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Libtech '96: eLib goes to Libtech '96

John Kirriemuir gives a brief overview of the eLib presence at the Libtech '96 event.

Libtech International '96 has a set of Web pages at: http://www.herts.ac.uk/Libtech/libtech.htm

Libtech International is organised by the the Library & Media Services department of the University of Hertfordshire and held on the University's Hatfield Campus in September each year. The event consists of a large exhibition and a conference programme, which consists of various seminars, lectures and workshops. Entry to Libtech '96 itself is free to attend; some of the seminars and workshops charge a nominal fee for admission.

Many of the Electronic Libraries Progrgramme projects are presenting or have personnel speaking. Below we list just those eLib related events, confirmed as of July 15th - check the Libtech Web pages for the latest additions and any scheduling alterations.

eLib events

Access to network resources - 10 pounds - Wednesday morning
The eLib projects which are developing resources and subject based gateways on the Internet report on their work. The meeting will be chaired by Derek Law. Subjects include Medicine, Social Sciences, Urban Design, Engineering, Conflict Studies, Art & Design, and History.

Search and Deliver! - Free (advance registration essential, non FIL members 5 pounds) - Wednesday afternoon. Organised by the Forum for Interlending (FIL)
Where do you find it? How do you get it? Electronic ways to locate the item you require and get it delivered. Speakers: J. Eric Davies, Loughborough University, FIDDO (Focused Investigation of Document Delivery Options). Bridget Powell, SWRLS, Unity Networking. British Library - new Inside service.

NetLinkS : collaborative professional development for networked learner support - Free (advance registration essential) - Wednesday afternoon
Networked learner support (NLS) is a new professional activity, involving the use of networked strategies to provide end-user training and help in the exploitation of networked information resources. NetLinkS, an eLib project, aims to support the development of this new practice.

BAILER Annual General Meeting followed by LIS Schools and the Electronic Libraries Programme - Wednesday afternoon - Free (advance registration essential)
An assessment of the research contribution being made by Library and Information Studies School and Departments to the Electronic Libraries Programme. Speaker to be announced.

On-demand publishing for learning materials - eLib On Demand Publishing and Electronic Reserve Projects - Wednesday afternoon, repeated on Thursday afternoon - Free (advance registration essential)
A presentation and workshop by eLib Projects concerned with on demand publishing and electronic reserve, designed to illuminate the range of approaches being undertaken towards on demand technologies for the production of course readers, study packs and similar learning materials.

DIAD: a digital dilemma - DIAD Project - Thursday morning - Free (advance registration essential)
How do you satisfy the needs of visually sensitive and literate users of art and design journals, within the confines of a pilot digitisation project? What are their needs? How do you clear copyright when the page layout (including every advertisement) is as important as the content?

Subject services - ROADS to the future - Thursday morning - 10 pounds for Association for Learning Technology members (fourty pounds non-members)
This workshop will focus on two projects which are extending the availability of information resources: the Arts and Humanities Data Service at King's College, London, and Resource Organisation And Discovery in Subject-based Services (ROADS). With Nicky Ferguson and Daniel Greenstein.

UK eJournals on the Internet - eLib Electronic Journals Projects - Thursday afternoon - 10 pounds
Four hours crammed with diversity, entertainment and discussion. An introduction to eLib and the present state of nine UK electronic journals by those who actually produce them. Time also for discussion about the future of electronic publishing!

Other Events

The Banquet
This year's 'banquet' on the Wednesday evening, a regular feature of Libtech International, will be held at Knebworth, the home of the Lytton family since 1490. The Reception in Knebworth House is sponsored by EMOS Information Systems who have also donated ten free places at the dinner.

The Libtech International Guest Lecture
This year's Guest Lecture will be given by Professor Mel Collier, Head of the Division of Learning Development at De Montfort University and Chair of the International Institute for Electronic Library Research. He is taking as his theme electronic library strategy, a topic we should all be considering as we approach the next millennium.
The Guest Lecture will be preceded by a Reception and is generously sponsored by Automated Library Systems. Attendance is free but advance booking essential.


Register for the exhibition now to save time on arrival and to receive a copy of the newsletter, Offline News in August together with your visitor's badge.

Getting there

The event is held on the University of Hertfordshire's Hatfield campus, which is next to the A1(M) three miles north of the M25. There is parking for 1,000 cars. Trains take about half an hour from London, and there is free transport from the train station to the event.


Accomodation in Campus residences is 19.50 per night plus VAT. There are also several hotels in the near vicinity with a variety of standards and prices of accomodation.