ELIAS (European Librarians in African Studies) – 7th July 2015

This year’s meeting of ELIAS (European Librarians in African Studies) will take place at the 7th of July 2015 in Paris, hosted by BULAC – Bibliothèque universitaire des langues et civilisations.

Venue: BULAC, 65 Rue des Grands Moulins, 75013 Paris.
About BULAC : http://www.bulac.fr/bulac-in-english/who-are-we


The meeting is open to ELIAS members and other interested librarians, archivists, documentalists or other information workers.

Pre-Registration: if you plan to attend please inform Marine Defosse (marine.defosse@bulac.fr) as soon as possible and before 31th May 2015. Numbers are needed for administrative and catering purposes and tour of the BULAC library.

Registration on the day: a registration fee of 50 Euros will be charged (including teas/coffees, lunch and dinner on 7th july). Cash in Euros please – we cannot cope with cheques, credit cards or non-Euro currency notes.

Library/Institutional publicity: table-space will be available on the day if you wish to bring any publicity materials about your own library/institution to display or hand out.

Accommodation: please arrange your own accommodation. Suggestions are provided on the website of Paris tourist office:

Opportunities for participants to contribute to the day

Theme of this year’s meeting: “Special Collections” We welcome:
•    Presentations of rare and archival materials of your institution covering a broad range of topics, formats (manuscripts, audio, archives, grey literature, maps, data sets, video, object…) and periods.
•    Debates on definition of a Special collection: what constitutes for your library a special collection?
•    Topics about acquisition, collect, collaboration, types, supports, legal issues, …
•    Methodological issues: preservation, cataloguing, metadata standards, best practices.
•    Collections valorization: access, diffusion, digitalization, exploitation, scholarly uses, cases studies.

Short country presentations The ELIAS meeting is also an opportunity for us to share our experiences and to learn about what is happening in other countries. ELIAS members are invited to note any important new matters not covered by the theme of this year’s meeting, to discuss issues of common interest or indeed of anything members want to report back on.

If you would like to make a contribution to this year’s theme, give a presentation or just introduce a project or your institute, please send to Fabrice Melka (fabrice.Melka@univ-paris1.fr) the title of your presentation, and a brief description by 25th May 2015.

Draft Program, Tuesday 7th July 2015

9h00: Registration
9h15: Welcome address
9h30-10h30: Library tour
10h30: Tea and Coffee Break
11h00-11h30: Ninja Steinbach-Huether, University of Leipzig: “Published and perished”
11h30-12h00: Jean-Pierre Bat, Archives nationales, “Collections and projects on Africa at the Archives nationales (French for “National Archives”)”
12h00-12h30: Keynote speaker 3
13h15: Lunch
14h30: ELIAS Annual Business Meeting
15h00: Thematic contributions
16h30: Tea and Coffee Break
17h00: Short country presentations
20h00: Conference Dinner

The organizers
Marine Defosse, BULAC (marine.defosse@bulac.fr)
Fabrice Melka, IMAF (fabrice.Melka@univ-paris1.fr)
Michèle Raffutin, IMAF (michele.raffutin@univ-paris1.fr)

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