Monthly Archives: July 2013

Social Science Libraries RELINDIAL SIG Program Singapore 2013


Religious Libraries in Dialogue Special Interest Group

Conference Session 144

20 August 2013 13:45 – 15:45 | Room: Session Room 324/325

Tools developed for a better sharing of religious information

Social Science Libraries Section Program WLIC 2013 Singapore


IFLA World Library and Information Congress
79th IFLA General Conference and Assembly

17-23 August 2013, Singapore

Congress theme: Future Libraries: Infinite Possibilities


Social Science Libraries Section

Conference Session 84

18 August 2013 13:45 – 15:45 | Room: Summit 2


Libraries and social movements: a force for change

[IFLA-L] Introducing the IFLA Library – the new repository for managing IFLA’s World Library and Information Congress content

Dear colleagues,

IFLA President Ingrid Parent today launched the IFLA Library (, a repository for IFLA World Library and Information Congress (WLIC) papers and, in future, other IFLA publications:

“This improved accessibility to IFLA’s publishing, through the IFLA Library, will bring real benefits to participants at the IFLA World Library and Information Congress, to IFLA members, and to library and information professionals worldwide. I congratulate all those who worked hard to implement this project and I look forward to the further enhancements to come over the next year.”

Genevieve Clavel-Merrin, Chair of the Governing Board’s Repository Working Group welcomed the launch:

“The project Working Group members are all delighted to see this become a reality. The IFLA Library allows IFLA to share, manage, and archive its documents, and I look forward to seeing it grow and develop.”

The IFLA Library is part of IFLA’s Digital Content Programme Key Initiative, and is designed to provide a repository to collect together IFLA’s own publications for ease of location, search, display and preservation. IFLA selected EPrints Services to build and host the repository.

Over 160 papers are already available, and more will be added before the IFLA WLIC 2013 in Singapore, which takes place from 18 – 22 August 2013.

In line with IFLA’s Open Access and Copyright Policy, authors of papers accepted for the Congress have assigned a Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported licence (CC BY 3.0) to their work. This licence enables IFLA to make copies of the papers available in its repository and permits the widest possible dissemination and use of the papers.

Following the 2013 Congress, presentation slides will also be made available where permission is granted by the speaker.

All content will be discoverable via Google and Google Scholar and development of the IFLA Library platform will continue to enhance the search, browse and help facilities for users.

The IFLA Library is available from the IFLA home page and is also linked from the WLIC programme from where Congress participants can search, read, browse, and download papers.

For further information please contact Joanne Yeomans.

 Joanne Yeomans

Professional Support Officer

International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions

IFLA Headquarters – PO Box 95312 – 2509 CH The Hague – The Netherlands

Tel. +31 70 314 0884 Email.

Skype: joanne.yeomans

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[IFLA-L] Media Alert: Journal Explores Debate on Two Row Wampum Treaty

Journal Explores Debate on Two Row Wampum Treaty

Leiden (NL) / Boston (MA) – 23 July 2013

Brill, the international scholarly publisher, is pleased to announce the publication of a special free issue of the Journal of Early American History (JEAH) that focuses on the Two Row Wampum treaty, a historical agreement between the Dutch and the Iroquois that purportedly took place on 21 April 1613 – a date that is based on an allegedly forged document.

On 9 August 2012, the Syracuse Post-Standard revealed that supporters of the Two Row Wampum Renewal Campaign—which draws attention to environmental concerns and native sovereignty rights in light of the Two Row Wampum treaty anniversary—had been contacted by two scholars advising them that the document establishing the date upon which the quadricentennial anniversary was being calculated was a forgery. Consequently, a debate ensued regarding the authenticity of the document. The public discourse showed a lack of confidence in scholarly inquiry and certain individuals intimated that scholars may be driven more by political concerns than by professional standards.

The editors of the JEAH—Jaap Jacobs, L.H. Roper, and Bertrand Van Ruymbeke—were intrigued and troubled by this debate, which raises questions about the wisdom of professional scholars engaging in what might be seen as lobbying activities. The debate seems to question the basis for historical scholarship—documentary-based research versus oral traditions, for example.  The most significant concern is that the investigations into what might have happened in 1613 are being overshadowed both by an argument over the authenticity of the Tawagonshi document and by the current political and social significance of the 1613 date as it relates to the Two Row Wampum Renewal Campaign.  To address the historical questions at the heart of the debate, the editors invited Paul Otto, expert on intercultural relations in New Netherland, as co-editor with Jaap Jacobs to produce an issue specially focused on the Tawagonshi and Two Row history.

In publishing this special issue of the JEAH, the intention of the co-editors is not to take sides in the debate but to shed as much light as possible on the historical context of this important anniversary through scholarly inquiry. Different aspects of the presumed 1613 treaty are addressed by experts in the field, including a linguistic analysis of the allegedly forged document, the early years of Dutch trade in New Netherland, Iroquois (or Haundenosaunee) diplomacy and oral tradition, Dutch-indigenous relations, and the history of wampum.

“First, the Tawagonshi document is a forgery and not a later copy of a lost original,” Paul Otto (George Fox University) and Jaap Jacobs (University of St Andrews), co-editors of the special issue, state in summarizing their findings.  “Second, whatever agreements or negotiations traders […] may have made with native peoples, these could not be construed as diplomatic treaties between sovereign people. Establishing both of these facts does not, however, discredit the tradition of an agreement between Dutch and Iroquois representatives that later became the basis for English and then American negotiations with the Iroquois.”

For more information on this media alert, please contact Nozomi Goto, Editor, at

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