2013-2014 officers for the European Chapter…

The election for this year’s officers has begun. Voting will be possible until September 30th. All ASIS&T European Chapter members should have received an email with the access information for the ballot. If you are a chapter member and haven’t received an email yet but would like to vote then please contact the ballot administrator directly via email. The outgoing Chairperson, Adam Girard, is the ballot administrator. He can be contacted at: adam.girard[at]ucdconnect.ie. Thank you for voting!



16 – 20 June 2014, Zadar, Croatia
Web site: http://ozk.unizd.hr/lida/
Email: lida@unizd.hr

Libraries in the Digital Age (LIDA) is a biennial international conference that focuses on the transformation of libraries and information services in the digital environment. In recognition of evolving online and social technological influences that present both challenges and opportunities, “ASSESSMENT” is the theme for LIDA 2014.  The conference theme is divided into two parts. The first part addresses advances in qualitative assessment methods and practices and the second part covers assessment methods involving alternative metrics based on social media and a wider array of communicative activities, commonly referred to as “altmetrics.” While qualitative methods have a long tradition of application, altmetrics are a set of new approaches to filtering information and to evaluating scholarly communication and research, with possible application to libraries as well. LIDA 2014 brings together researchers, educators, and practitioners from all over the world in a forum for personal exchanges, discussions, and learning, made memorable by being held in an enchanting and spectacularly beautiful city on the shore of the Adriatic Sea.

The main topics of the conference are:

1) Qualitative methods in assessing libraries, users, & use: applications, results.

2) Altmetrics – new methods in assessing scholarly communication and libraries: issues applications, results.

The paper (extended abstract) submission deadline is 15 January 2014. Deadlines for workshops, demonstrations, and the doctoral forum can be found on the LIDA website: http://ozk.unizd.hr/lida/contribution/#deadlines.

17th International Conference on Theory and Practice of Digital Libraries

Valetta, Malta, September 22-26, 2013
(TPDL 2013, http://www.tpdl2013.info)

The International Conference on Theory and Practice of Digital Libraries constitutes a leading European scientific forum on digital libraries that brings together researchers, developers, content providers and users in the field of digital libraries. The 17th International Conference on Theory and Practice of Digital Libraries (TPDL 2013) is organized by the University of Malta and it will be held in Valetta, Malta on September 22-26, 2013.

Valuable and rapidly increasing volumes of data are produced or transformed into digital form by all fields of science, education, culture, business and government. For this purpose the digital libraries community has developed long-term and interdisciplinary research agendas, providing significant results such as conceptual models, added value infrastructures, software tools, standards and services. The advent of the technologies that enhance the exchange of information with rich semantics is on the centre of the discussions of the community. Information providers inter-link their metadata with user contributed data and offer new services outlooking to the  development of a web of data and addressing the interoperability and long-term preservation challenges.

TPDL 2013 under the general theme “sharing meaningful information”, invites submissions describing original, unpublished research and not (and will not be) simultaneously under consideration for publication elsewhere, for the proliferation of scientific and research osmosis in the following categories: Full Papers, Short Papers, Posters and Demonstrations, Workshops and Tutorials, Panels and Doctoral Consortium. All submissions will be reviewed on the basis of relevance, originality, importance and clarity in a triple peer review process.

The TPDL 2013 proceedings will be published by Springer-Verlag in the Lecture Notes in Computer Science series. The authors of the best research papers will be invited to submit substantially extended versions of their paper for publication in a Focused Issue of the International Journal on Digital Libraries, while the Doctoral Consortium papers will be published in the Bulletin of the IEEE Technical Committee on Digital Libraries.


General areas of interest include, but are not limited to, a wide range of topics, organized in four categories, according to a conceptualization that coincides with the four arms of the Maltese Cross. These categories are Foundations, Infrastructures, Content and Services, however for a complete list of topics, please refer to the conference website http://www.tpdl2013.info.

Important Dates

– Full and Short papers, Posters and Demonstrations: March 23, 2013
– Panels, Workshops, Tutorials: March 4, 2013
– Notification of acceptance for Papers, Posters, and Demonstrations: May 20, 2013
– Notification of acceptance for Panels, Workshops and Tutorials: April 22, 2013
– Camera Ready Versions: June 9, 2013
– Doctoral Consortium Papers Submission Deadline: June 2, 2013
– Doctoral Consortium Acceptance Notification: July 2, 2013
– End of Early Registration: July 31, 2013
– Conference Dates: September 22-26, 2013

More information is available on the TPDL2013 website (http://www.tpdl2013.info), while announcements are also published on the conference’s accounts in Facebook (www.facebook.com/tpdl2013) and Twitter (http://www.twitter.com/tpdl2013).

Yeah we have a Facebook page!

We would like to announce our ASIS&T European Chapter Facebook page and group. The links are: http://www.facebook.com/ASISTEuroChap and http://www.facebook.com/groups/asistec/.

The page should inform about news, activities and events of the ASIS&T European Chapter. The group should be a more private discussion forum for our EC members (membership status will be checked before joining the group).

The link to the Facebook group of the ASIS&T European Student Chapter is http://www.facebook.com/groups/35065475352/

We invite you to join us on Facebook and tell your colleagues about it!

On behalf the European Chapter Board, Tamara & Isabella

Doctoral Forum 2012 – Quantitative Research in Information Science

endorsed by the ASIS&T European Chapter, SIGIII and SIGMETRICS
12-13 April 2012, University of Wolverhampton, UK
organised by Dr Jonathan Levitt and Prof Mike Thelwall

From April 12th to April 13th 2012 Dr Jonathan Levitt and Prof Mike Thelwall invited doctoral students to their doctoral forum at the University of Wolverhampton,England. The topical focus was set on quantitative research in Information Science. All student applicants should use or plan to use quantitative methods in at least part of their doctoral research. 13 participants from England, Germany, Sweden and Denmark came to the forum and contributed to a lively meeting with exciting and varied research topics.

Besides the organisers Jonathan Levitt and Mike Thelwall, Prof Diane H. Sonnenwald, Head of the School of Information & Library Studies in Dublin and current President of ASIS&T, attended the forum. She was also present during the student presentations and at the end of the forum shortly introduced the ASIS&T and the European Chapter.

After the registration and welcome, Mike Thelwall, Professor at the University of Wolverhampton and Head of the Statistical Cybermetrics Research Group, gave an introduction to Webometrics. He talked about the different methods and data which can be used for quantitative metrics the Web and the applications he developed together with his colleagues from the research group. The introduction gave a great overview of the overall topic of the forum and showed the diverse possibilities of quantitative research.

The main emphasis of the forum was on the presentations of the students and the discussion within the group. The participants were divided into two groups. On the second day the groups were rearranged so that everyone was enabled to meet the participants who were not in his or her group the day before. So you had the chance to get feedback from all students and the three advisors. One group was led by Mike Thelwall, the other by Jonathan Levitt and Diane Sonnenwald.

The organisers used two different concepts to start lively discussions. On the first day everyone had to give a 30 minute presentation about his or her person and the doctoral research. After the presentation 15 minutes were given for discussion and questions.

The second day began with a presentation about quantitative research evaluation by Dr. Jonathan Levitt from the University of Loughborough, and also member of the Statistical Cybermetrics Research Group. The first part of the talk was about citation analysis and metrics used to measure a researcher’s scientific output. The second part focused on the Research Excellence Framework (REF), a system which assesses the quality of research in the UK. Levitt presented the methods used for the REF, the limitations and also the pitfalls when trying to evaluate quantitative research.

After the talk and the rearranging of the groups there was an “elevator pitch” and brainstorming. The participants had only five minutes to focus on one or two special problems they were concerned with during their doctoral research. Then the other students had to brainstorm about possible solutions. The elevator pitch was a great experience: While the longer presentations of the students mostly gave an overview about the whole doctoral research topics, the five minute talks focused only on the main aspects and problems. Everyone had to formulate his or her research aims and problems in a short and understandable way to the other group members. This helped to become aware of his or her main research focus which was a good benefit. Furthermore the other participants could propose solutions directly after the focused problem which led to more answers and possibly valuable solutions than after a longer talk. The combination of long presentations and short pitches was a valuable concept.

Besides the “working” part of the forum Jonathan Levitt and Mike Thelwall organised an amazing social programme were all the participants could meet and talk, and get to know each other in a better way. Even before the official start of the forum they invited the students to an evening dinner. As almost all participants took part and got to know each other before the welcoming session the next day, the atmosphere at the beginning of the workshop was relaxed and pleasant. It was very kind of Jonathan Levitt that he fetched us from our accommodation every morning so that we didn’t get lost in the city of Wolverhampton. On the second day in the afternoon we also visited the Black Country Living Museum in Wolverhampton, an open-air museum, were we made a canal boat trip and tried the famous fish and
chips. A Chinese farewell dinner in the evening finished the doctoral forum.

Overall it was an instructive and beneficial doctoral forum, which was organised very well. There were only 13 participants, but the discussions in the small groups were lively and everybody had enough time to present his or her topic. For future engagements of the ASIS&T European Chapter I would like to propose to organise more such doctoral forums. I think it would be better to have meetings for doctoral candidates which focus on one topic like quantitative research, information retrieval research, digital libraries and library technologies or knowledge management. My opinion is that in smaller groups the topics can be discussed more intensively. At last I would like to thank the Jonathan Levitt and Mike Thelwall for the organisation and their advice and also Diane Sonnenwald and the other participants for the active discussions and their help.

Report by Tamara Heck

Library & Information Science in Europe : Regional Perspectives

22 june 2012, within the LIDA conference in Zadar Croatia

Location: Aula Magna, University of Zadar

As a part of the 75th Anniversary of the American Society for Information Science and Technology (ASIST), the European Chapter of the ASIST  organized a 1-day workshop in conjunction with the LIDA conference on June 22, 2012 in Zadar, Croatia.
This one day workshop featured a panel and paper presentations on the history of Library and Information science in Europe and on challenges it faces in the future.
The celebration began with an opening talk by Diane Sonnenwald about her trajectory towards LIS and ASIST.
It was followed by then a panel consisting of six speakers: 2 american colleagues (Nick Belkin, Tefko Saracevic) and 4 europeans: David Bawden (UK), Isto Huvila (Finland), Fidelia Ibekwe-SanJuan (France), Christian Schoegl (Austria). The panelists highlighted the opportunities and difficulties of maintaining an European chapter of an American association. A historical perspective was taken by our American colleagues who underscored what American Information Sciene owed to european documentation pioneers (Paul Otlet, Suzanne Briet).
All panelists stressed the importance of a historical approach in LIS as a way of understanding where we are now and where we may be heading to in the future.

A tribute to the lifelong contribution of Michel Menou to ASIST and to its European chapter  which he founded was made by Emil Levine.

The afternoon talks focused on the history and evolution of LIS in different european countries: Italy, Austria, Germany, Finland, Norway, Sweden, Iceland.
All in all, this 1-day workshop will go a long way in fostering a mutual understanding of how LIS is structured in the different european countries
Participation to this panel and workshop was high (around 50) and interesting discussions ensued. A very successful event.

75th Anniversary of the ASIST75th Anniversary of the ASIST (Meeting)

Diane Sonnenwald75th Anniversary of the ASIST – Diane Sonnenwald

75th Anniversary of the ASIST (Panel)75th Anniversary of the ASIST (Panel)

11:30-12:30 Panel: ASIST in Europe (Christian Schloegl, David Bawden, Fidelia Ibekwe-SanJuan, Isto Huvila, Nick Belkin and Tefko Saracevic)

15:30-16:30 Papers: Information Science in Europe
– Christian Schloegl (University of Graz, Austria)
Information Science in Europe: A Scientometric Analysis

– Lyn Robinson and David Bawden (Center for Information Science, City U London, UK)
So wide and varied: the British origins of information science

– Elena Corradini (U of Parma, Italy)
Evolution of IS in Italy

16:30-17:00 Coffee Break

17:00-18:00 Papers: Information Science in Europe

– Franjo Pehar and Tatjana Aparac-Jelušić
History and origin of information scienceS in Croatia: with an special emphasis on growth of regional and international activities

– Isto Huvila, Preben Hansen, Jeppe Nicolaisen and Nils Pharo (Uppsala University, Sweden and Åbo Akademi University, Finland; Swedish Institute of Computer Science, Sweden; Royal School of Library and Information Science, Denmark and Oslo and Akershus University College of Applied Sciences
Library and Information Science in the Nordic countries: from the present to the future

16:30-17:00 Closing of LIDA and ASIST celebration

LIDA 2012 – Preliminary Program >> http://ozk.unizd.hr/lida/program/
Tatjana Aparac-Jelusic
(chair, LIDA 2012): taparac@unizd.hr

>> 75th Anniversary of the ASIST (Announcement)
Fidelia Ibekwe-SanJuan (chair ASIST-EU):

Annual ASIS&T meeting 2011 in New Orleans

Written by Laura Schumann and Jens Terliesner, students of information science and language technology at the Heinrich-Heine University in Düsseldorf (Germany)

The annual ASIS&T meeting 2011 was held in October in New Orleans (Louisiana). The meeting subtitled with the slogan ‘Bridging the Gulf: Communication and Information in Society, Technology, and Work’ was our first ASIS&T meeting we attended and as well our first contact with ASIS&T. We expected to meet many people from different places in the world to exchange opinions and expand our know-how in information science.
The meeting was opened by Tom Wilson (University of Sheffield) who held the keynote concerned with the central question: ‘Preservation: the Final Frontier?’. He explained the difficulties of preserving information caused by many problems like changes of favored file types and changing storage devices.
Even though we couldn’t imagine why ornithology is related to information science, the second keynote by Steve Kelling (Cornell University) convinced us of the contrary.
He talked about applied citizen science in the area of ornithology (‘How to Identify Ducks in Flight: A Crowdsourcing Approach to Biodiversity Research and Conservation’). Kelling collects information generated by scientists and non-scientists to evaluate the worldwide movement of birds. Kellings speech showed that information science can be applied in different research areas and that it is not restricted to specific subjects.

The agenda of the meeting consisted of panels and paper presentations divided into the tracks ‘Information Behavior’, ‘Knowledge Organization’, ‘Interactive Information & Design’, ‘Information and Knowledge Management’, ‘Information Use’ and ‘Economic, Social and Policy Issues’. Especially the topics ‘Knowledge Organization’, ‘Information and Knowledge Management’ and ‘Information Use’ offered many presentations that were closely related to our academic studies and showed us new and interesting facets of these areas. The high number of panels encouraged communication and exchange of expert information and revealed different attitudes considering the subject.
A poster session with more than 90 posters showed the large variety of actual research interests and applied information science. Since we presented our own poster at the session, we were able to exchange and discuss our ideas mostly with interested experts of non-related topics but also with specialists of the same research area.

The meeting ended with multiple workshops and seminars to improve the abilities and knowledge in newsworthy topics. Many social activities like a student design competition, various receptions and several chapter meetings completed the annual meeting. Especially the ‘New Members and First Conference Brunch’ was a great first impression of the annual meeting for us. It gave us the assurance that new members are very welcome in the ASIS&T.

After attending a few conferences and meetings before, the ASIS&T annual meeting 2011 was our first non-European meeting. In contrast to the behavior of the attendees of European conferences, the American mentality made it easier to get to know other scientists with the same interests. Thereby we got the chance to learn a lot about research projects and different approaches to face research questions.
Besides that, the city of New Orleans was a good choice to arrange the conference because New Orleans offers a large cultural diversity.
All in all, our expectations have been more than met and we are looking forward to the 75th annual meeting in the end of October 2012 in Baltimore and hope to attend our second annual meeting of ASIS&T.

Impressions of the ASIS&T International Reception. From left: Ulrich Tibaut Houzanme (Indiana University Bloomington), Tamara Heck, Jens Terliesner, Wolf G. Stock, Isabella Peters, and Laura Schumann (all from Heinrich-Heine-University Düsseldorf).

Quantitative Research in Information Science

We are very pleased to announce a Doctoral Forum, specialising in quantitative research in Information Science to be held on 12-13 April 2012 in England at the University of Wolverhampton.

This Doctoral Forum will begin with short introductory presentations by Prof Mike Thelwall and Dr Jonathan Levitt on the application of quantitative methods to Information Science.  However, its main emphasis is on the students presenting and receiving feedback on their research and on meeting other doctoral students.  Doctoral students who are either using, or considering using, quantitative methods in at least part of their doctoral research are encouraged to apply.

The venue, at the University of Wolverhampton, is located in Wolverhampton City Centre and is very close to Wolverhampton train station.  Wolverhampton is a thirty minute train journey from Birmingham International airport.  The event finishes on Friday afternoon, enabling participants to see something of England over the weekend; from Wolverhampton, Wales can be reached by train in thirty minutes and London can be reached by train in two hours.

This event, endorsed by the European Chapter of the American Society for Information Science and Technology (ASIST), is the first of two events that the European Chapter is endorsing, in celebration of the 75th anniversary of ASIST.  The European Chapter is also endorsing Libraries In The Digital Age (LIDA) to be held on 18 – 22 June 2012 in Zadar, Croatia.

The cost of the event is £50 per person, to cover the cost of four coffee/tea refreshment breaks, two sandwich lunch breaks and one buffet dinner.  Three low price hotels are located within easy walking distance of the venue, MC building, City Campus, University of Wolverhampton (http://wiki.worldflicks.org/mc_building.html).  LateRooms (http://www.laterooms.com) and Travelodge (http://www2.travelodge.co.uk) provide descriptions of nearby hotels and the option of reserving accommodation.

This Doctoral Forum is open to all interested parties, including those who don’t present.  If you wish to present your research at the Doctoral Forum please submit:  a description of your research project and how you are using or are proposing to use quantitative methods (totalling a maximum of 150 words) and key related references.  If you wish to attend the event and not present, please submit a description of your relevant experiences and reasons for wanting to attend the conference (totalling a maximum of 150 words).

Submissions need to be emailed to the Conference organiser (Dr. Jonathan Levitt, j.levitt@lboro.ac.uk) and the Program manager (Prof. Mike Thelwall, m.thelwall@wlv.ac.uk) by mid-night UK-time on Sunday, February 12, 2012.  If you have any queries, please email Dr. Levitt (j.levitt@lboro.ac.uk) and Prof. Thelwall (m.thelwall@wlv.ac.uk).

ASIS&T European Workshop 2011

The first ASIS&T European Workshop will be held at University College Cork, Cork, Ireland on the 1st and 2nd of June 2011. Organized by the European Chapter of ASIS&T, it is an ideal cross-disciplinary forum to present and encounter work by research students in the fields of information, library and computer science. The workshop will offer a unique networking opportunity where ideas and research can be discussed with fellow future luminaries of the field. For more information, see the http://aew2011.ucc.ie/