Kiel/Hamburg, 22 April 2016:
The first international conference for libraries in the field of economics information “INCONECSS – International Conference on Economics and Business Information” was attended by people from 21 countries. The issues under discussion ranged from research data to ebook strategies, research information systems, collection management in the digital age, Open Access and even human resource development strategies in academic libraries. The ZBW – Leibniz Information Centre for Economics hosted the INCONECSS from 19 to 20 April 2016 in Berlin.
The ZBW – Leibniz Information Centre for Economics hosted the first international conference for libraries specialising in services for economists. Thorsten Meyer, Chief Librarian of the ZBW and chair of the INCONECSS conference, summarised the event: “Participants from Singapore to Finland agreed that the management of different stakeholders must assume greater importance in libraries, down to staff level. The needs, work methods and daily routines of researchers and students in economics must not only be known, but must provide the central starting point from which libraries offer their services.”
The INCONECSS aimed to bring together best-practice examples from different countries and to offer a platform for stimulating conversations and discussions. Issues under debate ranged from collection management in the digital age to human resource development to strategic product development to encompass the many ways in which the digitisation of the science system impacts the library world. Networking was a major focus of the event besides the workshops and talks.
The invited speakers came from Great Britain, Spain, Italy, France, Denmark, Sweden, Singapore, Austria, the Netherlands and Germany.