:


Each participant is expected to present a tutorial presentation during the program of maximum 15 minutes, with 10 minutes of questions and answers plus discussion foreseen. The audience is composed of the other participants. The topic of each presentation is one aspect of their expertise. The aims are the following:

- participants improve their scientific presentation, teaching and communication skills,

- they share their knowledge with the other participants,

- participants get to know each other better,

- the session may form a basis for possible later co-operation, etc…


Teachers, professors, experts, resource persons:

The following will be invited. They may contribute as they did in previous programs, if their agenda and the limited duration of the training program allow this:

" Collier, KUL, Leuven , Belgium

" Dekeyser, KUL, Leuven , Belgium

" De Keyser, Hogeschool, and Library School , Belgium

" Dell'Orso, University of Perugia , Perugia , Italy

" De Smet, Universiteit Antwerpen , Belgium , and INASP , UK

" Egghe, Hasselt University and Universiteit Antwerpen, Antwerpen , Belgium

" Koninckx, Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Brussel, Belgium

" Holans, KUL, Leuven , Belgium

" Hopkinson, London , England , UK

" Nieuwenhuysen, Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Brussel, Belgium

" Nyssen, Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Brussel, Belgium

" Quiroga, University of Hawai , USA

" Rousseau, Universiteit Antwerpen, Antwerpen , Belgium

" Van Audenhove, Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Brussel, Belgium

" Vanderpijpen, Royal/National Library, Brussel , Belgium


Social and cultural activities planned:


- Poster presentation by each participant to the other participants and to invited guests, about information management in their home institute, on the same evening as the welcome reception with drinks and appetizers, early in the program.

- Evening with the opportunity to learn more about beer tasting and to taste some of the world-famous Belgian beers and some Belgian food.

- Photography contests.

- Farewell gathering with drinks and snacks. (final evening of the program)

Furthermore the participants can join some of the many activities at the university and in Brussels , which are organized by others.


Participation, registration=tuition fee and costs:




Participation is free of charge (!) for 12 participants from developing countries. They are selected by the Steering Committee of the program, by VLIR (the Flemish Inter-university Council) section for University Co-operation

VLIR-UOS, and by DGOS. They also receive a return flight ticket plus a scholarship to cover the costs of transport from the airport upon arrival to their room, accommodation, health insurance during the stay in Belgium , transport in Belgium ,

and finally transport from their room to the airport. The detailed forms that are needed to request a grant=scholarship should be available through the Internet from the WWW site of VLIR-UOS. Their site is

At the time of writing this text, the required forms, one for the request and one for the recommendation letters could be downloaded primarily from

and from

Grant applications must be received by VLIR before the end of January! (and NOT before the end of February as in previous years up to 2005). Official and formal requests for a grant-scholarship or any other correspondence about the grants should be sent to VLIR-UOS in Brussels , and NOT to the organizers/co-ordinators of this specific program. Contact:

The ideal participant applying for a grant is younger than 40 years, and will be able to apply what has been learned directly in a professional scientific or technical environment afterwards.


Normal registration:


Besides the persons who receive a grant from the Belgian Government through VLIR, 8 persons can participate after paying a registration=tuition fee that is small in comparison with similar programs. The costs mentioned do NOT include air travel,

transport in Belgium , meals and accommodation, but do include transport from the airport upon arrival, welcome reception, health insurance, printed study materials, study visits, social activities.

-To participate during the full period: 2400 Euro

-Exceptionally, persons who cannot participate for the whole period can nevertheless participate during 2 months only (1800 Euro) or during 1 month only (1000 Euro). It makes sense to attend for instance the first month or the first two months only. It makes less sense to participate only during the second or the third month, as introductions to some activities or topics may be missed.

-To participate to particular items selected from the program: 30 Euro per half day.


To register and pay the registration=tuition fee, send the form (see below) by classical mail or by private courier, together with an international bank transfer / bank cheque / bank draft, payable to University Library, Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Pleinlaan 2, B-1050 BRUSSEL, Belgium, with no need for any bank account numbers.

If however this simple procedure is NOT suitable for you, then you can transfer the required sum of money to the following bank account of the Vrije Universiteit Brussel: Fortis Bank located at Warandeberg 3 in B-1000 Brussel, Belgium ,

account number 001-0686459-66 or IBAN = BE07 0010 6864 5966 and do not forget (!) to mention as a remark:

for internal account VOPA21 BIBLINK3 University Library STIMULATE International Training Program. The money received by the Vrije Universiteit Brussel financial department must be transferred internally; this transfer takes about 1 week,

which means a delay in the registration procedure, which is better avoided.

(Without your remark, the money may be not retraceable and lost.)

Realize that some bank transfer costs are involved and that these should be paid besides the requested participation fee that is transferred.


There is no formal deadline. However, we recommend you to register as early as possible, because "first come, first served": the arrival of your participation fee determines who can participate. Furthermore the later a participant

is registered, the more difficult it becomes to find cheap and suitable accommodation.

There is NO need to "apply" prior to the registration, to request permission to participate or to be accepted, from the

organizers of the program or from their universities. Also there is no age limit. The decision if the program is suitable and appropriate for an interested person is to be made by that person and not by the organizers. This is similar as participation to a conference. Invitation letters can be sent on request if needed, but in principle only when the

participation = registration fee has been received. This announcement is in fact an invitation.


It is a waste of time to ask the organisers of the program about sponsors besides VLIR mentioned above.


Medical insurance:


Participants are covered during their stay by a full medical insurance. This costs about 40 Euro per month.

This is formalised as soon as possible after arrival in Belgium , with the secretariat of the program.




The organisers of this program normally book in advance a single, cheap, basic room with access to a shared kitchen, as accommodation for each participant, unless a participant writes us that he/she wants to take care of accommodation

personally, for instance by staying with a friend or by renting a room that offers more luxury. Participants pay for their accommodation directly to the person or organisation providing accommodation in Brussels , as soon as they arrive

in Belgium . If we can book many weeks in advance, then we can normally find basic accommodation for about 300 Euro per month, meals not included; however, a late receipt of the registration=tuition fee forces us probably to book a more expensive room.


The cost of living in Belgium :


According to previous participants and in agreement with the grants provided by VLIR-UOS, 1100 Euro per month should be enough to cover all expenses, including accommodation, transport, food…

How to contact the organizers?


E-mail (Internet): stimulate at (or in

case that this does not seem to work, to Paul.Nieuwenhuysen at

(change at in @ when you want to use an address)

Fax 32 2 629 2693 (or 2282)

Tel. 32 2 629 2629 or 32 2 629 2429 or 32 2 629 2609

Telex 61051 vubco-b

Classical mail:


Library, Vrije Universiteit Brussel,

Pleinlaan 2, B-1050 Brussels, BELGIUM




The training is mainly organized at the University Library of the Vrije Universiteit Brussel.

The campus is located south of the older centre of the city of Brussels , and can easily be reached by Metro (subway), tram and bus. Information about Brussels (and Belgium ) can be found through the WWW; see for instance: about events going on in Brussels (in French and in Dutch) offers information on Brussels and some photos,

based on the experience of living there for some time

offers photos made in Brussels offers an interactive map and photos of Brussels shows some photos made in Brussels


Interesting trips are possible to places in neighbouring countries like The Netherlands and France. Therefore, participants should try to obtain also a visa for those countries (a so called Schengen-visa).


Program and Steering Committee:


The course director is Dr. Paul Nieuwenhuysen,

professor at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel and

guest professor at Universiteit Antwerpen,

Science and technology librarian of the Vrije

Universiteit Brussel.

An official, formal Steering Committee is

composed of members from the co-operating universities in Flanders :

- Vrije Universiteit Brussel,

- Universiteit Antwerpen

- Katholieke Universiteit Leuven

This Steering Committee supervises the

organisation, the program and the budget. This

committee reports formally to VLIR.


This version is dated 2007-11-06



____________________REGISTRATION FORM_______________________

to STIMULATE, University Library, Vrije Universiteit Brussel,

Pleinlaan 2, B-1050 BRUSSEL, Belgium

I want to participate. Therefore I send this as a

letter AND I pay the registration=tuition fee as

described in the announcement of the

International Training Program on INFORMATION.

(So the following is NOT the form to apply for a grant.

Use this form only when you pay the registration=tuition fee.)

a. Family name (surname): ...............................

(married female participants please fill in

maiden-name as well as name of husband)

b. First or given names (according to your official passport): ..............

Personal address: ...................................



Electronic mail address

Telephone, fax, telex:


Date of birth: Place of birth:

Nationality: Sex: male / female


Present employment:

a. Name and address of employer: .................



b. Since: ../../..

c. Position - function - specialization

d. Telephone, fax, telex and/or e-mail of the employer:


Education - studies:

Name of institute Degree Date






Knowledge of English: writing: ........ speaking: ........ reading: .......

Have you been abroad earlier? Please specify:



Duties that you will carry out after returning to your country:




Please book a room for me OR

Do NOT book a room for me; I will take care myself of accommodation


Date and signature:.....................


Please include a recent photograph, as this will simplify identifying you upon arrival.




TAPE publishes audio tape digitisation workflow


Anne Muller []; on behalf of; Ecpa e-mail [] Fri 7/03/2008


TAPE has published web-based guidelines for digitisation. They describe the digitisation workflow for analogue open reel tapes as a step by step approach for the production of digital copies from analogue tapes from a technical point of view. Most of the workflow may also be applied to audio cassettes. The workflow was written by Juha Henriksson (Finnish Jazz & Pop Archive) & Nadja Wallaszkovits (Phonogrammarchiv, Austrian Academy of Sciences).


The workflow is mainly aimed at newcomers in the world of audio tape digitization. It contains references to other literature and many detailed photographs.


You will find the workflow at

The TAPE project, Training for Audiovisual Preservation in Europe , <> , is supported by the Culture 2000-programme of the EU.


European Commission on Preservation and Access (ECPA) c/o Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences P.O. Box 19121, NL-1000 GC Amsterdam, The Netherlands Visiting address: Trippenhuis, Kloveniersburgwal 29, NL-1011 JV Amsterdam

T ++31 - 20 - 551 08 39

F ++31 - 20 - 620 49 41




UNESCO grants USD 5,000 for information for development success stories


Sjoerd Koopman [] IFLA-L Mon 3/03/2008


Win US$5,000 funding for your project through IFAP Success Stories platform <;d--E-1>


UNESCO's Information for All Programme (IFAP) encourages communities using information for development to submit their success stories to the online platform where others could learn from them and adapt them to their own local situations. For more information see;d=1




Web Search: Multidisciplinary Perspectives; on behalf of; Amanda Spink [] Mon 25/02/2008


We're pleased to announce the publication of Web Search: Multidisciplinary Perspectives in the Information Science and Knowledge Management series by Springer. Contents include contributions approaching Web search engines from philosophical, cultural, critical, legal, economic, historical, political, and information scientific perspectives. The table of contents is pasted below. More information can be found at these links: Springer: <


Amazon: <


WorldCat: <>


Our thanks to all the contributors!


Michael Zimmer

Amanda Spink



Web Search: Multidisciplinary Perspectives Part I: Introduction


o Introduction (Amanda Spink and Michael Zimmer)


Part II: Social, Cultural, and Philosophical Perspectives


o Through the Google Goggles: Sociopolitical Bias in Search

Engine Design (Alejandro Diaz)


o Reconsidering the Rhizome: A Textual Analysis of Web Search

Engines as Gatekeepers of the Internet (Aaron Hess)


o Exploring Gendered Notions: Gender, Job Hunting and Web

Searches ( Rosa Mikeal Martey)


o Searching Ethics: The Role of Search Engines in the

Construction and Distribution of Knowledge ( Lawrence Hinman)


o The Gaze of the Perfect Search Engine: Google as an

Infrastructure of Dataveillance (Michael Zimmer)


Part III: Political, Legal, and Economic Perspectives


o Search Engine Liability for Copyright Infringement (Brian

Fitzgerald, Damien O'Brien, and Anne Fitzgerald)


o Search Engine Bias and the Demise of Search Engine (Eric Goldman)


o The Democratizing Effects of Search Engine Use: On Chance

Exposures and Organizational Hubs (Azi Lev-On)


o ‘Googling' Terrorists: Are Northern Irish Terrorists Visible on

Internet Search Engines? (Paul Reilly)


o The History of the Internet Search Engine: Navigational Media

and the Traffic (Elizabeth Van Couvering)


Part IV: Information Behavior Perspectives


o Toward a Web Search Information Behavior Model (Shirlee Ann

Knight and Amanda Spink)


o Web Searching for Health: Theoretical Foundations and

Connections to Health Related Outcomes (Mohan Dutta and Graham. Bodie)


o Search Engines and Expertise about Global Issues: Well-defined

Landscape or Undomesticated Wilderness? (Jenny Fry, Shefali Virkar, and Ralph Schroeder)


o Conceptual Models for Search (David Hendry and Efthimis



o Web Searching: A Quality Measurement Perspective (Dirk

Lewandowski and Nadine Höchstötter)


Part V: Conclusion


o Conclusions and Further Research (Amanda Spink and Michael



Michael Zimmer, PhD

Microsoft Fellow, Information Society Project Yale Law School









Sophie Felfoldi [] Fri 23/11/2007








The Selection Committee for the World Book Capital is calling for nominations for the World Book Capital 2010. The complete applications, duly substantiated, including a cover or support letter from the mayor of the candidate-city and drafted in one of UNESCO's official languages (French, English, Spanish, Russian, Arabic or Chinese), should reach UNESCO no later than Monday 31 March 2008. No application received after this date will be taken into consideration.


The candidate programmes shall be aimed at promoting books and fostering reading during the period between one World Book and Copyright Day and the next (23 April).


To involve all regions[1] of the world in turn, the Selection Committee will avoid the consecutive nomination of cities from the same region. Since the 2009 title was awarded to a city of the Arab States' region ( Beirut ), no candidature from this region will be taken into consideration for the 2010 nomination.


The applicants' programme proposals will be examined in the light of the following five criteria:


1. the submission of an activity programme specifically conceived for the World Book Capital City programme and implemented during the city's term as Capital City .


2. the degree of municipal, regional, national and international involvement and the impact of the programmes.


3. the quantity and quality of one-time or ongoing activities organized by the applicant city in collaboration with national and international professional organizations representing writers, publishers, booksellers and librarians and in full respect of the various players in the book supply chain.


4. the quantity and quality of any other noteworthy projects promoting and fostering books and reading.


5. the conformity with the principles of freedom of expression, freedom to publish and to distribute information, as stated in the UNESCO Constitution as well as by Articles 19 and 27 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and by the Agreement on the Importation of Educational, Scientific and Cultural Materials (Florence Agreement).


By presenting its application each candidate city commits itself, in case of nomination, to:


1. Associate UNESCO, as well as the three professional associations represented in the Selection Committee, in its communication and information campaign, at all levels;


2. Provide UNESCO, which will share it with all members of the Selection Committee, with a final report on the activities implemented during the nomination year. Besides, the City authorities will facilitate possible evaluation audits implemented on UNESCO's demand.



The Selection Committee – operating under the auspices of UNESCO – is made up of one representative of the International Publishers Association (IPA), one representative of the International Booksellers' Federation (IBF), one representative of the International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA) and one UNESCO representative, under the chairmanship of the President of IPA. The Committee's task is to choose a World Book Capital each year, in accordance with 31 C/Resolution 29, adopted by the UNESCO General Conference on 2 November 2001. The first World Book Capital chosen prior to the adoption of 31 C/Resolution 29 was Madrid , in 2001. Subsequent World Book Capital Cities have been Alexandria (2002), New Delhi (2003), and Antwerp (2004). Montreal was the World Book Capital City in 2005, succeeded by Turin (2006), Bogotá (2007), Amsterdam (2008) and Beirut (2009) <>


Contact: UNESCO

Mr Mauro Rosi


Division of Arts and Cultural Enterprise

1, rue Miollis

F-75732 Paris Cedex 15

Tel.: +33 1 45 68 46 33

Fax: +33 1 45 68 55 95




[1] According to its own criteria based on operational needs, UNESCO distinguishes five regions: Africa, Arab States , Asia and the Pacific, Europe and North America, and Latin America and the Caribbean (see annex).