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Wed. 28 November 2018

15th Annual Meeting of Swiss Sports Documentalists hosted by the FIFA World Football Museum in Zurich

On 22nd November 2018 the members of the Swiss Sports Documentalists network gathered for the 15th time since the group was first established in 2003, with the goal of exchanging information about available resources and services of each institution in order to better orientate researchers in Switzerland with their topics linked to sports.

The informal yearly gatherings were initiated fifteen years ago by CIES librarian Marie-Claude Borel. Following the concept of the get-togethers, one of the institutions hosts each year all the participants. Besides learning about the operation of the institutions and their new collections and services, a conference is held and a tour of the host institution is organized.

It is a big fulfillment to meet for the third time in Zürich at FIFA (2004, 2011 and 2018). Switzerland is like a paradise for sports studies with so many libraries, study centres and archives which gather extensive collections in a wide range of disciplines and in various languages.”, said devotedly Marie-Claude Borel.

To celebrate the 15th assembly, the Librarian, Michael Schmalholz and the Deputy Head of Creative, Marc Zappimbulso at the FIFA World Football Museum warmly welcomed the group and ensured a fruitful working day for this special anniversary meeting. “It’s such a pleasure to welcome you all to the FIFA World Football Museum. Hosting the latest installment in this series, which Marie-Claude established 15 years ago, is a real privilege for us. Through her project, sports libraries, archives and study centres in Switzerland are much better connected today than they were before and thus able to provide a better and more integrated service to our users. All of this would not have been possible without her far-sighted initiative.”, pronounced Michael Schmalholz at the beginning of the day.

If you would like to know more about the network, you may visit the blog All of these institutions intend making students, researchers, professors or interested members of the public life easier in accessing information they require for their research. 

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