Call for Participation

International Symposium on Research, Development & Practice in Digital Libraries : ISDL'97

November 18 - 21, 1997
sponsored by University of Library and Information Science
Tsukuba Science City, Japan

Digital Libraries have been widely recognized as an important application in the Global Information Infrastructure for worldwide information sharing and for development in the next century. A number of research and development projects are in progress in many countries and regions. In the United States, the Library of Congress has its national digital library projects which will provide users with a very large scale digital collection, the NSF/NASA/ARPA has funded digital library initiatives at six universities which will produce advanced information environments, and many other universities are working on new digital library environments for their researchers and students. There are also advanced digital library projects in Europe and the Asia-Pacific countries. In Japan, the National Center for Academic Information Systems (NACSIS), the National Diet Library (NDL), the Information-technology Promotion Agency (IPA), the Japan Information Processing Development Center (JIPDEC) are actively working on digital library projects. In addition, the Japanese Science Council has made a proposal on promotion of digital library environment for research and education in universities.

A Digital Library is the integration of various advanced information technologies, such as high-performance computers and networks, multimedia/hypermedia, artificial intelligence and so on. Social and cultural aspects are as important as technological factors for the success of the digital library--aspects such as intellectual property rights, electronic commerce, and the amassing of library holdings as intellectual and cultural property. It is also crucial to discuss the information environment of universities as they are the largest producers and consumers of academic information.

The Digital Library has also been discussed as a library for the future. Based on the experience of and the products from the digital library projects of the past few years, we can now discuss not only research and development for future libraries but also discuss experiments with and practice issues for the digital library.

This symposium will provide an international forum for papers and discussions by researchers, developers and practitioners in and for Digital Libraries. The symposium topics are not limited, and may include

The symposium will include presentations by invited guests and contributed papers. English is the Symposium language.

Symposium Site: Tsukuba Capio (1-10-1, Takezono, Tsukuba, Ibaraki 305, Japan)
Symposium Language: English

Location - Tsukuba Science City

The Tsukuba Science City is located 60 km north-east of Tokyo; the City has more than 100 research and educational institutions. The Tsukuba Center is located at the center of the Tsukuba Science City. The central bus terminal, CREO (a shopping mall), Tsukuba Daiichi hotel, Tsukuba central post office and other facilities are located at the Tsukuba Center. The symposium site, Tsukuba Capio, is in a walking distance from the Tsukuba Center.
The University of Library and Information Science (ULIS) is a national university of Japan, located at the center of the Tsukuba Science City. (Map around Tsukuba Center, ULIS and Capio)

Direct bus services between the Tsukuba Center and the Narita airport and between the Tsukuba Center and the JR Tokyo station are available. Local bus services from Arakawaoki and Tsuchiura stations of the JR Joban line are also available.

Invited Speakers

Registration and Hotel Reservation

Those who wishes to register and make hotel reservation are requested to fill out the
ISDL'97 Registration/Reservation Form and send it to the Registration Agency together with the payment.

Registration Agency

           Mr. Akira Seo
           Tokyo Travel Service Co., Ltd.
           Toranomon Toyosumi Building, 3-22-11,
           Toranomon, Minato-ku, Tokyo 105, Japan
           Phone: +81-3-3459-6666
           Fax: +81-3-3434-0726


There are two registration categories, Full Registration and One Day Registration.

Full Registration (Pre-registration) should be done no later than Nov. 7 (Fri), 1997. Full Registration will be done under First Come First Served policy.

Those who wish to register in the full-registration category after this deadline, please contact the registration agency or ISDL'97 (

One Day Registration is made only on-site, and is accepted only if Pre-registration is not full.

FYI: We still have enough capacity for participants (Nov. 11).


Payment: To register, complete and return the "ISDL'97 Registration Form" by fax or by postal mail to:

          Mr. Akira Seo
          Tokyo Travel Service Co., Ltd.
          Toranomon Toyosumi Building, 3-22-11,
          Toranomon, Minato-ku, Tokyo 105, Japan
          Fax: +81-3-3434-0726
No email registration is accepted.

Hotel Reservation

Hotel Reservation has been closed.

Confirmation and Receipt

Upon receiving the "ISDL'97 Registration/Hotel Reservation Form" and confirming your remittance of appropriate fee, the Registration Agency will send you a confirmation/receipt slip with your registration number on it. Please make sure that you bring this slip with you at the time of registration.

Hotel Deposit and Refund Policy

In case of cancellation of hotel reservation and application for refund, written notice must be sent to the Registration Agency. Your deposit will be refunded after deducting respective cancellation charge as follows,

cancellation notification received:cancellation charge
9 days or more prior to the date of arrival:1,000 yen
8 to 2 days prior to the date of arrival:3,000 yen
Fewer than 2 days prior or no notice given:100% of your deposit

Contact Addresses:
Univ. of Library and Information Science
1-2, Kasuga, Tsukuba, Ibaraki 305, Japan
phone: +81-298-59-1348 (Shigeo Sugimoto)
fax: +81-298-59-1093

ISDL'95: International Symposium on Digital Libraries 1995
DLnet homepage
August 6, 1997, Updated September 12, 1997; Nov. 1, 1997; Nov. 7, 1997.
Shigeo Sugimoto (