Recruitment, Retention & Restructuring: Human Resources in Academic Libraries, A White Paper by the Ad Hoc Task Force on Recruitment & Retention Issues, Final Draft. Association of College & Research Libraries Personnel Administrators & Staff Development Officers Discussion Group.
Excerpt from the Executive Summary.
"Librarianship is experiencing a labor gap between increasing demand for library and information science professionals and a declining supply of qualified individuals � resulting in an increasing number of unsuccessful recruitment efforts."
"In response to these developments, the Personnel Administrators and Staff Development Officers Discussion Group of the Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) established the Ad Hoc Task Force on Recruitment and Retention Issues in early 2001 to examine how academic libraries can successfully recruit and retain professionals in an increasingly competitive environment. This white paper addresses the twin issues of recruitment to the profession and recruitment to academic libraries in particular and documents the topics of discussion, presents questions, and compiles various strategies for enhancing recruitment and retention efforts."
For further information, please see <http://www.ala.org/acrl/recruit-wp.html>.
Press Release: May 29, 2002, Washington - "The National Academies expects to complete the first phase of its science and technology counterterrorism study in late June. The study, which is aimed at helping the Bush administration use the nation's scientific and technical resources most effectively to counter potential terrorist threats, is co-chaired by Lewis Branscomb, professor emeritus at Harvard University's John F. Kennedy School of Government and Richard Klausner, executive director of global health at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. The first phase addresses risks and research needs in key areas of vulnerability: human, animal, and agricultural health systems; toxic chemicals and explosive materials; nuclear and radiological hazards; information technology; transportation and distribution systems; energy systems; cities and fixed infrastructure; people; and interdependent systems. The study also will examine the means for setting technical goals and identify how interagency coordination might be improved."
For more information, please see <http://www4.nationalacademies.org/onpi/news.nsf/0a254cd9b53e0bc585256777004e74d3/
Proceedings from the 5th International Conference on Virtual Communities, 17 - 18 June 2002, London, United Kingdom.
This conference was intended as an opportunity for attendees and speakers to share best practices. With a focus on virtual communities, 20 highly selective presentations or panels on the following topics were sought: Revenue Models; Rules, Policies and Enforcement; Training and Recruitment; Traffic Stimulation and Measurement; Business Communities; Choosing Tools and Software; Standards, and Codes of Conduct; Community Management; Design considerations for dial-up / broadband / wireless; Communities as pressure groups; Communities and the corporate intranet; Learning communities; Building communities around media properties; Community benefits -- a view from a panel of community members.
Information about the conference is located at <http://www.infonortics.com/vc/vc2002/vc02-announce.html>. The conference proceedings are located at <http://www.infonortics.com/vc/index.html>.
Publishing in the Knowledge Economy, Competitiveness analysis of the UK publishing media, UK-publishing.info.
"This report and Action Plan was commissioned by the DTI and the project co-managed by the DTI and UK Publishing Media (UKPM), an alliance of the Newspaper Society (NS), the Newspaper Publishers Association (NPA), The Periodical Publishers Association (PPA) and the Publishers Association (PA)."
"The project was wide ranging, encompassing books, national and regional newspapers, magazines, journals, newsletters, business information, directory and database publishing and Internet publishing...Some of the key issues for the competitiveness of the UK Publishing Media sector covered in the report include:
For more information, please see <http://www.uk-publishing.info/>.
How Academic Librarians Can Influence Students' Web-Based Information Choices, OCLC White Paper on the Information Habits of College Students, June 2002.
"This study concentrates on the web-based information habits of college students and their use of campus library websites, in particular, finding that college and university students look to campus libraries and library websites for their information needs. As confident and savvy users of electronic information resources, college students value access to accurate, up-to-date information with easily identifiable authors. They are aware of the shortcomings of information available from the web and of their needs for assistance in finding information in electronic or paper formats."
For more information, please see <http://www2.oclc.org/oclc/pdf/printondemand/informationhabits.pdf>.
Point to Point
Papers on Document Imaging and Records Management, Archive Builders.
The materials found at the Archive Builders site are used in the UCLA Extension and other classes. They are available free for download courtesy of Archive Builders at <http://www.ArchiveBuilders.com>. Course materials are available free for self-study on the Internet in the form of white papers and slides.
See <http://www.ArchiveBuilders.com> for copies of course descriptions as well as information regarding current courses and offerings.
Scholarly Electronic Publishing Bibliography, Version 43, by Charles W. Bailey, Jr., June 21, 2002.
Charles W. Bailey, Jr., Assistant Dean for Systems, University Libraries, University of Houston, has announced the availability of Version 43 of his periodical bibliography. The selective bibliography presents over 1,550 articles, books, electronic documents, and other sources and is focused on scholarly electronic publishing efforts on the Internet and other networks. Where available, Bailey provides links to sources listed in the bibliography.
The bibliography is located at <http://info.lib.uh.edu/sepb/sepb.html>. It is available in HTML, PDF, and Microsoft Word formats.
Managing the 21st Century Academic Library: A Bibliography, by Bernie Sloan in the Graduate School of Library and Information Science at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
This bibliography pulls together items resulting from Bernie Sloan's "interest in the library of the future, especially regarding the management of the 21st century academic library." He posts this bibliography hoping that it may be useful to those who share an interest in this topic.
"For the most part, this bibliography focuses on academic libraries. The entries in this bibliography generally date from about 1995 forward, about the time that the Internet and the World Wide Web began to impact academic libraries. There are some items that don�t deal specifically with academic libraries, and there are some items that predate 1995. These have been included because [he] found them generally useful."
"This is a work in progress. Most of my focus so far has been on items that are freely available on the Web. I will be adding more print-based items as I begin searching abstracting and indexing databases for other resources." The bibliography is located at <http://www.lis.uiuc.edu/~b-sloan/future.htm>.
Metadata Object Description Schema (MODS), Library of Congress.
June 14, 2002 - "The Library of Congress' Network Development and MARC Standards Office, with interested experts, has developed a schema for a bibliographic element set that may be used for a variety of purposes, and particularly for library applications. As an XML schema, the Metadata Object Description Schema (MODS) is intended to be able to carry selected data from existing MARC 21 records as well as to enable the creation of original resource description records. It includes a subset of MARC fields and uses language-based tags rather than numeric ones, in some cases regrouping elements from the MARC 21 bibliographic format. MODS is expressed using the XML schema language of the World Wide Web Consortium. The standard is maintained by the Network Development and MARC Standards Office of the Library of Congress with input from users."
"MODS, version 1.2, is now available for trial use. It will remain stable for approximately six months beginning June 11, 2002, during which time we invite comments as a result of experimentation."
For more information, please see <http://www.loc.gov/standards/mods/>.
Electronic Sources of Information: A Bibliography, July 1, 2002 by Marian Dworaczek, Head, Acquisitions Department, and Head, Technical Services Division, University of Saskatchewan Libraries.
"The latest edition of the 'Subject Index to Literature on Electronic Sources of Information' is available at: <http://library.usask.ca/~dworacze/SUBJIN_A.HTM>."
"The page-specific Subject Index to Literature on Electronic Sources of Information and the accompanying Electronic Sources of Information: A Bibliography (listing all indexed items) deal with all aspects of electronic publishing and include print and non-print materials, periodical articles, monographs and individual chapters in collected works. This edition includes over 1,415 titles. Both the Index and the Bibliography are continuously updated."
The Introduction, which includes sample search and instructions how to use the Subject Index and the Bibliography, is located at <http://library.usask.ca/~dworacze/SUB_INT.HTM>.
For more information, please see <http://library.usask.ca/~dworacze/SUB_INT.HTM>.
HEDS 2002 Conference: Developing the Digital Collection, 26 June 2002, London, United Kingdom. Conference papers and presentations now available online.
"The 3rd annual HEDS Conference was held at the British Library and attended by over 140 people from all sectors of the library, museum and heritage community in Europe. The focus of the conference was digitisation or digital library developments. The results of the HEDS study on Charging Models for Digital Cultural Heritage were described for the first time in the UK. The METAe project also showed the first prototype of an engine for automated creation of metadata from printed materials."
The available papers "span international perspectives, strategic issues, projects and experience from some of the foremost expert practitioners in the field of digitisation and digital library development."
For more information, please see <http://heds.herts.ac.uk/conf2002/conf2002.html>.
Calls for Participation
Computers in Libraries 2003, 12 - 14 March 2003, Washington, DC, USA. Call for Papers. The deadline for submission is 1 August 2002.
"What are your key challenges in the year ahead? Certainly they relate to technology! Join us at a comprehensive conference for librarians interested in technology. Information Today Inc., a key provider of technology conferences for more than twenty years with InfoToday (formerly National Online Meeting), Internet Librarian, and KMWorld & Intranets, is pleased to announce the 18th Annual Computers in Librariesa comprehensive North American conference and exhibition concentrating on all aspects of library technology. The conference offers a multifaceted program designed to meet the needs of librarians, information managers, systems professionals, Webmasters and Web managers, content evaluators, intranet strategists, portal creators, and information specialists. The focus of the conference is on leading edge technology which is transforming library operations, products and services, and roles within all types and sizes of library and information services."
"Computers in Libraries caters to all interests and all levels of knowledge, offering four simultaneous tracks plus many workshops, networking opportunities, and an extensive exhibit hall. This year�s tracks and themes will encompass: Integrating Systems and the Net; Navigating, Searching, and Finding Strategies; Managing Content and E-Resources, Web Tools and Technology, Portals, Search Engines, Case Studies of Internet and Intranet Librarians, Digital/Virtual Library Services, Library Automation and Infrastructure, Managing Knowledge Assets, E-Learning and Training, Web Design and Development, Streaming Multimedia, Public and School Libraries, E-Books, and more. Speakers are knowledgeable, authoritative and focus on practical applications and case studies as well as technical and managerial issues. Please consider sending us a proposal to speak. To the right are some of the topics we hope to cover, but don�t let this list limit your imagination! We look forward to hearing from you."
For more information, please see <http://www.infotoday.com/cil2003/>.
Serials in the Park: Blazing Diverse Trails in the Information Forest, North American Serials Interest Group (NASIG) 18th Annual Conference, 26 - 29 June 2003, Portland, Oregon, USA. Call for Papers. The deadline for submission is 1 August 2002.
"In the past, librarians, vendors and publishers have played carefully defined roles in the delivery of serial-based information. These roles are rapidly changing as digital platforms become more and more accessible and accepted. Integration and shifting of roles and the effect of globalization are having a very real impact on the serials environment."
"The 2003 Program Planning Committee invites original proposals for pre-conference, plenary, concurrent and workshop sessions that support this year�s conference theme- Serials in the Park: Blazing Diverse Trails in the Information Forest. This year�s theme underscores the variety of formats, emerging technologies, and newly entering as well as continuing providers in the field who partner together to offer opportunities that we commonly know as serials and serials services. Just as parks can grow into beautifully complex forests, these products and services continue to transform shape and purpose; what we define as a serial continues to evolve. As we explore and navigate the forest of serials and their supporting services, the species of trees and the landscape itself are changing before our eyes. Today�s colleagues are often those we do not recognize as the traditional serialist; therefore, we must form synergies as we explore these trails together."
"NASIG's annual conference provides participants with an open and collegial forum to discuss current and relevant issues and to meet colleagues who are involved in various aspects of the serials information chainfrom publication to presentation, from promotion to preservation. The conference is an opportunity for participants to exchange information about serial publications, trends, issues, innovations and other related topics. The conference proceedings are published in both electronic and print formats."
For more information, please see <http://nasig.org/public/NASIGCallforpapers2003.htm>.
Linking Digital Libraries with Virtual Learning Environments (DiLVLE Programme), JISC. Call for Projects. The deadline for full proposals is 20 August 2002.
JISC has announced "a call for a number of pilot projects of up to 10 months in length, designed to explore issues of linking institutional digital library systems and resources to virtual learning environments (VLE). Some projects will consider technical issues whilst others are expected to consider the cultural and organisational issues of VLE - digital library linkage."
For more information, please see <http://www.jisc.ac.uk/pub02/c07_02.html>.
Bobcatsss 2003, Information Policy and the European Union, 3 - 5 February 2003, Torun, Poland. Call for Papers. The deadline for submission of abstracts is 15 September 2002.
"Bobcatsss is a symposium for information specialists. Every year this symposium is organised by two groups of students from Europe. This year students from Amsterdam and Poland organised Bobcatsss."
"Workshops. This year's symposium is aiming for a high amount of interactive behaviour of between participants. We think workshops are the way to achieve this. Therefore, we strongly recommend our speakers organise workshops instead of lectures. In this way, we hope to enhance the exchange of knowledge between the participants."
"Lectures. If you would like to give a lecture, we would appreciate it if you include a statement with your abstract/ paper. This statement is meant to start a discussion between the speaker and the participants in the end of the lecture."
Possible subtopics of the overall conference main theme Information Policy and the European Union follow. This list of topics is not meant to be exhaustive. Any submissions within the overall conference topic are welcome.
For more information, please see <http://www.bobcatsss.com/>.
Mapping Technology on Libraries and People (MTLP), 10th National Convention for Automation of Libraries in Education and Research Institutes, INFLIBNET, 14 - 16 February 2003, Shillong, Meghalaya, India. Call for Papers. The deadline for submission is 30 November 2002.
"INFLIBNET is an autonomous Inter-University Centre of the University Grants Commission (UGC) of India. It is a major National Programme initiated by the UGC in 1991 with its Head Quarters at Gujarat University Campus, Ahmedabad. Initially started as a project under the IUCAA, it became an independent Inter-University Centre in 1996. INFLIBNET is involved in modernizing university libraries in India and connecting them as well as information centres in the country through a nation-wide high speed data network using the state-of-art technologies for the optimum utilisation of information. INFLIBNET is set out to be a major player in promoting scholarly communication among academicians and researchers in India."
Main Theme: Mapping Technology on Libraries and People (MTLP). "The advancement in the field of information technology has vast impact on every aspect of life. Libraries and information Centers too are effected a great deal. It is providing both opportunities and challenges to the profession. Those who adopt these technologies are in a better position to provide effective services to the users. It appears, judging by the order of the day, that all those predictions about how the 'paper' world is going to disappear beyond recognisation by computers and digital networks are slowly coming true by maping libraries and their users. Libraries in India need to gear up and adopt and adjust to the new and emerging digital landscapes."
"Library Automation. Even after a decade of automation process in university libraries in the country, it did not reach to expectations of the user community. It is right time to assess the various issues and find out the solutions to accelerate the library automation in the country. Keeping in view, the latest development in the IT sector and its implications, following items have been covered under Library automation: Emerging Technologies; Role of INFLIBNET; Standards and formats; Software and hardware; Library Networking; Databases; Web OPACs; Automation scenario in academic libraries."
"Consortia. It is new and emerging trend. It is evolving rapidly in India. The activities of the consortia are having a considerable influence on the libraries in western countries. Some of the services under consortia are collective subscription of journals for whole academic libraries in India, which is cost effective and of immense benefit to users: Multiple Licensing Policy; Accessibility; Copyrights Issues; Archives; Pricing Model for academic libraries; Technological Challenges."
"Telecommunication. Telecommunication has brought revolution in delivering information in network environment. Information seekers can easily access the information by using the latest technology. Librarians are effectively using these tools to transfer the information from remote places, which save the time of users: LAN/ WAN - Backbone; Network Management; Network Security; Latest trends; Convergence of computer, communication and multimedia; Challenges and Solutions for Remote Areas including North East."
"User studies. This brings in to focus technological issues, accessibility, relationship between users and Libraries. Libraries carry out large number of activities, each of which implies a slightly different relationship with users. Activities such as retrieval skills for extracting information from electronic resources has become pivotal role for librarians in twenty first century: Web search strategy/behaviour; Web search Engines; Retrieval System and Web Mining; Use of Web based Information Resources; Services to Remote Population including North East."
For additional information, please see <http://www.inflibnet.ac.in/calibers/caliber03.html>.
24th International Association of Libraries and Museums of the Performing Arts (SIBMAS): Performing Arts Collections and Their Treatment, 2 - 7 September 2002, Rome, Italy.
"Museums, libraries, archives and others involved in collecting and preserving the performing arts documentation are confronted with major problems concerning development policies and organisation of spaces, preservation and digitalisation of the collections, cataloguing standards for special materials, development and use of online catalogues. Since 1954, SIBMAS organises a biennial international conference to facilitate the exchange of information." Topics of interest will include:
For further information, please see <http://www.theatrelibrary.org/sibmas/sibmas.html>.
Digital Resources for the Humanities (DRH 2002), 8-11 September 2002, Edinburgh, Scotland, United Kingdom.
The annual Digital Resources for the Humanities (DRH) conference is a forum "for all those involved in, and affected by, the digitization of our cultural heritage: the scholar creating or using an electronic resource to further research; the teacher gathering Web resources into an online learning environment; the publisher or broadcaster integrating print or analogue with the digital to reach new audiences; the librarian, curator or archivist wishing to improve both access to and conservation of the digital information that characterizes contemporary culture and scholarship; the computer or information scientist seeking to apply new developments to the creation, exploitation and management of humanities resources. A volume of selected papers from the conferences is published annually by the Office for Humanities Communication at King's College London."
"The academic programme of the conference will comprise academic papers, panel discussions, and poster presentations. An exhibition of products and services of interest to participants will form an important part of the conference. The conference is known for its friendly atmosphere and welcomes developers and users of digital resources from, amongst others, universities, libraries, archives, museums, galleries, broadcasters, publishers and community groups." The conference social programme has been designed to encourage informal discussion and opportunities to make lasting contacts with members of the different groups represented.
For additional information, please see <http://www.drh.org.uk/>.
ADBIS 2002: Sixth East-European Conference on Advances in Databases and Information Systems, 8 - 11 September 2002, Bratislava, Slovakia.
"The main objective of the ADBIS series of conferences is to provide a forum for the dissemination of research accomplishments and promote interaction and collaboration between the Database and Information Systems research communities from Central and East European countries and the rest of the world. The ADBIS conferences provide an international platform for the presentation of research on database theory, development of advanced DBMS technologies, and their advanced applications."
Building on the preceding ADBIS conferences, this 6th ADBIS conference "will consist of regular sessions with technical contributions reviewed and selected by an international program committee, as well as of invited talks and tutorials given by leading scientists. The official language of the conference will be English."
For additional information, please see <http://www.dcs.elf.stuba.sk/adbis2002/>.
Information Seeking in Context (ISIC) 2002: 4th International Conference on Information Needs, Seeking and Use in Different Contexts, 11 - 13 September 2002, Lisbon, Portugal.
"The fourth ISIC 2002 Conference in Lisbon is an opportunity to hear results of the latest research in the field of information seeking, to debate methodological issues and to discuss emerging and further areas of research. The themes of the conference will be as following:
For more information, please see <http://www.lis.ulusiada.pt/isic/>.
ECDL 2002: 6th European Conference on Digital Libraries, 16 - 18 September 2002, Rome, Italy.
ECDL focuses on digital libraries and associated technical, practical, and social issues and addresses the needs of a large and diverse constituency, which includes practitioners, researchers, educators, policy makers and users.
"The focus of ECDL 2002 is on underlying principles, methods, systems and tools to build and make available effective digital libraries to end users. Integration of methods, services, systems and interoperability across different data structures, metadata and components are key issues that will be addressed by ECDL 2002. This annual event is going to be combined with a number of satellite scientific events, sponsored and organized by the DELOS Network of Excellence on Digital Libraries, an initiative funded by the EU FP5 Information Society Technologies programme, which aims at contributing to the creation of a European digital library research community, encompassing all the various technology and application fields."
Topics include the following broad areas:
"Research. Significant research results on all aspects of digital libraries, focusing on integration of methods, interoperability across different services, data and metadata structures and algorithms, information and text mining, knowledge and multimedia content management, validation also through implementation and use, as well as evaluation.
Policy. Discussion of significant policy issues related to the design, operation, and economics of digital libraries.
System. Systems issues in the design, implementation, and operation of building digital libraries, preferably based on prototypes and strongly backed by practical experience.
Experience/Evaluation. Analysis of actual implementations of end user interaction with digital libraries in different application areas, possibly including contributions from the Humanities, Semiotics, and other areas.
Fundamentals. Studies associating digital libraries with previous areas of thought and discourse. This explicitly includes topics within the realms of Library/Information Science and Philosophy. However, contributions in this area, as with the other areas, must be accessible to the range of conference attendees, including the more practical outlook of system developers."
For more information, please see <http://www.ecdl2002.org/>.
"The aim of the Workshop is to bring together researchers, practitioners, graduate students, and IT developers with expertise and interest in building Web archives. The workshop will provide a forum for interaction among librarians, archivists, academic researchers and industrial researchers interested in establishing effective methods and developing improved solution for Web archiving. The morning session is intended to present state of the art of research and development in this area. The afternoon session is intended to give a broad view on current web archiving projects and to identify a collaboration agenda in this area between research team, heritage institutions and IT corporation."
For more information, please see <http://listes.cru.fr/wws/d_read/web-archive/pgr_ECDL2002.html>.
I-KOMAT2002: International Workshop on Intelligent Knowledge Management Techniques, 16 - 18 September 2002, Crema, Italy.
"International Workshop on Intelligent Knowledge Management Techniques (I-KOMAT� 2002) is a technical forum for exchanging current and future research results /ideas involving Computational Intelligence for identification, analysis and control of knowledge assets and processes. The scope of I-KOMAT� 2002 covers both design and application aspects of various Artificial Intelligence Techniques like Artificial Neural Networks, Fuzzy Systems, Evolutionary algorithms, Hybrid systems, Agents, Support Vector Machine etc...I-KOMAT� 2002 offers an Interdisciplinary Platform to all researchers, developers and practitioners dealing with AI based modeling, ontology and planning techniques supporting knowledge management."
For more information, please see <http://www-mugc.cc.monash.edu.au/~maum/i-komat02.htm>.
MAX 2002 International Conference: Musical Application Using XML, 19 - 20 September 2002, Milan, Italy.
"This conference will focus on XML application concerning music representation. The XML language could be a meta-representation of music information for describing and processing music information within a multi-layered environment, for achieving integration among structural, symbolic, score, MIDI, and digital sound levels of representation. Furthermore, the focus is on how the XML language could integrate music representation with already defined and accepted common standards."
"The conference focuses on research results by the groups involved in music application of XML. Furthermore, this conference seeks to promote discussion and interaction between researchers, practitioners, developers, companies, users of tools, technology transfer experts, and project managers. Of particular interest is the exchange of concepts, prototypes, research ideas, and other results which could both contribute to the academic arena and also benefit business and the industrial community."
For more information, please see <http://www.lim.dsi.unimi.it/max2002/>.
ECKM 2002: 3rd European Conference on Knowledge Management, 24 - 25 September 2002, Dublin, Ireland.
"ECKM provides a valuable opportunity for academics and practitioners from Europe and elsewhere who are involved in the study, management, development and implementation of knowledge management to come together and exchange ideas. The conference encourages research papers covering a wide range of knowledge management issues, both theoretical and practical as well as case studies." Topics may include but are not limited to:
For more information, please see <http://www.mcil.co.uk/2h-eckm2002-home.htm>
10th Biennial OLAC Conference: Electronic and Media Cataloging for the 21st Century, 27 - 29 September 2002, St. Paul, Minnesota, USA.
"The OnLine Audiovisual Catalogers Conference 2002 Local Arrangements and Program Committees invite all OLAC members to make plans to attend the 2002 OLAC Conference." Please visit the OLAC website at <http://www.bothmann.org/OLAC/> for complete information on keynote speakers, workshop descriptions, workshop leader biographies, poster presentations, the cruise, and important registration and logistics information.
EDUCAUSE 2002 Annual Conference: Juggling Opportunities in Collaborative Environments, 1 - 4 October 2002, Atlanta, Georgia, USA.
"At EDUCAUSE 2002, the EDU Odyssey continues. More than ever, we feel the forces of unrelenting change in all aspects of our professional and personal lives. Often it feels as if the balance, timing, and nimbleness of a professional juggler are as much a part of a successful skill set as technical ability! What new 'opportunities' will arise that will demand attention? What new discoveries lie ahead that will shape and reshape our destiny? How do we manage the competing imperatives?"
"Information technology is now well understood as a strategic resource in higher education, a driving force in enabling change. Information technology continues to transform teaching, learning, scholarship, research, business and administrative practices and our relationships with students, alumni, and many other constituents."
"We look forward to an excellent program for EDUCAUSE 2002 in Atlanta. We know the quality of the presentations, the networking with peers, and the sharing of ideas will provide us all an invigorating experience."
For further information, please see <http://www.educause.edu/conference/e2002/>.
2002 LITA National Forum: Making Connections, 10 - 13 October 2002, Houston, Texas, USA. Registration is limited to 500.
"Information technology in libraries today is all about making connections -- technical/physical ones, connections among resources, connections between users and resources, and connections with peers working on these important issues. The Forum Committee is particularly interested in presentations on the forging of these connections in today�s library and information environment. Proposals on all aspects of library and information technology are welcome."
Presentations have been selected to emphasize a technological focus and for their pertinence to libraries their interest to librarians. Topics have been selected to include, but not be limited to:
For further information, please see <http://www.lita.org/forum02/>.
ISMIR 2002 - 3rd International Conference on Music Information Retrieval, 13 - 17 October 2002, Paris, France.
"The annual ISMIR Conference is an international forum for those involved in the tremendous growth of music-related contents available digitally, locally or remotely, through networks."
"This area presents vast challenges for those who need to organize and structure, provide tools to search and retrieve, and use them efficiently: music representation, when it exists, is multi-dimensional and time-dependent; audio instantiations are voluminous objects requiring particular care for storage and transmission while preserving quality; descriptive information about what is musically significant addresses a large spectrum of internal and external characteristics, from acoustic to musicological ones; intellectual property rights about what can be made available and how are complex, involve a variety of individuals and organizations, and vary from country to country."
"All of these concerns are of interest to education, academia, entertainment and industry. This conference thus aims at providing a place for the exchange of news, issues and results, by bringing together researchers and developers, educators and librarians, students and professional users, working in fields that may contribute significantly to this multidisciplinary domain, by presenting original theoretical or practical work in peer-reviewed contributions (papers, posters), serve as a discussion forum (panels), provide in-depth information in specific domains (tutorials), and show current products (exhibit)."
The full preliminary program including the list of selected papers and posters/short papers, as well as the tutorials and panels is now available at <http://ismir2002.ircam.fr/program.html>. For other details and information about the conference, please see <http://ismir2002.ircam.fr/>.
Fourth All-Russian Scientific Conference RDCL 2002, Digital Libraries: Advanced Methods and Technologies, Digital Collections, 15 - 17 October 2002, Dubna.
"Digital Libraries (DL) is a field of research and development aiming to promote the theory and practice of processing, dissemination, storage, search and analysis of various digital data. Digital Libraries acting as knowledge depositories can be considered as complex information systems, development and use of which require solution of numerous scientific, technological, methodological, economic, legal and other issues. Digital Libraries technologies are rapidly developing. Challenges in semantics, integration of information, perception and presentation of various kinds of data call for significant innovations. Development of Digital Libraries technologies is becoming more and more essential for raising of the standards of health care, education, science and economy, as well as the quality of life on the whole. Projects devoted to generation of the digital form of the information concerning the Earth, Universe, Literature, Art, Environment and Humans, accumulated by the humanity, are examples of the intensive development of global information repositories."
Hosted by the Russian Foundation for Basic Research Joint Institute for Nuclear Research and the Moscow ACM SIGMOD Chapter, "RCDL'2002 is the fourth conference on this subject...The principal objective of the series of conference is to promote the constituting of a community of Russian experts involved in researches related to Digital Libraries. The Conference offers such a community an opportunity to discuss ideas and outcomes and to make contacts for closer cooperation. The Conference also promotes the study of international experience, development of the international cooperation on Digital Libraries. In view of this, papers describing the advanced directions of research and development [have been] welcomed. Much attention [has been] paid to pilot applications and digital collections developed within the RFBR projects on Digital Libraries and other programmes."
For further information, please see <http://rcdl2002.jinr.ru/news.htm>.
School for Scanning: Creating, Managing, and Preserving Digital Assets, Northeast Document Conservation Center, 16 - 18 October 2002, The Hague, The Netherlands.
"What is the School for Scanning? This conference provides current and essential information for collections managers who are seeking to create, manage, and preserve digital assets. Participants will leave the conference better equipped to make informed choices regarding management of their digital projects. Although significant technical content will be presented, this is not a technician-training program. Conference content will include:
"Who Should Attend? Administrators within cultural institutions, as well as librarians, archivists, curators, and other cultural or natural resource managers dealing with paper-based collections, including photographs, will find the School for Scanning conference highly relevant and worthwhile. The complexion of this conference evolves with the technology. Although an audience of 150+ attendees is expected, the number of North American participants will be limited to 20."
"The conference, which will be presented entirely in English, is funded in part by The Council on Library and Information Resources (CLIR) and the Online Computer Library Center (OCLC). It is co-sponsored by the European Commission on Preservation and Access (ECPA) and the Koninklijke Bibliotheek - The National Library of the Netherlands (KB)."
For further information, please see <http://www.nedcc.org/hague/hague1.htm>.
Gaining independence with e-prints archives and OAI, 17 - 19 October 2002, Geneva, Switzerland.
"Online scholarly publishing is revolutionizing scholarly communication. The Open Archives Initiative (OAI), the Budapest Open Access Initiative, and SPARC's "Gaining Independence" document (http://www.arl.org/sparc/GI) are leading the way in this transformation process. There is ample opportunity for others to enter as the momentum gathers pace. At this historical moment, LIBER, SPARC-Europe and CERN Library are organizing a workshop in order to guide individuals and institutions interested in joining the momentum."
"This conference will guide individuals and institutions interested in pursuing open-access solutions for scholarly communication initiatives through the process of conceiving, implementing and maintaining an e-print archive or OAI-compliant repository. Both institutional archives and discipline-based aggregators will be covered; the conference will address equally the technical and organizational aspects of creating and maintaining such repositories. In addition to a general introduction to the open-access concept, there will be presentations of case studies and an extensive discussion section."
"The audience for this conference includes: university administrators, department heads and faculty; academic and scientific society officials and publishing chairs; academic journal editors and editorial board members; publishers; government bureaucrats responsible for innovation in scholarship and publishing; librarians; technical services staff; and others with an interest in open access for scholarly communication."
"Attendees will leave the conference with a solid technical knowledge for creating and maintaining OAI-compliant repositories of scholarly documents. There will also be a focus on the political side of implementation: introducing the concept of a repository into an institution, and negotiating with various groups within the community to assure its success. Attendees will also be exposed to related initiatives aimed at reforming scholarly communications, such as SPARC and the Budapest Open Access Initiative."
"The workshop is sponsored by SPARC (Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition), JISC (Joint Information Systems Committee), OSI (Open Society Institute), and ESF (European Science Foundation)."
For further information, please see <http://library.cern.ch/Announcement.htm>.
Brick and Click Libraries: Changes and Challenges, A Regional Academic Library Symposium, 18 October 2002, Maryville, Missouri, USA.
"Meeting the needs of library staff and users in the 21st century is the focus of the symposium. Have you been looking for an opportunity to present (or present and publish)? Would you like to discuss issues regarding collection development and acquisitions, technical services, interlibrary loan, access services, reference services, instruction, and the Web? Together we will share strategies for addressing changes and challenges in academic libraries."
For more information, please see <http://www.nwmissouri.edu/library/pr/symposium/2002.htm>.
Institutional Repositories: A Workshop on Creating an Infrastructure for Faculty-Library Partnerships, ARL-SPARCj-CNI, 18 October 2002, Washington, D.C., USA.
"Co-sponsored by ARL, SPARC, and CNI, this event will help academic and research library and IT directors and their senior staffs begin planning for the implementation of repositories designed to house faculty works, such as articles, data sets, images, video, and courseware. We encourage you to invite a faculty member from your institution, for example, the chair of your library advisory committee or the institution's scholarly communication committee. Multiple participants from an institution are encouraged."
"Speakers will be from institutions that are planning and implementing institutional repositories. The workshop will focus on the cultural and management dimensions of establishing an institutional repository, rather than on technical matters. Expected outcomes for participants are an understanding of:
For more information, please see <http://www.arl.org/ir2002.html>.
14th International Chemical Information Conference & Exhibition, 20 - 23 October 2002, Nîmes, France.
What is this conference about? The conference concentrates each year on current trends and progress in scientific and technical information. This year, particular areas of topical interest concern the roles and futures of traditional STI vendors in the networked age and value-added services in areas such as information identification and analysis. The conference has a bias towards chemical and patent information and the programme, together with the 18 exhibitors, enables those supplying or using scientific and technical information services to sense the current state of the domain.
Who should attend? Professionals within organisations who have a responsibility for selecting, monitoring or evaluating information tools or services and professionals engaged in the supply of scientific and technical information.
What should attendees expect to gain? An overall appreciation of the state of the industry as of mid 2002. The discovery of 3-4 interesting but previously unknown products or significant ideas. An opportunity to create additional long-term networking with colleagues.
For further information, please see <http://www.infonortics.com/chemical/index.html>.
National Convention on Library and Information Networking (NACLIN 2002): Bridging the Divide, Delnet, 21 - 24 October 2002, Kochi, Kerala, India.
"The revolution in information technology (IT) has transformed the world in a short time. India also has made a good deal of contribution in this field and has risen to considerable eminence in the world. Yet, in India the impact of information technology has not reached every sphere of activity or every individual. The same is the case with many developing countries."
"The existing IT infrastructure in the developing countries is out of date in most of the cases. With rapid changes taking place in the IT sector, institutions and individuals in the under developed and developing countries cannot afford to buy new hardware and software or upgrade their communication links regularly. Also, access to digital resources is not always free or cheaply available. Therefore those who can afford to buy new infrastructure and can access [the] best digital resources become more advanced and those who can't, are at a disadvantage. It is therefore necessary to see how we can bridge this divide that is shaping between the digitally rich and the digitally poor nations, institutions and individuals. In this context, a national convention on "Bridging the Digital Divide" has thus been considered appropriate for NACLIN 2002."
"The objective of NACLIN 2002 is to focus on the Digital Divide. Participants will have the opportunity to exchange their experiences and share their ideas by interacting with peers. The convention is an ideal professional platform to discuss the various aspects of digitalization of libraries, identification of gaps and views on finding solutions to bridge the gap."
The first two days of this four-day conference are exclusively designed for tutorials conducted by experts. The subsequent two days will focus on the Digital Divide theme, which is divided into the following sub-themes:
For additional information, please see <http://www.cusat.ac.in/naclin2002.htm>.
First Nordic Conference on Scholarly Communication, 22 - 24 October 2002, Lund (22 - 23 October) and Copenhagen (24 October), Denmark.
"Throughout the world many initiatives and developments that fundamentally affect the conditions for scholarly publication and communication are underway. The Public Library of Science petition has been signed by a large amount of researchers and there is a rapid increase in the number of self-archiving initiatives initiated by researchers. The academic library has a key role to play in relation to these new developments. This means however that we must adapt our services and, in many cases, take upon us the additional roles of publishers and providers of infra-structural and technical solutions for the presentation and preservation of academic content. Publishers are both threatened and thrilled by recent developments and a myriad of new forms of cooperation and collaboration between scholars, libraries, publishers and vendors are emerging."
"In order to discuss, present and analyze the problems and challenges that are arising within scholarly communication Lund University Libraries, Denmark's Electronic Research Library, Danish Research Library Association and Novo Nordisk Library and Information Centre invite scholars, publishers, vendors, editors, librarians and other interested to the First Nordic Conference on Scholarly Communication 22 � 24 October 2002. The conference will take place every second year and intends to be an important contribution to the discussions and to the development within the Nordic countries."
For further information, please see <http://www.lub.lu.se/ncsc2002/>.
EEI21-Memphis-2002, The Ethics of Electronic Information in the 21st Century, an annual scholarly symposium at the University of Memphis, 24 - 27 October 2002, Memphis, Tennessee, USA.
"In its sixth year in 2002, EEI21 - MEMPHIS continues to be a scholarly symposium which treats a wide variety of issues relating to electronic information and information technology. EEI21 - MEMPHIS offers a generous amount of time for discussion and reflection among participants."
For further information, please see <http://www.memphis.edu/ethics21/>.
2002 Federated Symposium Event: DOA'02, ODBASE 2002, CoopIS 2002, On the Move to Meaningful Internet Systems and Ubiquitous Computing, 28 October - 1 November 2002, Irvine, California, USA.
"The current and future software needs are towards the development of large and complex Intelligent Networked Information Systems, covering a wide range of issues (such as Data and Web Semantics, Distributed Objects, Web Services, Databases, Workflow, Cooperation, Interoperability, Mobility) as required for the deployment of Internet- and Intranet-based systems in organizations and for e-business. This federated event is unique at providing an opportunity for researchers and practitioners to understand the recent developments in ubiquitous computing," especially as it co-locates three related and complementary conferences. "All three conferences are about the distributed and ubiquity aspects of modern computing systems, and the resulting application-pull created by the Internet and the so-called "Semantic Web". Each of [the three] conferences covers different aspects: theory (i.e. underlying theoretical solutions), conceptual (e.g. technical and conceptual solutions) and applications (e.g. case studies and industrial solutions)."
The Distributed Object Infrastructure and Enabling Technologies
Application: Cooperative systems - Distributed Objects, Distributed Architectures, Internet Computing
"During the DOA'2002 Symposium we want attendees to be able to evaluate existing ORB middleware products; to analyze, and propose solutions to major limitations of existing products; and to indicate promising future research directions for distributed objects. We are particularly interested in the evaluation of existing DOC systems and how they are used to design and to implement large scale industrial distributed applications. We are seeking theoretical as well as practical papers addressing innovative issues related to distributed objects."
ODBASE 2002 (Data Meaning)
Knowledge Bases and Enabling Semantical Use: Design, Tools and Methodologies
Application: Knowledge management - Ontologies, (XML) Databases, Web Semantics
ODBASE 2002 "intends to create a forum to exchange views, ideas and experiences on ontologies and data semantics from different disciplines. A goal of the ODBASE conference is to bring researchers from databases, Semantic Web, and knowledge management together to discuss specific problems and promising approaches to providing more meaning for the growing amount of data on the Internet and in ubiquitous computing. A unique character of the ODBASE conferences is its specialization on data semantic issues for very large ontology and Internet systems, and its strong emphasis on interdisciplinary and practical applicability of systems, tools and methods for supporting semantics in large-scale information systems...We have special interest in papers that bridge traditionally separated areas such as databases, intelligent systems, and knowledge engineering, and papers that address issues of salability in data semantics on the Internet and ubiquitous computing systems."
CoopIS 2002 (Inter/Intra Organization/Institution Application)
Methods for Technology Interaction Within an Organization or Network of Organizations
Application: Web services - Interoperation, Workflow systems, Knowledge management
The CoopIS 2002 theme is "Cooperation in Ubiquitous Computing. We see an increasing number of computing systems and devices connected everywhere. The central issue in this vision is the need for these computing systems and devices to cooperate. We are particularly interested in contributions that relate to the issue of cooperation everywhere."
For more information, please see <http://www.cs.rmit.edu.au/fedconf/>.
The First Eurasian Conference on Advances in Information and Communication Technology, 29 - 31 October 2002, Tehran, Iran.
"Following the efforts of the European Union countries to deepen the scientific relationship with Middle-East countries the Austrian Computer Society and the Technology Cooperation Office of the Iran Presidency takes the initiative to launch a Eurasian Conference in the area of Information and Communication Technology. EURASIA-ICT will be held at the Iran�s International Conference Center in Tehran from Tuesday, 29th to Thursday 31st October 2002."
"The aim of this conference is to bring together scientists from the supercontinent of Eurasia for an improvement of mutual relations as well as an enhancement of scientific cooperation in the field of Information and Communication Technology. Beside the scientific field several cultural activities will be planned for the enjoyment of conference attendees."
"The workshops are intended to provide opportunity to meet and discuss selected topics on Information and Communication Technology. Members from all sections of the Information and Communication Technology community [have been] invited to submit workshop proposals for review."
For further information, please see <http://www.eurasia-ict.org/>.
The Challenge of Image and Video Retrieval (CIVR 2002), 18 - 19 July 2002, London, United Kingdom. For more information, please see <http://www.civr2002.org/>.
Brick and Click Libraries: Changes and Challenges, A Regional Academic Library Symposium, 18 October 2002, Maryville, Missouri. Call for Proposals. The submission deadline is 19 July 2002. For more information, please see <http://www.nwmissouri.edu/library/pr/symposium/2002.htm>.
Grindstone Island Summer Programs, Archives and Museum Informatics, 8 June - 26 August 2002, Ontario, Canada.
For more information, please see <http://www.archimuse.com/grindstone/>.
CoLIS4, The Fourth International Conference on Conceptions of Library and Information Science: Emerging Frameworks and Methods, 21 - 25 July 2002, Seattle, Washington, USA. For more information, please see <http://colis.ischool.washington.edu/>.
EVA 2002 London, Electronic Imaging and the Visual Arts, 22 - 29 July 2002 (including pre- and post-conference sessions), London, United Kingdom. For more information, please see <http://www.vasari.co.uk/eva/london/index.htm>.
KDD-2002: Eighth ACM SIGKDD International Conference on Knowledge Discovery and Data Mining, 23 - 26 July 2002, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. For more information, please see <http://www.acm.org/sigs/sigkdd/kdd2002/>.
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. For more information, please see <http://www.uni-tuebingen.de/allcach2002>.
International Summer School on the Digital Library 2002, TICER, 28 July - 4 October 2002, Tilburg, The Netherlands and Florence, Italy.
For more information, please see <http://cwis.kub.nl/~ticer/summer02/>.
Museums, Libraries, and Archives: Summer Institute for Knowledge Sharing, 29 July - 1 August 2002, Los Angeles, California, USA. For more information, please see <http://skipper.gseis.ucla.edu/orgs/gettysi/html/summer.html>.
ASIS&T 2002 International Paper Contest on International Digital Libraries and Information Science & Technology Advances in Developing Countries, for the 2002 Annual Meeting, 18 - 21 November 2002, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA. Call for Contest Papers. The submission deadline for full papers is 31 July 2002. For more information, please see <http://www.asis.org/paper_contest.html>.
Grants to State Library Agencies, Institute of Museum and Library Services. Call for Program Proposals. The deadline for submissions is 31 July 2002. For more information, please see <http://www.imls.gov/grants/library/lib_gsla.asp>.
AOM/IAOM 20th Annual International Conference - In a New Time, In a New Way: Management Solutions for the New Economy, Association of Management/International Association of Management 20th Annual International Conference, 31 July - 3 August 2002, Quebec City, Quebec, Canada. For more information, please see <http://www.aom-iaom.org/dir2-ann.html>.
Project 2005 - Reinventing Work: Interlocking Relationships between Management, Education, Cybertechnology and Leadership, 31 July - 3 August 2002, Quebec City, Quebec, Canada. For more information, please see <http://www.aom-iaom.org/Project-2005.html>.
Behavioral & Social Sciences Librarian, San Diego State University, San Diego, California, USA. Call for Manuscripts. The submission deadline for the coming issue is 1 August 2002. For more information, please see <http://www-rohan.sdsu.edu/~mstover/bssl.htm>.
RIDE-MLIM'2003, 13th International Workshop on Research Issues on Data Engineering: Multi-lingual Information Management, 10 - 11 March 2003, Hyderabad, India. Call for Papers. The submission deadline is 1 August 2002. For additional information, please see <http://www.iiit.net/conferences/ride2003.html>.
International Association of Music Libraries, Archives and Documentation Centres (IAML) Annual Conference, 4 - 9 August 2002, Berkeley, California, USA. For more information, please see <http://www.staff.uiuc.edu/~troutman/berkeley.html>.
IASL 2002: School Libraries for a Knowledge Society, 6th International Forum on Research in School Librarianship, International Association of School Librarianship, 5 - 9 August 2002, Petaling Jaya, Malaysia. For more information, please see <http://www.iaslmalaysia2002.org/iasl_introduction.html>.
ACM Workshop on XML Security, 22 November 2002, Fairfax, Virginia, USA. Call for papers. The submission date is 10 August 2002. For more information, please see the full Call for Papers at <http://xml.coverpages.org/ACM-XML-Security-2002CFP.html>.
SIGIR 2002 Conference: ACM 25th International Conference on Research and Development in Information Retrieval, 11 - 15 August 2002, Tampere, Finland. For more information, please see <http://www.sigir2002.org/>.
18th Annual Conference on Distance Teaching & Learning, 14 - 16 August 2002, Madison, Wisconsin, USA. For more information, please see <http://www.uwex.edu/disted/conference/>.
E-magine: gateways to the changing landscape of art information, ARLIS, the UK & Ireland Art Libraries Society, 15 - 18 August 2002, Glasgow, Scotland. For more information, please see <http://www.gsa.ac.uk/arlis2002/>.
Workshop on Distributed Computing Architectures for Digital Libraries, 18 - 21 August 2002, Vancouver, Canada. For more information, please see <http://www.cs.odu.edu/~jbollen/icpp2002/>.
Electronic Text Centre 2002 Summer Institute: Creating Electronic Texts and Images, 18 - 23 August 2002, Saint John, New Brunswick, Canada. For more information, please see <http://www.lib.unb.ca/Texts/SGML_course/Aug2002/index.html>.
68th IFLA General Conference and Council, Libraries for Life: Democracy, Diversity, Delivery, 18 - 24 August 2002, Glasgow, Scotland. For more information, please see <http://www.ifla.org/IV/ifla68/index.htm>.
28th International Conference on Very Large Data Bases (VLDB 2002), 20 - 23 August 2002, Hong Kong, China. For more information, please see <http://www.cs.ust.hk/vldb2002/>.
CAUDIT EDUCAUSE Institute 2002, 25 - 29 August 2002, Port Stephens, New South Wales, Australia. For more information, please see <http://www.caudit.edu.au/caudit/institute/institute2002/>.
IEEE International Conference on Multimedia and Expo (ICME 2002), 26 - 29 August 2002, Lausanne, Switzerland. For more information, please see <http://www.icme2002.org/>.
Central Asia-2002 International Conference, Internet and Libraries - Information Resources in Science, Culture Education and Business, 14 - 18 October 2002, Bukhara, Uzbekistan. Call for Papers. The submission deadline for full papers is 1 September 2002. For additional information, please see <http://ula.uzsci.net/index-en.htm> (and wait for the conference window to automatically pop up).
National Convention on Library and Information Networking (NACLIN 2002): Bridging the Divide, Delnet, 21 - 24 October 2002, Kochi, Kerala, India. Call for Papers. The submission deadline is 15 September 2002. For additional information, please see <http://www.cusat.ac.in/naclin2002.htm>.
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