Thursday, December 15, 2016
Stories featured in this issue include a look at the deepening ties between universities in Peru and Vermont; India's largest online library for the print disabled; celebrating 25 years at the Mortenson Centre for International Library Programs; connecting, collaborating and building community at the 2016 IFLA World Congress; and recommended resources in support of the United Nations Sustainability Goals 2030.
The issue begins with inspiring thoughts from IRRT Chair Elizabeth Cramer and Chair-Elect Loida Garcia-Febo:
All types of libraries, including academic, public, school, and special, can join efforts to promote the SDGs in their countries and cities. As per the United Nations, the SDGs are a universal call to action to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure that all people enjoy peace and prosperity.
Libraries from all over the world are already helping their communities and countries to achieve the SDGS by providing information and in many cases collaborating with agencies and organizations in efforts related to the environment, gender equality, sustainable cities, clean water, quality education, peace, justice, and strong institutions, among others. We would like to encourage libraries and library workers to continue advocating that libraries and access to information be placed on the agenda of decision makers. IFLA’s Access and Opportunity for All: How Libraries Contribute to the United Nations 2030 Agenda, is a booklet with useful examples and recommendations for policymakers demonstrating the contribution of libraries to the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The materials also include a handout which librarians could adapt or distribute when meeting with decision makers.
Related to these efforts, a new multi-year programme was announced, the International Advocacy Programme (IAP). The goal is to "develop the IAP to give the library sector the capacity to create and promote a favorable policy framework for valued library services to the community, set and implement regional and national action agendas, and build advocacy skills."
Read all the stories for even more inspiration on the IRRT website http://www.ala.org/irrt/intlleads/internationalleads
Sunday, December 11, 2016
Thursday, December 8, 2016
Call for Papers - IFLA Satellite Meeting, Multiethnicity in Genealogy, Local History and Regional Memory
Call for Papers - Satellite Meeting - Vilnius August 2017-The Challenge of Multiple Identities
The Genealogy and Local History Section, with the Asia & Oceania and the IT Section, invites proposals for Satellite Meeting:
Vilnius, Lithuania,Theme: Multiethnicity in Genealogy, Local History and Regional Memory - Challenges and Opportunities for Libraries and other Memory Institutions
Location: Martynas Mažvydas National Library of LithuaniaDeadline for submitting proposals is .For more information, please visit:Contact information: Cherie Bush (Family Search Org.) at email@example.com Bozena Rasmussen at firstname.lastname@example.orgPlease feel free to share the Call for Papers in your networks.
Bozena RasmussenChairIFLA Genealogy and Local History SC
CALL FOR PAPERS BigScholar 2017 The 4th WWW Workshop on Big Scholarly Data: Towards the Web of Scholars
CALL FOR PAPERSBigScholar 2017The 4th WWW Workshop on Big Scholarly Data: Towards the Web of ScholarsA workshop of WWW 2017 (The 26th International World Wide Web Conference)Perth, Australia,Researchers worldwide are currently producing more and more scholarly data of various types such as papers, books, patents, etc. Such data are big data by nature. For example, the DBLP Computer Science Bibliography and the Microsoft Academic Graph/API (research.microsoft.com/mag) provide bibliographic information on major computer science journals and proceedings. DBLP and MAG index more than 3 and 100 million articles, respectively, with records containing title, pages, years and authors' information, etc. Concurrently, scholars are associated with various academic activities such as conferences, workshops, congresses, peer review and so on. Such scenarios have motivated us to also explore the Web of Scholars in the context of big scholarly data on a global scale. It is imperative and vital for researchers to drive their knowledge towards the innovative generation of values from Big Scholarly Data. The emerging worldwide Web of Scholars demands a re-evaluation of existing techniques, such as data mining, recommender systems and social network analysis. Furthermore, there is the demand for novel ways of developing algorithms, methods and techniques to foster the analysis and interpretation of social environments such as academic collaboration networks.Following the success of the previous three editions, the BigScholar 2017 workshop aims at bringing together researchers and practitioners working on Big Scholarly Data to discuss what are emerging research issues and how to explore the Web of Scholars. Several core challenges, such as the tools and methods for analyzing and mining scholarly data will be the main center of discussions at the workshop. The goal is to contribute to the birth of a community having a shared interest around the Web of Scholars and exploring it using data mining, recommender systems, social network analysis and other appropriate technologies.The workshop will be a full-day workshop. The format of the workshop will include 1-2 invited talks (keynotes), research and position paper presentations, and one discussion panel. The workshop will be held in April 2017 in Perth, Australia, in conjunction with the 26th International World Wide Web Conference (WWW 2017).In this workshop, we will explore the most promising areas of research in big scholarly data, with focus on major foci of the rapidly emerging field of the Web of Scholars. This workshop also seeks to answer noteworthy research questions such as:- How to model the Web of scholars?- How to connect scholars on the Web?- How to measure impact of publications, researchers, groups, or institutions?- How to visualize Big Scholarly Data for insights and analytics?- How to utilize the Web of Scholars to improve the way research is being done?Researchers are welcome to submit highly interesting and quality papers that address these questions above and other topics below which may include, but are not limited to:- Academic social network analysis- Scientific measurement- Scholarly data management- Digital infrastructures for accessing scholarly data- Methods and tools for analyzing and visualizing big scholarly data- Indexing, searching, and mining scholarly data- Connecting scholars using a Web approach- Paradigms to promote scientific collaboration- Scientific trends prediction- Web tools and techniques for big scholarly data- Systems, platforms, and services exploring the Web of Scholars- Applications and use cases of big scholarly dataIMPORTANT DATES:Paper Submission Deadline: (firm)Author Notification:Final Manuscript:SUBMISSION INSTRUCTIONS:Authors are invited to submit original papers that must not have been submitted to or published in any other workshop, conference, or journal. The workshop will accept full papers describing completed work, work-in-progress papers with preliminary results, as well as position papers reporting inspiring and intriguing new ideas.All submitted papers must:* be written in English;* contain author names, affiliations, and email addresses;* be formatted according to the ACM SIG Proceedings template(http://www.acm.org/
sigs/publications/proceedings- templates) with a font size no smaller than 9pt;* be in PDF (make sure that the PDF can be viewed on any platform), and formatted for US Letter size;* occupy no more than six pages, including the abstract, references, and appendices.It is the authors' responsibility to ensure that their submissions adhere strictly to the required format.Submissions that do not comply with the above guidelines may be rejected without review.All submissions will be peer-reviewed by members of the Program Committee and be evaluated for originality, quality and appropriateness to the workshop. At least one author of each accepted papers must present their work at the workshop. All accepted and presented papers will be published in the Companion Proceedings of the WWW 2017 conference, through the ACM Digital Library. Extended versions of selected papers will be considered for publication in special issues of SCI-index international journals.Please submit your paper here:Organizers:Feng Xia, Dalian University of TechnologyHuan Liu, Arizona State UniversityIrwin King, The Chinese University of Hong KongKuansan Wang, Microsoft ResearchContact Info:Email: email@example.com
Tuesday, December 6, 2016
Saturday, December 3, 2016
Electronic Information for Libraries (EIFL) has compiled a booklet of 15 statements by library and archive organizations on how access to knowledge is denied when copyright exceptions stop at the border, or when licensing fails. Titled The internet is global - but copyright exceptions stop at the border. Why we need an international treaty for cross-border access to knowledge, the statements by librarians and archivists made at WIPO's Standing Committee on Copyright and Related Rights (SCCR) sessions in April 2014, June 2014 and May 2016 present extensive evidence from around the world on why we need an international treaty for cross-border access to knowledge. WIPO is the main body that sets international copyright law.
This booklet is a valuable resource for policy-makers and government officials concerned with copyright, as well as librarians and archivists involved in copyright advocacy. The statements are from the Australian Library and Information Association (ALIA), the Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals (CILIP), EIFL, the European Bureau of Library, Information and Documentation Associations (EBLIDA), the German Library Association (DBV), the International Council on Archives (ICA), the International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA), the Karisma Foundation, LIBER (Association of European Research Libraries), the Scottish Council on Archives (SCA), and the Society of American Archivists (SAA).
EIFL works with libraries to enable access to knowledge for education, learning, research and sustainable community development. Their vision is a world in which all people have the knowledge they need to achieve their full potential.