World Library and Information Congress

77th IFLA General Conference and Assembly Conference Wrap-Up

ALCTS sponsors representatives to eight sections of the International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA) annual meeting (named World Library and Information Conference beginning in 2003).

This year San Juan, Puerto Rico warmly welcomed approximately 2,500 delegates from 116 countries to the Caribbean, and sent many of them home just in advance of Hurricane Irene. Held August 13–18, 2011, the theme of this year’s World Library and Information Congress: 77th IFLA General Conference and Assembly was “Libraries beyond Libraries: Integration, Innovation and Information for All.” This year also marked the end of the term of Ellen Tise of South Africa as IFLA president, and ushered in the presidency of Ingrid Parent of Canada.

More information about the San Juan conference can be found in the full program, including conference papers, online at There is also a special conference web site for news, available from, which includes conference blog posts and tweets as well as pictures and video.

Future IFLA meetings are as follows:

  • 2012: Helsinki, Finland, August 11–17, 2012
  • 2013: Singapore, August 2013 (dates to be determined)

Beginning with the 2013 Congress, IFLA will follow a seven-year planning cycle designed to ensure rotation in geographic locations: 2013 in Asia & Oceania; 2014 in Europe; 2015 in Africa; 2016 in North America; 2017 in Europe; 2018 in Latin America & the Caribbean; and 2019 in Europe.

Following are summaries of the keynote presentations and reports from sections which include an ALCTS delegate. To see conference papers from any of the sessions, visit, click Daily Programme from the left-hand navigation bar, and click on the session date to browse that day’s session agendas and papers.

Opening Ceremony

By Sha Li Zhang, University of North Carolina at Greensboro Libraries

The opening ceremony is one of the highlights of the IFLA conference. Luisa Vigo-Cepeda, Chair of the 2011 World Library and Information Congress (WLIC) National Committee, presided over the opening ceremony. In representing librarians from Puerto Rico, Vigo-Cepeda welcomed all conference attendees. Several distinguished individuals also gave welcome remarks: Ana R. Guadalupe-Quinones, Chancellor of the University of Puerto Rico; Miguel Munoz-Munoz, President of the University of Puerto Rico; Mercedes Gomez Marrero, Executive Director, Institute of Puerto Rican Culture representing the Governor; Mario Gonzalez-Lafuente, Executive Director of the Puerto Rico Tourism Company, and. Fernando Aguitar-Carrasquillo, Representative of the Mayor of San Juan and Director of Economic Development, Municipality of San Juan. Through their warm words, genuine hospitality of the people in the Caribbean island was in a display. In his words, Guadalupe-Quinones regards Puerto Rico as a geographic bridge to connect the Americans in northern and southern continents. He wished all to have enlightening experience at the conference.

The speech from Ellen Tise, IFLA President 2009–2011, focused on her presidential theme “Libraries Driving Access to Knowledge.” Tise states that IFLA and the library world are cognizant that unhindered access to information is an essential feature of bringing political stability to the world, quickening the pace of recovering from the internationally experienced recession, eradicating poverty, decreasing disease and ensuring a green environment. Tise explains that her presidential theme for 2009–2011 would not only be relevant to the personal goals of the her IFLA presidency, but also the one which would assist libraries and librarians to contribute significantly to addressing world issues as well as capture one of the key activities of the profession and its members. Tise praised people in Egypt who formed a ring of holding hands to protect one of the revered institutions of information in Egypt. Tise expressed empathies on behalf of IFLA to librarians in Japan who endured devastating natural disaster of the tsunami in early 2011 and to library colleagues in other places that have been visited by unfortunate events. Tise eloquently articulated that libraries stand above all, for the enlightened and rational notion that human beings are improved by the acquisition of knowledge and information and that no bar should be placed in their way. Libraries are the bastions that provide the materials, instruction and assistance that enable individuals.

The keynote speaker at the opening ceremony was Fernando Picó, S. J., distinguished Puerto Rican historian, humanist, and professor at the University of Puerto Rico, Rio Piedras Campus. Pico speaks on “The Afterlife of Texts: When Paradise Is an Internet Site” in Spanish. Picó is an expert on nineteenth-century Puerto Rico and is considered the highest authority in this area of study and more generally in the field of the island’s history.

After the keynote speech, the opening ceremony culminated with music presentations by the Youth Symphony Orchestra of the Ernesto Ramo Antonini Free School of Music in San Juan, Puerto Rico. The artists performed Campanitas De Cristal, En Mi Viejo San Juan, El Cumbanchero, La Copa de la Vida, and more. These beautiful pieces from Puerto Rico kept audience from leaving the conference hall. It was an enjoyable experience.

IFLA Acquisitions and Collection Development Section

By Sha Li Zhang, University of North Carolina at Greensboro Libraries

Satellite Program

This year, the IFLA Standing Committee on Acquisitions and Collection Development Section held a satellite meeting, “Maximizing Collection Development of Electronic and Print Media in the Digital Environment: Opportunities for Collaboration, Strategic Partnership, and Patron Initiated Models,” on August 10–11, 2011 at the University of Virgin island, St. Thomas. Presenters were from Austria, Canada, Finland, Germany, Mexico, Spain, and United States. The topics of the satellite program included balancing electronic and print media (Finland), managing print and electronic materials (Canada), experience on eBooks on Demand project (Austria), collection management in the Spanish speaking world (Mexico), digitization workflow (Germany), use of open accessible materials (U.S.), subscription models (i.e., traditional subscription, big deals, or pay-per-view) and patron-driven acquisitions (U.S.), etc. Approximately thirty-five librarians from U.S. and Caribbean islands attended the satellite meeting. With assistance from Helén Ladrón de Guevara, the Organizing Committee member, all presentation slides were translated into Spanish and English. After the one-day conference, the committee members joined with the members of the IFLA Genealogy and Local History Section for a cultural evening, sponsored by the Library Association of the Virgin Islands and the VI Cultural Heritage Institute. The members enjoyed Creole food and drinks, music, and dance. Special thanks should go to Judith Rogers and other local arrangement committee members for hosting this very special conference. The full papers from the satellite conference are available at

Open Program

The Standing Committee organized an open program during the IFLA Conference, “Developing collections in hard financial times: proactive collaboration, balancing e-resources vs. print, low-cost options and alternative resources, fee resources ….” The speakers from Austria, United Kingdom, Venezuela, Zimbabwe, Russia, and U.S. presented their papers. The open program attracted close to two hundred people. Highlights of the presentations at the open program include:

  • “Shared Archiving as a Chance to Acquire Fresh Money for Collection Development.” The Austrian university libraries launched “shared archiving” project in 2010. For print journals with electronic availability, only one copy at a time will be kept throughout the country. The “best holdings” are identified and kept. Duplicate copies are weeded.
  • “Overcoming the Barriers to Accessing Research Collections in the Developing World: an International Collaborative Approach.” The International Network for the Availability of Scientific Publications (INASP) has worked very hard to develop sustainable models to ensure that developing countries are part of international research networks; strengthen the skills of individuals working in and supporting research, and improve the technology to help communicate research outcomes. The presentation focused on INASP’s work in providing access to high-quality peer-reviewed international literature via deeply discounted countrywide licensing, and INASP’s work in supporting for the creation and strengthening of library consortia in low-income countries in Africa and Central America.
  • “Collection Development in Public Libraries Section from National Library and Library Services Autonomous Institute, Venezuela, According to Changes of the Institute’s Budget between 2004–2011.” This presentation was in Spanish. Unfortunately, PowerPoint slides or a conference paper was not available.
  • “Skating in Thin Ice: The Resilience of the Zimbabwean Libraries during the Decade 2000–2010.” Zimbabwe’s university libraries have faced extraordinarily hard time with acquisitions funding in the past decade. In 2009, U.S. currency was introduced as the medium of exchange, helping economic recovery of the country. The Open Society Institute of Southern Africa has provided funding to the establishment of the Zimbabwe University Libraries Consortium in 2001 to promote resource sharing and cooperative collection development among the university libraries. International Network for the Availability of science Publications (INASP) sponsored training programs and introduced low-cost e-journals.
  • “National Electronic Information Consortium as a Leader of Cooperative Acquisitions of E-resources in Russia.” When the Soviet Union was collapsed in early 1990s, the funding for Russian research libraries witnessed substantial decreases. Lack of current research journals and other materials prevented Russian scientists and researchers from conducting research. In 2002, the National Electronic Information Consortium (NEICON) was established. It successfully attracted funds from the Russian Ministry of Culture, Soros Foundation, and Ford Foundation. The funding has enabled the consortium libraries to access research materials through subscription and purchases.
  • “Even Cowgirls Get the Blues: How Research Libraries Are Coping Reduction in Their Collections Budget.” U.S. research libraries have experienced resource constraints imposed by a tough economic climate and reduced allocations at the state level. Committee on Institutional Cooperation Consortium (CIC) and the Orbis Cascade Alliance are the two examples in leveraging difficult financial time on cost-saving, with cooperative licensing for electronic journals and e-books, author-pays models, and shared print monographs with consolidated vendors to reduce the number of duplicate copies purchased by the consortium members.

Committee Meetings

During the IFLA Conference, the Committee held two business meetings. Some of the agenda items at the meetings are:

  • Elected new officers for 2011–2013. Committee Chair (Joseph Hafner), Committee Secretary (Regine Schmolling), and Committee Information Coordinator (Jerome Fronty).
  • Reviewed the Committee’s satellite meetings. The satellite meeting held in St. Thomas on August 9–10, 2011 was well received by attendees, despite financial difficulties preventing many librarians from the Caribbean region from participating. The topics were relevant and timely. The presenters did excellent job on each session. The facility was very conducive. The cultural events were very enjoyable. The Organizing Committee was chaired by Regine Schmolling. The Local Arrangement Committee was chaired by Judith Rogers.
  • Reviewed the Committee’s open program. The open program was a very successful one. The Program Committee was chaired by Pascal Sanz, the committee member.
  • Reviewed preparation for a satellite meeting in Finland. Pentti Vattulanien, a former committee chair and member, gave updates on the satellite meeting to be held in Kuopio, Finland, on August 9–10, 2012, prior to the IFLA Conference. The theme of the satellite meeting is, “Keeping the Tail Long and Letting the Birds Fly—Global Policies, Imperatives and Solutions for the Efficient Print Resources Management and Access to Less Used Document.” The local organizers include Library of Savonia University of Applied Science, University of Eastern Finland Library, and National Repository Library.
  • Solicited ideas for the 2012 program. The 2012 IFLA Conference will be in Helsinki, Finland. The Program Committee was formed with Julia Gelfand as chair. The concepts and ideas for the open program were sought after. The program proposal was approved by the committee. The final program calls was issued in October 2011 through various channels for proposal submissions.
  • Translations of the committee’s publication. The translation work from English to Chinese, French, Russian, and Spanish were completed for the committee’s publication, Gifts for the Collections: Guidelines for Libraries (IFLA Professional Reports : 112). The committee needs translations in German and Arabic languages.
  • Updates on Electronic Resources Guidelines. This is the committee’s ongoing publication project and will be finalized at the end of the conference.
  • Section newsletter. Regine Schmolling, the new secretary, will prepare the next issue of the committee’s newsletter.

Library Visits

national libraryPHOTO: Reading room in Biblioteca National de Puerto Rico (by Sha Li Zhang)

I had opportunities to visit the following libraries at the sites of the Committee’s satellite meeting and the IFLA Conference:

  • University of Virgin Islands Library. It is a typical academic library with array of services and programs. The library is situated on beautiful hills overlooking the St. Thomas City and the Caribbean Sea. It is obvious that the library is under the pressure of available space. Very modern compact shelves were installed for holding print collections.
  • St. Thomas Public Library. It is a part of the Virgin Islands Public Library System, Division of Libraries, Archives, and Museums in the area. The library staff were kept busy in the summer to carry out the the 2011 Governor’s Summer Reading Challenge which was open to all the territory’s public, private and parochial school students between kindergarten and 6th grade. Photography inside the library building was not allowed. However, the library staff on duty during my visit told me that a state-of the-art building for a new public library in St. Thomas is under construction, with large amounts of space allotted for activities, technologies, and public meeting rooms.
  • Biblioteca National de Puerto Rico. IFLA Conference organized a series of library tours in San Juan. The tour of Puerto Rico’s national library was one. Under the Instituto de Cultura Puertorriqueña, the national library hosts current collections as well as historical archives and artifacts related to the islands.

IFLA Bibliography Section

By Charlene Chou, Columbia University, and Glenn Patton, OCLC

The Bibliography Section cooperated with the IFLA-CDNL Alliance for Digital Strategies Programme (ICADS) and the Information Technology, National Libraries and Knowledge Management Section in the organization and presentation of a session titled “e-Legal Deposit: from Legislation to Implementation; from Ingest to Access.” Kai Ekholm, Director of the National Library of Finland gave the keynote address for the morning-long session, followed by six presentations from Chile, France, Germany, New Zealand, South Africa and the United Kingdom, covering all aspects of legal deposit programs in the national libraries of those countries. Check the conference web site’s Daily Programme for August 18, Session 193 for conference papers.

At its business meetings, the section welcomed ten newly elected members of the Standing Committee. Carsten Anderson of Danish Bibliographic Centre was elected to a second term as chair of the Standing Committee and Anke Meyer of the Deutsche Nationalbibliothek was elected to serve as secretary and treasurer. Committee members reviewed activities from the section’s action plan for 2010–2011 and began the planning process for a satellite meeting to be held prior to the 2012 IFLA conference. The meeting, a joint effort with the Cataloguing Section, will focus on the Guidelines for National Bibliographies in the Electronic Age. It will be hosted by the National Library of Poland in Warsaw.

Charlene Chou represents the Bibliography Section in the Working Group on Guidelines for Subject Access by National Bibliographic Agencies, which examines national indexing policies of national libraries and national bibliographic agencies and provides recommendations and establishes guidelines (minimal requirements) in addition to the Guidelines for National Bibliographies in The Electronic Age. The worldwide review ended on July 15. The draft has been revised after two working group meetings in San Juan, and the final version is intended for review by the Classification & Indexing and Bibliography sections in late October.

Full minutes of the standing committee meetings from the Bibliography Section are available at

IFLA Cataloguing Section

By John Hostage, Harvard Law School

At this conference I completed my term on the Standing Committee of the Cataloguing Section and began a term on the Standing Committee of the Classification and Indexing Section.

Anders Cato of the National Library of Sweden chaired the activities of the Cataloguing Section for the first part of the conference. Bill Garrison of the University of South Florida served as newsletter editor, and John Hostage of Harvard Law School as information coordinator with Ana Barbarić of the University of Zagreb, Croatia, as secretary. During the conference new officers were elected: Hanne Hørl Hansen of Denmark as chair, Miriam Säfström of Sweden as secretary/treasurer, Unni Knutsen of Norway as newsletter editor, and Agnese Galeffi of Italy as information coordinator.

The program of the Cataloguing Section featured the papers “Breaking Barriers between Old Practices and New Demands: The Price of Hesitation” by Maja Žumer and others, “Data Aggregation and Dissemination of Authority Records through Linked Open Data” by Xavier Agenjo and others, “Comparison of Metadata Schemas: AACR2+ vs. ICDL's metadata schema” by Jihee Beak and Hope A. Olson, and “A Bibliographic Logistics for Processing Mega-medium Collections: A Practical System of the NCL (Taiwan) to Solve the Current Barriers in Cataloguing and Services” by Chingfen Hsu and Diing-Jong Yan.

The Cataloguing Section was disappointed that its recommendation to establish a new core activity in IFLA for bibliographic standards was rejected by the Governing Board because of lack of resources. A new committee for all IFLA standards will be created, but it is feared that bibliographic standards will get short shrift.

The FRBR Review Group is chaired by Pat Riva of Bibliothèque et Archives nationales du Québec. The group continues to work on consolidating the Functional Requirements for Bibliographic Records (FRBR) model with Functional Requirements for Authority Data (FRAD) and Functional Requirements for Subject Authority Data (FRSAD). The Working Group on Aggregates continues to study the modeling of different categories of aggregates.

The ISBD Review Group has been chaired by Elena Escolano Rodríguez of the National Library of Spain. The new consolidated edition of the International Standard Bibliographic Description was published just before the conference, replacing the preliminary consolidated edition of 2007. The group is now involved in discussions with the Joint Steering Committee for the Development of RDA and the ISSN Network about harmonizing certain provisions between the ISBD, RDA (Resource Description and Access), and the ISSN. Work continues on expressing ISBD elements in an XML/RDF schema.

IFLA Classification & Indexing Section

By John DeSantis, Dartmouth College

CIS section PHOTO: The IFLA Classification & Indexing Section in Puerto Rico, 2011 (by Bobby Bothmann)

The Classification and Indexing Section presented a two-hour program “Bridging Domains, Communities and Systems” the afternoon of August 16. The program was well attended and included presentations on Simple Knowledge Organization System (SKOS), the semantic web, and controlled LC subject headings and classification through the web. The section is looking into publishing one of the presentations. Links to most of the full papers are provided at

The section met twice during the conference to coordinate and report on activities, evaluate the San Juan program, and make plans for its 2012 programs. The section also approved its strategic plan.

The section’s Working Group on Guidelines for Subject Access by National Bibliographic Agencies, chaired by Yvonne Jahns, met early this year and submitted a final draft on the IFLA website in May for worldwide review. The comment period ended in July and resulted in mostly positive comments and valuable ideas. Two meetings of the working group were held during the conference, mostly to discuss the comments. A final version of the guidelines will be submitted in October for approval by the Classification and Indexing Standing Committee and the Bibliography Standing Committee. Once they are approved, it is hoped the guidelines will be published in 2012.

The Namespaces Task Group, under the leadership of committee member Gordon Dunsire, has been sharing information on specific namespaces activities concerning ISBD, RDA, MulDiCat and the W3C incubator group. The group met once during the conference and was joined by a large number of observers. Currently the group is waiting for IFLA to take action on the issue of bibliographic standards. The current proposal is a new Standing Committee on Standards, which would have representation from members in each section. The group now sees its work as ongoing and may need to change from a task group to a full-fledged working group.

The responsibility for the Multilingual Dictionary of Cataloguing Terms and Concepts (MulDiCat) now falls under new Standing Committee member Janis Young (Library of Congress). Even though this project originated in the Cataloguing Section, it now involves all bibliographic sections. It is also intended to be used when translating IFLA documents and other cataloguing codes. MulDiCat is now also available as a SKOS file on the new IFLA namespace.

The section is making plans for its program at the 2012 IFLA conference in Helsinki. The theme of the program will be “Subject Access Now: Inspiring, Surprising, Empowering.” In addition, the section is planning a satellite conference following the IFLA conference in Tallinn, Estonia. The theme of the satellite conference will be “Beyond Libraries: Subject Metadata in the Digital Environment and Semantic Web.”

The web site for the Classification and Indexing Section can be found at

IFLA Knowledge Management Section

By Lois M. Chan, University of Kentucky

The Knowledge Management (KM) Standing Committee met twice during the conference.

The agenda of the first meeting included reports presented by the chair, the secretary, and other officers. Topics of reports included:

  • Report on website, Facebook, and Twitter (Jane Dysart)
  • Report on newsletter, blog and LinkedIn (Christel Mahnke)
  • Report on Information Portal development (Elizabeth Freyre)
  • Report on Global Access to Law (Stuart Basefsky)
  • Report on e-Legal Deposit (Sally McCallum)

Other activities included the election of section officers. Xuemao Wang and Sally McCallum were re-elected as chair and secretary, respectively, for another term.

At the second meeting, the agenda included the announcement of a new Knowledge Management Leadership Team and a presentation by a representative from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. Also discussed was preliminary decision on the program for IFLA 2012.

The program meeting of the IFLA Knowledge Management Section took place on August 17, 2011. The theme of the program was “Applied Knowledge Management: Success Stories & Case Studies in Libraries & Lessons Learned.” Topics included:

  • Defining knowledge for a geographically diverse user community: a case study of services and assessment, presented by Ardis Hanson (Louis de la Parte Florida Mental Health Institute, Tampa, FL, USA)
  • The librarian/lecturer: successful course development based on knowledge management principles, presented by Stuart Basefsky (Industrial and Labor Relations (ILR) School, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY, USA)
  • Knowledge management in a Single Virtual University Space (SVUS), presented by Karen Lequay (The University of the West Indies, Open Campus, St. Augustine, Trinidad and Tobago)
  • A knowledge management-based strategic, global current awareness service, presented by Stuart Basefsky (ILR School, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY, USA)

Check the conference web site’s Daily Programme for August 17, Session 184 for conference papers.

In addition, the Knowledge Management Section participated in two joint program sessions with the Bibliography Section and the Law Libraries Section:

e-Legal deposit: from legislation to implementation; from ingest to access (session 193)

Bibliography Section with IFLA-CDNL Alliance for Digital Strategies Programme (ICADS), Information Technology, National Libraries and Knowledge Management:

  • "The State of e-Legal Deposit in France: Looking Back at Five Years of Putting New Legislation into Practice and Envisioning the Future," presented by Peter Stirling, Gildas Illien, Pascal Sanz, and Sophie Sepetjan (France)
  • "Electronic Legal Deposit at the National Library of Chile," presented by Roberto Aguirre Bello (Chile)
  • "Managing Legal Deposit for Online Publications in Germany," presented by Renate Gömpel and Lars G. Svensson (Germany)
  • "The National Library of South Africa e-Legal Deposit Strategy: Legislative and Pilot Study Analysis," presented by Lesiba Steve Ledwaba, Narios Mpholefole and John K. Tsebe (South Africa)
  • "Electronic Legal Deposit: The New Zealand Experience," presented by Alison Alliott (New Zealand)
  • "Tortoise or Hare? Learning from the Development of e-Legal Deposit Legislation in the UK," presented by Richard Gibby and Caroline Brazier (United Kingdom)

Promoting global access to law: developing and open access index for official, authenticated legal information (session 194)

Law Libraries Section with Government Libraries, Government Information and Official Publications and Knowledge Management:

  • "Mapping the World of Digital Legal Information," presented by Radu D. Popa (USA)
  • "The Digital Legal Landscape in South America: Government Transparency and Access to Information," presented by Teresa Miguel (USA)
  • "Mapping the Digital Legal Resources of Mexico, Central America, the Spanish-speaking Caribbean and Haiti," presented by Marisol Floren (USA)
  • "Access to Digital Legal Information: Focus on the English-speaking Caribbean Countries," presented by Yemisi Dina (Canada)

Knowledge Management Cafe in Action

This joint session with the Library & Research Services for Parliaments Section began with a short introduction to knowledge management by Xuemao (Shimo) Wang, chair of the Knowledge Management Section, and an introduction to the Knowledge Cafe concept by Moira Fraser, chair of the Library & Research Services for Parliaments Section. Then participants moved from table to table every twenty minutes to informally discuss with a facilitator and colleagues the following topics:

  • Knowledge sharing techniques in organizations
  • Knowledge sharing applications in libraries -- case studies
  • Selling the value of knowledge management in our organization/ enlisting support, and making the case for knowledge management)
  • Collaborative technologies to support/facilitate knowledge sharing building and sustaining communities of practice
  • Learning from lessons learned
  • Social media facilitating/enabling knowledge sharing

IFLA Newspapers Section

By Sue Kellerman, Penn State University

The Newspapers Section met twice during the general conference: first to review the minutes from the previous business meeting held at the International Newspaper Conference in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia in April 2011, and again to set future conferences and meetings for the coming year. Frederick Zarndt presided as chair of the section and Par Nilsson served as secretary.

The Newspapers Section’s agenda topics at the Saturday, August 13 business meeting were the proposed conference at the National Library of France on April 11–12, 2012 in Paris, and the satellite conference to be hosted by the National Digitization Center of the National Library of Finland in Mikkeli, which will be held prior to the 2012 Helsinki General Conference August 7–9, 2012. Also discussed were revisions to the section’s mission statement and progress updates on the section’s newspaper digitization guidelines. Frederick Zarndt was re-elected section chair and Sue Kellerman was elected secretary for a two-year term, 2011–2013.

The second business meeting on Wednesday, August 17 was devoted to refining the themes and logistics for the spring conference in Paris, next year’s IFLA General Conference section open sessions, and the satellite conference in Mikkeli, Finland. The call for papers announcements for each venue was drafted by a small working group of the section’s standing committee prior to this second business meeting. The proposed theme for the section’s open session at the 2012 Helsinki General Conference was discussed and approved. It was decided that the theme would be “portals and other delivery systems for digitized newspaper collections.” It was thought that a focus on users would attract more attendees to the Open Session program. Randy Olsen, representative of the Genealogy and Local History Section (GENLOC) participated in the Open Session program discussion and proposed that both sections hold a joint program session. More planning and discussion about this joint session with GENLOC is forthcoming.

The theme for the Mikkeli satellite conference will be “Electronic Re-Evolution—New Media in the Digital Age.” This pre-conference will deal with the impact of the electronic re-revolution on the newspaper field at large including e-delivery, crowd-sourcing, digital environment, copyright issues, preservation solutions and collection management. For more information on this conference including the call for papers announcement, visit

Also on August 17, five papers were presented at the Newspapers Section Open Session. Topics included: Developing a knowledge-based improved use of historical newspaper collections; web harvesting of online news content; technical processes in creating digital objects; newspaper collections at the National Library of Chile; and the history of the Peru–Bolivian Confederation (or Confederacy), a short-lived confederate state that existed in South America between 1836 and 1839, told through its newspapers. Three of the five papers were presented in Spanish.

For more information on the IFLA Newspapers Section visit

IFLA Preservation & Conservation Section

By Jeanne Drewes, Library of Congress

The Preservation & Conservation Section began their meeting by acknowledging the work of outgoing members and welcoming incoming members. The first session was chaired by outgoing chair Per Culherd; the second session was chaired by incoming chair Danielle Mincio. Julie Arnott, incoming ALCTS representative agreed to chair the program planning for 2012, with assistance from Douwe Drifhout from South Africa. The topic will be staff training. The satellite program for next year was also discussed and Reinhard Altenhoner agreed to be the representative for the combined program with Newspaper Section.

The Preservation Activity Core (PAC) program was discussed by PAC Director Christiane Baryla, who updated the committee on the training and upcoming programs. For information and papers see on the PAC program and satellite meeting.

This year’s conference program was “The media is the message! The convergence of media in rapidly changing societies from a user perspective as well as the demand for preservation,” presented jointly with the Audiovisual and Multimedia Section. Check the conference website’s Daily Programme for August 17, Session 161 for the program’s topics and papers.

The outgoing ALCTS representative, Jeanne Drewes, has also been the editing the section newsletter. If no one is able to assume this responsibility, the last newsletter will be sent in September and then communications will move to the IFLA P&C blog. It is possible to set up an RSS feed to the blog.

Serials and Other Continuing Resources Section

By Paul Lloyd Hover, Virginia Tech

The Serials and Other Continuing Resources Section (SOCRS) held two meetings and hosted an Open Session during the 77th IFLA World Library and Information Congress in Puerto Rico.

The Serials and Other Continuing Resources Section Standing Committee Meetings

During the first meeting, held on August 13, presiding Chair/Treasurer Helen Adey welcomed new and returning committee members. A membership list, including short bios of newly appointed members, can be seen in issue 49 of our newsletter (ISSN 0264-4738). We elected officers for 2011–2013 as follows: Helen Adey was re-elected Chair; Helen Heinrich was elected Secretary; and Alicia Wise was elected Information Coordinator/Editor of the Newsletter. IFLA HQ and Division Business announcements were accompanied by some helpful advice about Open Session programs we’d be interested in. New members (of which I am one) were encouraged to attend one of several division leadership meetings, as this will be useful in the future as our IFLA experience deepens. After assigning tasks to members in support of our mid-week Open Session, we met with Pentti Vattulainen of the Acquisitions & Collection Development Section Standing Committee and Library Director, National Repository Library of Finland, who proposed a joint satellite conference in Kuopio, Finland, two days prior to the 2012 IFLA Congress in Helsinki. The theme would be “Keeping the Tail Long (enough?) and Letting the Birds (the Wagtails?) Fly—Global Policies and Solutions for Efficient Print Resource Management and Access to Lesser-Used Documents.” Our committee enthusiastically agreed to join in this project.

Our second Standing Committee meeting took place on Tuesday, August 16, 2011. Action plan items, largely aimed at supporting IFLA 2010-2015 Strategic Directions, included the following main goals:

  1. Promote good practices in serials and e-resources
  2. Work with a variety of groups both within and outside of IFLA, to promote cooperation with the serials and e-resources information chain
  3. Attract, involve and retain members from all parts of the serials information chain, thereby raising the profile of the Serials and Other Continuing Resources Section and IFLA
  4. Monitor, report, disseminate and raise awareness of national and international standards for serials and e-resources

In addition to many subheadings under the main goals, there were helpful sections on the scope of the committee and working definitions. I thought it interesting that the scope of the committee not only includes serials and other continuing resources, but also e-resources, which in turn encompass e-books. This inclusion is reminiscent of the point made at a popular program of the conference that e-serials and e-books are in many ways merging or morphing into what will simply be called “e-resources.” The program, “Can the new book economy guarantee freedom of access to information?” was presented jointly by the Committee on Copyright and other Legal Matters (CLM) and Committee on Free Access to Information and Freedom of Expression (FAIFE). One of the most popular tweets from the Congress, originating in this session, went something like “think about the book of the future, not the future of the book!”

The second meeting also included possible topics for our next call for papers, and updates on progress made towards priority goals. One of these goals, number three noted above, was already met, empowering our meetings with an unusually broad base of participants. A glance at our committee roster will reveal, in addition to librarians, under-represented links in the serials information chain including experts on licensing, publishing, and aggregation.

The Serials and Other Continuing Resources Section Open Session

Entitled “Access and Innovation: Delivering Information to All,” the Open Session was held on Wednesday, August 17 from 9:30–11:30 a.m. The following papers were presented to a well-attended roomful of delegates:

  • Research4Life: bringing academic and professional peer-reviewed content to developing countries through public-private partnerships, presented by Edmond Gaible (The Natoma Group), Richard Gedye (The International Association Of Scientific, Technical And Medical Publishers) Mary Ochs (Albert R Mann Library, Cornell University, Ithaca, Ny, Usa), Kimberly Parker (Hinari - Health Internetwork Access To Research Initiative, World Health Organization, Geneva, Switzerland) and Stephen Rudgard (Food And Agriculture Organization of the United Nations)
  • OpenEdition Freemium: developing a sustainable library-centered economic model for open access, presented by Jean-Christophe Peyssard (Centre for Open Electronic Publishing, Marseille, France)
  • Unbundling the big deal with Patron Driven Acquisition of e-Journals, presented by Maureen Weicher and Tian Xiao Zhang (St. John's University Library, Queens, NY)
  • Initiative of the INFLIBNET centre for delivering information to the Indian academic community, presented by Rajesh Chandrakar and Jagdish Arora (INFLIBNET - Information and Library Network, Ahmedabad, India)
  • Widening access to serials in the developing world: the role and philosophy of INASP, presented by Martin Belcher, Peter Burnett and Sara Gwynn (INASP - International Network for the Availability of Scientific Publications, Oxford, United Kingdom)

More details about these and other conference presentations may be found in the Congress Programme at

photo of shoreline in Puerto RicoOne of the most memorable experiences I had during the conference was the luncheon directly after our session, to which we had invited our speakers. It is one thing to exchange cards with a favorite panelist after a presentation, but to actually sit next to such “movers and shakers” and have a chance to discuss their life-work at length was, in a word, fabuloso.

And speaking of fabuloso, I would be remiss if I didn’t mention the fabulous people of Puerto Rico. The island is famous for its lively salsa dancehalls, bakeries that serve the best coffee in the Caribbean, warm water and huge surf. But if one day I get the chance, I’d revisit Puerto Rico for the helpful, friendly people. On first approach they seem a little shy, but every time I busted out my rusty Español people’s eyes lit up and faces beamed welcoming smiles.

PHOTO: ¡Viva Puerto Rico! (by Paul Lloyd Hover)