Dear members of the Information and Library Science community,
For the third continuous time, Koç University Libraries are organizing an "International Library Staff" Week in Istanbul, between 07-11 September 2020. 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.
Our experience from similar events, started in Spring 2018, when we organized and hosted for the first time an International Library staff week, with the participation of 18 International Academic Librarians from 13 countries and 5 continents. Continuing, later on the same year 8 colleagues from the American Beirut University Libraries spent a week at Koç University and later on, in October, the Library hosted the “Greek and Turkish Library Staff” week.
In April 2019 we celebrated Spring and the Library professional all over the world with our 2nd International Library staff week. This team we were happy to have more participants from different countries and so our bonds with colleagues and the experience gained, expanded and advanced.
We strongly believe that International events as such, 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.
And the icing on top of all....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!
This year the week will focus on engagement. Library and Information Science is an evolving sector that follows current trends both in education and technology, trying to meet the various information and research needs of the users. Librarians are relationship builders for their campuses and they recognize the value of building essential, foundational community relationships.
Engagement can be established in academic issues, in users, in research, in scholarship, in technology and many more. Our workshops, presentations and discussions can cover different areas of ongoing engagement efforts such as Data Science and User Research, Assessment, Open Science, Scholarly Publishing, Data Management, Metrics, Information Visualization (IV), Research oriented IL, Artificial Intelligence (AI), Fake News, Outreach services, Digital Transformation, Sustainability, Digital Humanities, Conservation – Preservation of audiovisual Cultural Heritage materials, etc.
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.
We are very pleased to have with us a colleague from the U.S. who will share his experience and knowledge on several issues.
Mr. Bae is coming from the Princeton University Library and will contribute to the program with the perspective of someone working at a prestigious Institution and as an active member of IFLA, ALA & OCLC.