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IFLA Pre-Conference: Science Policies and Science Portals: Progress and Activity From Around the World - Quebec City, August 10-14, 2008

.: The 2008 IFLA World Library and Information Congress Annual Meeting will be held in Quebec City, August 10-14, 2008. Information about the programs and conference are on the IFLA website at http://www.ifla.org/IV/ifla74/index.htm. The Science and Technology Section is co-hosting a satellite pre-conference in Montreal at the Polytechnique Montreal on Friday, August 8 on "Science Policies and Science Portals: Progress and Activity From Around the World."

Registration is open at http://lib.tkk.fi/ifla/IFLA_Science_Portals/registration.html and the cost is 40 Euros.

This one-day program will address the ways in which national governments and organizations are dealing with the issues and challenges in disseminating scientific information created in the public sphere to meet the needs of the global community. The various portals that have been implemented and the policies that have been put in place will support the roles of the science and technology librarians around the world. The portals affect their ability to provide efficient and comprehensive access to important sources of scientific information.

Keynote speakers include: Dr. Howard Alper, Chair, Canada Science, Technology and Innovation Council Mr. Thomas Lah, Chief Biologist for Information, United States Geological Survey Biological Informatics Office and Co-Chair, Science.gov Alliance. Wrap-Up: Mr. Richard Akerman, Technology Architect, Canada Institute for Scientific and Technical Information (CISTI).

The program is sponsored by the IFLA Science and Technology Libraries Section (STS) and the Government Information & Official Publications Section (GIOPS).

If you have any questions, please contact Julia Gelfand (jgelfand @ uci.edu), Applied Sciences & Engineering Librarian, UC Irvine

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