The European Association of Middle East Librarians
Melcom International's members are herewith advised of the
21st International Conference, Liege, 17th-19th May 1999
First Circular and Call for papers.
Convener: Frederic Bauden
Maitre de conferences/Chef d'U.D.
Universite de Liege
Section de langues et de litteratures orientales
32, Place du 20 Aout Bat. A8
Phone : (32) 4/366.55.44 GSM : (32) 75/75.25.10
Fax : (32) 4/366.56.55
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President of MELCOM International:
(same address as above)
Secretary of MELCOM International:
Postfach 2705, D-96018 Bamberg, Germany
Tel.: +49951 863-1530
Fax: +49951 863-1565
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The next MELCOM International Conference will take place at
the Universite de Liege, at the invitation of the Library's
A preliminary program will be circulated in due course. The
conference will follow the usual pattern with several
sessions of lectures, on both general and more specific
topics, and an excursion to Brussels (Royal library, Islamic
section of the Royal Museum of Art and History, visit of the
exhibition "Maroc magique" at the Royal Museum of Central
Africa). In additional a new International Secretary should
be elected (see below).
Papers are invited for the following subjects: library
automation, the academic library and the internet,
manuscript collections, rare materials collections,
acquisition policies and coordination between libraries,
price developments for Middle East books and periodicals,
conservation and preservation.
Please send proposed titles of papers in English or French
to the Secretary of MELCOM International.
Following the tradition established in former years there
will be no registration fee as such, but there may be a
local charge for incidental costs. Melcom International's
treasurer Mrs. Jill Butterworth will collect any such charge
during the conference.
Fuller details will be circulated soon, but only to those
who have confirmed that they wish to receive them. Please
confirm, preferably to Melcom International's secretary, by
writing or e-mail until 28 February 1999. Please note that
Andreas Drechsler will be away from 15 January until 24
All participants travel by their own arrangements, and will
need to make their own bookings for accommodation.
The following are a selection of hotels in Liege. Some of
them are conveniently located at short distance of the
All prices given are in Belgian Francs.
Belgium's international phone number is 0032 and the area
code for Liege is 4.
An early reservation is recommended.
Hotels Phone No of rooms
Price/single Price/double Breakfast
- Ibis 230.33.33 78
2200 2500 included
(special price for Melcom members, five minutes by foot
from the university)
- Campanile 224.02.72 47
Rue Jules de Laminne, 18, fax 224.03.80 (free parking; far
from the University, accessible by car or bus)
- Comfort Inn l'Univers 254.55.55 47
1840 2080 260
Rue des Guillemins, 116, fax 254.55.00 (parking : 60 BEF;
20 min walk or bus)
- Le Petit Cygne 223.70.01 8
1960 2500 275
Rue des Augustins, 42, fax 222.49.66 (free parking,
garage: 200 BEF; 10 min walk)
- Cygne d'Argent 223.70.01 22
1800 2200 275
Rue Beekman, 49 , fax 222.49.66 (free parking, garage: 200
BEF; 10 min walk)
- Metropole 252.42.93 27
1645 1945 included
Rue des Guillemins, 141, fax 252.55.52 (7 parking spots:
185 BEF; 20 min walk or bus)
- Bateau-peniche L'embrun 221.11.20 9
1400 1700 225
Port des yachts, fax 341.48.78 (5 min walk) Please note:
this hotel is actually a boat (barge)!
- Simenon 342.86.90 11
none 2000, 3500, 4500 180
Boulevard de l'Est, 16, fax 344.26.69 (2 parking spots:
150 BEF; 10 min walk)
The decoration of the more expensive rooms in this small
hotel is based on the famous novelist George Simenon's
oeuvre. There are just a few cheap rooms (2000).
All the rooms are with bathroom, exept for Cygne d'Argent,
Metropole and Bateau-peniche which have a shower in the
There are some cheap hotels outside the city, only
accessible by car.
- Formule 1 240.03.00 73
none 1090 150
1re avenue dans le zoning industriel des Hauts Sarts, 4040
Herstal, fax 240.02.94 (free parking)
- Etap 247.03.13 62
1190 1290 150
Rue de l'Arbre Courte-Joie, 380, 4000 Liege-Rocourt, fax
247.14.04 (free parking)
Tourist Information of Liege:
92, En Feronstree, 4000 Liege, tel.: 4/221.92.21, fax :
4/221.92.22 (no homepage available)
Please have a look at the homepage of the University of
Besides information on the University and the city it also
contains maps which could be useful for those coming by
Elections of a new secretary of Melcom International
The present secretary is not available for re-election. The
members are, therefore, invited to propose a candidate for
this post. Melcom International's Constitution requires that
the three posts of Melcom's board must be occupied by
members from three different European countries which would
thus exclude Belgian or British colleagues.
The present board will also try to find a suitable candidate
for the post.
The full text of the Constitution, which was confirmed by
Melcom International's members during the Conference in
Birmingham in 1993, can be seen at
Hoping to hear from you soon,
Secretary, Melcom International