Saturday, November 9, 2019

Designing for Digital’s Digital Conference

Designing for Digital's program committee has opened the 2020 Call for Proposals and is currently seeking 3-hour workshops, 90-minute seminars, 45-minute sessions and 20-minute short talks in the following tracks: 

  • Tools & Methods
  • UX in Practice
  • Service & Physical Space Design
  • Trends, Emerging Issues, and the Future of Design
  • Leadership & Organizational Strategies

D4D is a design conference that aims to approach the library digital experience from a holistic point of view. We consider library services, physical layout, and overall strategy starting with a variety of users and use cases. The conference is meant to bring together UX professionals, web designers, managers, researchers, strategists and librarians of all types to examine the current user’s experience of the library and design the future of libraries in the modern, digital world.

D4D 2020 is March 9-11, 2020 at the AT&T Hotel & Conference Center at UT Austin.

Thursday, November 7, 2019

AfLIA Webinar on Tuesday, 11/26/2019

The African Library & Information Associations & Institutions (AfLIA) is hosting a webinar on leadership and management on Tuesday, November 26, 2019:
Library Leadership and Management: Building Today’s African Public and Community Library Leaders for Tomorrow

Monday, November 4, 2019

Libraries as Social Change Engines Working Together with NGOs in Asia and Africa : A Two-Part Series

Libraries as Social Change Engines

Working Together with NGOs in Asia and Africa : A Two-Part Series

The ALA International Relations Roundtable Ad Hoc Webinar Committee would like to announce an upcoming free two-part webinar series this November highlighting international library partnerships and projects between libraries and non-governmental organizations in Asia and Africa. In this series, we will present the Asia Foundation/Myanmar Library Association partnership and the Lubuto Library Partners in Zambia. Both are international development organizations that aim to address social, political and economic issues to enrich lives and build a thriving community through libraries.

🌏 November 13 @ 10AM Central – Asia Foundation & Myanmar Library Association

🌍 November 21 @ 10AM Central – Lubuto Library Partners in Zambia, Africa


November 13 – Asia Foundation & Myanmar Library Association

Time: 10 AM Central
Time: 11 AM Eastern

Zoom Registration Link


Mi Ki Kyaw Myint |Manager of the Special Projects Unit at the Asia Foundation
MyatSann Nyein |Librarian, Vice President of Myanmar Library Association & Local Coordinator of the eLibrary Myanmar Project

More about our speakers...
Mi Ki Kyaw Myint is manager of the Special Projects Unit at The Asia Foundation’s Myanmar office. Under the Special Projects Unit, she manages and implements a wide range of dynamic activities to support Myanmar’s transition towards democracy, peace, stability, economic development, and social justice. Over the past six years she has led on implementing impactful program activities including the Books for Asia and Let’s Read programs, support to school and public libraries, engagement and capacity building for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Union Parliament, children’s literacy, mobile and digital information literacy, and multiple fellowships and exchanges.
MyatSann Nyein has served as a librarian since 1985 because she believes in the power of information to improve and transform the lives of the fellow citizens. The recent changes in Myanmar have opened up new possibilities. MyatSann works as Local Coordinator of eLibrary Myanmar Project, Electronic Information For Libraries (EIFL) for four universities in Myanmar: University of Yangon, East Yangon University, West Yangon University, Yangon University of Economics since 2014. She conducted the workshops, trainings and lecture programs with diverse groups such as Public librarians, Academic Librarians, community librarians, and political party members. She is an Executive member of Myanmar Library Association as Vice President since 2014. 


November 21 – Lubuto Library Partners in Zambia, Africa

Time: 10:00 AM Central
Time: 11:00 AM Eastern

Jane Kinney Meyers | Founder & President of Lubuto Library Partners, Washington D.C.
Elizabeth Giles | Director of Library Services, Lusaka, Zambia
Given Besa | Library Manager, Lubuto Model Library, Lusaka, Zambia

More about our speakers ...

Jane Kinney Meyers
Jane’s experience in library development and implementation spans four decades. She has organized libraries for USAID’s Office of Women in Development, Sahel Development Program, Asia Bureau and other offices to coordinate them with the USAID Library. At the World Bank, in the early 1980s, she established and marketed library and information services in the Bank’s central agricultural advisory department. In the mid- to late-1980s, under a World Bank-financed project in Malawi, Jane managed the establishment of the government’s network of agricultural research libraries and was cited in Science magazine for her innovation in bringing the first CD-ROM to Africa. From the early 1990s through 2001, she served as a consultant to the Winrock International Institute for Agricultural Development, the FAO, the U.S. National Agricultural Library, the USIA’s MLK Jr. Library and Information Resource Center in Zambia, and the Johns Hopkins University Center for Communications Programs. She has given invited presentations at conferences of the ALA, SLA, Pennsylvania and New Jersey Library Associations, library schools at the University of Alabama, University of South Carolina, University of Pittsburgh, Drexel University, Simmons College, the D-Lab at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and the Brooklyn Public Library and the Library of Congress.
Jane, who received her B.A., summa cum laude, from the University of Arizona and her Master’s degree in Library Science from the University of Maryland, has been widely recognized for her professional achievements. In 2007, she was awarded the Dow Jones Factiva Leadership Award by the Special Libraries Association (SLA) and, in 2008, was recognized by the University of Maryland’s College of Information Studies as its Distinguished Alumna of the year. In 2012, the American Library Association (ALA) awarded Jane the John Ames Humphrey/OCLC/Forest Press Award for International Librarianship, its highest honor in international librarianship. The U.K. Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals recognized her with its 2010 International Award and, in 2013, the Washington, DC Library Association recognized her outstanding achievements in the development or improvement of library and information services with its Rand Spofford President’s Award.
Elizabeth Giles
Elizabeth began volunteering with Lubuto in 2011 and was subsequently hired to work as the Program Associate for Lubuto in Washington, DC. She spent two years in that position before returning to her hometown of Milwaukee to complete an MLIS at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. Elizabeth also holds a bachelor’s degree in Development Studies from Marlboro College (VT). Before coming to work for Lubuto in Zambia, she worked as a children’s librarian, the operations manager for an international high school program, and a teacher of English as a Second Language. She has previously lived in Ghana, China, and Germany. Her first experience in Zambia was leading a research project evaluating Lubuto’s book collections in 2014, and she is thrilled to be back in Zambia long-term as Lubuto’s Director of Library Services.

Given Besa
Given Besa joined Lubuto in September 2013, overseeing daily operations in two Lubuto libraries operational in Lusaka at the time, and training library staff and volunteers. In 2017, she was selected as one of 19 African librarians to participate in the first IYALI (Initiative Young African Library Innovators) learning experience, where she was able to see good library services in action in many countries. She now is the manager of the Lubuto Model Library at the Ngwerere School in Lusaka.  She has a double major degree in Library & Information Science and Public Administration from the University of Zambia. Prior to her work with Lubuto, Besa held positions with the Professional Teachers Union of Zambia and the Post Newspapers. Her passion is to see an increase in literacy levels among Zambian citizens and to protect children’s rights. She hopes to change the negative perception the general public has about libraries in Africa by showing the outcomes of highly professional children and youth library services, and to remove colonial tendencies by making sure that people understand the benefits and accessibility of libraries through the provision of quality customer service, publishing products, facilities and easy information access.
We hope you can join us for the wonderful webinar on libraries working together with NGOs around the world!

- ALA IRRT Webinar Ad Hoc Committee

Upcoming Webinar: Libraries in Egypt and the INELI-MENA Egypt Program

Webinar Title: Libraries in Egypt and the INELI-MENA Egypt Program

Date/Time: 11/25, Monday from 8-9 am PST / 11-12 am EST 

Summary: This free webinar features librarians working in Egypt. The INEIL-MENA-Egypt (The International Network of Emerging Library innovators) initiative will be discussed to showcase various activities and programs that occur throughout this country. The webinar will be recorded and stored in the ACRL International Perspectives' ALA Connect page.
Register here

Mustafa M. Tuhami, Senior Librarian, Misr Public Library - Zaytoun branch

Safya Fahmy from Cairo and Heba Ghazi from Damanhour, INEIL-MENA-Egypt

Thursday, October 31, 2019

Recording of the Webinar: "Digital tools that can change your librarian life"

Dear Colleagues,

the title of Monday's webinar was: “Digital tools that can change your librarian life", where librarians from Poland, Serbia and France presented digital tools which help  improve our work and contact with readers. Speakers focused on free graphic programs, video and augmented reality apps and presented many possibilities of using them.

This webinar was co-sponsored by IFLA’s  New Professionals Special Interest Group (NPSIG), Continuing Professional Development and Workplace Learning Section (CPDWL), American Library Association and Association of College and Research Libraries.  

Agnieszka Koszowska, Poland
Mirjana NešićSerbia
Julien Sempéré, France

A brief biographies of the speakers is in NPSIG blog

Magdalena Gomułka, Poland

We would like to invite everyone to fill in the survey for webinars which will be organized in the next year. The link is here and more info in NPSIG blog.

Best regards

Wednesday, October 16, 2019

Publishing Trends in Eurasia - Online Workshop

Publishing Trends in Eurasia – Publishing initiatives, challenges, and opportunities across institutions and regions
When: Thursday, October 24, 2019, 9:00 am (Central U.S Time)
Where: ONLINE through Blackboard Ultra

Register -   

·       Jyldyz Bekbalaeva (Director, American University of Central Asia)
·       Mai Valtna (Head, Estonian National ISBN Agency)
·       Jagoda Nowak (Librarian, Jagiellonian University Library)
·       Mykola Senchenko (Director, Book Chamber of Ukraine)
·       Anatoly Murakhovsky (Deputy Director, Book Chamber of Ukraine) & Oleksandr Afonin (President, Ukrainian Association of Publishers and Book Distributors

Tuesday, October 15, 2019

The Dark Web and Libraries (Preserving Patron Anonymity on the Web)

Time: Nov 7, 2019 08:00 PM Central Time (US and Canada)

Join Zoom Meeting

This webinar will be archived for later view without any cost at later.


With concerns about Internet privacy and security threats, and attacks on policies that protect Internet users – like net neutrality – it is more important than ever to educate yourself about technologies that have the potential to preserve your online rights. While the dark web has received negative media coverage in recent years, in reality it is nothing more than a hyper-secure platform that makes the user virtually anonymous. Used for the right purposes, the dark web can be an important tool for expanding information privacy, information exchange, and freedom from censorship. The purpose of this webinar is to introduce library professionals and Internet users about the dark web, how it works, and how it can be used in your library and home. Key myths and conversations about what the dark web is, media coverage, and why the dark web platforms have transitioned away from calling it by that name, will be discussed.

Key topics of discussion in this webinar include:
·         What the dark web is, and how it came to exist
·         How to install and use some of the basic dark web tools including TOR and I2P
·         How the dark web can be used to fulfill the values and missions of libraries and information organizations
·         How the dark web can be employed on a large-scale in library and information centers and what these organizations can do to support the expansion and security of the dark web
Following the webinar, participants will be able to:
·         Describe what the dark web is
·         Use the dark web to improve the privacy of themselves and their service populations
·         Engage in informed advocacy on the part of the dark web


Brady Lund is a PhD student at Emporia State University’s School of Library and Information Management, where he also received his MLS degree. He presented on the topic of the dark web at both the 2017 and 2019 American Library Association Annual Conferences and is co-author of the book Casting Light on the Dark Web: A Guide for Safe Exploration.

Matthew Beckstrom is systems manager at the Lewis and Clark Library in Helena, Montana. He received his bachelor’s degree in computer science from Montana State University and his MLIS from the University of North Texas. He presented along with Brady at the 2019 ALA Annual Conference on the topic of the dark web and is co-author of Casting Light on the Dark Web.

Monday, October 14, 2019

Free webinar: Introduction to careers in library publishing

Join us on Tuesday, October 29th at 1:00PM Eastern Time for a free webinar designed to introduce library publishing as a career track for new professionals from underrepresented groups. This hour-long webinar is presented by the Educopia Institute as part of the IMLS-funded Library Publishing Curriculum project

Like most specialized subfields of academic librarianship, access to library publishing as a career often happens through informal exposure and networking with experienced professionals. This pathway is often less accessible to librarians from underrepresented groups and those working at smaller or less well-resourced institutions. One of the goals of the Library Publishing Curriculum is to embed diversity, equity, and inclusion principles into the everyday work of library publishing, and this webinar is meant to provide an on-ramp into the profession for interested library professionals and students - especially those from groups traditionally underrepresented in academic librarianship. In it, we will present an overview of library publishing, explore common roles and job functions in this burgeoning field of librarianship, and provide advice on how to build your skills and network to pursue a library publishing career. 

To register, please fill out the registration form. Call-in information will be sent out to registrants by Friday, October 25th. Email with questions. The webinar will be recorded and the recording will be made available on the Library Publishing Coalition website. 

Content description

·  To introduce individuals from underrepresented or marginalized groups to the world of digital publishing and networked communications, with emphasis on what this career pathway looks like and how they can pursue it;
·  To provide an overview about the wide range of digital publication functions libraries engage in today;
·  To offer concrete suggestions regarding how and where to “train up” on this topic and function, and how to build relationships that might help lead to a job opportunity in this field.

·  What is publishing, and what do libraries have to do with it today?
·  What are the library’s most common functional roles in digital publishing?
·  What does the job market look like in library publishing? 
o What do the job titles and descriptions mean, and what do the positions entail?
·  If you want to become a library publisher, what can you do to get started?
o Go through the folder of materials
o Contact us for an ‘interview’