Saturday, October 25, 2014

ALA International Mentoring Pilot Program 2014-2015

ALA International Mentoring Pilot Program 2014-2015

Are you interested in serving populations from different regions of the world?

Are you a subject librarian or would like to be one specializing in geographical regions of the world, multi-ethnic populations?

Are you interested in learning more about libraries in different regions of the world?

Are you an early career librarian interested in international librarianship?

Are you interested in learning more about the work of the ALA International Committees?

If your answer is yes to any of the above, the International Pilot Mentoring Program is for you.

The International Relations Committee and the International Relations Round Table are sponsoring this pilot to:

Provide librarians with resources to help them understand international librarianship.

Provide mentoring related to career development in international librarianship, library services in different regions of the world, and sister libraries among many others.

Connect mentees with experts in one of the following:

  • IRC geographical areas committees: Africa, Americas, East Asia and the Pacific, Europe, Eurasia and Central Asia, and Near East and South Asia.
  • IRRT Sister Libraries Committee
  • IRRT International Exchanges Committee

If you are interested in being a mentor or mentee, please submit a one-page expression of interest by November 15, 2014 to  Mentors and mentees will be matched based on the information provided. Up to 25 mentees will be selected for this Pilot. Membership in ALA is required, and IRRT membership is strongly encouraged.

Mentors Expectations:
Mentors will be expected to initiate contact with the mentee at the start of the program with an introductory email. At the end of the program, mentors will be asked to give feedback to the Committee to help determine how the program can be improved. Mentors will receive a letter recognizing their service in this program for their files upon request. Members of the IRC and IRRT would be available to work with the mentors as needed.

Mentees Expectations:
Mentors will be expected to introduce themselves to mentees initially via email at the start of the program, at which point mentees will respond with an introduction of their own. At the end of the program, mentees will be asked to give feedback to the Committee to help determine how the program can be improved. Mentees will receive a letter recognizing their participation in this program for their files upon request. Members of the IRC and IRRT would be available to work with the mentors as needed.

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

The 8th Dominican Book Fair in New York

On the photo, from left to right, Valarie Husinger, member of the IRC Africa Committee, Loida Garcia-Febo,Chair of the ALA International Relations Committee, and Aida Montero, Director of La Biblioteca Juan Bosch in the Dominican Republic.

The 8th Dominican Book Fair in New York took place from September 26-28, 2014 under the theme "The Book is the Best Friend." The Fair included author talks, storytelling, poetry readings, plays and workshops. Library services in the Dominican Republic were featured in various programs including a special presentation about the Presidential Library, La Biblioteca Juan Bosch made by its director, Aida Montero.  The successful event also dedicated spaces for special programs featuring Dominican films, history, and children and YA literature. Books by Dominican authors were donated to New York City public schools and colleges. Loida Garcia-Febo, Chair of the ALA International Relations Committee was invited to the event attended by thousands of people.

Monday, October 20, 2014

[ELEARN] Call for Papers and Participation: Fifth DICTAP2015 - IEEE Lebanon

The Fifth International Conference on Digital Information and
Communication Technology and its Applications (DICTAP2015)

Faculty of Engineering - Lebanese University, Beirut, Lebanon
April 29 – May 01, 2015

The conference is technically co-sponsored by IEEE Lebanon Section. All
registered papers will be submitted to IEEE for inclusion to IEEE Xplore
as well as other Abstracting and Indexing (A&I) databases.
You are invited to submit your papers to the conference. The DICTAP2015
welcomes submissions on any topic in the field of digital information,
communications technology and any related topics:

- Security in Information and Telecommunication System
- Network Systems and Devices
- Wireless and Optical Communications
- Algorithms, Architecture, and Infrastructures
- Information Content Security
- Cloud Computing and Computer Networks
- Sensor Networks and Embedded System
- E-Learning, E-Commerce, E-Business and E-Government
- Data Exchange Issues and Supply Chain
- Information Retrieval
- Web Services, Web based Application
- Data Grids, Data and Information Quality
- Data Warehouses and Data Mining
- Image Analysis and Image Processing
- Management and Diffusion of Multimedia Applications
- Mobile, Ad Hoc and Sensor Network Security
- Video Search and Video Mining
- Enterprise Computing
- Web Mining including Web Intelligence and Web 3.0
- Knowledge Management
- Compression and Coding
- XML and other extensible languages
- Intelligent and Robust System
- ICT for Social and Humanity
- Security and Access Control
- Constraint Programming
- Ubiquitous Systems
- Semantic Web, Ontologies and Rules
- Communication Protocols, Communication Systems
- Network Management Techniques
- Telecommunication Business & Regulation
- Modeling, Algorithm, and Optimization
- Information Theory, System, and Technology
- Scientific Computing and Multimedia Processing
- Transmission, Antenna & Propagation
- Artificial Intelligence and Decision Support Systems
- Data Life Cycle in Products and Processes
- Information Visualization
- Web Metrics and its Applications
- Data Models for Production Systems and Services
- Data, Text, and Web Content Mining
- Multimedia and Interactive Multimedia
- Case Studies on Data Management, Monitoring and Analysis
- Mobile Data Management
- Computer Graphics
- Soft Computing
- Networks Security, Encryption and Cryptography
- Peer to Peer Data Management
- Natural Language Processing
- Human-Computer Interaction
- Distributed Information Systems
- Temporal and Spatial Databases
- Digital Rights Management
- Quality of Service Issues
- Interoperability

Papers should be submitted electronically as pdf format without
author(s) name. You can submit your research paper at

Submission Deadline: March 1, 2015
Notification of Acceptance: March 22, 2015
Camera Ready Submission: March 30, 2015
Registration: March 30, 2015
Conference Dates: April 29 – May 01, 2015

[ELEARN] Call For Papers- "What’s Next in Libraries? in India

NIT Silchar, India - University of Illinois Urbana Champaign, USA
International Library Conference on
"What’s Next in Libraries? Trends, Space, and Partnerships”       
January 21-23, 2015

Creating a vibrant and sustainable library ecosystem requires that librarians and libraries adapt, change, and innovate to stay relevant to users and home institutions. What are the current trends in successful academic and public libraries? How do we as professionals re-imagine library space that is flexible and attractive?  How do we develop partnerships that advance the mission of our libraries?
            These are among some of the questions that will be examined and discussed by librarians from the United States, India, and other countries who will interact during this three-day conference to build skills, learn from colleagues, and return home with practical ideas.
          In this Conference, library professionals from the University of Illinois will work with librarians from the region and from other countries to discuss how new technologies can open access to information and knowledge for library users.  The series of workshops and papers will consider how to best build on the opportunities offered by the new technologies.
            The conference format will encourage individual participants to become engaged in discussions and presentations through a variety of sessions, including lectures, posters, “lightning” talks, individual consultations, roundtable discussions and workshops.
I: Trends
·         New Trends, Innovations LIS
·         Lib 2.0: New Practices, Smart Mobile Applications in LIS,
·         E-Learning and Information Literacy, Scholarly Publishing, Open Access, and Digital Libraries,
·         Quality Assurance & Best Practices, Innovative Library Products & Services.

II: Space
·         Recent Trends in Library Space, 
·         Space Design, Positioning, and service transformation,
·         Case studies on library building and space planning,
·         Users Perspective of Library Space,
·         Green Library, Norms and Standards for Library Space,
·         Security of Library Resources,
·         Disaster Management in Libraries.

III. Partnerships
·         Networking among Professionals,
·         Collaborations, Joint Projects.
·         Scholarly commons
·         Library Spaces
·         Library & Community Development

Paula Toby Kaufman
Interim Director, Mortenson Center
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Champaign, Illinois 61821 USA

Jeffrey Mark Schrader
Assistant Dean for Facilities, University Library
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Champaign, Illinois 61821  USA

Susan Schnuer
Associate Director
Mortenson Center for International Library Programs
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign USA

William H. Mischo
Head, Grainger Engineering Library Information Center
& Professor of Library Administration
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Geeta Malhotra
Country Director, READ India

Original contributions based on application / research / surveys / practices related to the theme and sub-themes mentioned are invited for paper and poster presentations. Based on editorial committee’s recommendations, papers for the international conference will be selected and published in the Conference Volume (print version) with ISBN number. Registrations for all authors are mandatory for paper presentation. All papers should be submitted through email on or before 30 November 2014.

Deadline for Abstract Submission       :   15 Nov 2014
Deadline for Paper Submission           :   20 Nov 2014
Notifications for Acceptance              :   01 Dec 2014
Camera Ready Paper Submission       :   10 Dec 2014
Conference Date                                 :   21-23 Jan 2015

Dr. Kishor Chandra Satpathy
Librarian & Organising Secretary
National Institute of Technology
(Institute of National Importance under Ministry of HRD, GOI)
Silchar-788010, Assam, India
Telephone       : +91-3842-240055 (Off) +91-9435175531 (M)
E-mail              : /

Monday, October 6, 2014

Terrific Library 2.0.14

This is a GREAT week for library learning and conversations! (Forward this email to friends and colleagues.)

Tomorrow, October 7th, our second annual “Connected Librarian Day” preconference kicks off at 3:30pm US-Eastern Daylight Time, led by Britten Follett, Joyce Valenza, Ross Todd, and Shannon Miller. Don’t miss eight great sessions, all free, all listed below, and with lots more detail at

Then our fourth annual (and free) Future of Libraries conference, Library 2.014, starts on Wednesday, October 8th, at 10:00am US-Eastern Time with the opening keynote by conference co-chair Dr. Sandra Hirsh from the School of Information at San José State University. There has been a real excitement for this years event, and our conference network reached over 20,000 registered members this past week! While all the details of the two days and the 100+ conference sessions, keynotes, and distinguished speaker presentations are on the Library 2.014 conference site, a quick listing is below to get you thinking about which sessions you might be able to attend live. While attending the live sessions allows you to participate in live chat with the presenter and other attendees, don’t forget that all of the sessions are also recorded and available for free (and forever) on the conference site.

The current complete schedule is below. Go to for the conference hour-by-hour schedule in your own time zone and for the actual links to attend each session. The keynote speakers presentation descriptions and bios are at And if you speak Hungarian, you’ll notice we have ten special Hungarian sessions that start early the morning of the 8th. :)

Please do help us promote the conference as widely as possible. Forward this email if you can. Sample tweets and blog posts are also at the bottom of this email, below the schedule. Thank you in advance for your support--you help keep these types of events free! The hastag for Connected Librarian Day is #cld14 and for the full conference is #lib2014.

See you online!

Steve Hargadon
Library 2.014 Conference Founder and Co-Chair

For full details and any last-minute updates, be sure to follow the live schedule at:

Ukrainian Libraries - a Territory of Unity

Ukrainian Libraries are offering a welcome community space in difficult times.  View this inspiring video at: .

IRRT Leads Sept Issue Available

The Sept. issue of International Leads is available with an special article on ways of doing outreach to international students.  Check it out at: