Fifteenth International Conference on Grey Literature
The Grey Audit: A Field Assessment in Grey Literature
2-3 December 2013
Slovak Centre of Scientific and Technical Information, CVTI SR Bratislava, Slovak Republic
The Fifteenth International Conference in the GL-Series provides the grey literature community an inclusive platform from which to assess developments in their field of information. Over the past two decades, since the very launch of this conference series, information science has been significantly impacted by social and technological developments. This gives sufficient cause for an audit in the field of grey literature – drawing upon accomplishments, assessing limitations, and projecting a sustained course of action.
A field assessment of grey literature extends well beyond library and information science, for it includes the assessment of grey literature produced and published in other sciences as well as government, business and industry. Information professionals and practitioners also become a part of this assessment, for it is they who carry out research in specific fields and make results available to their respective communities and wider public audiences.
The Grey Audit seeks to ascertain the validity and reliability of information and data produced in the grey circuit. It further seeks to measure the cost effectiveness of investing in grey literature both in material as well as human resources. The Grey Audit sets out to examine accepted standards applied in processing and distributing grey literature in an effort to identify guidelines for good practice that will be of benefit well into our 21st Century. Such examples of good practice will no doubt impact policy, which in turn will ensure future programs where grey literature is deployed.
In order to carry out The Grey Audit, information professionals with previous involvement in grey literature, as well as those new to the field are encouraged to respond to this year’s Call for Papers.
GL15 Keynote Speaker
Prof. Dr. Debbie Rabina, Pratt Institute
Debbie Rabina is associate professor at Pratt Institute, School of Information and Library Science. Her research and teaching are within the areas of information policy, official information and scholarly communication, and informed by the belief that societies that exercise a policy of open dissemination of and access to information are those that allow their citizenry to achieve personal and societal goals. Debbie is immediate past member of the Depository Library Council, an advisory board to the Public Printer of the United States, heads and World Information Societies and Environments concentration at Pratt and is a member of the Content working group of the Library of Congress, National Digital Stewardship Alliance. She publishes regularly in the LIS field, most recently in Journal of Documentation, JELIS, Advances in Librarianship and The Grey Journal.
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