Tuesday, October 13, 2015

25th Annual Mortenson Distinguished Lecture, Right to Accessible Information for Global Citizenship: UNESCO's Programme for Persons with Disabilities.

Join us online or in person on Tuesday, October 27th at 4:00 PM CDT for the 

Dr. Irmgarda Kasinskaite-Buddeberg, Programme Specialist for UNESCO’s Knowledge Societies Division, Communication and Information Sector will talk about her work and provide insight into the concrete actions taken by UNESCO to ensure that the right to accessible information for persons with disabilities is respected around the world and to contribute to the full empowerment of persons with disabilities. 
The presentation will also include the introduction of key initiatives, research results, policy and capacity building tools developed by UNESCO as well as future plans within the context of building inclusive knowledge societies.

The lecture will take place on the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign campus in Room 126 of the Graduate School of Library and Information Science, 501 East Daniel Street, Champaign. It will commence with a memorial tribute to Ekaterina Genieva (April 1, 1946-July 9, 2015), former Director General of the Margarita Rudomino All-Russia State Library for Foreign Literature, by Marianna Tax Choldin. Dr. Genieva received an Honorary Doctor of Letters from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 2001.
If not in-person, please join us online. The lecture will also be streamed live on the internet with American Sign Language interpretation. Just visit go.illinois.edu/livestream3 on October 27th at 4:00 PM Central Daylight Time. The recorded video will be made available with closed caption.
This year’s lecture will also kick off a year-long celebration of the 25th anniversary of the C. Walter and Gerda B. Mortenson Center for International Library Programs, established in 1991 to strengthen international ties among libraries and librarians worldwide for the promotion of international education, understanding, and peace. Librarians from more than 100 countries have participated in professional development programs offered by the Mortenson Center, the only one of its kind in the world. Learn more about us at http://www.library.illinois.edu/mortenson.
Thank you to our co-sponsorsThe Illini Union Board, the Center for Global Studies, the European Union Center, the Graduate School of Library and Information Science, the Division of Disability Resources & Educational Services, and the University of Illinois Library at Urbana-Champaign.

Free Library 2.015 Worldwide Virtual Conference Promotes Global Information Sharing

The date is set, proposals are accepted, and presentations are being prepared as the fifth annual Library 2.015 Worldwide Virtual Conference draws near. 

On Tuesday, October 20, 201, from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.U.S. Pacific Daylight Time, the free international conference will be held online via Blackboard Collaborate web conferencing and accessible from any personal computer and most mobile devices. Scholars, researchers, information professionals, and students are encouraged to attend and benefit from the global exchange of knowledge.

The conference theme of Tools, Skills and Competencies is at the core of the opening keynote address by Dr. Sandra Hirsh, professor and director of the San Jose State University (SJSU) School of Information. Hirsh will discuss the evolution of information services and address what it means to be an information professional today. Her keynote starts at 7 a.m. U.S. Pacific Daylight Time.

The day-long event is packed with keynote and distinguished speaker presentations and 50 crowd-sourced presentations. The full conference schedule is available by time zone on the conference website. All sessions will be recorded and freely accessible for future viewing.

Founded in 2011 by Hirsh of the SJSU School of Information and Steve Hargadon of The Learning Revolution, the Library 2.0 conference series promotes inclusivity with the goal of creating open dialogue about the future of libraries. More information on the 21,000 member international Library 2.0 network, and on attending the Library 2.015 Worldwide Virtual Conference, is available on the conference website

About the SJSU School of Information
The San Jose State University (SJSU) School of Information prepares individuals for careers as information professionals. Graduates work in diverse areas of the information profession, such as user experience design, digital asset management, information architecture, electronic records management, information governance, digital preservation, and librarianship. The SJSU School of Information is a recognized leader in online education and received the Online Learning Consortium’s Outstanding Online Program award. For more information about the school, please visit ischool.sjsu.edu.

Nicole Purviance
Director of Marketing and Communications
School of Information
San Jose State University
One Washington Square
San Jose, CA 95192-0029

Saturday, October 3, 2015

Call for Column Contributions: Global Postcards, International Information & Library Review

The International Information & Library Review is currently seeking articles and proposals for the journal’s “Global Postcards: Research, Projects, and Experiences from the Field” column. The due date for the next issue is December 1, 2015.

The “Global Postcards: Research, Projects, and Experiences from the Field” column features news and reports from around the world. Contributions do not need to be lengthy, but should be informative. The strength of the column is its broad, international focus, and contributors are encouraged to explore issues and share news relevant to their geographical region, as well as the larger, global audience.

Topics may include (but are not limited to):
·         Reports from on-the-ground projects
·         Recaps of conferences and meetings around the world
·         Accounts of professional development experiences
·         Summaries of research projects
·         Grants and other funding opportunities

Submission Instructions
Interested authors are invited to submit proposals and articles to the column editors at jsolis@email.unc.edu and rlk25@pitt.edu. Articles should be written in Word.

Editorial information
·         Editor-in-Chief: Gary M. Pitkin, University of Northern Colorado (Retired)
·         Column Editor: Jacqueline Solis , University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
·         Column Editor: Robin Kear, University of Pittsburgh

Friday, September 18, 2015

8th Qualitative and Quantitative Methods in Libraries International Conference (QQML2016,24-27 May 2016, Senate House, University of London, UK)

8th Qualitative and Quantitative Methods in Libraries International Conference (QQML2016, 24-27 May 2016, Senate House, University of London, UK)

 Dear Colleagues and Friends,
It is our pleasure to invite you in London (24-27 May 2016, Senate House, University of London, UK) for the 8th Qualitative and Quantitative Methods in Libraries International Conference (QQML2016,  http://www.isast.orgwhich is organized under the umbrella of ISAST (International Society for the Advancement of Science and Technology).
The focus of QQML 2016 International Conference is on:
Exploring Trends and Challenges on Building the Future Libraries
The ideal venue is in Senate House of University of London in the same place with the Central Library of the University and home library for the School of Advanced Study while an inspiring tour inOxford Libraries and Museums is arranged.
The QQML2016 Conference Poster is available at: http://www.isast.org/images/Poster_QQML2016.pdf
This is the eight year of the conference which brings together different disciplines on library and information science; it is a multi–disciplinary conference that covers the Library and Information Science topics in conjunction to other disciplines (e.g. innovation and economics, management and marketing, statistics and data analysis, information technology, human resources, museums, archives, special librarianship, etc). 
The conference invites special and contributed sessions, oral communications, workshops and posters.
Target Group
The target group and the audience are library and archives professionals in a more general sense: professors, researchers, students, administrators, stakeholders, librarians, technologists, museum scientists, archivists, decision makers and managers.
Main topics
The emphasis is given to the models and the initiatives that run under the budget restrictions, such as the Information Management and the innovation, the crisis management, the long-term access, the synergies and partnership, the open access movement and technological development.
The conference will consider, but not be limited to, the following indicative themes:
1.                Information and Knowledge Management
2.                Synergies, Organizational Models and Information Systems
3.                Open Data, Open Access, Analysis and Applications
4.                Multimedia Systems and Applications
5.                Computer Networks and Social Networks,
6.                Health Reference and Informatics
7.                Information Technologies in Education
8.          Decision making in service innovation
9.          Data Mining, content analysis, taxonomies, ontologies
10.       STM information development

Special Sessions – Workshops
You may send proposals for Special Sessions (4-6 papers) or Workshops (more than 2 sessions) including the title and a brief description at:  secretar@isast.org or from the electronic submission at the web page: http://www.isast.org/abstractsubmission.html
You may also send Abstracts/Papers to be included in the proposed sessions, to new sessions or as contributed papers at the web page: http://www.isast.org/abstractsubmission.html
Contributions may be realized through one of the following ways
a. structured abstracts (not exceeding 500 words) and presentation;
b. full papers (not exceeding 7,000 words);
c. posters (not exceeding 2,500 words);
In all the above cases at least one of the authors ought to be registered in the conference.
Abstracts and full papers should be submitted electronically within the timetable provided in the web page: http://www.isast.org/.
The abstracts and full papers should be in compliance to the author guidelines: http://www.isast.org/
All abstracts will be published in the Conference Book of Abstracts and in the website of the Conference. The papers of the conference will be published in the website of the conference, after the permission of the author(s).
Student submissions
Professors and Supervisors are encouraged to organize conference sessions of Postgraduate theses and dissertations.
Please direct any questions regarding the QQML 2016 Conference and Student Research Presentations to: the secretariat of the conference at: secretar@isast.org  
Important dates:
Deadline of abstracts submitted: 20 December 2014
Reviewer’s response: in 3 weeks after submission
Early registration: 30th of March 2016
Paper and Presentation Slides: 1st of May 2016
Conference dates: 24-27 May 2016
Paper contributors have the opportunity to be published in the QQML e- Journal, which continues to retain the right of first choice, however in addition they have the chance to be published in other scientific journals.
QQML e- Journal is included in EBSCOhost and DOAJ (Directory of Open Access Journals).
Submissions of abstracts to special or contributed sessions could be sent directly to the conference secretariat at secretar@isast.org. Please refer to the Session Number, as they are referred at the conference website to help the secretariat to classify the submissions.
For more information and Abstract/Paper submission and Special Session Proposals please visit the conference website at: http://www.isast.org or contact the secretary of the conference at : secretar@isast.org
Looking forward to welcoming you in London,
With our best regards,
On behalf of the Conference Committee
Anthi Katsirikou, PhD
Conference Co-Chair
University of Piraeus Library DirectorHead, European Documentation CenterBoard Member of the Greek Association of Librarians and Information Professionals

Message from the IRRT Chair Your IRRT Executive Board: “We are the ‘red carpet’ to our international colleagues…”

Message from the IRRT Chair Your IRRT Executive Board: 
“We are the ‘red carpet’ to our international colleagues…”

Greetings fellow IRRT members!  Welcome to the start of the new 2015‐2016 ALA year!  

I am delighted to take my turn as IRRT’s Chair.  I follow in the footsteps of many wonderful internationally‐minded past Chairs, including Robin Kear, last year.  We have a terrific new Executive Board composition—see their photos below.  And we have 2 enthusiastic new co‐editors of this International Leads newsletter—see their introductions below.  To welcome you more visually, click this link for a video greeting from me:

VIDEO GREETING FROM JOHN: https://www.youtube.com/user/ALAIRRT   

As you know, IRRT serves many functions.  (1) We are the “red carpet” to our international colleagues at ALA conferences, hosting the Orientation session, International Visitors Center, Reception event, and more.  (2) We provide internationally‐oriented presentation opportunities at ALA conferences, such as the paper and poster sessions.  (3) We sponsor internationally‐oriented programs from our committees, like the Pre‐Conference program, Chair’s Program, Sustainable Libraries program, and more.

Some might think IRRT is only focused on events at ALA conferences.  Not at all!  The work of IRRT extends beyond conferences.  For example, on the IRRT website you can find: our Sister Library Committee’s wiki on establishing sister libraries, our “Free Links” page of library professional development links from around the world, our blog and facebook pages for ongoing networking, and 
our International Leads newsletter (which you are reading!)

As the largest Roundtable of ALA, we have a dynamic, worldwide membership.  We’re glad to have you with us, and look forward to a great year with you!
John Hickok
IRRT Chair, 2015‐2016

September Issue of International Leads

September Issue of International Leads

The September issue of International Leads is available online now. Click on the image or link below.

Thursday, September 3, 2015

Information New Wave is hosting a session at Library 2.015

Information New Wave is hosting a session at Library 2.015

Online educational spaces by and for librarians: best practices and models

Tuesday, October 20 at 1:00 p.m. EDT

Join us as we present a program with librarians who have developed free alternative online educational communities to provide professional development to librarians and LIS students whom otherwise wouldn't be able to access them. The event features three popular online spaces from Latin America and Spain, two of them producing weekly/monthly webinars and one, crowdsourcing publications. Includes best practices and models.

Moderator: Loida Garcia-Febo, President, Information New Wave
María García-Puente, Founder of Socialbiblio and Medical Librarian from Spain
Mauricio Fino Garzón, Member of Aprender3c, LIS Professor from Colombia
Natalie Baur, Member of Infotecarios and Affiliate Researcher, Instituto de Investigaciones Bibliotecológicas y de la Información, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México

Tuesday, October 20 at 1:00 p.m. EDT
12:00 p.m. CDT and Mexico/ 11:00 a.m. MDT/ 10:00 a.m. PDT/ 2:00pm Argentina/ 7:00pm CEST
To identify your time zone, see http://www.timeanddate.com/time/map/

Websites / URLs Associated with Our Session: 
Information New Wave http://informationnewwave.org/ 
Maria Garcia-Puente https://about.me/mariagps
Mauricio Fino Garzón http://maolibrarian.strikingly.com/ 

Monday, July 27, 2015

[CALAList] Link to access webinar: [IFLA-L] IFLA/ALA Free Webinar July 30- New Librarians Global Connections, the LIS PhD Experience

2015 Webinar Series

“New Librarians Global Connection: Best Practices, Models and Recommendations”

We are proud to present the second session of the 2015 webinar series  
“New Librarians Global Connection: best practices, models and recommendations.”
http://www.ifla.org/node/6141. This session will explore LIS PhD programs as another option for students thinking about or currently in an LIS graduate program.

For the fourth consecutive year, IFLA Continuing Professional Development and Workplace Learning and IFLA New Professionals Special Interest Group are partnering with the American Library Association to present a series of free quarterly webinars on issues of interest to new librarians, library associations and library schools, library-decision makers, and all library workers. This is a great opportunity for membership participation via new worldwide online programming.

Following our tradition of excellence, this year our keynote speakers for each of our quarterly sessions come from different regions of the world. This session, we will be explore the experiences of three PhD candidates in different programs. Be sure to save the date!

Thursday July 30, 2015
3:00 p.m. EST
9:00 p.m. CET

Link to access the virtual meeting room: https://ala.adobeconnect.com/_a1087453682/r29xv16xjue/

Webinar length is one hour.


Fiona Jardine- PhD candidate at University of Maryland's College of Information Studies
Sandy Littletree- PhD candidate at the Information School of University of Washington
K.R. Roberto- PhD candidate at the Graduate School of Library and Information Science at the iSchool at Illinois

The topics for the webinars were compiled from global surveys, topics presented by speakers during the CPDWL and NPSIG programs at the WLIC 2013 in Singapore, NPSIG working group, and new librarians' forums, listservs and online spaces.

The webinars are archived, therefore you can join them, ask questions and participate in conversations with international colleagues live, or you can listen to them later, anywhere at any time. For more information about the 2012, 2013, and 2014 series and to listen to a number of webinars, visit the following link http://npsig.wordpress.com/webinars-2/past-webinars/. 

Questions and requests for information:
Bridgette Hendrix
NPSIG Convenor

Bridgette Hendrix
Convenor, IFLA New Professionals Special Interest Group