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

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.


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