Thursday, August 30, 2007

To complement the traditional IATUL annual conferences and to overcome the unavoidable time limitation of a yearly meeting, special interest groups are meant to provide a continuous opportunity to create new approaches to challenges in librarianship by joint international efforts.

Each task force will focus on a particular subject area and defines its own terms of reference, together with long and short term goals. Task forces are chaired by senior librarians who will be appointed by the IATUL Board.

Special interest groups will be encouraged to present the results of their work to the annual conference. The standard means of communication for Special Interest Groups will be e-mail and telephone conferencing.

As an initial task force the IATUL Special Interest Group on Library Organisation and Quality Management (IATUL SIG-LOQUM) is to be established.

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Monday, August 20, 2007

Ellyssa Kroski

The world of the Web has changed as a new breed of software applications makes it easy to accomplish incredibly sophisticated tasks with little technical know-how. The Internet has seen an explosion of social tools that are empowering ordinary people to connect and participate in a global conversation. People who had previously accessed the Web solely for shopping or research purposes now sign on for the experience of creating and sharing information in the public sphere. They are crafting both content and connections with other users in a new Web that links people to people, as well as to information.

Web 2.0 is loosely defined as the evolution to a social and interactive Web that gives everyone a chance to participate—not just those with programming skills. By producing new applications that are simple to use, Web 2.0 breaks down the technological barriers to entry and, in essence, democratizes the Internet.

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Source: Choice, v.44, no. 12, August 2007.

Wednesday, August 1, 2007

Thursday, July 19, 2007

The Programme Committee invites proposals for papers and posters for the 29th Annual IATUL Conference to be held in Auckland, New Zealand from 21 -24 April 2008.

The Conference theme is Digital Discovery: Strategies and Solutions

The sub-themes to be considered for contributions are:

National Digital Strategies

Developing e-infrastructure for research discovery

Using Web 2.0 for learning discovery

Many countries have developed digital strategies. For example the New Zealand government Digital Strategy ( ) is about creating "a digital future for all New Zealanders, using the power of information and communications technology". IATUL libraries play a vital part in the success of national and international strategies by contributing to digital discovery in their own institutions. Papers discussing the implementation of global and national strategies to provide local solutions will be welcome.

Important Dates

26 September 2007 Abstracts for papers and posters due to Programme Committee

17October 2007...

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Wednesday, May 30, 2007

How are institutional repositories (IRs) to preserve the digital content for which they accept responsibility? Until now, much emphasis has been placed on the role of repository software. Two of these software applications, notably DSpace [2] and Fedora [3], have promoted support for preservation as a key feature. In contrast, the first software designed for IRs, EPrints [4], has until now offered less explicit support for preservation. In truth, reliance on repository software alone will not be sufficient: "it seems obvious that no existing software application could serve on its own as a trustworthy preservation system. Preservation is the act of physically and intellectually protecting and technically stabilizing the transmission of the content and context of electronic records across space and time, in order to produce copies of those records that people can reasonably judge to be authentic. To accomplish this, the preservation system requires natural and juridical people, institutions, applications, infrastructure, and procedures." (Wilczek and Glick 2006)

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