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

If you have questions, email Susan Schnuer ( or Rebecca McGuire (

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

Thursday, September 28, 2017

Libraries as a Gateway to Research: ANKOSLink2018 International Conference call for posters

Anatolian University Libraries Consortium (ANKOS) has announced that the ANKOSLink2018 International Conference will be held in Antalya, Turkey on 17-20 April 2018 at the Maritim Pine Beach Resort Congress Center.

The call for posters for the ANKOSLink2018 International Conference is now open!
ANKOSLink logo
Deadline for poster submission: 1 March 2018
Notification of Acceptance:  12 March 2018
Deadline for Registration for Presenters: 20 March 2018

 More information about the call for posters can be found at

Additional information about the conference can be found at

Saturday, September 23, 2017

September issue of International Leads now available

The latest issue of International Leads has just been published.
The September issue includes the following stories:
  • The German delegation to ALA Annual (in both German and English)
  • Highlights of IFLA’s work on the IFLA Global Vision and the 2017 Development and Access to Information Report
  • Lessons learned from a survey of Sister Libraries by the IRRT-sponsored ALA Emerging Leaders group
  • Refugee Library Project
  • Report on a workshop about Arabic-script manuscripts in Africa
  • Profiles of the 2017 ALA IRO/IRRT award winners
  • Recaps of the IFLA WLIC 2017 meeting in Poland and the AfLIA / African Library Summit in Cameroon
Read the September 2017 International Leads today!

Friday, September 15, 2017

Call for Proposals for Presentation at the 2018 ALA Annual IRRT Pre-Conference

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 ( and Elizabeth Soergel ( 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, September 10, 2017

Minitalks on Libraries, Literatures and Literacies in English and Spanish

The Information School of the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign and the Mortenson Center for International Library Programs have collaborated to present a series of mini-talks to the international library community that include presentations in English and Spanish. The format is 15 minutes presentation + 15 minutes discussion for a total of 30 learning minutes.

Minitalks are open to all who wish to participate. More information about the talks and the schedule can be found at 
Attend the minitalks at

Comments and ideas are welcome to either Kate Williams ( or Jean Kanengoni ( The September schedule is as follows:

Tuesday, August 29 in English - Elizabeth MacLeod, Manager of Satellite Digitization Services, Internet Archive, Wilmington, NC "The Community Webs project at the Internet Archive."
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Thursday, September 7, in English - Clara M. Chu, Director and Mortenson Distinguished Professor, Mortenson Center for International Library Programs, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign "Libraries for Peace: An Initiative to Build Peaceful and Sustainable Communities."  

Tuesday, September 12, 5:30-6 pm (CT, UTC-06:00), in English - Don Krummel, Professor Emeritus, iSchool "The Anatomy of Bibliography."

Thursday, September 21, 8-8:30 am (CT, UTC-06:00), en Español TBA

Tuesday, September 26, 5:30-6 pm (CT, UTC-06:00), in English - Karen Fisher, University of Washington, on information and technology services to refugees based on her work in Syria.

El iSchool de Illinois y el Centro Mortenson para Programas de Bibliotecas Internacionales están entusiasmados por colaborar en presentar una serie de minitalks (presentaciones breves) a la comunidad internacional de bibliotecarios tanto como oradores o como oyentes, que incluirán presentaciones en inglés y español. El formato es de 15 minutos de presentación + 15 minutos de discusión = 30 minutos de aprendizaje.

Los Minitalks están abiertos a todo/as. Para obtener más información y la programación actualizada, consulte: Para asistir, conecte a Nota: Es mejor acceder con Internet de alta velocidad y auriculares (auriculares y micrófono), utilizando el navegador Chrome, pero se pueden utilizar otros si Flash Player está instalado en el ordenador.

Todos comentarios e ideas son bienvenidos a Kate Williams <> o a Jean Kanengoni <>.

Sunday, September 3, 2017

Jay Jordan IFLA/OCLC Early Career Development Fellowship Program

Applications are open for library professionals to participate in the 2018 Jay Jordan IFLA/OCLC Early Career Development Fellowship Program.
The Fellowship Program is an intensive four-week program based at OCLC headquarters in Dublin, Ohio, USA, that provides education and professional development opportunities for early career librarians from countries with developing economies. It is jointly sponsored by IFLA and OCLC. The 2018 program will run from 17 March to 13 April 2018.
Up to five individuals are selected each year. The program gives Fellows opportunities to meet with leading information practitioners and explore topics including information technologies, library operations and management, and global cooperative librarianship.
Eligibility is limited to those from a qualifying country who have a degree in library or information science obtained within the past five years and have at least three but no more than eight years of library or information science experience. 
Details about the program, guidelines and applications are now available on the OCLC website. Deadline for applications is 6 October 2017.

Tuesday, August 22, 2017

[ELEARN] CFP: IEEE TETC, Special Issue on Scholarly Big Data, Deadline: December 1, 2017


IEEE Transactions on Emerging Topics in Computing Special Issue on Scholarly Big Data 

IEEE Transaction on Emerging Topics in Computing (TETC) seeks original manuscripts for a Special Issue/Section on Scholarly Big Data scheduled to appear in the fourth issue of 2018.

Recent years have witnessed the rapid growth of scholarly information due to advancements in information and communication technologies. Scholarly big data is the vast quantity of research output, which can be acquired from digital libraries, such as journal articles, conference proceedings, theses, books, patents, experimental data, etc. It also encompasses various scholarly related data, such as author demography, academic social networks, and academic activity. The abundance of scholarly data sources enables researchers to study the academic society from a big data perspective. The dynamic and diverse nature of scholarly big data requires different data management techniques and advanced data analysis methods. Today’s researchers realize that new scholarly-big-data specific platform/management/techniques/ are needed. Therefore, a set of emerging topics such as scholarly big data acquisition, storage, management and processing are important issues for the research community. Manuscripts submitted to TETC should be computing focused.

This special issue focuses on covering the most recent research results in scholarly big data management and computing. The issue welcomes both theoretical and applied research (e.g. platforms and applications). It will encourage the effort to share data, advocate gold-standard evaluation among shared data, and promote the exploration of new directions. Topics of interest include (but not limited to): 
* New approaches to search and crawling of scholarly big data from various data sources
* Methods for storing, indexing, and query processing for scholarly big data
* Practices for scholarly big data management and sharing
* Heterogeneous scholarly big data source integration, especially for novel datasets (e.g. online social media)
* Scholarly big data analysis, mining, and visualization
* Design of next generation scholarly big data platforms and systems
* Algorithms for measuring the scientific impact of articles, authors, institutions, etc.
* Scientific information network analysis
* Recommendation tools and techniques
* Scientific community detection and clustering
* Graph and text mining in scholarly big data
* Privacy and security issues
* Services and applications

Feng Xia, Wei Wang, Teshome Megersa Bekele, Huan Liu. Big Scholarly Data: A Survey, IEEE Transactions on Big Data, Vol. 3, No. 1, 2017, pp: 18 - 35. DOI: 10.1109/TBDATA.2016.2641460

Submitted articles must not have been previously published or currently submitted for journal publication elsewhere. As an author, you are responsible for understanding and adhering to the IEEE submission guidelines. You can access them at the IEEE Computer Society web site, These should be carefully read before manuscript submission. Please submit your manuscript to Manuscript Central at

Please note the following important dates.
Submission Deadline: Dec. 1, 2017
Reviews Completed: Mar. 1, 2018
Major Revisions Due (if Needed): April 1, 2018
Reviews of Revisions Completed (if Needed): May 1, 2018
Minor Revisions Due (if Needed): June 1, 2018
Notification of Final Acceptance: August 1, 2018
Publication Materials for Final Manuscripts Due: Sept 1, 2018
Publication date: Last Issue of 2018 (December Issue)

Guest Editors

Feng Xia
Dalian University of Technology, China

Huan Liu
Arizona State University, USA

C. Lee Giles
Pennsylvania State University, USA

Kuansan Wang
Microsoft Research, USA