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Beyond the Beginning: The Global Digital Library

Hazel Gott introduces a major Digital Library event, taking place this June in London.

This international conference, with the overall theme of “Realising the Digital Library”, will feature invited speakers from around the world, including Australia, Europe, Japan and the United States.

The conference is being coordinated by UKOLN on behalf of JISC (Joint Information Systems Committee for the Higher Education Funding Councils), the British Library Research & Innovation Centre, CNI (the Coalition for Networked Information, Washington), CAUSE (the Association for Managing and Using Information Resources in Higher Education, Colorado) and CAUL (the Council of Australian University Libraries).

The conference will take place on the 16th and 17th of June 1997, at the QEII Conference Centre, Westminser, London

The registration fee for this two-day, non-residential conference is 140 pounds sterling. A booking form and further details are at URL:


Or, if you prefer, please email or telephone Hazel Gott at UKOLN on h.a.gott@ukoln.ac.uk or +44 (0)1225 826256.

Conference Programme

Monday 16 June
09.30-10.45 Registration
10.45-12.45 Welcome
Keynote address by Michael Fitzgerald, Vice-Chancellor,Thames Valley University
1st Main Session:
The Dynamics of the Information Market
12.45-14.00 Lunch
14.00-15.00 1st Parallel Session:
(a) Digital Library Coalition
European Union Projects
(b) Electronic Libraries Programme
The Digital Library in Japan
15.00-15.30 Tea
15.30-16.30 2nd Parallel Session:
(a) Quality Management of Internet Resources
Report on Information Fatigue
(b) The Information Profession
Information Professionals
16.30-17.30 2nd Main Session:
Copyright/Intellectual Property Rights: an international update
18.30-20.00 Reception at the new British Library, St Pancras
Tuesday 17 June
09.00-10.00 3rd Main Session:
Lifelong Learning the Context of the Digital Library
Re-engineering the Learning Process
10.00-10.30 Coffee
10.30-11.45 3rd Parallel Session:
(a) CNI Project: Assessment of Network Services & Systems
Evaluation of eLib Programme
(b) Metadata - Policy Level Issues for Implementation with speakers from the UK, the US and Australia
11.45-12.45 4th Main Session:
Digital Library Plans for European National Libraries: the example of Britain, Germany and the Netherlands
12.45-14.00 Lunch
14.00-15.00 Panel Discussion
15.00-15.30 Closing Address by Donald Langenberg, Chancellor, University of Maryland System