Library Strategies for New Generation Users: The 33rd Annual IATUL Conference by  Leon F.H. Ma – New Asia College Ch’ien Mu Library, The Chinese University of Hong Kong | The Information Professional |
Founded in 1955, the IATUL (International Association of Scientific and Technological University Libraries) is an international forum for the exchange of ideas on library matters related to technological universities around the ...
With an aim to develop new strategies and services to engage users more effectively in a multifaceted and rapidly changing information environment, the conference focused on the following three major areas:

Technology and innovations in libraries and their impact on learning, research and users.
Changes in learning, research and information needs and behaviour of users.
Trends, possibilities and scenarios for user-centred libraries.
One of the main themes of the conference this year was the application of social media in learning, teaching and research environment for new generation users.
In addition to a number of presentations on social networking applications, an interactive social media forum was held to share views from librarians, faculty members, students and social media professionals.

The 34th IATUL Conference will be held from April 14-18, 2013 in Cape Town, South Africa. Conference website: