The 21st BOBCATSSS Conference, will take place in Ankara, Turkey, from 23-25 January 2013.

BOBCATSSS is an annual conference series that is traditionally organised by students from European universities. At its 21st anniversary in January 2013, BOBCATSSS is organised by students from two universities, namely Department of Information Management of Hacettepe University (TUR) and The Royal School of Library and Information Science (DEN).

From Collections to Connections: Turning Libraries “Inside-out” being the main theme, BOBCATSSS 2013 aims to bring together students, professors and specialists in the field of library and information science. Today, the world of libraries and librarians, more than ever, set for change. The focus is shifting towards creating connections between people and online resources, rather than static collections focused on the physical book. Part of information specialists is to facilitate and help the users navigate through this jungle, and in due course find our own place in this ever changing world. In the light of these challanges BOBCATSSS 2013 will be a meeting place between the professionals of tomorrow and researchers and teachers of today.

Main topics of the Symposium include (but not limited with) the following:

Serving Society in a Digital Age

The world is changing faster than we know it and everybody has a say in the matter. People are creating and sharing online in a way never experienced before. They tweet, make Facebook updates and they want to make an impression. How can we be sure that both new and old is preserved; what is important to keep and what are the demands of the digital population?

 Information Professionals as Change-Agents

Challenges demand creative thinking, entrepreneurship and innovation. One of the digital challenges for the users is to be able to navigate through the digital jungle of information. A part of being an information professional is to help people become e-literate. How do we meet the challenges in our profession and how can we influence the agenda?

Designing New Library Spaces

Today it’s not enough for a library to be able to contain collections. The space itself has to be engaging and inspiring to facilitate the users need for information, experiences and cultural inspiration. A plethora of libraries being built today are not only new icons but are also trying to reach the above mentioned goals in new ways. How can we the information professionals encourage this trend?

Mobile Information Services

We live in a world of hand held devices, and information has to be instantly accessible. More and more information is being digitized, and the volume alone is staggering. One of the tasks of the information professional is to create accessible designs, not compromising the content. Ideas can come from unlikely sources however. Are we capable of listening outside our own ranks?

Developing New Competencies

Lifelong learning is a term easy to use, but hard to master. Which competencies do we expect the users to need, and what can they expect from us? Are we as information specialists sufficiently prepared to guide them? Are we able to combine the need-to-have with the nice-to-have skills the patrons want to a satisfying degree and how do we keep improving?

In addition to papers, short papers (pecha-kucha), posters and workshops on conference topics, general papers on library and information science are also welcome. Student contributions will be given priority. Please use the extended abstract template available in the Symposium web site to prepare your contributions and proposals, and send them to us using the Conference Management Software (conftool).