Saturday, December 27, 2014

Accepting nominations for the 2015 Bogle Pratt International Travel Fund,

The American Library Association (ALA) is accepting nominations for the 2015 Bogle Pratt International Travel Fund, sponsored by the Bogle Memorial Fund and the Pratt Institute School of Information and Library Science.  An award of $1,000 is given to an ALA member to attend their first international conference. The nominee must have been an ALA member for one full year.
The deadline for nominations is Jan. 1, 2015.
The award is in recognition of Sarah Comly Norris Bogle, a prominent U.S. librarian who made notable contributions to children’s librarianship, international library service and library education.
Application forms can be found on the Bogle Pratt site or by calling the International Relations Office at (800) 545-2433, ext. 320.  Email:

Nominations for the ALA Presidential Citation for Innovative International Library Projects

The ALA Presidential Citation for Innovative International Library Projects began as an ALA Presidential initiative of Dr. Loriene Roy, ALA President in 2007-2008 and Notable IRRT Member. Citations to recognize innovative contributions to international librarianship are awarded each year by the ALA President at the International Relations Round Table (IRRT) International Librarians Reception during the ALA Annual Conference. Projects must be nominated by an ALA member or an individual with an IFLA affiliation. Nominators may submit nominations for more than one project. In order to nominate a library project, nominators must complete the Nomination Form and submit it to the International Relations Office by e-mail or regular mail. Deadline: January 1. 

Nominations Sought For Humphry/OCLC/Forest Press Award for International Librarianship

The American Library Association is accepting nominations for the 2015 John Ames Humphry/OCLC/Forest Press Award for International Librarianship. The deadline for nominations is January 1, 2015.
The award consists of a prize of $1,000 and a certificate, which are presented at the International Relations Round Table Reception at the ALA Annual Conference. The award is given to a librarian or person who has made significant contributions to international librarianship.
Created on the occasion of the retirement of John Humphry as Executive Director of Forest Press, publisher of the Dewey Decimal Classification, the award recognizes Humphry's far-ranging work to internationalize the English language editions of Dewey and to ensure that translations were adapted to meet the needs of other cultures and countries.
For additional information, please visit the Humphry/OCLC/Forest Press Award.

Friday, December 26, 2014

Deadline extended! Call for papers for the IRRT International Papers Session

The American Library Association, International Papers and Projects Committee invites proposals for presentations to be made at the next ALA Annual Conference in San Francisco, California, USA.  Presentations will be delivered at the International Papers Session scheduled for June 27, 2015.

The International Papers and Projects Program provides librarians with an opportunity to exchange information about library services, collections and projects throughout the world.  The program also serves to stimulate the interest of U.S. librarians in international library matters. Through its International Papers Committee, ALA’s International Relations Round Table (IRRT) invites librarians to submit a presentation proposal.  The 2015 International Papers and Projects Program theme is:

Learning from One Another: Mentoring Across and Within Borders

Mentoring is an effective way of assisting people to progress in their careers through a partnership between two people, an experienced mentor and a less experienced mentee.  Formal mentoring programs exist in librarianship as in other professions and may be found within libraries, library associations, or other professional settings.

This program will feature presentations on mentoring projects and programs from around the world. Presenters are encouraged to consider the theme from diverse angles. Possible topics may include, but are not limited to:

·       Mentoring programs that are international in scope
·       Analysis of successes and obstacles of intra-national mentoring
·       Mentoring as part of sister library partnerships
·       Comparison of mentoring programs in different countries
·       How mentoring across borders has strengthened international connections

Proposals will be selected based on their originality, clarity, and adherence to the theme.  Proposals should be evaluative and not merely descriptive.  Descriptions of mentoring programs that have not been implemented will not be considered.

Proposals, presentations, and papers must be written and delivered in English, which is the working language of the program.

Proposals should include:
1.    Title of the presentation
2.    Name, title, institutional affiliation, and full contact information (including a valid e-mail address) for each  presenter
3.    Abstract (300-500 words)
4.    A short biographical profile of each presenter

Proposals should be submitted electronically (as a single Microsoft Word or PDF attachment) to International Relations Office via email to with a copy to and
Deadline for submitting proposals is January 16, 2015. 

Three official and three (3) alternate proposals will be selected. Alternate proposals will be ranked and considered in place of official ones in case substitutions are necessary. All presenters will be notified of the selection results by February 6, 2015.

The International Papers and Projects Program is 1.5 hours total.  Presentations should run about 20 minutes each, followed by a Q & A session.  Presenters are encouraged to prepare a dynamic and interactive presentation, incorporating visual prompts, technologies, games, questions for the audience, etc. PowerPoints are common, but speakers who want to read a paper or refer to it are welcome to do so.  Optionally, presenters may submit a formal paper (5,000-10,000 words), to be published on the International Papers Committee website.We would like to invite you to view previous presentations listed on IRRT's International Papers and Projects Session Committee site.

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

7th Qualitative and Quantitative Methods in Libraries International Conference


7th Qualitative and Quantitative Methods in Libraries International Conference

Dear Colleagues and Friends,
It is our pleasure to invite you in Paris (IUT-Descartes University, 26-29 May 2015) for the 7th Qualitative and Quantitative Methods in Libraries International Conference (QQML2015, which is organized under the umbrella of ISAST (International Society for the Advancement of Science and Technology, a non-profit organization).
If you already have sent your submission ignore this message. Just download and communicate the attached Conference Poster (a nice view of Paris).
However, you can visit the QQML Journal website at to see the fast growing statistics and find our connection with EBSCO and DOAJ for paper downloads.
This is the seventh 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).
Please direct any questions regarding the QQML 2015 Conference to the secretariat of the conference at:  
Looking forward to welcoming you in Paris,
With our best regards,
On behalf of the Conference Committee
Anthi Katsirikou, PhD
Conference Co-Chair
University of Piraeus Library Director
Head, European Documentation Center
Board Member of the Greek Association of Librarians and Information Professionals
Joumana Boustany, PhD
Local Chair
Université Paris Descartes - Institut Universitaire de Technologie
DICEN-IDF, Dispositifs d'Information et de Communication à l'Ère du Numérique en Ile de France. EA7339, CNAM

TNT Series - The Librarian - Henry Mendelsohn - IRRT Chair's Program Committee co-chair and IRRT member

Current IRRT Chair's Program Committee co-chair and IRRT member Henry Mendelsohn is officially an adventurous librarian according to ALA and TNT!

From the 12/5/14 ALA Direct: "ALA has partnered with the TNT network to help promote its new series The Librarians, which premieres December 7.

The show is about an ancient organization of librarians responsible for protecting the world’s greatest magical relics (like Excalibur) stored beneath the fictional Metropolitan Public Library.

ALA helped TNT find six adventurous librarians to highlight on the show’s website and social media channels: They are Liana Juliano, Felton Thomas, Henry Mendelsohn, Jessica Zaker, Audrey Barbakoff, and Aaron Schmidt. "

See Henry's page. All 6 are on this page and here. [One of the others, Aaron Schmidt, also works with libraries internationally!]

We have many, many adventurous librarians in our round table! It is fun to see one of our own recognized in this way.
KUDOS TO HENRY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

2015 IRRT Emerging Leader Press Release

The International Relations Round Table (IRRT) announced Angela J.A. Kent of Austin, TX as its representative in the 2015 Emerging Leader program. Kent is currently a reference librarian in information services with the Texas State Library & Archives Commission. 

Kent is an experienced library paraprofessional and professional in academic, federal, and special libraries. Her academic and professional working background is within the international relations field (defense and intelligence studies) and her research areas of interest include: open government and open data, research methods and analysis, intelligence analysis, grey literature and sources, open source intelligence, and copyright and information policy issues.

“We are excited to have Angela as the 2015 IRRT Emerging Leader,” said IRRT Chair Robin Kear. “Her work background and multicultural experience mesh well with the goals of the IRRT to advance international library issues. She has great leadership potential and we look forward to watching her career. We are happy to sponsor new leaders in our profession through the Emerging Leaders program.”

As IRRT’s representative for the 2015 Emerging Leader program, Kent will attend the 2015 Midwinter Meeting in Chicago, as well as the 2015 ALA Annual Conference in San Francisco.

The Emerging Leaders program enables newer librarians from across the country to participate in workgroups, network with peers, gain an inside look into ALA's structure and have an opportunity to serve the profession in a leadership capacity. Emerging Leaders receive up to $1,000 each to participate in the Midwinter Meeting and Annual Conference, and each participant is expected to provide years of service to ALA or one of its units.

IFLA's Internet Manifesto 2014: Ensuring openness and transparency in library and information services

From the IFLA FAIFE website:

IFLA approved its first Internet Manifesto in 2002. This provided an early recognition of the vital role that the Internet plays in the work of library and information services, and ensuring that individuals and groups have free access to information and can freely express themselves.

The world has changed significantly since 2002 both physically and digitally, and we now have a greater experience and understanding of the role of the Internet and digital resources in our services, and in developing connected societies where individuals have the skills that they need to exploit the opportunities that technologies can bring. We also have a greater understanding of the threats that can be posed through the Internet including the impact on human rights of inappropriate monitoring and surveillance, and from criminal activity.

See: Internet Manifesto 2014

This update to the Internet Manifesto reflects this experience and reinforces the vital role of library and information services in ensuring equitable access to the Internet and its services in support of freedom of access to information and freedom of expression.

Martyn Wade
Chair, FAIFE

The Internet Manifesto 2014 was endorsed by the IFLA Governing Board in August 2014.
The FAIFE Committee will review the IFLA/UNESCO Internet Manifesto Guidelines in the coming months, in light of the Internet Manifesto 2014.

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

7th Qualitative and Quantitative Methods in Libraries International Conference (QQML2015)

 7th Qualitative and Quantitative Methods in Libraries International Conference (QQML2015)

Dear Colleagues and Friends,
It is our pleasure to invite you in Paris (IUT-Descartes University) for the 7th Qualitative and Quantitative Methods in Libraries International Conference (QQML2015, which is organized under the umbrella of ISAST (International Society for the Advancement of Science and Technology).
This is the seventh 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:
Registrations are registration forms are available from:
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 2015 Conference and Student Research Presentations to: the secretariat of the conference at:  
Important dates:
First call of proposals: 29th of September 2014
Deadline of abstracts submitted: 20 December 2014
Reviewer’s response: in 3 weeks after submission
Early registration: 30th of March 2015
Paper and Presentation Slides: 1st of May 2015
Conference dates: 26-29 May 2015
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 Paris,
With our best regards,
On behalf of the Conference Committee
Anthi Katsirikou, PhD
Conference Co-Chair
University of Piraeus Library Director
Head, European Documentation Center
Board Member of the Greek Association of Librarians and Information Professionals

Joumana Boustany, PhD
Local Chair
Université Paris Descartes - Institut Universitaire de Technologie
DICEN-IDF, Dispositifs d'Information et de Communication à l'Ère du Numérique en Ile de France. EA7339, CNAM

Wednesday, November 12, 2014


Call for Proposals (CFP) for Presentation 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 San Francisco.  The panel presentation will be featured in the IRRT Chair’s Program session.

Each year, the IRRT Chair’s Program features speakers who present on a specific theme related to international relations and the library. This year, the theme for the IRRT Chair’s Program is:

Library Leadership Initiatives: Stories from the World

The Chair’s Program Committee seeks proposals from speakers who will be part of a panel that will describe and share the following:

1.      how individuals, country associations, or international library organizations present, plan, and train for library leadership roles and/or succession planning, or
2.      how international conferences or associations promote individual leadership skills.

Examples of topics (presentations are NOT limited to these topics; creativity is welcomed and encouraged):
·         Succession planning in libraries
·         Impact of conferences on leadership development
·         Real or virtual internships and the impact on leadership development
·         Leadership development or programs through associations, consortiums, networks, or schools
·         Leadership development as a necessity of increasing internationalization

International librarians and library administrators or supporters are especially encouraged to submit proposals.

Presentation Format:
The panel presentation will immediately follow the brief IRRT Chair’s Business Meeting, which will begin sharply at 1:00 p.m.  Each panel presentation will be between 15 – 20 minutes.  Applicants are encouraged to consider creative and effective presentations to connect attendees with the topic.

All proposals must be submitted by December 19, 2014 for priority consideration.

Submission Guidelines:
Proposals should include:
1.      Title of the presentation
2.      A 150 - 250 biography of the presenters/panelists
3.      Name, title, institutional affiliation, and full contact information of the presenters/panelists
4.      An abstract of 300 – 500 words, describing the focus of the presentation, on a separate sheet that does not include the name and affiliation of the presenter or presenters.

Proposals should be submitted to: IRRT Chair’s Program Co-Chairs,
Cecilia Salvatore and Henry Mendelsohn

Selection and Notification:
Proposals will be reviewed by members of the Chair’s Program Committee through a blind review process. Proposals will be reviewed on originality and relevance to the theme of the IRRT Chair’s Program.

Those who submit a proposal will be notified of the outcome of the review of their proposal by February 1, 2015.

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Call for Presentations-IRRT Preconference at ALA Annual in San Francisco

Call for Presentations-IRRT Preconference at ALA Annual in San Francisco

Call for Presentations

For the ALA International Relations Round Table (IRRT) Preconference

Leading from Any Position:  Libraries which are Leaders in their Communities and Librarians who Lead.
The American Library Association IRRT Preconference Committee invites proposals for presentations at the ALA Annual Conference in San Francisco on June 26, 2015.  The IRRT Preconference provides a forum for librarians interested in international librarianship to discuss the current and future state of librarianship.

The library profession is constantly adjusting to new technical developments, standards and innovative new services.  These changes may occur without additional funding, or in an environment where the relevance of library services may not be widely known, or may be questioned as larger institutions (governmental, educational or corporate) face rethinking of structures.  To survive and thrive libraries need to have strong leadership from within. Libraries need to be leaders in their communities in order to ensure they are full participants in the future of those communities.

This year the IRRT Preconference is inviting proposals from around the world addressing how to lead and how to nurture leadership of both individuals and libraries.  This year there will be time set aside for breakout sessions, during which each presenter will facilitate discussion related to his or her topic at a table. 

The following topics are suggested for presenters to consider, but other topics pertaining to the theme are also welcome:
-Sustainable Community Based Library Projects in Developing Areas of the World
-Public Libraries that have raised their profiles by taking the lead in Education, Career Preparedness and other Fields
-University Libraries that have taken the lead in innovation at their Institution or more widely
-Librarians leading positive change outside Management Structures
-Projects to nurture leadership at all levels in any library

In the proposal, please provide
1.       Title of the presentation
2.      Abstract of the presentation (no more than one page or 300 words)
3.      Name, title of position, and affiliation of the presenter(s)
4.      Contact information (email address and phone number)
5.      Brief biographical statement of the presenter(s)’ credentials.

Please submit your proposal to: no later than January 31, 2015.  All proponents will be notified by March 1, 1015.

The IRRT Preconference will be held on Friday June 26, 2015 in conjunction with the ALA Annual Conference (June25—June 30, 2015) in San Francisco.  It will be a half day program from 8:00 am to 12:30 pm. Up to six presenters will be selected and grouped into two panels.  Each presenter is expected to give fifteen minutes of presentation; there will be a very brief Q&A session after each panel. After the panels each presenter will facilitate a break out group on their topic, where more extensive discussions will take place.  Lunch will be provided in the meeting room 12:30-1:30 pm.
All presenters are encouraged to submit a copy of PowerPoint slides or full length paper by May 1, 2015 to be included in the preconference packets and published on the IRRT web site after the conference.

Thursday, November 6, 2014

Libraries as a Safe "Heaven" in Times of Conflict

Last October ALA’s International Relations sponsored Libraries as a Safe "Heaven" in Times of Conflict, an online event part of the Library 2.014 Worldwide Virtual Conference. Loida Garcia-Febo, Chair of the International Relations Committee of ALA moderated the event. Speakers included Dr. Roberto Delgadillo, Research Support Services Librarian at the Peter J. Shields Library, University of California, Davis. Scott Bonner, Director of the Ferguson Municipal Public Library in Missouri. Natalia Tkachova, Librarian of Kherson City Library in the Ukraine.

The program featured librarians from regions experiencing different types of crisis who shared insightful strategies that might help colleagues help others in their region, equip themselves to take action if needed, and learn ways to help libraries in cities currently in conflict. 

The event started a conversation about how libraries are helping people in cities experiencing conflict around the globe by providing shelter, basic needs and books. Libraries are liaising with organizations to bring services into their communities. In times of armed conflicts, crises and natural disasters, libraries are playing a key role in the recovery process helping to keep families together and rebuild communities. Libraries are saving lives and providing hope in uncertain times.

The speakers agreed on the importance of establishing strong relationships with community-based organizations and agencies that might be instrumental in providing resources needed by the community in times of crisis. Librarians are using social media such as Twitter to communicate accessibility of resources and availability of library staff to help in various ways.
It is important for librarians to stay updated about community resources related to cultural literacy and education. At the same time, it is a good idea to provide media training to library employees. Staff support should be provided to library workers going to work, and to those that might decide not to go to work while the community experience crisis. Finally, documenting the entire process is valuable for librarians in other regions to understand how they could respond if there is a crisis in their part of the world.
*Note that we used the word heaven because libraries are a heaven/haven.

The conversation about this topic is expanding. The International Librarians Network dedicated a discussion forum to the role of libraries in disasters and invited guest posts to share related news. One of the posts was about Libraries in disasters: the role of IFLA.

We are pleased to share a bibliography created by Dr. Roberto Delgadillo especially for our event:

Libraries as a Safe "Heaven" in Times of Conflict:
A Selected Bibliography of Print and Electronic Resources

By Roberto Delgadillo, MLIS, PhD, Research Support Services Librarian
Peter Shields Library, University of California, Davis


Báez, Fernando, and Alfred J. Mac Adam. 2008. A Universal History of the Destruction of Books: From Ancient Sumer to Modern Iraq. New York, NY: Atlas & Co.

Becker, Patti Clayton. 2005. Books and Libraries in American Society During World War II: Weapons in the War of Ideas. New York, NY: Routledge.

Bosmajian, Haig A. 2006. Burning Books. Jefferson, NC: McFarland.

Dadson, Emma. 2012. Emergency Planning and Response for Libraries, Archives, and Museums. Lanham, MD: Scarecrow Press, Inc.

Fishburn, Matthew. 2008. Burning Books. Basingstoke, Hampshire [England]: Palgrave Macmillan.

Halsted, Deborah D., Shari Clifton, and Daniel T. Wilson. 2014. Library as Safe Haven: Disaster Planning, Response, and Recovery: A How-To-Do-It Manual for Librarians. Chicago, IL: Neal-Schuman, an imprint of the American Library Association.

Knuth, Rebecca. 2006. Burning Books and Leveling Libraries: Extremist Violence and Cultural Destruction. Westport, CT: Praeger.

Knuth, Rebecca. 2003. Libricide: The Regime-Sponsored Destruction of Books and Libraries in the Twentieth Century. Westport, CT: Praeger.

MacLeod, Roy. 2010. The Library of Alexandria: Centre of Learning in the Ancient World. London [England]: I.B. Tauris.

Miller, William, and Rita M. Pellen. 2006. Dealing With Natural Disasters in Libraries. Binghamton, NY: Haworth Information Press.

Moore, Lara Jennifer. 2008. Restoring Order: The École Des Chartes and the Organization of Archives and Libraries in France, 1820-1870. Duluth, MN: Litwin Books.

Polastron, Lucien X., and Jon E. Graham. 2007. Books on Fire: The Destruction of Libraries Throughout History. Rochester, VT: Inner Traditions.

Raven, James. 2004. Lost Libraries: The Destruction of Great Book Collections Since Antiquity. Basingstoke, Hampshire [England]: Palgrave Macmillan.

Rose, Jonathan. 2008. The Holocaust and the Book: Destruction and Preservation. Amherst, MA: University of Massachusetts Press.

Serageldin, Ismail. 2007. Much More Than a Building--: Reclaiming the Legacy of the Bibliotheca Alexandrina. [Alexandria, Egypt]: Bibliotheca Alexandrina.


Albanese, Andrew, Lynn Blumenstein, Norman Oder, and Michael Rogers. 2005. "Libraries Damaged, Librarians Respond, After Hurricane's Fury." Library Journal 130, no. 15: 16-17.

Arnesen, Stacey J., Victor H. Cid, John C. Scott, Ricardo Perez, and Dave Zervaas. 2007. "The Central American Network for Disaster and Health Information." Journal of the Medical Library Association 95, no. 3: 316-322.

Bauman, Marian, and Randy Bishop. 2013. "Our Libraries Were Ports in the Storm. In Superstorm Sandy Recovery: One Year Later." New Jersey Municipalities October: 16-17.

Becker, Patti Clayton. 2003. "In Time of War." American Libraries 34, no. 5: 54-57.

Bertot, John Carlo, Paul T. Jaeger, Lesley A Langa, and Charles R. McClure. 2006. "Public Access Computing and Internet Access in Public Libraries: The Role of Public Libraries in E-Government and Emergency Situations." First Monday 11, no. 9: n. pag.

Bishop, Bradley Wade, and Shari R. Veil. 2013. "Public Libraries as Post-Crisis Information Hubs". Public Library Quarterly 32, no. 1: 33-45.

Braquet, Donna M. 2010. "Library Experiences of Hurricane Katrina and New Orleans Flood Survivors." Libres 20, no. 1: 1-23.

Bustamante, Cesar. 2014. "Ferguson Libraries Step Up." Library Journal 139, no. 15: 10.

Cox, Richard J. 2012. "War, Memory, and Archives: Building a Framework." Library and Archival Security, 25, no. 1: 21-57.

Dickerson, Lon. 2007. "Capitalizing on a Disaster to Create Quality Services: Some Lessons from Hurricane Katrina." Public Library Quarterly 26, no. 1/2: 101-115.

Downs, Jonathan. 2012. "Calamity in Cairo." History Today 62, no. 3: 5-6.

Erickson, Carol A. 2010. "Earthquake Recovery a Struggle for Chile's Public Library Services." American Libraries 41, no. 4: 18-19.

Hamilton, Rebecca. 2011. "The State Library of Louisiana and Public Libraries' Response to Hurricanes: Issues, Strategies, and Lessons." Public Library Quarterly 30, no. 1: 40-53.

Harpham, Bruce. 2009. "The Sun Was Obscured by the Smoke of Books': Libraries and Memory Institutions in Conflict Since the End of the Cold War." Faculty of Information Quarterly 1, no. 2: n. pag.

Johnson, Ian M. 2005. "The Impact on Libraries and Archives in Iraq of War and Looting in 2003: A Preliminary Assessment of the Damage and Subsequent Reconstruction Efforts." International Information and Library Review 37, no. 3: 209-271.

Kelley, Michael. 2011. "Joplin Pl Staff Lose Homes to Deadly Tornado." Library Journal 136, no. 11: 15-19.

Kelley, Michael, John N. Berry III, and Sharon McQueen. 2011. "Queens PL Helps Damaged Libraries in Egypt." Library Journal 136, no. 6: 13-15.

Kniffel, Leonard. 2012. "Haiti Rising from the Rubble." American Libraries 43, no. 5/6: 23.

Kramer, Alan. 2007. "From Burning Books to Exterminating Races." Times Higher Education Supplement, September 28: n. pag.

Kulisiewicz, Wojciech. 2010. "The Sejm Library, 1919-2009." Library Trends 58, no. 4: 486-501.

Lindsey, Ursula. 2012. "Egyptian Scholars Struggle to Protect Country's History Amid New Violence." Chronicle of Higher Education 58, no. 20: A16-A17.

Lopatovska, Irene, and Bobby Smiley. 2014. "Proposed Model of Information Behaviour in Crisis: The Case of Hurricane Sandy." Information Research 19, no. 1: n. pag.

Lor, Peter. 2013. "Burning Libraries for the People: Questions and Challenges for the Library Profession in South Africa." Libri 63, no. 4: 359–372.

McKnight, Michelynn, and Lisl Zach. 2007. "Choices in Chaos: Designing Research to Investigate Librarians’ Information Services Improvised During a Variety of Community-Wide Disasters and to Produce Evidence-Based Training Materials for Librarians" Evidence Based Library and Information Practice 2, no. 3: 59-75.
Available at:

Miller, Rebecca T. 2014. "It's What We Do." Library Journal 139, no. 15: 8.

Mills, Linda. 2012. "When It Rains, It Pours." School Library Monthly 28, no. 4: 11-13.

Owens, Brian M. 2012. "The Archival Manuscript and the Book: Tools of Knowledge and Artifacts of Destruction During the Napoleonic Wars and the War of 1812." Library and Archival Security 25, no. 1: 5-19.

Prescott, Sarah. 2005. "Libraries Burning: A Discussion To Be Shared." Progressive Librarian 26: 40-45.

Riedlmayer, András J. 2007. "Crimes of War, Crimes of Peace: Destruction of Libraries during and after the Balkan Wars of the 1990s." Library Trends 56, no. 1: 107-132.

Schidorsky, Dov. 2007. "The Library of the Reich Security Main Office and Its Looted Jewish Book Collections." Libraries & the Cultural Record 42, no. 1: 21-47.

Schwartz, Meredith. 2012. "NY, NJ Libraries Take Stock After Sandy." Library Journal 137, no. 19: 10.

Scott, William. 2011. "The People's Library Lives." Nation 293, no. 24: 5-6.

Silverman, Randy. 2006. "Toward a National Disaster Response Protocol." Libraries and the Cultural Record 41, no. 4: 497-511.

Spencer, Brett. 2014. "From Atomic Shelters to Arms Control: Libraries, Civil Defense, and American Militarism During the Cold War." Information & Culture: A Journal of History 49, no. 3: 351-385.

Spencer, Brett. 2014. "Rise of the Shadow Libraries: America's Quest to Save Its Information and Culture from Nuclear Destruction during the Cold War". Information & Culture: A Journal of History 49, no. 2: 145-176.

Spencer, Brett. 2008. "Preparing for an Air Attack: Libraries and American Air Raid Defense During World War II." Libraries & the Cultural Record 43, no. 2: 125-147.

Šapro-Ficović, Marica. 2014. " Libraries Under Siege in Croatia 1991-1995." Oral History Forum d’ histoire orale 34:1-17.

Snaije, Olivia. 2014. "Activists, Soldiers Move to Protect Libraries in Ukraine." Publishing Perspectives March 14: n. pag.

Sroka, Marek. 2003. "The Destruction of Jewish Libraries and Archives in Cracow During World War II." Libraries & Culture 38, no. 2: 147-165.

Topper, Elisa F. 2011. "After Hurricane Katrina: The Tulane Recovery Project." New Library World 112, no. 1/2: 45-51.

Valencia, Miriam. 2002. "Libraries, Nationalism, and Armed Conflict in the Twentieth Century." Libri 52, no. 1: 1-15.

Veil, Shari R., and Bradley Wade Bishop. 2014. "Opportunities and Challenges for Public Libraries to Enhance Community Resilience." Risk Analysis 34, no. 4: 721-734.

Welsh, Teresa S., and Susan E. Higgins. 2009. "Public Libraries Post-Hurricane Katrina: A Pilot Study". Library Review 58, no. 9: 652-659.

Wilson, Daniel T., and Susan S. Yowell. 2013. "Become Agents of Community Resilience." Information Outlook 17, no. 4: 16-22.

Zach, Lisl. 2011. "What Do I Do in an Emergency? The Role of Public Libraries in Providing Information During Times of Crisis." Science & Technology Libraries 30, no. 4: 404-413.

Zgonjanin, Sanja. 2005. "The Prosecution of War Crimes for the Destruction of Libraries and Archives during Times of Armed Conflict." Libraries & Culture 40, no. 2: 128-144.

2008. "Libraries Reach Out after Hurricane Ike." American Libraries 39, no. 10: 23-24.

2007. Libraries in Times of War, Revolution, and Social Change (Theme Issue). Edited by W. Boyd Rayward and Christine Jenkins. Library Trends 55, no. 3: 361-755.

2005. "Katrina's Terrible Toll: Librarians Rally to Provide Information for a Hurricane-Devastated Gulf Coast Population." American Libraries 36, no. 9: 14-25.


Becker, Patti Clayton. 2002. Up the Hill of Opportunity: American Public Libraries and ALA During World War II. Thesis (Ph. D.)--University of Wisconsin-Madison.
Available via ProQuest Dissertations & Theses A&I: Dissertation/Thesis Number 3049415

Cook, Karen Joyce. 2008. Freedom Libraries in the 1964 Mississippi Freedom Summer Project: A History. Thesis (Ph. D.)--University of Alabama.
Available via ProQuest Dissertations & Theses A&I: Dissertation/Thesis Number 3334610

Frank, Jeffrey M. 2011. The Impact of Hurricane Katrina on Gulf Coast Libraries and Their Disaster Planning. Thesis (M.L.I.S.)--San José State University.

Intrator, Miriam. 2013. Books Across Borders and Between Libraries: UNESCO and the Politics of Postwar Cultural Reconstruction, 1945--1951. Thesis (Ph. D.)--City University of New York.
Available via ProQuest Dissertations & Theses A&I: Dissertation/Thesis Number 3600498

Meharg, Sarah Jane. 2003. Identicide in Bosnia and Croatia: The Destruction, Reconstruction, and Construction of Landscapes of Identity. Thesis (Ph. D.)--Queen's University.
Available via ProQuest Dissertations & Theses A&I: Dissertation/Thesis Number NQ81009

Odobasic, Lejla. 2010. Across the River: A Library Reflected. Thesis (M. Arch.)--University of Waterloo.

Šapro-Ficović, Marica. 2012. Activities of Libraries Under Siege in War. Case Study Croatia 1991-1995. Thesis (Ph. D.)--University of Zagreb.

Sarefield, Daniel Christopher. 2004. "Burning Knowledge" Studies of Bookburning in Ancient Rome. Thesis (Ph. D.)--Ohio State University.

Conference Papers:

Lor, Peter. 2014. Risks and Benefits of Visibility: Librarians Navigating Social and Political Turbulence. Paper presented at: IFLA WLIC 2014 – Lyon - Libraries, Citizens, Societies: Confluence for Knowledge in Session 200 - Library Theory and Research. In: IFLA WLIC 2014, 16-22 August 2014, Lyon, France.

Research Briefs/Working Papers:

Celedón, Angélica, Andrea Pequeño, Maria Garrido, and Beth Patin. 2012. Disaster Response in Chile: The Critical Role of Libraries and Telecenters. Research Brief. Seattle, WA: Technology & Social Change Group, University of Washington Information School.

Celedón, Angélica, Andrea Pequeño, Maria Garrido, and Beth Patin. 2012. Disaster Response in Chile: Public Libraries as Critical Communication and Information Infrastructure. Research Brief. Seattle, WA: Technology & Social Change Group, University of Washington Information School.