Foreword and Welcome

Foreword from the German Federal Minister of Education and Research,

Prof. Dr. Annette Schavan, MdB

Prof. Dr. Annette Schavan,
MdB, German Federal Minister of Education and Research

The information society is opening up a whole range of new opportunities for making access to scientific information easier and faster than ever before. Information is no longer published solely in the form of scientific texts but can be disseminated directly, for example in the form of raw data or video recordings. These new opportunities for publication have enabled completely new forms of scientific cooperation. 

At the same time, there is a growing need for peer review and structured quality, for a reliable supply of information and for long-term archiving to enable the rational use of the wide range of content and the enormous quantity of data available. Although the Internet facilitates access to information, it also presents new challenges for the provision of scientific information. 

The scientific disciplines have adapted the new medium to suit their respective needs. On the whole, developments in the supply of scientific information have become more short-lived as a result of the Internet.

Further far-reaching changes are also forecast for the future. Providers of scientific information must make a concerted effort to react to these changes and develop strategies in order to build a sustainable profile of their strengths. 

The ILDS 2009 is a forum for conducting discussions and exchanging experiences. The Conference provides an excellent opportunity to prepare the ground for and expand cooperation and to develop joint strategies that are viable for the future. I wish the ILDS 2009 and all the Conference participants every success.

Prof. Dr. Annette Schavan, MdB
Federal Minister of Education and Research 


It is with great pleasure that the German National Library of Science and Technology (TIB), the German National Library of Medicine (ZB MED) and the German National Library of Economics (ZBW) jointly invite you to the 11th ILDS Conference in Hannover.

The event will be taking place from 20 - 22 October, 2009, meaning that it will coincide with celebrations to mark the 50th anniversary of the TIB as the world's largest library specializing in the fields of engineering, architecture, information technology, chemistry, physics and mathematics. Together with the ZB MED and the ZBW, the TIB forms part of a prestigious group that includes the most important document suppliers in their respective fields on the European continent. The strategic alliance formed by these three libraries is known as Goportis.

The ILDS business has always been about a network of partners working together in the library and publishing arenas, rather than individual libraries working in isolation. It is abundantly clear that interactions with these and other partners, such as aggregators and subscription agencies, are of great strategic importance.  It is therefore essential that libraries view document supply not as an isolated line of business, but instead as a key component of the overall process of library management. This process includes political and legal issues such as copyright and negotiations with rights holders, as well as technical developments.

One of the aims of the Hannover conference will be to attempt to chronicle the full scope of ILDS and plot the direction in which it is heading. It will reveal and highlight both recent trends and foreseeable developments.

The 11th ILDS conference is collaboratively organised by the International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA) and Goportis.

We look forward to welcoming you to Hannover in 2009.

Uwe Rosemann,
Director of TIB
Ulrich Korwitz,
Director of ZB MED
Horst Thomsen,
Director of ZBW
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