It gives me great pleasure to invite you to my second IFLA President’s Meeting which is being held in Istanbul, Turkey on 3-5 June 2015. While the topic of my first President’s Meeting arranged in May 2014 in Helsinki, Finland focused on the impact of libraries on society, the theme of my second Meeting will be to look at how libraries are being transformed.
Under the title of “The Art of Transforming Libraries”, this President’s Meeting will explore issues related to the changes faced by libraries all around the world today. The IFLA Trend Report as well as the Lyon Declaration on Access to Information and Development will set the scene for the other topics; these will include transforming technologies, legal regulations and their impact on information technologies, transformation of public libraries and knowledge economy.
The program includes distinguished speakers representing many viewpoints and interests. The aim is to advance our understanding of the needs and modes for transforming libraries. The results of the meeting will help libraries to adapt to the new technological, legal and other requirements with which they have to live on a daily basis. This meeting will be an exciting and rewarding experience for all participants. As IFLA President I look forward to welcoming you. Join us for three days of stimulating discussion and reflection, led by several renowned speakers from many countries. On Friday 5 June there will also be an opportunity to participate in study tours designed for different interests, for example you will be able to see some examples of Turkish libraries at first hand.
I look forward to meeting you in Istanbul in June!
Dear Distinguished Colleagues,
On behalf of the Anatolian University Libraries Consortium (ANKOS), Turkish Librarians Association (TLA), Turkish library community, and the local Organizing Committee, I am delighted to invite you to Istanbul for the IFLA President’s Meeting on “The Art of Transforming Libraries” on 3-5 June 2015. The Meeting will be held at Istanbul Bilgi University which is in a very historic part of Istanbul.
This Meeting will bring together librarians, researchers and educators from many countries who are engaged in library, education and information technology world. The Meeting will focused on the IFLA Trend Report, first set in Singapore in 2013 and then continue to develop by efforts made in different countries. Together with the TLA and the local Organizing Committee, we are organizing an inspirational program in true Turkish tradition that some of you already experienced during the IFLA Annual Conference in 1995, and some other international conferences we hosted in İstanbul.
Istanbul is one of the world’s most historic and beautiful cities. It is a multicultural metropolis for blending old tradition with a modern life. We hope you will also take opportunities for enjoying the city and its surrounds as well as the Meeting.
We look forward to greeting you at the IFLA President’s Meeting in June 2015.
With my warm regards,
President of ANKOS
Chair of the Local Organizing Committee
|3||Elenara||Almeida||CAPES – PORTAL PERIODICOS|
|4||Lluís||Anglada||Consortium of Academic Libraries of Catalonia (CBUC)|
|6||Emilija||Banionyte||Lithuanian Research Library Consortium|
|7||Kosanovic||Biljana||KoBSON – Serbian Consortium of Coordinated Acquisition|
|21||Maria||Franzin||CAPES – PORTAL PERIODICOS|
|23||Sharon||Gasser||VIVA (the Virtual Library of Virginia)|
|24||Tommaso||GIORDANO||Italian National Forum on Electronic Resources (INFER)|
|29||Yvonne||Halland||SANLiC (South African National Library and Information Consortium)|
|30||Helmut||Hartmann||Austrian Academic Consortium|
|31||Kristine||Hillenkötter||Lower Saxony Library Consortium|
|32||Warren||Holder||OCUL ( Ontario Council of University Libraries )|
|40||Barbora||Katolická||University of West Bohemia|
|41||Heli||Kautone||National Library of Finland|
|48||Norbert||Lossau||Lower Saxony Library Consortia|
|56||Michele||Newberry||Florida Center for Library Automation|
|63||Kathy||Perry||VIVA (The Virtual Library of Virginia)|
|64||Tina||Planck||Max Planck Society|
|65||Susan||Powelson||HKN, Health Knowledge Network|
|67||Jeanne||Richardson||Arizona Universities Library Consortium (AULC)|
|70||Kathy||Scardellato||OCUL – Ontario Council of University Libraries|
|74||Ralf||Schimmer||Max Planck Society|
|75||Birgit||Schmidt||Lower Saxony Library Consortium|
|77||Jevgenija||Sevcova||Lithuanian Research Library Consortium|
|78||Kathleen||Shearer||Confederation of Open Access Repositories|
|80||Pim||Slot||UKB – Netherlands|
|85||Kjell||Tjensvoll||Norwegian Health Library|
|91||KAAT||VAN WONTERGHEM||SURFservices Netherlands|
|92||Ausra||Vaskeviciene||Lithuanian Research Library Consortium|
Registrants are required to book their own accommodations directly with the hotel before August 15, 2011, except the Peak Hotel (August 31, 2011), which is indicated in the hotel information below. Please use e-mail or fax for the reservation and indicate that you are attending the ICOLC 2011 Conference at İstanbul Bilgi University when making reservations.
13:20 Departure from Santral Campus to Sultanahmet Square
(During the journey, guided sightseeing tour will be held and you will see Golden Horn, Tersane-i Amire [Imperial Shipyard], Mosques and churches and other historical places)
19:00 Return to the hotels at Taksim by shuttles
Tour fee includes: Guide, Lunch (sandwich, soft drink and water), Museum Entrance Fees and transportation.
Tour Fee*: 40 EUR per person
* Tour fee will be collected during the conference.
Istanbul City Tour Program
Topkapi Palace: This is an extraordinary complex of buildings that extends over one of Istanbul’s seven hills in a splendid position. The palace was a setting for state occasions and royal entertainments and is a major tourist attraction today, containing the most holy relics of the Muslim world such as the prophet Muhammed’s cloak and sword. Topkapı Palace is among those monuments belonging to the “Historic Areas of Istanbul”, which became a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1985, and is described in Criterion iv as “the best example of ensembles of palaces of the Ottoman period. For further information: http://www.kultur.gov.tr/EN/belge/2-19974/istanbul—topkapi-palace-museum.html
Hagia Sophia: The former spiritual heart of the Byzantine Empire, considered to be the 8th Wonder of the World, Hagia Sophia is now a museum.
For further information:http://www.kultur.gov.tr/EN/belge/2-19960/istanbul—hagia-sophia-museum.html
Blue Mosque: Dating from the 17th century, an architectural masterpiece famed for its exquisite blue tiles and six elegant minarets. This mosque was built by Sultan Ahmet I during 1609-1616 in the square carrying his name in İstanbul. The architect is Sedefhar Mehmet Ağa. It is the only mosque in Turkey with six minarets. The mosque is 64 x 72 m in dimensions. The central dome is 43 m in height and is 33.4 m in diameter. 260 windows surround the mosque. Due to its beautiful blue, green and white tilings it has been named the “Blue Mosque” by Europeans. The inscriptions were made by Seyyid Kasım Gubari. For further information: http://www.kultur.gov.tr/EN/belge/2-1904/sultanahmet-mosque.html
Hippodrome: The former center of sportive and political activities of Constantinople. During the visit, you will be able to see the obelisk from Egypt, Serpentine column from Delphi and Fountain of Willhem II. For further information: http://www.kultur.gov.tr/EN/belge/2-19987/monuments-and-squares.html
Arrival in Istanbul
Istanbul has two international airports; Istanbul Ataturk Airport and Sabiha Gökçen International Airport Mostly the Ataturk Airport is used by major airlines as it is in the European side of Istanbul.
From the Ataturk Airport to the City Centre –Taksim Square (~25 km)
Ataturk International Airport is located 25 km from Taksim Square (city centre)
By Taxi: A taxi from the airport to the Taksim Square costs between 17€ to 20€. The trip takes between 35 and 65 minutes depending on stream of traffic.
Note: The taxi rates are same all day long.
By Shuttles Buses: Shuttle Buses called “Havas” travel between Ataturk Airport and Taksim Square every 30 minutes. It takes approximately 45 and 75 minutes depending on stream of traffic. The ticket costs 5 €.
By Public Buses: The Bus 96T travel between Ataturk Airport and Taksim Square every 50 minutes. It takes approximately 60 and 90 minutes depending on stream of traffic. The ticket costs 1 €. Note: The Public Buses are available between 07:00 – 21:00 hours.
From the Sabiha Gokcen International Airport to the City Centre–Taksim Square (~50 km)
Sabiha Gokcen International Airport is located on the Anatolian shore of Istanbul and 50 km from Taksim Square (city centre).
By Taxi: A taxi from the airport to the Taksim Square costs between 35 € to 40 €. The trip takes between 50 and 90 minutes depending on stream of traffic.
By Shuttles Buses: Shuttle Buses called “Havas” travel between Sabiha Gokcen International Airport and Taksim Square every 1 hour. It takes approximately 70 and 90 minutes depending on stream of traffic. The ticket costs 6 €.
By Public Buses: The Bus E-3 travel between Ataturk Airport and 4.Levent Subway Station. It takes approximately 100 and 120 minutes depending on stream of traffic. The ticket costs 2,5 € . Note: The Public Buses are available between 02:00 – 23:00 hours.
Transportation in Istanbul
Conference buses will operate between the Hotels and Santral Campus, the conference venue.
In addition, there are free Shuttles every 20 minutes from Taksim AKM (Ataturk Cultural Centre) to İstanbul Bilgi University Santral Campus.
İstanbul Bilgi University Santral Campus is located at Silahtar, at the upper end of the Golden Horn. Map of İstanbul Bilgi University Santral Campus
Address: İstanbul Bilgi University Santral Campus Eski Silahtaraga Elektrik Santrali
Silahtaraga Mah. Kazim Karabekir Cad., No: 2/13 34060 Eyup / ISTANBUL / TURKEY
Istanbul maintains a distinguished position among the metropolis of the world with its unique geographical location and a cultural heritage of thousands of years. As one of the most energetic cities in the world Istanbul continually gets to be an attraction center.
The city offers a huge array of important historic buildings including the Topkapi Palace, the Hagia Sophia and the Blue Mosque. It has a wealth of archaeological monuments as well as a vibrant and colourful local culture of tea gardens, taverns, and markets such as the spice bazaar and Grand Bazaar, ‘the world’s oldest shopping center’.
There is a sense of energy and innovation in the city which is again very fashionable as a world destination. There is a wealth of exciting new art galleries and museums as well as restaurants, bars and nightlife.
On this page, you can get more information about Istanbul, 2010 European Capital of Culture. Most of popular links are below. Hope that all the participants will have a good time…
- Istanbul Map by Google Map
- A Map of Taksim, Beyoglu and Old Town
- Istanbul Map by turkishmedia.com
- Istanbul Map by istanbul.com.tr
Transportation in Istanbul
News and Magazines
Recommended books about Istanbul
- Istanbul: Memories and the City by Orhan Pamuk
- Istanbul: The Imperial City by John Freely
- Strolling Through Istanbul by Sumner-Boyd
- Istanbul Guide
- Online Dictionary
- Tourism in Turkey
- Istanbul Foundation for Culture and Arts
- Turkish Ministry of Culture and Tourism Istanbul Page