Both digital libraries and information schools were born during the fundamental and explosive changes of our information environment happened in 1990s, and grew up over these decades. Since then, we have witnessed changes – several important and new areas of research have emanated from the digital libraries, and information schools are already well recognized as a key player to promote research and education of digital libraries and related topics. On the other hand, we also know that libraries and information professionals have been significantly affected by the development of digital libraries and information schools. And, another important aspect for us is the diversity of the Asia-Pacific region.
This panel is intended to discuss the future directions of digital libraries and information schools from different viewpoints and standpoints – information technologies, social and cultural issues, regional differences, professional communities, and so forth. Thus, digital libraries and information schools are closely linked and would benefit mutually. On the other hand, both of them cover broad areas, so that we sometimes need to discuss the strength and weakness and the future direction of our communities. This panel will invite leaders of information schools and the program co-chairs of ICADL 2016 who have different backgrounds and working in different geographic regions. This panel will invite a leader from ASIS&T who will give different perspectives to the panel. The panels will present their views from their standing points and then discuss the future directions of digital libraries and information schools.
Knowledge, Information and Data (KID) are an indispensable part of our society today, and we cannot ignore the KID aspect when coping with many societal problems. Natural disasters are such an example that has a big social impact and where KID can play an important role before, during and after the event.
This session invites experts working on natural disasters and KID in countries in the Asia-Pacific region, because the countries share the same problem that people often suffer from natural disasters such as typhoons, earthquakes, and floods. They will present issues on KID and natural disasters from their viewpoints such as (1) problems on natural disasters and KID, (2) what KID technologies can do in/for natural disasters, and (3) future issues which they think are important on KID and natural disasters. Then, we discuss with the audience what issues are important and clarify the issues we can contribute to and should tackle.