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Satellite Meeting: CALL FOR PAPERS: Open Access : Action Required. Date extended: 15th May

Satellite Meeting before WLIC 2017

“Open Access: Action Required”


16 August (starting at 12 noon) – 17 August 2017 (9:00 am to 6:00 pm)

European Solidarity Center, Gdańsk, Poland

Sponsored by: IFLA Section on Serials and Other Continuing Resources
Co-sponsored by: IFLA Section on Acquisition and Collection Development
Hosted by: Joseph Conrad Voivodship and City Public Library in Gdańsk, Poland
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IFLA Satellite Conference: “Open Access: Action Required” August 16-18, 2017

Please save the date for “Open Access: Action Required,” an IFLA satellite conference to be held at the European Solidarity Center in Gdańsk, Poland, August 16-17, 2017, prior to the IFLA World Library & Information Congress in Wrocław, Poland

This event is sponsored by the IFLA Section on Serials and Other Continuing Resources, and co-sponsored by the IFLA Section on Acquisition and Collection Development and the European Solidarity Center. The host is the Joseph Conrad Voivodship and City Public Library in Gdańsk. The venue is the European Solidarity Center in Gdańsk.

Open Access resources are important to the information needs of today’s researchers. Over the years, the number of OA resources has grown substantially and will continue to do so. They are here to stay. This satellite will address how libraries and others are meeting the challenges of Open Access. It will attempt to answer how they are staffing and organizing operations to support OA. Another focus will be how libraries identify OA resources and market them to their communities. The satellite will also consider long term preservation of OA resources.

The program will be divided into three sessions titled “Long-term preservation of Open Access Resources,” “Marketing of Open Access Resources,” and “Discovery and Access of Open Access Resources.”

The program will start at 12 noon on Wednesday, August 16 and will end at 6:00 pm on Thursday, August 17. Plenty of opportunities for discussion and networking will be provided.
Further information and a Call for Proposals will be forthcoming the week March 19, 2017.

Sharon Dyas-Correia, IFLA Section on Serials and Other Continuing Resources
Ann Okerson, Chair, IFLA Section on Acquisition and Collection Development

Call for Papers: Open Sessions

Session Theme “Altmetrics”

World Library and Information Congress

83rd IFLA General Congress and Assembly 19-26 August 2017, Wroclaw, Poland

The Serials and Other Continuing Resources Section (SOCRS) invites colleagues to submit proposals for its two-hour open session at the IFLA Congress in Wroclaw on the theme “Altmetrics: It’s time to take action.”

Altmetrics measure attention to research outputs in non-traditional sources and are indicators of research impact. They provide us with a more complete understanding of how research is being received and used within a short time after publication and are complementary to traditional citation metrics. There are many uses for altmetrics including adding value to institutional repositories, showcasing outputs and achievements, demonstrating impacts, aiding in discovery, demonstrating value and supporting causes. It is time for libraries to take action and include support for altmetrics as well as traditional metrics in their service offerings. This programme will examine how altmetrics are used in libraries and why they are important when working with scholarly communication, serials and other continuing resources issues. We will examine the present and future potential impacts and uses of altmetrics and other metrics.

We invite papers that address any or several of the following topics:
Altmetrics and their relationship to other metrics
Metrics projects and implementation in libraries
Altmetrics and serials and other continuing resources
The meaning of metrics
Metrics and repositories
The uses of metrics
Altmetrics standards and best practices
Metrics for discovery
Libraries supporting metrics uses

Proposals must include the following information:

1. Name and institution of speaker(s)
2. Contact information for speaker(s)
3. Brief biographical information
4. Proposal title
5. Brief (250 word) abstract of the proposed paper
6. Language of presentation

Important dates
Proposal submission deadline: Monday 6th March 2017
Notification of acceptance: Friday 17th March 2017
Submission of completed paper: 26th May 2017

Proposals should be sent by email to Meg Mering, Secretary of the SOCR Standing Committee by Friday 17th February 2017. Finalists will be notified by March 17th, 2017, and will be expected to submit final versions of their papers in one of the official IFLA languages by May 26th, 2017.

For more information, please contact Meg Mering, Secretary of Serials and other Continuing Resources Section, or Sharon Dyas-Correia, Chair of the Committee,

Please also note that in accordance with IFLA’s Open Access Statement, all papers that are presented at the WLIC 2017 should be available under a Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 license.

Note: All expenses, including registration for the conference, travel, accommodation etc., are the responsibility of the authors. No financial support can be provided by IFLA, but a special invitation can be issued to authors, if required. The Wroclaw National Committee and IFLA have worked hard to secure funds for Conference Participation Grants. Up-to-date information will be available on the Conference Participation Grants webpage.

Please see the official IFLA WLIC SOCR Call for papers at:

Sharon Dyas-Correia

Meg Mering
Secretary, IFLA SOCRS

Hello from IFLA @ Columbus, Ohio, USA!

The 82nd International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA) held its annual World Library and Information Congress in Columbus, OH from Aug. 13-19 2016 with a theme, “Connections, Collaborations, Community”. It marks the conference’s first return to the United States since 2001. There were nearly 3,100 delegates represented from 120 countries to a very diverse city, Columbus, which is considered to be a home to world-class library institutions such as the Columbus Metropolitan Library system, the Ohio State University Libraries, and OCLC, a worldwide library cooperative. It was very stimulating to see the world’s librarians in one place! The conference was held at the Greater Columbus Convention Center located in downtown Columbus, and the Organizing Committee and all volunteers deserve credit by making it very welcoming and comfortable for delegates from all around the world.

ifla-10img_05281Creative Signage/Little Library

img_05872ifla-9 Cultural Activities/IFLA Volunteers

Serials & Other Continuing Resources Section (SOCRS) Committee in Action….

The SOCRS Committee met twice during the conference, and was well represented by committee members and conference delegates from various parts of the world as observers. The committee meeting minutes are here. We brainstormed the ideas for organizing program and satellite meeting during IFLA 2017 in Wroclaw, Poland. SOCRS is planning on having a satellite meeting in Kraków. The topic will relate to Scholarly Communications and Serials. The Acquisition and Collection Section will be asked to co-sponsor the conference. Stay tuned…


SOCRS continued its social tradition of a group dinner for having some fun and chat at excellent and authentic Italian Restaurant, Marcella’s! Yum Yum Food!


I had a privilege to attend a reception honoring The National Committee Fellowship recipients and sponsors, at newly renovated marvelous Columbus Metropolitan Main Library. It was literally a great experience to meet budding librarians from different parts of the world!

One of the highlights of the congress is its cultural evening! It is an event where hosting city tries to showcase not only the local community and city, but the cultural aspects of the entire country. It was held at Center of Science and Industry (COSI), which is considered as Columbus’ most dynamic hands-on Science Center. The cultural eve was featuring multiple regions of the U.S, in terms of its diverse culture, entertainment and food. I sincerely admire this opportunity, and it is one of my most favorite events!


img_05843Delegates from Arizona State University Libraries

Finally, a trip to Columbus cannot be complete without exploring its Short North art district, which is the heart and soul of Columbus! It is the most lively and offbeat district with art galleries, specialty shops, pubs, restaurants, and coffee houses.

img_05172img_0513 North Market
img_0514img_0515Savory Vegetarian Crepes/Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams

And, last but not the least, what a treat to dig into Picasso exhibit at Columbus Museum of Art!



Loving the journey of the World Library and Information Congress!

Can’t wait for 2017 IFLA @ Wroclaw, Poland!!!