International Conference on Qualitative and Quantitative Methods in Libraries
Prof. Emeritus F. Wilfrid Lancaster Graduate School of Library and information Science, University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign, Urbana, Illinois, USA
Talk title: Fifty Years After - Almost The speaker´s career has largely been associated with the evaluation of library and information services, a field that he entered in 1963, with his first book related to the subject being published in 1968. In this keynote speech he will review what has been achieved (and not achieved) in this broad area in the past (almost) 50 years. Short Biography F. Wilfrid Lancaster is Professor Emeritus in the Graduate School of Library and Informotion Science at the University of Illinois where he has taught courses relating to information transfer, bibliometrics, bibliographic organization and the evaluation of library and information services. He served as the editor of Library Trends for a period of 20 years. He was appointed University Scholar for the period 1989 -1992. He is the author of twelve books, six of which have received national awards, and has three times received Fulbright fellowships for research and teaching abroad. His books have been translated into Arabic, Russian, Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Spanish and Portuguese. From the American Society for Information Science and Technology he has received both the Award of Merit and the Outstanding Information Science Teacher award. Professor Lancaster has been invoved in a wide range of consulting activities, including service for UNESCO and other agencies of the United Nations.
Dr. Roswitha Poll Former Chief Librarian, Münster University Library, Germany Talk title: Data for new services: developments in international library statistics The main source for library statistics is the standard ISO 2789 «Information and documentation - International library statistics». ISO 2789 functions as basis for other standards in information and documentation where statistical data and their definitions are required, especially for quality assessment. The standard was first published in 1974; the 2nd revised edition appeared in 1991. The increasingly quick follow-up of revisions (ed. 3 = 2003, ed. 4 = 2006) reflects the rapid change in the information world. In its meetings in 2009, the working group responsible for ISO 2789 decided to start the next revision of the standard. During the last decades, the «new» topics in library statistics concerned the electronic resources and services that were taken up in the 3rd edition. This area is still expanding and changing, but additional library tasks and services will now be added, ranging from preservation and digitisation data to issues of open access, out-of-the-wall actions or library participation in new Internet services. The ISO standard has served as basis for many national statistics, but worldwide library statistics have not yet been achieved, though an overview of library developments is urgently needed. IFLA (International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions), the UNESCO Institute for Statistics and the ISO committee responsible for quality and statistics within information and documentation joined forces in a project for developing a short, practical and meaningful set of data («global statistics») that could be used worldwide.The paper shows the newest developments in ISO 2789, the results and follow-up of the «global statistics» project and the importance of the data for demonstrating quality and impact of libraries. Terminology and definitions Methods of data collection methods of analyzing the data Short Biography Dr. Roswitha Poll was chief librarian of Münster University Library from 1987 to 2004. She is now chairing the committee «Quality-Statistics and Performance Evaluation» and the working groups for «International library statistics», «Performance indicators for national libraries» und «Statistics for library buildings» within ISO (International Organization of Standardization). Since 1989, she has been working in IFLA (International Federation of Library Associations), especially in the section «Statistics and Evaluation». She works in projects dealing with management and evaluation of libraries and information systems. Her present publications deal with measures for the input and output, quality, costs and impact of library services.
Prof. Carla Basili National Council of Research, Italy
Talk title: Information Policies in the Knowledge Economy: a question of balance To date, the science information system is struggling with competing trends, opportunities and constraints: enabling technological developments, funding limitations and pressures, open policies, private/public interests and values, quality control and scientific legitimation policies, just to mention the major ones. The current climate of rapid change in science and society further heightens these tensions and places new demands on the science information system. In this context and in the light of the past of scientific information policies, the current scientific information scenario is described, particularly as the competing forces acting upon it. Short Biography Carla Basili is Promoter and Co-ordinator of the European network on Information Literacy (EnIL) and of the European Observatory on Information Literacy Policies and Research. Her research interests focus on scientific information diffusion and transfer and, since 2001, concentrate on Information Literacy policies in Higher Education.