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De Gruyter Saur and IFLA: Celebrating 40 Years of Co-operation with a new Open Access agreement

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Berlin/The Hague
9 August 2011

In a common effort to promote the work of IFLA, De Gruyter Saur is making sixteen IFLA Publications available in Open Access over its online platform Reference Global.

This step will increase the visibility of the work of the IFLA Sections and promote the implementation of common standards and professionalism across libraries worldwide. This step reflects the presidential theme of Ellen Tise, IFLA President: “IFLA continuously makes the point that open access to information, especially its concern for access to scholarly literature in the developing world, is a priority. Therefore I am delighted that so many of our valued IFLA Publications are being made available for everyone to work with!”

The Publisher also promotes the professional development by offering the De Gruyter Saur IFLA Research Paper Award which is presented at the President’s Lunch during the IFLA World Library and Information Congress, this year held in San Juan, Puerto Rico. The winners for 2011 of the Saur IFLA Research Paper Award 2011 are Erin Thomas, Grace Costantino, Bianca Crowley and Rebecca Morin with their paper entitled “Heeding the Call: User Feedback Management and the Digital Library”. The first three authors are from the Smithsonian Institution Libraries, and Rebecca Morin is from the California Academy of Sciences.

40 years ago KG Saur signed the first publishing agreement of cooperation with IFLA. Since then this collaboration has grown to cover a wide range of publications, including besides regular monographs the IFLA Publications Series and the IFLA Series on Bibliographic Control. The first De Gruyter Saur IFLA Research Paper Award was sponsored in 2010.

IFLA Publications available in Open Access from August 2011:

IP 147 - IFLA Public Library Service Guidelines (2010)
Ed. by Christie Koontz & Barbara Gubbin

IP 144 - Social Science Libraries (2010)
Ed. by Steve W. Witt & Lynne M. Rudasill

IP 141 - The History and Cultural Heritage of Chinese Calligraphy, Printing and Library Work (2010)
Ed. by Susan M. Allen, Lin Zuzao, Cheng Xiaolan, & Jan Bos

IP 140 - Guidelines for Legislative Libraries (2009)
Ed. by Keith Cuninghame

IP 139 - Strategies for Regenerating the Library and Information Profession (2009)
Ed. by Jana Varlejs & Graham Walton

IP 138 - Library Statistics for the Twenty-First Century World (2009)
Ed. by Michael Heaney

IP 136/137 - Global Library and Information Science (2009)
Ed. by Ismail Abdullahi

IP 134 - Libraries and Information Services towards the Attainment of the UN Millennium Development Goals (2008)
Ed. by Benson Njobvu & Sjoerd Koopman

IP 132 - Managing Technologies and Automated Library Systems in Developing Countries: Open Source vs Commercial Options (2008)
Ed. by Bernard Dione & Réjean Savard

IP 127 - Measuring Quality (2007)
Ed. by Roswitha Poll & Peter te Boekhorst

IP 126 - Continuing Professional Development: Pathways to Leadership in the Library and Information World (2007)
Ed. by Ann Ritchie & Clare Walker

IP 123 - Changing Roles of NGOs in the Creation, Storage, and Dissemination of Information in Developing Countries (2006)
Ed. by Steve W. Witt

IP 120/121 - Management, Marketing and Promotion of Library Services Based on Statistics, Analyses and Evaluation (2006)
Ed. by Trine Kolderup Flaten

IP 10 - IFLA's First Fifty Years (1977)
Ed. by Willem R. H. Koops & Joachim Wieder


Ulrike Lippe
Manager Public Relations
Phone +49(0)30-260 05 153


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