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Archive August 2007

Call for Participation in the newly founded IATUL Special Interest Group on Library Organisation and Quality Management (IATUL SIG-LOQUM)

Thursday, 30 August 2007 5:07:28 p.m.

To complement the traditional IATUL annual conferences and to overcome the unavoidable time limitation of a yearly meeting, special interest groups are meant to provide a continuous opportunity to create new approaches to challenges in librarianship by joint international efforts.

Each task force will focus on a particular subject area and defines its own terms of reference, together with long and short term goals. Task forces are chaired by senior librarians who will be appointed by the IATUL Board.

Special interest groups will be encouraged to present the results of their work to the annual conference. The standard means of communication for Special Interest Groups will be e-mail and telephone conferencing.

As an initial task force the IATUL Special Interest Group on Library Organisation and Quality Management (IATUL SIG-LOQUM) is to be established.

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The Social Tools of Web 2.0: Opportunities for Academic Libraries

Monday, 20 August 2007 11:21:51 a.m.

Ellyssa Kroski
The world of the Web has changed as a new breed of software applications makes it easy to accomplish incredibly sophisticated tasks with little technical know-how. The Internet has seen an explosion of social tools that are empowering ordinary people to connect and participate in a global conversation. People who had previously accessed the Web solely for shopping or research purposes now sign on for the experience of creating and sharing information in the public sphere. They are crafting both content and connections with other users in a new Web that links people to people, as well as to information.

Web 2.0 is loosely defined as the evolution to a social and interactive Web that gives everyone a chance to participate—not just those with programming skills. By producing new applications that are simple to use, Web 2.0 breaks down the technological barriers to entry and, in essence, democratizes the Internet.

Go to Source

Source: Choice, v.44, no. 12, August 2007.

IATUL Conference Proceedings

Monday, 6 August 2007 10:48:13 a.m.

The IATUL Board decided in June 2007 that the most efficient way to
ensure the distribution of proceedings of the IATUL Annual Conference
would be by downloads from the Past Conferences page. 

This will ensure the earliest availability of the most recent conference proceedings, and also continued access to the archive of proceedings. The latter forms a continuous series from 1996. Consequently, there will be no
further distribution of CD ROMS of any of the IATUL conference proceedings.

Past President honoured

Wednesday, 1 August 2007 12:17:23 p.m.

Gaynor Austin, IATUL President 2004 – 2006 was made a Member of the Order of Australia in the Queen’s Birthday awards in June. She received the award for service to library and information management, particularly through the integration and management of new and evolving resources available in university libraries, and executive roles with a range of professional associations.

Gaynor retired from the position of Library Director at Queensland University of Technology in Brisbane, Australia in 2006.

IATUL congratulates Gaynor on this well deserved award.