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August Events: ITI Summer Conferences, IFLA, IASL, ACS-CINF, and More

August is the peak of the summer vacation season in the Northern Hemisphere, but there are still some important conferences on the calendar.

ITI’s Summer Conferences

Information Today’s CRM Evolution 2011 conference (New York, August 8-10) will feature David Gergen, Senior Political Analyst for CNN, and former adviser to four U.S. presidents, and Brent Leary, Partner, CRM Essentials, as keynote speakers.  SpeechTEK 2011, co-located with CRM Evolution, features a panel entitled “Mobility — A Game-Changer for Speech?” and a closing endnote session entitled “Prescription: What’s Needed to Move Speech Forward?”, as well as SpeechTEK University, a series of 3-hour focused talks.


In keeping with its tradition, IFLA, the International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions, will hold its 2011 Annual General Conference and Assembly—a major event on the yearly conference calendar.  The 2011 conference theme is “Libraries beyond libraries: Integration, Innovation and Information for all”. This year will be the 77th meeting, and it will be held in San Juan, PR on August 13-18.  The program is now available on the conference website, and a lineup of distinguished plenary speakers has been recruited:

  • Dr. Fernando Picó S.J., a highly-respected Puerto Rican humanist, historian, and professor will be the opening keynote speaker. Picó is an expert on 19th century Puerto Rico and is considered the highest authority in this area and more generally in the field of the island’s history.  He is currently Professor of History at Universidad de Puerto Rico, and he has written the definitive history of Puerto Rico: Puerto Rico: A General History.
  • Mr Trevor C. Clarke, Assistant Director General, Culture and Creative Industries Sector, World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) will be another plenary speaker.  See an earlier post on this blog for further details.
  • Dr. Mayra Santos-Febres, a Puerto Rican writer of poems, essays, stories and novels and Professor of Literature at the University of Puerto Rico, will speak on Tuesday, August 16.
  • Luis Molina-Casanova, Resident Filmmaker and professor at the Communications Department of the University of the Sacred Heart in San Juan, will be a plenary speaker on Wednesday, August 17.

A full program of presentations and an exhibit hall will round out the conference.  Over 100 papers are already on the website and are available for downloading.  In addition, 15 satellite meetings have been arranged at locations not only in Puerto Rico, but also in other Caribbean venues as well as far away as Atlanta, GA; Miami, FL; and Mexico City.  Most of them have their own websites; links are available on the conference Satellite Meetings page and on the ITI Conference Calendar.  Finally, translations of presentations for French-speaking attendees are available.


The International Association of School Librarianship (IASL) will hold its annual conference as well as an IFLA Satellite Meeting immediately prior to the IFLA conference.  The IASL will meet in Kingston, Jamaica on August 7-11; its conference theme is “School Libraries: Empowering the 21st Century Learner”.  The opening keynote speaker will be Ellen Tise, current President of IFLA and Senior Director, Library and Information Services at the University of Stellenbosch, South Africa.  Four other keynote presentations are on the program.  The IASL Pre-Conference Meeting is on August 5; the keynote speaker will be Mrs Avril Crawford, CEO e-Learning Jamaica Co. Ltd.


Alexander "Sandy" Lawson

The American Chemical Society’s Division of Chemical Information (ACS-CINF) will hold a series of symposia at the annual ACS meeting (August 28 – September 1, Denver, CO).  The 2011 Herman Skolnik Award, given to recognize “outstanding contributions to and achievements in the theory and practice of chemical information science and related disciplines” will be presented to Professor Dr. Alexander (Sandy) Lawson, a pioneer in the fields of chemical structure handling, database searching, chemical nomenclature, reading machines, and linking text and structural information.  For most of his career, Lawson was involved with the Beilstein Handbook and the Beilstein Database. He is the developer of the “Lawson Number”, which enhances searches of the database.



Here are some other conferences on the program for August.

  • The Society of American Archivists (SAA) holds its 75th Annual Meeting, entitled ARCHIVES 360°, in Chicago on August 22-27.  Several events are planned in celebration of the society’s significant anniversary.


—    The 3rd International Summer School on Semantic Computing will be in Berkeley, CA.  It provides an introduction to this interdisciplinary field via tutorials and plenary addresses.

—    The 5th International Workshop on Modular Ontologies is part of the 23rd European Summer School in Logic, Language and Information (ESSLLI), and will be in Ljubljana, Slovenia.  According to the conference website, “modularity is central not only to reduce the complexity of understanding ontologies, but also to facilitate ontology maintenance and ontology reasoning.”

Don Hawkins
Columnist, Information Today and Conference Circuit Blog Editor




WSIS Presentations Available

WSIS Session

Copies of presentations delivered at the World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) Forum 2011, which was recently held in Geneva are now available.

Don Hawkins
Columnist, Information Today and Conference Circuit Blog Editor

IFLA Announces 2011 Annual Meeting Plenary Speaker

Trevor C. Clarke

IFLA has announced that Mr Trevor C. Clarke, Assistant Director General, Culture and Creative Industries Sector of the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), will present a plenary address at its Annual General Meeting (August 13-18 , San Juan, PR) on Monday, August 15.

Trevor C. Clarke, a native of Barbados, has served with distinction in various areas of telecommunication and investment promotion.  He has held top executive positions at Cable and Wireless (Barbados) and has been a director of several Cable and Wireless companies in the Caribbean region.  In 2003, Mr. Clarke was appointed Permanent Representative and Ambassador to the United Nations in Geneva, and Special Representative to the World Trade Organization (WTO).  He joined WIPO in 2009, where he leads WIPO’s diverse activities in the complex field of copyright and related rights.

In the year 2000, he was a recipient of the Barbados Centennial Honours (BCH), and in 2003 he received the Gold Crown of Merit (GCM) – Barbados’ second highest national honour. In March 2005 Mr. Clarke was named Barbados’ non-resident Ambassador to Japan – a position he still holds.

Don Hawkins
Columnist, Information Today and Conference Circuit Blog Editor

WSIS Forum, May 19, in Geneva: Remote Access Available

The World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) is holding its 2011 Forum in Geneva, Switzerland on May 16-20.  Part of the meeting will be an Interactive Facilitation Meeting on Open Access.  A new IFLA Statement on Open Access will also be introduced at the meeting.

Remote participation via a webcast will also be provided; check the WSIS website for further information when it becomes available.

Don Hawkins
Columnist, Information Today and Conference Circuit Blog Editor

More on the IFLA Keynote Speaker

Fernando Picó

IFLA has released biographical information on Fernando Picó, the keynote speaker at its annual conference in San Juan in August:

The Jesuit priest Fernando Picó was born in Santurce on August 15, 1941. He had his primary education at the Colegio San Ignacio, where his ecclesiastical interests started. He moved to the United States to study for a BA at the University of Springfield and then further to study at Johns Hopkins. His religious propensity led him to join the Jesuits and become a priest. Picó distinguishes himself through his total dedication to the cause of the less fortunate and the study of the history of Puerto Rico.

Picó is an expert on Nineteenth-century Puerto Rico. In fact, he is considered the highest authority in this area of study (XIX century) and in the field of the island’s history.

In 1971, he made his final vows as a priest and, following, completed his doctorate in history. He has studied in Spain, Italy and the United States.

Fernando Picó has also served as Professor of History of Puerto Rico. Picó is considered one of the great intellectuals and historians of the island, and has written and published in several magazines and newspapers, both in Puerto Rico and abroad.

His work “Puerto Rico: General history” is compulsory when studying the history of Puerto Rico. In 1997, the Week of the Library at the University of Puerto Rico, was dedicated to him for being an example as an academic and a scholar. His articles in ‘Claridad’ [a Puerto Rican periodical] and ‘El Nuevo Dia’ usually carry a positive message on how to help improve the quality of life in Puerto Rico. He has also written children’s stories, for example, “The red comb”.

Generally, Fernando Picó is seen as a model for modern historians, for  his dedication, commitment and devotion to his work as an historian.


Don Hawkins
Columnist, Information Today and Conference Circuit Blog Editor


IFLA Early Registration Deadline Approaching; Keynote Speaker Announced

The early registration deadline for the IFLA conference in San Juan, PR is May 6.  The advance program is now available as well.

The conference theme is “Libraries beyond libraries: Integration, Innovation and Information for All“.

The Keynote Speaker will be Dr. Fernando Picó, a distinguished humanist and Puerto Rican historian.

Watch the conference website for further updates.

Don Hawkins
Columnist, Information Today and Conference Circuit Blog Editor


Preliminary Program for IFLA-2011 Conference Now Available

The preliminary program for the IFLA 2011 conference is now available.  Click here to see it.  Registration for the conference and full details are on the conference website.

Don Hawkins
Columnist, Information Today and Conference Circuit Blog Editor

Emerald Insight Publishes Articles from IFLA Conferences

Through a special partnership with IFLA, Emerald Insight has begun publishing papers that were presented at IFLA conferences.  The first group of 14 articles has been published in 4 Emerald journals.  Nine months after publication, the articles become open access and freely available.  You can read all the details here.

Don Hawkins
Columnist, Information Today and Conference Circuit Blog Editor

Scholarship to Attend IFLA 2011 Conference

Rovelstad Scholarship in International Librarianship 2011

The Council on Library and Information Resources (CLIR) is pleased to announce a scholarship for a student of library and information science to attend the World Library and Information Congress of the International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA).

The scholarship is intended to encourage students who have an interest in international library work and enable them to participate in IFLA early in their careers. The 2011 IFLA annual meeting takes place in San Juan, Puerto Rico, August 13-18. The scholarship is made possible through the generosity of Mathilde and Howard Rovelstad.

Further information can be obtained here.

Don Hawkins
Columnist, Information Today and Conference Circuit Blog Editor

IFLA Conference Grantees’ Reports

IFLA Grantees, Gothenburg, Sweden, August 2010

If you weren’t able to attend this year’s IFLA conference in Gothenburg, Sweden, you can get a view of the conference from reports filed by the Conference Grantees.  A number of sponsors provided a total of over €100,000, which was given to over 40 information professionals to attend the IFLA conference as grantees.  Several of them have made their reports on the conference available, and you will find links to them here.  The grantees represented many parts of the world, and their reports provide an interesting view of the conference.   Many of the reports include photos of Gothenburg, the conference speakers, and venues visited on field trips.

Don Hawkins
Columnist, Information Today and Conference Circuit Blog Editor