Tuesday, July 30, 2019

2019 Workshop on Big Scholarly Data (BigScholar 2019)

Big Scholar 2019
The 6th Workshop on Big Scholarly Data

A workshop of CIKM 2019 (The 28th ACM International Conference on Information and Knowledge Management)
Beijing, China, November 3rd-7th, 2019

The number of scholarly documents produced by academics, researchers, and practitioners worldwide is increasing at an unprecedented speed. The term big scholarly data is coined for this rapidly growing scholarly source of information. Many large collections of scholarly data including digital libraries, search engines, repositories, knowledge bases, Wikipedia, and the Web have already covered millions of journal articles, conference proceedings, degree theses, books, patents, technical reports, tutorials, course materials, etc. For instance, the Microsoft Academic Graph contains scientific publication records, citation relationships between those publications, as well as authors, institutions, journals, conferences, and fields of study. The DBLP bibliography now lists more than 5000 conference and workshop series, as well as more than 1500 journals in computer science, which involve more than 4 million publications by more than 2 million authors.

Big scholarly data bring about new opportunities and challenges with respect to knowledge discovery, data mining, science of science, and education. It is imperative and vital for scholars to drive their knowledge towards the innovative generation of values from big scholarly data. New knowledge can be extracted by analyzing and mining big scholarly data to, e.g., better understand research dynamics, scientific collaboration and success, identify new directions of research, assess the quality of science, and enable personalized teaching and learning. To achieve these goals, however, a lot of challenges facing big scholarly data acquisition, storage, management, processing and usage must be addressed.

Following the success of the previous five editions, the BigScholar 2019 workshop aims at bringing together academics and practitioners from diverse fields to share ideas and experience with management, analysis, mining, and applications of big scholarly data. The goal is to contribute to the birth of a community having a shared interest around big scholarly data and exploring it using knowledge discovery, data science and analytics, network science, and other appropriate technologies.

The workshop will be a half-day workshop. The format of the workshop will include keynote talks, research and position paper presentations, and one discussion panel. The workshop will be held in conjunction with the 28th ACM International Conference on Information and Knowledge Management (CIKM 2019).

Topics of interest include (but not limited to): 
- New approaches to search, crawling and integration of scholarly data from various data sources
- Methods for storing, indexing, and query processing for big scholarly data
- Practices for scholarly data management and sharing
- Big scholarly data analysis, mining, and visualization
- Network science for scholarly data analytics
- Graph and text mining in big scholarly data
- Measuring the impact of publications, funding, courses, individuals, teams, etc.
- Computational behavioural sciences in research and education
- Academic social network analysis and mining
- Scholarly recommendation
- Understanding and predicting success in research and education
- Design of next generation platforms and systems for research and education
- Novel services and applications for research and education

Submissions due: August 31, 2019 (Any time zone)

Authors are invited to submit original papers that must not have been submitted to or published in any other workshop, conference, or journal. The workshop will accept full papers describing completed work, work-in-progress papers with preliminary results, as well as position papers reporting inspiring and intriguing new ideas.

At least one author of each accepted papers must present their work at the workshop.

All accepted papers will be published in the journal Frontiers in Big Data (as Article Collection on Big Scholarly Data, see: https://www.frontiersin.org/research-topics/8869/article-collection-on-big-scholarly-data).

All papers should be submitted via the Frontiers in Big Data journal submission system. Please go to:

See also the Submission Instructions of the journal.

All authors are encouraged to apply for full (or partial) waivers of Publishing Fees of the journal (not conference registeration). The journal has agreed to approve as many waiver applications from BigScholar 2019 authors as possible. For details on publishing fees of the journal, please visit: https://www.frontiersin.org/about/publishing-fees(see "Frontiers fee-waiver program" for how to apply for waivers).

Feng Xia, Dalian University of Technology
Huan Liu, Arizona State University
Irwin King, The Chinese University of Hong Kong
Kuansan Wang, Microsoft Research

Contact Info:

Saturday, July 6, 2019

12 nations commit to supporting libraries under the UN 2030 Agenda

At the Forum of Ministers of Culture of Latin America and the Caribbean, held at the Congress of the Argentine Nation in May 2019, Ministers and their representatives shared information about libraries in their countries, their contributions to sustainable development, and their plans for the future.

12 countries in Latin America and the Caribbean signed the Buenos Aires Declaration, which reiterates the importance of the UN 2030 Agenda, the need for access to information in order to achieve it, and how libraries can contribute. The Declaration includes commitments to supporting library systems nationally, promoting collaboration, and passing laws, nationally and globally.

Ministers and representatives participated from Argentina, Aruba, Brazil, Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Grenada, Jamaica, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Puerto Rico, Spain, Uruguay.

Read the Declaration of the Ministers of Culture of Latin America and the Caribbean

Source: www.ifla.org/node/92185

Wednesday, June 12, 2019

Help create the ALA of the 21st century at ALA Annual

ALA Remodel Recommendations Input Session with the Steering Committee on Organizational Effectiveness (SCOE) will be held at ALA Annual in Washington, D.C.

Provide your input and feedback on creating the ALA of the 21st century in this session which will focus on the recommendations for the American Library Association created by the Steering Committee on Organizational Effectiveness. The session will focus on updates on the work of the committee and will go over the recommended model(s) in detail, asking for participant input and feedback. Those who cannot make in person sessions can participate virtually. More information on virtual participation will be shared.

Join in person sessions at ALA Annual in Washington Convention Center, Room 103B at the following times:
    •    Saturday, June 22, 12:00pm - 1:30pm
    •    Saturday, June 22, 2:30pm - 4:00pm
    •    Sunday, June 23, 12:00 pm - 1:30pm
    •    Sunday, June 23, 2:30pm - 4:00pm
    •    Monday, June 24, 12:00pm - 1:30pm

Monday, June 10, 2019

Understanding Research Libraries in North Korea session at ALA Annual

Heading to the ALA Annual Conference? The ACRL International Perspectives Discussion Group invites Yoo-Seong Song from UIUC to give a presentation about his recent trip visiting research libraries in North Korea.

Date/Time: June 22, Saturday from 2:30-3:30 pm 
Location: Washington Hilton, Van Ness
Link: https://www.eventscribe.com/2019/ALA-Annual/fsPopup.asp?Mode=presInfo&PresentationID=519468

Presentation: Understanding research libraries in North Korea: A case study of Pyongyang University of Science & Technology (PUST)

Abstract: This presentation will cover the current state of research libraries in North Korea with a special focus on Pyongyang University of Science & Technology (PUST). PUST is the only university in North Korea that is established and operated by a foreign entity, and it provides unique opportunities to understand the role of academic libraries in the higher education system in North Korea. The presenter will discuss how international agencies have quietly assisted building a digital library at PUST and how faculty and students at PUST perceive library services. The presenter will also offer some insights on partnership opportunities with libraries in North Korea.

Speaker: Yoo-Seong Song is an Associate Professor at the School of Information Sciences and also holds a joint appointment at the University Library as the Korean Studies Librarian at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He received his MBA from the University of Iowa and MSI from the University of Michigan.  

Tuesday, June 4, 2019

Join the IRRT on June 14 for a webinar on international librarianship

Hosting International Visiting Librarians in US Academic Libraries: The Korea Foundation Librarian Intern Program

When:  Friday, June 14, 2019
Time: 12:00 PM Pacific | 2:00 PM Central |  3:00 PM Eastern

Time Zone:  World clock: https://www.timeanddate.com/worldclock/

The IRRT Webinar Ad Hoc Committee is excited to present the second of two webinars aimed to promote interests, programs, and activities on international librarianship. In this webinar, we will highlight a unique international library internship partnership between the Korea Foundation, a South Korean based organization with several global offices, and two participating host university libraries in the United States in the form of the Korea Foundation Library Internship Program.

Our speakers, Minjeong Kim, Director of the Korea Foundation Global Office in Washington, D.C., Yunah Sung, Korean Studies Librarian/Head of Technical Services at the University of Michigan-Asia Library, and Ellie Kim, Korean Studies Librarian at the University of Hawaii at Manoa will talk about the library internship program and their partnership. We will also have the pleasure of hearing from the two Korea Foundation Library Interns from these host university libraries as they share their experience interning abroad.

Fore more information, please visit: http://www.ala.org/rt/irrt/initiatives

Monday, June 3, 2019

Journal of Library Administration - Call for Submissions for Global Perspectives Column

The Journal of Library Administration informs readers on research, current developments, and trends related to the leadership and management of libraries. Stressing the practical, this forward-looking journal provides information that library administrators need to manage their organizations efficiently and effectively. In today’s global environment, library administrators must make complex and challenging decisions to help institutions achieve their mission, vision and goals.

The “Global Perspectives” column gathers views on current topics of global interest from authors worldwide.

Topics of importance to library administrators may include:
    •    Collaboration across types of libraries, regions, and national boundaries
    •    The Role of international Library and Information Science (LIS) associations and organizations
    •    Role of technology in the management of library and information centers
    •    Building rich, robust, and sustainable digital collections
    •    Assessment – new perspectives and methods
    •    Facilities-Creative/ new models and how to use space effectively
    •    Human Resources- Good practices, effective management styles
    •    Information Literacy
    •    Equitable Access to Information
    •    Open Access (OA) / Open Educational Resources (OER)
    •    Multilingual Information Access
    •    Services to multicultural / diverse populations
    •    User Experience

Interesting research, reports, opinion pieces, case studies or comparative studies are welcome! Both successful and unsuccessful projects have value to readers who want to learn and an exchange of ideas is crucial for library administrators who seek to create the best organizations possible. Contributions from across the globe add a richness that is the voice of today’s global information infrastructure.

Submission Instructions
Library and Information Science (LIS) professionals are invited to submit proposals and articles to the column editor at pnzomo@kent.edu. In keeping with the JLA’s focus, articles should clearly articulate the role of administrator(s) or management. Articles should be at least 3000, and should be submitted in Microsoft Word format.

For more information about the Journal of Library Administration, including complete submission instructions, please visit the journal’s webpage: www.tandfonline.com/WJLA

Thursday, May 30, 2019

Introducing the Global Library Services Discussion Group

The ACRL Global Libraries Discussion Group is presenting an “Online Open House” webinar to introduce itself June 3, 2019 at 12:00pm EST.

This Discussion Group was formed as a forum for librarians to discuss global library partnerships, international library cooperation, and library services for overseas partners.

At this open house you can learn all about the Group, and meet other librarians who may be doing (or wanting to do) similar international cooperation as you.

Register at https://ala-events.zoom.us/webinar/register/421c442b50500942cde7dc3c8da9331e

Your hosts:
Dan Perkins, NYU Global Services Librarian
Hong Cheng, University of Cincinnati Global Services Librarian

About the ACRL Discussion Group
The Global Library Services discussion group serves as a unique venue for librarians to participate in conversations regarding library support at an international level. It allows a network of librarians to exchange knowledge and develop sustainable services to support teaching and research.

The focus of this group is on providing library support to patrons who use library services abroad, in different time zones, under different cultural, socio-political, and technological circumstances. The librarians may travel abroad, but work primarily on location at their home institutions. As such, they need to utilize unique support structures, deploy situation-appropriate outreach strategies, and innovate solutions, all with well-developed intercultural competences. In addition, this group also discusses how to provide support for broader global initiatives of their libraries or institutions.

This discussion group will:
  • Follow and share emerging trends in international education, research, and global librarianship;
  • Advance understanding of requirements of teaching and learning in overseas campus, branches, or programs;
  • Share creative ideas for developing library services to meet these needs and at the same time develop strategies and solutions for seamless integration with services in home institutions;
  • Exchange best practices for promoting technological or instructional solutions to enhance information literacy support abroad;
  • Develop ways to broaden intercultural competencies among staff;
  • Provide opportunities for librarians to collaborate on relevant projects and programs;
  • Provide leadership and support to fellow librarians who are interested in or engaged in this area of service;
  • Exchange practical ideas for developing and maintaining partnerships from libraries’ global initiatives. 
John Hickok, Co-convener 2019-2020
Outreach Librarian
California State University Fullerton

Holly Hubenschmidt, Co-convener 2019-2020
Head of Instruction & Liaison Services/Co-director of the Global Leadership Academy Webster University
St. Louis, MO

Tuesday, May 28, 2019

Library 2.019 mini-conference: Open Data

Local, state and federal governments are releasing data in new ways. Property maps, school quality information and census statistics - all of these are examples of open data that give people the tools they need to learn and advocate for their causes. This web conference will explore how librarians are using open data, teaching others about it, and even creating it. You’ll learn about tools you can implement in your own library and hear stories from libraries that have partnered with their local and state governments. Armed with practical tools and experiences, you’ll be ready to start diving into open data to help your library and community!

All library professionals, employers, LIS students, and educators are invited to participate in the second Library 2.019 mini-conference, Open Data, which will be held online on Wednesday, June 5th, from 12:00 - 3:00 pm US-Pacific Daylight Time.
Organizers are also seeking volunteer moderators for sessions rooms--email steve@learningrevolution.com if you might be able to help.

This is a free event, being held live online and also recorded.
REGISTER HERE to attend live and/or to receive the recording links afterward.
Join the Library 2.0 network as well to be kept updated on this and future events.

Air Quality Data through Community Engagement in Public Libraries
Catalina Escobar, Co-Founder | Ana Restrepo, Project Director

Data Counts! Using Data Literacy to Reach Hard-to-Count Communities
Jeff Lambert, Digital Literacy Coordinator

Data Toolbox: 25 Free Tools for the Data Librarian
Jim Craner, Library Technology Strategist, The Galecia Group

FAIR finds: Seeking and re-using open data
Adrienne Canino, Data + Science Outreach Librarian, University of Rochester River Campus Libraries

Libraries in Community Data Partnerships: The Civic Switchboard Project
Aaron Brenner, Associate University Librarian for Digital Scholarship and Creation | Nora Mattern, Scholarly Communications Librarian

Participatory Development of an Open Source Broadband Measurement Platform for Public Libraries
Chris Ritzo, Program Management and Community Lead at Measurement Lab, Measurement Lab, Simmons University | Dr. Colin Rhinesmith

Public Libraries as Leaders in the Open Data Movement
David Green, Library Systems Manager + Open Data Program Manager | Dave Pcolar | Luke Stroud

The Presence of Library-Related Datasets on State and State Capital Open Government Data (OGD) Sites
Sandra Hirsh, School of Information; San Jose State University

Washington State: Harnessing the Power of Where. Open Data
Joanne Markert, Washington State GIS Coordinator, WATech, Office of the Chief Information Officer

The School of Information at San José State University is the founding conference sponsor. 
Register as a member of the Library 2.0 network to be kept informed of future events. 
Recordings from previous years are available under the Archives tab at Library 2.0 and at the Library 2.0 YouTube channel.