20th IATUL CONFERENCE
16th - 22nd May, 1999
Technical University of Crete, Chania, Greece
The libraries of the future in human communication
The Board of the International Association of Technological University
Libraries (IATUL) and the Library of the Technical University of Crete take
great pleasure in inviting you to Chania to take part in the 1999 IATUL
Conference. This will be the first time an IATUL Conference has been held in
Greece and we hope you will have time to experience the culture and
hospitality of our country.
PRELIMINARY CALL OF PARTICIPATION
You are invited to submit a proposal for a presentation and to join in the
discussion about the future of libraries and the challenges facing us on the
threshold of the new millennium.
DEADLINES AND IMPORTANT DATES
1st December, 1998 - All proposals and abstracts due to Program Subcommittee
Mid February, 1999 - Acceptance of program items confirmed by Program
10th April, 1999 - Completed papers due to Program Subcommittee
CONFERENCE THEME: The libraries of the future in human communication
SUB-THEME 1: The changing role of the library: missions and ethics
Changes in higher education result in new goals and missions. Libraries and
librarians have to be aware of the changes that surround them and to be
prepared to play new roles. We have to recognize and respond to:
oThe academic environment: its structure and spirit oForecasts on the future
of academic organisations oThe knowledge based society oNew teaching and
educational methods oThe growth of flexible and distance learning and the
role of the library in this context
SUB-THEME 2: The changing role of the library: new organisations
Changes in libraries in response to changes in the academic environment can
be seen in:
oLibrary management oOrganisational structures oThe need for system
methodology and system analysis
SUB-THEME 3: Focus on users
Users have to be placed in central focus, this can be seen in the
oUser-centred libraries oNew types of reference services oUser education in
SUB-THEME 4: The Librarian of the 21st century
The following topics will be included:
oStaff development oStaff participation in library management oStaff
assessment procedures oStaff satisfaction
SUB-THEME 5: Total quality management: from industry to higher education and
In order to be effective, libraries need to measure their performance
rigorously against the expectations and real needs of their clients.
oTotal quality management oPerformance measurement oAssessment of outcomes
oResponding to changing needs ("re-engineering")
FORMATS for PARTICIPATION
Poster Sessions and Demonstrations
The deadline for submission of proposals is 1st December 1998.
Round Table Discussions
Submit your topic idea(s) (a completed program application is not necessary)
by 15th February 1998.
Please find the Call of Participation form at:
and return submissions by fax, E-mail or mail to:
Ms. Anthi Katsirikou
Technical University of Crete Library
University Campus, 73100 Greece
Fax: +30 821 28460
Tel: +30 821 70985 or +30 821 37281
E-mail: [log in to unmask]
Chania is the westernmost prefecture of Crete, with the City of Chania as
its capital. It has a rich historical heritage. The earliest settlements
were Neolithic and Minoan dating as early as 2500 BC. The city of Chania is
the second most populous town in Crete. Trying to remain untouched by the
development of tourism, it is still stangely reminiscent of the days when it
was the administrative capital of Crete.
The sights of the City of Chania are concentrated mainly in the Old Town
which is centered around the pretty Venetian Harbor. The old Venetian
lighthouse lies at its entrance, opposite the historic Firka Fortress and
the Naval Museum. The Archaeological Museum is housed in the basilica of St.
Francis, a Venetian church from the 14th century. Further south is the
Cathedral. At the boundary with the New Town is the Public Market with its
own characteristic color and in the New Town itself the beautiful Public
The conference center of the Technical University of Crete, in the City of
Chania, 6 km far from Campus.
Most overseas visitors will arrive at the Chania International Airport,
which is located approximately 15 km. from the Conference Center. It is
recommended to take a taxi to the hotel at a cost of approximately 4,000
Drs. Alternatively airport buses can transfer passengers to Chania center
and then get a taxi to the hotel for 500 Drs., or a local bus.
If visitors arrive by boat to the port of Souda, transfer facilities are
similar (taxi recommended) at about the same price. Chartered flights weekly
from Europe to Chania.
You can travel around the island by bus, rented car, and organized tours and
by yacht. You can also travel to Peloponnese, Dodekanissos and Cyclades
islands by ship. Accommodation of every kind is to be found all over Crete,
from luxury to E class.
The climate at the time of the Symposium is very mild. It very seldom rains,
the temperature in May is 20-27° C, and the sea is usually calm.
Greece's currency is the drachma. Typical conversion rates (at time of
print) are ECU 335 Drs., $US 310 Drs., Deutsche Mark 169 Drs., English Pound
505 Drs., French Frank 50 Drs.
For more information about Chania and Crete at: http://www.library.tuc.gr or