Tuesday, February 24, 2015

George Lyndon Hicks Fellowship for Southeast Asia Collections


The George Lyndon Hicks Fellowship for Southeast Asia Collections (GLHF) aims to attract top tier professionals to work with the National Library, Singapore (NLS) to develop its collections on Singapore and Southeast Asia. Through the Fellowship, NLS also aims to foster partnerships with collectors worldwide.

We welcome talented librarians, researchers, curators, archivists and collectors to collaborate with us.

Our Collection Development Philosophy

The National Library, Singapore (NLS)'s statutory mandate since 1958 has been to collect, organize, preserve and make accessible the nation's published legacy. NLS also seeks to promote and inculcate knowledge of the island's history and multicultural heritage, by collecting early documentation and unique material. These include hand-written manuscripts, maps, letters and diaries, which tell of life in Singapore and the region before its independence.

Our collection of cultural and heritage resources are housed at levels 10 – 13 of the 16-storey National Library building at 100 Victoria Street. The library's Singapore and Southeast Asian Collections consist of over 343,000 items, with collections dating as far back as the 18th century, such as the:

§  Raffles Library Collection

§  Dr Carl Alexander Gibson-Hill Collections

§  Rare Books, Maps and Manuscripts Collection

§  Singapore/Malaya Newspapers Collection

Aims of the Award

The Fellowship's goals are to:

§  Enhance the NLS Singapore and Southeast Asian special collections;

§  Elevate the research standards and capability of librarians through mentorship and collaboration with Fellows;

§  Facilitate NLS's networking with other eminent collectors and subject experts;

§  Promote NL as a research center for Singapore and Southeast Asian Studies.

Special Collection Areas

Preference is given to developing collections on the following topics:

1.     Straits Settlements/ Colonial governance e.g. city planning, legislation, politics

2.     Early Education e.g. the first Madrasahs and Chinese schools

3.     Local community histories e.g. cultures, traditions & lifestyles, groups & societies

4.     Early Trades e.g. pioneering businesses & industries, including the early publishing trade (mission presses, local publishing houses)

5.     Arts e.g. the archives of pioneering poets, writers and artists in Singapore

Who Can Apply?

All applicants must be nominated by libraries, established research and academic institutions, museums, archives or other experts in the subject fields above.

Preferred candidates include professionals or scholars from libraries, established research institutes, universities, museums, archives and professional associations (e.g. the Library Association of Singapore, the Singapore Heritage Society).

Candidates should possess minimally a Masters' qualification in a relevant subject field; be nominated by their department head, peers or past project heads, and fulfil at least two of the following criteria:

§  Minimum 10 years' relevant experience in their chosen field;

§  Published and presented extensively in leading publications and conferences;

§  Acknowledged experts in their respective fields.

Terms of the Award

The award of the Fellowship is for a minimum six (6) months, with Fellows given the flexibility to split up the six (6) month Fellowship term into two (2) blocks of two-to-three (2-3) months during the year of the Fellowship. Up to three Fellows will be awarded every year. If there are no worthy candidates, no award will be made. Any potential conflict of interest must be declared at the point of application.

A stipend of up to a maximum of S$5,000 per month will be provided to help GLH Fellows meet living expenses, local transportation and photocopying expenses. Overseas Fellows will be provided with the following additional allowances on a case-by-case basis:

a. One-time relocation package to Singapore of up to a maximum of S$3,000.

b. One-time return economy air ticket of up to a maximum of S$5,000. Exceptions can be made on a case-by-case basis if the lowest prevailing market rates for airfares still exceed the above capped amounts at time of purchase.

c. Monthly accommodation allowance of up to a maximum of S$5,000/month subject to market rates and approval from the Evaluation Committee.

Note: Stipends and all other allowances are subject to withholding tax.
Overseas applicants may require visa/entry permit to Singapore.

All Fellows will also be provided with the following:

§  A research space at the NLS including a computer with internet access.

§  Access to the library's collections, including its Rare books, Maps and Manuscripts collection.

§  A National Library access card.

§  Research Assistance.

Obligations of the Fellow

All Fellows shall undertake to complete the following project deliverables for NLS, namely:-

a. To advise on the NLS's collection development efforts for its Special Collections;

b. To recommend best practices that the NLS can adopt in acquiring the collections;

c. To mentor NLS Librarians in evaluating and acquiring the identified collections;

d. To submit a collection assessment report on the identified collection area(s), that includes identified gaps, and a list of materials and sources from which the materials can be acquired;

e. To provide referrals and to connect the NLS with the relevant institutions, organizations or collectors, world-wide;

f. To give a public lecture(s) at the NLS about one’s area(s) of collecting expertise, at the end of the term of the said Fellowship.

To fulfil these obligations, GLHF Fellows are expected to understand the collections of both NLS and the National Archives of Singapore.

How to apply?

Each application must include:

1.     A completed application form, with details on:

§  Chosen area of collection development and proposed method to develop the collections and foster networks

§  Proposed schedule of work and time frame; including number of days spent onsite at the National Library during the course of work.

§  The method /approach to be used to facilitate and impart skills/knowledge transfer.

§  A brief write-up of similar collection development projects in the past and references, if any.

2.     A Curriculum Vitae that includes the following information:

§  Details of any awards or relevant appointments previously or currently held.

§  Details of professional seminars/conference papers/public lectures presented.

§  List of major publications written.

3.     A Reference from your Nominator, which should address the following:

§  The applicant's qualifications, ability and experience.

§  The quality of the applicant's previous work.

§  The applicant's demonstrated capacity to complete projects within a reasonable time frame.

4.     Applications must be submitted in English.

5.     NLB reserves the right to interview or request for a presentation to seek clarifications.

About George Lyndon Hicks

Mr George Lyndon Hicks has been an NLB donor since 2008, donating over 6,800 books that covered mainly the areas of science and technology, politics, economics and history. Some of the highlights include a map on Rubber Estates in Java (1911), Atlas to Lord Macartney's Embassy to China (1793), Dutch Atlas of Indonesia (1883-85), and Plates to Accompany Marsten's History of Sumatra (1831). An economist and writer on Southeast Asian and Asian politics, economics and history, he has authored and edited of over 17 books including books on the overseas Chinese, Chinese political developments and the economic roles of Southeast Asian Chinese. His most famous work, Comfort Women: Sex Slaves of the Japanese Imperial Forces, was published in 1995 after years of intensive research and documentation in Southeast Asia, Japan and the United States. It has been translated into Chinese, Japanese and Korean.

Applications should be emailed to George_Lyndon_Hicks_Fellowship@nlb.gov.sg, or mailed to the following address by 8 April 2015.

Attn: The Administrator
George Lyndon Hicks Fellowship for Southeast Asian Collections
National Library, Singapore
100 Victoria Street,
Singapore 188064

Late or incomplete applications will not be accepted. Notification of acceptance or rejection will be made known within 3 months of the closing date.

For further information about the Fellowship, please contact:

The Administrator, George Lyndon Hicks Fellowship for Southeast Asian Collections
Tel: 6332 3247
Email: George_Lyndon_Hicks_Fellowship@nlb.gov.sg

Saturday, January 31, 2015

Photos from ALA Mid Winter - IRRT Welcome Reception - January 30th

 ALA Mid Winter - IRRT Welcome Reception - January 30th

IRRT hosted a Welcome reception on Friday January 30th during Midwinter.This event welcomed any international librarians attending ALA and all IRRT members were invited.

IRRT Member-at-Large Paul Hover, IRRT Chair-Elect John Hickok, IRRT Chair Robin Kear, IRRT Ad hoc Endowment Committee Chair Jamie Luedtke, IRRT Secretary/Treasurer Beth Cramer.


ALA President Courtney Young graciously hosted the reception in her presidential suite. 


She is an advocate for international library issues. A good time was held by all who attended!


IRRT Chair Robin Kear, ALA President Courtney Young

Monday, January 19, 2015

IRRT Schedule at ALA Midwinter 2015 in Chicago

Friday, January 30, 2015

International Relations Committee I
2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Location: Hyatt Regency McCormick - CC 10C

IRRT Welcome session
3:00 – 4:00 pm
Location: TBA (By invitation only)

Saturday, January 31, 2015

IRC/IRRT All Subcommittee Meeting* +#53070
8:30 am - 11:30 am
Location: McCormick Place - W190A
*IRRT Chair’s Meeting: 8:30 - 9:30 am
 IRRT Subcommittee meetings 9:30-10:30 am
 IRRT Subcommittee Reports 10:30 – 11:30 am

+ IRC Subcommittees:  9:00 - 11:30 a.m.
IFLA Update
10:30am - 11:30 pm
Location: McCormick Place - W176C

*Note: There will be an IRRT Chair Orientation session from 8:30-9:30 a.m., committee meetings from 9:30-10:30 a.m. and committee reports 10:30-11:30 a.m.


Sunday, February 1, 2015

IRRT Executive Committee Meeting
8:30 am - 11:30 am
Location: McCormick Place - W175B

Monday, February 2, 2015

International Relations Committee II
1:00 pm - 2:30 pm
Location: McCormick Place - W177

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Deadline extended! Call for papers for the IRRT Preconference

Leading from Any Position:  Libraries which are Leaders in their Communities and Librarians who Lead.
The American Library Association IRRT Preconference Committee invites proposals for presentations at the ALA Annual Conference in San Francisco on June 26, 2015.  The IRRT Preconference provides a forum for librarians interested in international librarianship to discuss the current and future state of librarianship.
The library profession is constantly adjusting to new technical developments, standards and innovative new services.  These changes may occur without additional funding, or in an environment where the relevance of library services may not be widely known, or may be questioned as larger institutions (governmental, educational or corporate) face rethinking of structures.  To survive and thrive libraries need to have strong leadership from within. Libraries need to be leaders in their communities in order to ensure they are full participants in the future of those communities.
This year the IRRT Preconference is inviting proposals from around the world addressing how to lead and how to nurture leadership of both individuals and libraries.  This year there will be time set aside for breakout sessions, during which each presenter will facilitate discussion related to his or her topic at a table. 
The following topics are suggested for presenters to consider, but other topics pertaining to the theme are also welcome:
Sustainable Community Based Library Projects in Developing Areas of the World
Public Libraries that have raised their profiles by taking the lead in Education, Career Preparedness and other Fields
University Libraries that have taken the lead in innovation at their Institution or more widely
Librarians leading positive change outside Management Structures
Projects to nurture leadership at all levels in any library
In the proposal, please provide
1.       Title of the presentation
2.      Abstract of the presentation (no more than one page or 300 words)
3.      Name, title of position, and affiliation of the presenter(s)
4.      Contact information (email address and phone number)
5.      Brief biographical statement of the presenter(s)’ credentials.
Please submit your proposal to: enyren@placer.ca.gov no later than February 13, 2015 All proponents will be notified by March 13, 1015.
The IRRT Preconference will be held on Friday June 26, 2015 in conjunction with the ALA Annual Conference (June25—June 30, 2015) in San Francisco.  It will be a half day program from 8:00 am to 12:30 pm. Up to six presenters will be selected and grouped into two panels.  Each presenter is expected to give fifteen minutes of presentation; there will be a very brief Q&A session after each panel. After the panels each presenter will facilitate a break out group on their topic, where more extensive discussions will take place.  Lunch will be provided in the meeting room 12:30-1:30 pm.
All presenters are encouraged to submit a copy of PowerPoint slides or full length paper by May 1, 2015 to be included in the preconference packets and published on the IRRT web site after the conference.

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

IFLA World Library and Information Congress Participation Grants

Posted from IFLA listserv:

It is our great pleasure to announce that the IFLA World Library and Information Congress 2015 has made available funds to provide support for 20 delegates to attend IFLA WLIC 2015 by waiving their registration fee.
Additional expenses need to be covered by other sponsorship or by candidates themselves. 
Priority is given to those applicants:
·         who are a first time attendee to the World Library and Information Congress
·         and who are a member of their National Library Association and whose application is supported by that Association in the form of a letter.
Applications should enclose:
·         curriculum vitae
·         your motivation concerning the professional benefit of attending the conference (max. 200 words)
·         support letter from your national library association
Applications should be submitted to: grants@iflamail.org
Submission deadline
1 March 2015
Ms Josche Ouwerkerk
Manager, Conferences and business relations
IFLA Headquarters
P.O. Box 95312                    Tel: +31-70-3140884
2509 CH The Hague          Fax: +31-70-3834827
Netherlands                          www.ifla.org

Saturday, December 27, 2014

Accepting nominations for the 2015 Bogle Pratt International Travel Fund,

The American Library Association (ALA) is accepting nominations for the 2015 Bogle Pratt International 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 member to attend their first international conference. The nominee must have been an ALA member for one full year.
The deadline for nominations is Jan. 1, 2015.
The award is in recognition of Sarah Comly Norris Bogle, a prominent U.S. librarian who made notable contributions to children’s librarianship, international library service and library education.
Application forms can be found on the Bogle Pratt site or by calling the International Relations Office at (800) 545-2433, ext. 320.  Email: intl@ala.org.

Nominations for the ALA Presidential Citation for Innovative International Library Projects

The ALA Presidential Citation for Innovative International Library Projects began as an ALA Presidential initiative of Dr. Loriene Roy, ALA President in 2007-2008 and Notable IRRT Member. Citations to recognize innovative contributions to international librarianship are awarded each year by the ALA President at the International Relations Round Table (IRRT) International Librarians Reception during the ALA Annual Conference. Projects must be nominated by an ALA member or an individual with an IFLA affiliation. Nominators may submit nominations for more than one project. In order to nominate a library project, nominators must complete the Nomination Form and submit it to the International Relations Office by e-mail or regular mail. Deadline: January 1. 

Nominations Sought For Humphry/OCLC/Forest Press Award for International Librarianship

The American Library Association is accepting nominations for the 2015 John Ames Humphry/OCLC/Forest Press Award for International Librarianship. The deadline for nominations is January 1, 2015.
The award consists of a prize of $1,000 and a certificate, which are presented at the International Relations Round Table Reception at the ALA Annual Conference. The award is given to a librarian or person who has made significant contributions to international librarianship.
Created on the occasion of the retirement of John Humphry as Executive Director of Forest Press, publisher of the Dewey Decimal Classification, the award recognizes Humphry's far-ranging work to internationalize the English language editions of Dewey and to ensure that translations were adapted to meet the needs of other cultures and countries.
For additional information, please visit the Humphry/OCLC/Forest Press Award.