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Section of Science and Technology Libraries Newsletter
Spring 1999This newsletter is published irregularly by IFLA's Section of Science and Technology Libraries and is distributed automatically to members of the Section. Others may receive it on request. This issue is edited by the Secretary of the Section:
Radcliffe Science Library,
Oxford OX1 3QP, U.K.
SCI-TECH SECTION MEMBERSIFLA Headquarters reports that during 1998 Sci -Tech Section membership reached 121, an advance on 113 for 1997 and the largest membership for sections in the IFLA Division of Special Libraries. Members come from over forty countries on six continents.
SCI -TECH LIBRARIES SECTION STANDING COMMITTEE ROSTER FOR 1997-1999
Chair Patricia Yocum + USA Secretary David Price UK Members Nancy Anderson * USA Oona Yang Dilebanye Botswana Diane Ebro * USA Alun Jenkins UK Martin Kesselman USA Donna McCool * USA Wolfgang Neubauer Germany M. Nordlander * Sweden Philippe Raccah * France Helga Schwarz * Germany Mette Stockmarr Denmark Dan Stoica Romania Andrei Zemskov Russia + reappointed * newly appointed Special Advisors David Bradbury UK Francine Masson France Dennis Shaw UK Corresponding Members R. Gassol de Horowitz Venezuela Hong-Ying Xu China
REPORT FROM AMSTERDAMAmsterdam was the site of the 64th General Conference, held 16-21 August 1998. A total of 2,914 delegates and 174 accompanying persons attended, hailing from 112 different countries. The weather was unusually fine for Europe and complemented the warmth and beauty of this magical city. The Dutch Organizing Committee deserves congratulations for its achievement in making this conference so successful and enjoyable.
STANDING COMMITTEE MEETINGSThe Sci-Tech Standing Committee met twice during the conference, on 15th and 21st August. The lengthy sessions dealt with many items of interest. The following were the most significant.
SCI-TECH SECTION OPEN SESSIONThe Section's Open Session, "Changing the Culture of Libraries: The Impact of Electronics", was held on Tuesday 18 August. It was jointly sponsored with the Biological and Medical Libraries Section. Though well attended, it was unfortunate that simultaneous translation had not been provided and sad that the fourth paper by François Dupuigrenet Desroussiles could not be presented because of illness. English, French and German versions of Christine Baldwin and Soren Find's papers are available on the IFLA website, http://www.ifla.org. The following papers were presented:
SCI-TECH SECTION STUDY TOURThirty-seven people joined this excursion comprising a train journey to Delft and a tour of the magnificent and fascinating new library of the Technical University of Delft. Staff there were most hospitable and gave generously of their time. Formal presentations were made describing operations, including the interesting DocuTrans project providing an email-based document delivery service. Many of us stayed on afterwards to see the sights of this historic town on the Schie Canal, founded in 1075.
65TH IFLA COUNCIL AND GENERAL CONFERENCE 20-28 AUGUST 1999, BANGKOKThe Conference theme is "Libraries as Gateways to an Enlightened World". It is proposed that "the international library community commit itself to meet the challenges of building a more enlightened world by focusing on the quality of its collection, contents and services, reaching out to all levels and groups of society, ensuring equitable access to knowledge, and strengthening its position in the dynamic global information market place."
A varied programme of social and cultural activities is planned. The delegates will have the opportunities to have a glimpse of Thai traditional everyday life, to meet and talk with their colleagues from other countries in an informal and pleasant atmosphere.
PRELIMINARY PROGRAMME SUMMARY
It is worth noting that the last date for early registration has been extended until 15 May 1999. Until this date, the registration fee will be $350 U.S. - afterwards, $425 U.S!
The Thai Organizing Committee has a website which provides useful information for registration at http:// www.ifla99.th.com. Alternatively, email email@example.com
WITH RESPECT TO THE SCI-TECH OPEN SESSION, STANDING COMMITTEE MEMBER DONNA MCCOOL WRITES:
The title of our session will be "The Global Crisis in Science Literature: Developing Responses". Our topic will examine the difficulties that all libraries, in both the developing and the developed world, are experiencing in maintaining access to scientific literature because of exorbitant pricing patterns. We have chosen three speakers who can speak not only about this global problem, but also about current strategies which are being developed to respond to the crisis.
Our speakers and their titles are:
66TH IFLA GENERAL CONFERENCE JERUSALEM, ISRAEL, 13-18 AUGUST 2000The Israeli National Organizing Committee, with the approval of the Professional Board of IFLA, has chosen the theme "Information For Cooperation: Creating The Global Library Of The Future" for the 66th IFLA General Conference in Jerusalem.
The Subtopics are:
67TH IFLA COUNCIL AND GENERAL CONFERENCE, BOSTON, USA, AUGUST 16-25, 2001Theme: Libraries and Librarians: Making a Difference in the Knowledge Age
The library exists as an idea and a symbol as well as a physical reality. Throughout history the mission of the library - to facilitate the free flow of information - remains unchanged although change is constantly occurring in the ways in which librarians fulfil the library's mission. Librarians, as knowledge workers, collect, transmit and preserve recorded messages. They organize and manage the storage, retrieval and use of information. They provide personal assistance in tailoring information services for people and institutions. Librarians analyze, evaluate and synthesize the information they collect to create new forms of knowledge. The technology changes, but the mission endures.
The power of technology supports sophisticated systems for connecting people to new forms of knowledge and creates linkages between the expanding physical and intellectual universes. By harnessing rapidly developing technology with a reaffirmation of the historical values and contributions of librarianship, the chaos and experimentation of the Information Age transforms into a new era of human development -- the Knowledge Age.
IFLA SECTION OF SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY LIBRARIES MEDIUM TERM PROGRAMME 1998-2001
SCOPE STATEMENTThe Section brings together special libraries collecting materials in, and offering access to, information about the physical sciences and technology to users in science and technology departments of national libraries, university and polytechnic libraries, public libraries and corporate and government research libraries. A major focus of the Section will be on computer networks and digital information for professional and scholarly communication. The Section collaborates with various national and international science and technology library associations.
ACTION PLANS, 1998-1999
SCI-TECH LISTSERVSection members and others interested in the work of Sci-Tech are welcome to join our open listserv maintained at Oxford University, U.K. To join send a one line email message saying
ROSS SHIMMON, IFLA'S NEW SECRETARY GENERALLeo Voogt, IFLA's Secretary General from 1992 left 1 January 1999 to become Executive Director of the Royal Association for the Book Trade in the Netherlands. We wish him well in his new career and welcome his successor, Ross Shimmon, who will take up his appointment in April 1999.
FROM PRESS RELEASE 12 JANUARY 1999 - Ross Shimmon will leave the position of Chief Executive of the Library Association (United Kingdom), a position he has held since 1992. As Chief Executive he was responsible to the Council of the Library Association for the management of the Association and for providing professional leadership. Mr Shimmon is already well-known to IFLA and knowledgeable about IFLA, having attended most IFLA Conferences since 1987; as a Member of the IFLA Copyright Committee (1991-1993); as a Member of the IFLA FAIFE Committee (1997 to date); and as a Member of the IFLA Round Table on the Management of Library Associations (1988 to date). Christine Deschamps, President of IFLA, commenting on Mr Shimmon's appointment said "I am confident that as IFLA enters the new millennium, the qualifications possessed by Ross Shimmon are exactly those needed by the Federation: skilled negotiator and manager; resourcefulness; commitment to high professional standards; broad experience in a membership organization; and an ability to work in the international environment."
IFLA'S WEB ADDRESSNote that IFLA's WWW address is now officially:
There is a European mirror site that is updated daily at:
DIGLIB - DISCUSSION LIST ON DIGITAL LIBRARIESThis is a discussion list for librarians, information scientists and other information professionals to share information about the many issues and technologies pertaining to the creation of digital libraries.
To join send a one line email message saying
SPARC - THE SCHOLARLY PUBLISHING & ACADEMIC RESOURCES COALITIONThis newly formed alliance of libraries was announced in Amsterdam and aims to foster expanded competition in scholarly communication. Launched with support from membership of the the Association of Research Libraries (ARL), SPARC has begun creating "partnerships" with publishers who are developing high-quality but economical alternatives.
By partnering with publishers, SPARC seeks to:
To learn more, see:
SCHMIDT PERIODICALS GmbH
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