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Istanbul International Library Staff Week 2019


Dear members of the Information and Library Science community, 

Koç University Libraries are delighted to organize their second "International Library Staff" Week in Istanbul, between 08-12 April 2019.  The event brings together professional Library staff with varied backgrounds working in universities or other research orientated libraries with an interest in sharing ideas and networking with colleagues. 

Suna Kıraç Library has prior experience from similar events, as it organized 3 International events in 2018 with the participation of 32 International Librarians in total and Turkish colleagues from Universities in Istanbul.  On March, the Library hosted 18 International Academic Librarians from 13 countries and 5 continents in the 1st “International Library Staff” week.  On June, 8 colleagues from the American Beirut University Libraries spent a week at Koç University and later on, on October, the Library hosted the “Greek and Turkish Library Staff” week

International events offer the opportunity to share different professional and cultural backgrounds and experience in a friendly and relaxed environment and is a great start for potential joint projects.

Plus! Istanbul is a unique place to visit and Koç University stands strong in the international educational and research arena.  Don’t miss the chance to be part of the experience!

Main theme

Koç University Libraries, with its main library and its branches in 3 different cities in Turkey are motivated to provide a dynamic and engaging program for library colleagues from all around the world.  Through this week, library staff and visitors will have the chance to engage into fruitful discussions and exchange of professional and personal experiences, which will broaden their perspective on issues related to Information Science, strengthen their skills and hopefully plant the roots for future collaboration on joint projects.

Main Theme: Changing roles of Libraries in the Digital era

Subthemes: Different aspects of tasks, initiatives, projects, policies, best practices and more, under this emerging identity of the Academic Libraries

  • Libraries for happy users: educate the users / measure users’ experience / master data / the publishing advocacy / collection development and curation
  • Cultural Heritage related projects: special - complementary collections / archives / collaborative projects / conservation – preservation of audiovisual cultural heritage materials
  • Design focus thinking: innovative projects ideas and initiatives / creative service models
  • Libraries on the Digital move: instructional design / e-learning / gamification / use of virtual or augmented reality tools, applications and services
  • Space and storage: how to make the most of the Library space / new spaces / trends and necessities / Sustainability and Libraries