Call for participation in workshops on library and information management


VLIR-UOS organizes two workshops on library and information management at Antwerp University from December 8th to 20th 2014:


  1. Tools for an E-info Discovery system
  2. Sharing Flemish expertise in Information Literacy Training with Southern partners


Goal of the workshops is to bring together the expertise and experience of librarians and information specialists in Flanders and the South. During the workshops the participants will define the tools and the best practices in 'information discovery' and 'information literacy' approaches. It will result in toolkits for the participants and for other universities and institutes in the South and will be developed as an Internet resource. The two workshops will be hold in the same period as Lib@Web, with the goal to create interactivity between the programs and the participants of the three VLIR-UOS activities.


The workshops are open to librarians and information specialists involved in VLIR-UOS projects as well as participants of previous Stimulate and Lib@Web courses. For each workshop seven information managers, fourteen in total, will be invited. VLIR-UOS will support the participants by paying the travel costs, lodging and a per diem for the two weeks of their stay in Belgium.


The librarians and information specialists, interested in the workshops, are requested to prepare a report on the workshop topic of their choice; on access to Internet resources for the workshop 'Tools for an E-info Discovery system' and on information literacy training for the workshop 'Sharing Flemish expertise in Information Literacy training with Southern partners'. The authors of the reports with the best practices and most innovative cases will be selected to participate at the workshops.  It is possible to send a report for both topics, but submitters will only be selected for one of the workshops.


To be eligible for participation at the workshop the report has to be sent no later than 10 September 2014 by email to:


For 'Tools for an E-info Discovery system: For 'Sharing Flemish expertise in Information Literacy with Southern partners':

Marc Goovaerts


Hasselt University Library

Natalie Kerssebeeck



The following questions have to be addressed:


For the report on E-information Discovery ('Tools for an E-info Discovery system'-workshop):

  1. To which e-resources does your university/institute have access? (Open access journals - packages from projects like Research4Life, INASP, etc. - other: institutional or individual subscriptions)
  2. How are the e-resources managed at your university/institute? (List of resources on web pages/ in a library management system – Use of databases: Google Scholar, PubMed, other – Use of discovery tools and link resolvers - ...)
  3.  Do you use commercial or Open Source tools?
  4. Who has access? Researchers and students?
  5. Is there a management policy and/or system of downloaded documents? (No reuse – individual archiving - use of a pdf store at institutional level)
  6. How are the technical conditions? (Bandwidth – access to internet/intranet – availability of workstations – technical support)
  7. What is the role of the librarian? Is that satisfactory? (should the role be improved? On what level? In which subjects?)
  8. Which improvements do you propose?


For the report on Information literacy ('Sharing Flemish expertise in Information Literacy training with Southern partners' workshop):

  1. How are the patrons (researchers and students) informed about and trained in the use of information, including e-resources?
  2. How are the librarians informed about and trained in the use of information, including e-resources?
  3. Do you train librarians or patrons (researchers and students)?
  4. Do you have a specific tutorial for your University/Institute? Do you use a tutorial from another University/Institute? Is it online or on paper?
  5. What kind of problems do you experience concerning training in the use of information?
  6. Which improvements do you propose?
  7. Did you conduct any survey or kind of follow-up after the training?
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