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									                               LTR Newsletter
                               DECEMBER 2003
           IFLA Standing Committee on Library Theory and Research
             (International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions)

                                                  227 from UK, Netherlands 170, China 151
                                                  and France 148. There were 1123 first
                                                  timers attending this year and 80 attended
                                                  as grantees.

                                                  The Library Theory and Research Standing
                                                  Committee had an outstanding program
                                                  again this year. The July 2003 issue of the
                                                  LTR Newsletter gave the itinerary and
                                                  identified speakers for the Berlin conference,
                                                  as well as the schedule for the two annual
                                                  meetings of the Standing Committee held in
69th IFLA General                                 Berlin. [Minutes from those meetings are
                                                  included in this issue of the newsletter.]
Conference and Council
                                                  The LTR participated in three major
Access Point Library:                             sessions this year. The first was the open
                                                  session on Tuesday, 15 August, 13.45 –
Media - Information - Culture                     15.45 entitled “Is your library project
Berlin, Germany1-9 August 2003                    evidenced based?” Papers included:

The 69th annual IFLA meeting was held
                                                      1. A metadata lifecycle model for
during one of the worst heat waves to hit
                                                         digital libraries: methodology and
Europe, but that did not stop the 4582
                                                         application for an evidence-based
participants, representing 131 countries
                                                         approach to library research
convening at the International Congress
                                                         YA-NING CHEN, SHU-JIUN CHEN
Centre Berlin (ICC), shown below.
                                                         and SIMON C. LIN (Computing
                                                         Center of Academia Sinica, Taiwan,
                                                      2. Why is quality control so hard?
                                                         Reference studies and reference
                                                         quality in public libraries: the case of
                                                         TORD HØIVIK (Oslo University
                                                         College, Department of Journalism,
                                                         Library and Information Studies,
                                                         Oslo, Norway)
                                                      3. Past decade - transforming
                                                         measures and values in Estonian
                                                         library practice
                                                         AIRA LEPIK (Department of
                                                         Information Studies, Tallinn
Attendees representing the highest numbers               Pedagogical University, Tallinn,
from six countries included 972 from                     Estonia) and TOOMAS LIIVAMÄGI
Germany (usually the top number
represents the host country), 495 from USA,
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      (Tartu University Library, Tartu,                   Research Section
      Estonia)                                            CHRISTINA STENBERG,
   4. What is « culture » according to                    Management of Library Association
      librarians ? Is it evidence-based?                  Section
      CLAUDE POISSENOT                               2.   Politicians and librarians behind the
      (Researcher, France)                                same wheel
   5. Innovation - the creative tension of                CHRISTOF EICHERT (Deutschen
      risk and evidence                                   Bibliotheksverbandes e. V.,
      ALAN SMITH (Victoria University of                  Ludwigsburg, Germany)
      Wellington, Wellington, New                    3.   Political perceptions - a view from
      Zealand)                                            Sri Lanka
                                                          PREMILA GAMAGE (Institute of
                                                          Policy Studies, Colombo, Sri Lanka)
                                                          and UPALI AMARASIRI (National
                                                          Library of Sri Lanka, Colombo, Sri
                                                     4.   Political perceptions - a view from
                                                          ALEKSANDRA HORVAT (Dept. of
                                                          Information Sciences, Faculty of
                                                          Philosophy, Zagreb, Croatia)
                                                     5.   Public library politics: the Ugandan
         Speakers at the Open Session                     ROBERT IKOJA ODONGO (East
                                                          African School of Library and
The second session held on Wednesday, 6                   Information Science, Makerere
August, 08.30-12.45 was a workshop held                   University, Kampala, Uganda)
jointly by Management of Library                          (pictured below)
Associations & Library Theory and Research
on Libraries and politics - how to bring
libraries and national associations into
the political sphere? with a large audience
in attendance (see below).

                                                     6. Politicians and librarians behind the
                                                        same wheel
                                                        Les bibliothécaires et les politiciens :
                                                        en route vers un but commun
                                                        FINN VESTER (Danish Library
                                                        Association, Copenhagen,
   1. Public Library Politics - an
                                                     7. Round Table, including comments
      international perspective:
      Welcoming introduction by the
                                                        ELLEN TISE (South Africa) and
      chairs of the organising Sections
                                                        BOB USHERWOOD (UK)
      KERRY SMITH, Library Theory and

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(International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions)

The third program was an offsite workshop,           6. "We are not going to prosecute you,
Thursday, 7 August, 09.00-16.00 co-                     we want your stories" - Filling
sponsored by Library Theory and Research                apartheid gaps in the public memory
& Free Access to Information and Freedom                of the Namibian struggle for
of Expression (FAIFE) convened at Haus                  independence
Berliner Stadtbibliothek on The Librarian:              ELLEN NDESHI NAMHILA
the Key to Open and Closed Collections.                 (Namibia Library and Information
Issues on Ethics of Librarianship                       Service, Windhoek, Namibia)
                                                     7. Jewish collections and previous
   •   Welcome                                          Jewish ownership in German
       Alex Byrne and Kerry Smith                       libraries: A comparison of Bremen
   •   The ethics of librarianship in                   and Munich university libraries
       selected countries and regions                   Les collections juives et la propriété
                                                        antérieure des Juifs dans les
                                                        bibliothèques allemandes: la
                                                        comparaison des bibliothèques de
                                                        l'Université de Brême et de Munich
                                                        JÜRGEN BABENDREIER
                                                        (Universität Bremen, Bremen,
                                                        Germany) AND SVEN KUTTNER
                                                        (Bibliothek des Histiricums,
                                                        University Library of Munich,
                                                        Munich, Germany)
                                                     8. The Beacon for Freedom of
              Chair Wallace Koehler                     Expression of Bibliotheca
   1. The Nordic Countries                              "Beacon for Freedom of Expression"
      ROBERT WALLACE VAAGAN                             de la Bibiotheca Alexandrina
      (Oslo University College, Oslo,                   METTE NEWTH and HEGE N.
      Norway)                                           NOURI (Beacon of Freedom of
   2. Codes of ethics in Latin America                  Expression, Oslo, Norway)
      Los códigos de ética en América
      Latina                                         Conclusion: Marianna Tax Choldin
      ZAMORA (National Library of
      Mexico, Mexico City, Mexico)
   3. Uganda and Sub Saharan Africa
      DICK KAWOOYA (School of
      Information Science, University of
      Tennessee, Knoxville, USA)
   4. Croatia and the Balkans
      Information Science, University of
      Zagreb, Zagreb, Croatia)
   5. The UK and Western Europe
      PAUL STURGES (Loughborough
      University, Dep. Of Information                    Rebirth of Eastern Section of Berlin, Germany
      Science, Loughborough, UK)
                                                 Special conference-wide events, included
                                                 Klaus Saur, Keynote Speaker at the
   •   The librarian holds the key to            Opening Session, a Newcomers Session,
       open and close collections                four Plenary Sessions with 1) Rainer
       Chair: Robert Vaagan                      Kuhlen, “Change of Paradigm in

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(International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions)

Knowledge Management—Framework for                 Through the work of IFLA and the thousands
the Collaborative Knowledge                        of members that are involved in programs
Production”; 2) Adama Samassekou, “The             that touch millions of people throughout the
World Summit—a First Step Towards a                world, we ensure access to information and
Society of Commonly Shared Expertise               freedom of speech so that an informed world
and Knowledge”; 3) Jeanette Hofmann,               can make the better choices and provide
“Democracy and Globalisation”; and 4)              tolerance and understanding for all, as we
Klaus Ring, Are Internet and Print                 move forward with new IFLA programs. Of
Products Interchangeable Reading                   assistance in that endeavor is the
Media?” There were 78 Poster Sessions              IFLA/FAIFE World Report 2003,
offering the chance for interactive discussion     Intellectual Freedom in the Information
with the authors, 159 exhibits available for       Society, Libraries and the Internet,
attendees to review and discuss products           launched during the Berlin conference. This
and services, and a grand networking               publication can be ordered through the
opportunity at evening events at the Palais        IFLA/FAIFE Office,
am Funkturm for the Opening Party and at           To access the final IFLA Express, covering
the Cultural Evening at the Berlin State           the conference in Berlin click on the
Library (Staatsbibliothek Potsdamer                following site. Other issues of IFLA Express
Strasse). Many representatives also took           are also available online.
advantage of the Embassy and Consulate   
Receptions one evening to socialize with
fellow attendees from their countries.

My husband and I often use the IFLA
conference to serve as a guide for visits to
other parts of the world. This year was no
exception as we began our six weeks in
Europe with a first stop in Paris and then
took the train to Berlin. Following the
conference we continued from Berlin by train
and visited Prague, via Dresden, Krakow,
Budapest, Vienna, Munich, and back to
Paris for ten days.
                                                      Brandenburg Gate, Berlin Germany, August 2003,
Highlights of this trek, besides the IFLA                                   th
                                                            Model for the 69 Conference Logo
World Congress, included the incredible new
Jewish museum in the east part of Berlin,          Next year is Buenos Aires and “For many
Dresden, a lovely city with numerous               foreigners, Buenos Aires "is" tango, a
buildings under reconstruction to return the       melancholic, sensual music that will
city to its pre-World II glory, a day visit from   captivate you and incite you to dance (even
Krakow to Auschwitz, Otello in Budapest,           if you don't exactly know the right steps...)”.
Mozart in Vienna, day trips from Paris to          See you on the dance floor?
several places including Epernay and the           (Reported by Wilda Newman, Information Coordinator,
Champagne Road to Royal Champagne for              Library and Research Theory (LTR) IFLA.)
an exquisite lunch and incredible views of
the vineyards, Barbizon, and Luxembourg
where I visited my father’s grave, who was
killed at the Battle of the Bulge. This was my
second visit to the American Cemetary in 30
years and a reminder of how fragile world
relationships are and the price paid by some
to ensure freedom for others.

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IFLA Standing Committee on Library Theory and Research
(International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions)

                SECTION                                       1.2.3 Evaluating research projects for their
                                                                    relevance to IFLA’s professional priorities
                                                                    and LTR’s goals.
         STRATEGIC PLAN 2003 – 2005
                                                          2   Assisting in the development of expertise and
MISSION                                                       knowledge in useful research methods

The IFLA Section on Library Theory & Research                 Actions
exists to:                                                    2.1 Communicating research expertise and
           Provide a research-based framework to                   knowledge to the library community.
           IFLA’s professional priorities through a
           program promoting theoretical and empirical        2.1.1 Buenos Aires 2004 program:
           library and information science research and        •    How do you evaluate a research paper?
           analysis;                                           •    Do you have the appropriate toolbox to
           Provide and encourage international                      undertake your research project?
           networking opportunities for library                •    LTR workbook publication for delegates to
           professionals engaged in library and                     take with them
           information science research.
     Professional priorities: Supporting the role of          2.1.2 Disseminating results of research projects
     libraries in society; Developing library                       and activities:
     professionals; Promoting standards, guidelines
     and best practices                                       •    Political perceptions of the public library
                                                                   - Project report – IFLA to publish
GOALS                                                              once ready with deadline August 2004.
1  Encourage exchange between practice-based                       - Other publication(s) from the project, i.e.,
   and theoretical research in LIS.                                conference paper, journal articles.
                                                              •    Evaluate conference papers for possible
     Actions                                                       inclusion in IFLA and other journals.
     1.1 Encourage empirically based papers at IFLA
          and IFLA sponsored conferences:                 3   Facilitating transnational networks of common
                                                              research interests
     1.1.1 Buenos Aires 2004 (Theme: Libraries:
          tools for education and development)                Actions
     •    How do you evaluate a research paper?               3.1 Encouraging participation in LTR Research
     •    Do you have the appropriate toolbox to                   projects:
          undertake your research project?
     •    LTR workbook publication for delegates to           3.1.1 Political perspective of the public
          take with them – in English and Spanish.                 library
     •    LTR contribution to possible CBVII session.
                                                              3.1.2 An investigation into the role of IFLA in
     1.1.2 Oslo 2005 (Theme: Libraries: a voyage of                 promoting change and diffusing professional
            discovery).                                            norm in libraries with a weight on norms,
     •      Research & Literacy project (Part 1)                   standards and policies related to lifelong
     - How do people of the world define, understand               literacy.
     and translate the word “Literacy”?
     - Is there a base standard of “literacy” and is it       3.2 Sharing LTR communications:
     - What can we learn from historical research and         3.2.1 LTR Newsletter;
     examples of projects undertaken?
     •      Testing the research toolbox.                     3.2.2 LTR Discussion List;

  1.2   Promoting appropriate research activities and         3.2.3 LTR Website on IFLANET;
        investigations relevant to IFLA’S professional
        priorities:                                           3.2.4 Encourage attendance at LTR
                                                                   Standing Committee meetings;
   1.2.1 Encouraging library schools to include LIS
          research units/courses/subjects in their            3.3 Promoting membership to LTR:
     •    LTR to communicate with IFLA and library            3.3.1Target professional groups (e.g.
          schools.                                                 library schools)
                                                              •    Encourage broad international representation
     1.2.2 Information Coordinator to commence                     on LTR Standing Committee
           knowledge exchange amongst LTR                     •    Update the Section leaflet

LTR Newsletter December 2003
IFLA Standing Committee on Library Theory and Research
(International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions)
Draft Minutes of IFLA/Standing Committee on Library                Section and Division VII have already
Theory and Research                                                been taken into account.
Meeting on Saturday 2 August 2003, 11.30 –                   (iii) Review of IFLA Sections 2007: the
14.20 hrs, Meeting room GS Vip 1, ICC Berlin                       review was announced in a letter to all
28, = Technical                                                    sections dated 9 May 2003. It forms
Present                                                            part of monitoring the federation’s
Chair/Treasurer                Kerry Smith                         structures, content of programmes and
Secretary                      Marian Koren                        outcome. FAIFE has volunteered to be
Information Coordinator        Wilda Newman                        the first core activity to be reviewed and
SC members                                                         this will be by self-assessment and
Bob Usherwood, Lars Höglund,                                       external check. Sections can provide
Beverly Lynch, Ilkka Mäkinen, Ragnar                               suggestions for review criteria.
Audunson, Wallace Koehler                              b)The conference program: The Section has
New SC members                                               had excellent support from Sophie Felföldi
Mohamed Hassoon, Cynthia Hill, Dong                          (HQ) who has placed all Section-information
Youl Jeong                                                   and papers for meetings on IFLANET. LTR
Section members                                              is involved in the following programs: LTR
Filiberto Martinez, Berwaoui Radia                           Open Session: Is your library project
Observers                                                    evidence based? Tuesday, 5 August 2003,
Almadeva Prietr, Vera Blair Koehler, Yolanda                 13.45-15.45 hrs. Some 25 proposals for
Panayata                                                     papers were received. The Chair and
: 49-30-314-0TU Berlin                                       Secretary refereed the submissions and
1.         Welcome to all and to new members:                made their selection based on the relevance
           The Chair, Kerry Smith, opened the                of the paper to the topic, variety in
           meeting at 11.30 a.m. and welcomed all            presentations, the research basis of the
           in attendance                                     presentation and geographical spread of
           Apologies: none received                          speakers. Five papers will be presented in
           Adoption of the agenda: the agenda as             the two-hour session with all papers on
           previously circulated by Secretary                IFLANET. R. Audunson is willing to chair
           Marian Koren was adopted.                         the meeting.
2.         Review and approval of the minutes          (i) LTR Workshop with Management of Library
           of the Standing Committee Meetings                Associations: Libraries & politics – how to
           in Glasgow 2002 The minutes were                  bring libraries & national associations into
           accepted.                                         the political sphere? Wednesday, 6 August
           Matters arising from these minutes:               2003, 08.30–12.45 hrs; the interim results of
           The Chair noted with thanks to all                the LTR-project on Political perceptions of
           involved that the following actions have          the public library will be presented. B.
           been undertaken: update of strategic              Usherwood distributed a draft interim project
           plan, two issues of the newsletter,               report. Three researchers will give short
           annual report, translation of the LTR             presentations (Croatia, Sri Lanka and
           brochure into five languages.                     Uganda).
3.         Berlin conference                           (ii) LTR offsite workshop with FAIFE: The
a)         PC and CB VII Business arising from               librarian: the key to open and closed
           meetings Friday, 1 August 2003:                   collections. Issues on ethics of
        (I) President Elect’s program: the theme is          librarianship. Thursday, 7 August 2003,
           Lifelong Literacy: A special session will         08.30-7.30 hrs. W. Koehler will be one of
           be held on Wednesday: the president-              the chairs. Research on ethics is included.
           elect has invited sections and divisions    (iii) Section time slot at the IFLA booth,
           to reflect on how to relate their                 Monday-Wednesday, 4-6 August: K.
           specialism to the presidential theme,            Smith and W. Newman will be present and
           and include actions in their strategic            take leaflets in different languages.
           plans.                                      (iv) Participation in President elect’s
        (ii)Green Light comments: Some 23                  session Wednesday, 4 August, 10.45-
           responses have been received, an
                                                           12.45 Life long literacy @ your library:
           update is on IFLANET.
  The new GB will             R. Audunson, M. Koren and possibly K.
           follow this up. Some comments and               Smith will attend from LTR-section.
           recommendations, also from the LTR

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(International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions)

                                                      (i)        Newsletter: Two issues were
4.     Election of Section’s Officers for                        published, in December and July. PC
       2003-2005                                                 adopted the regulation that the
       K Smith stepped down from the Chair                       Newsletter can be sent electronically
       and B. Usherwood agreed to chair this                     to the section members, but requires
       part of the meeting.                                      8 paper copies to be sent to HQ, and
a)     Chair: K.Smith is willing to stand for a                  a paper copy to those members who
       second term. Accepted, unopposed.                         request this.
b)     Secretary: M. Koren is willing to stand                   New reports and announcements are
       for a second term. Accepted,                              welcome for the forthcoming
       unopposed.                                                newsletter.
        Other regulations:                             (ii)      Leaflet: with the help of John Harvey,
c)     Treasurer: K. Smith will continue this                    the leaflet has been translated into the
       task as chair/treasurer.                                  five IFLA-languages. A new version
d)     Information Officer: W. Newman is                         will be made when the new strategic
       willing to continue this work; accepted                   plan 2003-2005 is accepted.
       with gratitude by the SC-members.               (iii)     Discussion-list: about 50 members
e)     Committee members. The retiring LTR-                      have subscribed to the discussion list
       SC-members: Silvia Nestorescu -                           of the section.
       Romania, Daniel Rios – Argentina,               (iv)      Website: All main documents of the
       Pascal Sanz – France were thanked for                     section are on the IFLANET; some
       their support and contribution to the                     older annual reports are missing and
       section. The new SC-members: Dong                         K Smith is endeavouring to rectify
       Youl Jeong – Korea, Mohamed Hassoun                       this.
       – France and Cynthia Hill - USA were         7.        Financial Report
       welcomed and invited to participate with     K Smith as treasurer tabled a preliminary report
       ideas, proposals and good contacts,          on the Section’s finances. Some money was
       including translations.                      saved by sending only one newsletter in paper
5.     Strategic plan 2003-2005                     copy from Australia. The SC resolved to
       A number of issues need to be taken          reimburse 240.35 AUD to K. Smith for the
       into account:                                preparation and mail out of this December 2002
       (i) President Elect’s program: including     issue of the Newsletter.
       ”Lifelong literacy ”                         Some of the money remaining will be used for the
       (ii) Review of IFLA Sections 2007            forthcoming issue of the newsletter which will be
       (iii) New guidelines for program             prepared and sent from the USA and for editing
       planning, including cooperation with         the Section’s publications.
       other sections                               The finances for the LTR-research project on
       (iv) Social Responsibilities Discussion      Political Perceptions will end in December 2003.
       Group recommendation for LTR:                B. Usherwood will make the final report and
       research the education and training          awaits some contributions from various countries.
       needs of Southern countries in               8.        Projects
       conjunction with relevant agencies in          (i)       The political perceptions of the public
       order to facilitate the development of                   library: B. Usherwood had earlier
       appropriate information curricula.                       tabled an interim report on the project.
       (v) Upcoming framework for strategic                     He reported that a lot of good and
       focus, based on IFLA’s core values,                      useful research has been received. He
       professional priorities, brainstorming                   expressed the wish to make an extra
       sessions, Green Light comments.                          effort to include some other countries
       K. Smith proposed a working party to                     and if this was done, then the final
       brainstorm on various matters and                        report would be finalised at the end of
       report on this at the second SC-meeting.                 this year. The manuscript will then be
       R. Audunson, I. Makkinen, W. Koehler,                    edited (including lectures from the
       C Hill, Dong Yeong Jeong and K. Smith                    LTR/MLA workshop) and presented as
       to join this working party at a time which               an IFLA publication – a green book. K
       suits all and during the conference.                     Smith agreed to assist B Usherwood
       Report to be presented at next SC                        with this work.
       meeting 8 August 2003.                          (ii)     New proposals: R. Audunson
6.     Communication                                            suggested a project to investigate the

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(International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions)

          impact of IFLA by setting standards        SC-members also welcomed the initiative to
          etc. on professional development, with     create a Young Librarians Forum, which would
          a special focus on literacy. He will       start as a Discussion Group.
          bring an elaborated proposal to the        The SC expressed its concern about the relative
          second SC meeting.                         high fee for individual membership, and the
9.        Other business                             relatively high fee for students to be members of
          B. Lynch reported that she would be        IFLA. 50 euro is still too high for many parts of
          the Section’s representative and           the world, and also higher than most national
          attend a meeting of the IFLA               association fees for students. SC members
          Discussion Group on Quality Issues         decided to put forward a suggestion to draw PC
          during the conference.                     and GB’s attention to the individual membership
          K. Smith tabled a copy of her annual       fees, and to revise them in the light of attracting
          report. This had been prepared in line     new and young members to the international
          with the Section’s strategic objectives.   professional association. This will be put forward
10.      Close of Meeting at 14.20 hrs.              at the CB meeting on behalf of LTR.
                                                     3.         Evaluation of the conference
                                                     Most programmes in which LTR participated
                                                     were well organised and attended.
                                                     The Session on Evidence based library projects
                                                     had a full house. Two excellent papers from
                                                     Norway and New Zealand provoked much
                                                     The joint session LTR/MLA had a good response
                                                     and lively debate. More submissions to the LTR
                                                     research project on political perceptions are
                                                     The joint session LTR/FAIFE had some 40-50
                                                     attendees though some people did not stay for
                                                     the full day. This was an off site workshop. The
                                                     papers were thoughtful and very good.
                                                     Overall, the strategy to connect to other IFLA
Standing Committee Meeting Participants
                                                     units and spread the LTR/research aspects has
                                                     proven to be fruitful. The section had also shared
Draft minutes: IFLA/Standing Committee on            sponsorship with the Statistics section for a
Library Theory and Research                          satellite pre-conference meeting – Northumbria
Meeting Friday 8 August 2003 08.00 – 10.00 hrs       Lite – that was held at Durham City in the UK.
Technical University, Franklinstrasse 28-29,         None of the SC members had managed to
10587 Berlin                                         attend; however reports of the meeting were
                                                     good. Since some aspects of the organisation of
Opening.                                             this meeting proved troublesome, SC decided it
The Chair, Kerry Smith welcomed all to the           would not willingly participate in this sort of
second SC-meeting. Present were: K Smith, M          meeting in the near future.
Koren, W Newman, B Usherwood, I. Makkinen,           The LTR participation in the brainstorming of the
C Hill and one observer from Jamaica.                President Elect’s programme was divided in two
Apologies were received from: B Lynch, R.            tables for Division VII (An overview of possible
Audunson, W. Koehler.                                input in ‘Lifelong literacy’ is available. It may lead
Resolution, proposal SC members valued the           to a Divisional programme slot in Buenos Aires.
initiative of the German organisers to introduce     Papers from the conference can be suggested for
groups of LIS students to the IFLA congress          publication in the IFLA Journal and suggestions
during one afternoon, by giving them a flavour of    and paper(s) should be sent to Stephen Parker.
the international work. The groups of students       4.         Strategic plan 2003-2005
could sign up for this introduction for free. They   The working party had come up with a draft,
were addressed by president-elect Kay                which was distributed. The final plan will follow
Raseroka.                                            the IFLA format. K. Smith will include the
                                                     comments made.

LTR Newsletter December 2003
IFLA Standing Committee on Library Theory and Research
(International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions)

It was agreed not to undertake too many actions,
but rather to consolidate established contacts
and work, especially on the current project and its
Other items to be included: (1) final report on the
Political Perceptions Research: to prepare for
IFLA-publication: presenting August 2004. (2)
new project: proposal distributed by R.
Audunson. This would be a 3-year large project
(1500 euro per year) to evaluate IFLA-standard
setting, especially in literacy. This will be
proposed to CB and PC for approval.
5. Buenos Aires World Library Congress 2005
Theme: Libraries: Tools for Education and
Development. 21-28 August 2004
-New guidelines for program planning mean a 2-                         Chair and Treasurer
                                                                      Ms. Kerry Smith (Right)
hour time slot for LTR.                                                   Senior Lecturer
-Satellite sessions – no application made                          Head Media and Information
Programs: LTR: Possibly in cooperation with the                    Lecturer Information Studies
Divisional program on Literacy.                                Curtin University, G.P.O. Box U1987
-Plus a 2-hour LTR session                                           Perth, WA 6845 Australia
      . On the evaluation of research papers – R                     Tel: * (61) (8) 9266-7217
      Audunson.                                                      Fax: * (61) (8) 9266-3166
      . On the use of appropriate toolbox for                    E-mail:
      research project - W Koehler.                                        Secretary
-K Smith to work these proposals up with those                    Ms. Marian Koren (Center)
who had volunteered.                                         Head Research & International Affairs
6.        Future Conferences                              NBLC, Netherlands Public Library Association
a) Oslo 2005: Theme: Libraries, a journey of                            Postbox 16146
discovery                                                    NL-2500 BC The Hague Netherlands
LTR Program: The research journey                                   Tel: +31 70 30 90 115
Issues: Interim report on the hopefully approved                    Fax: +31 70 30 90 117
research project (Research of Literacy)
Testing the toolbox for literacy research                             Information Coordinator
programme/projects? (Follow up of Buenos                         Ms. Wilda Bowers Newman (Left)
Aires) Addressing information centres and                           Adjunct Professor/Consultant
research institutes                                           Knowledge Associates Resources, LLC
b) Seoul 2006; no suggestions yet                                       5964 Rosinante Run
c) Durban 2007; no suggestions yet.                               Columbia, MD 21045-3825 USA
7.        Other Business                                              Tel: * (1) 410-730-7583
                                                        Fax: * (1) 410-739-7583(Call/Email before FAXing)
The recommendations from the Social                              E-mail:
responsibilities Discussion Group had been
referred to CBVII since a number of sections
were mentioned in the recommendations from
this group.                                           Future Conferences
I. Mäkkinen drew attention to a new book:             World Library and Information Congress: 71st IFLA
Introduction to information studies in Swedish,       General Conference and Council
which he has co-edited. W. Koehler had also           Oslo, Norway, August 14-18, 2005
co-authored a book entitled: Fundamentals of          World Library and Information Congress: 72nd IFLA
                                                      General Conference and Council
information studies. SC members were                  Seoul, Republic of Korea, 2006
encouraged to bring new research materials to         World Library and Information Congress: 73rd IFLA
the attention of other section members through        General Conference and Council
the discussion list or the newsletter. One idea       Durban, South Africa, 2007
was to create an overview of research                 World Library and Information Congress: 74th IFLA
’champions’ and map the specialties and               General Conference and Council
knowledge of various LIS schools and research         Québec, Canada, 2008
institutes. W Newman will follow this up.
9.Close of Meeting by the Chair 9.45 hrs.

LTR Newsletter December 2003
IFLA Standing Committee on Library Theory and Research
(International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions)

                                                   Time and Place/Conference Venue
                        Library and              The World Library and Information Congress
                                                 2004 will be held at the Hilton Hotel and
                        Information              Convention Centre in Buenos Aires between
                        Congress:                August 22 and 27, 2004. The Hilton Hotel is
                        70th IFLA                located in the heart of Puerto Madero, a
                                                 stylish, refurbished area which is just a few
                        General                  minutes away from the financial district and
                        Conference               offering easy access to both the Domestic
                        and Council              and International Airports. The Hilton Hotel
                                                 is surrounded by restaurants, some
                                                 specializing in Argentine beef, cafés and
                        "Libraries:              shows. The contemporary design includes a
                        Tools for                7-floor atrium crowned by a 700 m2 glass
                        Education and            roof, above which are 2 floors housing
                                                 executive accommodation. The hotel offers
                                                 state-of-the-art technological equipment.
                        August 22th - 27th
                                                 Some of the conference sessions will be
                        2004, Buenos
                                                 held at the Sheraton Retiro Hotel, which is
                        Aires, Argentina
                                                 located nearby. Shuttle buses will be
                                                 provided. The Hilton Hotel and the Sheraton
 Welcome to IFLA 2004 in                         Hotel are closest to reference points, Puerto
                                                 Madero, Plaza de Mayo and Retiro.
  Buenos Aires! For the
   first time in South                           Satellite Meetings
                                                 Satellite meetings will be held prior to the
                                                 Conference. Two meetings have been approved
 Theme                                           for this Conference:

"Libraries: Tools for Education                  Valparaiso, Chile: Organised by the Library and
                                                 Research Service for Parliaments regarding
and Development"                                 "Clients, commitments and trust", on Wednesday,
                                                 August 18 and Thursday, August 19, 2004
Information and knowledge are fundamental
for Education and Development as well as         Sao Paulo, Brazil: Section on Management and
essential requirements to improve the            Marketing. Theme: "Improving virtual customer-
quality of life for people living in regions     relationship in the information environment".
where the population has not reached a high      August 18, 19 and 20, 2004
level of economic and social development.
In Latin America this demand for information     The dance of Buenos Aires. Be ready!
requires that libraries accompany the
educational process of all individuals by
cooperating as mainstays of the education                    See
system and paving the way for knowledge,                     for more on IFLA
culture and social development.


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