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Information Scientists to Debate Freedom of Information

National Library of Iran in TehranNational Library of Iran in Tehran

Iran’s information scientists are to debate ‘Freedom of Information in Civil Rights’ at their second annual conference.

The National Library of Iran, located at Tehran’s Haqqani Highway will host the Conference of Iran’s Information Scientists on November 6-7.

Professionals will seek to bridge the gap between academia and the people, according to Iranian Library and Information Science Association (

Information science is an interdisciplinary field primarily concerned with the analysis, collection, classification, manipulation, storage, retrieval, movement, dissemination, and protection of information.

Author and researcher Fariborz Khosravi, 61, is the scientific secretary of the conference. Among his numerous research books, he is the author of ‘Censorship: An Analysis of Book Censorship during the Pahlavi Era’, published by Tehran-based Nazar Publications. In his 15-year career in the National Library of Iran, he contributed to structural evolution of the library in particular and Iranian schools of librarianship.

The event’s executive secretary is Seyyed Ebrahim Omrani, member of Iranian Library and Information Science Association and senior advisor to Armook Institute of Technology, Archive, Museum and Library established in 2013 to promote science, technology and education. The institute is affiliated to the Department of Technology of Shahid Beheshti University in Tehran.

Some of the subjects to be discussed at the conference include information services provided to the masses, freedom of information and privacy, green information and green libraries, information literacy and the role of information scientists as well as associations.

Other topics that will be discussed are archived collections: supply, subscription and role of library consortiums in the qualification of contents, digital libraries and challenges; IT in libraries, archives and museums; interaction between software developers and librarians, archivists and curators;  entrepreneurship in the field of information sciences; information marketing; intellectual property rights; and scientometrics: applications and techniques.

The term information scientist developed in the latter part of the 20th century to describe an individual, usually with a relevant subject degree or high level of subject knowledge, providing focused information to scientific and technical research staff in industry, a role quite distinct from and complementary to that of a librarian.  

The convergence to some extent between the roles of librarian and information scientist, have led to a diminution in its use in this context, and the term information officer or information professional are also now used.


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