Special Libraries Association-Asian Chapter
SLA (Special Library Association, USA) - Asian Chapter 2008 in association with Society for Library Professionals and Indian Association of Special Libraries and Information Centres (IASLIC) is organizing an “International conference of Asian Special Libraries on Shaping the future of special libraries:  beyond boundaries to be held at India Islamic Cultural Centre, Lodhi Road, New Delhi, India from 26-28 November 2008.  
Some of the objectives of the Conference are to bring together special library professionals to a common platform, to promote special libraries, and facilitate the exchange of ideas and help to bridge the knowledge gap amongst the professionals associated with special libraries and to develop the professional competent. 
This seminar is expected to attract more than 1000 participants from India, Asia and the globe. You are invited to attend the same. For details please visit:  
Thematic areas  
The conference will discuss all aspects of special libraries. Each theme is divided into several sub-themes as detailed below, but not necessarily limited to:
 Information Resources and Services
·     Managing Information overload
·     Customizing Information Services
·     E-Referencing and New Referencing Techniques.
·     Benchmarking Techniques
·     Measuring Service Quality
·     Sustainable Information Resources
·     Offshoring and Outsourcing
·     Key reference tools for Asian source
·     Content Creation and Management
 Information Society: Emerging Paradigm
·     Information Society: An Asian Perspective
·     Information Society: Sustainable Models
·     Community Information Systems
·     The Design and Role of Information Centres
·     Delivery of Information Services
·     Information Systems: Case Studies
·     E-Governance and  Public Information
·     Information Literacy and Competency: Capacity Building
·     Mapping Community Participation Patterns
·     Information Divide and Deprivation
·     Private and Public Participation
·     Funding Opportunities
Information Communication and Technologies
·     Delivery Methods and Mechanisms
·     Information Generation and Cultivation
·     Information Warehousing and Storage
·     Information Harvesting and Dissemination
·     Retrieval and Access Mechanisms
·     Information Tools/Technology: State of the Art
·     Development of Information Portals and Information Gateways
·     Applications of Web 2.0 in Asia
 Information Objects, and Products
·     Information Portals
·     Digital Libraries/Repositories
·     E-journals Management                  
·     Information Sharing Models/Consortia
·     Information  Networks and Protocols
·     Standards, Copyright, licensing and IPR Issues
·     Publisher/Vendor/Library Relations
Information and Business
·     Information Entrepreneurship : Scope and Prospects
·     Information Marketing
·     Employment opportunities
·     Skill Upgradation and Career Advancement
·     Recruitment and Hiring Techniques
·     Creating Lobbies and Pressure Groups
·     Role of library Associations
·     Special libraries after 20 years

LIS Education, Training & Research
·     Course material and Content Contemporarising
·     Continuing and Life Long Learning and role of SLA
·     E-learning  Modules    
·     Skills and Competency Development
·     Incubation and Training Centres
·     Research Relevance LIS
·     LIS Education, Research and LIS School
Submission of Papers 
Participants are welcome to contribute papers for presentation on the above themes and related themes. The Papers should be based on research surveys; case studies or action plans rather than theoretical explanations and should not publish earlier. Papers should be sent to to [log in to unmask] 
Dates to Remember  
Last Date for Submission of Abstract/ Proposal
July 15, 2008
Last Date for Submission of Final Papers
September 15,  2008
Early Bird Registration 
September 30, 2008
Last Date for Registration  
November 15, 2008

For further information, please contact to:  
P.K.Jain, Organising Secretary, ICoASL 2008. C/o. Institute of Economic Growth, University of Delhi Enclave, DELHI- 110007. India Ph. 91-11-27667463; 27666364; 27666367. Fax: 91-11-27667463; 91-11-27667410. Cell: 09899110787 Email: [log in to unmask] ; [log in to unmask]
Parveen Babbar
Member, SLA & Webmaster, SLA Asian Chapter,
Treasurer, ICoASL 2008
Assistant Librarian,
New Delhi-110068
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