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Strengthening Global Sharing of Scientific Data and Research Findings

Friday, 27 January 2017 3:25:03 p.m.

Principles promote access to Federal government-supported scientific data and research findings for international scientific cooperation.

Openly accessible scientific data can be a powerful catalyst in international scientific collaboration. To inform and improve consistency among Federal departments and agencies on open scientific data sharing in support of international scientific cooperation, the Interagency Working Group on Open Data Sharing Policy released a report describing Principles for Promoting Access to Federal Government-Supported Scientific Data and Research Findings Through International Scientific Cooperation.  The working group, which reports to the Subcommittee on International Issues established under the National Science and Technology Council’s Committee on Science, includes representatives from Federal science agencies involved in international scientific collaboration. The principles demonstrate the United States’ commitment to increasing access to unclassified scientific data generated by Federal agencies or resulting from federally funded research (“government-supported scientific data”) to further international cooperation in science and technology to address global challenges.

RDA and Librarianship, Archival Science and Information Science

Friday, 27 January 2017 3:24:24 p.m.

The Research Data Alliance builds the social and technical bridges that enable open sharing of data, and its guiding principles include harmonisation and consensus for data standards, policies, technologies, infrastructure, and communities. The RDA vision notes that currently, the global research data landscape is highly fragmented, as practice and policy develop separately according to research disciplines or domains.

Archivists, records professionals and librarians have long been tasked with acquiring, appraising, arranging, managing, preserving and making accessible research material, both digital and analogue. As the global community works towards the harmonisation of research data management, these professionals have skills and expertise which can contribute greatly to the development of best practices.

Apply for a Travel Grant!

Wednesday, 4 January 2017 12:07:07 a.m.

To encourage global participation the IATUL Travel Grant programme provides financial assistance to library and/or information professionals from developing countries to attend the Annual IATUL Conference. Five IATUL Travel Grants will be awarded to first-time attendees of this conference. Applications are encouraged from librarians at any institution that is an IATUL member or would qualify for IATUL membership. When applying for a Travel Grant, please remember that English is the official language of the organization and its annual conference.

Travel grants are not intended to cover the full cost of attending the conference. The maximum amount of the grant for one person for this conference is 1.000,- Euros. This must be used to cover conference registration and the remainder for other travel related expenses. Please note that the conference organizer is not able to offer assistance with visa applications. Individuals who have been awarded an IATUL Travel Grant in the past will not be eligible to apply again.

How to apply for a Travel Grant

Please download the Travel Grant Application Form and submit the completed form via email to the IATUL Office:

Closing Date

All application forms must be submitted by 5 March 2017. Applicants will be informed of the outcome of their application by 19th March 2017.

38th Annual IATUL Conference - Call for Papers and Posters

Tuesday, 3 January 2017 8:40:57 p.m.

The IATUL 2017 Program Committee invites proposals for papers and posters, which should reflect the conference theme:

Embedding Libraries – Service and Development in Context

With its variety of services, managerial responsibilities, incorporating treasures from the past into the digital world, connecting continuity with innovation, and preparing our patrons for the challenges in a networked information society, the modern university library is a cosmos in itself. It remains, however, part of the university, and is always linked to the service requirements of its members and goals set by the university management. Therefore, the library’s mandate and all our endeavours are primarily embedded in the university’s strategic processes, along with library services resulting from our mission. The consequences are manifold, go far beyond local concerns, and will be reflected in the theme of this year’s conference: “Embedding Libraries – Service and Development in Context” and its subtopics:

  • Organisational models for transformation
  • Skills for the new challenges
  • Re-design of physical spaces
  • Digital library development
  • Research Support Services
  • New approaches to information literacy
  • Strategic partnership at the local and the global level
  • Open Data, Open Access
  • Analytics, research evaluation and bibliometrics
  • Strategic alignment and advocacy

Find more information under:

Seasons Greetings

Wednesday, 21 December 2016 2:22:53 a.m.

Dear Friends and Colleagues,

We wish you all a very Merry Christmas and a Happy, Healthy New Year.


IATUL Office

Reiner Kallenborn, IATUL President

IATUL Board of Directors - Call for Applications

Friday, 2 December 2016 1:17:49 p.m.

The International Association of University Libraries is calling for interested and qualified candidates to serve on its Board of Directors, the executive body of IATUL responsible for the further development of the association.

According to the IATUL constitution, ordinary and affiliated members may propose representatives for election. Nominations shall name the candidate and shall show evidence of the candidate's consent. The nomination must have a proposer and seconder, who must both be official representatives of a member institution. The decision as to who shall be invited to join the Board will be made by the current Board. New board members will be expected to take up their office on the 1 January of the following year. Members of the Board are elected for a term of three years, and shall be eligible for immediate re-election to one additional term.

Candidates are expected to take an active part in the endeavours of the IATUL Board of Directors, especially by attending Board meetings and taking on responsibilities related to assigned tasks and roles on the Board. 

Nominations may be sent to the IATUL office ( by the end of January 2017 and name the candidate, who must be the official representative of his or her institution.

Please use the nomination form.


On behalf of the IATUL Board of Directors

Dr Reiner Kallenborn



Using Data Visualization to Examine an Academic Library Collection

Friday, 2 December 2016 10:52:30 a.m.

The authors generated data visualizations to compare sections of the library book collection, expenditures in those areas, student enrollment in majors and minors, and number of courses. The visualizations resulting from the entered data provide an excellent starting point for conversations about possible imbalances in the collection and point to areas that are either more developed or less developed than is needed to support the major and minor areas of study at the university. The methodology used should offer a template to follow for others wishing to examine their collection and may prove valuable for adjusting expenditures, suggesting service opportunities or for marketing pieces of the collection that had been hidden before graphical analysis.

SPEC Kit 353: Funding Article Processing Charges

Friday, 2 December 2016 10:51:07 a.m.

This SPEC Kit explores the strategies that ARL member institutions are using to address article processing charges (APCs)—including how the funds are established and how they are handled (e.g., policies, applications, budgets, administration, outreach activities, etc.), sources of funding, and whether and under what circumstances libraries are partnering with other units (or other libraries) to fund this aspect of open access.

This SPEC Kit includes examples of funding web pages, fund administration policies and procedures, promotional material, and job descriptions.

Breaking the Luxury Barrier: on Fostering Exploratory Qualitative Research in Libraries

Friday, 2 December 2016 10:50:02 a.m.

How should qualitative research be incorporated into a library’s research agenda? In the latest issue of Weave: Journal of Library Experience “provocateur anthropologists” Donna Lanclos and Andrew Asher reflect on the state of ethnographic research in libraries, which they characterize as more “ethnographish” than ethnographic. Some of the trappings of ethnographish library research include that the projects are: smaller scale, rely on “pre-packaged” methods, and aim towards solving institution-specific problems. In contrast, drawing on their experiences as full-time anthropologists employed in libraries, Donna and Andrew advocate for more ethnographic research in libraries, which would involve sustained and open exploration not geared towards specific outcomes and incorporate collaboration with and comparison between libraries. Their dichotomy between ethnographish and ethnographic research is an important call to more clearly define and delimit how, to what ends, and by whom qualitative research can be deployed in library settings.

Universities are a top target for cybercriminals

Friday, 2 December 2016 10:48:37 a.m.

What are the latest trends in cybercrime?

"To put the latest cybercrime trends in context, technology is now integral to virtually everything we do. New technology and new features are constantly coming out, from the Internet of Things to biometrics. The more accelerated the pace of change we go through, and the greater the demands from customers and companies to roll out technology quickly, the more opportunities there are for cybercriminals.

In terms of trends, there’s been an increase in denial of service (DDoS) attacks on companies, knocking them over, and also rogue emails – there’s been a 37% increase in phishing emails, with criminals using them as a point of access and compromise into organisations.

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