Thursday, January 21, 2021

Reminder: Zoom link change for the IRRT All-Committees Meeting

 Dear IRRT members.

The link to the All-Committees Meeting on Saturday has changed (see below). The date and the time remain the same -Saturday, January 23 from 11 am -12:30 p.m. CST (12:00-1:30 p.m. EST).  Make sure to update your calendar!

Registration to the 2021 ALA Midwinter Virtual is not necessary to attend the meeting.

Committee representatives will give 3-minute presentations about the work of each committee. The goal of the meeting is the familiarize current and prospective IRRT committee members with the mission and accomplishments of each committee.

We hope you will be able to attend the meeting.

Here are the details (no registration required):

Time: Jan 23, 2021, 9:00AM Pacific Time| 10:00AM Mountain Time | 11:00 AM Central Time | 12:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada), Time Zone Converter

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Alexandra Humphreys
Associate Librarian
Arizona State University

New issue of SEALG Newsletter published

 The latest issue of the SEALG Newsletter has been published recently and can now be downloaded from our group’s homepage at Please feel free to circulate the link to anyone you think may be interested in reading the newsletter, which is an open-access publication freely available to anyone.

Contents of the newsletter include:

  • Researchers' archives on the ODSAS platform: examples from Vietnam and Burma by Louise Pichard-Bertaux 
  • The Malay Studies Library, University of Malaya, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia by Awang Azman Awang Pawi and Haslan Bin Tamjehi
  • Celebrating 50 years of excellence: Southeast Asia scholarship and stewardship at Berkeley, 1970-2020 by Virginia Shih 
  • The Javanese Manuscripts from Yogyakarta Digitisation Project by Annabel Teh Gallop 
  • Place names and descriptions of local landscapes recorded in the colophons of Shan Buddhist manuscripts by Jotika Khur-Yearn 
  • Textile book covers in the Shan manuscript tradition by Jana Igunma

Previous issues of the Newsletter that were published in electronic format are also available on the SEALG homepage.

Save the date: February 18-Webinar: Undaunted Archivists and Curators from American South Speak!--University of California-Berkeley Library

 Dear Colleagues,


Thank you for all your support during the COVID-19 series that we had organized. During one of the sessions, I was told by one of the attendees that the series focused primarily on bi-coastal conversations, and the South always gets excluded. I was taken aback by this message as we had speakers from all parts of the United States. A colleague from another institution mentioned that the archivists are often left out from librarian focused narratives.


Thus an idea for this webinar was born at UC Berkeley; all are welcome to participate.


This event is free and open to the public. Feel free to circulate this open invitation among your domain-based list servers.


Undaunted Archivists and Curators from the American South Speak!

February 18, 2021-12:30-2 p.m PST

Please register for the event

Thank you.


Liladhar R. Pendse, PhD
Librarian for East European and Central Asian Studies Collections

Librarian for the Caribbean and Latin American Studies Collections

Librarian for Armenian and Mongolian Studies Collections

University of California, Berkeley 

Friday, January 15, 2021

Upcoming IFLA Webinars

 Events for January have been added.  Please see below.  Check back for more events happening in February and beyond.


IFLA ARL & IFLA HQ  - Rights Retention: Exploring How the cOAlition S Strategy Could Apply Globally


Monday, 18 January, 12pm – 1pm CET/UTC+1 (MENA and Africa) (Live AI Closed Captioning and transcription available)

Registration Link:


Speakers: Sally Rumsey, cOAlition S & Johan Rooryck, cOAlition S

Lead Respondents: Alaweed Alkhaja, Senior Intellectual Property Librarian, Qatar National Library, Qatar & Reggie Ragu, Director, Research and Learning Services, University of Cape Town

Monday, 18 January, 6pm – 7pm CET (LAC) (Live AI translation and transcription available)

Registration Link:


Speakers: Sally Rumsey, cOAlition S & Johan Rooryck, cOAlition S

Lead Respondent: Bianca Amaro, President, La Referencia, Brazil

A key area of discussion in efforts to promote Open Access is the topic of rights retention. This focuses on the possibility for researchers to avoid signing away all their rights to publishers, but rather to keep them, and so be able to share their work online under and open licence.  The issue is a relevant one for the library field, both in terms of its impact on the availability of knowledge, and on the advice and support that librarians in academic and research institutions, and beyond, offer to users.

cOAlition S – the group of research funders behind Plan S – has proposed a Strategy on the subject. This will, at least for researchers funded by signatory organisations, have an important impact on the way authors work with the articles, chapters and books they produce.  cOAlition S is already engaging with publishers in order to encourage them to adopt rights retention themselves, but is keen to engage with librarians in order to answer questions, hear concerns and priorities, and learn how to make the Strategy workable around the world.

So join us for at one of these interactive session to find out more about the new cOAlition S Rights Retention Strategy, and to ask questions to some of the people behind it.

-Organised by the IFLA Section on Academic and Research Libraries (IFLA ARL) and IFLA Headquarters



IFLA LAC - Taller Mapa Mundial de Bibliotecas


Tuesday, 19-January – 16:00-17:30 CET/UTC+1 & Wednesday, 20-January -  17:30-18:30 CET/UTC+1 (In Spanish)

Please contact the organiser for registration information:


Latin America and the Caribbean Section IFLA LAC en el marco de las actividades conmemorativas del “Año Iberoamericano de las Bibliotecas” realizará el taller “Mapa Mundial de Bibliotecas. Presencia LAC” El taller se realizará de manera virtual, los días martes 19 y miércoles 20 de enero, su objetivo es incrementar la presencia de las bibliotecas latinoamericanas y caribeñas en el Mapa Mundial de Bibliotecas.


Invitamos a las Asociaciones de LAC que deseen visibilizar la presencia de las bibliotecas de su país a inscribirse y participar


-Organised by the IFLA Latin America and Caribbean Section (IFLA LAC)



News Media/Digital Humanities/FAIFE/CLM - Fake News: Impact on Society – 3rd in a series of 4 events


Thursday, 21-January – 17:00-18:00 CET/UTC+1 (Live AI Closed Captioning and transcription available)

Registration Link:


The third of a lecture series presented by News Media, Digital Humanities, FAIFE, and CLM, this will offer speakers' research into the concept of fake news and its impact in modern society. Panellists are Katharina Beckh, Katherine Boss, Vishwani Gupta, April Hines, and Jeffrey Knapp.


-Organised by the IFLA News Media SectionDigital Humanities & Scholarship SIGFreedom of Access to Information and Freedom of Expression (FAIFE) and Copyright and other Legal Matters (CLM) Advisory Committees



Visit IFLA’s Calendar of Events for additional details, and recordings of previous events playlist located on the IFLA YouTube channel.


Wednesday, January 13, 2021

CFP The American Library Association (ALA) International Relations Round Table

 The American Library Association (ALA) International Relations Round Table

(IRRT) Chair's Program Committee invites proposals for participation in a
panel presentation that will take place at the annual ALA conference in
Chicago, IL.  The IRRT Chair's Program features speakers presenting on a
specific theme related to international relations and the library. This year,
the theme for the IRRT Chair's Program is: Libraries in a rapidly changing

Changes in social structures, behaviors, values and organizations are
inevitable and libraries are not immune to those changes. This has become even
more true during the current pandemic.  Embedded in their unique communities,
libraries are constantly responding to our rapidly changing world. At times,
they are driving the change, and at others, they reflect and respond to the
social changes affecting their communities. In the IRRT 2021 Chair’s program
panelists, representing national, public and academic libraries around the
world, will share their experiences working toward justice and equity, leading
social change, or cultivating sensitivity to marginalized groups, within their
communities, at a grassroots level, or systemically.

The Chair's Program Committee seeks proposals from speakers to be part of a
panel that will describe and share the following:
Panelist presentations will discuss the individual library’s role in leading
and responding to rapid change and the impact this work has had on the city/
region/country. The best proposals will speak to specific actions taken by
their libraries.
Examples of topics (presentations are NOT limited to these topics; creativity
is encouraged):

- Providing programming or services that address social injustice issues
during pandemics.
- Providing programming or services promoting gender equality and empowerment.
- Providing programming or services that cultivate sensitivity and
understanding to marginalized groups.
- Providing programming or services that support access to information for
immigrants, migrants and refugees.
- Creating partnerships, programming, or services that contribute to a culture
of welcoming for migrants, refugees and other marginalized groups.
- Fighting poverty and hunger, allowing all to live with dignity, by
supporting community needs.

IFLA’s Library Map of the World Sustainable Development Goals Stories provides
additional examples of topics of interest for presentations.

Presentation Format:
Each panel presentation is between 10-15 minutes. Applicants are encouraged to
consider creative and effective presentations to connect attendees with the
topic and to share information that will let attendees know how they could
implement similar solutions/programs for their library communities.  Since ALA
has not announced if Annual 2021 is going to be a virtual conference, we are
looking for proposals and panelists who are comfortable presenting either
virtually or in person.

All proposals must be submitted by February 15, 2021 for consideration.
Applicants will be notified in March if their submission has been accepted for
presentation at the conference.

Send submissions via email to Mary Oberlies, Chair, at

Submission Guidelines:
Proposals should include two separate documents.

1). The first document should include:
      - Title of the presentation
      - A 150- to 250-word biography of the presenters/panelists (If the
program is accepted, biographies will be used in program advertising.)
      - Name, title, institutional affiliation, and full contact information
of the presenters/panelists
      -  A list of environments the presentation can be made in (i.e. In-
person, remote online, or hybrid)

2). The second document should not have any identifying information. This
document should be an abstract of 300-500 words which addresses all of the
   - describe the library and its community
   - Identify the social problem or issue and its background
   - describe how the library addressed the problem
   - discuss the impact on the library’s city/region/country/community

ALA MW Conference- Program: Anti-racism Work and Women in Librarianship

 Dear colleagues,

The ALA Midwinter Conference was extended to January 19!   
Dates of the conference: January 22-26.  Link to register:  

I would like to share that the ALA Committee on the Status of Women in Librarianship (COSWL) which I Chair, is presenting the following program during the ALA Midwinter #ALAMW21 and it is part of the Symposium on the Future of Libraries:

Program title: Anti-racism Work and Women in Librarianship

It is inspiring to collaborate with dedicated librarian heroes to present this event which I will Moderate.
Speakers at our program:

Twanna Hodge, Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Librarian 
University of Florida George A. Smathers Libraries 
Gainesville, Florida

 Dr. Nicole Cooke, Augusta Baker Endowed Chair and Associate Professor
School of Information Science, University of South Carolina

Shauntee Simpson, President of the Black Caucus of the American Library Association

Tasha Nins, Children's Librarian, Ramsey County Library in Minnesota

Best regards,


Loida Garcia-Febo
Loida Garcia-Febo
International Library Consultant
Member of ACURIL in the Caribbean!

American Library Association President 2018-2019
Chair, ALA 2030 Sustainable Development Goals Task Force
Chair, ALA Committee on the Status of Women in Librarianship (COSWL)
IFLA Management of Library Associations Section, Information Coordinator
IFLA New Professionals Co-Founder, Advisor
Founder, New Librarians Global Connections online series
IFLA Governing Board Member 2013-2017

Pronouns: She/Her/Hers

Monday, December 28, 2020

Law Librarians Monitoring Legal Responses to COVID-19 in Latin America and the Caribbean

 Happy holidays everyone. I wanted to take this opportunity to share with all

of you our project called Law Librarians Monitoring COVID-19 in Latin America
and the Caribbean. Our project began back in March 2020 and we initially
produced 7 biweekly interviews covering subsections of the region as well as
identifying top sources for these countries. Since July, librarians from all
parts of the Americas (Argentina, Chile, Brazil, Puerto Rico, Paraguay,
Trinidad and Tobago, Martinique, Canada, etc.) have produced reports in
specific situations in these countries. So far we have 22 reports and I’m
thrilled to inform you that we are expecting to have a total of 40 reports by
March 2021, including reports on how the situation looks like from the US,
Canada and international organizations in the region.

Recently, HeinOnline chose our project to be one of their librarian-curated
additional resources part of their newly released COVID-19 Database. Once you
click on additional resources, you have to select the Librarian-Curated tab
and you will see our project listed there: We have also
published and presented and will continue to do so in the coming year.

Visit our website and subscribe:

Please use, share and keep in mind our project, if it helps in any way.

Dr. Michele A. L. Villagran
Assistant Professor, School of Information
San José State University

Call for Proposals (CFP) for Presentations at the ALA IRRT Chair's Program

 The American Library Association (ALA) International Relations Round Table (IRRT) Chair's Program Committee invites proposals for participation in a panel presentation that will take place at the annual ALA conference in Washington, D.C.  The IRRT Chair's Program features speakers presenting on a specific theme related to international relations and the library. This year, the theme for the IRRT Chair's Program is: Libraries in a rapidly changing world


For more information, go here:


Bella Karr Gerlich, PhD

Member, IRRT, ALA

Chair, Statistics and Evaluation, IFLA