Wednesday, October 5, 2016

Out Now: October 2016 issue of IFLA Journal

5 October 2016

Out Now: October 2016 issue of IFLA Journal

IFLA Journal is an international journal publishing peer reviewed articles on library and information services and the social, political and economic issues that impact access to information through libraries.
The Journal publishes research, case studies and essays that reflect the broad spectrum of the profession internationally.


Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Invitation for International Day of Peace Celebration on September 21st - Mortenson Center

The Mortenson Center invites libraries and librarians around the world to join our International Day of Peace Celebration on September 21st In collaboration with the University of Illinois Library at Urbana-Champaign we are inviting our community to add their peace wishes to our Tree of Peace, and #treetyourself to our photo booth.

Tell us how you are celebrating at and follow us or post your activities using the hashtags #librariesforpeace #peaceday

To learn about our International Peace Day initiative, visit  This website is for librarians worldwide to learn about what libraries are doing to promote peacehow they can initiate their own efforts, and where these actions are taking place; to discuss and share ideas of libraries and peacebuilding; and to serve as an information hub for an international library celebration and action day for peace.  

JOIN this Libraries for Peace (L4P) movement by going to the website to:

1.     Celebrate Library for Peace (L4P) Day on 21st September, 2016(International Day of Peace)
2.     Pledge to advance the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals
3.     Share your story of how you and/or your library are working toward building a peaceful and sustainable local and global community.

The Libraries for Peace web portal was created to advance the mission of theMortenson Center for International Library Programs, which for the past 25 years, has worked to strengthen international ties among libraries and librarians worldwide for the promotion of international education, understanding, and peace. Libraries as information, education and cultural centers have a role in advancing peace internationally.

For more information, please email

Clara M. Chu
Director and Mortenson Distinguished Professor

Mortenson Center for International Library Programs
142 Undergraduate Library, MC-522
1402 W. Gregory Dr.
Urbana, IL 61801 USA
Email:  Phone: (217) 300-0918 ~ phone: (217) 333-3085

Friday, September 16, 2016

IRRT Call for Nominations for the Offices of Chair-Elect, Secretary/Treasurer and Member-at-Large

The International Relations Round Table (IRRT) is seeking candidates to run for office in the 2017 ALA Elections for terms beginning after Annual Conference 2017. IRRT is seeking candidates for the offices of Chair-Elect, Secretary/Treasurer and a Member-at-Large.

Candidates must be current members of IRRT and have served for at least one year on an IRRT committee. Officers must be able to attend all ALA Midwinter and Annual Conferences for the duration of their commitments. All officers serve on IRRT’s Executive Board. If elected, the terms will begin immediately following the ALA 2017 Annual Conference.

The terms of these offices are:

Serves a three-year term as part of a three-year commitment to the Executive Board as Chair-Elect, Chair, and Past Chair.
Serves a two-year term.

Serves a two-year term.

If you are interested in running for office, or wish to nominate someone, please contact, Samantha Thompson-Franklin (, chair, IRRT Nominating Committee. The deadline to submit names to the committee is November 14, 2016



Samantha Thompson-FranklinMA, MLIS
Professor/Acquisitions & Collection Development Librarian
Lewis-Clark State College
500 8th Avenue, Lewiston, ID 83501

Thursday, September 15, 2016

The International Journal of Librarianship CFP

Call for Papers: The International Journal of Librarianship

The International Journal of Librarianship (IJOL) is an open access, refereed journal of research and discussion dealing with all aspects of libraries and librarianship including but not limited to major development of Chinese librarianship throughout the world. It is published by Chinese American Librarian Association (CALA), an affiliation of the American Library Association.
IJOL invites original papers or reviews of books, journal articles or conference papers that contribute to the study and research in the Library and Information Science.  All articles dealing with academic, research, public, school and special libraries and other information institutes are welcome.
Topics of interest include, but are not limited to:

•                International librarianship
•                Library systems and Discovery Service
•                Digital library and institutional repository
•                Data visualization
•                Linked data and semantic web
•                Public service
•                Collection development
•                Information literacy
•                Acquisitions
•                Technical services  
•                Library consortia or vendor relations
•                Reports from the field that describe the implementation and assessment of innovative practices in libraries of all types, and report distinguished Chinese librarian who contributes greatly to the profession        
•                Review of literature in all aspects of Library and Information Science field

The topics above are some of the proposals that you would like to propose, but we accept papers on all aspects in Library and Information science.

Articles are commonly 3000-5000 words in length, in APA (American Psychological Association) format.  Shorter or longer articles may be accepted if deemed to be in high quality. 

Submission deadline:

Papers submitted by October 1, 2016 will be considered for the publication in the first issue (December 2016). Late submissions will be considered for the following issues.

How to submit your manuscripts:

IJOL uses Open Journal System by Public Knowledge Project. Simply visit to login and submit your manuscripts online.  Please read the Author Guidelines before submission. If you encounter any technical difficulties, please contact the Webmaster at

All papers must be submitted via the online system. If you would like to discuss your paper prior to submission, please contact Grace Liu, the Editor at

Thursday, September 8, 2016

September Issue of International Leads

The September issue of IRRT’s International Leads newsletter is now available for viewing. This month’s issue includes articles on the East West University Library in Bangladesh, programming at the University of Windsor in Canada, Cape Town Book Donation project outcomes, and more! 

Happy Reading! 

Message from IRRT Chair, Beth Cramer 

I t is with deepest gratitude and excitement that I begin my term as IRRT Chair. First, I would like to thank and congratulate John Hickok on his productive, informative, and fun term as IRRT Chair, 2015-2016. And many thanks to Robin Kear (PastChair, 2016-2017) for her fabulous IRRT service over the past years. They taught me a lot about leadership and how to steer IRRT throughout the year to accomplish its many goals and objectives. 

In the following year, IRRT will be working to create international programming and speaking opportunities at the ALA conferences, plus embracing our role as hosts for our international ALA members and visitors. We will also continue our work editing the IRRT Bylaws, sponsoring an ALA Emerging Leader, and growing the IRRT Endowment—with a special focus on how best to utilize these funds for the support and enrichment of ALA international initiatives.

After attending some amazing programs at IFLA in Columbus, I have decided that my focus for the upcoming year is to promote the SustainableDevelopment Goals (SDGs) supported by the United Nations Development Programme and adopted by 150 world leaders. I will focus specifically on the opportunities for libraries and librarians to work with the UNDP in their fight against injustice, poverty, inequality, and climate change. These SDGs and the preceding Millennium Development Goals are closely related to my interest and research on the topic of INGOs and NGOs supporting sustainable libraries in developing countries. I am excited to have the opportunity to help other librarians learn more about making a global impact while at the same time enriching their own local communities, careers, and lives.

I encourage all IRRT members to volunteer to serve as an officer, committee chair, or committee member—your first opportunity will be a call for IRRT officer nominations (via email to all members), to be made before ALA Midwinter, 2017.You may also volunteer to serve as a committee member throughout the year at our IRRT Committees page: Appointing officer for the year is our Chair-Elect, Loida Garcia-Febo.

 Looking forward to working with many of you. May the upcoming year be filled with accomplishments, collaboration, happiness, and surprises. 

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Free IFLA/ALA Webinar, July 26 2016: Information Literacy in my career

IFLA Continuing Professional Development and Workplace Learning (CPDWL) and IFLA New Professionals SIG (NPSIG) has partnered with the American Library Association to present a one-hour webinar “Information Literacy in my career.” Professionals at different stages of their career will talk about what information literacy means to them, how they engage with it in their job, and how they see information literacy featuring in their future.

Keynote and moderator: Sheila Webber (@sheilayoshikawa)
Sheila is Senior Lecturer and Director of the Centre for Information Literacy Research in the Information School, University of Sheffield. She is a committee member of IFLA Information Literacy Section (, and interim co-chair of UNESCO’s GAPMIL (Global Alliance of partnerships for Media and information Literacy) European Chapter ( She blogs at The Information Literacy Weblog

Pamela McKinney (@ischoolpam). Pamela is a Lecturer in the Information School, University of Sheffield. Before joining the iSchool, she was a learning developer in the Centre for Inquiry-based Learning in the Arts and Social Sciences, and prior to that an academic librarian at Sheffield Hallam University

Liam Bullingham (@liamealbee). Liam is a Liaison Librarian at the University of Sheffield. Previous jobs included Information Adviser at Sheffield Hallam University, Knowledge Management Resources Assistant at DLA Piper and Graduate Trainee Library Assistant, Manchester Metropolitan University.

Emily Wheeler (@heliotropia). Emily is Learning Advisor at the University of Leeds. Previous posts include Library Graduate Trainee at Manchester Metropolitan University. She runs the CILIP Yorkshire and Humberside Member Network blog and co-organises the LISDIS (Library and Information Science Dissertations) conference

Date: July 26, 2016 
Time: 10am Central Standard Time (Chicago, USA) / 11am Eastern Standard Time (NYC, USA) / 4pm British Summer Time (London, UK) / 5pm (Stockholm, Sweden)

To join the webcast on July 26: Go to to access the live event.   The webinar will be recorded and the recording will be made available online after the event.

Questions should be directed to

Loida Garcia-Febo
President, Information New Wave

IFLA Governing Board Member
IFLA Action for Development through Libraries Programme (ALP) Chair
ALA Executive Board Member
Professional website:
CPDWL Member, NPSIG Advisor,
Coordinator: New Librarians Global Connections online series

Thursday, July 14, 2016

Applications are now open for the next round of the International Librarians Network (ILN) peer mentoring program. Fill out the application at

This is an opportunity to expand your international professional network at no cost and with no travel required. You will be matched with a librarian from another country for a four month peer mentoring relationship during which you can correspond and share ideas. The ILN (based in Australia) has partnered with IRRT to provide discussion topics to help guide your conversations, and hosts online conversations throughout the program.

This is a great way to learn about libraries and librarianship in other places!

Meet the ALA Emerging Leaders Team (2015-2016) and Learn about Their IRRT Project

(From Left to Right: Myriam, Mandi, Charissa, Sean, Jason)

The Emerging Leaders Program is an ALA program that gives support to new/emerging library leaders Different ALA division/Roundtables are asked to sponsor Emerging librarian leaders by giving $ support for them to attend ALA Conferences and gain professional experience in leading and completing a project. The Emerging Leader (EL) that IRRT sponsored this past year (2015-2016) was Charissa Powell, Undergraduate Experience Librarian at Kansas State University. IRRT submitted a project for ELs and it was accepted. Thus, Charrisa, and a team of 4 other ELs (sponsored by other ALA divisions/roundtables) agreed to take on this project. The total team composition was:

1. Charissa Powell (Kansas State University) 
2. Sean Buckner (Texas A&M University)
3. Jason Broughton (South Carolina State Library)
4. Myriam Martinez-Banuelos (University of North Texas)
5. Mandi Goodsett (Cleveland State University)
IRRT member Lucas Mak (Michigan State University), honorary team member and former EL himself, was assigned as the team’s mentor/adviser.

The project was titled the “IRRT Free Links: Disaster Planning & Recovery”.  IRRT maintains a page of “free links” (links to free library-related resources) on different themes.  One theme is technology. Another theme is library advocacy.  This past year, the theme was Disaster Planning and Recovery.  The EL team reviewed worldwide resources—freely available on the Internet—related to disaster planning and response, and compiled them in a single place.  This compilation is the completed project. The EL team started it in January 2016, and completed it by ALA Annual in June 2016. The completed project was advertised on several IRRT communication channels and in-person at the ALA Annual Conference in Orlando where the EL team presented two poster sessions and was featured at the IRRT’s Monday evening reception (over 500 attendees). The completed project can be seen here: