Archive | July, 2011

Are You Blogging at the IFLA Conference?

In the spirit of cooperation with our IFLA colleagues, I reproduce here a recent e-mail for those blogging at the upcoming conference in San Juan.  (Having sent very similar e-mails for ITI’s Internet Librarian and Computers in Libraries conferences, I can attest that this is a great way to get good publicity for your blog.)

Dear Colleagues

Will you be blogging about this year’s upcoming World Library and Information Congress in San Juan, Puerto Rico? Or are you already?

If so, we would like to add your blog to a list of blogs dedicated to, or with posts about the San Juan Congress on our special ‘Follow the conference as it happens’ (IFLA Express) website:

Become an IFLA blogger by:

1. tagging your posts wlic2011 so we can add them to our Activity Stream
2. and officially registering your blog. Just send a note, with your name and blog’s URL, to:

See you in San Juan!

IFLA Web team

Don Hawkins
Columnist, Information Today and Conference Circuit Blog Editor

Internet Librarian International Keynote Speakers Announced

The keynote speakers for Internet Librarian International (London,  October 27-28) were recently announced.

Klaus Tochtermann



The opening keynote speaker is Klaus Tochtermann, Director, German National Library of Economics – Leibniz Information Centre for Economics and Professor of Computer Media, University of Kiel.  He will discuss how the future Internet will shape libraries.



Kevin Anderson and Suw Charman-Anderson


Kevin Anderson, Digital strategist and journalist, and Suw Charman-Anderson, Social software consultant and journalist, will speak about data journalism, social media, semantic search, digital rights and press freedom.




The full conference program is currently under development.  Watch the conference website for further updates and information.

Don Hawkins
Columnist, Information Today and Conference Circuit Blog Editor

Stuttgart Media University Summer School Workshops

Stuttgart Media University,  Stuttgart  Germany, will hold its 4th International Summer School Workshops on September 26-30.  Four separate workshops comprise the series:

  1. Structuring the Web, September 26-28,  covering the physical arrangement of information on the Web and PCs.
  2. Policies for Digital Preservation:  the SHAMAN Framework, September 29-30, including the main principles of digital preservation policies.
  3. Libraries as Enabling Spaces for Creative Practices, September 26-28, including social navigation, information behavior, usage statistics,  and similar  topics.
  4. Evidence Based Library and Information Practices (EBLIP), September 26-29, covering research and analysis of EBLIP.

All these workshops will be conducted in English.

Don Hawkins
Columnist, Information Today and Conference Circuit Blog Editor

Conference Reports–Electronic Theses and Open Repositories

One frequently finds reports of past conferences on various websites, and although this blog is mainly devoted to upcoming conferences, some of these reports are worth your attention.  In D-Lib Magazine for July/August 2011, two reports on conferences dealing with subjects of high current interest are available.

Electronic Theses and Dissertations

The 2011 Inaugural United States Electronic Theses and Dissertations Association (USETDA) Conference (May 18-20, Orlando, FL, reported by James RW Macdonald, University of Northern British Columbia) attracted over 100 attendees and covered:

  • Copyright and publication
  • Workflow
  • Preservation and discoveryries

Presentations are available on the USETDA Conference Website.


Open Repositories 2011

The 6th International Conference on Open Repositories (Austin, TX, June 8, reported by Carol  Minton Morris, DuraSpace) had the theme “Collaboration and Community” and focused on developing repository collections and communities.  In her report, Morris provides an extensive list of blogs and tweets about the conference, as well as the opening and closing keynote addresses.  Presentations are available here.

Don Hawkins
Columnist, Information Today and Conference Circuit Blog Editor

2012 Conference Announcements Appearing Frequently

As many of my readers know, my work tracking conferences and producing this  blog includes keeping the ITI Conference Calendar up to date.  In my latest update on July13, I couldn’t help but notice how many 2012 conferences have just been announced.  The announcements are coming thick and fast; here are the new ones just added to the  Calendar.

If you know of a conference that’s not on the Calendar, please let me know.  Thanks for your help.

Don Hawkins
Columnist, Information Today and Conference Circuit Blog Editor

January 23 – 27, PROMISE Winter School 2012 on Information Retrieval meets Information Visualization
Place: Zinal, Switzerland
Sponsor/Organizer: Participative Research labOratory for Multimedia and Multilingual Information Systems Evaluation

February 10, Online Northwest
Place: Corvallis, OR
Sponsor/Organizer: Oregon University System Library Council

February 23 – 26, International Vilnius Book Fair/Baltic Book Fair
Place: Vilnius, Lithuania
Sponsor/Organizer: Lithuanian Exhibition and Convention Centre LITEXPO, Lithuanian Publishers Association, International Cultural Programme Center

March 29 – April 2, 40th ARLIA/NA Conference: Colouring Outside the Lines
Place: Toronto, ON
Sponsor/Organizer: Art Libraries Society of North America (ARLIS/NA)

April 1 – 5, 34th European Conference on Information Retrieval
Place: Barcelona, Spain
Sponsor/Organizer: British Computer Society, Information Retrieval Specialist Group

April 18 – 20, 2012 Washington Library Association Conference
Place: Tulalip, WA
Sponsor/Organizer: Washington Library Association (WLA)

May 18 – 19, Second Annual International Conference on Information & Religion: “Preservation and Access: Facilitating Research in Information and Religion”
Place: Kent, OH
Sponsor/Organizer: Kent State University, Center for the Study of Information and Religion (CSIR)

May 22 – 25, 4th Qualitative and Quantitative Methods in Libraries International Conference (QQML2012)
Place: Limerick, Ireland
Sponsor/Organizer: International Society for Advanced Science and Technology (ISAST)

May 29 – June 1, 16th Pacific-Asia Conference on Knowledge Discovery and Data Mining (PAKDD-2012)
Place: Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Sponsor/Organizer: Organizing Committee

June 18 – 22, Libraries in the Digital Age (LIDA) 2012: “CHANGES”
Place: Zadar, Croatia
Sponsor/Organizer: Dept. of Library and Information Science, University of Zadar



Handheld Librarian–An Online Conference

Here’s an interesting looking and innovative conference–an online conference for librarians interested in technology.  It features a day of presentations at scheduled times plus a new twist: a virtual exhibit hall on the second day.  According to the website, themes of the presentations include e-books, location-based social networking, lending devices, and reference and mobile technologies impacting society.  The keynote speaker will be Jolie O’Dell, Editor and Publisher at Juniper Press.  The registration fee is $45 for an individual, with special rates for groups.  The conference was organized by Learning Times, an online conference producer.

The virtual exhibition is free to attend.  It consists of  “a series of live presentations by companies and organizations providing handheld products and services to libraries as well as virtual booths where you can stop in and visit in real-time with representatives from each company”.  Some of the exhibitors will be conducting demonstrations of their products as well.

Don Hawkins
Columnist, Information Today and Conference Circuit Blog Editor

34th SIGIR Conference

The 34th ACM-SIGIR Conference (July 24-28, Beijing, China) features many presentations of interest to those interested in information retrieval.  A long list of accepted papers is now available on the conference website.  There will be two keynote addresses:

Qi Lu

Dr. Qi Lu, president of Microsoft’s Online Services Division (OSD) and leader of its search and online advertising efforts will speak on “The Future of the Web and Search”.  According to the abstract of his talk, “I will share some of my thoughts about where the Web is heading and how search will be transformed to align to this new Web, laying out some specifics behind Microsoft’s vision to empower people with knowledge.”







Dr. ChengXiang Zhai, Associate Professor of Computer Science at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, will keynote the second day of the conference.  The title of his talk is “Beyond Search: Statistical Topic Models for Text Analysis”.  Here is an extract from the abstract of his talk:

“Search is generally a means to the end of finishing a task. While the current search engines are useful to users for finding relevant information, they offer little help to users for further digesting and analyzing the overwhelming found information needed for finishing a complex task. In this talk, I will discuss how statistical topic models can be used to help users analyze and digest the found relevant information and turn search results into actionable knowledge needed to complete a task. I will present several general statistical topic models for extracting and analyzing topics and their patterns in text, and show sample applications of such models in tasks such as opinion integration, comparative summarization, contextual topic trend analysis, and event impact analysis.”

In addition, Elsevier is sponsoring a challenge, open to all conference participants, to create applications for its SciVerse platform.  Winners will receive Visa gift cards:  first prize, $1500; second prize, $1000; and third prize $500.

Besides the conference papers and the Elsevier challenge, there are a number of workshops scheduled on such topics as social web search, crowdsourcing, and single-query searching.  A list of all the workshops is available on the conference website.

The SIG-IR conferences are major events on the information industry’s conference calendar, and the 2011 event promises to be no exception.  If you’re planning to be in Beijing this summer, I highly recommend it!

Don Hawkins
Columnist, Information Today and Conference Circuit Blog Editor

IFLA Presidential Newsletter Exerpts

The latest IFLA Presidential Newsletter is now available. Here are some excerpts from it about recent IFLA meetings:

IFLA Presidential Meeting:  “Libraries driving access to knowledge: Action for Europe”

“The conference programme, with an excellent range of speakers and with interesting and topical panel discussions, provided a great platform for the promotion and discussion of three strategic topics: Access to Information as a Human Right; Copyright and Libraries; and Open Access and the Changing Role of Libraries. During the meeting two key IFLA documents were launched: the IFLA Statement on Open Access; and a Draft Treaty on Copyright Exceptions and Limitations for Libraries and Archives. Presentations from the meeting are available online.”

Open Access, Treaty and Copyright

“Participants addressed how open access could be included in national and regional research and educational policies. Lars Bjornshauge, from the IFLA Presidential Working Group on Open Access, introduced the IFLA Statement on Open Access which was disseminated at the meeting.”

African Library Summit

“From 11-13 May the African Library Summit 2011 took place in South Africa. This event was organised by UNISA, the University of South Africa Library in close cooperation with IFLA and focused on the Future of African Librarianship. Establishing partnerships, enhancing collaboration between libraries and the development of a strong LIS sector in Africa are important issues to take up coming out of the Summit.”

Don Hawkins
Columnist, Information Today and Conference Circuit Blog Editor