The International Association of Scientific and Technological University Libraries (IATUL) met this summer at Purdue University (Indiana, USA) to discuss "The Evolving World of e-Science."

The role of libraries in e-science, or the changing way that scientific research is done in the digital information age, has been slowly becoming clearer, as Tony Hey reminded us, nearly a decade after his 2003 article "The Data Deluge: An e-Science Perspective" first outlined the roles of university libraries. Also, Rick Luce (Emory University) highlighted a key need that libraries could support: tools and applications for data during the research phases of the data life-cycle. He explained that somewhere between creating and archiving researchers are looking for better applications for managing data, enabling collaborations and supporting cross-institutional access to research. Here are some IATUL conference highlights of tools and web resources that libraries are creating and using to support e-science. For more on the conference and the full text of the papers presented, see http://docs.lib.purdue.edu/iatul2010/.