BOBCATSSS 2009

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BOBCATSSS 2009 symposium @ Porto, Portugal, 28—30 January 2009

About BOBCATSSS

BOBCATSSS is an annual symposium organised by students at a number of universities in Europe. It takes place under the auspieces of EUCLID (European Association for Library and Information Education and Research) and deals with themes from library and information science. Every year it is organised, managed and filled with content by students from an Eastern and Western European university. The universities have in common that they educate in the field of library and information sciences.

Target groups of the BOBCATSSS symposiums are information specialists, students, professors in the field of library and information education and research and employees of libraries and information departments. BOBCATSSS is a European meeting place between the professionals of tomorrow and today’s researchers and teachers.

The name BOBCATSSS is an acronym and describes the university network. The letters stand for the first letters of the cities of the universities that initiated the BOBCATSSS symposium in 1993: Budapest, Oslo, Barcelona, Copenhagen, Amsterdam, Tampere, Stuttgart, Szombathely and Sheffield. During the last years further members from Borĺs, Riga, Kharkiv, Moscow, Tallinn, Toru, Warsaw, Sofia, Ljubljana, Krakow, Bratislava, Prague, Osjiek, Zadar, Berlin and Potsdam have joined the network.

It's unique that teams of students plan and realise both the content and the management of the symposium as a part of their studies. The students are responsible for every aspect of arranging the conference, from marketing and financing to logistics and abstract and paper management. Due to this they profit a lot by border crossing teamwork with other European countries.

The BOBCATSSS 2009 symposium is organised by students from the University of Tampere, Finland (Department of Information Studies and Interactive Media) and the University of Porto, Portugal.

Symposiums

Year Details
2010 Host city: Parma, Italy
Topic: Bridging the digital divide: libraries providing access for all?
Organisation: University of Parma, Italy, University of Milan, Italy, Manchester Metropolitan University, UK, Liverpool John Moores University, UK
Link: http://bobcatsss2010.unipr.it/
2009 Host city: Porto, Portugal
Topic: Challenges for the new information professional
Organisation: University of Tampere, Finland and University of Porto, Portugal
2008 Host city: Zadar, Croatia
Topic: Providing access to information for everyone
Organisation: Humboldt University Berlin, Germany, University of Osijek, Croatia, University of Applied Sciences Potsdam, Germany, University of Zadar, Croatia
Link: http://www.bobcatsss2008.org/
Papers: Edoc-server of the Humboldt-University Berlin
Posters: Programme pages
Photos: Flickr
2007 Host city: Prague, Czech Republic
Topic: Marketing of Information Services
Organisation: Charles University, Czech Republic, Media University Stuttgart, Germany and University of Applied Sciences Konstanz, Germany
Link: http://www.bobcatsss.org/
2006 Host city: Tallinn, Estonia
Topic: Information, Innovation, Responsibility: Information professional in the Network Society
Organisation: Tallinn University, Estonia and Royal School of Library and Information Science, Denmark
Link: From the Internet Archive.
2005 Host city: Budapest, Hungary
Topic: Librarianship in the information age
Organisation: Eötvös Loránd University, Budapest and Oslo University College, Norway
2004 Host city: Riga, Latvia
Topic: Library and Information in Multicultural Societies
Organisation: University College of Borĺs, Sweden and University of Latvia
Link: http://medlem.spray.se/bobcatsss/
2003 Host city: Torun, Poland
Topic: Information Policy and the European Union
Organisation: Universitas Nicolai Copernici Torun, Poland and Hogeschool van Amsterdam, Netherlands
2002 Host city: Portoroz, Slovenia
Topic: Hum@n Beings and Information Specialists. Future Skills, Qualifications, Positioning
Organisation: Filozofska fakulteta - Oddelek za bibliotekarstvo Ljubljana, Slovenia and University of Applied Sciences Stuttgart, Germany
2001 Host city: Vilnius, Lithuania
Topic: Knowledge, Information and Democracy in the Open Society: the Role of the Library and Information Sector
Organisation: Oslo University College JBI Faculty, Norway and Vilnius University, Lithuania
Link: http://www.stud.hio.no/~bobcats/index.html
2000 Host city: Krakow, Poland
Topic: Intellectual Property versus The Right to Knowledge?
Organisation: Royal School of Librarianship, Denmark
1999 Host city: Bratislava, Slovakia
Topic: Learning Society - Learning Organisation - Lifelong Learning
Organisation: University of Applied Sciences Stuttgart, Germany, University of Applied Sciences Darmstadt, Germany and University of Bratislava, Slovakia
1998 Host city: Budapest, Hungary
Topic: Shaping the Knowledge Society
Organisation: Royal School of Librarianship, Denmark
1997 Host city: Budapest, Hungary
Topic: New Book Economy / International Symposium Marketing and Developing New Information Products and Services in Europe
Organisation: Hogeschool van Amsterdam, Netherlands
Link: http://bobcatsss.meulie.net/97/
1996 Host city: Budapest, Hungary
Topic: Quality of Information Services
Organisation: Hogeschool van Amsterdam, Netherlands
Link: http://bobcatsss.meulie.net/96/
1995 Host city: Budapest, Hungary
Topic: Marketing and Development of New Information Products and Services in Europe
Organisation: Hogeschool van Amsterdam, Netherlands
1994 Host city: Budapest, Hungary
Topic: The Future of Librarianship
Organisation: Hogeschool van Amsterdam, Netherlands
1993 Host city: Budapest, Hungary
Topic: The Role of Libraries Today, Tomorrow and Beyond
Organisation: Hogeschool van Amsterdam, Netherlands