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Collecting and Safeguarding Oral Traditions : An International Conference

Library Buildings in a Changing Environment

Marketing Your Library

Bridging the Gap in the Provision of Library Services and Literacy Support for the Blind in Realizing the Information Age

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65th IFLA Council and General

       Bangkok, Thailand, August 20 - August 28, 1999

Satellite Meetings

The details of other satellites meetings will be announced in IFLA '99 Express 1.

Collecting and Safeguarding Oral Traditions : An International Conference

Organized as a Satellite Meeting of the General Conference of the International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA)

August 16-19, 1999
Khon Kaen, Thailand
Local organization provided by Mahasarakham University

A 4-day Conference will be held on the theme of "Collecting and Safeguarding Oral Traditions" in Khon Kaen, Northeastern Thailand, from 16-19 August 1999. This Conference is open to all with an interest in the preservation of oral traditions.

Within the context of the UNESCO "Memory of the World" Program, the Conference Program will deal with various aspects of collecting and safeguarding oral heritage, including the socio-cultural context; collection methodologies and selection criteria; care, handling, storage and preservation issues; and technical matters. Included in the Conference will be an excursion to the Research Institute of Northeastern Arts and Culture and the Sirindhorn Isan Information Center (Mahasarakham University, Thailand), an academic resource centre with comprehensive information related to all aspects of northeastern Thai cultures and traditions. Participants attending this Conference may wish to attend the 65th IFLA Council and General Conference in Bangkok from 20-28 August, 1999.

The Seminar venue will be the Khon Kaen Sofitel Hotel. Special rates have been arranged, beginning with US$45 per night. There are frequent flights between Khon Kaen and Bangkok. Registration fees have been set at US$220 which includes the cost of all meals not provided by the hotel, the excursion and all other conference expenses. Early registration is recommended. After June 1, 1999, the registration fee will increase to US$270.

To register, please access the REGISTRATION FORM which can be found in Adobe Acrobat PDF format (13KB) on the IFLANET WWW site. The specific URL is:

Additional information may be obtained from IFLA Headquarters or from the Chairperson of the Satellite Meeting Planning Committee.

IFLA Headquarters

P.O. Box 95312
2509 CH The Hague
Netherlands Canada
Tel. +31 70 3140884
Fax. +31 70 3834827
E-mail: IFLA@ifla.org

Ralph W. Manning

National Library of Canada
Ottawa K1A 0N4
Tel. 613 943-8570
Fax. 613 947-2916
E-mail: ralph.manning@nlc-bnc.ca

Registration and Hotel Reservation Form [Adobe Acrobat PDF format 13 KB]

Preliminary Programme and Proceedings





Introductory Remarks
Ralph W. Manning
Vice Chair, IFLA Professional Board

Formal Opening
Dr. Pavich Thongroach
President, Mahasarakham University

UNESCO "Memory of the World" Program and Oral Tradition
Malama S. Meleisea
UNESCO Representative
Keynote presentation
The Value of Traditions in the 21st Century
The Honourable Professor John D. Waiko,
Vice Minister of Education, Science and Culture, Papua New Guinea


Role of libraries in promoting and preserving oral cultures
Dr. Khunying Maenmas Chavalit
SEAMEO SPAFA, Library and Documentation Services, Bangkok

L'importance de la tradition orale pour les enfants : cas des pays du Sahel.
The importance of oral tradition to children
Mbathio Sall
Bibliothèque lecture Développement
Dakar, Sénégal

Collecting and preserving the French oral heritage : the role of a national library
Collecting and preserving the French oral heritage : the role of a national library (version française)
Joëlle Garcia
Secretary, IFLA Section on Audiovisual and Multimedia
Bibliothèque nationale de France, Départment de l'Audiovisuel


Technical aspects, care, handling & preservation, Part I
Dietrich Schüller
Director, Phonogrammarchiv, Vienna
Kevin Bradley
Manager, Sound Preservation and Technical Services
National Library of Australia


Inter-generational cultural transmission in Singapore: A brief discussion.
Chong Ching Liang
Oral History Centre, National Archives of Singapore

The role of the Fiji (national) museum in collecting oral traditions in Fiji
Sagale Buadromo
Fiji Museum

The oral traditions program of the Vanuatu Cultural Centre
Mrs. Martha Kaltal
National Cultural and Historal Sites Survey, Vanuatu Cultural Centre

Libraries and oral traditions in South America : two cases from Venezuela and Peru
Haydée Seijas
Secretary-General, UNUMA Sociedad Civil de Apoyo al Indigena


Technical aspects, care, handling & preservation, Part II
Dietrich Schüller
Kevin Bradley


Excursion Bus Departure to Mahasarakham University (Research Institute of Northeastern Arts and Culture, Sirindhorn Isan Information Center, Reception and Traditional Performance)


Cayman Islands Memory Bank : Collecting and Preserving Oral History in Small Island Societies
Heather R. McLaughlin
Memory Bank Coordinator, Cayman Islands National Archive

Oral traditions : from Origins to Digitization
La Tradition Orale : de la collecte à la numérisation
A. Raphaël Ndiaye
Coordonnateur des services d'information, ENDA Tiers-Monde, Dakar, Sénégal

Oral Tradition in Thailand: A Development Perspective
Saneh Chamarik
Local Development Institute - Esarn

Arctic Circumpolar Route: Traditional Knowledge, and Its Role For Wildlife Management and Utilization by Indigenous Peoples
Lloyd Binder, President, Kunnek Resource Development Corporation; and Research Associate, Arctic Institute of North America (AINA)
Magdalena A. K. Muir, International Energy, Environmental and Legal Services; and Research Associate, AINA


Beyond Print : Using the Internet for Preservation and Stimulation of Local Culture
Steve Cisler
Board Member, Association for Community Networking

Concluding remarks
Ralph W. Manning
Vice-Chair, IFLA Professional Board

Library Buildings in a Changing Environment

IFLA Eleventh International Seminar
AUGUST 15-19, 1999
Shanghai Library, SHANGHAI, CHINA

International Seminars on Library Buildings are held every two years. According to the plan of IFLA (International Federation of Library Associations) Section on Library Buildings and Equipment, the 11th seminar will be held on August 15-19, 1999, in Shanghai (China), in cooperation with the Shanghai Public Library.

The Seminar is an IFLA satellite event, planned a week before the IFLA General Conference and Council to be held in Bangkok from 20-28 August 1999.

The Organizing Committee has planned a combination of presentation, exhibition, tour and social events designed around the theme Library Building in a Changing Environment . It aims to introduce the major developments of library buildings throughout the world and to display successful samples.

Seminar Outlines :

  1. Development of Library Architecture and its Future Trends

  2. Socio-economic Impact on the Library Buildings and Equipment

  3. Library Buildings in a Network Environment

Registration :

The seminar is open to anybody interested in library buildings. Registration fee is US Dollar 300. Registration fee for accompanying person (s) is US Dollar 150.

Working Languages : English and Chinese

Deadline for Registration : June 30, 1999

Please contact :

  1. Ms Marie-Françoise BISBROUCK
    Ministère de l'Education nationale, de la Recherche et de la Technologie
    DES/Sous-Direction des Bibliothèques et de la Documentation
    61-65 rue Dutot, 75732 Paris Cedex 15 (France)
    Tel : 33/(0)
    Fax : 33/(0)
    E-mail : marie-francoise.bisbrouck@education.gouv.fr

  2. M. Jianming WU
    Chief, International Cooperation Division
    Shanghai Library
    1555 Huai Hai Zhong Lu
    Shanghai 200031
    People's Republic of China
    Fax : 86/(0)
    E-mail : jmwu@libnet.sh.cn

Preliminary Programme


Arrival and registration


9:00 ~9:45 a.m.
Opening Ceremony for Exhibition:
New Library Buildings of the World

10:00~10:45 a.m.
Opening session

10:45 ~12:00 a.m.
Guest speaker : Dr Brian LANG (UK)
"Library Buildings for the New Millenium"

12:00 ~ 1:30 p.m.

2:00 ~ 4:00 p.m.
First Session: Library Buildings in an East Asian Context
Ms. Xiaopu ZHOU (China):
"Prospects of Library Buildings in China"
Mr. MA Yuanliang (China):
"The Development of Library Buildings in Shanghai"
Ms. SONG Han Kun (Korea):
"The Development and Prospects of the National Assembly Library Building"
Prof TOMIE Shingi (Japan):
"The Process of Development and the Transition of Method for Facility Planning in Japanese Public Libraries"

4:00 ~ 4:15 p.m.
Tea Break

4:15 ~ 5:45 p.m.
Second Session : Preparation for a new library building
Ms Marie-Françoise BISBROUCK (France):
"How to Prepare a Draft for a New Library Building: the French Experience for New University Library Buildings"
Ms Hannelore JOULY (Germany) :
"The Stuttgart Public Library 21"

6:30 ~ 8:30 p.m. : Banquet


9:00 ~10:30 a.m.
Third Session : New Technologies and their Impact on New Library Buildings
Dr Christie KOONTZ/Mr. Dean JUE (United States) :
"The Location of Your Library Buildings: Why it is Important, and How to Do it Using GIS (Geographic Information System Software)"
Ms. NGIAN Lek Choh (Singapore):
"Setting up a 3-tier Public Library System in a Changing Environment - the Singapore Experience"

10:30 ~ 10:45 a.m.
Tea Break

10:45 ~ 12:15 a.m.
Fourth Session : Renovation and Extension of old Buildings
Mr. David Jones:
"Contextual constraints and opportunities: the State Library of New South Wales extension and the new Pustaka Negeri Sarawak building"
Dr. Manual JORBA/Joan RODON (Spain):
"A New Organization in a Renovation Building: An Evaluation"

12:30 ~ 2:00 p.m.

2:00 ~ 4:00 p.m.
Fifth Session : Assessment of New Library Buildings Some Years after their Opening to the Public
Mr. Jean-Luc BICHET (France):
"From the need to the reality today, diary of Bibliothèque nationale de France project"
Mr. Wim RENES (Netherlands):
"New Services, New Buildings"
Mr. Gary E. Strong: (United States):
"The Flushing Branch Library of the Queens Library and its service to an international clientele"

6:30 ~ 8:30 p.m.
Cultural Evening


9:00 ~ 11:00 a.m.
Sixth Session: Concept and Social Environment of New Library Buildings
Dr. Henryk HOLLENDER (Poland):
"Librarians, politicians and architects in the changing academic context: a story of the emerging building of the Warsaw University Library"
Mr. Craig Dykers (Norway):

Library Tours

4:00 ~ 5:00 p.m.
Closing Session

6:00 ~ 8:00 p.m.


Excursion to Hangzhou


Morning :
City Tour

Afternoon :
Leaving for Bangkok

Marketing Your Library

Sponsored by the Section on Management and Marketing
19-20 August, 1999
Bangkok, Thailand

The IFLA Section on Management and Marketing is organizing a satellite meeting on "Marketing Your Library" to be held at Srinakharinwirot University, Department of Library and Information Science, Faculty of the Humanities, Bangkok on August 19-20, 1999.

This workshop is designed to be an informal, lively interactive workshop on marketing principles as applied to libraries. Course materials will include reading lists, articles, glossary of terms, exercises and case studies. A marketing workbook is being donated to each particpant by the Arthur Wilder Foundation. By the end of the two days, participants will have completed, in class, the essential elements of a library-marketing plan. Time will be set-aside after each module for exercises and assignments.

Day 1 (August 19)

Why Marketing for Libraries?
What do you need to practice Marketing?
Writing a Mission Statement (What is our business, who do we serve and why?)
Introducing and Gathering Information About the Library's Operating
  • Environment
  • Library Resources
  • Library Policy
  • Library Technology
  • Library User Alternatives
  • Characteristics of Library Users
  • Developing a SWOT List (Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities and Threats) based on a review of the Library's Environment

Using Marketing Research to Segment the Library Market
Identification of Library Users with Shared Characteristics including:
  • Demographics (Age, Education, Occupation, Income, and Size of Household)
  • Lifestyles (Social Class, Family Life, Attitudes and Values)
  • Geographical Characteristics (Residence address or workplace by population)
  • Benefits sought by Users (Task completion, job promotion, pleasure)
  • Uses made of Library Products and Services (Pre-school education,online searches, library services for local businesses)
  • Volume of Materials and Services Used

Day 1: Evening
--Gala dinner for all participants, teachers and organizers

Day 2: (August 20)

Developing the Library's Market Mix: The "4 P's" (Product, Price, Place, & Promotion)
  • Based on your market research, how you can better develop the library's services to users (what your users want and need)
  • Products (Services, Materials, Programs, Online Searches)
  • Price (Cost of User's Time or related charges)
  • Places or Channels of Distribution (Branch libraries, Bookmobiles, Kiosks)
  • Promotion Strategies (How do we communicate who we are? Public relations, publicity, design and displays)

Evaluation of Marketing and Performance Measures
  • Presents marketing controls and evaluation and performance measures-methodologies and techniques.
  • Wrap Up/Summary: Discussions of how best to integrate marketing procedures into library management in the future.

The workshop concludes at 1pm on Friday, August 20th

Registration fee: $25.00 (US); the workshop will be conducted in English; Registration fee includes: all materials, food and beverage (morning and afternoon breaks, two lunches and the gala dinner); housing is available at the nearby Jade Pavilion Hotel, Sukhumvit 22, Bangkok for $25.00 (US) per night.

Registration is limited to fifty (50) persons. For more information, a complete brochure and to register contact: Alice Calabrese, The Chicago Library System, 224 South Michigan Avenue, Suite 400, Chicago, IL, 60604 (United States)
(fax 01 312.341.1985; e-mail: calabrese@chilibsys.org.

Organisers and Presenters include:
Dr. Christie Koontz, Florida State University, U.S. (Course Moderator)
Dean Jue, Florida State University, U.S.
Dr. Rejean Savard, University of Montreal, Canada
Thierry Giappiconi, Bibliotheque Municipale, Fresnes, France
Marielle de Miribel, University of Paris
Christina Tovote, Malmo University, Sweden
Alice Calabrese, Chicago Library System, U.S.
John W. Berry, NILRC: A Consortium of Community Colleges, Colleges and Universities, Oak Park, IL, U.S.

Bridging the Gap in the Provision of Library Services and Literacy Support for the Blind in Realizing the Information Age

Penang, Malaysia, 18-20 August 1999

The Malaysian Committee on Library and Information Services for the Blind and IFLAs Section of Libraries for the blind welcomes registrations for the seminar

All practical questions should be directed to:
the National Council for the Blind,

Fax: 03-2743914
e-mail: ncftb@po.jaring.my

Wong Yoong Loong, Chairman,
Committee on Library and Information Service for the Blind,

Beatrice Christensen Sköld
Chair IFLA's Standing Committee of Libraries for the Blind

SLB Pre-conference on Bridging the Gap in the Provision of Library Services and Literacy Support for the Blind in Realizing the Information Age, Penang, 18-20 August 1999

Venue: Penang, Malaysia
Fees: USD 400 Including 5 star accommodation for 3 night


August 18

Arrival and optional study tour to a local school for the blind in Penang

August 19

Opening Ceremony,
Chaired by Beatrice Christensen Sköld, Chair of IFLA Section of Libraries for the Blind

Wong Yoong Loong, Chairman, Committee on Library and Information Service for the Blind, Malaysia

Beatrice Christensen Sköld:
Section Activities and Developments in the Area of Libraries for the Blind

Coffee break

Session 1: Library services for the Blind: experiences from the region.
Convenor: Ivan Ho Tuck Choy, Executive Director National Council for the Blind Malaysia

Prayat Punongong, President, the Christian Foundation for the Blind in Thailand and Bryan Roderick Hamman:
A handful of leaves: Library services for the blind in Thailand

Albert Toh, Head of Library Services, Singapore Association of the Visually Handicapped:

Randy Weisser, Director, Resources for the Blind, Philippines:
A Status Report on the Library for the Blind in the Philippines

Nongnath Chairat, Department of Library Science, Srinakharinwirot University, Thailand:
Mobile Library Service for the Blind and Visually Handicapped in Thailand


Session 2: Mobile libraries
Convenor: Thelma H. Tate, Rutgers University, New Jersey

1 speaker from IFLA Mobile Library Round Table: - to be announced

Wong Vui Yin, Librarian, Sabah State Library:
Sabah State Library: reaching out to the print handicapped

Session 3: Latest trends in library services for the blind.
Convenor: Dick tucker, FORCE

Birgitta Brown, Chief Librarian, City Library of Gothenburg:
The Open Media/Open Learning Project

Bruno Sperl, Leader of department for international projects, University of Graz:
Support services for students in higher education the Austrian way

Coffee Break

Exhibitors' introductions

August 20

Session 4: The Digital Talking Book.
Convenor: Rosemary Kavanagh, Director, Canadian National Institute for the Blind Library

Hiroshi Kawamura, Director, Information Center and International Relations Division, Japanese Society for Rehabilitation of Persons with Disabilities:
DAISY in Japan; Sigtuna Project and the Japanese Society for Rehabilitation of Persons with Disabilities

Kjell Hansson & Lars Sönnebo, Swedish Library of Talking Books and Braille, TPB:
DAISY/TIPS: Production of DAISY titles using A/D conversion at The Swedish Library of Talking Books and Braille

Chris Day, Royal National Institute for the Blind, UK:
Digital Talking Books: Delivery Systems and the Future

Coffee Break

Session 5: Computerized braille production.
Convenor: Stephen King or Chris Day Royal National Institute for the Blind, UK

Tetsuji Tanaka, Japan Braille Library:
The Training Workshop on Computerised Braille Production in ASEAN

Christina Anne Lau Mei Kheng, Manager, Malaysian Braille Press:
The role of the Malaysian Braille Press in the promotion of computerised braille production

Session 6: The Digital Library Concept
Convenor: Chris Day, Royal National Institute for the Blind

Dick Tucker: The digital library - prospects for developing countries.

George Kersher, Recording for the Blind & Dyslectics:
Braille Production the DAISY Way


Session 7: Tactile materials
Convenor: Rainer Witte, Deutsehe Blindestudienanstalt, Marburg

Ph. D. Yvonne Eriksson, Research and development officer, TPB:
How to make tactile pictures understandable to the blind reader

Dr. John Gill, Chief Scientist, Royal National Institute for the Blind, UK:
Presentation of Tactile Materials: The Need for Research

Session 8: Conclusions
Convenor: Stephen King, RNIB

Panel Discussion: The user's point of view.
Norma Toucedo, World Blind Union: Introduction
Kevin Carey, UK: Users' points of view

Plan of action (Stephen King)

Closing remarks

Hiroshi Kawamura, IFLAs Section of Libraries for the Blind
Wong Yoong Loong, National Council for the Blind, Malaysia


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