Wednesday, February 21, 2018

ALA Annual Conference registration is open. Early bird rates end March 7

ALA Welcomes Global Library Professionals to its Annual Conference June 21-26, 2018 in New Orleans!

In hundreds of programs at the American Library Association Annual Conference, you’ll learn about key issues  such as digital content and e-books, new technologies in libraries, innovation, leadership, library advocacy and promotion, cataloging and technical services, virtual libraries and archives, civic engagement, books and authors, and much more.

New Orleans, nicknamed “the Big Easy”, prides itself on its welcoming and friendly attitude. In the background of the Mississippi River, the city of New Orleans is world-renowned for its Jazz music, amazing cuisine, and exciting atmosphere. Steeped in a history of influences from Europe, the Caribbean, and Africa, it is one of America’s most culturally and historically-rich destinations.  It is one of the favorite destinations for librarians.

Your ALA Annual Conference registration includes all this and more:
  • 500+ educational programs, discussions, and workshops on key topics
  • World-renowned speakers and experts
  • Preconferences offering in-depth professional development
  • Entrance to the exhibits where 800+ exhibitors at 1,500 stands highlight new and favorite products, titles, and services
  • The opportunity for you to present a paper or poster
  • Dozens of social and fun events
  • A free ticket to the popular International Librarians Reception
Especially for international attendees, the International Relations Round Table has organized the following:

International Orientation – A special introduction to ALA, the conference, and the city of Chicago. ALA members will recommend programs and social activities to help you make the most of your conference experience.

International Posters – A showcase of innovative programs and library activities from across the globe.

International Papers – A scholarly exchange of ideas between U.S. librarians and our colleagues from other countries that fosters discussion and extends a global view of the library profession.

International Reception—A special evening reception will be held in your honor so you can meet other international guests as well as colleagues from the U.S.

International Visitor’s Center—A place where you can relax, review the conference program, or hold small meetings with new-found colleagues and friends. A computer with Internet access is provided, and ALA volunteers will be on hand to answer questions.

Letter of Invitation:
If you need a letter of invitation for visa purposes, please send a request to the International Relations Office at

Friday, February 9, 2018

11th International Indigenous Librarians Forum - Call for Papers

Held every second year, the International Indigenous Librarians’ Forum is an opportunity for indigenous information professionals to network and discuss best practice models towards fostering and preserving indigenous languages, traditions, cultures and values within libraries, museums, archives and other educational institutions. 

Celebrating 20 years in 2019, the Forum will return to the shores of Aotearoa New Zealand, to be held 7 – 10 February 2019.

The theme for IILF 2019 is “Tāmaki Herenga Waka” – which focuses on welcoming indigenous waka or vessels to return and tether within Tāmaki, providing a safe haven for discussions that will impact future generations of indigenous traditional knowledge and its’ acquisition, storage and use.
All Indigenous persons working in Galleries, Libraries, Archives, and Museums are invited to submit a proposal. Papers will be presented in panels of three.  

Deadline for submission is 30 March 2018. Visit the International Indigenous Librarians Forum website for full details. 

Sunday, February 4, 2018

Marketing Libraries Journal

Marketing Libraries Journal (MLJ) is a new peer-reviewed, independently published, open access scholarly journal that focuses on innovative marketing activities libraries are engaged in.

Published twice a year, this new journal contains both research and practical examples of library marketing campaigns, library marketing research, public relations campaigns, SWOT analysis, segmentation research, assessment of marketing activities, and tools used for marketing. In addition to peer reviewed articles, the Journal will also contain practical articles from columns on advocacy, branding, case studies of marketing campaigns, "from the trenches," and technology tools.

Read the inaugural issue at

Call for submissions for Volume 2, Issue 1 (Summer 2018) is open.
Deadline for Submissions: April 1, 2018 (May 1, 2018 for Practical Articles)
Submission guidelines are posted on the journal's home page, along with a link to the online submission tool.


Wednesday, January 24, 2018

IFLA Green Library Award accepting nominations until 28 February 2018

Following the IFLA Key Initiative 4.1: Promoting libraries within the United Nations 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development the Green Library Award will help to advance the profession through illuminating the role of libraries and librarians in the advancement of sustainability standards and the promotion of specialized knowledge within professional practice.
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Green Libraries are designed to minimize negative impact on the natural environment and maximize indoor environmental quality by using materials and employing processes that conserve and protect natural resources and the natural environment.

Guidelines for submissions

  • Any outstanding Green Library project, initiative or idea may apply for the IFLA Green Library Award.  The project, initiative or idea may be presented in any suitable way, for example, through an essay, a video, a poster, an article or a set of slide.
  • The presentation of the project, initiative or idea should be submitted to the ENSULIB award reviewing committee.
  • The quality and relevance of the project, initiative or idea will be evaluated by the ENSULIB committee in terms of:
    • the applicability to the goals and the scope of ENSULIB
    • the contribution of libraries to the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)
    • the quality of the overall presentation
    • the relevance to IFLA’s goals and values (Key Initiative 4.1)
Applications must be submitted before 1 March 2018

The finalist will be recognized for his/her outstanding submission.
The award includes €500, sponsored by De Gruyter Saur, and will be presented at the 84th IFLA World Library and Information Congress 2018 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

More information about this award and the application form are available on the IFLA website at

Sunday, January 14, 2018

Library 2.018: Design Thinking online conference: propose a session by 15 February

The San Jose State University School of Information announces the Library 2.018 Worldwide Virtual Conference series, with the first of three online conferences scheduled for March 8, 2018. “Design Thinking: How Librarians Are Incorporating It into Their Practiceis the topic for the March web conference. Everyone is invited to participate, and registration is free! 

Abstract: Design thinking is a process designers use to thoughtfully identify problems and develop prototypes useful for implementing an elegant solution. In response to the growing interest in design thinking, this web conference will cover insights into the process and examples of how librarians are integrating it into their practice. You’ll learn how you can develop and lead a design challenge at your library.

Keynote Speakers: The conference is being organized in partnership with Steven J. Bell, who will moderate the opening keynote panel (panelists to be announced) and deliver the closing address.

Crowdsourced Sessions: Start thinking about your presentation now! The Call for Proposals is open, and proposals are accepted on a first-come, first-served basis. Presentations should not exceed 20 minutes to allow time for Q&A. All presentations must be non-commercial and will be recorded and released under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs License. Web conference training will be provided for presenters and is mandatory. More information at Submissions accepted until February 15.
Upcoming Library 2.018 Conferences: The “Design Thinking” conference in March will be followed by two more conferences in 2018. Mark your calendar for June 7 when the IMLS-funded grant project on blockchain technology will be discussed. In October, “Libraries and Social Crises” will be the focus.

About: The Library 2.0 Worldwide Virtual Conference series was co-founded by the San Jose State University School of Information in 2011. The conference series discusses timely topics in the information profession and features keynote sessions, crowdsourced presentations, and an international audience. Past conference sessions are freely available on the conference website at

Sunday, January 7, 2018

International Poster Sessions: Call for Proposals for ALA Annual 2018

The 2018 ALA IRRT International Poster Session Committee invites everyone to share your best ideas and work with the international library community by presenting a poster at the 2018 ALA Annual Conference in New Orleans, LA. The poster session will take place on Sunday, June 24, 2018.
Submissions are invited from international librarians at all types of libraries on any topic relevant to librarianship. Submissions are also invited from librarians in the US on any topic relevant to international populations, projects, and collaborations. Posters may include a description of an innovative library program, an analysis of a solution to a problem, a report of a research study, or any other presentation that would benefit the larger library community. Poster session participants populate boards with pictures, data, graphs, diagrams, narrative text, and more - and will informally discuss their presentations with conference attendees during assigned 1 ½-hour time periods. For information on 2018 posters and the submission process, please visit this page:

The deadline for submitting an application is Friday, February 16, 2018. Following a double-blind peer review process, applicants will be notified by late March if their submission has been accepted for presentation at the conference.  Start your application process now: (you must login to the site using your ALA username and password, or you can create a username and password for the site before you submit your application).

Please direct any questions about poster session presentations and submissions to Alicia Navarro, the Annual Conference poster session staff liaison,

Sunday, December 31, 2017

IRRT Chair's Webinar: Libraries in the USA serving immigrants and refugees

Libraries in the USA serving immigrants and refugees
January 25, 2018

12:00-1:00 p.m. Chicago Time

View the recording here: 
Learn about how different-sized libraries in the USA are serving immigrants and refugees. Our speakers coordinate services for young adults, English Language Learners, partner with community organizations, and coordinate library services in Sanctuary cities. Library and information workers are providing programs and services that build community while enriching and saving lives of immigrants and refugees. At the American Library Associations' International Relations Round Table, we want to be part of these efforts.


Ed Garcia, Director, Cranston Public Library, Rhode Island
Ed is currently the Library Director at the Cranston Public Library. He received his MLIS from the University of Rhode Island in 2008. He was appointed Director of CPL in March 2012. Ed was a 2010 American Library Association Emerging Leader and a 2010 Library Journal Mover & Shaker. He is serving his third term as Councilor-at-Large on ALA Council and is a Director-at-Large on the Board of Directors of the Reference and Users Services Association (RUSA). Ed is a Rhode Island native of Cape Verdean descent.

Maria McCauley, Director of Libraries, City of Cambridge, Massachusetts
Maria has served as Director of Libraries for the City of Cambridge, a Sanctuary City, since August 2016. She began her library career 17 years ago at the Cambridge Public Library in Circulation and Reference Services. Before returning to Cambridge, Maria served as the Director of Libraries in Santa Monica, Director of Libraries for the City of Somerville, and held several library positions at Northeastern University. Maria received a Bachelor of Arts from Ohio Wesleyan University, a Master of Library and Information Science from the University of Pittsburgh  and has received her PhD from Simmons. She is an elected American Library Association (ALA) Councilor-At-Large. Her research has been published in College & Research Libraries, Library Management and Portal.

Teona Shainidze Krebs, Adult Education Division Head, Pikes Peak Library District in Colorado Springs, Colorado
Teona has many critical responsibilities, including the provision of leadership and facilitation for a multi-site adult education program for a diverse population. Among the most important programs, her Division provides comprehensive instruction for ESL (English as a Second Language), HSE (High School Equivalency preparation classes), and Career Online High school. Teona has a B.A. in
foreign language (English) with special emphasis on “Theory and Methodology of Teaching Foreign languages and Cultures,” an MA in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL), and an MA in Communication. She is a board member of the Colorado Adult Education Professional Association, and a corresponding member of Library Services to Multicultural Populations at IFLA. Teona was born and raised in Batumi, in the country of Georgia, and is bilingual English/ Georgian.

Monday, December 18, 2017

NASIG offers Marcia Tuttle International Grant

Established in 1985, NASIG is an independent organization working to advance and transform the management of information resources. The organization's goal is to facilitate and improve the distribution, acquisition, and long-term accessibility of information resources in all formats and business models.

The Marcia Tuttle International Grant will provide funding for an individual working in any area of the information supply chain to foster international communication and education through activities involving some aspect of information resources management such as, but not limited to: research, collaborative projects, job exchanges, and presentation of papers at conferences. Applicants may be either information resource management professionals practicing or enrolled in a Ph.D. program in library and/or information science in North American countries seeking funding for appropriate activities involving some aspect of serials taking place outside North American countries, OR information resource management professionals practicing or enrolled in a Ph.D. program in library and/or information science outside North American countries seeking funding for appropriate activities involving some aspect of the information supply chain in North American countries. The grant is named in honor of Marcia Tuttle.  Marcia Tuttle’s career was characterized by her energetic activism on behalf of library-publisher communication and fair serials pricing, and for her dedication to educating and mentoring.

The award includes a $3000 grant and a one-year free NASIG membership. NASIG will give one award per year or no award, depending upon the applications.

Applicants may fall into one of two categories:

  • They may be information resource management professionals practicing or enrolled in a Ph.D. program in library and/or information science in North American countries (defined for this purpose as the United States, Canada, Mexico, and Greenland) seeking funding for appropriate activities involving some aspect of serials taking place outside North American countries; or
  • They may be information resource management professionals practicing or enrolled in a Ph.D. program in library and/or information science outside North American countries seeking funding for appropriate activities involving some aspect of information resource management in North American countries.
Applicants must have at least one year of professional experience in the information supply chain.
Proposed projects must deal with some aspect of information resource management and include foreign travel. Foreign or English language skills should be adequate to project needs.

Applications must be received by email on or before February 9, 2018. The award recipient will be notified by March 14, 2018.

For full details of the grant, the application process, and the application form, visit the NASIG website at