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?

SUBMISSION GUIDELINES 
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
  
SELECTION PROCESS 
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. 
  
PRESENTATION FORMAT: 
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

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

For information about the suggested themes of the papers, visit:
http://www.isic2018.com/paper-submission/call-for-papers.html
https://www.facebook.com/isic2018/ 
https://twitter.com/ISIC2018
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 http://52.205.22.215/index.php/informatics.

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 http://52.205.22.215/ 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.
Terms:
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 
Member-at-Large
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.
Regards,  
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

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 http://www.ankoslink.org.tr/2018/en/content/poster.

Additional information about the conference can be found at http://www.ankoslink.org.tr/2018/en

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 (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, 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 https://publish.illinois.edu/minitalks/ 
Attend the minitalks at go.illinois.edu/minitalks-room

Comments and ideas are welcome to either Kate Williams (katewill@illinois.edu) or Jean Kanengoni (jeansk2@illinois.edu). 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."
A
rchived at http://media.ischool.illinois.edu/dl/events/lllfa17/aug29_17.mp4
 
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.

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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: https://publish.illinois.edu/minitalks/ Para asistir, conecte a go.illinois.edu/minitalks-room. 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 <katewill@illinois.edu> o a Jean Kanengoni <jeansk2@illinois.edu>.

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

CALL FOR PAPERS

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

Reference:
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, www.computer.org. These should be carefully read before manuscript submission. Please submit your manuscript to Manuscript Central at https://mc.manuscriptcentral.com/tetc-cs

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