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[InetBib] Statistics and Assessment for Libraries at a Turning Point - Call for Papers:

Liebe Kolleginnen und Kollegen,

gern mache ich Sie auf den Call for Papers für den Veranstaltungsblock der
IFLA-Sektion "Statistics and Evaluation" bei der 78. IFLA-Konferenz in Helsinki

Wir freuen uns auf viele interessante Beiträge zum Thema "Statistics and
Assessment for Libraries at a Turning Point". 

In wenigen Tagen wird der Call auch auf der Seite der Sektion und der Konferenz
zur Verfügung stehen. Mit Fragen können Sie sich gern an mich wenden. 

Mit freundlichem Gruß

Ulla Wimmer

Ulla Wimmer

Deutscher Bibliotheksverband (dbv)
Koordinatorin des Kompetenznetzwerks für Bibliotheken (KNB)
Straße des 17. Juni 114
10623 Berlin

Tel: (030) 644 9899 15
Fax: (030) 644 9899 29

e-mail: wimmer@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

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10585 Berlin

Call for Papers

78th IFLA World Library and Information Congress 2012 
"Libraries Now! - Inspiring, Surprising, Empowering"
Helsinki, Finland, 11-17 August 2012

IFLA Statistics and Evaluation Section 

The use of statistics and assessment for libraries at a turning point 
Many libraries find themselves at a turning point in recent times. They are in a
situation that imposes on them the need for change, and often quite urgently.
This change can be for better - as when new opportunities must be seized, for
worse - as is the case in a financial crisis, when the value of the library is
put in question, or for a different reason - as when new user needs arise and
old ways of doing things are not feasible any more. As change occurs libraries
must make decisions and take action to meet new demands. 

The session will focus on how the use of statistics, qualitative and
quantitative measures, management information or empirical studies, quality
assessment, outcome studies etc. can help libraries deal with such a turning
point and enable them to go ahead in a critical situation.  Some ideas to

-       how empirical evidence is used to reach out to new  audiences and
rethink library services (this could range from user- and non-user-studies to
quality management and evaluation) 
-       how data and statistics are successfully used for advocacy when the
library is in need of support (be it outcome measurement, national or
international benchmarks or a single-library timeline) 
-       how data is used to reshape efficient library services  (e.g. detailed
management information, usage analyses, or cost analyses)
-       also what problems are encountered, and what "missing  pieces" of data
would be vital in a situation of change, but are not available. 

This theme suggests that case studies are appropriate, but it also includes
theoretical papers on a new method and tool, under the condition that they focus
clearly on how the tool can be used to support a library in a critical

How to Submit Your Paper

Papers may be presented at the conference in any IFLA working language (Arabic,
Chinese, English, French, German, Russian, and Spanish). Presentations should be
no more than 20 minutes in duration with 10 minutes for questions from the
audience.    Proposals for papers should be in English and include an abstract
of no longer than 250 words.  Proposed papers must be original and not have been
published elsewhere.  A short biography of the presenter and contact information
(name, full address, phone, fax, email, etc) should be included with each
submission.  Full papers must be between 3000 and 6000 words in length.  The
abstract should be submitted as an MS Word file by e-mail.  Abstract proposals
should be submitted by February 15, 2012 to  
Michele Farrell: mfarrell@xxxxxxxx 
IF Your Paper Is Selected

All proposals will be reviewed by the Statistics Review Committee and successful
applicants will be notified by March 15, 2012.  
The selected presenters for the program will be asked to submit the full paper
via e-mail by  May 10, 2012.  
Please note: all expenses incurred for attending the Finland conference are the
responsibility of the presenters.  


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