Aims, organisation

Aims, organization

ELAG, the European Library Automation Group, brings together once
a year people involved in library automation in the leading
European libraries and information centres. The organization
counts 450 members in 27 countries all over Europe. In the
last few years over 100 colleagues attended the seminars
each year.

The meetings aim at in depth discussions of particular library
automation topics and at the promotion of informal exchange
of ideas and experience. The topics covered are technical
and meant for participants with a computing background.

The ELAG seminars consist of four parts :

  • the presentation of papers on the main theme of the seminar
  • round table discussions of progress reports
  • workshops
  • forums (occasionally)

A number of papers are given about the main theme of the
meeting, for example: “The virtual library”, “Document publishing
and delivery”, “Object oriented approach”, etc.. New automation
projects in the participating institutes and countries are
presented and discussed. The applications operational at
the organization hosting the seminar get particular attention.
Each ELAG-member participates in a very dynamic way in the
different activities organized.

Annual progress reports, relating on new developments, prepared,
before the meeting takes place by each member-organization,
are put on the Web-site of the local organiser. During the
seminars time is provided for discussing these.

Also the workshops produce much enthusiasm among the participants.
Here certain topics are thoroughly debated in small groups.
Each time several workshops are organized on diverging subjects,
as for example : “Authority data”, “Navigation tools”, “Quality
control on the web”, “Intelligent agents” and “The changing
role of the librarian”.
For the sake of optimization of the exchange of information
and knowledge and in order to keep in the front line of
library automation developments, forums are occasionally

Topics debated in the past are :

  • Data Base Management Systems
  • The virtual union catalogue
  • Object Oriented Approach

During the forum session a few specialists highlight the
subject from different points of view, afterwards the discussion
starts. There is also plenty of time foreseen for open and
for private discussions.

The driving force behind the seminar
is the motivation of each individual participant to bring
the best of his/her experience and to learn from his member
colleagues. One of the main benefits of the meetings are
the informal contacts between the participating members.

For membership to ELAG a motivated request has to be sent to:

Paula Goossens
President of ELAG
Keizerslaan 4
B-1000 Brussels
Fax: +32 2/519.56.46
E-mail :

The seminars are informal and no attendance fee is charged.

All delegates are responsible for their own travel and accommodation

The seminar proceedings are available on the WEB.

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