On behalf of the Organising Committee, I would like to inform you about the 2010 Annual LIS Research Symposium.
The Annual LIS Research Symposium meetings are organized by the University of South Africa (UNISA) Library Services and Department of Information Science.
29 and 30 July 2010 (Thursday and Friday)
Unisa School for Business Leadership (SBL), Midrand, South Africa
Towards the 2020 African library and beyond
PURPOSE OF SYMPOSIUM
Will the library still exist in its current form in 2020? Changes in modern society and the research community’s information access patterns have put pressure on the library as the most widely used source of reliable information. Due to the influence of modern information technology, LIS is moving towards a virtual dispensation, but where is this taking us? What is the role of LIS within the social networking era, and can quality be assured? These issues call for an in-depth discussion.
This blog is focused on science, simply because that is what I do most of my time. The same applies to the "What would [X] look like if it were invented today?" series of blog posts, and while it has not escaped my notice that X=Humanities would be a possible configuration, I did not feel particularly competent to write that part, nor did my infrequent calls for people from the humanities or social sciences to participate in the open science debates here or at Friendfeed result in much feedback from that end. However, I came across a piece recently (and read it today) that has a great potential to fill this gap (a case for UU, as discussed yesterday). It was written in a very personal and engaging style by Lisbet Rausing for a printed magazine (The New Republic), so its major drawback is that it has no hyperlinks and that the only non-text element is this image of a traditional library of paper documents. But the text was explicitly placed in the Public Domain, such that it can be adapted for the web, for which I have set up a document anyone can edit — please feel free to do so, and to tell your colleagues and friends in the humanities and social sciences about it.
For stimulation, I paste in below Lisbet Rausing's original of March 12, 2010 at 12:00 am, entitled "Toward a New Alexandria". The text (which should not be changed, though corrections may be added) is well worth a second read even in this non-enhanced form, and I will leave it to you to judge whether a more webby version can add value to that.
...are the subject of this recent review at PLoS Computational Biology (Open Access).