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.” 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:

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 

Questions and requests for information:
Bridgette Hendrix
NPSIG Convenor

Bridgette Hendrix
Convenor, IFLA New Professionals Special Interest Group

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

The Countries With The Most Students Studying Abroad

The Countries With The Most Students Studying Abroad

Nowhere beats China when it comes to students who study abroad. According to UNESCO, the world’s two most populous nations, China and India, send the most students overseas. China leads the way by a considerable distance with just under 700,000 students studying abroad. India is second with 189,500 while the Republic of Korea is in third place with 123,700.

Germany and Saudi Arabia round off the top 5 with 117,600 and 62,500 respectively. The United States comes seventh overall with around 58,000. Interestingly, several small countries actually have more nationals studying abroad than at home. These include Andorra, Anguilla, Bermuda, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Montserrat, the Seychelles and the Turks and Caicos Islands, according to UNESCO.  

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The International Librarians Network: New round begins August 2015

The International Librarians Network: New Round Begins August 2015

At ALA Annual in San Francisco, the IRRT Executive Board partnered with the International Librarians Network to promote a new opportunity to our members. ILN was started in 2013 by Australian Librarians Alyson Dalby, Clare McKenzie, and Kate Byrne. There have been several rounds of participation since then and the next one is coming up very soon. We always hear that our members want more ways to connect, ways that are meaningful and inexpensive. The program does exactly that. We strongly urge you to apply to be part of this facilitated peer mentoring program!
Want to build your professional network and learn about librarianship around the world? Love the idea of professional travel but just don’t have the budget? The International Librarians Network (ILN) is for you. We are pleased to announce the next round of this popular program will commence in mid-August 2015.
The ILN peer mentoring program is a facilitated program aimed at helping librarians develop international networks. Participating in the ILN brings wider professional awareness, an international perspective to your work, new ideas, and increased professional confidence. We know this because many of our participants tell us – and we’ve had over 2500 librarians from 110 countries take part so far.
Applications for the next round of partnerships are being accepted now and close at midnight on Sunday 26th July 2015 (Sydney, Australia time). Numbers are limited, so apply early to ensure you don’t miss out.
The ILN is open to anyone working (or studying) in the library and information industry around the world. The program is free and the only requirements to participate are an internet connection, fluent English skills, an hour each week and a desire to build professional connections and learn from colleagues.
Get involved now! Find out more about the way the program works, or apply online.

Friday, June 19, 2015

ALA News: Library community mourns loss of Charleston Librarian Cynthia Hurd

ALA News: Library Community Mourns Loss of Charleston Librarian Cynthia Hurd

For Immediate Release
Thu, 06/18/2015


Macey Morales
Manager Media Relations

CHICAGO - In the aftermath of a mass shooting at Mother Emmanuel AME Church in Charleston, South Carolina, The American Library Association (ALA) is saddened to learn that public librarian Cynthia Hurd was among the fatally injured.   
Hurd’s commitment to librarianship was apparent during her more than three decades with the Charleston (S.C.) County Public Library.  Hurd served as branch manager of the John L. Dart Branch from 1990-2011 before becoming manager of the St. Andrews Regional Library.
American Library Association President Courtney Young released the following statement.
“Cynthia Hurd was beloved by her community,” said Young “Her dedication to librarianship was apparent as she worked to transform lives through education and lifelong learning. The thousands of lives she touched over the years will serve as a lasting living legacy.  
“The American Library Association would like to express its deepest condolences to Cynthia’s family, as well as the many families impacted by this very senseless and tragic act of violence.
“As our nation begins to try to make sense of this tragedy, various ALA divisions will reach out to our colleagues in Charleston, South Carolina, to express concern and to lend support.
“I also would like the people of Charleston to know that the library community’s thoughts and prayers are with you as you work to come together to build a community of tolerance and cultural acceptance.”   

Melissa Cardenas-Dow, MLIS
phone: 909-793-2030
Google Hangout: melissa.cardenasdow
Twitter: @micdow
MiscEtcetera blog:

"Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a great battle." -- commonly attributed to Philo of Alexandria

Thursday, June 18, 2015

Opportunity to travel to Finland with ALA President

Opportunity to travel to Finland with ALA President

As the President of the American Library Association, I am honored to serve as the leader of the upcoming American Library Association Delegation to Finland. I invite you to join me and other members of the American Library Association to participate in this important international exchange in Helsinki, Finland in October 11-16, 2015.

As you know, Finland is noted for having some of the most innovative library communities in the world. It will be a great to learn and share experiences with our Finnish colleagues.  I believe you would contribute valued expertise to the team while gaining both personally and professionally from the experience.

In addition to visiting cutting edge libraries, we’ll have the opportunity to meet with leadership of the Finnish Library Association to discuss issues such as:

·       Sources of funding and government commitment to library development
·       The role of libraries as an educational resource
·       Use of technology at all levels
·       Education and training for librarians

Attached is a preliminary itinerary for this delegation. Each delegate will be asked to complete a profile identifying their background and areas of interest, to ensure the final schedule of activities reflects the professional goals and specific topics of discussion of the enrolled delegates.  The itinerary is also available at

The estimated cost per delegation member is $4,150. This cost includes: group ground transportation within Finland, meetings, accommodations in double-occupancy rooms, entry fees for cultural visits, the service of a national guide, and most meals.  The program convenes on October 11, 2015 in Helsinki and ends on October 16, 2015.  In most cases, this means a departure from the U.S. on October 11th, with a return on the 16th.

Travel arrangements will be arranged through Professionals Abroad, a division of Academic Travel Abroad.  The 60-year-old organization handles the logistical arrangements for prestigious organizations, such as National Geographic, The Smithsonian, The New York Times – Times Journeys and many top professional associations and universities.

A parallel program of unique cultural activities will be arranged for non-professionals and accompanying guests.  If you are interested in bringing a guest to experience the rich culture of Finland, please contact Professionals Abroad for program specifics.

For U.S. citizens, expenses associated with this program may be tax deductible as an ordinary and necessary business expense.  You should consult with a tax advisor to determine if the tax deduction is applicable to you. 

As the team will be limited and due to the extensive planning and communication involved in coordinating a program of this nature, please respond with your intentions regarding this invitation as soon as possible. Please RSVP to Professionals Abroad at 1-877-298-9677 or via the web at    A $500 deposit is required to reserve your place on the team.  In the event that you are unable to accept this invitation, an alternate delegate candidate will be invited. You may also recommend a colleague as your alternate for the program. I look forward to hearing from you regarding your participation.

If you have questions regarding the delegation, contact our Program Representative at Professionals Abroad, at 1-877-298-9677.

I am pleased to be involved in this exciting opportunity and hope that you will strongly consider participating in the delegation to Finland.


Courtney Young
American Library Association

Mary Ellen K. Davis
Executive Director
Association of College & Research Libraries
50 E. Huron St., Chicago, IL 60611



New from ACRL Publications
New from ACRL Publications
"Teaching Information Literacy Threshold Concepts: Lesson Plans for Librarians” edited by Patricia Bravender, Hazel McClure, and Gayle Schaub.
ACRL in San Francisco
Don’t miss ACRL’s wide variety of programs at the 2015 ALA Annual Conference in San Francisco, including preconferences on reflective teaching, data visualization, writing data management plans, and more.
Complete detail are available on the ACRL website.

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Job opportunity at IFLA Headquarters - Secretary General

  Job opportunity at IFLA Headquarters - Secretary General

The International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA) is seeking a proven leader with a compelling vision to fill the position of Secretary General
IFLA is the leading international body representing the interests of library and information services and their users. It is the global voice of the library and information profession. IFLA has now 1500 members in approximately 150 countries around the world and is registered in the Netherlands. The headquarters is located in the Royal Library, the National Library of the Netherlands.  IFLA is an independent, international, non-governmental, not-for-profit organization.


The Secretary General is the Chief Executive Officer and head of IFLA’s Secretariat, responsible for the organization’s success and the consistent achievement of its mission including the strategic and operational direction and financial management of IFLA within policies determined by IFLA General Assembly and Governing Board; appointment of staff; provision of advice to the officers and Governing Board of IFLA and the implementation of decisions; coordination of IFLA programs including the core activities and regional offices; ensuring that the Board is kept fully informed on the condition of the organization and all important factors influencing it; serving on the Board of trustees of the IFLA Stichting Foundation and as an officer of the IFLA conference holding companies, and, such other responsibilities as are necessary for the effective and efficient operation of IFLA.
view the complete announcement:
The International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA)
At IFLA Headquarters an international staff of 16 people manages and develops programmes for members and the library and information sector worldwide. IFLA’s strategic priorities include access to information, digital content, cultural heritage, the contribution of libraries to national development, and professional practice.
IFLA Headquarters
16 June 2015

Journal of Web Librarianship Special Issue: International Voices

Journal of Web Librarianship Special Issue: International Voices

Do you work in a library outside of the U.S. and Canada?  The Journal of Web Librarianship is seeking research articles, case studies, and other types of submissions from librarians around the world.  AlthoughJWL has aimed to be an international journal from the beginning, the bulk of JWL submissions come from authors at U.S. and Canadian libraries.  For this special issue, therefore, JWL will focus on library web projects and research outside these countries.
Topics for the special issue can include (but are not limited to):
· library web page design and redesigns,
· web project management,
· usability testing of library or library-related sites,
· cataloging or classification of Web information,
· user behavior on the web,
· search behaviors,
· social networking and libraries,
· mobile web librarianship,
· digitization or finding aids for unique collections,
· integrating digital collections into catalogs / discovery.
Submissions for this special issue will still undergo a double-blind peer review. However, to support consistency of organization across the issue and offer support to authors who use English as a second language, submissions will first undergo one or more rounds of “collegial review” to provide early feedback to authors about their manuscripts before submission to the blind peer review process.
In addition to following the regular JWL manuscript preparation guidelines, authors are asked specifically to provide information in the introduction about the role and status of libraries in their country or countries, as well as the state of any relevant technologies in their country relative to their topic.  For example, an article about a library’s use of social networking to market services would include an explanation about how social networking technologies are generally used in that country (level of adoption, purposes, challenges, etc.).
Please submit manuscripts for consideration by August 15, 2015 to Questions about this issue should also be submitted to

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

IRRT Nominating Committee Extends Deadline

IRRT Nominating Committee Extends Deadline

Chicago - The ALA 2016 Nominating Committee announces a deadline extension for completing the candidate biographical form for the position of Councilor-at-Large.  Any ALA members interested in being considered for candidacy for the positions of ALA Councilor-at-large have until 9:00 a.m. (CDT) on Monday, June 29, to complete the form. 

All potential nominees must complete the Potential Candidate Biographical Form available at You must click on the “Register” link prior to completing the form. 

The Nominating Committee will select no fewer than 51 candidates for the 34 at-large Council seats to be filled in the 2016 spring election.  The elected Councilors-at-large will serve three-year terms, beginning after the 2016 ALA Annual Conference and ending at the adjournment of the 2019 Annual Conference. 

The ALA Councilors also serve in corresponding roles in the ALA-Allied Professional Association [ALA-APA].  Individuals considering ALA-APA office are encouraged to consult with their employer regarding any restrictions regarding lobbying activities or service on the governing body of a 501(c)6 organization.

Questions about running for office may be directed to any member of the Nominating Committee: 

·         Larry Neal, Library Director, Clinton-Macomb Public Library, Clinton Township, MI  (586) 226-5011, E-mail
·         Susan Ballard, Project Director, School Librarian Program Development, Granite State College/University System of New Hampshire, Rochester, NH  (603) 247-8308, E-mail 
·         Manuel Figueroa, Talent Development and Training Manager, Queens Library, Jamaica, NY (718) 990-8575, E-mail
·         Sharon Hu, Associate Professor, Department of Information Studies, Chicago State University, Chicago, IL (773) 995-2006, E-mail
·         Joquetta Johnson, Library Media Specialist, Randallstown High School, Randallstown, MD (410) 887-0760, E-mail
·         David Lee King, Digital Services Director, Topeka & Shawnee County Public Library, Topeka, KS  (785) 580-4601, E-mail
·         Portia Latalladi, Youth Librarian, Chicago Public Library, Chicago, IL (312) 747-3725, E-mail 
·         Jennifer Paustenbaugh, University Librarian, Brigham Young University, Provo, UT, (801) 422-4301, E-mail
·         Brian Schottlaender, Audrey Geisel University Librarian, University of California-San Diego, La Jolla, CA, (858) 534-3060, E-mail