General Information
Travel Information

General Information

We are pleased to announce that the LISA (Library and Information Services in Astronomy) V conference will be hosted by the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics (CfA) and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Libraries in Cambridge, Massachusetts, June 18-21, 2006.

Thus, 18 years after LISA I, the conference will return to the U.S. Cambridge is well-located on the East coast, minutes away from Boston, and can be easily reached from many places in the world. The conference will be held in the Harvard University Science Center located in Harvard Square Cambridge, only steps away from hotels, restaurants, theaters and shops. Inexpensive guest rooms are only a short metro ride away.

The conference theme will be: Common Challenges, Uncommon Solutions.

Various sizes of the conference poster can be found here.

Call for Papers

The official Call for Papers has passed. The submission deadline was September 30, 2005.

Information for Authors

The editorial team for the LISA V conference proceedings has set up a website with instruction for authors at

Information for Speakers

The length of your presentation should be no more than 15 minutes; a question and answer period of 10 minutes will follow at the end of each session.

Please prepare easy-to-follow visual aids, for instance a graphical presentation using PowerPoint (.ppt) or a similar presentation software. This will help non-native English speakers in understanding your presentation. Should you need assistance with creating a .ppt presentation, please let us know.

At the meeting site, the following equipment will be available:

Microphone and podium
Computer -- PC with Microsoft software
Digital video projector
Slide projector
Overhead projector
Laser pointer

Harvard Science Center Media Services staff will be on hand to set up the equipment and provide some assistance to those speakers who bring their own computers. Media Services can provide pre-conference troubleshooting to check for compatibility between Science Center applications and the speakers' software versions if they receive the Powerpoint files 1 month to 2 weeks in advance of the conference.
They will work with the author to resolve any technical issues and have the files loaded on the Science Center-supplied computer. Files should be compressed if they are large and can be emailed to Please let us know if you have further questions.

Information for Poster Presenters

Posters will be up during the entire conference (June 19-21, 2006). Each poster presenter will have a space of 4 ft by 4 ft (approx. 1m by 1m). The poster boards are 4 ft by 8 ft foam boards, each holding 2 posters per side. Please note that no velcro, glue, or tape can be used to fix the posters to these boards. The organizers will supply push pins for people to put up their posters.

Friends of LISA V

The Friends of LISA (FOL) Committee is once again raising money to assist astronomy librarians in resource-poor countries to attend this conference by collecting sufficient funds to cover their housing, a small per diem, and, in some cases, travel expenses.

LISA V Committees

Preliminary Organizing Committee (POC)
Local Organizing Committee (LOC)
Friends of LISA (FOL)
Conference Host Taskforce
Scientific Organizing Committee (SOC)


Content from previous LISA conferences can be found here.

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