Tuesday, October 22, 2019

It was a wonderful week, and I know we all appreciate the terrific effort of the teams at the University of Western Australia and Curtin University who created a fantastic learning and networking environment for us these past several days. What follow are a few highlights from some of the keynote addresses and plenary panels to remind us all where we have been:

Professor Dawn Freshwater Vice Chancellor of UWA in her welcome noted that knowledge has been stored in Western Australia for millennia. Librarians are today’s spiritual and cultural custodians of knowledge. When sands are shifting we need to pay attention / and when tides are rising we need to innovate. We need to act.

Gerald Beasley of Cornell University picked up on this theme by noting that “our opportunity to avoid drowning in the rising tide is to innovate intensively.” He acknowledged significant innovation is underway but characterized much of it as ‘reactive innovation’ – he challenged libraries to think about “proactive innovation” oriented toward the world we want to achieve. A world that is ‘fair’ in terms of being inclusive,...

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Tuesday, October 8, 2019
Bridging Universities and Society: Libraries as Connectors

The International Association of University Libraries (IATUL) invites proposals for papers and posters for the 41st Annual IATUL Conference in Porto, Portugal (12-16 July 2020).
IATUL offers an influential and inclusive community of university library directors from around the world. The Annual Conference is a unique opportunity to share views and develop new collaborations. Papers are invited on the following theme:

Bridging Universities and Society: Libraries as Connectors

The emergence of movements such as Open Science, Open Innovation, and Citizen Science highlights how society benefits when institutions of higher education expand access to research and teaching. Ongoing engagement and collaboration between universities and communities are essential components of these open initiatives. Academic libraries worldwide are playing vital roles facilitating these initiatives through the development of new and innovative services and infrastructure.

Proposals should consider:

  • Expanding information and digital literacies
  • Library spaces and services advancing innovation and engagement
  • Partnerships with...
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Thursday, September 26, 2019

The IATUL Special Interest Group for the Advancement of Library Services in Emerging Countries (SIG-ALICE) conducted its first Webinar for Cambodian academic librarians on 27 August, 2019. Frédéric Brodkom presented the one-hour Webinar Library Management: An Introductory Course. The Webinar introduced IATUL and SIG-ALICE and addressed elements of library management such as: staff and organization, collections and services, buildings and equipment, and (most significantly, of course) users.

The Webinar was conducted via Zoom. SIG-ALICE member Kolap Mao coordinated on the Cambodian end (from Phnom Penh) and SIG-ALICE member Veronika Diem handled the technical aspects. There were eleven Cambodian librarians in attendance. They had a variety of questions and were very engaged.  

SIG-ALICE will continue its series of Webinars for Cambodian librarians in October and December. The Webinars will focus on the areas of interest identified by participants during the Library Management Webinar and through follow-up correspondence. SIG-ALICE looks forward to continuing to connect with Cambodian colleagues.

Tuesday, September 17, 2019

Shifting Sands and Rising Tides: Leading Libraries through Innovation

It was a successful conference with interesting workshops, presentations and discussion about the new role of the academic libraries in this period of increasing digitalisation.

Proceedings and pictures are now available!

 

Wednesday, August 14, 2019
Call for Applications

The International Association of University Libraries offers a grant of up to 4,000 Euro to staff from member libraries to investigate and provide outcomes on current issues of importance to IATUL members.

Applications may be made by any staff member at an IATUL member library. Applications for 2020 are accepted until 30 September 2019.

Find more information and the application form under International Research and Study Programme.

Thursday, June 27, 2019
Gdansk Motława river, old buildings, crane gate, sight

Organizing the Open Science Framework – Strategies and Legal Aspects

Topics

  • Institutional Repositories
  • Research Data Services
  • European Copyright Reform
  • Legal Aspects of Research Data Collection and Dissemination

Location
Gdańsk University of Technology

Registration is now open!

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