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In this issue
In this issue
Keywords: IFLA, Conferences
The editor attended the 8th conference on interlending and document supply in Canberra. This was the first conference sponsored by IFLA after the withdrawal of the British Library. Our Australian colleagues organised a brilliant conference and a host of high quality papers were presented. Some of them appear in this issue. One highlight was a rivetting presentation by two Icelandic librarians who, for the sake of my word processor, I will refer to as Thora and Thorny! Their revised and updated paper in this issue cannot capture their enthusiasm but does provide a valuable insight into the impact of a country-wide site licence. Toby Burrows and his colleagues from Perth in Western Australia – a state that is bigger than Europe – have integrated their presentations for a paper in this issue. Mary Jackson's keynote address highlights ten key trends that she sees as important over the next five years – very thought provoking. Lynn Wiley's paper deals with the contentious issue of publisher restrictions on document supply in the electronic environment and she has revised it slightly for this issue. Paul Genoni and Margaret Jones give a new gloss on post modernism with their paper on collections in an electronic environment. “(the collections) are shifting, elusive, fragmentary, provisional and discontinuous”. We will publish more papers in the next issue.
From the UK Stephen Prowse contributes what has become an annual event – developments in the UK – in his inimitable style. We publish a slightly revised version of a paper given at the IATUL conference by David Ball of Bournemouth University who pulls no punches on “big deals”. The editor writes his Literature Review based on even more journals – now 145 – will it ever stop? And finally Mary Jackson contributes the first of what will be a regular column in ILDS. Welcome Mary!
(The papers based on presentations given at Canberra are published with the kind agreement of IFLA.)