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."
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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

**** Call For Presentations **** Innovating with Metadata: An Amigos Online Conference

**** Call For Presentations ****
Innovating with Metadata: An Amigos Online Conference

When: Thursday, November 9, 2017, 10:00am- 4:00pm Central Time
Where: Amigos Online Classroom 

Today’s metadata is not yesterday’s cataloging.  Libraries are doing amazing things with all kinds of metadata from many sources.  How is your library innovating with metadata? We would like to hear from you!  Possible topics include:
  • New metadata standards and application profiles
  • Transforming and exchanging metadata within and between organizations
  • Automated ways of generating discovery, preservation and technical metadata
  • New systems; innovative uses of institutional repositories, image management systems, discovery layers 
  • Creative uses of linked data and RDF
  • Transitioning from MARC to BIBFRAME
  • Innovating with metadata on a shoe-string budget

Each session will be 45 minutes in length.  If you're interested in presenting, but have never done it online, don't worry -- we will teach you what you need to know!  We welcome submissions from staff in academic, public and special libraries who work with metadata. 

To submit your presentation idea(s), send us your proposal tohttps://www.amigos.org/node/4657 by August 31st. If you are interested in attending, save the date!  We will be posting registration information in Early October. 


Christine Peterson
Continuing Education Librarian, Technology
Coordinator, AskAcademic Virtual Reference Service
Amigos Library Services

Sunday, August 20, 2017

Help unite the global library field in a vision for the future


The International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA) is encouraging library staff around the world to share their opinions on a proposed Global Vision for how a connected library field can meet the challenges of the future. 

At workshops held across the globe, key players from the library field have prioritized actions that libraries may take in response to societal changes. Six questions – each with ten possible choices – were selected from the outcomes of these workshops. 

From 21 August until 30 September, library staff can cast their vote on these core questions to help IFLA produce a global library roadmap for the future. Visit this link during the voting period and share your input.

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Last Call for Contributions to Column in the Journal of Electronic Resources Librarianship


This is a last call for contributions to the "E-Resource Round Up" column for volume 29, issue 4 of the Journal of Electronic Resources Librarianship (JERL). 

Submissions can be related to any aspect of electronic resources and their use in libraries, including conference reports, professional discussion groups, meetings, and practices in using electronic resources in-house. This would be a great opportunity for you to report on topics that may benefit others in our profession.

The editors would like to receive contributions to the column by Friday, August 25, 2017. Contributions should not be published elsewhere.

If you have a submission or questions, please contact the column editors:

Bob Wolverton
Mississippi State University Libraries

Karen Davidson
Mississippi State University Libraries
(662) 325-3018             

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Professionals from Developing Countries can apply for the ALCTS Online Course Grant until August 24

The Association for Library Collections & Technical Services (ALCTS), a division of the American Library Association, is now accepting applications for the Online Course Grant for Library Professionals from Developing Countries to participate in our online Fundamentals courses held between September 18, 2017 and December 22, 2017. One free seat per session is available to librarians and information professionals from developing countries.

For full information about the grant, including eligibility criteria and a link to the application form, please see: http://www.ala.org/alcts/awards/grants/onlinegrant. Applications may be submitted between July 31, 2017 and August 24, 2017.

Fundamentals of Acquisitions (FOA)
Session 4: September 18 – October 27, 2017
Session 5:  November 6-December 15, 2017

The Fundamentals of Acquisitions (FOA) web course focuses on the basics of acquiring monographs and serials:  goals and methods, financial management of library collections budgets, and relationships among acquisitions librarians, library booksellers, subscription agents, and publishers.  In this course, you will receive a broad overview of the operations involved in acquiring materials after the selection decision is made.  Note that in FOA, we distinguish between collection development, which involves the selection of materials for the library; and acquisitions, which orders, receives, and pays for those materials.

Fundamentals of Cataloging (FOC)
Session 4:  September 18 – October 27, 2017
Session 5:  November 6 – December 15, 2017

Fundamentals of Cataloging (FOC) web course begins with a discussion of how cataloging assists users in finding resources and of the value of standardization of practice. These foundations are then given practical grounding in the work of creating bibliographic descriptions, the process of subject analysis, and summarizing content utilizing classification. Standards such as MARC bibliographic and authority formats, Library of Congress Subject Headings and Library of Congress Classification are discussed. The shift in focus from format-based cataloging to entity-relationship model cataloging is taken from the FRBR foundation to the RDA practical application, with a final look at RDF triples and BIBFRAME. In all areas, the value of standards is illustrated and discussed. There is a heavy reliance on examples from actual practice throughout the course content.

Fundamentals of Collection Assessment (FCA)
Session 4:  October 2-November 10, 2017

This online course introduces the fundamental aspects of collection assessment in libraries. The course is designed for those who are responsible for or interested in collection assessment in all types and sizes of libraries. The course will introduce key concepts in collection assessment including the definition of collection assessment, techniques and tools, assessment of print and electronic collections, and project design and management.

Fundamentals of Collection Development and Management (FCDM)
Session 4: September 25 – October 20, 2017
Session 5: November 27 – December 22, 2017

The Fundamentals of Collection Development and Management web course addresses the basic components of these important areas of responsibility in libraries. Components include complete definition of collection development and collection management; collections policies and budgets as part of library planning; collection development (selecting for and building collections); collection management (e.g., making decisions after materials are selected, including decisions about withdrawal, transfer, preservation); collection analysis—why and how to do it; outreach, liaison, and marketing; trends and suggestions about the future for collection development and management.

Fundamentals of Electronic Resources Acquisitions (FERA)
Session 4: September 25 – October 20, 2017
Session 5: November 27 – December 22, 2017

The Fundamentals of Electronic Resources Acquisitions (FERA) web course will provide an overview of acquiring, providing access to, administering, supporting, and monitoring access to electronic resources.  It will provide a basic background in electronic resource acquisitions including product trials, licensing, purchasing methods, and pricing models and will provide an overview of the sometimes complex relationships between vendors, publishers, platform providers, and libraries.

Fundamentals of Preservation (FOP)
Session 4:  October 2 – November 10, 2017

The Fundamentals of Preservation web course introduces participants to the principles, policies and practices of preservation in libraries and archives.  The course is designed to inform all staff, across divisions and departments and at all levels of responsibility. It provides tools to begin extending the useful life of library collections.  Components include preservation as a formal library function and how it reflects and supports the institutional mission; the primary role of preventive care, including good storage conditions, emergency planning and careful handling of collections; the history and manufacture of physical formats and how this impacts preservation options; standard methods of care and repair, as well as reformatting options; and challenges in preserving digital content and what the implications are for the future of scholarship.

Shared on behalf of the ALCTS International Relations Committee,  American Library Association
http://www.ala.org/alcts/awards/grants/onlinegrant

Friday, July 21, 2017

2017 Development and Access to Information Report launched


The DA2I Report shows how essential access to information is for development, and makes the case for coordinated and sustained efforts by all to guarantee it. It demonstrates how meaningful access to information, supported by libraries, contributes to the achievement of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, and monitors the progress countries are making towards fulfilling their commitments under the UN 2030 Agenda.

As the Agenda for Sustainable Development progresses, the need to address the underlying factors holding back development in all our societies becomes more and more pressing. Few are as pernicious as information poverty – the lack of access to, or the ability to use, the information necessary to foster economically and socially inclusive societies. IFLA President Donna Scheeder stressed: “There is no sustainable development without access to information. And there is no meaningful, inclusive access to information without libraries.

In addition to the regulatory changes and infrastructure investment needed to ensure that everyone has the practical possibility to get online, the report calls for a coordinated drive to ensure that people have the confidence and skills needed to get the best out of the Internet. This will require contributions from all levels of government and across stakeholder groups.

To monitor Member States’ progress, the report presents a set of baseline indicators, drawing on established datasets, as well as providing contributions from international experts showing how access to information is already making a difference. The report focuses this year on four SDGs highlighted at this year’s UN HLPF – agriculture (SDG 2), health (SDG 3), gender equality (SDG 5), and infrastructure and innovation (SDG 9). 

Libraries, as pre-existing, trusted public centres, with both a global perspective and strong understanding of local needs, are essential partners for governments in achieving the Sustainable Development Goals. IFLA is working globally to ensure libraries’ key contribution to development is recognised. It has signed agreements with representatives from 73 countries, committing to work with them to build understanding of the UN 2030 Agenda at a national and regional level, and engage in the planning, monitoring and implementation processes of National Development Plans. 

IFLA Secretary General Gerald Leitner remarked: “The library field is unique. A global community of millions of institutions, sharing the same values and objectives. IFLA, as the global voice of libraries, is proud to be able to bring this potential to bear in support of development. I believe that, together, we can deliver. The library field is certainly ready.

The report can be downloaded from the DA2I official website at DA2I.ifla.org.

Monday, July 10, 2017

The AfLIA Leadership Academy – Call for Applications


African Library & Information Associations & Institutions (AfLIA) is collaborating with the Public Library Association (PLA) to establish the AfLIA Leadership Academy aimed at:

    AfLIA logo
  • Building the knowledge, skills and confidence of library leaders to act in innovative and creative ways in meeting community needs;
  • Supporting library leaders to foster partnerships between libraries and government agencies, the private sector, NGOs, civil society, and faith-based organizations to work together to improve the lives of community members; and
  • Strengthening library leaders’ skills and assisting them find innovative approaches to library services, tangibly improving the value libraries bring to communities.
AfLIA invites applications from librarians working in public and national libraries to participate in the Leadership Academy, which begins in January 2018 and runs for eight months. The Academy aims to support middle managers in African public and national libraries to be true leaders
in their communities. Anticipated outcomes for participants are to:
  • Understand the nature and requirements of effective leadership and one’s own leadership style;
  • Gain a deep understanding of how to manage change and how to effectively carry out civic engagement;
  • Apply the concept of Asset Based Community Development using the assets within their communities to bring about positive change;
  • Understand the opportunities offered and challenges posed by partnering with both library and non-library organisations; and 
  • Form a network of engaged and transforming library leaders ready to lead in taking their national, African and Global Development agendas forward.
The Leadership Academy includes a five-day workshop in January 2018, followed by eight months of support from Coaches who are recognized leaders in the field. There will be three participants
assigned to each Coach.


Within the eight months, participants will be expected to:
  • Attend three webinars run by their Coaches and attended by the three people in their coaching group between February and May 2018.
  • Develop and implement a project geared at improving the livelihoods of the community.
  • Report on their work at the AfLIA Public Libraries Summit in May 2018.
  • Take a two week study visit to US public libraries (participants will pay for their travel costs including visa and travel insurance and AfLIA will pay for the accommodation and meals).
  • Take part in the evaluation of the Academy after eight months.
  • Continue to network with their colleagues at the Academy for a minimum period of one year.
Applicants must meet the following qualifying criteria:
  • Must be from an African public or national library service.
  • Must have at least three years of experience at managerial level.
  • Must be able to read and write in English (because the course is conducted in English).
  • Must have documented support from his/her organization.
  • Must be an active member of the local library association.
  • The institution to which he/she belongs must be a member of AfLIA.
In addition, it will be advantageous to be from an institution that is hosting/has hosted an INELI participant and have demonstrated leadership qualities.

Interested applicants should download and complete the Application Form at http://dl.aflia.net/AfLIA_leadership_form.docx
Send completed applications and all accompanying documents by email with the subject ‘Application for AfLIA Leadership Academy’ to programofficer@aflia.net with a copy to secretariat@aflia.net by August 18, 2017.

Institutional support should be in the form of an endorsement letter from the applicant's library, on the library’s letterhead and signed by the head of the institution or his/her representative,
scanned and included with the completed form.

Thursday, July 6, 2017

Call for Proposals: Advances in Library Administration and Organization


Libraries have begun doing more to support entrepreneurship and innovation within their communities. Makerspaces and business incubators have become featured attractions in public and academic libraries and provide a unique way to reach out to a user group that can bolster a community in dynamic ways. ALAO seeks submissions for the “Supporting Entrepreneurship and Innovation” volume that delve beyond examples and case studies to look at how library leaders can develop support for innovation and entrepreneurship within their libraries. Examples include but are not limited to: analyzing case studies from several institutions to identify best practices; ways of designing library spaces to ensure they meet the needs of all constituents; theoretical discussions on how activities/spaces supporting entrepreneurship and innovation reflect the mission of libraries; creative ways to get resources to support efforts in these areas; how these areas can lead to new kinds of collaborations that benefit libraries.

Editors are particularly interested in proposals on the following topics:
  • How the historical and cultural role of libraries has changed (or not) to include services that support creativity and innovation.
  • How and why the development of makerspaces and incubators (or other innovative programs) supports the larger community in which the library is situated.
  • How innovative and entrepreneurial support develops new partnerships, and how those partnerships can be sustained.
If you are interested in contributing to this volume, send an abstract of 300 words or less as well as author details and estimated length of final submission to Samantha Hines at shines@pencol.edu.
Proposal deadline: August 31, 2017. Notification of acceptance: October 31, 2017.

This will be the first volume of ALAO to publish in 2019.
Series Editor: Samantha Hines, Peninsula College
Volume Editor: Janet Crum, Northern Arizona University

Advances in Library Administration and Organization (ALAO) offers long-form research, comprehensive discussions of theoretical developments, and in-depth accounts of evidence-based practice in library administration and organization. The series answers the questions, “How have libraries been managed, and how should they be managed?” It goes beyond a platform for the sharing of research to provide a venue for dialogue across issues. Through this series, practitioners can glean new approaches in challenging times and collaborate on the exploration of scholarly solutions to professional quandaries. ALAO is published by Emerald Publishing
http://www.emeraldgrouppublishing.com/products/books/series.htm?id=0732-0671


Saturday, July 1, 2017

Serbian Library Association annual conference focuses on advocacy and lobbying

Serbian Library Association (SLA) invites colleagues from across the globe to their annual conference "What I talk about when I talk about libraries: Advocacy, Promoting and Lobbying" to be held in Belgrade, Serbia December 13 - 15, 2017.
There will be pre-conference sessions on December 13 and the official conference begins on December 14th with amazing keynote speakers. December 14th is Librarians Day and SLA's 70th birthday, so they are planning a grand celebration!

SLA is currently accepting full papers, short presentations (Pecha Kucha) and poster presentations with topics related to advocacy, such as:
  • Visibility of libraries in the media and community
  • Skills and knowledge we need for advocacy
  • The role of libraries in the United Nations Agenda UN 2030 and society development
  • How do the different types of libraries support the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)?
  • Library statistics for the effective storytelling and performance
  • Budget and financing: do we have an alternative?
  • The role of library associations in advocating, lobbying and promotion
  • Partnerships and networking
  • Methods of communication with decision-makers
  • Campaigns, activism and social media
  • Multimedia and innovative tools
  • Library users as advocates
  • Communication strategy, public relations and marketing
  • Training programs, workshops and forums
Deadline for proposals is September 15. Visit the conference website for more information.

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Awesome Foundation has an Innovation in Libraries chapter


It can be a challenge to keep the bills paid when you are working to get a new project off the ground.  The Awesome Foundation offers micro-grants of $1000 to help "forward the interest of awesome in the universe." Of course, not every aspiring project gets funded. However, a team of library and information professionals have created a new funding opportunity to help innovative library projects achieve success.

The Awesome Innovation in Libraries Chapter was created "by a small working group of passionate librarians within Library Pipeline who wanted to provide a catalyst for prototyping both technical and non-technical library innovations that embody the principles of diversity, inclusivity, creativity, and risk-taking."

The Chapter awards monthly grants; proposals are due on the 1st and decisions are rendered at the end of the month. There have already been some fantastic projects funded from around the world. Check out the winners so far and then submit your own application!

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.