Introducing IAALD

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Presentation by Peter Ballantyne: Frontiers in Information management for the Bio- and environmental Sciences, January 2007

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  • Introducing IAALD

    1. 1. Introducing IAALD Frontiers in Information management for the Bio- and environmental Sciences 25 January 2007 Peter Ballantyne
    2. 2. Vision <ul><li>the leading global community of practice for information specialists* in agriculture and related disciplines </li></ul><ul><li>* people and institutions who are professionally involved in creating, capturing, accessing, or disseminating information and knowledge concerning agriculture and rural development </li></ul>
    3. 3. Who we are <ul><li>1955 – set up as international association of agricultural librarians and documentalists </li></ul><ul><li>1990 – changed L and D to be ‘information specialists’ </li></ul><ul><li>2005 – core of ‘ag’ librarians + infospecialists, web and IT people, K-people, ag extension, ag educators, academics…. </li></ul>
    4. 4. What we do <ul><li>IAALD connects agricultural information specialists worldwide </li></ul><ul><ul><li>providing platforms and spaces for information dissemination, exchange, knowledge sharing, and learning </li></ul></ul><ul><li>IAALD convenes agricultural information specialists worldwide </li></ul><ul><ul><li>organising meetings and catalyzing dialogue among all agricultural information stakeholders </li></ul></ul>
    5. 5. What we do <ul><li>IAALD communicates and advocates the value of knowledge and information to its members and others </li></ul><ul><ul><li>improving the status and practice of agricultural information management and dissemination </li></ul></ul><ul><li>IAALD collaborates with members and other partner organisations </li></ul><ul><ul><li>facilitating educational and other opportunities across agricultural information communities </li></ul></ul>
    6. 6. How we operate <ul><li>Members (institutions, individuals, students) </li></ul><ul><li>Executive Committee 2005-2010 </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Elected members </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Observers </li></ul></ul><ul><li>World Congresses </li></ul><ul><li>Other events and sessions </li></ul><ul><li>Chapters (china, central/east europe, africa) </li></ul><ul><li>‘ Sisters’ (jaald, usain, aibda, fita’s, …) </li></ul><ul><li>Website: www.iaald.org </li></ul><ul><li>Listserver @ University Arizona </li></ul><ul><li>Weblog: http://iaald.blogspot.com </li></ul><ul><li>Quarterly Journal </li></ul>
    7. 7. Some highlights <ul><li>2005 world congress (usa) </li></ul><ul><li>2006 africa congress and chapter </li></ul><ul><li>2008 world congress (japan) </li></ul><ul><li>2010 world congress (france) </li></ul><ul><li>Soon – journal online (oa) </li></ul><ul><li>Low-cost, participatory Web 2.0 approach </li></ul><ul><li>Partnering </li></ul>
    8. 8. Web 2.0 the inspiration <ul><li>The web is shifting from an international library of interlinked pages to an information ecosystem, where data circulate like nutrients in a rain forest.” Information in this ecosystem is “analyzed, repackaged, digested, and passed on. It flows.” </li></ul><ul><ul><li>www.discover.com/issues/oct-05/departments/emerging-technology/ </li></ul></ul><ul><li>The web is “shifting from being a medium in which information is transmitted and consumed, into being a platform, in which content was created, shared, remixed, repurposed, and passed along. http:// elearnmag.org/subpage.cfm?section = articles&article =29-1 </li></ul>
    9. 12. Getting involved? <ul><li>For members, by members </li></ul><ul><li>Volunteering … </li></ul><ul><li>Recruiting, promoting, marketing, … </li></ul><ul><li>Organizing activities, events, … </li></ul><ul><li>Contributing your news, your views, … </li></ul><ul><li>Writing, reviewing, editing - for the QB, the blog, … </li></ul><ul><li>discussing, sharing, connecting on the listserver … </li></ul><ul><li>Joint chapter .. </li></ul>
    10. 13. <ul><li>www.iaald.org </li></ul>

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