Friday, September 18, 2015

8th Qualitative and Quantitative Methods in Libraries International Conference (QQML2016,24-27 May 2016, Senate House, University of London, UK)

8th Qualitative and Quantitative Methods in Libraries International Conference (QQML2016, 24-27 May 2016, Senate House, University of London, UK)

 Dear Colleagues and Friends,
It is our pleasure to invite you in London (24-27 May 2016, Senate House, University of London, UK) for the 8th Qualitative and Quantitative Methods in Libraries International Conference (QQML2016,  http://www.isast.orgwhich is organized under the umbrella of ISAST (International Society for the Advancement of Science and Technology).
The focus of QQML 2016 International Conference is on:
Exploring Trends and Challenges on Building the Future Libraries
The ideal venue is in Senate House of University of London in the same place with the Central Library of the University and home library for the School of Advanced Study while an inspiring tour inOxford Libraries and Museums is arranged.
The QQML2016 Conference Poster is available at:
This is the eight year of the conference which brings together different disciplines on library and information science; it is a multi–disciplinary conference that covers the Library and Information Science topics in conjunction to other disciplines (e.g. innovation and economics, management and marketing, statistics and data analysis, information technology, human resources, museums, archives, special librarianship, etc). 
The conference invites special and contributed sessions, oral communications, workshops and posters.
Target Group
The target group and the audience are library and archives professionals in a more general sense: professors, researchers, students, administrators, stakeholders, librarians, technologists, museum scientists, archivists, decision makers and managers.
Main topics
The emphasis is given to the models and the initiatives that run under the budget restrictions, such as the Information Management and the innovation, the crisis management, the long-term access, the synergies and partnership, the open access movement and technological development.
The conference will consider, but not be limited to, the following indicative themes:
1.                Information and Knowledge Management
2.                Synergies, Organizational Models and Information Systems
3.                Open Data, Open Access, Analysis and Applications
4.                Multimedia Systems and Applications
5.                Computer Networks and Social Networks,
6.                Health Reference and Informatics
7.                Information Technologies in Education
8.          Decision making in service innovation
9.          Data Mining, content analysis, taxonomies, ontologies
10.       STM information development

Special Sessions – Workshops
You may send proposals for Special Sessions (4-6 papers) or Workshops (more than 2 sessions) including the title and a brief description at: or from the electronic submission at the web page:
You may also send Abstracts/Papers to be included in the proposed sessions, to new sessions or as contributed papers at the web page:
Contributions may be realized through one of the following ways
a. structured abstracts (not exceeding 500 words) and presentation;
b. full papers (not exceeding 7,000 words);
c. posters (not exceeding 2,500 words);
In all the above cases at least one of the authors ought to be registered in the conference.
Abstracts and full papers should be submitted electronically within the timetable provided in the web page:
The abstracts and full papers should be in compliance to the author guidelines:
All abstracts will be published in the Conference Book of Abstracts and in the website of the Conference. The papers of the conference will be published in the website of the conference, after the permission of the author(s).
Student submissions
Professors and Supervisors are encouraged to organize conference sessions of Postgraduate theses and dissertations.
Please direct any questions regarding the QQML 2016 Conference and Student Research Presentations to: the secretariat of the conference at:  
Important dates:
Deadline of abstracts submitted: 20 December 2014
Reviewer’s response: in 3 weeks after submission
Early registration: 30th of March 2016
Paper and Presentation Slides: 1st of May 2016
Conference dates: 24-27 May 2016
Paper contributors have the opportunity to be published in the QQML e- Journal, which continues to retain the right of first choice, however in addition they have the chance to be published in other scientific journals.
QQML e- Journal is included in EBSCOhost and DOAJ (Directory of Open Access Journals).
Submissions of abstracts to special or contributed sessions could be sent directly to the conference secretariat at Please refer to the Session Number, as they are referred at the conference website to help the secretariat to classify the submissions.
For more information and Abstract/Paper submission and Special Session Proposals please visit the conference website at: or contact the secretary of the conference at :
Looking forward to welcoming you in London,
With our best regards,
On behalf of the Conference Committee
Anthi Katsirikou, PhD
Conference Co-Chair
University of Piraeus Library DirectorHead, European Documentation CenterBoard Member of the Greek Association of Librarians and Information Professionals

Message from the IRRT Chair Your IRRT Executive Board: “We are the ‘red carpet’ to our international colleagues…”

Message from the IRRT Chair Your IRRT Executive Board: 
“We are the ‘red carpet’ to our international colleagues…”

Greetings fellow IRRT members!  Welcome to the start of the new 2015‐2016 ALA year!  

I am delighted to take my turn as IRRT’s Chair.  I follow in the footsteps of many wonderful internationally‐minded past Chairs, including Robin Kear, last year.  We have a terrific new Executive Board composition—see their photos below.  And we have 2 enthusiastic new co‐editors of this International Leads newsletter—see their introductions below.  To welcome you more visually, click this link for a video greeting from me:


As you know, IRRT serves many functions.  (1) We are the “red carpet” to our international colleagues at ALA conferences, hosting the Orientation session, International Visitors Center, Reception event, and more.  (2) We provide internationally‐oriented presentation opportunities at ALA conferences, such as the paper and poster sessions.  (3) We sponsor internationally‐oriented programs from our committees, like the Pre‐Conference program, Chair’s Program, Sustainable Libraries program, and more.

Some might think IRRT is only focused on events at ALA conferences.  Not at all!  The work of IRRT extends beyond conferences.  For example, on the IRRT website you can find: our Sister Library Committee’s wiki on establishing sister libraries, our “Free Links” page of library professional development links from around the world, our blog and facebook pages for ongoing networking, and 
our International Leads newsletter (which you are reading!)

As the largest Roundtable of ALA, we have a dynamic, worldwide membership.  We’re glad to have you with us, and look forward to a great year with you!
John Hickok
IRRT Chair, 2015‐2016

September Issue of International Leads

September Issue of International Leads

The September issue of International Leads is available online now. Click on the image or link below.

Thursday, September 3, 2015

Information New Wave is hosting a session at Library 2.015

Information New Wave is hosting a session at Library 2.015

Online educational spaces by and for librarians: best practices and models

Tuesday, October 20 at 1:00 p.m. EDT

Join us as we present a program with librarians who have developed free alternative online educational communities to provide professional development to librarians and LIS students whom otherwise wouldn't be able to access them. The event features three popular online spaces from Latin America and Spain, two of them producing weekly/monthly webinars and one, crowdsourcing publications. Includes best practices and models.

Moderator: Loida Garcia-Febo, President, Information New Wave
María García-Puente, Founder of Socialbiblio and Medical Librarian from Spain
Mauricio Fino Garzón, Member of Aprender3c, LIS Professor from Colombia
Natalie Baur, Member of Infotecarios and Affiliate Researcher, Instituto de Investigaciones Bibliotecológicas y de la Información, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México

Tuesday, October 20 at 1:00 p.m. EDT
12:00 p.m. CDT and Mexico/ 11:00 a.m. MDT/ 10:00 a.m. PDT/ 2:00pm Argentina/ 7:00pm CEST
To identify your time zone, see

Websites / URLs Associated with Our Session: 
Information New Wave 
Maria Garcia-Puente
Mauricio Fino Garzón