BOBCATSSS is an annual symposium organised by students at a number of universities in Europe. It takes place under the auspices of EUCLID (European Association for Library and Information Education and Research) and deals with themes from library and information science. Every year it is organized, managed and provided with content by students from an Eastern and Western European university. The universities have in common that they educate in the field of Library and Information sciences. Target groups of the BOBCATSSS-Symposiums are information specialists, students, professors in the field of Library and Information Education and Research and employees of libraries and information departments.

The name BOBCATSSS is an acronym and describes the university network. The letters stand for the first letters of the cities of the universities that initiated the BOBCATSSS symposium in 1993: Budapest, Oslo, Barcelona, Copenhagen, Amsterdam, Tampere, Stuttgart, Szombathely and Sheffield. During the last years further members from Borås, Riga, Kharkiv, Moscow, Tallinn, Toru, Warsaw, Sofia, Ljubljana, Krak. This years conference is co-organised by the University of Parma, Italy  & Manchester Metropolitan University, UK.

It is unique that teams of students, supervised by academics, plan and realise both the content and the management of the symposium as a part of their studies. The students are responsible for every aspect of arranging the conference, from marketing and financing to logistics and abstract and paper management. Due to this they profit a lot by border crossing and teamwork with other European countries.


2009 Porto, Portugal Challenges for the new information professional University of Tampere, Finland and University of Porto, Portugal; http://www.uta.fi/conference/bobcatsss2009/

2008 Zadar, Croatia Providing access to information for everyone Humboldt University Berlin, Germany, University of Osijek, Croatia, University of Applied Sciences Potsdam, Germany, University of Zadar, Croatia http://www.bobcatsss2008.org/; Edoc-server of the Humboldt-University Berlin; Programme pages Flickr

2007 Prague, Czech Republic Marketing of Information Services Charles University, Czech Republic, Media University Stuttgart, Germany and University of Applied Sciences Konstanz, Germany http://www.bobcatsss.org/

2006 Tallinn, Estonia Information, Innovation, Responsibility: Information professional in the Network Society Tallinn University, Estonia and Royal School of Library and Information Science, Denmark

2005 Budapest, Hungary Librarianship in the information age Eötvös Loránd University, Budapest and Oslo University College, Norway

2004 Riga, Latvia Library and Information in Multicultural Societies University College of Borås, Sweden and University of Latvia http://medlem.spray.se/bobcatsss/

2003 Torun, Poland Information Policy and the European Union Universitas Nicolai Copernici Torun, Poland and Hogeschool van Amsterdam, Netherlands

2002 Portoroz, Slovenia Hum@n Beings and Information Specialists. Future Skills, Qualifications, Positioning Filozofska fakulteta - Oddelek za bibliotekarstvo Ljubljana, Slovenia and University of Applied Sciences Stuttgart, Germany

2001 Vilnius, Lithuania Knowledge, Information and Democracy in the Open Society: the Role of the Library and Information Sector Oslo University College JBI Faculty, Norway and Vilnius University, Lithuania http://www.stud.hio.no/~bobcats/index.html

2000 Krakow, Poland Intellectual Property versus The Right to Knowledge? Royal School of Librarianship, Denmark

1999 Bratislava, Slovakia Learning Society - Learning Organisation - Lifelong Learning University of Applied Sciences Stuttgart, Germany, University of Applied Sciences Darmstadt, Germany and University of Bratislava, Slovakia

1998 Budapest, Hungary Shaping the Knowledge Society Royal School of Librarianship, Denmark

1997 Budapest, Hungary New Book Economy / International Symposium Marketing and Developing New Information Products and Services in Europe Hogeschool van Amsterdam, Netherlands http://bobcatsss.meulie.net/97/

1996 Budapest, Hungary Quality of Information Services Hogeschool van Amsterdam, Netherlands http://bobcatsss.meulie.net/96/

1995 Budapest, Hungary Marketing and Development of New Information Products and Services in Europe Hogeschool van Amsterdam, Netherlands

1994 Budapest, Hungary The Future of Librarianship Hogeschool van Amsterdam, Netherlands

1993 Budapest, Hungary The Role of Libraries Today, Tomorrow and Beyond Hogeschool van Amsterdam, Netherlands