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IFLA moves 2010 conference from Australia to Sweden

Posted by worldlylibrarian on July 10, 2009

IFLA recently announced that their 2010 annual conference is moving from Brisbane, Australia to Goteborg, Sweden.

The current economic crisis, and resulting fears that the Australian conference will lose money, were given as reasons for this change.

There has been some complaints about this decision, particularly on
the International Library and Information Group message boards, with concerns that IFLA may be percieved as being “Euro-centric”, and this was a good opportunity for a conference in the southern hempisphere.
As for myself, Sweden is much easier to reach from Canada than Australia is, so if nothing else it increases the chance that I will be able to attend next year…


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ICDL 2010 Conference Announced

Posted by worldlylibrarian on May 6, 2009

Information on the 2010 International Conference on Digital Libraries was recently circulated. Below is the news release and call for submissions from Debal C. Kar, the Organising Secretary of ICDL 2010:

After the overwhelming success of ICDL 2004 and ICDL 2006 which were organized by TERI, New Delhi, it was felt that such an event could be an extremely useful tool to bridge the digital divide that exists in this part of the world. It was able to create awareness and enthusiasm among the community.

Keeping this in mind TERI is planning to organize the 3rd conference in this series, ICDL 2010, during 23-26 February 2010. The conference will also aim at further strengthen the academic collaboration and strategic alliance in development of DL in the world. Theme of the conference is Digital Libraries: Shaping the Information Paradigm?.

This conference is expected to be a major forum focusing on digital libraries and related technologies and issues. The areas of digital library and knowledge management are still nascent in the developing countries but with great potentiality for development. This conference would, therefore, facilitate exchange of ideas and help bridge the knowledge gap in these areas and sustain the knowledge thus gained. It is expected to become a platform to bring together a galaxy of experts, researchers, academics, students, and others.

Taking into account your expertise and interest in this field, we would like to invite you to speak at this conference. Participants will greatly benefit from your long experience. We would also be grateful if you could let us know the topic of your presentation.

An urgent and favourable response is solicited.

Debal C. Kar
Organising Secretary, ICDL 2010

Darbari Seth Block
India Habitat Place, Lodhi Road
New Delhi – 110 003, India
Tel. (+91 11) 2468 2100 / 2468 2111 Extn 2724
Fax (+91 11) 2468 2144 / 2468 2145
E-mail <dckar@teri.res. in>

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Taiwan’s international library connections

Posted by worldlylibrarian on March 22, 2009

Taiwan is continuing to develop international library connections as a way of promoting their culture and making ancient  Chinese manuscripts more widely available.

The latest initiative involves  Taiwan’s National Central Library signing an agreement with the National Library of Latvia to create indexes and bibliographies of the Chinese documents.

Taiwan Collection Centres have been set up in other countries such as Mongolia, Vietnam, and the Netherlands, while the National Library has also worked with the Library of Congress to digitize Chinese items in their collection.

Source: Lexis-Nexis/Taiwan Central News Agency

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Iraq may return archvies to Kuwait

Posted by worldlylibrarian on March 5, 2009

The Kuwait News Agency is reporting that a number of items reportedly stolen from the Kuwati archives during the Gulf War may be returned. The material, consisting of 4,500 video tapes and cassettes from the archives of the Kuwaiti Information Ministry, were taken by Iraq during the 1990 invasion.

Iraq has also pledged to return any other similar material that
may have been looted during the occupation.

(Source: Kuwait News Agency, March 4 2009)

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Ancient African manuscripts have new library home

Posted by worldlylibrarian on January 22, 2009

As previously reported, the South African government has been working with the government of Mali to build a library to house more than 30,000 historic manuscripts. These are unique and ancient documents from Africa’s history, dating back to pre-Islamic times.

I can now report that the new library and archives building has been completed. The design of the building was influenced by the local adobe architecture of Timbuktu, a city that was once a key Islamic spiritual centre in the 15th and 16th centuries, and where the historic documents were hidden by families for centuries.

Other governments are also involved in this project, including the United States, Libya, and others. More info in the New York Times

Source: Africa News

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IFLA report on Internet Governance

Posted by worldlylibrarian on January 22, 2009

Related to my last post, IFLA has posted their report from the Internet Governance Forum, held this January in Hyberadad, India.

Among other things, the IFLA representatives raised issues such as the problems for libraries in getting internet access in third world countries, access to public information, and other topics.

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IFLA hosts cultural convergence meeting

Posted by worldlylibrarian on December 15, 2008

For the next two years, the secretariat of the International NGO Working Group on Convergence will be hosted by the International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions. The first meeting of the group took place in November.

This group brings together agencies from across the cultural and heritage sector to work on issues that are of concern to many different fields. In addition to issues like copyright, digitization, and others, the Working Group deals with the protection and preservation of cultural heritage. This is of particular interest to me, as it relates to my research into the protection of libraries during wartime and their post-conflict restructuring.

More information on this first meeting of the Working Group (which included representatives from the International Council of Archives, the International Council of Museums, and others)  can be found on the IFLA web site.

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European digital library goes online

Posted by worldlylibrarian on November 20, 2008

Just a quick note that the Europeana, an online library, archive, and museum which I have previously written about, is scheduled to go online today (Nov. 20, 2008). I have not been able to access it – probably because lots of other people are doing the same – but have a look when you can.

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China opens Cold War-era archives

Posted by worldlylibrarian on November 16, 2008

More than 41,000 documents were recently declassified by the Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs, according to a report by China News. They mostly cover the time period between 1960 and 1965, a time period when China was in conflict with several of their neighbours. Over the next three years they will be declassifying documtnes from the 1965 to 1972 era.

Of course, the question remains just which documents were not declassified…

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Ethiopian librarian is CNN “Top 10 hero of 2008”

Posted by worldlylibrarian on November 5, 2008

Yohannes Gebregeorgis, an Ethiopian librarian, has been chosen as one of the “Top 10 heroes of 2008” by CNN.

Growing up in poverty, he fled to the United States as a political refugee in 1981. After becoming a librarian, he eventually returned to Ethiopia in 2002, and proceeded to open a children’s library in his home with books donated by the San Francisco Children’s Library.

He also founded Ethiopia Reads which, among other things, works to provide books for school libraries, and also publishes traditional stories from regions and ethnic groups across Ethiopia.

You can vote for Yohannes Gebregeorgis to be the CNN hero of 2008 at the first link above.


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