Plenary Session I (Wednesday, 13 Sept, 14.30 – 15.30) Chair: Arne Jakobsson (Norway)

- M. Anibaba (
Romania): Modern librarians
- M. Acalovschi (
Romania): E-publishing develops rapidly in Romania: the experience of a recently established medical journal

Plenary Session II (Thursday, 14 Sept, 9.00 - 10.00) Chair: Suzanne Bakker (The Netherlands)

- M. Fishel, B. Lyon (USA): Development of PubMed Central, back issue scanning project, NLM’s open access NIH manuscript project
- R. Kiley (UK):
Open access: a funder's perspective

Plenary Session III (Friday, 15 Sept, 9.00 - 10.00) Chair: Elisabeth Husem (Norway)

- F. Pasleau (Belgium ): Easy access to medical literature: are users’ habits changing? Is it a threat to Science quality?
- G. van den Brekel (
Netherlands): Into the User Environment now!: How the users changed and how the libraries can adjust


Parallel Session I (Wednesday, 13 Sept, 15.30 – 16.30)

Ia (Access to publications) Chair: Maurella Della Seta (Italia)

- A. Parrical (
Switzerland ): Use of free web ressources to locate medical documents: examples taken from the CHUV library

- F. Rump (
Germany ): Searchin’? – Got the Dot Com Blues? – here is a Remedy
- I. Le Bis, S. Devaux, G. Lewison, O. Grimaud, A.E. Clarke, A. Gatine (France): Assessing European public health research through a bibliometric analysis: Methods used for the SPHERE project

Ib (Library informatics) Chair: Astrid Müller (Norway)

- P. Chalon, L. Alexandre-Joaquim , C. Naget, C. Becquart (
Belgium ) : Open your mind! Selecting and implementing an integrated library system: the open-source opportunity slides, text
- G. Karacsony, E. Jofoldi (Hungary): Utilizing Diverse Internet Resources for Scientific Research with a Metasearch Clustering Engine
- B. Madge, A. Gilles (UK): Knowledge management for primary care: a difficult case?

Ic (Education and learning) Chair: Linda Lisgarten (United Kingdom)

- B. Niedzwiedzka (
Poland ): Searching skills training may not be enough. Experiences from information competency program
- T. Heino (
Finland): Information and Communication Technology (ICT) Driving License at the University of Helsinki
- E. Padar
(Hungary): Library informatics: an online course for distance learners by the Veterinary Science Library

Id (History of medicine) Chair: Tony McSean (United Kingdom)

- L. Kozuma,
S. Greenberg (USA): IndexCat – Content and Relevance for non-English Sources in the History of Medicine
- A. M. Gherman (
Romania): The Romanian Enlightenment in Transylvania and in medicine
- M. Teissier (
France): A brief history of the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE)

Parallel Session II (Thursday, 14 Sept, 14.00 - 15.30)

IIa (Access to publications) Chair: Barbara Niedzwiedzka (Poland)

- E. Poltronieri, C. Morciano, T. Niglio, C. Sellitri, R. Solimini (Italy): Setting-up an institutional repository at the Italian National Institute of Health: results from a survey
- A. Chaleplioglou (Greece): Digital medical libraries: a step ahead for Open Access
- A. Lawton (Ireland): Creating a digital media archive of Irish health information
- M. Wilhelm, O. van Staveren (Netherlands): Institutional repository in a teaching hospital

IIb (Our profession) Chair: Jelka Petrak (Croatia)

K. Austveg, H. Fossum, I. M. Juul, A. Munthe (Norway): A user satisfaction survey : the process of learning by doing
- M. Heijmans, H. Ket (
Netherlands ): Nursing the nurses’ literature: challenging you to become a clinical librarian for nurses!
- O. Riondet, L. Stefanescu (
France ): The role of “information brokers” in therapeutics research
I. Fourie, R. Claasen-Veldsman (South Africa): Exploring the need for current awareness services via the www: oncology nurses as example

IIc (Education and learning) Chair: Jarmila Potomkova (Czech Republic)

- K. Buset, S. Kvale (Norway): Increasing information literacy at NTNU and St.Olavs hospital - Implementation of an e-learning tool
- M. Dozier, F. Brown (UK): Strategic contacts for curricular integration of information skills
- I. Truccolo, G. Cognetti, W. Russell-Edu, A. Bogliolo (Italy): Patients and cancer in the Internet age: guided pathways for diseases
- K. Czabanowska, E. Nowak, E. Rys (Poland): Improving English language performance of medical library professionals

IId (Veterinary group session) Chair: Friedhelm Rump (Germany)

- L. Fruttini, E. Piras, I. Massirio, M. Bucciarelli, S. Guarise, L. Pitaro, E. Aliberti, A. D’Orazi, L. Lombardi, P. Gradito (Italy): An open archive for II.ZZ.SS. publications
- R. Iivonen, S. Suckcharoen, H. Myllys (Finland): Mentoring in the Viikki Science Library. Case: veterinary librarianship
- K. Miszori, B. Winkler (Hungary): Children of the information society: a student survey for strategic planning
- E. Piras, R. Ciappelloni, L. Garau, S. Guarise, A. D’Orazi, M. Bucciarelli, F. Capuano, E. Aliberti, L. Lombardi, P. Gradito (Italy): Prevention in livestock diseases in Italy: history and records

Parallel Session III (Friday, 15 Sept, 10.30 - 11.30)

IIIa (Access to publications) Chair: Marta Viragos (Hungary)

I. Schoedt, H. Christensen, C. Skrubbeltrang (Denmark): How to establish good and equal access to electronic resources for health care personnel in Danish health libraries
- J-P. Lardy,
S. Dalhoumi, O. Larouk (France): Open access at the University of Lyon : a comparative and disciplinary approach
- M. Parakova, H. Bouzkova, J. Potomkova,
E. Lesenkova (Czech Republic): A multi-institution collaborative project filling vital information needs of biomedical research community

IIIb (Information policy) Chair: Eva Alopaeus (Sweden)

- L. Dorrington (
UK): The development of an information policy for Imperial College London medical library
- L. Qafoku (
Albania): The introduction of EBL principles and the start of their application in Albania
- M. Krog (
Norway): Marketing library services – our way of doing it

IIIc (Searching tools) Chair: Anne Parrical (Switzerland)

- M. Della Seta, R. Cammarano (
Italy ): Google Scholar and Science Citation Index: analogies and differences in citation analysis of scientific publications
- L. Iselid (
Sweden): Critical assessment of Web of Science, Scopus and Google Scholar
- S. Bakker (
Netherlands): Scientometric and bibliometric tools

IIId (WHO group session) Chair: Päivi Pekkarinen (Finland)

- T. Allen (Switzerland): Global Health Library - A WHO Initiative for Access to Health Knowledge
- A. Dumitrescu , M. Ghitoc, D. Berluteau Tsouros (Denmark): Electronic publishing for public health
- T. Kaigorodova (Russia): Guidelines on using of WHO web-resources to improve access for Russian speaking consumers

Parallel Session IV (Friday, 15 Sept, 14.00 - 15.00)

IVa (Library informatics) Chair: Patricia Flor (Norway)

- M. Calonge Contreras, G. Powell (
UK ): The National Public Health Language
- E. Giesenhagen, H-P. Dauben (
Germany ): Trusting the evidence – the quality question
- J. Vejvalka (
Czech Republic): Documenting the semantics of medical data

IVb (Information policy) Chair: Francisca Maria Ribes Cot (Spain)

- I. de Kaenel (Switzerland): Interlibrary loan and document delivery: a new deal in the “big deals” era
- R. Ferrara, D. Gentili, V. Ponzani (Italy): How “free” we are: Survey of the Italian policy in the document supply service
- J. Harrison, S. Nikoi (UK): “Click , click quick ” an electronic acute services current awareness service for the NHS

IVc (History of medicine) Chair: Meilė Kretavičienė (Lithuania)

- J-F. Vincent (France): History of medicine and Internet at the Bibliotheque Interuniversitaire de Medecine et d’Odontologie
- P. De Castro, M. Di Benedetto, S. Modigliani, F. Napolitani, A. M. Rossi, S. Salinetti, A. Spurio (Italy): Preserving historical memories in scientific institutions: the experience of the National Institute of Health in Italy
- C. Barsu (Romania): V.L. Bologa – Founder of the Cluj medical books historical collection

IVd (Our profession) Chair: Donna Flake  (USA)

- T. Ovaska (
Finland ): The Possibilities of Horizontal Career Development and the Changing Roles of Librarians
- D. Eskildsen Stenbaek (
Denmark ): How do you nurse your journal collection?
- J. Ginestet, G. F. Miranda (France): Information professional in a fast growing environment. How we are able to keep the challenge?


For the first time an EAHIL conference will feature 2 Empowerment sessions in addition to parallel sessions. This idea was formed by Eva Alopaeus (Sweden) and Patricia Flor (Norway) as an opportunity for participants to discuss, in depth, certain topics in an interactive environment.

What is an empowerment session?
The purpose of an empowerment session is to give an overview for participants with different levels of experience with the topic in question. An empowerment session can be in the form of a continuing education course, a lecture, or a mixture of these presentation forms. It will be practical rather than theoretical in nature. There will be altogether 6 empowerment sessions on different subjects, relevant and current for all medical librarians. The facilitators are all well known names in EAHIL with excellent experience in their chosen subjects.

Empowerment Session 1 : Thursday September 14, 10.30 – 11.30 am

Session A

Establishing an Institutional Repository: A Step by Step Approach

Arne Jakobsson, University of Oslo Library. Library of Medicine and Health Sciences.
E-mail: p.a.jakobsson@

Libraries are today engaged in the creation and dissemination of knowledge. Our role has changed from a manager of scholarly products to that of a participant in the scholarly communication process. By setting up, promoting and managing institutional repositories, libraries have created a stable location where scientific information produced by the institute can be preserved and disseminated. The institutional repositories are OAI-compliant. OAI-PMH (Open Archives Initiative - Protocol for Metadata Harvesting) defines a mechanism for data providers to expose their metadata. Service Providers use metadata harvested via the OAI-PMH as a basis for building value-added services. The challenge in setting up an institutional repository is not a technological issue (although the problems of long-term preservation are very far from being solved), but consists of managerial, organizational and cultural issues. This session will focus on the managerial, organizational and cultural issues. In addition to the step by step approach, DUO – the e-print repository for the University of Oslo and NORA (Norwegian Open Research Archives) a national gateway for institutional repositories in Norway will be presented.

Arne Jakobsson has, since 1 May 1999, been the Library Director for the University of Oslo Library, Library of Medicine and Health Sciences. He is project leader for DUO ( – the institutional repository at the University of Oslo and for NORA – Norwegian Open Research Archives ( He is currently President of EAHIL (European Association for Health Information and Libraries) (

Session B

Use of Weblogs by Libraries and Librarians

Oliver Obst, Zweigbibliothek Medizin, Universitäts- und Landesbibliothek, MÜNSTER, Germany
E- Mail :

To be well informed and always up to date, you have to read blogs and subscribe to RSS feeds in these days - especially if you are an information specialist. This session will empower you to start a weblog by your own. You learn about the many ways weblogs could be used. We will take a tour through a number of sucessful weblogs of libraries and librarians and look at the differences. Weblogs can be used for your personal thoughts or as a library homepage - there are endless and exciting possibilities to integrate this tool into your daily live. We will discuss the benefits of "blogging" - e.g. marketing, customer relationship, reputation, visibility, community building.

Oliver Obst started his career as a researcher in cardiovascular medicine before being attracted by library science. Currently he is the head of the Central Medical Library of the University and Regional Library Munster, Germany. He founded the Journal "medicine, library, information" and for 13 years he has initiated homepages, mailing lists, and weblogs related to medical librarianship and also holds workshops in this domain.

Session C

Accreditation and Professional Development

Suzanne Bakker (Netherlands) and Helen Bouzkova, (Czech Republic)

Accreditation and Professional Development

Many parties might be involved (and could be called “stakeholders”) in the accreditation process of medical information professionals. EAHIL has noted a growing interest (both national and on a European level) and probably a need for professional accreditation in general, and also in the field of medical information professionals. EAHIL aims to organize the accreditation structure for medical librarians and information professionals in the medical, health, pharmaceutical and veterinary field (see also McSean & Salmi, JEAHIL 2005;1(2):14-15). In this respect the Bologna harmonizing project of education and the CERTIdoc initiative are important to establish the framework.

Criteria for accreditation must be set and acknowledged by stakeholders: e.g., we all would like to see our employers to appreciate our level of skills and knowledge and to show this in suitable job descriptions and payment. Health insurance companies must be convinced of the impact on the quality of patient care of information services, and governments as well should be aware of the need of these services for the quality of medical education and practice.

Where to start an accreditation process?
During this empowerment session we will discuss the possible roles and responsibilities of: individual healh information professionals, (national / medical) library associations and EAHIL.
Furthermore we will map the context of health librarianship and the developments that are important for the accreditation process, such as: international developments in health librarianship, developments in medicine (e.g. EBM), standards and accreditation systems for library education and courses, and cooperation with already existing accrediting bodies.

Depending on the (national) circumstances it could be wise to seek alliances with:
- medical professional bodies (quality of care)
- trade unions (employee organizations)
- employers (for appropriate job requirements, job descriptions, salaries and facilities for professional development)
- patient organizations (quality of care and patient information)

The course leaders will illustrate this by presenting examples from their home countries in this respect:
- for the Czech Republic:
- benchmarking projects and the leading role of the National Medical Library
- indicators for skills and knowledge of library staff
- European guidelines for education
- for the Netherlands:
-educational needs
-continuing education courses
-clinical librarianship

Helena Bouzkova began her professional career as an information specialist in medical libraries in Hradec Kralové and Prague. She has been working as the Director of the National Medical Library in Prague since 1998. Her professional activities comprise participation in library associations and institutions and also in the organization of medical library cooperation in the Czech Republic in the area of quality evaluation of activities of public libraries, including the problems of professional education of medical librarians. She is a member of the EAHIL Board. e-mail:

Suzanne Bakker has been Library Director since 1984 of the medical libraries of the University of Nijmegen, the University of Amsterdam and since 1998 of the Netherlands Cancer Institute. She is an active member of the biomedical information group (BMI) of the Dutch Library Association (NVB), as Editor of the newsletter Biomeditaties and as Chair of the Continuing Education committee (see also:

Empowerment Session 2 : Friday September 15, 11.30 – 12.30 am

Session A

A User-Friendly Approach to Becoming an Evidence Based Practitioner

Anne Brice, Acting Head of Service, National Library for Health, England

What does evidence based practice mean? Are we doing it already? How can we use some simple tools and techniques to improve our use of research?
These and other questions will be covered in this brief introduction to evidence-based practice, drawing on examples takenfrom practical experience. Evidence-based practice involves applying the results from research to our day-to-day practice as information staff, in order to improve the service we provide our users. This topic should be of interest to all information professionals, whether new or established, and working in all areas and the session will focus on providing some simple techniques that anyone can apply. The session will also include some interaction from the audience to prevent boredom and encourage collaboration!

Session B

The Hunt for the Perfect Interface in a Googlified World

Lars Iselid, Librarian at the Umeå university Library, Sweden.

Search engines as search tools are common everyday tools among library users today, at least in the industrial world. Google especially, whose remarkable success has made the verb googling a common buzzword, has set the standard for searching. Its clean-cut interface and search solutions have today a great impact on people’s information seeking behaviour. What should libraries think about when building or buying interfaces in today’s googlified world? How should libraries reach a perfect interface for their patrons? Is a perfect interface a possibility or just a utopian dream? Why have libraries in the digital world left the power of the interfaces to Google and other vendors, which they did not do earlier in the printed world?

Lars Iselid is the co-founder of the search engine blog
He is the co-author of a Swedish textbook on searching the Internet and also a freelancing journalist for Swedish library and computer magazines.

Session C

An Introduction to Consumer Health Informatics and New Methods of Delivering Information to Patients

Bruce Madge, Sub Librarian, British Medical Association.
Professor Alan Gillies, Professor of Information Management, University of Central Lancashire.

This empowerment session will introduce delegates to the principles of consumer health informatics and some of the more useful websites that make information accessible to patients. We will also look at some new technologies that will help patients access relevant and useful information about their own conditions and treatments.

Bruce Madge is a librarian with 30 years experience in the health sector. He has worked in the area of health informatics for a number of years and due to this, is currently serving on the Council of UKCHIP. Before coming to his current post at the BMA Library, he was employed as Assistant Director for Patient Information at the newly established National Patient Safety Agency. In 1995 he was appointed as Head of Healthcare Information at the British Library where he had a national profile and managed a number of projects. He has also worked in NHS Libraries for a number of years. He is currently Chair of the Health and Biosciences Libraries Committee of IFLA and a member of EAHIL Council.

Alan Gillies has been Professor of Information Management at the University of Central Lancashire since 1994. His PhD, probably the first to be awarded by the University of Central Lancashire in 1992, was in problem solving methodology using knowledge based systems. After nearly five years at Salford University in what is now the ISI, he returned to Preston, and in 1998 joined the newly formed Lancs. Postgrad. School of Medicine and Health. In 2001 was awarded Doctor Honoris Causa by the University of Medicine and Pharmacy in Cluj Napoca. Alan is a Fellow of the BCS and has been involved with UKCHIP since its inception.


1. F. Kriz (Czech Republic): Electronic resources management in national medical library Prague:opportunities, tools, practices
2. H. Markulin (Croatia): Evidence-based answering service : A Croatian experience
3. D. Zdenkova (Czech Republic): One short paragraph of medical information open book – Czech Republic and its Pilsner region
4. S. Pizzarelli, F. Napolitani (Italy): Google Book search: an in-depth, innovative discovery tool for printed books
5. M. R. Bateni (Iran): The study of ideas of Esfahan University of Medical Sciences, research project executers in 2004.
6. F. Bolkunova (Uzbekistan): The priorities of the medical library
7. L. Maixnerova, L. Curinova, S. Krysl (Czech Republic): Historical book collections processing in the National Medical Library of Czech Republic
8. P. Saraiva, E. Clamote (Portugal): 191 Years of the Lisbon Faculty of Medicine Library
9. N. Trzan-Herman, D. Poljansek (Slovenia): Medicinal history in Lavicka library-collection in Slovenia
10. M. Vugrin, R. Wood (USA): Opening Pandora’s Box: Redux. An Exercise in Inventorying Special Collections
11. V. Scutaru, C. Bonciu (Romania): How Internet is used for searching medical information at the Medical University Library of Iasi
12. C. Bonciu, V. Scutaru (Romania): Resource acquisition in the health sciences library. Combining traditional and modern methods
13. C. Ferri, G. Loffredo, P. Gradito, A. I. Bozzano (Italy): Knock, knock… knocking on our users’ door… Information policy at Istituto Zooprofilattico Sperimentale delle regioni Lazio e Toscana: A case study
14. M. Meira (Portugal): When The Library is not a priority at a biomedical research institute: defining a strategic plan in a period of change
15. M. Sieradzka-Fleituch, L. Stalmach, A. Uryga (Poland): Harmony of contrasts - distant library on the desk
16. R. Coravu, A. Rapeanu, C. Dovinca (Romania): Central University Library “Carol I” of Bucharest – A paradigm shift
17. I. LeBis, S. Devaux, O. Grimaud, G. Lewison, M. Gatineau, N. Roberts, A. Clarke (France): Assessing European public health research though a bibliometric analysis : methods used for the SPHERE project
18. A. Simova, L. Maixnerova (Czech Republic): The online Czech Translation of MeSH
19. I. Aciu, D. Marineanu, G. Pirjol, S. Wood-Lamont (Romania): Medical libraries and librarians in Romania. An overview
20. S. Goldbolt (UK): Building partnerships in health information. New strategies and new horizons
21. J. van Meel, S. Janssen, L. Lohstroh, M. Emmerzaal (Netherlands): Plan, do, act, CHECK: our user satisfaction survey
22. K. Wockats (Sweden): Library and arts for young patients at Sahlgrenska University Hospital, Göteborg, Sweden
23. P. Parodi, M. Della Seta, M. C. Calicchia (Italy): A model of public health information in Europe: the avian influenza
24. A. Fassina, G. Bertin, M. Consuma (Italy): Electronic information resources: impact on physicians and healthcare professionals using CME curricula
25. A. Drdulova (Czech Republic): Education of the user of public information services provided by the specialised library of the NCON
26. M. Hopeakoski-Nurminen, A. Uusitalo, P. Helminen, T. Oker-Blom (Findland): Assurance of the quality of user education in Viikki Science Library
27. M. Hopeakoski-Nurminen, T. Oker-Blom (Findland): Student feedback on teaching information retrieval
28. L. Puia, I. Aciu, S. Wood-Lamont, I. Robu (Romania): User education: from induction tours to university curriculum. Case presentation
29. B. Mauer-Gorska (Poland): Health promotion as the activity of public and school libraries
30. D. Pieri, R. Sato, P. Mazzon, L. Meggiorn (Italy): In the fog? Use the library blog!
31. A. Miguel Alonso (Spain): Development of biosanitary knowledge in 19thc Spain through theses in the Complutense University Madrid
32. R. Iivonen,  A. Uusitalo, M. Hopeakoski-Nurminen (Finland): Pharmaceutical and veterinary information services in Viikki Science Library
33. C. Fraga Medin, C.B. Canales, S.H. Villegas(Spain): SciELO-Spain: Open Access to Scientific Information

Scientific Programme Awards

There will be four prizes given at the 10th EAHIL conference:

Best Oral Presentation overall
Best Oral Presentation from a participant under 40 years old

Best Poster overall
Best Poster from a first -timer at an EAHIL Conference

The prizes will be as follows:

A trophy and 300 euros for each of the oral presentation awards

A trophy and 200 euros for each of the poster presentation awards

Benoit Thirion (Chair of the IPC) has assembled an international team of evaluators who will attend at least two sessions each, throughout the Scientific Programme. The evaluation criteria used are:

Oral Presentation Evaluation Criteria