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    I am the owner and managing director of Information Automation Limited (IAL), a company that specialises in research, consultancy and training for the information profession. We are particularly interested in all forms of electronic information resources (e-journals, e-books, etc) and I teach a course in electronic publishing at the Department of Information Studies in Aberystwyth. Drilling down still further(!), my interests centre on the quality and evaluation of electronic information, and in the thinking that underpins activities in library and information science.
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    Friday, May 26, 2006

    Libraries in the Digital Age (LIDA) 2006 Conference

    I am just off to Dubrovnik to the Libraries in the Digital Age (LIDA) 2006 Conference, so may not be posting for a week. If it turns out to be possible (wireless connectivity, etc) I'll post some conference reports.
    The conference always develops a lively atmosphere, with a good range of delegates from around Europe and the US and Canada. One particularly good feature is the involvement of local students - both in the organisation and the debate. Ray Lonsdale from the Department of Information Studies in University of Wales Aberystwyth and I are representing Wales - and offering a workshop on e-books as well as a paper on our CrossEd study. We shall meet old Aberystwyth colleagues (in the sense of long-term rather than aged!) Ian Johnson and Andy Large (now at Robert Gordons and McGill in Canada, respectively) as well as many other friends from Croatia and Europe. Discussion will be lively!

    The general aim of LIDA, started in 2000, is to address the changing and challenging environment for libraries and information systems and services in the digital world, with an emphasis on examining contemporary problems, advances and solutions. Each year a different and ‘hot’ theme is addressed, divided in two parts; the first part covers research and development and the second part addresses advances in applications and practice. LIDA seeks to bring together researchers, practitioners, and developers in a forum for personal exchanges, discussions, and learning, made easier by being held in memorable locations. The two themes for 2006 are:

    Part I. Cultural, social and institutional effects and place of digital libraries.

    Part II. Building a digital library for children and young adults

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