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Mobile technologies: information on the move 

Brisbane, Australia 11 - 13 May 2011

This conference, hosted by The University of Southern Queensland in collaboration with Athabasca University, the Open University, Thompson Rivers University and Emerald Group Publishing, aims to explore and share work carried out in libraries around the world to deliver services and resources to users ‘on the move’ via a growing plethora of mobile or handheld devices.


The conference will bring together researchers, technical developers, managers and library practitioners to exchange experience and expertise and generate ideas for future developments.


We are seeking papers on the following themes:


1.     Emerging mobile technologies (including platforms, devices and software)

2.     Delivering new mobile services to users

3.     New mobile applications (technical)

4.     Mobile users (e.g. studies of requirements and/or behaviour)

5.     Development of content for mobiles (including OERs, commercially published, user-generated etc.)

6.     Privacy and mobiles

7.     Copyright issues for mobile delivery


Please submit your abstracts (up to 300 words) to by November 1st. These will be subject to peer review and authors will be notified by 14 January 2011.


We expect that papers may include research reports, demonstrations of technical developments, practical case studies or reviews. Posters are also invited.


Papers or presentation

Papers or presentations should last no longer than 20 minutes plus 5 minutes for questions.


Poster sessions

Posters will be displayed throughout the conference and time will be allocated in the programme for poster viewing.

Conference proceedings will be published online.


Contact Information

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The IFLA International Newspaper Conference recently took place in Delhi, India, from Friday 26th to Sunday 28th February 2010. The Conference attracted a wide variety of participants locally from India and internationally. The National Libraries of France, Finland, Australia, Singapore and India were represented as well as the Royal Library of Sweden. The British Library and the Library of Congress Newspaper sections were also represented. DISA was invited to present a paper on the state of newspaper digitisation in South Africa.


Frederick Zarndt

Lighting the lamp                                           Frederick Zarndt talking about born digital newspapers

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Last week I attended a pre-proposal workshop, hosted by Digital Innovations South Africa (DISA) and the South Africa Netherlands research Programme on Alternatives in Development (SANPAD). The purpose of the workshop was to develop a proposal for a three-year long project looking at digital archives and heritage in South Africa. Participants came from the Vrije Universiteit (VU) in Amsterdam, the University of Cape Town (UCT) and the University of KwaZulu-Natal (UKZN).  The first day consisted of presentations with the second day dedicated to formulating a research question.

The Participants

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The theme of the Open Repositories 2010 Conference is “The Grand Integration Challenge”. A call for Papers, Posters


and Workshops has been made. An excerpt from their website indicates that ….

Repositories have been successfully established — within and across institutions — as a major source of digital information in a variety of environments such as research, education and cultural heritage. In a world of increasingly dispersed and modularized digital services and content, it remains a grand challenge for the future to cross the borders between diverse poles:

  • the web and the repository,
  • knowledge and technology,
  • wild and curated content,
  • linked and isolated data,
  • disciplinary and institutional systems,
  • scholars and service providers,
  • ad-hoc and long-term access,
  • ubiquitous and personalized environments,
  • the cloud and the desktop.

The Conference will be held in Madrid, Spain, 6-9 July 2010.


Call for papers for the Regional International Musicology Society (IMS) Conference to be held in conjunction with the South African Society for Research in Music (SASRIM) at the University of Stellenbosch, Department of Music, Stellenbosch, South Africa 14-17 July 2010. The theme of the conference is Echoes of Empires: Music Empires after Hegemony. The deadline for submission of proposals is 15 January 2010. More details available here.