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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

RELINDIAL Social Science Libraries SIG (Religious Libraries in Dialogue) IFLA 2013 Singapore

Call for Papers

Religious Libraries in Dialogue Special Interest Group

Theme: Tools developed for a better sharing of religious information

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The IFLA SIG RELINDIAL is seeking proposals for papers to be presented at a two-hour program to be held at the IFLA World Library and Information Congress in Singapore in August 17-23, 2013.

We request submissions from libraries in charge of religious collections and more or less involved in the dialog of these collections with the world, especially in their location. The submissions requested should present the ttools developed for a better sharing of religious information. All aspects of this topic will be considered, e.g.:

  • Training for religious information literacy around the world. What about Asia?
  • FRBR cataloguing and improvement of the religious literature study
  • Religious vocabularies and the semantic web
  • Open Access and religious information
  • Special databases and full text
  • Digitized heritage: World digital library, Gallica, Europeana, Hathi Trust, Google books… how to find his way in all this digitized material?
  • The existing European common catalogues and how to give them a new life in a world of Google practisers

Submission Guidelines

We prefer submissions that demonstrate real experiences/case studies – papers that tell a story. Papers presenting historical perspectives will also be considered. The program will feature up to five presentations of 15-20 minutes each with additional time for questions.

Papers should reflect the 2013 conference theme, “Future Libraries: Infinite Possibilities” and IFLA President Ingrid Parent’s theme, “Libraries – A force for change”

Language of the session:

Papers should be in one of the IFLA official languages. The session will not include simultaneous interpretation, therefore the presentation and presentation slides should be in English. However, if necessary, English presentation slides with the presentation in one of the official languages of IFLA are welcome.

Proposals should include:

  • title
  • abstract of no more than 300 words
  • brief biography for the speaker or speakers
  • E-mail contact address

Send proposals by February 28, 2013 via email to:

Odile Dupont Convenor of the IFLA SIG RELINDIAL E-mail: o.dupont@icp.fr

Please take into account: At least one of the paper’s authors must be present to deliver a summary of the paper during the program in Singapore. Abstracts should only be submitted with the understanding that the expenses of attending the Singapore conference will be the responsibility of the author(s)/presenter(s) of accepted papers.

Important Dates

February 28, 2013 Proposals/abstracts submission deadline
March 18, 2013 Proposals will be reviewed and successful candidates will be notified
May 17, 2013 Deadline for selected presenters to submit formal paper (for inclusion on the IFLA conference website and the Section’s website). Details regarding the format and length of the final paper will be sent to candidates whose abstracts are accepted.



All proposals must be in before 28 February 2013.

Please note

All expenses, including registration for the conference, travel, accommodation etc., are the responsibility of the authors/presenters. No financial support can be provided by IFLA, but a special invitation can be issued to authors.

Congress Attendance Grants

The Singapore National Committee and IFLA have worked hard to secure funds for Conference Participation Grants. Up-to-date information will be available on our Conference Participation Grants webpage.

Last update: 14 February 2013

Odile Dupont Chargée de mission pour la promotion et les réseaux de bibliothèques Responsable du SIG – IFLA RELINDIAL Expert auprès du Cfibd (Comité français international bibliothèque et documentation) 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 o.dupont@icp.fr
Catholic University of Paris Executive manager for the promotion and the libraries network Member of the European Theological Library Association, BETH Member of the American Theological Library Association, ATLA Convenor of the SIG – IFLA RELINDIAL

The future of research infrastructures: a look at Germany

Information and knowledge are important resources for resource-poor countries. Thus, it is hardly surprising that the future of research infrastructures in Germany has been discussed rather intensively for about two years by information professionals, academics and political decision makers. In 2011, several reports and recommendations on the future of research infrastructures in Germany were presented by different institutions.

In January 2011, the German Council of Science and Humanities (Wissenschaftsrat), the most important advisory body to the German Federal Government and the state governments on research policy issues, began to present a series of recommendations on the six publicly financed German library service networks (Bibliotheksverbünde), on scientific collections and on research infrastructures in humanities and social sciences. Finally, based on these recommendations, the Council published a comprehensive paper on research infrastructures in general.

It is perhaps interesting to look more closely at the Council’s recommendations concerning the social sciences. According to the Council, digital resources will become even more important for these disciplines in the future. Moreover, the online accessibility of research data is considered to be a very important topic. Consequently, existing research data centers should be consolidated and new ones should be established. As for the long-term-archiving of primary research data, the Council recommends expanding the option of referring to and quoting datasets. Moreover, qualitative data and information “volatile” data sources such as websites and weblogs should also be archived to a greater extent than today. All this should be done in discipline-specific way.

Furthermore, the Council expects the Federal Government to commit itself to international infrastructure projects such as the “Survey of Health, Aging and Retirement in Europe” (SHARE).

With regard to the framework for the science research infrastructure the Council advocates the development of a competitive strategy for funding infrastructure projects in coordination between the Federal Ministry of Education and Research and the German Research Foundation (DFG). Such a funding program is considered to be a potential starting point for the creation of ongoing infrastructure projects that could then be incorporated on a national and/or European roadmap for research infrastructures.

Another interesting point is that the Council expects higher education institutions, non-university research institutions and scientific societies to give greater recognition to the individual commitment of scientists in their development of infrastructures. Infrastructure funding and development should be linked to training concepts for early career researchers.

Besides the German Council of Science and Humanities, the Joint Science Conference (Gemeinsame Wissenschaftskonferenz), an institution which is in charge of coordinating the research funding activities of the Federal Government and the state governments, instigated the creation of a “Commission on the future of information infrastructures” (KII). The Leibniz Association, an association of more than 80 German non-university research institutes from various disciplines, invited 135 persons from 54 different institutions to joint the KII which presented the results of its work in April 2011.

The commission identified eight important areas of areas for action:

  • licensing,
  • hosting / long-term-archiving,
  • retrodigitization / cultural heritage,
  • virtual research environments,
  • open access,
  • research data,
  • information literacy / education.

The recommendations of the KII will find their way into a 2012-awaited comprehensive set of recommendations of the German Council of Science and Humanities on the information infrastructure in Germany.

IFLA Online Learning Platform

IFLA is pleased to announce the launch of the first stage of the Online Learning Platform, a new section of its website that makes available training materials in a dedicated learning environment. Initially, the five Building Strong Library Associations (BSLA) modules will be available through the platform, with specialist modules and other training materials to follow.

Powered by the open source learning platform, Moodle [http://moodle.org/], the website allows IFLA members to:
• Download high-quality training materials and case studies
• Participate in online learning activities and discussions
• Contribute their stories of how they have used the programme

The online learning platform will be a significant new resource for all of IFLA’s members. Beginning in November 2010, IFLA will make available a growing number of downloadable resources, and interactive learning activities. Content will be continually rolled out, with each Building Strong Library Associations module available for download at launch. From February 2011, all five modules will be complemented by a range of blended learning content, quizzes, and activities.

The launch of the Online Learning Platform also includes more than 20 high-quality, research-based case studies that illustrate examples of the work of library associations around the world. This resource will continue to grow, and IFLA will actively seek out examples of innovation from associations.

For more information about the contents available and access to the platform, visit the Online Learning Platform at the IFLA website.

Fiona Bradley

ALP Programme Coordinator
International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions

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IFLA Satellite Conference “Social Science Libraries: A Bridge to Knowledge for Sustainable Development” August 8-10, 2011, Havana, Cuba

Colleagues –

We invite you to register for and attend the IFLA satellite conference “Social Science Libraries: A Bridge to Knowledge for Sustainable Development” which will be held from August 8-10, 2011 in Havana, Cuba. The conference is limited to 60 registrants. We hope the program will provide you with a basis for discovering the many possiblilities of open access and digital libraries. For more information and to register, please go to:


which now includes the preliminary program.

We hope to see you there, and in San Juan, Puerto Rico for the main IFLA conference this year.

Lynne M. Rudasill
Chair, Social Science Libraries Section, IFLA
Associate Professor of Library Administration
Center for Global Studies – 217-265-6879