The Evidence in Hand: Report of the Task Force on the Artifact in Library Collections, published by the Council on Library and Information Resources (CLIR), November 2001.
This CLIR Task Force report addresses a critical problem facing libraries and archives today.
The following quote is from a CLIR News Release dated November 21, 2001: "Paradoxically, at a time when more material is made available virtually -- online -- there is a growing demand for access to original materials. Yet libraries and archives have never had enough funds to collect and preserve everything of potential research value. Librarians and archivists are thus left to make difficult decisions about how much and what can be acquired, preserved, and made accessible in meaningful ways."
With the proliferation of information in numerous formats, the complexity and potential cost of keeping materials fit for scholarly use grows each day. This report conveys the findings and recommendations of a task force of scholars, librarians, and archivists formed in 1999 to consider this problem. In five sections, the report presents:
For further information, please see the report at <http://www.clir.org/pubs/reports/pub103/contents.html>, or in PDF format at <http://www.clir.org/pubs/reports/pub103/pub103.pdf>.
Scholarly Work in the Humanities and the Evolving Information Environment, by William S. Brockman, Laura Neumann, Carole L. Palmer, and Tonyia J. Tidline, published by the Digital Library Federation and the Council on Library and Information Resources, December 2001.
From a News Release dated 12 December 2001:"A new report from the Council on Library and Information Resources (CLIR) and the Digital Library Federation (DLF) looks at the changing needs and expectations of humanities scholars in the digital environment. Entitled Scholarly Work in the Humanities and the Evolving Information Environment, the report updates our understanding of how humanists conduct research. The authors, William S. Brockman, Laura Neumann, Carole L. Palmer, and Tonyia J. Tidline, began extensive observation of selected humanities scholars in 1999 to examine in detail how they work, how they are integrating technology into their work, and how future technologies might offer new opportunities in line with the goals of humanities research."
"The study clearly shows that humanities scholars have adapted well to rapid technical change. It demonstrates the extent to which scholars are able to harness information technologies to tried, tested, and somewhat traditional research functions. Such functions include, for example, keeping abreast of a broad secondary literature that surrounds their fields of inquiry, and locating, acquiring access to, and using primary resources that are relevant to a particular area of investigation."
"The study also shows that humanities scholars are used to, and in some cases even prefer, information that can be accessed from their desktops. This is especially true with finding aids; abstract, indexing, and citation services; and online journals. Where primary research materials are concerned, however, the scholars have yet to be convinced by digital editions. The scholar's purview is so typically broad that it defies the narrow boundaries that surround the current generation of digitally reformatted collections."
"The findings of the report suggest a number of points for the library to consider. For example, the report reaffirms the importance of cataloging first. It also underscores the importance of developing virtually integrated services that allow scholars to search across and use digitally reformatted materials from many locations as if they made up a single online collection. Because such services require adherence to accepted benchmarks that ensure some degree of persistence and interoperability among online collections, the study encourages libraries to develop and adopt such common standards as a matter of high priority. Finally, the report points to the value of close cooperation between librarians and scholars in forming digital collections to support specific research aims."
For further information, please see the press release at <http://www.clir.org/pubs/press/pub104_press.html>. The report is available in PDF format at <http://www.clir.org/pubs/reports/pub104/pub104.pdf>, and print copies will be available in the near future for purchase from the Council on Library and Information Resources.
Broadband: Bringing Home the Bits, Committee on Broadband Last Mile Technology, Computer Science and Telecommunications Board, National Research Council, published by the National Academy Press: Washington, DC ISBN: 0-309-08273-0, 240 pages. The price for the paperback edition is $34.95. (The report may be read free of charge online at the National Academies web site.)
The following description of the report is from a National Academies Press Release, November 29, 2001:
"WASHINGTON - To boost public access to broadband technology, the federal government should support new initiatives and monitor developments rather than pursue policies that are premature and could inhibit the market, says a new report of the National Academies' National Research Council. However, once the market takes shape, the federal government may need to step in to help improve service where broadband availability is lacking or to address any abuses of market power that might occur."
"'Widespread broadband availability could realize more of the Internet's potential and heighten the usefulness of information technology in people's homes,' said Nikil Jayant, chair of the committee that wrote the report and professor of electrical and computer engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta. 'Now is the time for government to be patient and let the private sector continue investing in greater deployment of broadband so that more people can - and do - make use of its capabilities. As the shape of broadband deployment and use becomes clearer, we'll have a firmer basis for understanding where the private sector falls short. Policy-makers will then have a clearer idea of what forms of government intervention, if any, may be necessary.'"
"A central finding of the report is the need for the nation to adopt an approach that emphasizes and encourages local opportunities and efforts to bring broadband services to more homes. For example, the federal government could offer planning grants to local governments and support for pilot programs as well as traditional incentives, such as tax credits for companies that invest in underserved or high-cost regions. Local governments could encourage businesses to enter the market by partnering with them to install fiber-optic cables in a locale; they could also make wholesale public investments in the conduits that house fiber-optic facilities, much like a city builds and maintains streets to bolster local commerce. Local public agencies could work with communities and area institutions to stimulate demand for and use of broadband...."
"...The study was sponsored by a combination of public and private organizations, with the majority of funds provided by the National Science Foundation, Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, and Association of Computing Machinery's Special Interest Group on Data Communication. The National Research Council is the principal operating arm of the National Academy of Sciences and the National Academy of Engineering. It is a private, nonprofit institution that provides science and technology advice under a congressional charter."
For more information, please see the full press release at <http://www4.nationalacademies.org/news.nsf/isbn/0309082730?OpenDocument>.
The report may be read online at <http://www.nap.edu/books/0309082730/html/>.
"HEADLINE (Hybrid Electronic Access and Delivery in the Library Networked Environment) was one of the Hybrid Libraries projects funded under the Electronic Libraries (eLib) Phase 3 programme of the UK Higher Education Joint Information Systems Committee. This three-year project began in January 1998 and its aims were to design and implement a working model of the hybrid library. Working in accordance with the aims of the Hybrid Libraries programme HeadLine's model was based around the user, with a user-dependent environment [PIE, Personal Information Environment] as a fundamental part of the project design. The system had access, via the login process, to the user's administrative details such as status, subject area and registered courses, and was able to use this information to provide a tailored and supportive environment. The system also retained feedback from the user's actions, providing a mechanism for the user profile to develop with time."
"The project aims were to develop the following:
"Throughout the course of the project, evaluation assisted with project design and was used to gain user feedback on the model. Phase One of the evaluation sought opinions from student users within the partner institutions while Phase Two widened its scope to guests and more experienced users of the PIE [Personal Information Environment]. Guest access to the service was introduced in October 2000 and the additional feedback from the wider library community contributed to the final results. Feedback was in the form of completed online questionnaires and provided valuable information on users' experiences of the PIE. Results of the evaluation contributed towards improvements in design, content and delivery of the service and will also inform the developments of any possible future hybrid library projects. The results and findings of the evaluation have been communicated throughout the academic, library and higher education community. The HeadLine Website (http://www.headline.ac.uk) has been the focus for much dissemination but the team has also used journal articles, conferences and other activities to publicise the project."
For further information, please see:
Phase One: "The HeadLine Personal Information Environment: Evaluation Phase One," D-Lib Magazine, Vol. 7, No. 3, March 2001. <http://www.dlib.org/dlib/march01/gambles/03gambles.html>.
Phase Two: "HEADLINE Evaluation Report - PIE Evaluation Report: Phase Two," <http://www.headline.ac.uk/public/ph2guestreport.pdf>.
HEADLINE Project: Homepage, <http://www.headline.ac.uk/>.
"The UK-based INSPIRAL (INveStigating Portals for Information Resources And Learning) study is now finished. INSPIRAL was funded by the Joint Information Systems Committee [JISC] to investigate the non-technical, organisational and end-user issues related to integrating online learning and libraries in higher education."
The INSPIRAL Final Report includes a full analysis of the INSPIRAL study, with:
A full list of INSPIRAL's 69 official stakeholders, with contact details
A summary of the stakeholder groups and their characteristics relating to the remit of INSPIRAL
A summary of the INSPIRAL Literature Review and the full INSPIRAL Bibliography
A summary of the six INSPIRAL case studies and the elements of best practice exemplified in them
An analysis of the critical / key issues uncovered during INSPIRAL
An outline and analysis of learner needs and priorities around linking VLEs and digital libraries
A brief outline comparing the UK and US with regard to INSPIRAL's remit
An overview of virtual learning environment (VLE) and managed learning environment (MLE) systems in use currently in the UK, with an appendix listing all VLE, MLE and digital library systems and software mentioned in the project, with notes on their applicability to VLE / digital library linkage
The full list of recommendations to the JISC re-priority areas for strategic funding and future study.
The INSPIRAL web site will remain online, with all INSPIRAL documents available, but will not be maintained. The INSPIRAL JISCmail list will remain operative: <http://www.jiscmail.ac.uk/lists/inspiral.html>. New members are welcome to join.
For further information, please see <http://inspiral.cdlr.strath.ac.uk/>.
This dissertation won the 2001 American Society for Information Science and Technology (ASIST) UMI Doctoral Dissertation Award. The award recognizes outstanding doctoral candidates whose research has made a significant contribution to a key aspect of information science.
The dissertation presents an in-depth study of collection selection and multi-collection information retrieval. The work focuses on issues that arise when large numbers of document collections are available for search, but when a query is to be issued to only a small subset of the collections. Allison Powell's work considered test environments and evaluation approaches for comparing collection selection techniques, as well as direct comparisons of competing approaches. Further work studied the effects of collection selection on document retrieval in a multi-collection environment.
The abstract for the dissertation is located at <ftp://ftp.cs.virginia.edu/pub/dissertations/2001-02_abs.html>. Links from the abstract lead to the full dissertation in Postscript and PDF formats.
Bibliometrics of electronic journals in information science, by Donald T. Hawkins, Editor-in-Chief, Information Science Abstracts, published in Information Research, Volume 7, No. 1, October 2001.
This article analyses some of the measurable characteristics of e-journals in the field of Information Science, including Ariadne, D-Lib Magazine, First Monday, Journal of Digital Information, LIBRES, Cultivate Interactive and others. The article contains statistical data about contributing authors, their geographical locations and institutions, subject area coverage within the field, etc. The data covers the period 1995 to the present.
The article is available in full text and free of charge at <http://informationr.net/ir/7-1/paper120.html>.
Point to Point
Resources for Professional Education & Grant Writing, International Information Exchange Caucus, Special Libraries Association (SLA).
SLA Caucuses are informal groups within the Association intended to serve as a focus for the interaction of members who share a common interest not covered by any Association Chapter, Division, or Committee. "The International Information Exchange Caucus provides a vehicle for SLA members who are involved or interested in efforts to promote networking on the international level through the exchange of ideas, information and/or people. Working in cooperation with the International Relations Committee, this Caucus provides the broadest possible opportunity for members to participate in and discuss international library information activities."
In the "Education & Funding" page of the International Information Exchange Caucus website resources for professional education and Grant Writing are offered through the following categories:
For further information, please see <http://www.sla.org/caucus/kiie/resources.htm>.
Digital Continuity Forum , presentations from the forum held at Swinburne University of Technology, Hawthorne, Australia, 19 November 2001.
The Digital Continuity Forum focused on digital documents and objects with a long-term future. The conference organizers stated, "Digital continuity is the term for our expectations and plans for the continuing existence of digital documents and other objects of all kinds. We know how to look after books � provided that they are not printed on a medium which deteriorates rapidly, they will last for many centuries. However, some digital items cease to be usable after a very short period � as little as a decade. This is because of the obsolescence of hardware and software formats, lack of clear responsibility for their preservation, and issues around version control."
The Digital Continuity Forum was interested in:
Conference presentations are now available online at <http://www.swin.edu.au/lib/DigCon2001.htm>.
The 21st Century Learner Resource Listing, produced by the Institute of Museum and Library Services.
The Institute of Museum and Libary Services (IMLS) created this resource list of projects, publications and web sites and explained the genesis of the resource list as follows:
"As IMLS has discussed the 21st Century Learner Initiative and planned for this conference, we have learned of many projects, publications and web sites that are related to the issues of museums, libraries, public broadcasting and other institutions meeting the needs of a learning society."
"Many of our speakers and conference participants have suggested resources that would be of value to the continuing conversation about lifelong learning. The lists included in this resource book came from those suggestions, but are by no means complete. They are, however, representative of the depth of inquiry and exploration at work across America."
"One goal of the 21st Century Learner Conference is to find additional ways to learn of and share the kinds of extraordinary collaborative activities that exemplify the best of informal learning opportunities. IMLS invites you to continue to identify such programs and projects and to use the resources listed here to fuel your imagination as you address the possibilities of the future."
The IMLS resource list is located at <http://www.imls.gov/whatsnew/21cl/21clrsc.htm>.
"What's in the other free e-journals?" in Information Research: an international electronic journal ISSN 1368-1613, Prof. Tom Wilson, Publisher and Editor-in-Chief.
Information Research is a quarterly, refereed journal "dedicated to making freely accessible the results of research across a wide range of information-related disciplines." In addition to providing its own content free of charge, the journal features a web page with links to other open access magazines and journals focused on information reearch and practice. The page "What's in the other free e-journals?" was updated on 9 December 2001 and is located at http://informationr.net/ir/titlepages.html>.
Version 40, Scholarly Electronic Publishing Bibliography, by Charles W. Bailey, Jr., December 2001.
Charles W. Bailey, Jr., Assistant Dean for Systems, University Libraries, University of Houston, has announced the availability of Version 40 of his periodical bibliography. The selective bibliography presents over 1,500 articles, books, electronic documents, and other sources and is focused on scholarly electronic publishing efforts on the Internet and other networks. In the bibliography, Bailey provides links to sources listed, where available. The bibliography is located at: < http://info.lib.uh.edu/sepb/sepb.html >. It is available in HTML, PDF, and Word 97 formats.
An article by Charles W. Bailey, Jr. about this bibliography was published in the December 2001 issue of the Journal of Electronic Publishing (JEP). The article is entitled "Elevolution of an Electronic Book: The Scholarly Electronic Publishing Bibliography". The article is online at <http://www.press.umich.edu/jep/07-02/bailey.html>.
Calls for Participation
8th Annual Reference Research Forum, Reference and User Services Association (RUSA), American Library Association Annual Conference 2002, 13 - 19 June 2002, Atlanta, Georgia, USA. Call for Submissions. Deadline extended to 1 January 2002.
RUSA has extended the deadline for paper submissions to the Eighth Annual Reference Research Forum. The following is from the Call for Papers at the RUSA website: "This is an opportunity to present and discuss your research project covering the broad area of reference services such as user behavior, electronic services, reference effectiveness, and organizational structure and personnel. Both completed research and research in progress will be considered. All researchers, including reference practitioners from all types of libraries, library school faculty and students, and other interested individuals are encouraged to submit a proposal."
"The Committee will utilize a 'blind' review process to select a maximum of three (3) projects for 25 minute presentations, followed by open discussion. The selected researchers are expected to present their papers in person at the forum. Criteria for selection are:
For additional information, please see <http://www.ala.org/rusa/mouss/committees/res/forum_call.html>.
New Directions in Humanities Computing, Joint International Conference of the Association for Literary and Linguistic Computing, and the Association for Computers and the Humanities, 24 - 28 July 2002, Tübingen, Germany. Call for software demonstration proposals. The submission deadline is 15 January 2002.
From the conference web site: "The joint conference of the Association for Literary and Linguistic Computing (ALLC) and the Association for Computers and the Humanities (ACH) is the oldest established meeting of scholars working at the intersection of advanced information technologies and the humanities, annually attracting a distinguished international community at the forefront of their fields. The theme for the 2002 conference is "New Directions in Humanities Computing", and it will feature plenary addresses by two leading scholars: Hans-Walter Gabler of the University of Munich, and Roy Wisbey, Professor emeritus, King's College London."
"Recent years have seen enormous advances in information technologies, and a corresponding growth in the use of IT resources for research and teaching in the humanities. How exactly are these developments changing the ways in which humanities scholars work? What new and distinct methodologies is IT now bringing to the humanities? How do we expect methodologies, and the role of the humanities scholar, to change in the near future as a result of the impact of IT? How are IT-related developments in one discipline affecting or likely to affect those in others? The time is ripe to survey and assess developments to date in humanities computing, and its likely future directions."
ALLC/ACH 2002 invites submissions "on any aspect of humanities computing or new media, broadly defined to encompass the common ground between information technology and problems in humanities research and teaching. As always, we welcome submissions in any area of the humanities, especially interdisciplinary work. We especially encourage submissions on the current state of the art in humanities computing, and on recent new developments and expected future developments in the field."
For additional information, please see <http://www.uni-tuebingen.de/allcach2002>.
The eContent Programme, European support for information society projects. Call for Project Proposals. The submission deadline is 1 February 2002.
"The eContent programme, launched at the beginning of 2001, aims to stimulate the development and use of European digital content on the Internet and to promote the linguistic diversity of European websites in the Information Society...eContent contributes to the third objective of the eEurope action plan - to stimulate the use of the Internet...Digital content plays a key role in 'creating added value by exploiting and networking European cultural diversity'...The eContent programme is centered around the need of European businesses and citizens to access and use high-quality content suited to their needs...eContent is a market-oriented programme which encourages public and private partnerships. It is based on three interdependent Action Lines."
The four-year programme "offers financial support to: projects involving multinational and cross-sector partnerships; accompanying measures addressing best practice, awareness and dissemination; and market studies. It covers the years 2001-2005 with an indicative budget of �100 million. Proposals for funding may take the form of major ("demonstration") proposals or smaller ("definition") proposals."
Everyone in the European digital content market is invited to participate, including: "public institutions and cultural establishments; information companies, publishers, and content creators; packagers and distributors; providers of language services and solutions; Internet services suppliers; capital market enablers; rights trading players; and new market entrants."
For additional information, please select "Sources of Funds", then "eContent" at <http://www.ukishelp.co.uk/ukishelp/index.html>.
The Fifth International Conference on Virtual Communities, 17 - 18 June 2002, Westminster, London, United Kingdom. Call for proposals. The submission deadline is 14 February 2002.
Presentation proposals for this conference are now invited. The two-day conference program accommodates a maximum of 20 presentations; therefore the conference committee will be highly selective. This conference is an opportunity for attendees and speakers to share best practices. With a focus on virtual communities, presentations or panels on the following topics are sought:
For additional information, please see the conference web site at <http://www.infonortics.com/vc/vc2002/vc02-announce.html>.
IEEE International Conference on Multimedia and Expo (ICME 2002), 26 - 29 August 2002, Lausanne, Switzerland. Call for Papers. The submission deadline is 15 February 2002.
From the ICME 2002 web site: "ICME 2002 is a major annual international conference organized with the objective of bringing together researchers, developers and practitioners from academia and industry working in all areas in multimedia. ICME serves as a forum for the dissemination of state-of-the-art research, development, and implementations of multimedia systems, technologies and applications. Co-sponsored by four IEEE societies (the Circuits and Systems Society, the Communications Society, the Computer Society and the Signal Processing Society) the third edition of ICME will be held in Lausanne, Switzerland."
"Authors should submit a four-page manuscript in double-column format including authors' names, affiliations and a short abstract. Only electronic submission will be accepted. A sample of the papers presented at the conference will be selected for a possible publication in an upcoming special issue of IEEE Transactions on Multimedia. Topics covered include but are not limited to the following:
"Proposals for Special Sessions, Tutorials and Demo/Exhibits are also strongly encouraged. Authors are referred to corresponding pages to additional information regarding submissions."
For additional information, please see the ICME 2002 conference web site at <http://www.icme2002.org/>.
ELPUB2002: Technology Interactions, ICCC/EFIP 6th International Conference on Electronic Publishing, 6 - 9 November 2002, Karlovy Vary, Czech Republic. Call for Papers. The deadline for abstracts is 15 February 2002.
The following information about this Call for Papers is from the ELPUB 2002 web site:
"ELPUB2002 is the 6th in a series of annual international conferences on Electronic Publishing. The objective of ELPUB2002 is to bring together researchers, managers, developers, and users working on the issues related to electronic publishing for public, scientific and commercial applications."
"The focus is on electronic publishing for academic and industrial purposes and for the general public. There will be two tracks: a general track and a technical track. The General track aims to provide an overview of the main issues of the area, such as Human, Cultural, Social, Economic and Legal issues. The Technical Track, on the other hand, aims to provide a more in depth view over the state of the art technologies, applications and tools worldwide."
A list of potential topics follows below. This list is not meant to be exhaustive and submissions on any topic within the overall conference theme will be considered. Proceedings of the conference will be published both as a book and electronically.
For additional information, please see <http://www.tu-chemnitz.de/elpub02/>.
The Challenge of Image and Video Retrieval (CIVR 2002), 18 - 19 July 2002, London, United Kingdom. Call for Papers. The deadline for submission of full papers is 4 March 2002.
"Image and video storage and retrieval continues to be one of the most exciting and fastest-growing research areas in the field of multimedia technology. However, opportunities within the UK for the exchange of ideas between different groups of researchers, and between researchers and potential users of image retrieval systems, are still limited. The Challenge of Image Retrieval series of conferences was originally set up to bridge the gap between the different communities with an interest in image retrieval."
"This conference, the fourth in the series, aims to provide a European-wide forum for the discussion of challenges in the fields of image and video retrieval. A unique feature of this conference is the high level of participation from practitioners. Applications papers and presentations suitable for a wide audience are therefore particularly welcome."
In addition to security and rights management pertaining to visual data, topics of interest include but are not limited to:
For additional information, please see <http://listserv.nlc-bnc.ca/cgi-bin/ifla-lwgate.pl/DIGLIB/archives/diglib.log0111/
Ariadne Magazine, Copy Deadline and Publication Dates for 2002 Quarterly Issues. The Copy Deadline for Issue 31 is 4 March 2002.
The following information is from the Ariadne web site:
"Ariadne magazine is targeted principally at information science professionals in academia, and also to interested lay people both in and beyond the Higher Education community. Its main geographic focus is the UK, but it is widely read in the US and worldwide."
"The magazine has as its principal goal: to report on information service developments and information networking issues worldwide, keeping the busy practitioner abreast of current digital library initiatives. It has reported in depth to the information community at large on progress and developments within the UK Electronic Libraries Programme since its inception, and now additionally reports on newer JISC-funded programmes and services, including the DNER and the RDN."
"Ariadne is published every three months by UKOLN. UKOLN is funded by re:source - The Council for Museums, Archives & Libraries (the organisation succeeding the Library and Information Commission), the Joint Information Systems Committee (JISC) of the Higher Education Funding Councils, as well as by project funding from the JISC and the European Union. UKOLN also receives support from the University of Bath where it is based."
For additional information, please see <http://www.ariadne.ac.uk/about/publishing-schedule.html>.
AUSWEB02, 6 - 10 July 2002, Sunshine Coast, Queensland, Australia. Call for Papers. The submission deadline for full papers is 11 March 2002.
The following Call for Papers is from the AUSWEB02 conference web site:
"Since its inception in 1995, AusWeb has been the primary forum for both industry and academics within Australia to discuss the rapidly evolving technologies and usage of the Web. It provides an informal and supportive environment, with the programme being designed to facilitate open discussion and debate."
Full papers are designed to allow the presentation of completed research projects, reports on industry investigations and case histories. The four following conference tracks cover, but are not restricted to, the topics indicated below:
eCommerce/eBusiness and Online Marketing Track
Education and Training Track
Library, Information Systems and Cultural Issues Track
Technical and Standards Track
Poster topics include: "presentations of Software, Work-in-progress, and Innovations. The Posters stream is designed to showcase the most innovative developments on the Web from Australia and around the Web. The details of the poster presentations (around 500 words) will be published on the Web, in the printed proceedings and on CD-ROM. In addition, presenters will be able to submit a short paper (up to 2,5000 words) for publication, which will be edited but not refereed."
For additional information, please see <http://ausweb.scu.edu.au/>.
CATaC'02 - The Net(s) of Power: Language, Culture and Technology, International Conference on Cultural Attitudes towards Technology and Communication, 12 - 15 July 2002, Montréal, Canada. Call for Papers. The submission deadline is 15 March 2002.
The following description is from the CATaC'02 web site:
"The powers of the Nets can be construed in many ways - political, economic, and social. Power can also be construed in terms of Foucault's 'positive power' and Bourdieu's notion of 'cultural capital' - decentered forms of power that encourage 'voluntary' submission, such as English as a lingua franca on the Net. Similarly, Hofstede's category of 'power distance' points to the role of status in encouraging technology diffusion, as low-status persons seek to emulate high-status persons. Through these diverse forms of power, the language(s) and media of the Net may reshape the cultural assumptions of its globally-distributed users - thus raising the dangers of 'computer-mediated colonisation' ('Disneyfication' - a la Cees Hamelink)."
"This biennial conference series aims to provide an international forum for the presentation and discussion of cutting-edge research on how diverse cultural attitudes shape the implementation and use of information and communication technologies. The conference series brings together scholars from around the globe who provide diverse perspectives, both in terms of the specific culture(s) they highlight in their presentations and discussions, and in terms of the discipline(s) through which they approach the conference theme. The first conference in the series was held in London in 1998. The second conference in the series was held in Perth in 2000."
"Original full papers (especially those which connect theoretical frameworks with specific examples of cultural values, practices, etc.) and short papers (e.g. describing current research projects and preliminary results) are invited. Papers should articulate the connections between specific cultural values as well as current and/or possible future communicative practices involving information and communication technologies. We seek papers which, taken together, will help readers, researchers, and practitioners of computer-mediated communication - especially in the service of 'electronic democracy' - better understand the role of diverse cultural attitudes as hindering and/or furthering the implementation of global computer communications systems."
"Topics of particular interested include but are not limited to:
For additional information, please see <http://www.it.murdoch.edu.au/~sudweeks/catac02/>.
Digital Library -- IT Opportunities and Challenges in the New Millennium, An International Conference, 9 - 11 July 2002, Beijing, China. Call for Papers. Papers must be received by 31 March 2002.
"The rapid advancement of IT and network technology made it possible for people to produce, access, and disseminate information and knowledge through the computer networks. Traditional publishers, information intermediaries, and users of books, magazines, and other publications have started to re-invent and re-position themselves in the broader and the more ubiquitous Digital Library (DL) arena. In light of such an overwhelming challenge and opportunity, the Chinese Ministry of Culture is sponsoring an international conference from July 9 to 11, 2002 in Beijing, China. Entitled Digital Library -- IT Opportunities and Challenges in the New Millennium, 2002, this event is being organized and coordinated by the National Library of China and the Office of the China Digital Library Project (CDLP). As an international conference, we wish to promote and exchange research in advanced technologies, concepts, and practices for the development of DL around the world. In order to encourage international collaboration and cooperation, we invite DL researchers and practitioners to submit research and practice articles."
The conference theme is "promotion of international exchanges and cooperation for the sustainable research and development of digital libraries" and topics include:
For additional information, please see <http://www.nlc.gov.cn/dloc/site/hyzz_en.htm>.
National Leadership Grants for Library-Museum Collaborations, Institute of Museum and Library Services. Call for Grant Applications. The submission deadline is 1 April 2002.
"This program supports three funding categories for libraries, three for museums, and one for joint library-museum partnerships. The joint category, Library-Museum Collaboration, supports innovative projects that model how museums and libraries can work together to expand their service to the public�with emphasis on serving the community, using technology, or enhancing education."
"Successful proposals will have national impact and provide models that can be widely adapted or replicated by others to extend the benefit of federal support. Such proposals will reflect an understanding of current issues and needs related to library services and will have a far-reaching impact throughout the library community. Projects will provide creative solutions on issues of national importance and provide leadership for other organizations."
"To ensure that this program will result in significant benefits to the public, IMLS establishes a set of priorities for each fiscal year for activities listed in the Library Services and Technology Act section of the Museum and Library Services Act. IMLS will consider all proposals on their merits; however, projects that address the program priorities will be given preference for funding. Refer to the program guidelines for the current priorities."
For additional information, please see <http://www.imls.gov/grants/l-m/l-m_lead.asp>.
ICONIP'02, SEAL'02, FSKD'02, 9th International Conference on Neural Information Processing, 4th Asia-Pacific Conference on Simulated Evolution And Learning, 2002 International Conference on Fuzzy Systems and Knowledge Discovery, 18 - 22 November 2002, Convention City, Singapore. Call for Papers. The submission deadline is 30 April 2002.
"ICONIP'02, SEAL'02, and FSKD'02 will be jointly held in 2002. The conferences will not only feature the most up-to-date research results in neural information processing, evolutionary computation, fuzzy systems and knowledge discovery, but also promote cross-fertilization over these exciting and yet closely-related areas...Submissions of papers describing original work in, but not limited to, the following topics are enthusiastically encouraged."
"ICONIP'02, 9th International Conference on Neural Information Processing:
"SEAL'02, 4th Asia-Pacific Conference on Simulated Evolution And Learning:
"FSKD'02, 2002 International Conference on Fuzzy Systems and Knowledge Discovery:
"Special Sessions and Tutorials: The conference will feature special sessions and tutorials on specialized topics of interests. One organizer of each successfully organized special session (with at least 6 papers) will enjoy a 50% discount on the conference registration fee."
For additional information, please see <http://www.ntu.edu.sg/home/nef/>.
High Quality Information For Everyone and What It Costs, 6th European Bielefeld Colloqium, 5 - 7 February 2002, Bielefeld, Germany.
Entitled High Quality Information for Everyone and What It Costs, the Bielefeld 2002 Conference will focus on "key aspects are high quality information for the industry, the popularisation of information, innovative financing strategies for the expensive electronic future of information supply, the future of search engines and the role of libraries in developing IT competence." Attendees should expect presentations from highly qualified experts and representatives from Europe and North America.
Traditionally organized by The British Council, Berlin, and the University of Bielefeld, this year two new partners from The Netherlands, Tilburg University and Ticer B.V., have taken part in organizing the event.
"The aim of the conference is not only to inform our participants about the latest developments but, additionally, to prepare proposals for new developments and to assess the future needs of the use of electronic publications within and via libraries. The expected 500 participants mainly from Europe will represent the German and a good part of the European library community."
"The conference has a good reputation for bringing together the main players from libraries, electronic publishing and information industry, experts who transfer experiences and ideas into practice."
For further information, please see <http://www.ub.uni-bielefeld.de/2002conf/>.
VALA2002: e-volving Information Futures, 6 - 8 February 2002, Melbourne, Australia.
"[The] list of keynote speakers has been deliberately drawn from Asia, America, the U.K. and Europe, to provide a wide vision of evolving and emerging developments in libraries on the world stage. The speakers are experts in their areas of specialisation and have been chosen because of their importance in working with major projects which will be of significant interest to all conference delegates."
"The conference theme of e-volving Information Futures reflects the enormous influence that electronic information is having upon our current work environment, and the outcome has been a majority of papers discussing all aspects of the new e-learning and e-service environment. The extensive list of conference papers has been tailored to include innovative projects and topics of current importance in the library and information technology fields."
"Extending from the last VALA conference, we will again be running a VALA Showcase within the exhibition area, to allow delegates to gain an intimate view of some new IT projects and products being delivered by libraries."
"The Trade Exhibition has been growing steadily over recent years and should prove to be the largest ever, giving delegates the opportunity to view the latest products and services being delivered by library and IT vendors."
For further information, please see <http://www.vala.org.au/conf2002.htm>.
Seminar on Digital Preservation of the Record of Science- state of the art, International Council for Scientific and Technical Information, 14 - 15 February 2002, Paris, France.
ICSTI, the International Council for Scientific and Technical Information, has been encouraging discussion, debate and activity to ensure preservation of the record of Science. With the progressive movement towards digital production and distribution of scientific information, preservation discussions have included:
Objectives of the February meeting, which has received the support of UNESCO, are:
Topics discussed will include:
Who will be interested in the topics discussed?
For further information, please contact ICSTI by email at <[email protected]> or by fax at +33 1 42 15 12 62 .
EduTex Regional Conference: IT-Through HE** or High Water, 20 - 22 February 2002, Austin, Texas, USA.
The following description is from the EduTex conference web site:
"Join EDUCAUSE and your colleagues from the Southwest for EduTex, the second annual EDUCAUSE Southwest Regional Conference for IT professionals in higher education. Technologists, managers, and executives from all higher education institutions in the Southwest—small and large, public and private—are invited to attend this conference.
"This year's theme is IT—Through HE** or High Water. The conference will feature practical, "how-to" sessions, a management and leadership focus, and region-specific issues organized around the following four tracks:
"In addition, corporate and higher education participants will present information on new developments in technology and software."
For further information, please see <http://www.educause.edu/conference/edutex/2002/>.
2001 National Federation of Abstracting and Information Services (NFAIS) Annual Conference, Integrating @ Internet Speed: Strategies for the Content Community, 24 - 27 February 2002, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA.
"NFAIS is a membership organization of more than 50 public and private sector societies, institutions, agencies and corporations who are content producers and aggregators for information intensive STM research communities and professions."
The 44th Annual NFAIS Conference will feature keynotes by:
Panel topics will include:
For further information, please see <http://www.pa.utulsa.edu/nfais.html>.
Online Northwest: promoting innovation and technology in libraries, Oregon University System Library Council, 1 March 2002, Eugene, Oregon, USA.
Online Northwest is a one-day conference focusing on learning about computers and technology in all types of libraries. Four sessions are planned for the conference.
For further information, please see <http://www.ous.edu/onlinenw/index.shtml>.
International Spring School on the Digital Library and E-publishing for Science and Technology, 3 - 8 March 2002, Geneva, Switzerland.
Organized by Ticer B.V. and Tilburg University in co-operation with the CERN Scientific Information Service and the Los Alamos National Laboratory Research Library, the course has been especially developed for librarians in the fields of science and technology. "The course is aimed at providing knowledge support to academic libraries, research libraries, and publishers in the current transitional phase and to identify new roles and opportunities for them. The programme is designed for library managers, librarians, reference librarians, subject specialists, publishers and other information professionals in the fields of science and technology. Advanced libraries will mainly be addressed, without excluding the less technically advanced libraries." Group discussions and workshops will enable participants to apply the new information to their own situation.Course learning objectives are knowledge of:
Subjects covered will include:
For further information, including a detailed programme, the learning objectives, a listing of the international lecturers and their biographies, and administrative details please see the course web site: <http://cwis.kub.nl/~ticer/spring02/index.htm>. Or contact: Ticer B.V. at <[email protected]>.
ALCTS AACR2 and Metadata Institute, 8 - 9 March 2002, San Diego, California, USA.
Developed by the ALCTS Serials Section, Committee to Study Serials Cataloging and the ALCTS Networked Resources and Metadata Committee, this institute builds on the successful preconference on metadata held in Chicago in July 2000.
"Find out the most effective and most efficient options for providing your users with access to print and Web resources. Topics range from library leaders' viewpoints on cataloging in an electronic age to the how-to's of creating records. This institute emphasizes presenting the standards, and especially the practicalities, of dealing with metadata for Web resources and a vision for the future, including AACR2, Dublin Core, ISSN, MARC21, RDF, seriality, XML, W3C and the implementation of new rules, guidelines, and standards."
"A group of acclaimed library professionals and educators has been invited to serve as faculty for the Institutes to give in-depth presentation."
"Participants will have ample opportunity to network and share ideas during the two-day institute. The first day focuses on standard cataloging practices for monographs and serials. The second day considers metadata initiatives and examines alternative approaches to handling metadata, including Dublin Core, ISSN, MARC21, RDF, and XML."
"This Institute is intended for librarians - in public, academic, and special libraries - who are responsible for providing users with access to print publications or electronic resources available over the Web and through on-going publication, whether by cataloging, by collecting, or by designing subject-specific Web pages, or by other means."
For further information, please see <http://www.ala.org/alcts/now/metadata2002.html>.
ACM SAC 2002: Special Track on Database and Digital Library Technologies, 10 - 14 March 2002, Madrid, Spain.
"For the past sixteen years, the ACM Symposium on Applied Computing has been a primary gathering forum for applied computer scientists, computer engineers, software engineers, professionals in the health and biological sciences, and application developers from around the world."
Technical Tracks offered include:
The Special Track on Database and Digital Library Technologies will be a forum for engineers, researchers, and practitioners to share technical ideas and experiences relating to implementation and application of database and digital library technologies and include topics such as:
Digital Library Technologies
For further information, please see <http://www.acm.org/conferences/sac/sac2002/>.
Computers in Libraries 2001, 13 - 15 March 2002, Washington, DC, USA.Computers in Libraries 2002 (CIL 2002) is full of creative, working strategies examples and many practical ideas for what can be accomplished in our libraries and information services. CIL 2002 brings more than 100 knowledgeable speakers to four simultaneous tracks during the conference, plus three dynamic keynotes, pre- and post-conference workshops, and two evening programs. It caters to all interests and all levels of knowledge and provides many exciting networking opportunities.
The four program streams are:
These steams focus on "searching and search engines; intranet portals and knowledge management; creating, preserving and managing digital content; systems tools and techniques, Web design and development; collaborative digital reference; usability testing; e-learning and literacy, and of course; lots and lots more."
In addition to the four simultaneous streams of programs, CIL 2002 provides in-depth coverage of technology and its impact on the practice and practical concerns of librarians, teachers, and school library media specialists in the K-12 education systems. This 2-day specialized conference, Friday, March 15 and Saturday, March 16, is sponsored by MultiMedia Schools and features many experts, practitioners and strategists in the field.
For further information, please see <http://www.infotoday.com/cil2002/default.htm>
NERCOMP 2002 Annual Conference, New Directions in Collaboration: Support, Strategy, Content, Emerging Technologies, and Infrastructure, 17 - 19 March 2002, Worcester, Massachusetts, USA.
NERCOMP "features presentations, discussions, and workshops centered on the challenges facing information technology practitioners on campus. How are new technologies changing the way our institutions' missions are delivered and how, in turn, are the new technologies and new customer expectations changing IT organizations' strategies for organizing the campus infrastructure and our information services and resources?"
"This conference brings together a national audience to discuss topics such as IT architectures, systems, and applications and their impact on student learning, instruction, and the delivery of campus services."
"The 2002 NERCOMP conference will focus on the issues surrounding IT support in a 24 x 7 mode. As students, faculty, and other constituents on campus are using our services 24 hours a day, what are the implications for our support models? What tools can we implement to provide support even while we are not staffed around the clock? What expectations should users have?"
"Join fellow IT managers, staff, librarians, administrators, faculty, and colleagues from throughout the northeast United States and Canada to discuss these questions at NERCOMP this spring."
For further information, please see <http://www.educause.edu/nercomp/2002/index.asp>.
Internet Librarian International, 18 - 20 March 2002, London, United Kingdom.
This is a conference for "information professionals who are using, developing, and embracing Internet, Intranet, and Web-based strategies in their roles as information navigators, Webmasters and Web managers, content evaluators, product developers, searchers, guides, and more. As the premier tools for information managers and librarians, Internet technologies are the focus of this conference. The conference provides an active forum for speakers to explore the exciting range of issues and challenges facing information professionals today and once again includes an extensive exhibition and access to the London Book Fair."
The conference "showcases a mixture of leading edge ideas and tools as well as exciting new technologies -- all focused on information professionals and Internet, Intranet and Web technologies. It features over 75 dynamic speakers in three simultaneous tracks plus 11 workshops." The conference "includes key themes such as navigating the Net, Web design and development, e-learning, Web systems and tools, strategies for dealing with the digital world, communities and intranets, usability and accessibility for Web sites, knowledge management, digitising collections and dealing with e-resources. Catering to leaders and learners, Internet Librarian International 2002 will be of interest to all information professionals."
For further information, please see <http://www.internet-librarian.com/>.
EVA (Electronic Imaging and the Visual Arts) 2002 Florence: The New Renaissance, 25 - 29 March 2002, Florence, Italy.
Who Should Attend?
For further information, please see <http://www.vasari.co.uk/eva/florence/>.
The 6th World Multiconference on Systemics, Cybernetics and Informatics, 14 - 18 July 2002, Orlando, Florida, USA. Call for Papers. The submission deadline is 19 December 2001. For more information, please see <http://www.iiis.org/sci2002/>.
ACM SIGWEB 2002 Hypertext Conference, 11 - 15 June 2002, College Park, Maryland, USA. Call for Participation. The extended deadline for submission is 10 January 2002. For more information, please see <http://www.cs.umd.edu/ht02/>.
American Historical Association 2002 Annual Meeting, 3 - 6 January 2002, San Francisco, California, USA. For more information about the AHA 2002 Annual Meeting, please see <http://www.theaha.org/annual/>.
2002 LITA National Forum - Making Connections, 11 - 13 October 2002, Houston, Texas, USA. Call for Proposals. The submission deadline is 7 January 2002. For more information, please see <http://www.lita.org/forum02/propcall.html>.
Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences (HICSS), 7 - 10 January 2002, Big Island, Hawaii, USA. For more information, please see <http://www.hicss.hawaii.edu/>.
IASSIST 2002 - Accelerating Access, Collaboration and Dissemination, 11 - 15 June 2002, Storrs, Connecticut, USA. Call for Papers. The submission deadline is 11 January 2002. For more information, please see <http://ropercenter.uconn.edu/iassist2002>.
The 3rd Annual Information Architecture Summit - Refining our Craft, sponsored by ASIST, 15 - 17 March 2002, Baltimore, Maryland, USA. Call for Poster Proposals. The submission deadline is 12 January. For more information, please see <http://www.asis.org/Conferences/IA2002/asummit02call.html>.
Joint Conference on Digital Libraries, 14 - 18 July 2002, Portland, Oregon, USA. Call for Papers. The submission deadlines are:
LIVE!@yourlibrary: Building Cultural Communities, American Library Association, ALA Public Programs Office, USA. Request for Proposals. The submission deadlines are 15 January 2002 and 15 March 2002. For more information, please see <www.ala.org/publicprograms/live.html>.
CoLIS4 - Emerging Frameworks and Methods, The Fourth International Conference on Conceptions of Library and Information Science, 21 - 25 July 2002, Seattle, Washington, USA. Call for Papers. The submission deadline is 15 January 2002. For more information, please see <http://colis.ischool.washington.edu/>.
CAIS/ACSI 2002 - Advancing Knowledge: Expanding Horizons for Information Science, 30 May 30 to 1 June 2002, Toronto, Canada. Call for Papers. The submission deadline is 15 January 2002. For more information, please see <http://www.fis.utoronto.ca/cais-acsi2002/>.
INFO'2002 - Information, Knowledge and Society. Challenges of a New Era, 22 - 26 April 2002, Havana, Cuba. Call for OpenTopic Papers. The submission deadline is 15 January 2002. For more information, please see <http://www.congreso-info.cu/venglish.htm>.
ALISE Conference 2002 - Jazz Mosaic: Faculty Recruitment in a New Key, Association for Library and Information Science Education, 15 - 18 January 2002, New Orleans, Louisiana, USA. For more information, please see <http://www.alise.org/nondiscuss/conference_main.html>.
Knowledge Access Management: Tools and Concepts for Next-Generation Catalogers, presented by Loyola University and The OCLC Institute, 17 January 2002, New Orleans, Louisiana, USA. For more information, please see <http://www.oclc.org/institute/events/kam_01-17-2002.htm>.
NLII 2002 - Innovative Practice, Policy, and Partnerships: A New Alignment, National Learning Infrastructure Initiative Annual Meeting, 27 - 29 January 2002, San Diego, California, USA. For more information, please see <http://www.educause.edu/nlii/meetings/sandiego2002/>.
25th ACM SIGIR 2002 Conference: Conference on Research and Development in Information Retrieval, 11 - 15 August 2002, Tampere, Finland. Call for Submissions. The submission deadline is 28 January 2002. For more information, please see <http://www.sigir2002.org/>.
BOBCATSSS 2002 - Human Beings and Information Specialists, 28 - 30 January 2002, Portoroz, Slovenia. For more information, please see <http://www.bobcatsss.de/left.htm>.
OCLC Systems & Services, an Online Computer Library Center journal. Request for submissions. The deadline is 31 January 2002. For more information, please contact Sheau-Hwang Chang, <[email protected]>, Editor, OCLC S&S, Librarian, Bridgewater State College, Bridgewater, Massachusetts.
Trans-European Telecommunication Networks for Access to Europe's Cultural Heritage, TEN-Telecom, Directorate-General Information Society, The European Commission. Call for Project Proposals. The submission deadline is 31 January 2002. For more information, please see <http://www.ten-telecom.org/en/projprofiles20012.html#TI-2.2>.
American Library Association Poster Sessions, ALA 2002 Annual Meeting, 15 - 17 June 2002, Atlanta, Georgia, USA. Call for Poster Sessions. The submission deadline is 31 January 2002. For more information, please see <http://www.lib.iastate.edu/ala/>.
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