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Empowering library users to solve problems: our stories

The Social Science Libraries Standing Committee program drew over 300 in attendance in today’s program, “Empowering library users: our stories,” Thursday 16 August 2012 at IFLA 2012, 10.45 – 12.45 hrs. A diversity of speakers from across the globe told their stories to an engaged audience. 

You can access the papers at:

Watch for projects and other items resulting from today’s presentations and the discussions that followed!



Honesty in Helsinki IFLA 2012

Just as I began my 23rd IFLA Conference I lost my purse on the Tram in the evening. My husband and I checked with our hotel reception to find out what could be done. We filed a report with the city “lost and found” and also filled out an online report. Each new day I checked with hotel reception, they had called my loss into the lost and found, and also checked with the Information Desk in the conference center.

Each day I received the same answer, “nothing had been found.” Yesterday when I arrived at the hotel after a very long conference day, my husband was waiting outside. He took a picture of me returning. My camera was in my lost purse!



My camera, an extra battery, (conference pictures I had already taken), 160euros, and IFLA papers, along with my hotel room #⃣ and key were all returned without any missing pieces. My thanks to whomever found my purse and my thanks to Helsinki…another memorable IFLA Conference.

Social Science Libraries Standing Committee has 14 of 15 committee members at 1st meeting at IFLA Helsinki

The 1st Standing Committee Meeting of the Social Science Libraries was held this morning, Saturday 11 August 2011 at 9.45 – 12.15 hrs. There were 14 of 15 section committee members present along with two observers.

Chair, Liz Cooper opened the meeting with a warm welcome and asked for introductions from each attendee. The agenda was adopted and minutes from the two meetings held in Puerto Rico  in 2011 were accepted without change.

Reports from the Division Leadership, Professional Committee, and Treasurer were followed by discussion of the SSLC program for Helsinki 2012.

The focus then shifted to Odile Dupont, Convenor for the new SSLC sponsored SIG (Special Interest Group) RELINDIAL (Religions in Dialogue) for a report on the newly formed group. Progress continues with more contacts and diversity in the membership as well as new avenues to explore future projects for the SIG.

The Committee is also exploring possibilities for promoting the SIG in future WLIC meetings, including a satellite conference. The report was received with great enthusiasm and discussion.

The second meeting of the Committee will be Tuesday, 14 August, 16.45 – 18.00 hrs. In Room 206. Observers are welcome and are encouraged to participate.



La Section des Bibliothèques en Sciences Sociales est le Commanditaire du Groupe d’intérêt Spécial Nouvelle (SIG) RELINDIAL

The Social Science Libraries Section is the Sponsor of the New Special Interest Group (SIG)
Librarians interested in world cultures, come join our first meeting, Monday 13 August 2012, Session Room 6, from 4:00 PM to 6:00 PM
RELINDIAL (Religious Libraries in Dialogue)
The IFLA Professional Committee approved the new SIG in April 2012 as a vehicle to promote dialogue between cultures.
The proposed activities are:
– Identify religious heritage in the form of library collections available online
– List digital resources in the service of religious thoughts
– Initiate an international cooperation for sharing experiences
– Working on indexing languages for the evolution of the WEB can take into account the complexities of religious issues
– Cooperate with the IFLA Children and Young Adults Section for a shared experience that removes barriers and builds religious tolerance at an early age
Two lectures will also be offered during this First Meeting:
• IDEO serving intercultural Islam-Christian dialogue [thanks to FRBR]
Brother RENÉ-VINCENT DU GRANDLAUNAY o.p. (Dominicans Institute of Oriental Studies, Cairo, Egypt)
• GlobeTheoLib: online theological resources for education and ecumenical dialogue [a free platform]
AMÉLIE VALLOTTON (Globethics, Geneva, Switzerland)

Submitted by
Odile Dupont
Convener IFLA Social Science Libraries SIG RELINDIAL
Catholic University of Paris
Executive manager for the promotion and the libraries network
Chair of the European Theological Library Association

RELINDIAL SIG IFLA Social Science Libraries Sponsor (La Section des Bibliothèques en Sciences Sociales est le Commanditaire du Groupe d’intérêt Spécial Nouvelle (SIG)

La Section des Bibliothèques en Sciences Sociales est le Commanditaire du Groupe d’intérêt Spécial Nouvelle (SIG)
Bibliothécaires curieux des cultures du monde, venez vous joindre à notre première réunion, le lundi 13 août 2012, « Session room 6 », de 16h à 18h.
RELINDIAL (Bibliothèques Religieuse dans le Dialogue)
Le professionnel de l’IFLA Comité a approuvé le nouveau SIG en Avril 2012 comme un véhicule pour promouvoir le dialogue entre les cultures.
Les activités proposées sont les suivantes:
– Répertorier le patrimoine religieux accessible en ligne
– Répertorier les ressources numériques au service des pensées religieuses
– Initier une coopération internationale pour un partage des expériences
– Travailler sur les langages d’indexation pour que les évolutions du Web puissent prendre en compte la complexité des problématiques religieuses
– Coopérer avec le groupe des « Sisters libraries », de la section IFLA des bibliothèques pour enfants et jeunes adultes, pour un partage d’expérience qui fasse tomber des barrières dès le plus jeune âge
Deux conférences seront également proposés au cours de cette première réunion:
• L’IDEO au service du dialogue interculturel islamo-chrétien [grâce au FRBR]
Frère RENÉ-VINCENT DU GRANDLAUNAY o.p. (Institut Dominicain d’études orientales, Le Caire, Egypte)
• GlobeTheoLib: Ressources théologiques en ligne pour la formation et le dialogue oecuménique [une plateforme gratuite]
AMÉLIE VALLOTTON (Globethics, Geneva, Switzerland)

Odile Dupont
Responsable du SIG – IFLA RELINDIAL
Chargée de mission pour la promotion et les réseaux de bibliothèques
Présidente de l’Association des bibliothèques européennes de théologie BETH
Institut catholique de Paris
21 rue d’Assas
75270 Paris cedex 06
Tel : 33(0)1 70 64 14 27
Fax : 33(0)1 44 39 52 98

Hello Social Science Libraries Section

Letter from the

Hello Social Sciences Libraries Section!

I hope to see you all at the upcoming IFLA World Library and Information Congress in Helsinki, Finland! Our Social Science Libraries Standing Committee has organized an exciting conference program on Thursday, August 16, from 10:45 a.m. -12:45 p.m., entitled “Empowering Library Users to Solve Problems: Our Stories.” We hope you will come to hear your library colleagues from six different countries share their stories and case studies related to how they used data to drive change in their libraries. Please also stop by our Social Science Libraries Standing Committee poster during the poster sessions. Our poster will highlight the work of our section and the importance of social sciences libraries.

The Social Science Libraries Section has had a busy year. The section’s work to create a new Special Interest Group (SIG), Religions in Dialogue (RELINDIAL), has been moving forward thanks to the efforts of standing committee members Odile Dupont and Lynne Rudasill. They have worked very hard to make this new SIG a reality. The SIG will have its first meeting in Helsinki on Monday, August 13, 4:00-6:00. If you are interested in participating, please attend this inaugural meeting to learn more.

Social Science Libraries Standing Committee members, Maria Elena Dorta-Duque and Lynne Rudasill, have begun work editing a new book highlighting the papers presented at our 2011 satellite conference in Havana, Cuba. Dorta-Duque and Rudasill, the chairs of the satellite conference, invited several satellite conference presenters to write book chapters expanding on the themes covered in the satellite conference. The book, tentatively entitled, “Open
Access and Digital Libraries: Social Science Libraries in Action,” will hopefully be published by the end of 2012.

When in Helsinki, please join us at the Social Science Libraries Standing Committee meetings (see schedule in Newsletter) as we plan our future projects and programs and begin to prepare for the IFLA World Library and Information Congress in Singapore in 2013. Even if you are not a member of the Standing Committee, we welcome you and encourage you to attend our meetings.
Liz Cooper
See you in Helsinki!
Chair, Social Science Libraries Standing Committee