Friday, June 23, 2017

IFLA Global Vision Latin America and the Caribbean starts with an inspiring address by the Vice President of the Argentine Republic


BUENOS AIRES, Argentina, 9 June 2017—The International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA) is holding its IFLA Global Vision Regional Workshop for Latin America and the Caribbean on 8 and 9 June 2017 at the historic Library of the National Congress in Buenos Aires, Argentina. 

The Vice President of the Argentine Republic, Lic. Gabriela Michetti, opened the event welcoming participants and highlighting the key role of libraries–especially public libraries–in providing free and democratic access to information fostering economic and social development. During her opening remarks, she stated: “We are very happy that the Library of the National Congress was chosen as one of IFLA’s Regional Offices, this shows a deserved recognition to the work and the trajectory of the library in the country and in the region”. About the Global Vision Regional Workshop, she mentioned: “It is a pleasure to be here today, and to share this moment with you. I hope you have a very productive and fruitful meeting.” 

IFLA President-elect Glòria Pérez-Salmerón, remarked: “Today we will start a workshop of the IFLA Global Vision Discussion, which is not a project, it is a process. Because we believe that the future is in our hands and that libraries can change how things are in society—for the better.”
IFLA Secretary General Gerald Leitner, emphasized: “For the realization of our ideas we will need the support of visionary policy makers. Today we heard a strong commitment of high political representatives to the central role of libraries for the development of societies.” 

The Latin American Regional Workshop gathers senior representatives of library associations and national libraries of 27 Latin American and Caribbean countries to discuss how a united and connected library field can tackle the challenges of the future. 

This is the forth in a series of six regional workshops taking place around the world. Two more workshops will be held in Singapore (28 – 29 June 2017) and in Madrid, Spain (5 – 6 July 2017).
Read more about the IFLA Global Vision Discussion: globalvision.ifla.org
 
For more information, contact globalvision@ifla.org

Friday, June 16, 2017

German libraries featured at ALA Annual Conference


In 2014, ALA signed an MOU establishing collaboration and partnership with BID (Bibliothek & Information Deutschland), the umbrella organization of German library associations, from 2016 through 2019. Last year, American librarians traveled to Leipzig for the German Library Congress to present talks and papers, and to build personal and professional relationships with our German colleagues. This year, ALA welcomes more than 12 German librarians to Annual Conference in Chicago presenting on best practices and services from Germany that we can emulate in US libraries. All ALA attendees are welcome to attend these sessions featuring our European colleagues.

Libraries in Germany
Sat. June 24, 3:00 – 4:00pm, McCormick Place West - W183b
   Libraries in Germany-- venerable book-museums or modern information facilities? Silence in large reading rooms or conversation and hustle-bustle? Gutenberg or ICT? The library scene in Germany is as multifaceted and exciting as the country itself. We will present insights into trends, new developments, and new structures. We promise that you will soon want to travel to Germany to experience these discoveries yourself!

Serving Refugees: Experiences from German Libraries
Sun. June 25, 1:00 – 2:30pm, McCormick Place West - W181b
   In 2015 there were more than 1 million refugees and asylum-seekers in Germany. The influx of refugees from various cultures, especially from Syria, Afghanistan, the Balkans, and various African countries, is abating. Yet families, young men, and unaccompanied minors are still seeking refuge in Germany. Libraries in Germany have a long tradition of providing multicultural services and resources. Since 2006 an expert panel of the German Library Association has been addressing this topic. The lessons learned from the panel can be used to improve the resources for these user groups in public and academic libraries. There are many challenges, including overcoming language and cultural barriers, and integrating refugees into schools and colleges. Another consideration is staff training and information exchange on the topic using webinars and other channels. A variety of positive and hopeful responses to these challenges will be presented from real-world experiences. 

German Academic Libraries - New Trends in Management
Mon. June 26, 10:30 – 11:30am, McCormick Place West - W181a
   Academic libraries in Germany are constantly changing due to new developments in higher education influenced by digital transformations in research and instruction and study, as well as in reaction to scientific-political impulses. The changes occur in multiple fields, at various speeds, and sometimes simultaneously or unexpectedly. This results in continuous change management that encompasses various factors, such as organizational and personnel development, the library’s service offerings and cooperation with partners within and without the university. Using various examples, new trends in German academic libraries will be illustrated.

Libraries Support Research in Germany
Mon. June 26, 1:00 – 2:30pm, McCormick Place West - W176a
   Academic libraries at German universities support researchers by providing scientific information resources, managing and linking research data, and assisting with open-access publication of research results. A system of specialist information services that puts the interests and needs of the researchers at the forefront has been developed with financial support by the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft, the German Research Association. The developments in Germany in these areas will be presented using various examples.




Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Read the June 2017 International Leads

The June 2017 issue of International Leads has just been published. 
This issue features stories on:

  • libraries in Cuba
  • experiences of an American librarian in Ethiopia
  • international programming at ALA Annual 2017 in Chicago
  • a message on advocacy from IRRT Vice Chair/Chair Elect Loida Garcia-Febo
Lots of great content in this, the last issue under co-editors Gail Sacco and Karen Bordonaro who complete two years of fine work spreading the word on international librarianship.

Why wait? Read the June issue now at http://www.ala.org/irrt/sites/ala.org.irrt/files/content/intlleads/leadsarchive/201706.pdf 

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Profumo di latte, di musica e parole wins IFLA Metropolitan Libraries Short Film Award

The IFLA Section on Metropolitan Libraries is pleased announced the winner of the IFLA Metropolitan Libraries Short Film Award:

Profumo di latte, di musica e parole
by Biblioteca Casa dei Bimbi, Sistema Biblioteche Centri Culturali / Roma Capitale (Italy)
[YouTube link]

The film is an interview with a pregnant woman, who shows the tactile book she made - in the library - for the baby she was expecting. Page after page, she describes the fabrics she used or re-used, how she learnt to sew and embroider, the personal references and meanings of the images she picked. The library is a place of learning and comfort during a delicate time in the life of a woman.

The contest A Corto di Libri received 31 submissions from Europe, North / South America and Australia. Among those, 17 films were selected because of their focus on a public library in the context of a metropolitan area. They also had to be in English language or provide English subtitles. During the IFLA MetLib Conference in Montréal on May 4, these 17 short films were projected and voted by 37 librarians. Two “VIP” votes were added by the Chairs of the Standing Committees of the Section on Public Libraries (Marian Morgan Bindon) and the Section on Audiovisual and multimedia (Michael J. Miller).

tFLA Section on Metropolitan Libraries thanks Nathalie Martin (Bibliothèques de Montréal) and the technical staff of BANQ (Bibliothèque et Archives Nationales du Québec) for their collaboration.

Saturday, May 13, 2017

Call for papers: International Journal of Librarianship and Information Science

The International Journal of Librarianship and Information Science (IJoLIS) is actively soliciting manuscripts for publication. The IJoLIS publishes research papers, scholarly opinion papers, reviews of research, brief communications, abstracts of theses, and reviews of books and other media. Papers are selected by a process of peer review, with double-blind review of each paper.

The editorial policy of the IJoLIS is to contribute to the advancement of library and information sciences by serving as a forum for discussion of theory and research. The journal is concerned with research findings, understanding of issues in the field, information practices of individuals and groups, and understanding of the history, economics, and technology of information or library systems and services. Submissions in English are invited. Instructions for contributors are included in journal issues and these are now available at the journal’s website: http://lis.aiou.edu.pk/international-journal-of-librarianship-and-information-science-ijolis/   

Interested authors, referees, contributors, and book reviewers should contact the editor, Dr Pervaiz Ahmad, at ijolis@aiou.edu.pk

Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Call for Papers: 1st International Conference on Transforming Library

The 1st International Conference on Transforming Library 2017 will be held July 8th to 10th at the Central Institute of Technology, Kokrajhar BTC in Assam, India.

The organizing committee invites submissions of research papers and original works in English up to 8000 words. Submissions can be in .doc or .docx format and should include an abstract of 300 words, with a maximum of 7 key words. Deadline for paper submissions is June 15.

 Papers can address a broad range of topics, such as:
 Technology and innovation in libraries
 Best practices in
library management (human resources, finance, materials and operations)
 Development of information and knowledge services
 Electronic resource management

 Resource sharing
 Impact of ICTS in librarianship
 Knowledge networking and consortia
 Library automation
 
Users and their information seeking behavior
 Library design
 
Library orientation/information literacy in the digital age
 LIS education, research and training
 Marketing library and information services and products
 Impact measurement
 
For more information visit the conference website at http://www.ictl.co.in/
 

Sunday, April 30, 2017

Libraries and the implementation of Agenda 2030 for Sustainable Development

In March, IFLA's Latin America and the Caribbean Section hosted the webinar Libraries and the implementation of Agenda 2030 for Sustainable Development, to support and empower librarians as advocates and promoters of libraries' role in the UN Development agenda 2030.

View the slide deck at https://www.slideshare.net/iflalacinfocoodinator and the webinar recording (in Spanish) at https://youtu.be/jBsQlj1auzk.
This webinar was made possible with the support of the IFLA-LAC, Latin America and Caribbean Sections, Continuing Professional Development and Workplace Learning, Special Interest Group of New IFLA Professionals, the Advocacy-IFLA Communications Office and the College of Librarians of Peru. And with the technological support of the Association of Librarians of El Salvador-ABES and the Leadership Program of IFLA.



Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Call for Papers: CALA Occasional Paper Series, 2017 Fall Issue

The Occasional Paper Series (OPS) is one of the official publications of the Chinese American Librarians Association (CALA). It is an open access publication which provides an opportunity for authors to publish articles on a peer-reviewed, official, and professional platform. 
CALA is now accepting submissions to the 2017 Fall issue of the OPS. Manuscripts can address any aspects of librarianship. It can be a paper delivered at a conference related to library and information science; a bibliography, index, guide, handbook, research manual, or directory; a report of a survey or study of interest to librarians of all types of libraries; a compilation of existing documents such as library policies or procedures; or a full­-length research paper.

Manuscripts are usually between 3000-5000 words in English or Chinese. Longer and shorter articles can also be accepted if considered to be relevant and of high quality. All manuscripts must be typed and double-spaced in 12-point Times New Roman font. References, citations, and general style of manuscripts should follow the American Psychological Association (APA) style. For detailed submission guidelines, please check the CALA website at http://cala-web.org/publications/ops-editorial-guidelines.

The deadline for submission to the 2017 Fall issue is Friday, September 15, 2017. Late submissions will be considered for later issues. Submit your manuscript online at http://www.cala-web.org/forms/ops-submission. Manuscripts submitted to CALA OPS should not have been published or be under consideration for publication elsewhere.

Previous issues of the Occasional Paper Series are available on the CALA website at http://cala-web.org/publications/ops.