Monday, March 12, 2018

ALA Free Pass Program for Guadalajara International Book Fair

The ALA Free Pass Program is officially open!

If you are involved with Spanish books acquisitions and have a budget to buy books, the Guadalajara International Book Fair (FIL) is the place to visit. Enjoy the finest selection of books and preserve the cultural traditions for your Spanish speaking readers. You can find more than 300,000 titles for children, academics, young adults and more.

This special program developed by FIL Guadalajara and the American Library Association is directed to all members of ALA. You will meet colleagues from different libraries around the world and share experiences during the Annual Gala Dinner, sponsored by publishing houses and distributors. You will also share the exhibition floor with more than 20,000 professionals of the publishing industry.

Register now and obtain the following benefits:
  • Three nights of lodging for free, three continental breakfasts (six nights if you share with another ALA member)
  • Free registration (a badge to enter the fair)
  • $100 USD airfare reimbursement (courtesy of ALA)
  • Publication of data in the Professionals catalog
  • Access to services in the Business Center for professionals
  • Additional $100 USD  or $1900 Mexican Pesos of airfare support for the first 100 librarians that have been accepted in the ALA Free Pass Program and have purchased their ticket before October 2nd, among a dozen other benefits.
Register until September 8th. More information here

Wednesday, March 7, 2018

Center for the Future of Libraries invites applications for Fellowship program

The American Library Association’s Center for the Future of Libraries invites applications for its Fellowship program.

The Future of Libraries Fellowship will provide an individual or group with a stipend of $10,000 to advance new ideas and perspectives for the future of libraries through the creation of a public product – report, white paper, video, resource, tool – that will help library professionals envision the future of library collections, services, spaces, technologies, or partnerships. Projects may build on existing work, research, or initiatives of the Association, its Offices, Divisions, and Round Tables, or explore new directions and interests.

The deadline for proposals for the 2018 fellowship is May 15, 2018.

The fellowship is available to individuals in the library profession as well as those from other disciplines with a demonstrated interest in libraries and their futures. The fellowship does not include a residency requirement and international colleagues are encouraged to apply.

Further information, including considerations for those interested in applying, instructions for submitting an application, evaluation and selection information, and a timeline for the fellowship, are available at the Future of Libraries Fellowship page.

Read the full press release.

Tuesday, February 27, 2018

IRRT- Chair's Webinar: Advocacy resources to serve immigrants and refugees

Advocacy resources to serve immigrants and refugees

Tuesday, March 6, 2018 

1:00-2:00 p.m. Eastern Time (New York), 12:00-1:00 p.m. Central Time (Chicago)

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Join us in this free webinar and learn about advocacy resources library workers can use to help advocate for library services for immigrants and refugees. Our speakers will share information and examples useful to advocate at federal, national, regional, state, and city level. Library and information workers are providing programs and services that build community while enriching and saving lives of immigrants and refugees. At the American Library Associations' International Relations Round Table, we want to be part of these efforts.

Kathi Kromer, Associate Executive Director of the Washington Office for the American Library Association
As an advocate for libraries and librarians in the Washington community, Kathi leads a team of public policy experts to develop and implement strategies which advance the mission of ALA and increases the visibility of the organization.

Marci Merola, Director of the Office for Library Advocacy for the American Library Association
Merola has been the Director of ALA’s Office for Library Advocacy since its formation in 2007, providing advocacy resources, tools and support to librarians, staff and advocates at the state and local levels, speaking nationally and internationally on library advocacy, as well as working to integrate advocacy efforts throughout the association.

Dora Ho, President of the Asian Pacific American Librarians Association (APALA)
Ho is a young adult librarian/program specialist at the Los Angeles Public Library. She is a member of the Association for Library Services to Children (ALSC) and the Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA) as well as the California Library Association and the Chinese American Librarians Association (CALA).

Nicanor Diaz, Immigrant Services Manager at the Denver Public Library
Nicanor Diaz did a 6 month practicum at the Argentinean National Library in Buenos Aires. He manages four branches in northwest Denver, including the Rodolfo "Corky" Gonzales branch. As a member of ALA, Diaz participates in the newly created group, Serving Refugees, Immigrants, and Displaced Persons Committee, which is part of the Office of Diversity, Literacy, and Outreach Services.

Find more information, including full speaker biographies, on the IRRT website.

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

ALA Annual Conference registration is open. Early bird rates end March 7

ALA Welcomes Global Library Professionals to its Annual Conference June 21-26, 2018 in New Orleans!

In hundreds of programs at the American Library Association Annual Conference, you’ll learn about key issues  such as digital content and e-books, new technologies in libraries, innovation, leadership, library advocacy and promotion, cataloging and technical services, virtual libraries and archives, civic engagement, books and authors, and much more.

New Orleans, nicknamed “the Big Easy”, prides itself on its welcoming and friendly attitude. In the background of the Mississippi River, the city of New Orleans is world-renowned for its Jazz music, amazing cuisine, and exciting atmosphere. Steeped in a history of influences from Europe, the Caribbean, and Africa, it is one of America’s most culturally and historically-rich destinations.  It is one of the favorite destinations for librarians.

Your ALA Annual Conference registration includes all this and more:
  • 500+ educational programs, discussions, and workshops on key topics
  • World-renowned speakers and experts
  • Preconferences offering in-depth professional development
  • Entrance to the exhibits where 800+ exhibitors at 1,500 stands highlight new and favorite products, titles, and services
  • The opportunity for you to present a paper or poster
  • Dozens of social and fun events
  • A free ticket to the popular International Librarians Reception
Especially for international attendees, the International Relations Round Table has organized the following:

International Orientation – A special introduction to ALA, the conference, and the city of Chicago. ALA members will recommend programs and social activities to help you make the most of your conference experience.

International Posters – A showcase of innovative programs and library activities from across the globe.

International Papers – A scholarly exchange of ideas between U.S. librarians and our colleagues from other countries that fosters discussion and extends a global view of the library profession.

International Reception—A special evening reception will be held in your honor so you can meet other international guests as well as colleagues from the U.S.

International Visitor’s Center—A place where you can relax, review the conference program, or hold small meetings with new-found colleagues and friends. A computer with Internet access is provided, and ALA volunteers will be on hand to answer questions.

Letter of Invitation:
If you need a letter of invitation for visa purposes, please send a request to the International Relations Office at

Friday, February 9, 2018

11th International Indigenous Librarians Forum - Call for Papers

Held every second year, the International Indigenous Librarians’ Forum is an opportunity for indigenous information professionals to network and discuss best practice models towards fostering and preserving indigenous languages, traditions, cultures and values within libraries, museums, archives and other educational institutions. 

Celebrating 20 years in 2019, the Forum will return to the shores of Aotearoa New Zealand, to be held 7 – 10 February 2019.

The theme for IILF 2019 is “Tāmaki Herenga Waka” – which focuses on welcoming indigenous waka or vessels to return and tether within Tāmaki, providing a safe haven for discussions that will impact future generations of indigenous traditional knowledge and its’ acquisition, storage and use.
All Indigenous persons working in Galleries, Libraries, Archives, and Museums are invited to submit a proposal. Papers will be presented in panels of three.  

Deadline for submission is 30 March 2018. Visit the International Indigenous Librarians Forum website for full details. 

Sunday, February 4, 2018

Marketing Libraries Journal

Marketing Libraries Journal (MLJ) is a new peer-reviewed, independently published, open access scholarly journal that focuses on innovative marketing activities libraries are engaged in.

Published twice a year, this new journal contains both research and practical examples of library marketing campaigns, library marketing research, public relations campaigns, SWOT analysis, segmentation research, assessment of marketing activities, and tools used for marketing. In addition to peer reviewed articles, the Journal will also contain practical articles from columns on advocacy, branding, case studies of marketing campaigns, "from the trenches," and technology tools.

Read the inaugural issue at

Call for submissions for Volume 2, Issue 1 (Summer 2018) is open.
Deadline for Submissions: April 1, 2018 (May 1, 2018 for Practical Articles)
Submission guidelines are posted on the journal's home page, along with a link to the online submission tool.


Wednesday, January 24, 2018

IFLA Green Library Award accepting nominations until 28 February 2018

Following the IFLA Key Initiative 4.1: Promoting libraries within the United Nations 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development the Green Library Award will help to advance the profession through illuminating the role of libraries and librarians in the advancement of sustainability standards and the promotion of specialized knowledge within professional practice.
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Green Libraries are designed to minimize negative impact on the natural environment and maximize indoor environmental quality by using materials and employing processes that conserve and protect natural resources and the natural environment.

Guidelines for submissions

  • Any outstanding Green Library project, initiative or idea may apply for the IFLA Green Library Award.  The project, initiative or idea may be presented in any suitable way, for example, through an essay, a video, a poster, an article or a set of slide.
  • The presentation of the project, initiative or idea should be submitted to the ENSULIB award reviewing committee.
  • The quality and relevance of the project, initiative or idea will be evaluated by the ENSULIB committee in terms of:
    • the applicability to the goals and the scope of ENSULIB
    • the contribution of libraries to the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)
    • the quality of the overall presentation
    • the relevance to IFLA’s goals and values (Key Initiative 4.1)
Applications must be submitted before 1 March 2018

The finalist will be recognized for his/her outstanding submission.
The award includes €500, sponsored by De Gruyter Saur, and will be presented at the 84th IFLA World Library and Information Congress 2018 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

More information about this award and the application form are available on the IFLA website at

Sunday, January 14, 2018

Library 2.018: Design Thinking online conference: propose a session by 15 February

The San Jose State University School of Information announces the Library 2.018 Worldwide Virtual Conference series, with the first of three online conferences scheduled for March 8, 2018. “Design Thinking: How Librarians Are Incorporating It into Their Practiceis the topic for the March web conference. Everyone is invited to participate, and registration is free! 

Abstract: Design thinking is a process designers use to thoughtfully identify problems and develop prototypes useful for implementing an elegant solution. In response to the growing interest in design thinking, this web conference will cover insights into the process and examples of how librarians are integrating it into their practice. You’ll learn how you can develop and lead a design challenge at your library.

Keynote Speakers: The conference is being organized in partnership with Steven J. Bell, who will moderate the opening keynote panel (panelists to be announced) and deliver the closing address.

Crowdsourced Sessions: Start thinking about your presentation now! The Call for Proposals is open, and proposals are accepted on a first-come, first-served basis. Presentations should not exceed 20 minutes to allow time for Q&A. All presentations must be non-commercial and will be recorded and released under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs License. Web conference training will be provided for presenters and is mandatory. More information at Submissions accepted until February 15.
Upcoming Library 2.018 Conferences: The “Design Thinking” conference in March will be followed by two more conferences in 2018. Mark your calendar for June 7 when the IMLS-funded grant project on blockchain technology will be discussed. In October, “Libraries and Social Crises” will be the focus.

About: The Library 2.0 Worldwide Virtual Conference series was co-founded by the San Jose State University School of Information in 2011. The conference series discusses timely topics in the information profession and features keynote sessions, crowdsourced presentations, and an international audience. Past conference sessions are freely available on the conference website at