Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Profumo di latte, di musica e parole wins IFLA Metropolitan Libraries Short Film Award

The IFLA Section on Metropolitan Libraries is pleased announced the winner of the IFLA Metropolitan Libraries Short Film Award:

Profumo di latte, di musica e parole
by Biblioteca Casa dei Bimbi, Sistema Biblioteche Centri Culturali / Roma Capitale (Italy)
[YouTube link]

The film is an interview with a pregnant woman, who shows the tactile book she made - in the library - for the baby she was expecting. Page after page, she describes the fabrics she used or re-used, how she learnt to sew and embroider, the personal references and meanings of the images she picked. The library is a place of learning and comfort during a delicate time in the life of a woman.

The contest A Corto di Libri received 31 submissions from Europe, North / South America and Australia. Among those, 17 films were selected because of their focus on a public library in the context of a metropolitan area. They also had to be in English language or provide English subtitles. During the IFLA MetLib Conference in Montréal on May 4, these 17 short films were projected and voted by 37 librarians. Two “VIP” votes were added by the Chairs of the Standing Committees of the Section on Public Libraries (Marian Morgan Bindon) and the Section on Audiovisual and multimedia (Michael J. Miller).

tFLA Section on Metropolitan Libraries thanks Nathalie Martin (Bibliothèques de Montréal) and the technical staff of BANQ (Bibliothèque et Archives Nationales du Québec) for their collaboration.

Saturday, May 13, 2017

Call for papers: International Journal of Librarianship and Information Science

The International Journal of Librarianship and Information Science (IJoLIS) is actively soliciting manuscripts for publication. The IJoLIS publishes research papers, scholarly opinion papers, reviews of research, brief communications, abstracts of theses, and reviews of books and other media. Papers are selected by a process of peer review, with double-blind review of each paper.

The editorial policy of the IJoLIS is to contribute to the advancement of library and information sciences by serving as a forum for discussion of theory and research. The journal is concerned with research findings, understanding of issues in the field, information practices of individuals and groups, and understanding of the history, economics, and technology of information or library systems and services. Submissions in English are invited. Instructions for contributors are included in journal issues and these are now available at the journal’s website: http://lis.aiou.edu.pk/international-journal-of-librarianship-and-information-science-ijolis/   

Interested authors, referees, contributors, and book reviewers should contact the editor, Dr Pervaiz Ahmad, at ijolis@aiou.edu.pk

Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Call for Papers: 1st International Conference on Transforming Library

The 1st International Conference on Transforming Library 2017 will be held July 8th to 10th at the Central Institute of Technology, Kokrajhar BTC in Assam, India.

The organizing committee invites submissions of research papers and original works in English up to 8000 words. Submissions can be in .doc or .docx format and should include an abstract of 300 words, with a maximum of 7 key words. Deadline for paper submissions is June 15.

 Papers can address a broad range of topics, such as:
 Technology and innovation in libraries
 Best practices in
library management (human resources, finance, materials and operations)
 Development of information and knowledge services
 Electronic resource management

 Resource sharing
 Impact of ICTS in librarianship
 Knowledge networking and consortia
 Library automation
Users and their information seeking behavior
 Library design
Library orientation/information literacy in the digital age
 LIS education, research and training
 Marketing library and information services and products
 Impact measurement
For more information visit the conference website at http://www.ictl.co.in/

Sunday, April 30, 2017

Libraries and the implementation of Agenda 2030 for Sustainable Development

In March, IFLA's Latin America and the Caribbean Section hosted the webinar Libraries and the implementation of Agenda 2030 for Sustainable Development, to support and empower librarians as advocates and promoters of libraries' role in the UN Development agenda 2030.

View the slide deck at https://www.slideshare.net/iflalacinfocoodinator and the webinar recording (in Spanish) at https://youtu.be/jBsQlj1auzk.
This webinar was made possible with the support of the IFLA-LAC, Latin America and Caribbean Sections, Continuing Professional Development and Workplace Learning, Special Interest Group of New IFLA Professionals, the Advocacy-IFLA Communications Office and the College of Librarians of Peru. And with the technological support of the Association of Librarians of El Salvador-ABES and the Leadership Program of IFLA.

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Call for Papers: CALA Occasional Paper Series, 2017 Fall Issue

The Occasional Paper Series (OPS) is one of the official publications of the Chinese American Librarians Association (CALA). It is an open access publication which provides an opportunity for authors to publish articles on a peer-reviewed, official, and professional platform. 
CALA is now accepting submissions to the 2017 Fall issue of the OPS. Manuscripts can address any aspects of librarianship. It can be a paper delivered at a conference related to library and information science; a bibliography, index, guide, handbook, research manual, or directory; a report of a survey or study of interest to librarians of all types of libraries; a compilation of existing documents such as library policies or procedures; or a full­-length research paper.

Manuscripts are usually between 3000-5000 words in English or Chinese. Longer and shorter articles can also be accepted if considered to be relevant and of high quality. All manuscripts must be typed and double-spaced in 12-point Times New Roman font. References, citations, and general style of manuscripts should follow the American Psychological Association (APA) style. For detailed submission guidelines, please check the CALA website at http://cala-web.org/publications/ops-editorial-guidelines.

The deadline for submission to the 2017 Fall issue is Friday, September 15, 2017. Late submissions will be considered for later issues. Submit your manuscript online at http://www.cala-web.org/forms/ops-submission. Manuscripts submitted to CALA OPS should not have been published or be under consideration for publication elsewhere.

Previous issues of the Occasional Paper Series are available on the CALA website at http://cala-web.org/publications/ops.

Friday, April 21, 2017

Worldwide Review of Guidelines for Library Services to People Experiencing Homelessness

The LSN and Working Group on Guidelines for Library Services to People Experiencing Homelessness invites feedback on the draft of the Guidelines for Library Services to People Experiencing Homelessness. 
Terms of reference
  • Give comments and suggestions as to whether the content includes the most important aspects of the organization and development of library services to people experiencing homelessness
  • Give comments and suggestions about adequate coverage and balance between the various aspects
  • Provide recommendations related to specific chapters
  • Provide useful suggested homelessness-related resources for libraries, divided by chapter.
The final date of the worldwide review is May 21, 2017. 
For contact information, visit LSN's web page at https://www.ifla.org/node/9764

Thursday, April 20, 2017

National Museums of Kenya partner with Amazon Web Services and Intel to digitize fossils and artifacts

The National Museums of Kenya (NMK) have announced a long-term strategic initiative, teamed with Amazon Web Services (AWS) and Intel, to digitize marquee collections in Earth Sciences, starting with Archeology and Paleontology.

The first phase of the proposed project will be to digitize a selected number of Kenya’s premier fossils and culturally significant artifacts, and to create an open access digital database and interactive website for a “virtual museum.” The platform will be hosted on the AWS Cloud. Digital Divide Data (DDD), a non-profit enterprise with expertise in digitization of cultural heritage collections, also partners with NMK on this initiative.

In the words of Dr. Mzalendo Kibunjia, Director General of NMK, “These collections are reflections of Kenya’s heritage and the world’s prehistory through the ages. The searchable digital archive will not only be of immense value to researchers worldwide, but will also make our evolutionary history and culture more accessible to the younger generations which would foster a deeper and richer understanding of our heritage. I want to thank AWS and Intel for teaming with us on this initiative and look forward to working with DDD.”

The National Museums of Kenya (NMK) is a state corporation of the Government of Kenya. NMK is a multi-disciplinary institution whose role is to collect, preserve, study, document and present Kenya’s past and present cultural and natural heritage. NMK manages over 22 regional museums, many sites, and monuments across Kenya including the world-famous Nairobi National Museum. Founded in 1910, NMK hosts the largest record of human cultural evolution in the world.

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Garcia-Febo Wins 2018–2019 ALA Presidency

Congratulations to Loida Garcia-Febo, international library consultant and president of Information New Wave in Brooklyn, New York, on her election as president-elect of the American Library Association.  

An ALA member for 15 years, Loida has served the library profession both domestically and internationally. Her organization, Information New Wave, is a non-profit organization seeking to bring access to information to underserved populations. She is also very active in IFLA (the International Federation of Library Associations) and currently sits on their governing board, and Reforma (The National Association to Promote Library and Information Services to Latinos and the Spanish-Speaking).
Garcia-Febo has been an active member of
the International Relations Round Table, currently serving as chair-elect. She is the recipient of the 2015 Reforma Elizabeth Martinez Lifetime Achievement Award and was named a Notable Member on ALA’s International Relations Round Table. IRRT is thrilled at her successful bid for the ALA presidency.

As ALA president, Loida Garcia-Febo will be the chief elected officer for the oldest and largest library association in the world. She will serve as president-elect for one year before stepping into her role as president at the close of the 2018 ALA Annual Conference in New Orleans.