Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Contribute and connect to international libraries

Want to contribute to the work of international librarianship and grow your network of colleagues across the globe? Become the editor of International Leads, the International Relations Round Table's quarterly newsletter! Application deadline is March 31, 2017.

IRRT Publications Committee is accepting applicants for this 2 year term from July 2017 to June 2019. Key qualifications include experience in publishing and/or journalism, either in editing or writing, sufficient to be able to produce a high-quality publication as well as membership in the International Relations Round Table (IRRT).


Read the full position description here: http://alairrt.blogspot.ca/2017/02/call-for-international-leads-editor.html  

Additional information about the IL Editor’s responsibilities and the editorial statement are available on the IRRT website at: http://www.ala.org/irrt/intlleads/edstatement/editorialstatement
 
Send applications or inquiries to Colleen Schalm
at cmares@ualberta.ca 


Applications should include a brief statement about your interest in the position and a description of your skills and background relevant to the position, particularly your experience in publishing and/or journalism, as well as a current resume or CV.

Friday, March 17, 2017

How do libraries contribute to the United Nations 2030 Agenda?

Libraries make an important contribution to development. They help people get the information they need to access economic opportunity, gender equality, quality education, improve their health or develop their communities.

In 2015, IFLA launched a survey to gather examples of how libraries contribute with the UN 2030 agenda and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Many contributions were received from all over the world and with this information IFLA published in June 2016 the booklet and handout “Access and Opportunity for all”. This publication is a useful advocacy and awareness-raising tool to show how libraries drive progress across the entire UN 2030 Agenda.

IFLA has launched a second call for examples that support the advocacy work done by the library community at national, regional and global levels. Data and examples are key to show policy makers how libraries are already supporting development through their programmes, products and services. Therefore, this survey aims to gather examples that will be used for the advocacy work done by IFLA, its members and the broader library community related to the UN 2030 Agenda.

Ideally, examples will be from different types of libraries, ensuring a good representation of countries and regions. Submit examples of programmes, products or services from your country that are clearly linked to one or more SDG(s) through IFLA's online survey at https://www.surveygizmo.com/s3/3311305/Examples-of-how-libraries-contribute-to-the-UN-2030-Agenda.

Friday, March 10, 2017

Help shape the future of change

IFLA President's Meeting: April 3, Athens

While the shared values of libraries and the information field remain a constant, continuous change in society creates challenges for the profession.

What are the major challenges to maintaining these values? The issues facing libraries today require a collective and joint response; successfully achieving a common vision. What will the future look like in 2030 and what roles will our libraries and our profession play to assure that all people have the opportunity to be part of a literate, informed and participatory society?

IFLA invites you to join a high-level discussion about changes that impact societies around the world at the IFLA President's meeting 2017, 3 April — Athens, Greece, Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center.
Early bird registration rate (€75.00) ends 14 March.
Standard rate (€110.00) from 15 March to 3 April.

Full details at http://president2017.ifla.org

Monday, March 6, 2017

Seangill ‘Peter’ Bae, Winner of Virginia Boucher-OCLC Distinguished ILL Librarian Award




Seangill ‘Peter’ Bae

Winner of Virginia Boucher-OCLC Distinguished ILL Librarian Award

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Seangill ‘Peter’ Bae, Circulation Services Director of Firestone Library at Princeton University, was selected as the 2017 winner of the Virginia Boucher-OCLC Distinguished ILL Librarian Award, administered by the Sharing and Transforming Access to Resources Section (STARS) of RUSA. 

Bae was selected for outstanding and sustained contributions to the resource sharing community regionally, nationally and internationally.


The award, sponsored by OCLC, consists of $2,000 and a citation which recognizes a librarian for outstanding professional achievement, leadership, and contributions to interlibrary loan and document delivery through recent publication of significant professional literature, participation in professional associations, and/or innovative approaches to practice in individual libraries. Bae will be honored at the RUSA Achievement Awards Ceremony in June.
Bae’s work as a member of both the International Federation of Library Associations’s (IFLA) Document Delivery and Resource Sharing Section and the STARS Section of RUSA has fostered communication, collaboration, and cooperation throughout his ongoing research, presentations, and publications.
The Virginia Boucher-OCLC Distinguished ILL Librarian Award selection committee includes: Collette G. Mak (Chair), Tina Baich, Mary Hollerich, David K. Larsen, Lars Leon, and Robin Moskal.
The RUSA Achievement Awards Ceremony and Reception will be held from 5-6:30 p.m. Sunday, June 25 at the ALA Annual Conference in Chicago. All conference attendees are invited to the event. Additional event details will be available on the conference website in April.
OCLC

http://rusa.ala.org/update/2017/03/seangill-peter-bae-winner-of-virginia-boucher-oclc-distinguished-ill-librarian-award/

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

International Leads - March 2017 edition

It's here! Check out the March 2017 edition of International Leads
This issue's features include:
  • a fascinating story on library work in the Republic of Kyrgyzstan
  • the launch of the Chinese American Librarians Association's new publication, International Journal of Librarianship
  • the library transformation campaign in Egypt
  • 20 years of building bridges between Oregon and Fujian (China) through the Horner Exchange
Plus, inspiring messages from IRRT Chair, Beth Cramer and Vice Chair/Chair Elect Loida Garcia-Febo reflecting on ALA Midwinter and looking forward to the vital role libraries play in bringing change to impact public policy and to help build resilient communities.

You'll also find the call for IL Editor. If you want to further develop your publishing/journalism skills in a worthy endeavour, please consider lending your talents to IRRT. 

Read the newsletter here: http://www.ala.org/irrt/sites/ala.org.irrt/files/content/intlleads/leadsarchive/201703rev2.pdf

Friday, February 24, 2017

Library 2.017 Worldwide Virtual Conference announcement and call for proposals

The San Jose State University School of Information has announced the Library 2.017 Worldwide Virtual Conference. There will be three topic-specific conferences held throughout the year, with each three-hour event featuring an opening and closing keynote session and crowd-sourced presentations. Registration is free.

Library 2.017: Expertise, Competencies and Careers will be held on March 29, 2017, 12-3pm Pacific Daylight Time.
All library professionals, employers, LIS students, and educators from around the world are invited to attend and participate in the March web conference sponsored by the American Library Association’s “Libraries Transform: The Expert in the Library” campaign.

Moderated by Dr. Julie Todaro, ALA president, the opening keynote panel of thought leaders will explore competencies, careers and successful practices for 21st century information professionals.
The keynote dialogue will be followed by 10-15 crowd-sourced 30-minute presentations. The call for proposals for these sessions is now open.

The two additional web conferences will take place in June and October and cover the topics of digital literacy and makerspaces.

Held entirely online, the Library 2.017 web events are free to attend. The global conference was co-founded in 2011 by Dr. Sandra Hirsh of the San Jose State University School of Information and Steve Hargadon of The Learning Revolution. Recorded sessions from past conferences are archived and freely available.                                 

More information, including speaker biographies, proposal guidelines and registration, is available on the conference website at library20.com.

Monday, February 20, 2017

Call for International Leads Editor

International Relations Round Table (IRRT) seeks a volunteer editor for International Leads commencing July 2017. The IL Editor serves a two-year term, renewable once,  which begins immediately following the 2017 ALA Annual Conference.

International Leads (IL) is the official publication of the International Relations Round Table (IRRT). The purpose of IL is to disseminate information about international librarianship and the activities of the Round Table. IL seeks to support Round Table and Association objectives by bringing members news, brief articles and reviews that help them understand and react appropriately to recent developments in international librarianship. It seeks items of timely value and emphasizes current reports and programs undertaken by the Association and the IRRT. IL is published quarterly, edited by a member volunteer and uploaded to the IRRT website by the IRRT Webmaster.

The Editor of International Leads is responsible for publication of the International Relations Round Table quarterly newsletter including size, content, layout, typography, and other aspects of formatting. The Editor reports to IRRT Publications Committee and IRRT Executive Board. Previous issues are available on the IRRT website at:

Responsibilities:
  • Coordinate International Leads working with the IRRT Publications Committee and the IRRT Executive Board.
  • Have responsibility for the content, form and design of IL within the parameters of ALA and IRRT policies and in consultation with the IRRT Publications Committee, the IRRT Executive Board, the ALA International Relations Office (IRO).  
  • Seek manuscripts and encourage the submission of high-quality articles.
  • Review all submitted manuscripts in light of the philosophy, purpose, and general style of the publication.  Correspond with authors regarding acceptable, rewriting and resubmission, or rejection of articles.
  • Edit and proof manuscript copy.
  • Assume final authority for all content in each issue of IL.
  • Serve as a non-voting, ex-officio member of the IRRT Publications Committee and the IRRT Executive Board.
  • Attend IRRT Publications Subcommittee and IRRT Executive Committee meetings at ALA Annual and Midwinter meetings.

Qualifications:
  • Experience in publishing and/or journalism, either in editing or writing, sufficient to be able to produce a high-quality publication that addresses interests of the readership.
  • Effective communication skills.
  • Experience in or demonstrated knowledge of international librarianship.
  • Membership in the International Relations Round Table.

More information about the IL Editor’s responsibilities and the editorial statement are available on the IRRT website at: http://www.ala.org/irrt/intlleads/edstatement/editorialstatement

Send inquiries and applications to Colleen Schalm at cmares@ualberta.ca
Application deadline is March 31, 2017.
Applications should include a brief statement about your interest in the position and a description of your skills and background relevant to the position, particularly your experience in publishing and/or journalism, as well as a current resume or CV.

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Deadline extended! Call for Proposals for Presentation at the ALA Annual IRRT Chair's Program

Call for Proposals (CFP) for Presentation at the IRRT Chair's Program at ALA Annual Conference


The American Library Association (ALA) International Relations Round Table (IRRT) Chair's Program Committee invites proposals for participation in a panel presentation that will take place at the annual ALA conference in Chicago. The panel presentation will be featured in the IRRT Chair's Program session.

Each year, the IRRT Chair's Program features speakers presenting on a specific theme related to international relations and the library. This year, the theme for the IRRT Chair's Program is:


Acting for Humanity: The United Nations Sustainable Development Goals and Libraries

In 2015, 150 world leaders, with support from the United Nations Development Programme, adopted 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to fight against injustice, poverty, inequality, and climate change. This program will address how we, as librarians and libraries, can take action to better the lives of all people and protect our planet.

The Chair's Program Committee seeks proposals from speakers who will be part of a panel that will describe and share the following:

  1. How individuals, libraries, or library associations are providing programming and education to advance peace and justice, alleviate poverty and hunger, reduce inequality, increase women’s rights and political participation, or protect the environment.
  2. How individuals, libraries, or library associations are working with their governments, communities, and/or partners to advance peace and justice, alleviate poverty and hunger, reduce inequality, increase women’s rights and political participation, or protect the environment.

Examples of topics (presentations are NOT limited to these topics; creativity is welcomed and encouraged):

          Promotion of sustainability either through practice or community outreach
          Providing programming or services promoting gender equality and empowerment of all women and girls
          Providing programming or services that encourage political participation from historically underrepresented groups
          Fighting poverty and hunger, allowing all to live with dignity
          Promoting policies or practices that support sustainable long-term management of natural resources on land or water
          Taking action on climate change
          Creating partnerships, programming or services that promote education, literacy, basic human rights and quality of life
          Providing programming and services, or promoting policies and practices, to those within the justice system. For example, promoting government transparency and accountability, including the reduction of corruption, violence in society, and the enforcement of laws.


International librarians, library administrators, and library partners are especially encouraged to submit proposals.

Presentation Format:
The panel presentation will immediately follow the brief IRRT Chair's Business Meeting, which will begin sharply atMonday, June 26, 1:00 p.m. Each panel presentation will be between 15-20 minutes. Applicants are encouraged to consider creative and effective presentations to connect attendees with the topic.

Deadline:
All proposals must be submitted by February 22, 2017.

Submission Guidelines:
Proposals should include:
  1. Title of the presentation
  2. A 150- to 250-word biography of the presenters/panelists
  3. Name, title, institutional affiliation, and full contact information of the presenters/panelists
  4. An abstract of 300-500 words, describing the focus of the presentation, on a separate sheet that does not include the name and affiliation of the presenter or presenters

Proposals should be submitted electronically (as a single Microsoft Word or PDF attachment) to Jeremiah Paschke-Wood at jpaschkewood@email.arizona.edu.