Event Date/Time: Jan 28, 2009 End Date/Time: Jan 30, 2009
Abstract Submission Date: Jul 15, 2008
Paper Submission Date: Oct 30, 2008
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The 17th BOBCATSSS symposium targeting library and information science students will take place in Porto, Portugal between 28-30 January 2009.

Contributions are welcome in the form of workshops, paper or poster presentations. The main theme is ”Challenges for the New Information Professional” and the seven sub themes are listed below in the call for papers announcement. The target group of the symposium is students, and we are especially inviting papers, posters, and workshop contributions by students or teams of students and teachers.

The field of information science is constantly changing. New technology and innovations, such as electronic materials in libraries and archives, impel job descriptions to be rewritten. They also challenge the old ways of thinking and working. Changes in materials, the rapid increase in the use of web environments, as well as the ever increasing pace of work require information professionals to give thought to the identity of the profession and their own sense of identity alike. The amount of information is growing exponentially.

The BOBCATSSS 2009 symposium explores the following questions: How to help the users identify good information from all the spam? How to keep the databases running and all the data available to the users in all situations? And what about the physical material? Is there any use for books and paper documents anymore? Information science has many points of interest within other disciplines such as communications theory, computer science and data processing, history, and sociology. What kind of collaboration do information scientists currently have with scholars from other fields, and how to improve it? What is Librarian 2.0?