Internet's Impact on Museums and Libraries
Open Lib/Info Sci Education Forum [JESSE@listserv.utk.edu]; on behalf of; Kevin OConnell [KOConnell@IMLS.GOV]
JESSE@listserv.utk.edu Fri 7/03/2008
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
March 6, 2008
IMLS Press Contacts
Jeannine Mjoseth, email@example.com
Mamie Bittner, firstname.lastname@example.org
Wanda Monroe, email@example.com
IMLS Announces Results of Study on the Internet's Impact on Museums and Libraries
"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
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 http://interconnectionsreport.org <http://interconnectionsreport.org> .
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 http://webwise2008.fcla.edu <http://webwise2008.fcla.edu> .
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]
JESSE@LISTSERV.UTK.EDU Mon 5/11/2007
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,
Twenty-six papers from
Overseas $70.00 plus $20.00 p&h each
From Auslib Press,
Fax (08)8278 4000 International +61 8 8278 4000
JSC document 2008/01/25
McGarry, Dorothy [firstname.lastname@example.org] 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 [email@example.com] firstname.lastname@example.org 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 <http://www.success.co.il/knowledge/Map/Map.html>
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 <http://www.success.co.il/knowledge/Portal/Portal.html>
Overview. A systematic portal to top quality resources. Currently, the portal includes hundreds links to top resources in all fields of knowledge.
Knowledge 2008: Smart Search <http://www.success.co.il/knowledge/search/index.html>
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 <http://www.success.co.il/knowledge/encyclopedia/index.html>
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.
A concise overview of the knowledge map.
An academic and professional forum (via email) on the theoretical and practical aspects of the project.
Please feel free to reflect. Thanks.
Knowledge 2008 <http://www.success.co.il/knowledge/index.html> : Map <http://www.success.co.il/knowledge/Map/Map.html> - Portal <http://www.success.co.il/knowledge/Portal/Portal.html> - Encyclopedia <http://www.success.co.il/knowledge/encyclopedia/index.html> - Smart Search <http://www.success.co.il/knowledge/search/index.html> - Overview <http://www.success.co.il/knowledge/overview/1.html> - Forum <http://www.success.co.il/knowledge/Forum/Forum.html>
Knowledge Map of Information Science <http://www.success.co.il/is/index.html>
Chaim Zins, PhD.
Knowledge Mapping Research
Homepage: www.success.co.il <http://www.success.co.il/> 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]
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Library of Congress Subject Headings report
McGarry, Dorothy [email@example.com] Science-Technology Division Wed 5/03/2008
From: Miller, David [mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org]
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 http://www.loc.gov/catdir/cpso/pre_vs_post.pdf.
Mark Perkins lists [email@example.com] firstname.lastname@example.org 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 founding board of
OpenDoc Society will consist of Bert Bakker (director of Center for Media and
Communication, and former member of the
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: email@example.com or alternatively contact one of the people below:
ISOC Netherlands, NLnet foundation
Phone: +31 (0)20 8884251
Cell phone: +31 (0)6 27050947
SIP: michiel [@t] isoc.nl
machtelt.garrels [@t] isoc.be
M: +32 (0)473 94 68 78
If you have any questions regarding your membership please contact ISOC membership team at <membership at isoc.org>.
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
PIONEERS IN INFORMATION MANAGEMENT SCOOP TOP AWARDS
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
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
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
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
CONTACT: Chris Armstrong, UKeiG and Information Automation Ltd
Tel: (+44) 1974 251302
NOTES FOR EDITORS
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. www.cilip.org.uk
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
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. http://jis.sagepub.com/
The Strix Award is presented
in memory of Dr Tony Kent, a past Fellow of the
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
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
Proceedings of the 1st African Information Ethics Conference
firstname.lastname@example.org; on behalf of; M.J. Menou [email@example.com] firstname.lastname@example.org; 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 (www.africainfoethics.org <http://www.africainfoethics.org>)
that was held in February, 5-7, 2007 in
Dr. Michel J. Menou
Visiting Professor, SLAIS,
Consultant in ICT policies
and Knowledge & Information Management Adviser of Somos@Telecentros board http://www.tele-centros.org Member of
the founding steering committee of Telecenters of the Americas Partnership http://www.tele-centers.net/ B.P. 15
F-49350 Les Rosiers sur
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 [email@example.com] firstname.lastname@example.org Fri 26/10/2007
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
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. http://www.alpsp.org
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. http://www.pspcentral.org
For further information, please contact: Mark Seeley
EU Information Officer
Tel.: + 31 70 309 05 52
Fax: + 31 70 309 05 58
Lobbying for Archives and Libraries
RDA Vocabularies work begun
McGarry, Dorothy [email@example.com] 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
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
* 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 firstname.lastname@example.org for further information.
Public information on the progress of the project is available on the DCMI/RDA Task Group wiki, see: http://dublincore.org/dcmirdataskgroup/. 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: http://www.jiscmail.ac.uk/lists/dc-rda.html. 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 [email@example.com] 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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
Rochelle BALLARD and Jennifer LANG
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.
Richard BURKE (SCELC)
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.
Brian GREEN (EDItEUR)
Licenses and ERMs: Standards for the Expression of Publisher/Library Licenses. Text & PPT.
Dalene HAWTHORNE (
Kimberly PARKER (
Text & PPT.
Oliver PESCH (EBSCO Information Services) Connecting E-Resource Management Systems and Usage Statistics. Text & PPT.
Dorette SNYMAN (
Wilhelm WIDMARK (
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]
LIS-FID@JISCMAIL.AC.UK Wed 7/11/2007
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
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
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.
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.
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.
CD-R, CD-RW, DVD-R, DVD+R, DVD-RW, DVD+RW.
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.
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.
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.
Online systems versus CD-ROM.
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
The application of
printer; developing a
database structure; indexing data for fast retrieval;
Windows; WINISIS; history
and future of ISIS; programming in
Formats: MARC; application
of MARC in
Downloading of information and record format conversion.
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).
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)
--to the European Patent Office
--to the Information Service
of the Geology Department of the
--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
--to the library of the
--to the city library of
--to the old central library
and to the modern science and technology library of the KUL (university) in
--to the VLIZ marine science
information and documentation centre near the sea coast in Oostende /
--to the central library of
--to the Documentation
Department of the KIT (the Royal Tropical Institute), and to the high school on
libraries, documentation and information, both in
--to the headquarters of
IFLA and to the National, Royal Library in Den Haag /
--to the Institute for
Social Studies (ISS) in Den Haag /
More culturally oriented
guided visits are also organised; these may include trips to the old cities of
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,
" Dekeyser, KUL,
" De Keyser, Hogeschool, and
" De Smet,
" Koninckx, Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Brussel, Belgium
" Holans, KUL,
" Nieuwenhuysen, Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Brussel, Belgium
" Nyssen, Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Brussel, Belgium
" Rousseau, Universiteit Antwerpen,
" Van Audenhove, Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Brussel, Belgium
" Vanderpijpen, Royal/National Library,
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
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
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 http://www.vliruos.be/
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 http://www.vliruos.be/index.php?navid=380&direct_to=Scholarships_Programme
and from http://www.vliruos.be/index.php?navid=322&direct_to=Downloads
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
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.
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,
-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
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.
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
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
The cost of living in
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 vub.ac.be (or in
case that this does not seem to work, to Paul.Nieuwenhuysen at vub.ac.be)
(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
STIMULATE-ITP (or Paul NIEUWENHUYSEN), University
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
http://wikitravel.org/en/Brussels http://www.agenda.be/ about events going on in
http://www.disgruntled.ca/writings/brussels/ offers information on
based on the experience of living there for some time http://www.eric-maerschalck.be/Brussels/bruxelles.php?log=NO
offers photos made in
http://www.ilotsacre.be/site/en/default_en.htm offers an interactive map and photos of
http://www.sievers.nl/visitbrussels/ shows some photos made in
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. http://www.vub.ac.be/BIBLIO/nieuwenhuysen/professional/
An official, formal Steering Committee is
composed of members from the
co-operating universities in
- 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
to STIMULATE, University Library, Vrije Universiteit Brussel,
Pleinlaan 2, B-1050 BRUSSEL,
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
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 [email@example.com]; on behalf of; Ecpa e-mail [firstname.lastname@example.org] Iflaemail@example.com 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
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 http://www.jazzpoparkisto.net/audio/
The TAPE project, Training
for Audiovisual Preservation in
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 [Sjoerd.Koopman@IFLA.nl] IFLA-L Mon 3/03/2008
Win US$5,000 funding for your project through IFAP Success Stories platform <http://www.unesco-ci.org/newsletter/lt/t_go.php?i=1193&e=MzUxNjE=&l=-http--www.unesco-ci.org/cgi-bin/ifapstories/page.cgi--Q-g--E-;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 http://www.unesco-ci.org/cgi-bin/ifapstories/page.cgi?g=;d=1
Web Search: Multidisciplinary Perspectives
firstname.lastname@example.org; on behalf of; Amanda Spink [email@example.com] firstname.lastname@example.org 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: <http://www.springer.com/computer/database+management+%26+information+retrieval/book/978-3-540-75828-0
Our thanks to all the contributors!
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
o Searching Ethics: The Role of Search Engines in the
Distribution of Knowledge (
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
WORLD BOOK CAPITAL NOMINATION 2010
Sophie Felfoldi [Sophie.Felfoldi@IFLA.nl] email@example.com Fri 23/11/2007
CALL FOR APPLICATIONS FOR THE WORLD BOOK CAPITAL NOMINATION 2010
APPEL A CANDIDATURES POUR LA NOMINATION DE LA CAPITALE MONDIALE DU LIVRE 2010
PRESENTACIÓN DE CANDIDATURAS PARA LA DESIGNACIÓN DE LA CAPITAL MUNDIAL DEL LIBRO 2010: CONVOCATORIA
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 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 (
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
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
Mr Mauro Rosi
Division of Arts and
1, rue Miollis
Tel.: +33 1 45 68 46 33
Fax: +33 1 45 68 55 95
 According to its own
criteria based on operational needs, UNESCO distinguishes five regions: Africa,