On behalf of the Deutsche Nationalbibliothek / German National Library (DNB), the Hessischer Rundfunk / Hessian Broadcasting (hr) and the Deutsches Rundfunkarchiv / German Public Broadcasting Archives (DRA) it is our pleasure to invite you to the 42nd IASA annual conference to be held in Frankfurt am Main, Germany from September 3rd to 8th, 2011.

Frankfurt am Main is a dynamic and international financial and trade fair city which boasts the most imposing skyline in Germany. Many visitors associate this image with the metropolis located on the Main River.

But this city in the very heart of Germany and Europe also offers many other facets. In the shadow of the skyscrapers you'll find cozy Ebbelwei pubs and the bustling city with its numerous historic attractions. Frankfurt is not only proud of its most famous son, Johann Wolfgang von Goethe. The Frankfurt Cathedral has been seen as a symbol of national unity in Germany, especially during the 19th century. You will also find the Paulskirche in Frankfurt, a church with important political symbolism in Germany. It was consecrated as a Protestant church in 1789 and in 1848-1849 it became the seat of the Frankfurt Parliament, the first publicly and freely elected governing body in Germany. Interesting attractions in and around Frankfurt will make your stay a great experience. We welcome you warmly to our city!

This will be the fifth time the IASA conference takes place in Germany. The theme of the conference will be "Digital Sense and Nonsense: Digital Decision Making in Sound and Audiovisual Collections", and we hope that the conference theme will encourage you to join our discussions. You’ll find an overview of all the sessions, the subjects and subthemes in the preliminary program.

Enjoy our conference and your stay in the beautiful city Frankfurt am Main!

Anke Leenings
Chair of the IASA 2011 Conference Organising Committee