Sunday, February 7, 2016

IFLA International Leaders Programme: Applications now open Until March 2, 2016

IFLA International Leaders Programme: Applications now open 
Applications open until 2 March 2016

The International Leaders Programme is a two-year Programme designed to increase the cohort of leaders who can effectively represent the wider library sector in the international arena, and to develop leaders within IFLA. The Programme provides opportunities that IFLA is in the unique position to offer through our global role and reputation and our extensive and diverse framework of activities and expertise. 

For full details about the programme, project descriptions, selection criteria and application form, please visit our IFLA International Leaders Programme webpage.
The Programme will bring participants together at the 2016, 2017 and 2018 IFLA World Library and Information Congresses (WLIC) as the main face-to-face forum. In this dynamic and interactive environment, participants will have direct access to international leaders, and undertake eight days [excluding travel time] of activities including: seminar and workshop sessions on issues with a global impact led by leaders in the sector and related fields; participation in specified business meetings; attendance at specified professional programme sessions; working within groups to prepare presentations or reports; liaison with Governing Board members; building support networks.
This experience will be reinforced throughout the Programme with attachments to IFLA professional units and working/advisory groups to contribute to projects of direct relevance to IFLA’s international agenda, Strategic Plan and Key Initiatives. Participants will learn through practice, and be mentored as they strengthen their skills and knowledge.

Through participating in the programme, you will:

  • Contribute to important issues impacting on the future of the library sector
  • Gain experience in working at the international level
  • Gain experience in working with organisations such as the World Intellectual Property Organisation (WIPO), UNESCO, the European Commission, the Internet Governance Forum
  • Gain experience in the development of policy and position statements
  • Develop your negotiating and intervention skills
  • Develop your capacity to advocate and set political agendas,
  • Build relationships and develop your networks internationally
  • Build skills to have a broader impact as an advocate in your own library community
The Programme is administered by the Action for Development through Libraries Programme (ALP) under the general direction of the IFLA Governing Board.

Thursday, January 21, 2016

The International Librarians Network: New Round Begins March 2016

IRRT Member,

IRRT has teamed up with the International Librarians Network to offer IRRT members an opportunity to sign up to be partnered with a librarian from another country for a three month facilitated professional networking opportunity! The links below will take you to a sign up form. The deadline to apply is February 15.

The International Librarians Network: new round begins March 2016

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 early March 2016.

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 3500 librarians from 120+ countries take part so far.

Applications for the next round of partnerships will open in mid-January and close at midnight on Monday, February 15, 2016. 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.

You have received this email message because you are a member of the International Relations Round Table (IRRT). 

Wednesday, January 13, 2016

Call for Participation - International Librarianship Experiences

Call for Participation - International Librarianship Experiences

Call for participation
Lara Seven Phillips (formerly of the University of the South Pacific, Fiji) and Kate Holvoet (currently at Zayed University, in the UAE) are writing a book on librarianship abroad; basically all the things we either learned the hard way or wish someone had told us before we started. It is scheduled to be published in December 2016 by ABC-CLIO/Libraries Unlimited.

We are looking to include anecdotes, advice, cautions, lessons learned, etc. from other librarians who have worked abroad.  We want to hear from people who work in all areas of librarianship, and at different kinds of libraries.  We want our book to reflect a variety of international experiences.  If you are interested in telling us about your experience, please click on the Dropbox link, download the survey and return it to: and
The questionnaire lists the kinds of things we're looking to find out about your experience working internationally. You can be as brief or as thorough as you like; please don't feel obligated to answer all the questions if they either don't apply or you don't have anything to share on the topic.

We would appreciate having questionnaires returned by 31 January, 2016. If not, feel free to pass our contact information to other American/Western school librarians working internationally who you think might be interested in participating.
I am happy to answer any questions about the book that you may have. I can share the table of contents, a sample chapter, my own "personal narrative' of my experience working abroad, or whatever else you might like to know about the project.

The questionnaire is in both PDF and a word DOCX formats- please use whichever is easiest for you (an email response is also fine).

Thanks in advance for your consideration!

Monday, December 28, 2015

Bogle Pratt International Travel Fund

Applications Sought for the Bogle Pratt International Library Travel Fund

The American Library Association is accepting applications for the 2016 Bogle Pratt International Library Travel Fund sponsored by the Bogle Memorial Fund and the Pratt Institute School of Information and Library Science. An award of $1,000 is given to an ALA personal member to attend their first international conference. An international conference may be defined as a conference sponsored by an international organization or a conference held in a country other than your home country. Recipients must be personal members of the American Library Association (ALA) for at least one full year. The deadline to submit applications is January 1, 2016. Winner will be announced after the ALA Midwinter Meeting.
The award is in recognition of Sarah Comly Norris Bogle, a prominent U.S. librarian who made notable contributions to international library service.
Applications should be sent to:
International Relations Office
American Library Association
50 E. Huron St.
Chicago, IL 60611-2795

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 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
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

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 and 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:
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: or from the electronic submission at the web page:
You may also send Abstracts/Papers to be included in the proposed sessions, to new sessions or as contributed papers at the web page:
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:
The abstracts and full papers should be in compliance to the author guidelines:
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:  
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 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: or contact the secretary of the conference at :
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