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IATUL 1999 Conference Report
The 1999 meeting of the International Association of Technological University Libraries (IATUL) took place in Chania, Crete, May 17-21, hosted by the Technical University of Crete (TUC), under the leadership of Anthi Katsirikou, Director of Libraries and her staff. This beautiful Greek island was a wonderful place to attend a conference. TUC is a new technical university opened less than 15 years, with an expanding library on the new campus. The history, natural beauty, options for distractions made for a very special trip. Crete is very near the Balkans and the immediacy and concerns for the war being fought so nearby was very evident. That week also was the anniversary of when the Germans bombed the island as part of WW II. Registration included abut 120 librarians and information professionals from throughout Eastern & Western Europe, Australia, South Africa and a few from North America.
The theme of this year's conference was "The Future of Libraries in Human Communication," and many sessions reflected ideas related to issues in library service and management. Several keynote papers were delivered on topics ranging from:
About 30 papers were delivered. Specific papers of interest included:
Field trips during the conference in Crete included visits to the archaeological sites at Knossos where visits were made to the famous Minoan Palace and also a brief stop to the Heraklion Museum to see the relics from the restoration at that site; academic libraries at the University of Crete; monasteries of Preveli and Gonia and for some attendees, a trip to the Samaria Gorge. The hospitality and setting on the beautiful venetian waterfront of Chania was a beautiful backdrop for the conference and contributed to wonderful memories.
At the business meeting, the IATUL Board:
IATUL 2000 will next meet July 3-7, 2000 in Brisbane, Queensland, Australia, when Queensland University of Technology and the University of Queensland will host a conference with the theme, "Virtual Libraries, Virtual communities" hoping to draw papers on subthemes of:
Several prominent keynoters have already been invited from Australia and the United States to participate in this first IATUL conference of the millennium. One can consult http://educate.lib.chalmers.se/IATUL/confe.html for ongoing announcements and details about that conference, deadlines for submissions and registrations and a reference to the host institutions at: http://www.qut.edu.au/
|Latest Revision: September 23, 1999||
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