Invitation to Participation


IFLA Satellite Meeting: Health and Biosciences Libraries. Athens, 23 August 2019

The IFLA Health and Biosciences Libraries Section and the National & Kapodistrian University of Athens are delighted to invite you to our satellite meeting. This takes place in Athens immediately before IFLA WLIC 2019, on Friday 23rd August.

Registration is now open: Please click on" Satellite Meeting Registration Form "

Our theme is enhancing scholarly communication - new developments in biomedical and social sciences.
Why you should attend: Open access will affect how libraries are funded - are you prepared for huge changes to your subscription budget?

In an age of open access, open data, open science - how should librarians help researchers and students?  Are you prepared for research data management responsibilities? Can you prepare "open access" material yourselves? Can you design a successful institutional repository? Are your bibliometrics skills up to date?
Open access health information sounds "a good thing" - but how do librarians work with other agencies to ensure those who need that information can access and use it?

The keynote speaker is Mr John Southall, Bodleian Library, Oxford University. He will be discussing the role of the data librarian, based on his extensive experience as the Bodleian Data Librarian. The Bodleian Data Library provides a range of services for researchers and students at the University of Oxford who need to make secondary use of statistics and data. John has co-authored "The Data Librarian's Handbook".  There will be an extended question and answer session after the keynote address, as we expect many of the audience to be interested in these new roles for academic librarians.

Contributors come from Greece, Canada, Australia, India, Qatar, and the USA. They will be talking about:

  •     Greek developments in open access, in open access publishing and in open research data (NDC)
  •     Role of the data librarian (discussion session with the Keynote Speaker leading this session)
  •     Librarians developing their own open access textbook for students
  •     Using bibliometrics techniques for research mapping
  •     What the NIH public access policy really means
  •     How to build networks to ensure high quality open access health information reaches the communities that need such information - but might have problems accessing it
  •     Attitudes toward institutional repositories - and how to change attitudes

Alongside presentations and discussion, there will be a workshop on managing the transition to full open access journals, and what this means for journal funding - and library funding. Big changes ahead? This workshop will be led by Mrs Asimina Vlachaki.

Hosted by National & Kapodistrian University of Athens, the satellite meeting is easily accessible from central Athens and the venue of IFLA WLIC.

For further details and to register (the meeting is free to attend but numbers are needed for catering purposes), please visit our website: