Saturday, April 4, 2015

Vote for your IRRT candidates!

Dear IRRT member:

Voting in the 2015 ALA elections is now open! Between March 24 and March 26, ALA sent emails to voters, providing them with their unique passcodes and information about how to vote online. Voters will receive email reminders throughout the election period—on March 31 and April 16. Voting may be completed in one sitting, or an individual may “park” a ballot and return at a later date. The polls will close at 11:59 p.m. Central time on Friday, May 1.  

An electronic guide to the 2015 ALA elections is available to inform members about the candidates and the election process. It contains general information about the ALA presidency, recent ALA presidential initiatives, and biographical information about the four presidential candidates.
This is your IRRT slate:
01.     o      ELIZABETH CRAMER
02.       o        ___________________________
                        (WRITE-IN CANDIDATE)

03.       o     JAMIE LUEDTKE
04.       o     ANGELIQUE SIMMONS

05.       o     ANTHONY J. ELIA

07.       o        SANDY HIRSH
08.       o        RAVIL VELI                            

Friday, April 3, 2015

Last Chance for Early Bird Registration!

Last Chance for Early Bird Registration!
Rates increase after April 3, 2015

Join us for
Building Bridges: Connecting Communities through Librarianship & Advocacy
The day will include a talk by keynote speaker Valarie Kaur, 
panels focusing on community issues, community connections, and more!

For more information, visit:



To make inquiries or to apply for the position, please contact Dr. Elizabeth Cramer at

Applications are due by: May 31, 2015.

International Relations Round Table (IRRT) International Leads Editor Volunteer. Position available beginning after the 2015 ALA Annual Conference in San Francisco.

Do you want to play a significant role in promoting international librarianship and the activities of the International Relations Round Table?  You can do so by volunteering to serve a two-year term as the editor of IRRT’s official publication International Leads (IL). 

IL Editor Description: 
The Editor of International Leads is responsible for the official organ of the International Relations Round Table, in conjunction with the IRRT Publications Committee and the IRRT Executive Board.

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 IRRT’s member news and articles that help them understand and react to recent developments in international librarianship.

Because IL is the official publication of the IRRT, the editor has a particular responsibility to convey to IRRT members and other readers full and accurate information on the activities, purpose and goals of the Round Table. Previous issues are available on the IRRT website at:

IL is published quarterly, edited by a member volunteer and uploaded to the IRRT website by the IRRT Webmaster.

The IL Editor will serve a two-year term, renewable once.  The term begins at the end of the 2015 ALA Annual Conference in and runs for two calendar (volume) years.   

·        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.

·        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.
·        Attendance at both the ALA Midwinter Conference and the ALA Annual Conference is required.

Reports to:
IRRT Publications Committee
IRRT Executive Board

To make inquiries or to apply for the position, please contact Dr. Elizabeth Cramer,  Applications should include a brief statement about your interest in the position and a description of your skills and background relevant to the position.  Please include a current resume or CV.  Applications are due by May 31, 2015 for review. Applications in electronic format by email are preferable. 

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

[ELEARN] Ireland International Conference on Education (IICE-2015): Call for Submissions!

Call for Papers, Extended Abstracts, Posters, Tutorials 

and Workshops!


Ireland International Conference on Education (IICE-2015)

April 20-22, 2015 Dublin, Ireland


The IICE is an international refereed conference dedicated
to the advancement of the theory and practices in education.
The IICE promotes collaborative excellence between academicians
and professionals from Education.
The aim of IICE is to provide an opportunity for academicians
and professionals from various educational fields with
cross-disciplinary interests to bridge the knowledge gap, promote
research esteem and the evolution of pedagogy. The IICE 2015 invites
research papers that encompass conceptual analysis, design
implementation and performance evaluation. All the accepted papers
will appear in the proceedings and modified version of selected
papers will be published in special issues peer reviewed journals.

The topics in IICE-2015 include but are not confined to the
following areas:

*Academic Advising and Counselling
*Art Education
*Adult Education
*APD/Listening and Acoustics in Education Environment
*Business Education
*Counsellor Education
*Curriculum, Research and Development
*Competitive Skills
*Continuing Education
*Distance Education
*Early Childhood Education
*Educational Administration
*Educational Foundations
*Educational Psychology
*Educational Technology
*Education Policy and Leadership
*Elementary Education
*Geographical Education
*Geographic information systems
*Health Education
*Higher Education
*Home Education
*Human Computer Interaction
*Human Resource Development
*Indigenous Education
*ICT Education
*Internet technologies
*Imaginative Education
*Kinesiology & Leisure Science
*Language Education
*Mathematics Education
*Mobile Applications
*Multi-Virtual Environment
*Music Education
*Physical Education (PE)
*Reading Education
*Writing Education
*Religion and Education Studies
*Research Assessment Exercise (RAE)
*Rural Education
*Science Education
*Secondary Education
*Second life Educators
*Social Studies Education
*Special Education
*Student Affairs
*Teacher Education
*Cross-disciplinary areas of Education   

*Ubiquitous Computing
*Virtual Reality
*Wireless applications
*Other Areas of Education      


- You can submit your research paper at
or email it to

Important Dates:

*Abstract and Extended Abstract (Work in Progress) Submission Date: January 25, 2015
*Notification of Abstract and Extended Abstract (Work in Progress) Acceptance/Rejection Date: February 05, 2015
*Research Paper, Student Paper, Case Study, Report Submission Date: February 02, 2015
*Notification of Research Paper, Student Paper, Case Study, Report Acceptance /Rejection Date: February 15, 2015
*Proposal for Workshops Submission Date: January 20, 2015
*Notification of Workshop Acceptance/Rejection Date: January 31, 2015
*Posters Proposal Submission Date: February 15, 2015
*Notification of Posters Acceptance/Rejection: February 25, 2015
*Camera Ready Paper Due: March 01, 2015
*Early Bird Registration (Authors and Participants): December 30, 2014 - March 15, 2015
*Late Bird Registration Deadline (Authors only): March 16, 2015 - March 30, 2015
*Late Bird Registration Deadline (Participants only): March 16, 2015 - April 14, 2015
*Conference Dates: April 20-22, 2015

For further information please visit IICE-2015 at  

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

ALA in San Francisco - Building Bridges: Connecting Communities through Librarianship & Advocacy

Attending ALA Annual in San Francisco?  

Join us for 
Building Bridges: 
Connecting Communities through 
Librarianship & Advocacy

Early Bird Registration is NOW OPEN through 
April 3, 2015
For more information, visit:

Don't miss Valarie Kaur's Keynote Address @ Building Bridges

Valarie Kaur is an award-winning filmmaker, civil rights lawyer, and interfaith leader who centers her work on storytelling for social change (

For more information, visit:

ALA Nominating Committee Seeks Candidates for 2016 Elections

Contact: JoAnne Kempf
Office of ALA Governance
(312) 280-3212
For immediate release (March 5, 2015)

Nominating committee seeks candidates for 2016 election

CHICAGO - The Nominating Committee for the 2016 ALA election is soliciting nominees to run on the 2016 spring ballot for the offices of ALA President-elect, Treasurer, and Councilor-at-large.

The Nominating Committee will select two candidates to run for President-elect, two candidates to run for Treasurer, and no fewer than 50 candidates for the 33 at-large Council seats to be filled in the 2016 spring election.

The President-elect will serve a three-year term: as President-elect in 2016-2017, as President in 2017-2018, and as Immediate Past President in 2018-2019.

The Treasurer will serve a three-year term beginning after the 2016 ALA Annual Conference and ending at the adjournment of the 2019 Annual Conference.

The Councilors-at-large will serve three-year terms, also beginning after the 2016 ALA Annual Conference and ending at the adjournment of the 2019 Annual Conference. 

The ALA President, Treasurer, and Councilors also serve in corresponding roles in the ALA-Allied Professional Association [ALA-APA].  Individuals considering ALA-APA office are encouraged to consult with their employer regarding any restrictions regarding lobbying activities or service on the governing body of a 501(c)6 organization.

Members who wish to make nominations should submit the following information: nominee name; present position; institution; address; telephone; fax; and e-mail address.  Self-nominations are encouraged.   All potential nominees must complete the Potential Candidate Biographical Form available at

Nominations and forms must be received no later than June 12, 2015.

Nominations may be sent to any member of the 2016 Nominating Committee.  Committee members are: 

·         Larry Neal, Library Director, Clinton-Macomb Public Library, Clinton Township, MI  (586) 226-5011, E-mail
·         Susan Ballard, Project Director, School Librarian Program Development, Granite State College/University System of New Hampshire, Rochester, NH  (603) 247-8308, E-mail 
·         Manuel Figueroa, Talent Development and Training Manager, Queens Library, Jamaica, NY (718) 990-8575, E-mail
·         Sharon Hu, Associate Professor, Department of Information Studies, Chicago State University, Chicago, IL (773) 995-2006, E-mail
·         Joquetta Johnson, Library Media Specialist, Randallstown High School, Randallstown, MD (410) 887-0760, E-mail
·         David Lee King, Digital Services Director, Topeka & Shawnee County Public Library, Topeka, KS  (785) 580-4601, E-mail
·         Portia Latalladi, Youth Librarian, Chicago Public Library, Chicago, IL (312) 747-3725, E-mail 
·         Jennifer Paustenbaugh, University Librarian, Brigham Young University, Provo, UT, (801) 422-4301, E-mail
·         Brian Schottlaender, Audrey Geisel University Librarian, University of California-San Diego, La Jolla, CA, (858) 534-3060, E-mail

Individuals who do not wish to go through the nominations process may run for office by petition.  Information about running by petition and instructions for creating a petition can be found at  Members must log-in to the ALA website in order to create a petition. Deadline for filing petitions is January 29, 2016.  

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, 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

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