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Globetrotting with Dr. Andrews

We hear about our faculty involvement with state and national organizations on a regular basis, but how about international efforts?

Before we start our fall 2010 academic term, Dr. James Andrews (Director of the USF School of Library and Information Science) will have traveled to Gothenburg (aka Göteborg), Sweden, to continue his participation in IFLA (the International Federation of Library Associations).

A cultural gathering at Gothenburg, Sweden

Dr. Andrews is Secretary of the Science and Technology Libraries Section of the Special Libraries Division. Their efforts this year will be focused toward continuing the initiatives begun during last summer’s conference concerning Open Access. In fact the web page about the upcoming 76th IFLA Congress and General Assembly features the title: “Open access to knowledge – promoting sustainable progress.”

While Dr. Andrews’ agenda will include mediating panels and participating in the U.S. Caucus, he reports enjoying meeting colleagues from around the globe.

“Thus far, I have participated in WLISs in Durban, South Afr., Quebec City, Que., Milan, Italy…,” said Dr. Andrews.

According to Dr. Andrews, the conference usually features special STL (Science and Technology Libraries) related tours in the host city.  Our director also takes some pride in the fact that papers from some of his sessions have ended up as publications in the IFLA Journal.

For more information about IFLA, the Science and Technology Libraries Section, and the upcoming Conference see:

About IFLA

Science and Technology Libraries Section

STL newsletter

[AB, 6/15/2010]

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