As winter and summer give way to spring and fall (in the Northern and Southern hemispheres, respectively), a number of conferences on library and information science will begin to appear on the agenda. Several book fairs have also been scheduled this spring: March 18-21 in Leipzig, Germany (www.leipzigermesse .de/LeMMon/buch_web_eng.nsf), March 2-7 in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates (ADIBF; www.adbookfair.com), March 4-8 (www.flb.be) in Brussels, and March 26-31 in Paris (http://2009.salondulivreparis.com). A list of the world's book fairs, along with dates, locations, organizers, and URLs, appears on the Frankfurt Book Fair website. I monitor that list regularly and will continue to add updates about the book fairs to ITFs 2010 Calendar of events (www.infotoday.com/calendar.shtml).
The 4th Leipzig Library and Information Congress (www.bid-kongress 2010.de), March 15-18, will be a convenient venue for many information professionals because it immediately precedes the Leipzig Book Fair. The theme is Knowledge for the People! - Libraries in the 21st Century, and topics on the program include knowledge and knowledge generation, libraries as a resource for media and information literacy, and knowledge gaining and maintaining knowledge.
With the attention-getting title Academic Librarian 2: Singing in the Rain, the second Academic Librarian conference (ALSR; www.lib.polyu.edu.hk/ALSR2010) will be held March 11-12 in Hong Kong. ALSR will focus on the skills and positioning of academic librarians, encompassing four major themes: the librarian of tomorrow, quality enhancement, collaboration and networking, and new tools and culture. All of these topics are important for academic librarians as they face the challenges of the current times. This conference will help them hone their skills and enhance interactions with their communities.
As the nature of libraries changes and more of their resources become electronic, many librarians are feeling a need to redesign and remodel their physical spaces. That's where the Academic Library Planning and Revitalization Conference (www.academicimpressions.com/ pdf70310-library-planning.pdf) will come in handy. The conference, which is being held March 1-3 in Tampa, FIa., will include presentations, hands-on working sessions (including preconference planning), and a site visit. The meeting covers all phases of the revitalization process, from vision and planning to design, renovation, and operation.
The 2010 Library Technology Conference (http://digitalcommons.macalester .edu/Ubtech_conf/2010) will be held March 17-18 in St. Paul, Minn. Organized by the Digital Commons at Macalester College in St. Paul, the conference will follow a similar pattern of presentations and hands-on sessions. It will highlight how technology has changed the way that libraries manage their resources and interact with their patrons. The keynote speakers will be Michael Porter, communications manager at WebJunction and author of the Libraryman blog (www.Ubraryman.com), and Anne Zarinnia, associate professor at the College of Education at the University of Wisconsin- Whitewater.
In Scotland, the city of Edinburgh council organized a conference called Edge 2010 (http://edge2010.wordpress .com), which will be held Feb. 25-26 in Edinburgh Castle. Although the broader theme of the conference is the delivery of public services, it mainly concentrates on services provided by libraries. Speakers represent the Urban Libraries Council, the National Library of Scotland, and representatives from the city councils of several major U.K. cities.
Information Science and Retrieval
The 11th ACM SIGMM International Conference on Multimedia Information Retrieval (MIR; http://riemann.ist.psu .edu/mir2010/index.html) will be held March 29-31 in Philadelphia. Judging from the topics to be discussed by the invited speakers and in the special sessions, this conference should interest many info pros. …