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The 2017 Electronic Resources and Consortia Program


STPI’s CONCERT (CONsortium on Core Electronic Resources in Taiwan) not only offers contractual services but focuses on academic communication-oriented developments and innovative services. From November 8 to November 9, 2017, the CONCERT Annual Conference, titled “Transforming Libraries: Share your views and innovations,” was held at the International Conference Hall of the National Central Library. This year, the Conference focused on “Evolution of academic libraries” to discuss new development trends of renowned foreign libraries and global publishers. The objective was to inspire new ideas and innovative thinking among practitioners in domestic libraries. Dr. Ingrid Parent, former President of the International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA) and former University Librarian of the University of British Columbia Library, was invited to share the development trends of IFLA and the Canadian Library Association. In addition, she presented the concept of sustainable management practiced by academic libraries worldwide to highlight the importance of cooperation between regional libraries. Mrs. Lee Cheng Ean from the National University of Singapore Libraries proposed the management philosophies and development strategies employed by her institution (e.g., inspiring the use of digital academic services and adopting organizational strategies) to explain the crucial relationship between library development trends and intercampus collaboration in education and research.

Other speakers included José Oliveira, Editor-in-Chief of John Wiley & Sons, Dr. Wong Woei-fuh, General Manager of Innovative Education Services (IES) Consulting, iGroup, and Bruce Heterick, Vice President of Institutional Participation and Strategic Partnerships, ITHAKA, who all comprehensively discussed academic developments, service trends, and the academic publishing environment. Furthermore, domestic librarians reviewed presentations delivered by more than 10 firms in a competition by selecting six firms—namely Elsevier, IEEE, Wiley, EBSCO, ProQuest, and iGroup. Accordingly, the latest publishing trends, latest library services, latest e-resource services and technologies, and library service innovations implemented by these firms were reviewed and new related concepts were proposed. A total of 18 booths were established at the event, in which more than 20 publishers curated exhibitions of the latest information services and offered consultation services, attracting more than 400 visitors to the 2-day event.

                                                Speakers from foreign libraries or publishers

                                                                 Event attendees