4th Conference of the National Academic Library and Information System Foundation



12 May 2015 (Tuesday), 09:30 – 13:00

Ballroom Hall, Radisson Blue Grand Hotel, Sofia






Opening and welcomes:

Vanya Kastreva, Deputy Minister of Education and Science
Carl H. Pforzheimer III, Co-Chairman of America for Bulgaria Foundation
Sabina Aneva, Executive Director of NALIS




Antonella Fresa, Director of Promoter, the established company for management of international projects

From digitisation to the re-use of digital cultural content and citizens participation


Antonella Fresa will focus on digitisation, creative re-use of cultural content and citizen participation by stressing on facts and numbers and emphasising the sociological impact of digital cultural heritage and technologies. She will present some of the successful projects Promoter and NALIS were involved in (e.g. EuropeanaPhotography) and will add some words about a couple of ongoing EU projects (E-Space and Civic Epistemologies).

Wolfgang Hamedinger
, Director of OBVSG, the Austrian library network

Cooperation becoming a habit: benefits and challenges in the Austrian Library Network


The Austrian Library Network sees a close cooperation between its member institutions, which include the Austrian National Library, all federal university libraries, state libraries and other scientific libraries. The talk will give an overview about the main organisational structure of the network and the services of the central office. Historical reasons for the development of this intense collaboration habits will be discussed, especially funding problems and lack of resources, which result in big challenges but also give a lot of benefits if creatively solved. Also arguments to show the value of strong further partnership in the future will be given.

Jo Rademakers, Director of LIBIS, the Belgian library network

Adapting to a new reality. New opportunities for library service providers


Academic libraries are undergoing a rapid transition from print to electronic and digital material, heavily impacting the expectations of researchers and students. At the same time cloud-based solutions, mobile applications, social network etc. become more important and replace traditional service models. Also in academic libraries. Libraries and librarians need to adapt to these changes and library service providers can support them. Therefore LIBIS has recently developed a whole range of new services enabling libraries to explore new possibilities.



Coffee break



Ann Thornton, Andrew W. Mellon Director of the New York Public Libraries

The library as digital co-laboratory


As libraries tackle challenging problems related to data management, user experience design, and infrastructure needs, we have opportunities for mobilizing friends in the technology community to collaborate and iterate with us.  Through hackathons and other convenings, libraries can not only address real software challenges but also leverage the goodwill that communities feel toward libraries and strengthen the relationships with those communities for the long term, ultimately providing greater value and services to constituents.


Richard Ovenden, Bodley's Librarian at The Bodleian Libraries, University of Oxford

Local and global collaboration in a digital age: some case studies from the Bodleian libraries


Richard Ovenden will consider examples of collaboration involving the Bodleian collaborating with other institutions in Oxford – ranging from collaborative storage to cataloguing, and will explore the challenges around international digital collaboration, drawing on examples of recent projects with libraries in the US, Italy, Germany, and China. He will also look at national digital library collaboration in the UK, looking especially at current collaborative efforts around electronic legal deposit.

General discussion