IFLA Satellite meeting
Science Policies and Science Portals

Canada, Montreal, Polytechnique Montreal - Friday August 8th 2008



Programme outline

09.00 - Registration and Coffee.
  Moderator: Ms. Julia Gelfand. University of California, Irvine. USA
Morning session
09.30 - 11.30
Science policies and the role of librarians.
Keynote speaker: Dr. Howard Alper. Chair, Canada Science, Technology and Innovation Council.

The morning session looks at the national policies that promote scientific information production in the public sphere and the role of librarians in the dissemination chain.

  • Mr. Liu Xiwen, National Science Library CAS, China.
    Information Services for Policymakers: Models and Practices of Scientific and Technological Libraries in China. Presentation.
  • Dr. Sohair F. Wastawy. The Library of Alexandria, Egypt.
    Where Do We Go From Here? The Role of Librarians in the Era of Digital Information. Presentation.
11.30 - 12.30 Lunch.
Afternoon Session
12.30 - 16.15
Science Portals.
Keynote speaker: Mr. Thomas Lahr. Chief Biologist for Information, United States Geological Survey Biological Informatics Office and Co-Chair, Science.gov Alliance.
Science.Gov and Worldwidescience.Gov Serving the World’s Scientists with National and International Science Portals. Presentation.

The afternoon session focuses in the recent developments of science portals including global efforts such as WorldWideScience.org and national initiatives.
  • Ms. Elizabeth Newbold, British Library, UK
    Science, Technology and Medicine at the British Library – developing our strategy and vision. Presentation.
  • Mr. Ho Nam Choi, Korea Institute of Science and Technology Information.
    Gateway to Science and Technology Information for the Korean Researchers. Presentation.
  • Mr. Herbert Gruttemeier, Institute for Scientific and Technical Information, France.
    Past and Future of Portal Building for Scientific Communities - the Inist Experience. Presentation.
  Wrap-Up: Mr. Richard Akerman. Technology Architect, Canada Institute for Scientific and Technical Information. Presentation.
Following the day's program the participants are welcomed to join a guided visit and a cocktail reception at the Polytechnique Montreal Library.