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Introducing IAALD. Frontiers in Information management for the Bio- and environmental Sciences 25 January 2007 Peter Ballantyne. Vision. the leading global community of practice for information specialists* in agriculture and related disciplines

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introducing iaald

Introducing IAALD

Frontiers in Information management for the Bio- and environmental Sciences

25 January 2007

Peter Ballantyne

vision
Vision
  • the leading global community of practice for information specialists* in agriculture and related disciplines

*people and institutions who are professionally involved in creating, capturing, accessing, or disseminating information and knowledge concerning agriculture and rural development

who we are
Who we are
  • 1955 – set up as international association of agricultural librarians and documentalists
  • 1990 – changed L and D to be ‘information specialists’
  • 2005 – core of ‘ag’ librarians + infospecialists, web and IT people, K-people, ag extension, ag educators, academics….
what we do
What we do
  • IAALD connects agricultural information specialists worldwide
    • providing platforms and spaces for information dissemination, exchange, knowledge sharing, and learning
  • IAALD convenes agricultural information specialists worldwide
    • organising meetings and catalyzing dialogue among all agricultural information stakeholders
what we do1
What we do
  • IAALD communicates and advocates the value of knowledge and information to its members and others
    • improving the status and practice of agricultural information management and dissemination
  • IAALD collaborates with members and other partner organisations
    • facilitating educational and other opportunities across agricultural information communities
how we operate
How we operate
  • Members (institutions, individuals, students)
  • Executive Committee 2005-2010
    • Elected members
    • Observers
  • World Congresses
  • Other events and sessions
  • Chapters (china, central/east europe, africa)
  • ‘Sisters’ (jaald, usain, aibda, fita’s, …)
  • Website: www.iaald.org
  • Listserver @ University Arizona
  • Weblog: http://iaald.blogspot.com
  • Quarterly Journal
some highlights
Some highlights
  • 2005 world congress (usa)
  • 2006 africa congress and chapter
  • 2008 world congress (japan)
  • 2010 world congress (france)
  • Soon – journal online (oa)
  • Low-cost, participatory Web 2.0 approach
  • Partnering
web 2 0 the inspiration
Web 2.0 the inspiration
  • 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.”

www.discover.com/issues/oct-05/departments/emerging-technology/

  • 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
getting involved
Getting involved?
  • For members, by members
  • Volunteering …
  • Recruiting, promoting, marketing, …
  • Organizing activities, events, …
  • Contributing your news, your views, …
  • Writing, reviewing, editing - for the QB, the blog, …
  • discussing, sharing, connecting on the listserver …
  • Joint chapter ..