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School of Information hosts ICPE 2010

On October 20th through October 22nd, 2010,  faculty and students of the School of Information (SI) and University of South Florida administrators welcomed domestic and international presenters at the 2nd International Conference on Information Capital,  Property, and Ethics (ICPE).

Presented by USF’s  School of Information and Shih Hsin University  – Taipei’s  Department of Information and Communication, the conference was held at USF’s Gibbons Alumni Center and brought together scholars and professionals interested in intellectual property issues, information studies, and international politics.  The theme of the conference was “Globalizing Intellectual Property: The Geopolitics and Ethics of Information Rights”, and served as part two of the same theme as the 1st Conference that was held in Shih Hsin University, Taipei in 2008.  The conference’s ultimate objective was to strengthen international academic and cultural exchange in the information studies discipline, and to promote information ethics in the knowledge service profession.

At the conclusion of the conference, it was announced that the 3rd International Conference on ICPE will take place next year in mainland China.


Photo taken at the Opening Reception on Wendesday, October 20th.

When asked her opinion on the significance of having this conference at a location in the United States, Dr. Chihfeng P. Lin, Associate Professor in the Department of Information & Communications at Shih Hsin University –Taipei and Co-Convener of ICPE 2010, explained it was an example of sister-school relationships where faculty members of the two schools are given an opportunity to exchange and share their expertise.  She further argued that interaction between the two schools provided an opportunity for faculty members and hopefully students “to learn from each other in culture, lifestyle, and language proficiency in additional to academic development.”

Additional comments about the conference:

“We cannot over-emphasize the significance of having the ICPE 2010 here at USF. Having a conference of this stature promotes not only the university, but the whole State of Florida as well.  The Mayor of Tampa acknowledged as much, when she thanked USF for bringing the conference to Tampa.”

John N. Gathegi, Ph.D., J.D. – Conference Co-Convener
Professor, School of Information, University of South Florida
Co-Convener, ICPE 2010

“I think that the multifaceted nature of the topic and the intimate inherent structure of the venue (i.e. limited to 50 participants) attracted me to ICPE 2010. From the time that I first began communicating with Dr. Gathegi to when I was befriended and assisted by Yvette Harden – USF Alumni Center Reservations Manager — I felt as if I were sitting in the comfort of a good friend’s living room talking about important intellectual property/rights/ethics issues.  In my nearly 20-year career as a librarian, I’ve never had such a rich conference experience.”

Tom Adamich – Presenter
MA LIS Alumnus, School of Information
Head of Metadata Services at Muskingum College
President at Visiting Librarian Service


Photo taken at conclusion of ICPE 2010 on Friday, October 22nd.

“I got a lot out of the conference. Meeting the visitors from Taiwan and talking with them about the state of libraries over there was fascinating. Conditions there are remarkably similar in some aspects, but quite different in others. Since it was my first time attending an academic conference, I was also surprised by the communal, friendly nature of the event. I was sad when it was over. During our coffee breaks and meals, I received lots of great informal advice and suggestions from fellow students, colleagues and presenters, and was also able to get a window into the world of current information policy discussions.”

Zachary English – Presenter
MA LIS Student, School of Information
Class of 2011

“This conference was exceptionally well organized. I had the opportunity to network with upcoming and established Library and Information Science Professionals in the United States and also from other countries such as Taiwan. Presentations were captivating and enlightening because they were thought provoking especially findings of many of the empirical research papers that were presented and projects that some of the professionals were working on.”

Dr. Musa Wakhungu Olaka – Presenter
University of Missouri,
School of Information Science and Learning Technology

MA LIS Graduate Students Reema Mohini and Alive Graves welcome registrants for ICPE 2010.



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]

Midnight restoration of funding to FL libraries

from Florida Library Association (4/27/2010)

State Aid – Budget Chairs Restore State Funding to Public Libraries to $21.2 Million
At midnight on Monday, April 26 the House accepted a Senate offer to restore State Aid to Public Libraries to the current year level of $21.2 million.

FL Senate Budget Director J.D. Alexander


When Senate Budget Chair J. D. Alexander made the offer, he asked if “the library guy” with the signs was in the room. The library guy we all know is Paul Clark who has pretty much lived in the Capitol keeping the issue in front of legislators and the press for 6 weeks. Senator Alexander was disappointed that Paul wasn’t there and said that other advocates could learn a lot from him. There, working the issue until midnight were FLA lobbyist Chris Lyon, Small County Coalition coordinator Chris Doolin, and a whole contingent from the Department of State including Secretary Kurt Browning, Legislative Liaison Rivers Buford III, and John Boynton. This group barely left the Capitol all weekend long. Chris Doolin had a very positive impact for libraries, especially on Sunday morning. The folks from the Florida Association of Counties, and many county lobbyists have been working the issue aggressively as well.
For the past two months library advocates have worked tirelessly to tell the library story. The Salter>Mitchell public relations folks distributed press releases for FLA at several critical junctures. FLA’s CapWiz wizard, Lisa Manners did an incredible job of keeping the message fresh with the result that library advocates generated over 60,000 messages in the last six weeks.
Thanks to everyone for their incredible efforts and congratulations on the wonderful success!
Charlie Parker, Chair
FLA Legislative Committee

Florida Library Association


SLIS Adjunct Instructor Roy Balleste Has Contribution Accepted For Preparatory Meeting of 5th Internet Governance Forum

The United Nations (UN) has accepted for publication and wide distribution Roy Balleste’s contribution to the preparatory meeting of the fifth Internet Governance Forum (IGF).  The contribution’s main objective is for the addition of a special session, titled “IGF’s Future,” to discuss the extension of the IGF mission.

“The primary goal of the IGF is a multi-stakeholder political dialogue on the main issues of internet governance in order to promote internet security, stability and development. The World Internet Governance Forum is conducted by the United Nations Secretariat-General and annually attracts representatives from over 100 countries.”  The 2010 meeting will be held 14-17 September in Vilnius, Lithuania.

SLIS alum and adjunct instructor,  Roy Balleste is Law Library Director and Associate Professor of Law at St. Thomas University in Miami Gardens, Florida.  Roy is currently teaching LIS 5937 Internet Governance.