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ELAG and its strenghts. Paula Goossens. ELAG: ITS START. INTERMARC End ’60: MARC (USA, UK) beginning ’70: ‘European’ MARC format needed From formats to common interest in issues of software develpoment INTERMARC software subgroup ’79: birth of INTERMARC software group

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Elag and its strenghts

ELAG and its strenghts

Paula Goossens


Elag its start

ELAG: ITS START

  • INTERMARC

    • End ’60: MARC (USA, UK)

    • beginning ’70: ‘European’ MARC format needed

    • From formats to common interest in issues of software develpoment

  • INTERMARC software subgroup

    • ’79: birth of INTERMARC software group

    • ’84: more representative name : ELAG (EuropeanLibraryAutomationGroup)

    • Main activity: yearly seminars


Elag objectives

ELAG objectives

  • In depth discussion of library ICT applications

  • Informal exchange and promotion of ideas and experience in the field

  • Main topics technical for participants with computing background


Programme of the elag seminars 1

Programme of the ELAG seminars (1)

  • PAPERS

  • WORKSHOPS

  • PROGRESS REPORTS

  • FORUM

  • Presentation of commercial products

    _______________________________________

  • SOCIAL EVENTS

    • Common ‘coffee’ breaks and lunches

    • Evening events

    • Visit of hosting library, of hosting organisation, etc.

      ALL in 3 days!


Programme of the elag seminars 2

Programme of the ELAG seminars (2)

PAPERS

  • The topic of the seminar

  • Interesting projects in the country that hosts the meeting

  • Any other interesting current project

  • EX. of ELAG 2004

    http://www.kb.nl/coop/elag/elag2004/www.elag2004.no/index.html

    10 to 13 papers!


Programme of the elag seminars 3

Programme of the ELAG seminars (3)

WORKSHOP

- Discussion in small a group of a topic of interest

- 5 to 10 workshops in parallel

- 4 to 5 sessions of more then 1 hour

- Outcome: report presented to plenary audience

- Ex. ELAG 2005

http://elag2005.web.cern.ch/elag2005/

One member participates in one workshop


Programme of the elag seminars 4

Programme of the ELAG seminars (4)

Progress reports (last year)

  • Each participant reports the library ICT progress in his organisation or in his country

  • The participants read the reports on beforehand

  • There are 2 special sessions for questions and comments on these

    -The authors themselves give reply

  • Ex. ELAG

    http://elag2005.web.cern.ch/elag2005/


Elag meetings concept 1

ELAG meetings: CONCEPT (1)

  • OPEN

  • INFORMAL

  • BUSSY, and at the same time RELAXING

  • HIGH TECNICAL and SCIENTIFIC STANDARD

  • ALL members and institutions PARTICIPATE actively IN THE ORGANISATION

    A kind of ‘open club’ of library ICT professionals


Elag meetings concept 2

ELAG meetings: CONCEPT (2)

  • OPEN

    • Everyone is welcome

    • Special efforts to attract colleagues from less wealthy countries

    • No registration fee


Elag organisation of meetings 1

ELAG: organisation of meetings (1)

  • Members: 350 – mailing list

  • Board:

    • open to all members

    • meets once a year (10 to 20 members)

    • sets up the programme

    • gets invitations from hosting organisations

      • Banced coverage of different regions in Europe

  • Seminars :3 days


Elag organisation of the meetings 2

ELAG: organisation of the meetings (2)

  • Host of seminar

    • Local organisation

    • Web site with all info

    • Publication of proceedings

  • National library Netherlands

    • ELAG mailing list

      • Annoncements

      • Discussion

    • ELAG archive


Elag organisation of the meetings 3

ELAG: organisation of the meetings (3)

  • Financial aspects

    • All delegates responsable for own expences

    • The hosting organisation takes care for most of the costs

    • The commerciel sponsoring varies, the host takes the initiative


Elag and the digital library 1

ELAG and the digital library (1)

  • Examples of papers

    • 1998: Digitization of rare documents: a solution for preservation of and access to data / A. Knoll (Nat. Library, Prague)

      http://www.kb.nl/coop/elag/elag98/presentations/

    • 1999: The Agora hybrid library project /R.Russell(UKOLN, Bath)

      http://www.nuk.uni-lj.si/elag99/presentations.html

    • 2000: Electronic resources: from their deposit ‘BIBLINK’ to their long term preservation ‘NEDLIB’ / E. Freyre (BNL, Paris)


Elag and the digital library 2

ELAG and the digital library (2)

  • Papers

    • 2001: Document delivery from digital archives / A. Knoll (Nat. Library, Prague)

      http://www.stk.cz/elag2001/ELAG2001.html

    • 2004: Norwegian Digital Library/ K. Abelsnes (Norv. Archive, Library and Museum Authority, Oslo)

      : Finnish National Library Network / E.P; Keskitalo (Helsinki University Library)

      http://www.elag2004.no/

      ELAG archive:http://www.kb.nl/coop/elag/


Elag archive

ELAG archive

  • Latest interesting topics

  • Evolution of a suject over time

  • Spread of participation

  • Who are the key players


Elag other interests

ELAG: Other interests

  • From inside: Summer courses (begin. ’80)

    • Strong interest from ELAG members to

      transmit knowledge to students

    • No proper financing found

  • From European Commission (mid. ’80)

    • Reshaping the conferences landscape in Europe

    • Part of Liber

    • ELAG: give up a number of originality and

    • Freedom

  • From Universities

    • Knowledge used at different levels


Elag and its strenghts1

ELAG and its strenghts

  • The current state of the programmes

  • The developers themselves present their

    work in early stages of realisation

  • The active participation in the workshops

  • The good contacts

  • The follow up of the developments in

    Europe

  • The nice atmosphere

  • The archive of the activities

    http://www.elag2004.no/

    http://www.kb.nl/coop/elag/


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