International Summer School on the Digital Library Announced

In the summer of 2003, the International Summer School on the Digital Library will be held for the eighth consecutive year. This year, the Summer School will consist of three courses that will be held at Tilburg University, the Netherlands, immediately after the International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA) Conference in Berlin. Every year, the Summer School is updated to respond to the most recent developments. The school will be organised by Ticer B.V. (Tilburg Innovation Centre for Electronic Resources) in co-operation with Tilburg University, the European University Institute in Italy and the University of Leeds in the UK.

440 librarians from 52 different countries have attended the past summer schools, and last year, more then 90 per cent indicated they would recommend the school to colleagues in the field. To read more about the program, see D-Lib magazine, v.7, no.11, November 2001.

Course 1: Leaders' Visions on the Library of the Future
(Tilburg, 11 August - 12 August 2003)
This new course aims to discuss and develop visions for the future, thus enabling library managers to anticipate trends when developing their strategic plans and library policies. Course director is Hans Geleijnse, Director of Information Service and Systems at the European University Institute in Florence. This course is aimed at library managers/directors, other senior managers, and those aspiring to these positions, from academic and research libraries. The course also targets senior managers from publishing houses.

The subject will be approached from different points of view, the chief ones being information technology developments relevant to libraries, the future of electronic publishing, e-learning, and e-science, supporting collaborative work, better focused services (customisation and personalization), keeping up with the customer (user behaviour, usage, and statistics), the problems of e-only and digital archiving, surviving is co-operating, organisational and staff development, and strategic planning in the 21st century.

Course 2: Change: Making it Happen in your Library
(Tilburg, 13 August - 15 August)
The course aims to identify new opportunities for libraries, to support librarians in developing a vision, and to provide librarians with tools to initiate a change in their own organisation. Course director is Jan Wilkinson, University Librarian and Keeper of the Brotherton Collection at Leeds University Library. The programme is designed for library managers/directors, deputy librarians/directors, and other senior managers involved in strategic change in academic and research libraries.

The following subjects will be dealt with: the changing outside world, library vision, new ways of supporting research and learning, strategic planning, models and frameworks for change management, managing the process of change, organisational change, managing resistance, communication, human resource aspects of change, human resource management, and improvement programmes.

Course 3: Libraries, Electronic Resources, and Electronic Publishing
(Tilburg, 25 August - 27 August)
Hans Geleijnse, Director of Information Service and Systems at the European University Institute in Florence, is the director of this course which aims to support university and research libraries in the current transitional phase and to identify new roles and opportunities for them. The course is designed for library managers/directors, information technology or systems librarians, licensing officers, and digital library project managers from academic and research libraries. The course is highly relevant for publishers.

The following themes will be dealt with: changes in the information chain, new roles for publishers, the library as an information gateway and publisher, the economics of journal publishing, copyright, licensing and library consortia, the art of negotiation, electronic pre-prints and document servers, preservation and digital archiving.


Many international experts will present lectures and case studies; the following speakers have confirmed their participation:

  • Daniel E. Atkins, Professor School of Information and Director Alliance for Community Technology, University of Michigan, USA
  • Lynne Brindley, Chief Executive, The British Library, UK
  • Graham Bulpitt, Director, Sheffield Hallam University, Learning Centre, UK
  • Jonathan Clark, Director ScienceDirect, Elsevier Science, NL
  • Prof. Mel Collier, Library Director, Tilburg University Library, NL and Research Professor, University of Northumbria, UK
  • Hans Geleijnse, Director of Information Service and Systems, European University Institute, IT
  • Emanuella Giavarra, Copyright lawyer, Chambers of Mark Watson-Gandy, UK
  • Arnold Hirshon, Executive Director, NELINET, USA
  • Lucy Jeynes, Director, Larch Consulting Ltd, UK
  • Donald W. King, Research Professor, University of Pittsburg, School of Information Sciences, USA
  • Rick Luce, Research Library Director, Los Alamos National Laboratory, USA
  • Clifford Lynch, Executive Director, Coalition for Networked Information, USA
  • Teun Nijssen, Senior Project Manager, Tilburg University, Computer Centre, NL
  • Eugenie Prime, Manager, Corporate Libraries, Hewlett Packard Company, USA
  • Hans Roosendaal, Professor of Scientific Information, University of Twente, NL
  • Johan Steenbakkers, Director Information Technology and Facility Management, Koninklijke Bibliotheek, National Library of the Netherlands, NL
  • Herbert Van de Sompel, Digital Library Research & Prototyping, Los Alamos National Laboratory Research Library, USA
  • Jan Wilkinson, University Librarian and Keeper of the Brotherton Collection, Leeds University Library, UK
  • Alicia Wise, Head of Development, Joint Information Systems Committee (JISC), UK

Group discussions and workshops will enable participants to apply the new information to their own situation. A detailed programme is available on Ticer's website.

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