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World Library and Information Congress: 72nd IFLA General Conference and Council

"Libraries: Dynamic Engines for the Knowledge and Information Society"

20-24 August 2006, Seoul, Korea


Call for Papers

Science and Technology Libraries


"Workings of the Ubiquitous Library"

The International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA) Science and Technology Libraries (STL) Section is planning a two-hour program in Seoul as part of the World Library and Information Congress 20-24 August 2006.

The theme of the conference is "Libraries: Dynamic Engines for the Knowledge and Information Society".

Libraries have been in the forefront of change when it comes to the digitized information delivered over the networks. Today's developing digital library and wireless technologies, and their associated open standards are converging to create "the ubiquitous library". Ubiquitous library services will be always available at the fingertips of the users. Smart objects, such as books tagged with RFID, will convey added information and make objects situation-aware. There will be numerous entrance points to the library, seamless interaction, and additional communication channels between humans and information systems in the omnipresent library.

As dynamic engines, libraries can continue to play a part in defining their own future. We are therefore interested in exploring the concept of "the ubiquitous library". We are looking for leading edge technological solutions in libraries that demonstrate the application of the concept. The papers can address technology applications and/or standards, case studies, and/or principles involved in matters regarding the library as always present.

Three to four papers will be selected for presentation.

Proposals for papers must be submitted by:
15 January 2006
to Irma Pasanen
Chair, IFLA section for Science and Technology Libraries
Helsinki University of Technology Library
P.O.B. 7000
FIN-02015 TKK
Tel. +(358)(9)4514125
Fax +(358)(9)4514132
E-mail: irma.pasanen@tkk.fi.

The proposal should include a title, a 200-400 word abstract and relevant biographical information of author(s) / presenter(s). Successful proposals will be identified by 15 February 2006 and the full paper is due by 1 May 2006.

Please note that all fees, including registration for the conference, travel, accommodation, etc. are the responsibility of the authors of accepted papers.

For additional information, please contact
Ray Schwartz
E-mail: schwartzr2@wpunj.edu

For more information about the concept of "the ubiquitous library" please see:

http://www.lib.umd.edu/deans/ublibreport.pdf http://muse.jhu.edu/journals/portal

Also, the article that was published in the New York Times Technology Section October 5, 2005 might be of interest. By Pamela Licalzi O'Connell.
Connections: Korea's High-Tech Utopia, Where Everything Is Observed.
New Songdo City, a large "ubiquitous city" being built in South Korea, is being viewed as an opportunity to show off technological prowess and attract foreign investment.