Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Apply for the EIFL Public Library Innovation Award

The new EIFL (Electronic Information for Libraries) Public Library Innovation Award for public library services that improve lives is open for applications. 

The award is open to all public and community libraries in developing and transition countries that use digital technology (ICT) to improve lives in their communities by addressing any of the following issues, which are included in the UN 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.
  • Economic wellbeing and employment
  • Farming and sustainable agriculture
  • Health and hygiene
  • Digital inclusion
  • Gender equality and empowerment of women and girls
  • Education for all
  • Climate change and other issues affecting the environment
Learn more about the award at http://bit.ly/2gfCyhx

The prize includes US$1,500 and wide publicity through EIFL’s global communication channels and networks.

The deadline for submitting applications is 11 January 2018. 
Applications will be accepted in English, French, Russian and Spanish.

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

IRRT Papers & Projects Committee Call for Propsals for ALA Annual Conference 2018

The American Library Association's International Relations Roundtable Papers and Projects Committee invites proposals for presentations to be made at the next ALA Annual Conference in New Orleans, Louisiana, USA. Presentations will be delivered at the International Papers Session scheduled in June 2018. The International Papers and Projects Program provides librarians with an opportunity to exchange information about library services, collections and projects throughout the world. The program also serves to stimulate the interest of U.S. librarians in international library matters. We invite presentation proposals based on the International Papers and Projects 2018 theme: 

Libraries supporting social inclusion for refugees and immigrants 
UNESCO emphasizes the importance of social inclusion for international migrants and encourages cities and local governments to "ensure social rights for migrants to adequate housing, education, health and social care, welfare and decent standard of living according to basic needs such as food, energy and water.” Libraries can play an important role in helping new arrivals acclimate and thrive in a new community. 

Do you have a story to share about how your library, on its own or in collaboration with community organizations, is providing social services and support for refugees and immigrants? Do you have advice on creating successful programming to support refugees and immigrants?

Proposals, presentations, and papers must be written and delivered in English, which is the working language of the program. 
Proposals should include: 
1. Title of the presentation 
2. Name, title, institutional affiliation, and full contact information (including a valid e-mail address) for each presenter 
3. Abstract (300-500 words) 
4. A short biographical profile of each presenter
Proposals should be submitted electronically (as a single Microsoft Word or PDF attachment) to the International Relations Office via email at intl@ala.org with a copy to jsolis@email.unc.edu and paromitabiswas7@gmail.com. 

Deadline for proposal submissions is December 31, 2017
Four proposals will be selected to present at the ALA Annual Meeting in June 2018. Notification of acceptance will be emailed by February 15, 2018. 
The International Papers and Projects Program is 1.5 hours total. Presentations should run about 20 minutes each, followed by a question-and-answer session. Presenters are encouraged to prepare a dynamic and interactive presentation, incorporating visual prompts, technologies, games, questions for the audience, etc. PowerPoints are common, but speakers who want to read a paper or refer to it are welcome to do so. 
View previous presentation titles on IRRT's International Papers and Projects Committee website at http://www.ala.org/irrt/irrt-international-papers-committee. 

Sunday, November 5, 2017

ISIC 2018 Call for Proposals

The planning committee invites submissions of full papers, short papers, workshops, and panels to ISIC 2018: The Information Behaviour Conference held at Jagiellonian University in Kraków, Poland, 9-11 October 2018.

ISIC conferences have a reputation for being an arena for discussing challenging work concerning people’s contextualised interactions with information of various kinds. Keynote lecturers are Professor Lisa M. Given, Swinburne University of Technology; Professor Paul Dourish, University of California, Irvine; and Dr. Sabina Cisek & Dr. Monika Krakowska, Jagiellonian University.

ISIC is an English language, multidisciplinary conference: researchers from information science, information studies, library studies, communication studies, information management, education, management science, and other disciplines contribute to the research field. A common thread is the focus on contextualised information activities, expressed in different framings such as information behaviour, information practice, information seeking, information experience and others. The ISIC conference is particularly interested in analytical rather than descriptive investigations.

Important dates
Papers, Panels and Posters submission deadline: 1 March 2018
Pre-Conference Workshop proposals should be sent by 15 January 2018 Pre-Conference Doctoral Workshop submission deadline: 1 April 2018

Early bird registration ends: 30 June 2018
Late registration ends: 7 September 2018

For information about the suggested themes of the papers, visit:
or email isic2018@uj.edu.pl

Sunday, October 29, 2017

New issue of Informatics Studies now available online

The latest issue of Informatics Studies has just been published. View the Table of Contents is listed below. To read articles, visit the website at

Value of Information Literacy Programmes
Jayapradeep M Kaimal

Information Literacy of Student Teachers of Zaria
Kayode Sunday John Dada

Transition from Closed to Open: Case of Integrated Library Automation Software in India
Gireesh Kumar T K, Sri Muruli

Web Based Information Retrieval with Special Reference to Hindi Language Search
Singh B P., Anand Kumar

Information Literacy: Contemporary Issues and Innovations
Sanjay Babu Munavalli

Influence of Mobile Phones on Reading Habits of Agricultural Engineering Students
Srikanth C

Education, Science and Culture: Shared Objectives Need Shared Effort
IFLA Netherlands

David Allan Bromley: The Early Champion of Information Super Highway and Open Access to Science
Randy Ray

Policy Statements on Data Management for Global Change Research
Bromley D Allan

Informatics Studies is a peer reviewed journal with ISSN: 2320-530X. The journal focuses on Information Infrastructures, Knowledge Management, Institutional Repositories, Digital Library/Archive, Cloud Computing Solutions for Libraries, Unicode, Multi-linguality and Interoperablity Issues, Thesauri and Ontologies, Semantics, Metadata and Retrieval, Resources Discovery Solutions, Online Resources Usability Issues, Open Access Initiatives, OAI –PMH, MARC 21, Consortia, IPR, Information Literacy, Training and education of Professionals, Performance Measurement and Metrics, Setting Service Quality Standards, etc.

Papers can be submitted up to 30th January 2018 for publication in Informatics Studies Volume 5 Issue 2 to be published in April 2018. For more information visit or e-mail informaticsstudies@gmail.com

Sunday, October 22, 2017

Nominations for 2018 IRRT Elections

Dear IRRT member, 
The International Relations Round Table (IRRT) is seeking candidates to run for office in the 2018 ALA Elections for terms beginning after the 2018 Annual Conference in New Orleans. The IRRT is seeking candidates for the Vice Chair/Chair Elect, Member-at-Large, and Round Table Councilor.  
Candidates must be current members of IRRT and have served for at least one year on an IRRT Committee. Officers must be able to attend all ALA Midwinter and Annual Conferences for the durations of their commitments. All officers serve on IRRT’s Executive Board. If elected, the terms will begin immediately after ALA 2018 Annual Conference. The Vice Chair/Chair Elect serves one year as vice-chair/chair-elect, followed by one year as chair and one additional year as immediate past-chair.
Vice Chair/Chair Elect
Serves a one year-term
In accordance to IRRT Bylaws, Vice Chair/Chair Elect appoints all standing committee members and chairs whose terms will begin during vice-chair's term as chair. Appoints new members as needed to meet the recommended number for each committee.
Round Table Councilor
Serves a one three-year term 
Serves a one two-year term

Please, contact, Laila Hussein Moustafa (LHOUSSEI@ILLINOIS.EDU), chair, IRRT Nominating Committee, if you are interested in running for one of the positions or if you would like to nominate someone.

If you wish to apply for any of the positions or nominate someone you will need to send a brief statement of your interest in the positions and your CV, to the Chair of the  Nominating Committee. 
The deadline to submit names to the committee is November 15, 2017.
Laila Hussein Moustafa
Assistant Professor/ Middle East and North African Studies Librarian
University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign 

Thursday, October 19, 2017

Last call: proposals for presentation at the 2018 ALA Annual IRRT pre-conference

Get your presentations proposals in! Deadline to submit is Friday, October 20th.
Librarians and libraries play an important role in serving and advocating for immigrant and refugee populations. The American Library Association (ALA) International Relations Round Table (IRRT) invites you to submit presentation proposals for their 2018 pre-conference workshop in New Orleans, Louisiana, on Friday, June 22, 2018 from 8am-1pm.

Possible proposal topics include:

·         Practical and real-life examples of services for immigrants and/or refugees
·         Targeted outreach to immigrants and/or refugees
·         Examples of successfully implemented programs
·         Working with targeted populations both in the USA and/or internationally
·         Advice about implementing services or programs
·         How to best reach out to immigrants and/or refugees
·         How to develop programs featuring social, economic, health, literacy, and/or technology
·         How to secure support for these programs

We are flexible about presentation length, however, presentations should engage the audience. Presentations that will utilize hands-on activities are encouraged.  

To submit a proposal, send an email to co-chairs Charissa Powell (powell.charissa@gmail.com) and Elizabeth Soergel (elizsoergel@gmail.com) by end-of-business on October 20, 2017  Please include your name, institutional affiliation, working title, and 300 word maximum description of your presentation.

Sunday, October 15, 2017

Strengthening Innovative Library Leaders (SILL) training materials freely available

The Mortenson Center for International Library Programs is excited to share the final version of Strengthening Strong Library Leaders (SILL), a leadership training program for public and community libraries around the world. This training was developed at the Mortenson Center with support from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, and in partnership with library trainers in Namibia, Myanmar, Armenia, India, Nepal, Bhutan, Haiti, Tunisia, Bangladesh, and Cameroon (AfLIA). What makes this leadership curriculum unique is that it was co-developed and it is meant to be delivered to everyone in the library, from volunteers to senior staff. Equally important is that it is adaptable and is designed to be used by trainers with different levels of experience.

Training modules:
1. Leadership Styles for Librarians
2. Library Leaders as Innovators
3. Library Leaders with a Plan
4. Library Leaders as Communicators

This training is foundational. It is a helpful first step in developing engaged and innovative staff in a library through interactive modules. The website includes short videos to help trainers prepare themselves. 
SILL is designed to be adapted to local needs and to date over 500 librarians have been trained.
SILL has been translated into a few different languages, with hopes that more will be added as it is used.

The training materials may be downloaded from the SILL website at https://www.library.illinois.edu/mortenson-leadership

If you have questions, email Susan Schnuer (schnuer@illinois.edu) or Rebecca McGuire (mcguire6@illinois.edu)

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Libri: The International Journal of Libraries and Information Studies call for papers

Libri is an international scholarly journal which investigates aspects of library and information studies from a historical and present-day perspective and analyses the role of information and knowledge in cultural, organizational, national and international developments.
The journal reports on current trends in library and information studies worldwide and describes their resulting transformation from the introduction of new information and communication technologies, multidisciplinary approaches, changing practices, and evolving methods. 

The Libri editors are pleased to consider papers on new initiatives and current issues in library and information studies worldwide, including, but not limited to topics such as:
  • Libraries (national, public, academic, school, special, etc.) and other information environments
  • Information and knowledge management
  • Information for development (developing and industrialized countries)
  • Indigenous knowledge
  • Literacy (media, information, etc.)
  • Data analytics, big data and their impact on organizations (e.g., customer related data; social science perspective)
  • Digital libraries and repositories
  • Data management, data curation and virtual research environments (VREs)
  • Information ethics and information law
  • Freedom of access to information and freedom of expression
  • Archives & preservation
  • Cultural heritage
Papers may include theoretical issues surrounding philosophies, policies and trends in all types of library, information, archive, and museum studies. Articles should be in English and conform to the highest academic standards. Papers that include citations to publications that are not in English or are not in Roman script are welcome.  

Submit your manuscript to the editors at http://mc.manuscriptcentral.com/libri