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Faster, Smarter and Richer (FSR): Reshaping the Library Catalogue

International Conference

27-28 February 2014

The Vatican Library

Rome, Italy

Conference url <http://www.aib.it/attivita/congressi/c2014/fsr2014/>

In cooperation with the Italian Library Association (AIB) and the Vatican Library (BAV), we are delighted to announce the FSR International Conference “Faster, Smarter and Richer: Reshaping the Library Catalogue” - which takes place in Rome, Italy on 27-28 February 2014.

The FSR Conference

The development and growth of electronic publications and some significant advances in the field of digital libraries are changing the scenarios in which traditional libraries are acting today. All those issues are bringing into question the goals of the catalogue and its services.

This international conference aims at offering a scientific forum on the value of cataloguing and “real” library data that brings together researchers, professionals, users, content providers and developers in the LIS (Library and Information Science).

For centuries the catalogue has been considered the library’s most powerful tool. Its organization was finely tuned in order to facilitate access to printed heritage and to allow content retrieval.

This international conference aims at addressing issues connected to the creation of catalogues and information storage, cooperation among libraries in dealing with content management, partnerships among libraries and other cultural agencies, handling of traditional heritage with specific features such as rare books, cartographic and music material vis-à-vis to digital resources such as e-books, blogs, and videoconferences.

By bringing together researchers, developers, content providers and users in the field of bibliographic data, the conference offers the opportunity of rethinking the role of libraries and their traditional and new users.

The FSR Conference will be hosting a Doctoral Consortium on 26th February 2014.

Topics of interest

General areas of interests include, but are not limited to, the following topics:

-       Working with new standards

  • Cataloguing in the semantic web
  • MARC vs. non MARC
  • RDA: pros and cons, opportunities and disadvantages
  • Describing secondary digital resources
  • Controlled vocabularies vs. tagging
  • Bibliographic data integrity (single catalogue, national systems)

-       Working together

  • Organising authority data management
  • Cooperating with publishers and e-commerce agents
  • Libraries and educational programmes
  • One record, many users. Many producers, one record
  • ALM: innovative models and tools for cooperation
  • Cooperation among academic library systems: organisational models and achievements

-       New challenges for cataloguers / data managers (and for catalogues / data storage systems)

  • Meta-cataloguing, federated search, what else?
  • Implementing a new standard: organisational issues, costs, priorities, training
  • Speaking to / with users. Working for / with users
  • Learning from use: the functions of data mining
  • Faceted search
  • Bridging resources
  • Opacs for children
  • Are online publications at risk of opacity?

-       Professional education for cataloguers

  • Learning to link resources
  • Digital curation
  • New roles and profiles for libraries
  • Multimedia, multiculturalism, multidomain
  • Managing bibliographic systems and efficient and intelligible / intuitive interfaces
  • Creating professional (self)training resources

-       New practices in cataloguing

  • Metadata and traditional cataloguing
  • From shared / derived cataloguers to metadata creators
  • Promoting reading through cataloguing
  • Describing and indexing fiction
  • Semantic interoperability
  • Describing the virtual

We invite submissions of:

-       Research papers presenting theoretical solutions, but with a clear illustration on how these solutions can be applied

-       Position papers presenting opinions on some aspect of practice, or describing work that is still in progress, but sufficiently mature to warrant attention

-       Experiences and case studies specifying requirements, challenges or opportunities

-       Best practices

Instructions for submitting abstracts

Please submit the abstracts of your paper or poster by email at <[log in to unmask]>. Deadline for submission of abstracts is 15 November 2013.

Accepted contributions will be limited to one paper and/or poster abstract per author. Abstract length should not exceed 500 words. Please note that the language of the conference will be English, and therefore the committee will only accept submissions in this language (an abstract in Italian is optional). All submitted abstracts will be peer-reviewed.

Papers publication

Selected papers will be considered for publication in Cataloging & Classification Quarterly <http://catalogingandclassificationquarterly.com>. If chosen, authors will have to obtain permission from the copyright holder to publish any work that is not their own (e.g. screenshots from databases), and submit their papers for peer review by April 1, 2014.


·         Language: English (an abstract in Italian is optional)

·         Text length: max. 500 words

·         Keywords: max. 3

·         Bio: 5 lines (or link to own site)

·         Working group presentation: 10 lines (or link to site)

·         Submissions: <[log in to unmask]>

·         Info: <[log in to unmask]>

Important dates

  • Submission deadline for extended abstract and poster proposals: 15th Nov. 2013
  • Notification of acceptance: 10th Dec. 2013
  • Camera-ready due for papers and posters: 20th Jan. 2014

Doctoral Consortium

The FSR Conference will be hosting a Doctoral Consortium on 26th February 2014. More info at <http://www.aib.it/attivita/congressi/fsr-2014/2013/37518-fsr-dc/>.

 Best wishes on behalf of the FSR Programme Committee

 [Giuseppina Vullo <[log in to unmask]>]