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The Department of Library and Information Science, Faculty of Computer Science and Information Technology, University of Malaya and the University of Malaya Library are pleased to announce the hosting of the 4th International Conference on Libraries, Information and Society. The conference will be held at Armada Hotel, Petaling Jaya, between the 19th – 21st November 2012.
‘Inclusion is the process where varying needs of a community, and groups that constitute it, are recognised and priorities met. It is the positive management of diversity, to which all organisations should aspire’ (McDonald & Olley, 2002). Libraries around the world have long adhered to the principle of inclusion and outreach as a priority in meeting the needs of their particular communities. It is advocated by governments and professional organisations, appears in library mission statements and is discussed in forums of all kinds. Information professionals believe that when a nation, organisation or institution embraces inclusion, the library should be at the centre.
The challenge for libraries is that their communities are living entities, constantly changing and growing, so there is a need for constant scanning of community needs and interests as they evolve in order to shape outreach information programmes that help ensure the inclusion of all in library-based services. Such programmes, if responsive to community needs, provide a unique opportunity to improve the public image of the library as a community service organisation, and also offer the opportunity for collaboration with community leaders, groups and organisations to help enhance overall library services.
But how much to we really know about the effectiveness of inclusion policies and programmes in our libraries? How successful are our attempts at community outreach? Are we missing opportunities in terms of inclusion, and is exclusion still a significant issue? These are the principal questions to be addressed in ICoLIS 2012.
The following topics will run through the conference, but are not limited to:-