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May 1995, Number 2 61st IFLA Council and General Conference
Libraries of the Future
20-26 August 1995
Istanbul, Turkey



As time gets closer and closer to the Conference date, we are getting more and more excited. It gives great pleasure to all our colleagues to welcome so many librarians from all over the world and to become their hosts.

For a few of us, it will be an occasion to meet old friends once again and to have the chance of welcoming them in our country.

But for the great majority of our colleagues in Turkey, this will be a memorable occasion—to be a part of such a selective group of librarians maybe only for once in a lifetime.

It is not very easy to attend IFLA Conferences every year and it is not very often that IFLA Conferences take place more than once or twice in a lifetime in any one country.

However during this very busy week, new friendships will be established, new ideas will be exchanged, new approaches will be learned, but more important than all these, we think, everyone will have a chance to feel a part of the global community and be a member of our global village.

After this occasion and in the following years, we shall travel together on the highways of knowledge.

See you in August, in Istanbul.

The National Organizing Committee

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Talat S. Halman is Professor and Chairman in the Department of Near Eastern Languages and Literatures at New York University. Formerly he was on the faculties of Columbia University, the University of Pennsylvania, and Princeton University for many years.

In 1971 he became Turkey's first Minister of Culture and created the Ministry. From 1980 to 1982, he served as Turkey's Ambassador for Cultural Affairs. He was also Turkey's Deputy Permanent Representative at the United Nations. Since 1991 he is a member of the Executive Board of UNESCO.

He has published more than forty books and over a thousand articles in English and Turkish. His books in English include "Contemporary Turkish Literature", three volumes on the medieval mystic Yunus Emre, "Modern Turkish Drama", "Süleyman the Magnificent-Poet", "Rumi and the Whirling Dervishes", "Living Poets of Turkey", "Turkish Legends and Folk Poems", and two collections of his poetry "Shadows of Love" and "A Last Lullaby". Some of his books have been translated into French, German, Urdu, Hindi, Persian, Hebrew and Japanese.

Among his books in Turkish are seven collections of poetry, his verse translations of Shakespeare's Complete Sonnets, a massive volume on the poetry of ancient civilizations, two anthologies of modern American poetry, two volumes featuring the selected poems of Wallace Stevens and Langston Hughes, a play based on the life and works of Shakespeare. This year he published a volume of ancient Egyptian poetry. Scheduled for publication in early 1995 in his book on the poetry of ancient Anatolia and Near East and many other volumes during 1995.

Professor Halman has been writing an weekly column since 1982 in the leading Istanbul daily Milliyet.

Honors and awards include an honorary doctorate, two best play translation awards, a Rockefeller Fellowship in the Humanities, Columbia University's "Thornton Wilder Prize", the UNESCO Medal, "Top Turkish Scholar in the US Award" of the Assembly of American Turkish Associations, and "Knight Grand Cross, G.B.E., The most Excellent Order of the British Empire" conferred on him by Queen Elizabeth II.

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Friday, 18 August
09:00 - 13:00
Professional Board
14:00 - 18:00
Executive Board
Coordinating Boards of Divisions

Saturday, 19 August
09:00 - 12:00
First group of Standing Committees of Sections and Executive Committees of Round Tables
12:00 - 15:00
Second group of Standing Committees of Sections and Executive Committees of Round Tables
15:00 - 18:00
Third group of Standing Committees of Sections and Executive Committees of Round Tables
18:00 - 19:00

Sunday, 20 August
09:00 - 10:30
Orientation to IFLA for Newcomers
10:30 - 12:00
Open Forum of Core Programmes
12:00 - 13:00
UNESCO Open Forum
14:00 - 18:00
Council I at Atatük Cultural Centre
N.B. Voting delegates are kindly requested to take their seats in the front of the meeting room.
Opening of Exhibition

Monday, 21 August
09:00 - 13:00
Contributed paper sessions
Division Open Forums
14:00 - 15:00
Training Session for IFLA Officers
15:00 - 18:00
Opening Session followed by Plenary Session

Tuesday, 22 August
09:00 - 11:30
Section and Round Table programme sessions
12:00 - 14:30
Section and Round Table programme sessions
Poster sessions
15:00 - 17:30
Section and Round Table programme sessions

Wednesday, 23 August
09:00 - 11:30
Section and Round Table programme sessions
11:30 - 12:30
Guest lecture series
12:30 - 15:00
Section and Round Table programme sessions
Poster sessions
15:00 - 17:30
Section and Round Table programme sessions

Thursday, 24 August
09:00 - 17:00
Full-day workshop
Study tours
09:00 - 13:00
Half-day workshops
Study tours
First group of Standing Committees
14:00 - 18:00
Half-day workshops
Study tours
Second group of Standing Committees

Friday, 25 August
09:00 - 11:00
Third group of Standing Committees
10:00 - 14:00
Executive Board
11:00 - 13:00
Coordinating Boards
13:30 - 14:00
Professional Board
15:00 - 18:00
Council II followed by Closing Session

Saturday, 26 August
Tour day

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More than 150 papers will be delivered during the Conference. The information given below provides a preliminary insight into some of the open sessions organized by IFLA's Sections and Round Tables.

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The International Federation of Library Associations (IFLA) Section on Libraries for the Blind, in conjuction with Bosphorus University Library, proudly announce an Expert Meeting for libraries and librarians serving people with sight impairments. The meeting, which will be held August 17-19, 1995 in Istanbul, Turkey, will include workshops, seminars, vendor displays and social activities. The venue for this event will be the Holiday Inn Crowne Plaza Hotel, a full-service luxury resort on the Sea of Marmara (away from city traffic) halfway between downtown and the airport.

Experts from many countries will be presenting papers on a variety of topics of interest to librarians either already working in the field or planning to enter it.

This meeting offers the Professional Librarian an opportunity to interact with colleagues worldwide to further strengthen ties between nations. So, come to Istanbul, one of the most beautiful and historic cities in the world, and help create a rich and colorful tapestry of understanding and knowledge.

Please register before the deadline (June 15). If you work in the area of serving people with sight impairments, you cannot afford to miss this wonderful event!

Let's all meet "where the continents meet" in Istanbul! See you there!

IFLA/SLB Organizing Committee

Contact: Mrs. Ender Altug
Tel. & Fax: (0212) 257 50 16
E-mail: Altug@hisar.cc.boun.edu.tr

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Those interested in workshops should apply to the concerned contact persons before 15 July in writing. The details of the workshops and addresses of contract persons can be found in IFLA Express No. 1, which is also available on Internet.

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The exhibition area is situated between the meeting rooms thus enabling maximum attendance. The following firms and institutions have already decided to participate the exhibition:

3m (UK)	  			GEAC
African Books OCLC
British Library Saur
Dictionary of Art SilverPlatter
Dünya Infotel SMI
EBSCO Springer
Elsevier Swets
Ex-Libris VTLS
French National Library
Turkish National Library

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The exhibition will be opened with a reception where the Children's Folk Dances Group will give a performance; the President of the Turkish Republic, Süleyman Demirel will give a reception at Çiragan Palace, on Monday the 21st; there will be entertainment at the Open Air Theatre where Turkish Folk Dances will be displayed on Tuesday the 22nd; delegates will have an opportunity to acquaint themselves with Turkish Classical Music during a reception at the Atatürk Cultural Centre, on Wednesday the 23rd; there will also be a reception on Thursday the 24th, in the garden of Yildiz Palace, Has Bahçe.

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Delegates who can choose 2 library visits and 2 half day tours, should change their vouchers at relevant desks, as soon as possible after they collect their bags, to ensure that they can have their first choices.

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Voting delegates may obtain their voting documents at the IFLA Voting Office in the lobby of the Swissotel The Bosphorus (Maçka, Bayildim Cad. 2, 80680 Istanbul, Turkey. The office will be open on Friday, 18 August, 14:00 - 18:00, Saturday, 19 August, 09:00 - 14:00. Voting delegates are requested to obtain their documents as soon as possible. Voting papers will only be handed out to delegates who are in the possession of the membership Certificate 1995, duly signed by the appropriate authority.

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More than 20 poster sessions are scheduled for Tuesday, 22 August and Wednesday, 23 August between 12:00 and 14:00. Colleagues from Italy, Norway, Russia, South Africa, Sweden, Thailand, United Kingdom, and the United States, plus representatives of IFLA's Core Programmes on ALP (Advencement of Librarianship in the Third World), PAC (Preservation and Conservation), UAP (Universal Availability of Publications), UBCIM (Universal Bibliographic Control and International MARC), and UDT (Universal Dataflow and Telecommunications) will be on hand to discuss their activities.

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If you have not registered for the 61st IFLA General Council and Conference yet, please send the registration form immediately to the IFLA '95 Secretariat. The registration fee for delegates in US$400.-, and for accompanying persons US$250.-.

Send your registration form as soon as possible so that we can offer you good accommodation, library visits and the excursions you have chosen.

If you do not have a registration form, please request it immediately from the Secretariat. Prices, methods of payment and cancellations, library visits and excursions appear in this form.

The Conference documentation will not be guaranteed for delegates registered after July 31st. The colleagues who may not be able to attend the Conference but are interested in the documentation, may request it from the Conference Secretariat. The documents will be also available at the International Conference Centre. The cost will be USD 100.00, including ordinary mail.

Only those registered as delegates will be allowed to attend the Conference activities.

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If you are already registered, as soon as you arrive at the Swissotel, The Bosphorus go to the Registration Desk. If you arrive at the venue without previous registration look for the "New Registrations Desk". In this case the payment of the registration fees should be as follows:

Cheques will not be accepted

The Registration Desk will be opened from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Delegates will receive:

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The average daytime temperature in late August is 25 - 30 C.


Turkish is the national language of Turkey, while many people speak English, German and / or French.


The electric current in Turkey is 220 V, 50hz.


The Turkish currency is the Turkish Lira, Traveller's cheques and cash may be exchanged in banks during office hours, and at exchange offices on Saturdays. Some exchange offices and banks are open on Sundays in areas frequented by tourists. The official exchange rate is listed in daily newspapers and will vary slightly in different banks, etc. All major credit cards are accepted at most hotels, restaurants and stores.


If you have not made your travel arrangements yet, please remember that the official carrier, Turkish Airlines is giving a discount for conference will provide:

Airport/Hotel transfer services by airconditioned buses to the Conference hotel: Swissotel The Bosphorus and to terminals at different parts of Istanbul at the rate of US$ 10.- per person. Please check with the hospitality desk upon arrival at Atatürk Airport Istanbul.

Taxi fare to most of hotels costs US$ 12-15. The distance is about 20 km. There is also a bus service to the centre of the city for US$ 2.50 every hour from the domestic lines terminal.


The citizens of the countries below are exempt from visas for varying periods between 1 to 3 months: Argentina, Australia, Bahamas, Bahrain, Barbados, Belgium, Belize, Bolivia, Bosnia- Herzegovina, Canada, Chili, Croatia, Denmark, Ecuador, Fiji, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Grenada, Iceland, Indonesia, Iran, Israel, Jamaica, Japan, Kazakhstan, Kenya, Kirghis, Kuwait, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Malaysia, Malta, Mauritius, Macedonia, Monaco, Morocco, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Oman, Quatar, Republic of Korea, Romania, Saint-Lucia, San Marino, Saudi Arabia, Sychelles, Singapore, Slovenia, South Africa, Sweden, Switzerland, Trinidad-Tobago, Tunisia, Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus, United Arab Emirates, Vatican.

In addition to these countries, those who bear an official passport (diplomatic, special or service) from the following countries are also exempt from visas for varying periods up to three months: Albania, Austria, Afghanistan, Algeria, Bangladesh, Belorussia, Bulgaria (diplomatic only), China, Cuba, Czech Republic, Egypt, Gamvia, Hungary, Italy, Lithuania, Mexico (diplomatic only), Moldavia, Mongolia, Pakistan, Poland, Slovakia, Spain, Turkmenistan, Ukraine, Yemen.

Citizens of some countries can purchase their visas on arrival at the airport for varying periods of time from 2 weeks to 3 months. Turkey applies visas on the basis of the mutuality depending on the visa requirements for Turkish citizens in respective countries.

Therefore the changes vary from US$ 20 to US$ 5. This rule applies to the following countries: Austria, Ireland, Italy, Portugal, Spain, UK, USA (up to 3 months). Union of Independent States (excluding Kazakhstan and Kirghis), Czech Republic, Estonia, Georgia, Hungary, Letonia, Lithuania, Poland, Slovakia, Yugoslav Federal Republic (up to 1 month). Guatemala (up to 15 days) and Jordan (up to 30 days)

Colleagues from the countries not listed above should apply to the nearest Turkish mission for details. They are recommended to apply at least one month prior to their departure. The principle of mutuality applies to all countries.


We urge you to book your hotel as swiftly as possible. Kongresist has booked a number of rooms from various hotels at a good discount. After mid-June we cannot guarantee these discount. Applications should be made to Kongresist, not to the hotels.


Istanbul is a multi-cultural metropolitan city with a population of nearly 15 million. Large cities share many features in common and one of these is unfortunately, the presence pickpockets. Our beautiful Istanbul is no exception. Please be as careful with your belongings and valuables as you would in any city.

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Visit the famous Covered Bazaar with its innumerable tiny shops in a maze of alleys where each trade has its own place and the colorful Spice Market. Continue to Zindan Han to enjoy a leather-fashion show.


Visit the Hippodrome, once the chariot race track of the Byzantines and Romans and see the Egyptian Obelisk, the Serpent Column and the Column of Constantine and the Blue Mosque, famous for its six minarets and blue Iznik tiles; the last visit is a Carpet Weaving demonstration.


Rumeli Hisari, or the European Fortress, was built by Mehmet the Conqueror in 1452 prior to his capture of Istanbul. Completed in only four months, it is one of the most beautiful works of military architecture in the world.

Up the Bosphorus in the picturesque village of Büyükdere, the collections of the Sadberk Hanim Museum fill two charming 19th century wooden villas. A private museum which originally displayed Turkish decorative arts, it has recently been expanded with a new collection of archaeological finds.


Half day tours on Aug 26, 1995 will be offered to participants and accompanying persons who will choose two of the following places of interest:

IF:1 Topkapi Palace & Covered Bazaar (Morning)

Visit to the magnificent Topkapi Palace, once the nerve centre of Ottoman Empire, which overlooks the Bosphorus and the Golden Horn, to see the unique crown jewellery, Chinese porcelain and displays of clothing, painting, armoury and many other items. Continue to the Covered Bazaar, with its over 4000 tiny shops in a maze of alleys where each trade has its own place.

IF:2 St. Sophia Museum & Underground Cistern & Hippodrome (Afternoon)

Visit the 5th century Byzantine Basilica St. Sophia Museum which is one of the great architectural marvels of the ancient world: Underground Cistern, with storage capacity for 80.000 tons of water for the Old City; The Hippodrome, once the chariot race track of the Byzantines and Romans and see the Egyptian Obelisk, the Serpent Column and the Column of Constantine.

IF:3 Mosque of Süleyman Magnificent & Church of St. Saviour in Chora (Afternoon)

Visit the Süleymaniye Mosque, 16th century masterpiece of famous architect Sinan, built during the reign of Sultan Süleyman the Magnificent; Chora Museum famous for its well-preserved mosaics and frescoes.

IF:4 Boat Cruise on the Bosphorus (Morning)

Drive to the harbour for a half day cruise on the Bosphorus. The boat sails along the famous stretch of water, towards the Black Sea passing the waterside wooden mansions, the summer palaces of the Ottoman Sultans and the 15th century fortress of Rumeli Hisar built by Sultan Mehmet, the Conqueror.


Turkey is a country with an amazing range of natural phenomena, lovely beaches and historical sites including some of the oldest libraries in the world. Please see the Final Announcement for the details of the tours listed below or contact Kongresist:

Antiquities on the Agean Coast

Three days tour includes visits to Aphrodisias, ruins of Hierapolis, Ephesus, Celsus Library, Pergamum and many other sites, for US$290.--.

Ankara / Cappadocia

Three days tour includes visits to Museum of Anatolian Civilizations, churches carved into the rocks in Göreme and underground cities, for US$ 225.--.

5 Days Vacation on the Turquoise Coast in Antalya

The programme includes excursions to major Pamphyllian cities, Aspendos, boat excursion along the Turquoise cost, swimming and sport activities for US$ 625.--. (We apologize for the error made in the cost of the French text of the Final Announcement).

Please see the Final Announcement for the details of optional tours offered during the week: Byzantine marvels of art, Ottoman relic, Highlights of Istanbul, Bosphorus cruise, Two Continents, Bosphorus & two continents, Istanbul by night.

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We would like to express our deepest thanks to the firms and institutions which support the conference:

Istanbul Local Authority
Ministry of Culture
TÜTAV (The Promotion Fund of Turkish Prime Minister)
TIKA (Turkish International Cooperation Agency)

Other firms wishing to contribute as sponsors can contact the Secretariat.
They will be most welcome.

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Yildiz Sarayi, Cihannüma Köskü P.O. Box 90 Besiktas
80691 Istanbul/TURKEY
Tel: (90-212) 227 8738
Fax: (90-212) 227 87 39
E-mail: mkutup-o@servis.net.tr

International Congress Management Inc.
Maçka cad. 23/1
Kazim Gerçel Ap. Kat. 3
80200 Tesvikiye
Tel: (90-211) 246 22 49, 231 27 72 (3 lines)
Fax: (90-212) 233 76 78, 246 54 90

Maçka, Bayildim Cad. 2
80680 - Istanbul/TURKEY
Tel: (90-212) 259 01 01
Fax: (90-212) 259 01 05

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