Friday, July 21, 2017

2017 Development and Access to Information Report launched

The DA2I Report shows how essential access to information is for development, and makes the case for coordinated and sustained efforts by all to guarantee it. It demonstrates how meaningful access to information, supported by libraries, contributes to the achievement of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, and monitors the progress countries are making towards fulfilling their commitments under the UN 2030 Agenda.

As the Agenda for Sustainable Development progresses, the need to address the underlying factors holding back development in all our societies becomes more and more pressing. Few are as pernicious as information poverty – the lack of access to, or the ability to use, the information necessary to foster economically and socially inclusive societies. IFLA President Donna Scheeder stressed: “There is no sustainable development without access to information. And there is no meaningful, inclusive access to information without libraries.

In addition to the regulatory changes and infrastructure investment needed to ensure that everyone has the practical possibility to get online, the report calls for a coordinated drive to ensure that people have the confidence and skills needed to get the best out of the Internet. This will require contributions from all levels of government and across stakeholder groups.

To monitor Member States’ progress, the report presents a set of baseline indicators, drawing on established datasets, as well as providing contributions from international experts showing how access to information is already making a difference. The report focuses this year on four SDGs highlighted at this year’s UN HLPF – agriculture (SDG 2), health (SDG 3), gender equality (SDG 5), and infrastructure and innovation (SDG 9). 

Libraries, as pre-existing, trusted public centres, with both a global perspective and strong understanding of local needs, are essential partners for governments in achieving the Sustainable Development Goals. IFLA is working globally to ensure libraries’ key contribution to development is recognised. It has signed agreements with representatives from 73 countries, committing to work with them to build understanding of the UN 2030 Agenda at a national and regional level, and engage in the planning, monitoring and implementation processes of National Development Plans. 

IFLA Secretary General Gerald Leitner remarked: “The library field is unique. A global community of millions of institutions, sharing the same values and objectives. IFLA, as the global voice of libraries, is proud to be able to bring this potential to bear in support of development. I believe that, together, we can deliver. The library field is certainly ready.

The report can be downloaded from the DA2I official website at

Monday, July 10, 2017

The AfLIA Leadership Academy – Call for Applications

African Library & Information Associations & Institutions (AfLIA) is collaborating with the Public Library Association (PLA) to establish the AfLIA Leadership Academy aimed at:

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  • Building the knowledge, skills and confidence of library leaders to act in innovative and creative ways in meeting community needs;
  • Supporting library leaders to foster partnerships between libraries and government agencies, the private sector, NGOs, civil society, and faith-based organizations to work together to improve the lives of community members; and
  • Strengthening library leaders’ skills and assisting them find innovative approaches to library services, tangibly improving the value libraries bring to communities.
AfLIA invites applications from librarians working in public and national libraries to participate in the Leadership Academy, which begins in January 2018 and runs for eight months. The Academy aims to support middle managers in African public and national libraries to be true leaders
in their communities. Anticipated outcomes for participants are to:
  • Understand the nature and requirements of effective leadership and one’s own leadership style;
  • Gain a deep understanding of how to manage change and how to effectively carry out civic engagement;
  • Apply the concept of Asset Based Community Development using the assets within their communities to bring about positive change;
  • Understand the opportunities offered and challenges posed by partnering with both library and non-library organisations; and 
  • Form a network of engaged and transforming library leaders ready to lead in taking their national, African and Global Development agendas forward.
The Leadership Academy includes a five-day workshop in January 2018, followed by eight months of support from Coaches who are recognized leaders in the field. There will be three participants
assigned to each Coach.

Within the eight months, participants will be expected to:
  • Attend three webinars run by their Coaches and attended by the three people in their coaching group between February and May 2018.
  • Develop and implement a project geared at improving the livelihoods of the community.
  • Report on their work at the AfLIA Public Libraries Summit in May 2018.
  • Take a two week study visit to US public libraries (participants will pay for their travel costs including visa and travel insurance and AfLIA will pay for the accommodation and meals).
  • Take part in the evaluation of the Academy after eight months.
  • Continue to network with their colleagues at the Academy for a minimum period of one year.
Applicants must meet the following qualifying criteria:
  • Must be from an African public or national library service.
  • Must have at least three years of experience at managerial level.
  • Must be able to read and write in English (because the course is conducted in English).
  • Must have documented support from his/her organization.
  • Must be an active member of the local library association.
  • The institution to which he/she belongs must be a member of AfLIA.
In addition, it will be advantageous to be from an institution that is hosting/has hosted an INELI participant and have demonstrated leadership qualities.

Interested applicants should download and complete the Application Form at
Send completed applications and all accompanying documents by email with the subject ‘Application for AfLIA Leadership Academy’ to with a copy to by August 18, 2017.

Institutional support should be in the form of an endorsement letter from the applicant's library, on the library’s letterhead and signed by the head of the institution or his/her representative,
scanned and included with the completed form.

Thursday, July 6, 2017

Call for Proposals: Advances in Library Administration and Organization

Libraries have begun doing more to support entrepreneurship and innovation within their communities. Makerspaces and business incubators have become featured attractions in public and academic libraries and provide a unique way to reach out to a user group that can bolster a community in dynamic ways. ALAO seeks submissions for the “Supporting Entrepreneurship and Innovation” volume that delve beyond examples and case studies to look at how library leaders can develop support for innovation and entrepreneurship within their libraries. Examples include but are not limited to: analyzing case studies from several institutions to identify best practices; ways of designing library spaces to ensure they meet the needs of all constituents; theoretical discussions on how activities/spaces supporting entrepreneurship and innovation reflect the mission of libraries; creative ways to get resources to support efforts in these areas; how these areas can lead to new kinds of collaborations that benefit libraries.

Editors are particularly interested in proposals on the following topics:
  • How the historical and cultural role of libraries has changed (or not) to include services that support creativity and innovation.
  • How and why the development of makerspaces and incubators (or other innovative programs) supports the larger community in which the library is situated.
  • How innovative and entrepreneurial support develops new partnerships, and how those partnerships can be sustained.
If you are interested in contributing to this volume, send an abstract of 300 words or less as well as author details and estimated length of final submission to Samantha Hines at
Proposal deadline: August 31, 2017. Notification of acceptance: October 31, 2017.

This will be the first volume of ALAO to publish in 2019.
Series Editor: Samantha Hines, Peninsula College
Volume Editor: Janet Crum, Northern Arizona University

Advances in Library Administration and Organization (ALAO) offers long-form research, comprehensive discussions of theoretical developments, and in-depth accounts of evidence-based practice in library administration and organization. The series answers the questions, “How have libraries been managed, and how should they be managed?” It goes beyond a platform for the sharing of research to provide a venue for dialogue across issues. Through this series, practitioners can glean new approaches in challenging times and collaborate on the exploration of scholarly solutions to professional quandaries. ALAO is published by Emerald Publishing

Saturday, July 1, 2017

Serbian Library Association annual conference focuses on advocacy and lobbying

Serbian Library Association (SLA) invites colleagues from across the globe to their annual conference "What I talk about when I talk about libraries: Advocacy, Promoting and Lobbying" to be held in Belgrade, Serbia December 13 - 15, 2017.
There will be pre-conference sessions on December 13 and the official conference begins on December 14th with amazing keynote speakers. December 14th is Librarians Day and SLA's 70th birthday, so they are planning a grand celebration!

SLA is currently accepting full papers, short presentations (Pecha Kucha) and poster presentations with topics related to advocacy, such as:
  • Visibility of libraries in the media and community
  • Skills and knowledge we need for advocacy
  • The role of libraries in the United Nations Agenda UN 2030 and society development
  • How do the different types of libraries support the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)?
  • Library statistics for the effective storytelling and performance
  • Budget and financing: do we have an alternative?
  • The role of library associations in advocating, lobbying and promotion
  • Partnerships and networking
  • Methods of communication with decision-makers
  • Campaigns, activism and social media
  • Multimedia and innovative tools
  • Library users as advocates
  • Communication strategy, public relations and marketing
  • Training programs, workshops and forums
Deadline for proposals is September 15. Visit the conference website for more information.

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Awesome Foundation has an Innovation in Libraries chapter

It can be a challenge to keep the bills paid when you are working to get a new project off the ground.  The Awesome Foundation offers micro-grants of $1000 to help "forward the interest of awesome in the universe." Of course, not every aspiring project gets funded. However, a team of library and information professionals have created a new funding opportunity to help innovative library projects achieve success.

The Awesome Innovation in Libraries Chapter was created "by a small working group of passionate librarians within Library Pipeline who wanted to provide a catalyst for prototyping both technical and non-technical library innovations that embody the principles of diversity, inclusivity, creativity, and risk-taking."

The Chapter awards monthly grants; proposals are due on the 1st and decisions are rendered at the end of the month. There have already been some fantastic projects funded from around the world. Check out the winners so far and then submit your own application!

Friday, June 23, 2017

IFLA Global Vision Latin America and the Caribbean starts with an inspiring address by the Vice President of the Argentine Republic

BUENOS AIRES, Argentina, 9 June 2017—The International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA) is holding its IFLA Global Vision Regional Workshop for Latin America and the Caribbean on 8 and 9 June 2017 at the historic Library of the National Congress in Buenos Aires, Argentina. 

The Vice President of the Argentine Republic, Lic. Gabriela Michetti, opened the event welcoming participants and highlighting the key role of libraries–especially public libraries–in providing free and democratic access to information fostering economic and social development. During her opening remarks, she stated: “We are very happy that the Library of the National Congress was chosen as one of IFLA’s Regional Offices, this shows a deserved recognition to the work and the trajectory of the library in the country and in the region”. About the Global Vision Regional Workshop, she mentioned: “It is a pleasure to be here today, and to share this moment with you. I hope you have a very productive and fruitful meeting.” 

IFLA President-elect Glòria Pérez-Salmerón, remarked: “Today we will start a workshop of the IFLA Global Vision Discussion, which is not a project, it is a process. Because we believe that the future is in our hands and that libraries can change how things are in society—for the better.”
IFLA Secretary General Gerald Leitner, emphasized: “For the realization of our ideas we will need the support of visionary policy makers. Today we heard a strong commitment of high political representatives to the central role of libraries for the development of societies.” 

The Latin American Regional Workshop gathers senior representatives of library associations and national libraries of 27 Latin American and Caribbean countries to discuss how a united and connected library field can tackle the challenges of the future. 

This is the forth in a series of six regional workshops taking place around the world. Two more workshops will be held in Singapore (28 – 29 June 2017) and in Madrid, Spain (5 – 6 July 2017).
Read more about the IFLA Global Vision Discussion:
For more information, contact

Friday, June 16, 2017

German libraries featured at ALA Annual Conference

In 2014, ALA signed an MOU establishing collaboration and partnership with BID (Bibliothek & Information Deutschland), the umbrella organization of German library associations, from 2016 through 2019. Last year, American librarians traveled to Leipzig for the German Library Congress to present talks and papers, and to build personal and professional relationships with our German colleagues. This year, ALA welcomes more than 12 German librarians to Annual Conference in Chicago presenting on best practices and services from Germany that we can emulate in US libraries. All ALA attendees are welcome to attend these sessions featuring our European colleagues.

Libraries in Germany
Sat. June 24, 3:00 – 4:00pm, McCormick Place West - W183b
   Libraries in Germany-- venerable book-museums or modern information facilities? Silence in large reading rooms or conversation and hustle-bustle? Gutenberg or ICT? The library scene in Germany is as multifaceted and exciting as the country itself. We will present insights into trends, new developments, and new structures. We promise that you will soon want to travel to Germany to experience these discoveries yourself!

Serving Refugees: Experiences from German Libraries
Sun. June 25, 1:00 – 2:30pm, McCormick Place West - W181b
   In 2015 there were more than 1 million refugees and asylum-seekers in Germany. The influx of refugees from various cultures, especially from Syria, Afghanistan, the Balkans, and various African countries, is abating. Yet families, young men, and unaccompanied minors are still seeking refuge in Germany. Libraries in Germany have a long tradition of providing multicultural services and resources. Since 2006 an expert panel of the German Library Association has been addressing this topic. The lessons learned from the panel can be used to improve the resources for these user groups in public and academic libraries. There are many challenges, including overcoming language and cultural barriers, and integrating refugees into schools and colleges. Another consideration is staff training and information exchange on the topic using webinars and other channels. A variety of positive and hopeful responses to these challenges will be presented from real-world experiences. 

German Academic Libraries - New Trends in Management
Mon. June 26, 10:30 – 11:30am, McCormick Place West - W181a
   Academic libraries in Germany are constantly changing due to new developments in higher education influenced by digital transformations in research and instruction and study, as well as in reaction to scientific-political impulses. The changes occur in multiple fields, at various speeds, and sometimes simultaneously or unexpectedly. This results in continuous change management that encompasses various factors, such as organizational and personnel development, the library’s service offerings and cooperation with partners within and without the university. Using various examples, new trends in German academic libraries will be illustrated.

Libraries Support Research in Germany
Mon. June 26, 1:00 – 2:30pm, McCormick Place West - W176a
   Academic libraries at German universities support researchers by providing scientific information resources, managing and linking research data, and assisting with open-access publication of research results. A system of specialist information services that puts the interests and needs of the researchers at the forefront has been developed with financial support by the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft, the German Research Association. The developments in Germany in these areas will be presented using various examples.

Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Read the June 2017 International Leads

The June 2017 issue of International Leads has just been published. 
This issue features stories on:

  • libraries in Cuba
  • experiences of an American librarian in Ethiopia
  • international programming at ALA Annual 2017 in Chicago
  • a message on advocacy from IRRT Vice Chair/Chair Elect Loida Garcia-Febo
Lots of great content in this, the last issue under co-editors Gail Sacco and Karen Bordonaro who complete two years of fine work spreading the word on international librarianship.

Why wait? Read the June issue now at 

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:   

Interested authors, referees, contributors, and book reviewers should contact the editor, Dr Pervaiz Ahmad, at

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

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 and the webinar recording (in Spanish) at
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

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 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

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

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.


Thursday, April 13, 2017

Using Libraries to Support National Literacy Efforts

UNESCO Institute for Lifelong Learning (UIL) policy brief on
Using Libraries to Support National Literacy Efforts was published in English in 2016. It has now been released in French, Spanish, and Arabic.

The brief examines the role of libraries in supporting lifelong literacy from nurturing early literacy skills through to advanced levels of literacy proficiency. Providing literacy resources for children, youth and adults at all proficiency levels, libraries support a reading culture and contribute to the creation of a literate society. Trusted by people in the communities they serve, libraries have the potential to play a key role in promoting national literacy efforts. They need to be included in policy dialogue connected to literacy.

Thursday, April 6, 2017

[ELEARN] ICDIM 2017 - Twelfth International Conference on Digital Information

Twelfth International Conference on Digital Information Management (ICDIM 2017)
Kyushu University, Fukuoka, Japan
September 12-14, 2017
Technically and Financially co-sponsored by TEMS, IEEE

Following the successful earlier conferences at Bangalore (2006), Lyon (2007), London (2008), Michigan (2009) , Thunder Bay (2010), Melbourne (2011), Macau (2012), Islamabad (2013), Thailand (2014) Republic of Korea (South Korea)(2015) and Porto (2016), the Twelfth event is being organized at Kyushu University, Fukuoka, Japan in 2017. 
The International Conference on Digital Information Management is a multidisciplinary conference on digital information management, science and technology. The principal aim of this conference is to bring people in academia, research laboratories and industry together, and offer a collaborative platform to address the emerging issues and solutions in digital information science and technology.

Digital Information technologies are gaining maturity and rapid momentum in adoption across disciplines. The digital community is producing new ways of using digital information technologies for integrating and making sense out of various data ranging from real/live streams and simulations to analytics data analysis, in support of mining of knowledge. The conference will feature original research and industrial papers on the theory, design and implementation of digital information systems, as well as demonstrations, tutorials, workshops and industrial presentations.

The Twelfth International Conference on Digital Information Management will be held during September 12-14, 2017 at Fukuoka, Japan

The topics in ICDIM 2017 include but are not confined to the following areas.
  •    Information Retrieval
  •    Data Grids, Data and Information Quality
  •    Big Data Management
  •    Temporal and Spatial Databases
  •    Data Warehouses and Data Mining
  •    Web Mining including Web Intelligence and Web 3.0
  •    E-Learning, eCommerce, e-Business and e-Government
  •    Natural Language Processing
  •    XML and other extensible languages
  •    Web Metrics and its applications
  •    Enterprise Computing
  •    Semantic Web, Ontologies and Rules
  •    Human-Computer Interaction
  •    Artificial Intelligence and Decision Support Systems
  •    Knowledge Management
  •    Ubiquitous Systems
  •    Peer to Peer Data Management
  •    Interoperability
  •    Mobile Data Management
  •    Data Models for Production Systems and Services
  •    Data Exchange issues and Supply Chain
  •    Data Life Cycle in Products and Processes
  •    Case Studies on Data Management, Monitoring and Analysis
  •    Security and Access Control
  •    Information Content Security
  •    Mobile, Ad Hoc and Sensor Network Security
  •    Distributed information systems
  •    Information visualization
  •    Web services
  •    Quality of Service Issues
  •    Multimedia and Interactive Multimedia
  •    Image Analysis and Image Processing
  •    Video Search and Video Mining
  •    Cloud Computing
  •    Intelligence Systems
  •    Artificial Intelligence Applications

+ Proceedings

- All the accepted papers will appear in the proceedings published by IEEE.
- All papers will be fully indexed by IEEE Xplore.
- All the ICDIM papers are indexed by DBLP.

General Chair

Taketoshi Ushiama (Kyushu University, Japan)

Honorary Chair
Toyohide Watanabe (Nagoya Industrial Science Research Institute, Japan)

Organizing Chair
Manabu Ohta (Okayama University, Japan)

Local Arrangement Chair
Toki Takeda (NTT, Japan)

Program Chairs
Ramiro Smano Robles, Instituto Superior de Engenharia do Porto Rua, Portugal
Yao-Liang Chung, National Taiwan Ocean University, Taiwan
Hung-Yuan Chung, National Central University, Taiwan

Important Dates

Full Paper Submission    July 1, 2017
Notification of Authors    August 1, 2017
Registration Due    September 1, 2017
Camera Ready Due    September 1, 2017
Workshops/Tutorials/Demos    September 13, 2017
Main conference    September 12-14, 2017

Submissions at
Contact: conference at

Green initiatives wanted

Any outstanding Green Library project, initiative or idea may be eligible for the IFLA Green Library Award. Submissions will be accepted in any suitable way, such as an essay, a video, a poster, an article, or a set of slides. 

See the IFLA website at for full details.

Applications must be submitted before 30 May 2017 to:

Dr. Petra Hauke, ENSULIB secretary

Hochkalterweg 3a
D-12107 Berlin, Germany


Submissions will be reviewed by the ENSULIB award reviewing committee and will be unbiased and neutral. The finalist will be recognized for his/her outstanding submission. 
The award includes €500, sponsored by De Gruyter Saur, and will be presented at the 83rd IFLA World Library and Information Congress 2017 in Wroclaw, Poland.

Friday, March 31, 2017

Call for Editor, International Leads, 2017-2019

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. Applications accepted until April 15.

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:

  • 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.

  • 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:

Send inquiries and applications to Colleen Schalm at
Application deadline is April 15, 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.

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Literacy Matters!

The Western Australia School Library Association (WASLA) has created Literacy Matters!, an easy to navigate portal to aid teachers, librarians and researchers in their advocacy and research.  This repository contains many referenced articles on the importance of literacy and reading, including:
  *   reports from Australia and other countries
  *   articles on reading, digital literacy and reading from the screen
  *   national and international literacy initiatives
  *   literacy infographics
  *   libraries and their role in literacy around the world

Explore the portal at

Metropolitan Libraries Short Film Award

The IFLA Section on Metropolitan Libraries announces the 2nd IFLA Metropolitan Libraries Short Film Award, sponsored by the Free Library of Philadelphia.

The award is part of the “A Corto di libri” contest for short films about libraries and librarians, organized by Associazione Italiana Biblioteche (AIB). The competition has three categories: Fiction, Documentary, and Advertising.

The short films competing for the 2017 IFLA Metropolitan Libraries Short Film Award will be screened for voting at the IFLA MetLib Conference in Montréal, Canada (April 30 – May 5).

Individuals and institutions are eligible to submit films to the competition. The winner of the IFLA Metropolitan Libraries Short Film Award will receive:
- € 500 as a contribution to travel expenses to the IFLA World Library and Information Congress in Wroclaw, August 19-25, 2017 (if an institution)
- € 500 in film-making equipment (if an individual film-maker).

The winner will be announced and awarded at the IFLA World Library and Information Congress in Wrocław (August 19-25). An event is planned to be organized at a local public library branch during the Congress.

Read the complete Submission Rules for "A Corto di Libri".

Applications must be submitted before 23 April 2017 to  

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 April 4, 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:  

Additional information about the IL Editor’s responsibilities and the editorial statement are available on the IRRT website at:
Send applications or inquiries to Colleen Schalm
at by April 4.

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

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

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

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.