For a better future for libraries in Albania

Conference in Tirana, 2–3 December 2010
"The Role of Libraries in the Knowledge Based Information Society"

OrganiserAlbanian Library Association
Co-organisersAcademy of Sciences of Albania
Institute of Information Science (IZUM), Maribor
AuspicesAlbanian National Commission for UNESCO
Slovenian National Commission for UNESCO
SponsorsPrimo & Mercator
LocationAcademy of Sciences of Albania, Tirana, Square "Fan. S. Noli", No.7
Thursday, 2 December 2010
14.15–14.30Welcome addresses
- Gudar Beqiraj, President of the Academy of Sciences of Albania
- Davorin Seničar, Chargé d'Affaires, Embassy of the Republic of Slovenia
14.30–15.45Introductory speeches
- The situation and developmental challenges of Albanian libraries
   Tefta Buzo, President of the Albanian Library Association
- COBISS system organisational model and COBISS.Net regional network
   Tomaž Seljak, Director of IZUM
16.15–18.30 - COBISS applications for access to information resources and for library automation
   Pero Šobot, Dušan Hanžurej (IZUM)
- Current research information system in Albania (E-CRIS.AL)
   Rajna Spaho, Albanian Agency for Research, Technology and Innovation, Tirana
- Reflections on Network – Based Research
   Neki Frasheri, Academy of Sciences of Albania
Friday, 3 December 2010
9.00–12.00 - ISSN Register – international registration of serials
   Françoise Pellé, Director of CIEPS-ISSN International Centre, Paris
- Digital Library of Slovenia (dLib.SI) – Access to digital contents
   Lucija Peršin, National and University Library, Ljubljana
- Acquisition of printed and electronic resources
   Miro Pušnik, Director of the Central technological library of the University
   of Ljubljana
- EIFL international consortium – Electronic Information for Libraries Direct
   Miranda Bakiasi, Academy of Arts, Tirana
- ProQuest databases and services – Special offer for Albania
   Iulian Herciu, ProQuest
- Web of Science Citation Indexes and its use in research and its evaluation
   Malgorzata Krasowska, Thomson Reuters
12.30–13.30 About the results of cooperation within the COBISS.Net network         (photo)
- Ismet Ovčina, Director of the National and University Library of BiH, Sarajevo
- Žaklina Gjalevska, National and University Library "St. Kliment Ohridski", Skopje
- Sreten Ugričić, Director of the National Library of Serbia, Belgrade
- Jelena Đurović, Director of the Central National Library "Djurdje Crnojevic", Cetinje
- Tomaž Seljak, Director of IZUM

List of participants


Access to bibliographic records in COBIB union bibliographic/catalogue databases within the COBISS.Net network
Country Total records Publications
in Albanian
as of 7. 12. 2010

on the basis of the Agreement on the Inclusion of Libraries in Albania in the Free Exchange of Bibliographic Records within the COBISS.Net network


Access to the ProQuest Central full-text database free of charge until 28 January 2011

Web of Science

Special offer for the Albanian Agency for Research, Technology and Innovation

Happenings at the conference

Letter from the directors of national libraries to the director of the National library of Albania

Letter from the director of IZUM to the director of the National library of Albania

Reply by the director of the National library of Albania

What was said about the National library of Albania on the first day of the conference

Letter from the director of the National library of Albania to the State Intelligence Service (translation)

Reply by the director of IZUM

After the press conference of 3 December 2010 many articles were published in newspapers and on the Internet:
- Director of the National library
  reported about the attack on his
  institution by two Slavic citizens,
  who in his opinion have come
  to Albania as hirelings
- Aurel Plasari: A Serbian and
  a Slovene attacked the National
- Aurel Plasari: The National
  library of Albania database will
  not be transferred to Serbian

Prominent personalities on the issue:
- Gudar Beqiraj, President of the
  Albanian Academy of Sciences
- Salvatore Bushati, Science
  Secretary of the Albanian
  Academy of Sciences
- Ermir Nika, Director of Book
  Directorate at the Ministry of
  Culture (translation)