International Association of Technological University Libraries

Workshops & Seminars

IATUL Seminar 2017: Directors' Summit Windhoek, Namibia

The Impact of Emerging Technologies on Library Services in Developing Countries, 5th - 8th November 2017 at Namibia University of Science and Technology (NUST), Windhoek

University libraries are at the heart of information provision for higher level education and research, and therefore have mandatory assignment to provide the best of infrastructures for their academic clients. The last few years, the attributes best and optimal in this area, however, have been subject to massive change, to which many libraries have been able to respond according to their structure and resources available. Higher education and research do not stop at national borders but continue to become more interdisciplinary and international. Therefore, and to a significant extent, efficiency of cross-border academic collaboration relies on quality infrastructures at the institutions involved.

The “One World Library Programme (OWLP)” of the International Association of University Libraries (IATUL) aims at the development and implementation of initiatives for structural improvement in university and research libraries throughout the world. The OWLP event “IATUL Directors’ Summit on the Impact of Emerging Technologies on Library Services in Developing Countries”, a service of IATUL, jointly organised with Namibia University of Science and Technology (NUST), provides a forum for exchange of experience at executive level of academic libraries.

The workshop will be organised as a sequence of round table discussions on selected topics, aimed at analysing requirements for library development in Namibia and neighbouring countries.

We look forward to welcoming you to the IATUL Directors’ Summit on “The Impact of Emerging Technologies on Library Services in Developing Countries”.

Registration will open 7 August 2017.


IATUL Seminar 2016

Linking Up: Cooperation Strategies in Academic Libraries, 24th–26th October 2016, Bozen-Bolzano (South Tyrol, Italy)

University libraries cooperate not only with other libraries but with a variety of other partners including institutions from inside and outside their own university as well as experts and organisations from the public sector and from the private sector. The seminar focuses both on fundamental aspects and on the prerequisites and pitfalls of cooperation projects. Best practice accounts will illustrate synergies and perspectives of cooperation projects and encourage scientific libraries to build networks. On the third day, all interested delegates have the opportunity to take part in a guided trip to the University Library of Brixen as well as a guided city tour in Brixen.

The workshop is open to IATUL members as well as non-members who wish to share their challenges and experiences within the proposed topic. It will be held in English and provides the setting for an exchange of experiences at the managerial level in academic libraries.

Please go to for further information and registration.


IATUL workshop on “Information literacy and beyond for E-Research Support”, 23– 25 November 2015, in Prague, Czech Republic

The workshop will bring together information professionals and researchers from Central and Eastern Europe to discuss current issues and developments in the field of e-research services in libraries, centered on information literacy support.

The programme of the first day includes keynote addresses and two sessions with presentations on e-research support services and investigations into librarian skills in e-research support. On the second day, there will be a session about information literacy services for researchers and a group discussions on a range of topics associated with new trends and developments in e-research support.

Presenters come from several countries around the world and will share their findings and future plans.

On the third day, all interested delegates have the opportunity to take part in a guided tour of Prague and enjoy the highlights of both the old and modern city.

IATUL (International Association of University Libraries), provides a forum for the exchange of ideas relevant to librarianship in universities throughout the world. The IATUL Special Interest Group for Information Literacy was founded in 2012 to promote collaboration and share best practice among IATUL members interested in Information Literacy.

The event will take place in Prague, Czech Republic, 23– 25 November 2015. Please go to for further information and registration.


IATUL Leadership Academy 2014
The IATUL Leadership Academy, a workshop, was held in Krabi from 09 – 11 February 2014.

For more information please visit the workshop website

Research Data Management: Finding our Role Workshop, 5-6 December 2013
The 2013 seminar held at the University of Oxford was an opportunity to share experiences, best practice and project outcomes in the rapidly-evolving field of research data management including infrastructure, metadata, archiving, and library staff skills and competencies.

PresentationsOxford seminar

Workshop – Challenges of networking library services (Desafios de serviços de bibliotecas em rede)
This IATUL workshop, aimed at Library Directors in Latin America, is being hosted by the Univesidade Federal De Santa Catarina Library, Brazil from 30 September - 1 October 2013.

Further details can be found at

Innovation Management Workshop: What's Now and What's Next, 8 & 9 November 2012
The 2012 Seminar held in Bangkok, Thailand was hosted by IATUL in cooperation with Thammasat University Libraries. Innovation and innovation management in ASEAN libraries and some international libraries was discussed.

Presentations2012 Seminar

Libraries for New Generation Learners, 27 October 2011
The 2011 Seminar held in Melbourne, Australia was jointly sponsored by IATUL and La Trobe University Library and featured both International and Australian perspectives on the seminar topic.

Photo GalleryMelbourne Seminar 2011

Librarians’ Skills in a Changing Environment, 30 November – 1 December  2010
The 2010 IATUL Seminar was held at the Technische Universität München, Germany. 
The presentations covered various aspects of the seminar topic.

PresentationsMunich Seminar
Photo GalleryMunich Seminar

IATUL E-Science Seminar, 16 November 2009
This seminar, held at the Polytechnic University of Hong Kong provided an opportunity for university librarians and their senior staff in East and Southeast Asia to discuss and explore how academic libraries can provide support to their institutions and beyond on new developments in e-science. 

Presentations provides an overview of development in e-science in Australia and New Zealand, the Netherlands, Germany and Canada. The guest speaker, Professor Tsoi Ah Chung, VP of Hong Kong Baptist University discussed e-Research, e-Science, cyberinfrastructure and its latest incarnation, cloud computing and their impact on information and library science, and information retrieval.


E- Science Seminar, 21 November 2008
This seminar, held at the Wellcome Collection Conference Centre London, was jointly sponsored by RLUK/SCONUL Scholarly Communications Group (JSCG) and IATUL.
Presentations covered e-science initiatives from around the world.

Presentations Presentations

IATUL POLBIT Joint Seminar, 16 November 2007
Members of the POLBIT (Polskie Biblioteki Techniczne), the association
of Polish technological academic libraries, and IATUL Board members
jointly held this seminar at Cracow University of Technology.
Presentations discussed issues in Polish academic library development,
national and international collaboration, IATUL development and IATUL
collaborative programmes.


CONUL Joint Seminar, 11 November 2005
This seminar, held at Trinity College Dublin, was jointly sponsored by members of the Consortium of National University Libraries and IATUL Board members. Presentations covered issues such as the IATUL Cross Country Cooperation Programme, digital repositories and information literacy developments.


IBERIC Seminar 25 October 2004
This seminar was jointly sponsored by IATUL and Faculty of Engineering, University of Porto. Presentations covered issues such as information seeking behaviours of clients and collaborative efforts in university libraries.