Tuesday, January 5, 2021
News for Members
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Our topics in December 2020:

1. President’s message
2. 41st General Assembly Webinar: report
3. IFLA IATUL joint statement on publisher pricing models
4. IATUL Director’s Summit: Sustainable Crisis Management in Libraries
5. 41st Annual Conference will be online

Please find here the current IATUL Newsletter

Thursday, October 22, 2020

On behalf of the member institutions of both our associations, we are writing to the publishers and service providers of the publishing industry about the 2021 subscriptions and renewals of electronic resources and databases.  We want to make the industry aware that universities, schools, industries, and libraries worldwide are facing significant budget cuts for the next fiscal year as a result of the  COVID-19 pandemic, and that library subscription is an area that is being looked at for potential savings.  To assist libraries and institutions in this possible financial crisis, we request that you support them by reducing prices in 2021. We greatly appreciate such generous gestures already extended by many publishers and vendors, and honestly expect a similar approach from the rest.

Christine Mackenzie, FALIA
President International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA)

Charles Eckman,
President International Association of University Libraries (IATUL)

22 October 2020

Wednesday, October 21, 2020
Special Interest Group for Metrics and Research Impact
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The International Association of University Libraries (IATUL) Special Interest Group - Metrics and Research Impact (SIG-MaRI) invites you to review, reuse, and share with your colleagues a self-paced professional development programme, IATUL Research Impact Things, available openly under a Creative Commons Attribution ShareAlike license.

In the last few years, we saw libraries across the world take on key roles in driving research initiatives, leading to the creation of research support positions and the role of liaison librarians also shifting. The IATUL SIG-MaRI recognised the lack of formal training and development programmes to upskill staff transitioning into research support roles. It has been, and still is a challenge faced by many SIG-MaRI members.

IATUL member institution the University of New South Wales (UNSW) Library launched the 10 Research Impact Things in 2019 which aimed to develop foundational skills in research impact across the Library based on the bibliometric capabilities framework. The IATUL SIG-MaRI formed a project team led by Curtin...

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Thursday, October 15, 2020
IATUL Director's Summit 2020 Innsbruck
Universitäts- und Landesbibliothek Tirol, Austria

The University and State Library Innsbruck cordially invites you to the IATUL Director's Summit on November 4th and 5th. This year the event will take place online. The theme of the Director's Summit 2020 is Sustainable Crisis Management in Libraries.

The Corona pandemic still has a firm grip on our daily lives. Scientific institutions such as university libraries are also affected.
We have therefore placed this summit under the motto of sustainable crisis management in libraries. The online meeting will focus on the competencies and strategies libraries will need in the future in order to be prepared for crises and remain flexible in case of emergency. It will also be about how we can maintain or even expand library services.

An exciting programme featuring local and international speakers is now available.

Thursday, September 3, 2020
Represent IATUL
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The International Association of University Libraries (IATUL) is calling for interested and qualified candidates to serve on its Board of Directors.

IATUL is looking for a candidate to represent

  • Europe (UK)

on its Board of Directors, the executive body of IATUL responsible for leading the  development of the Association, its strategic direction and actions.

Ordinary and Associated Members may propose representatives for election. Nominations shall name the candidate and shall show evidence of the candidate's consent. Nominators must be official representatives of a member institution. The decision as to who shall be invited to join the Board will be made by the Board and presented to the General Assembly for approval at the Annual Conference. Members of the Board are elected for a term of three years, and shall be eligible for immediate re-election to one additional term.

Candidates are expected to take an active part in the endeavours of the IATUL Board of Directors, especially by attending Board meetings and taking on responsibilities related to assigned tasks and roles...

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Monday, August 10, 2020
Universitäts- und Landesbibliothek Tirol
IATUL Director's Summit 2020 Innsbruck
Universitäts- und Landesbibliothek Tirol, Austria

The 2020 Annual Director’s Summit in Innsbruck will be online from 4th until 5th November 2020.

Universitäts- und Landesbibliothek Tirol/Austria and IATUL invite proposals for presentations which should reflect the Summit theme:

Sustainable Crisis Management in Libraries

We would be delighted to have information specialists, leading library staff, librarians and all others interested in the topic present at this meeting. IATUL Director’s Summit 2020 is a great chance to gain feedback from experts on the following topics: organization and strategy, competence and services. It is an excellent opportunity for all of us to deal with global crisis that affect the everyday work at the libraries. The overall topics for the Summit and the call for presentations will be:

Organization and Strategy:

  • Working with emergency plans? How do they affect our every-day work-life?


  • What competences and skills will library staff need to respond to the crisis?


  • What services will be demanded from libraries in 3-5 and in 10 years?
  • ...
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