Dear Friends,

Uwe Rosemann,
Director of TIB
Ulrich Korwitz,
Director of ZB MED
Horst Thomsen,
Director of ZBW

It is with great pleasure that the German National Library of Science and Technology (TIB), the German National Library of Medicine (ZB MED) and the German National Library of Economics (ZBW) jointly invite you to the 11th ILDS conference in Hannover.

The event will be taking place from 20 – 22 October, 2009, meaning that it will coincide with celebrations to mark the 50th anniversary of the TIB as the world’s largest library specializing in the fields of engineering, architecture, information technology, chemistry and physics. Together with the ZB MED and the ZBW, the TIB forms part of a prestigious group that includes the most important document suppliers in their respective fields on the European continent. The strategic alliance formed by these three libraries is known as Goportis.

The ILDS business has always been about a network of partners working together in the library and publishing arenas, rather than individual libraries working in isolation. It is abundantly clear that interactions with these and other partners, such as aggregators and subscription agencies, are of great strategic importance.  It is therefore essential that libraries view document supply not as an isolated line of business, but instead as a key component of the overall process of library management. This process includes political and legal issues such as copyright and negotiations with right holders, as well as technical developments.

One of the aims of the Hannover conference will be to attempt to chronicle the full scope of ILDS and plot the direction in which it is heading. It will reveal and highlight both recent trends and foreseeable developments.

The 11th ILDS conference is collaboratively organised by the International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA) and Goportis.

We look forward to welcoming you to Hannover in 2009.

Uwe Rosemann, Director of TIB
Ulrich Korwitz, Director of ZB MED
Horst Thomsen, Director of ZBW

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