Monday, December 28, 2015

Bogle Pratt International Travel Fund

Applications Sought for the Bogle Pratt International Library Travel Fund

The American Library Association is accepting applications for the 2016 Bogle Pratt International Library 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 personal member to attend their first international conference. An international conference may be defined as a conference sponsored by an international organization or a conference held in a country other than your home country. Recipients must be personal members of the American Library Association (ALA) for at least one full year. The deadline to submit applications is January 1, 2016. Winner will be announced after the ALA Midwinter Meeting.
The award is in recognition of Sarah Comly Norris Bogle, a prominent U.S. librarian who made notable contributions to international library service.
Applications should be sent to:
International Relations Office
American Library Association
50 E. Huron St.
Chicago, IL 60611-2795

Tuesday, October 13, 2015

25th Annual Mortenson Distinguished Lecture, Right to Accessible Information for Global Citizenship: UNESCO's Programme for Persons with Disabilities.

Join us online or in person on Tuesday, October 27th at 4:00 PM CDT for the 

Dr. Irmgarda Kasinskaite-Buddeberg, Programme Specialist for UNESCO’s Knowledge Societies Division, Communication and Information Sector will talk about her work and provide insight into the concrete actions taken by UNESCO to ensure that the right to accessible information for persons with disabilities is respected around the world and to contribute to the full empowerment of persons with disabilities. 
The presentation will also include the introduction of key initiatives, research results, policy and capacity building tools developed by UNESCO as well as future plans within the context of building inclusive knowledge societies.

The lecture will take place on the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign campus in Room 126 of the Graduate School of Library and Information Science, 501 East Daniel Street, Champaign. It will commence with a memorial tribute to Ekaterina Genieva (April 1, 1946-July 9, 2015), former Director General of the Margarita Rudomino All-Russia State Library for Foreign Literature, by Marianna Tax Choldin. Dr. Genieva received an Honorary Doctor of Letters from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 2001.
If not in-person, please join us online. The lecture will also be streamed live on the internet with American Sign Language interpretation. Just visit on October 27th at 4:00 PM Central Daylight Time. The recorded video will be made available with closed caption.
This year’s lecture will also kick off a year-long celebration of the 25th anniversary of the C. Walter and Gerda B. Mortenson Center for International Library Programs, established in 1991 to strengthen international ties among libraries and librarians worldwide for the promotion of international education, understanding, and peace. Librarians from more than 100 countries have participated in professional development programs offered by the Mortenson Center, the only one of its kind in the world. Learn more about us at
Thank you to our co-sponsorsThe Illini Union Board, the Center for Global Studies, the European Union Center, the Graduate School of Library and Information Science, the Division of Disability Resources & Educational Services, and the University of Illinois Library at Urbana-Champaign.

Free Library 2.015 Worldwide Virtual Conference Promotes Global Information Sharing

The date is set, proposals are accepted, and presentations are being prepared as the fifth annual Library 2.015 Worldwide Virtual Conference draws near. 

On Tuesday, October 20, 201, from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.U.S. Pacific Daylight Time, the free international conference will be held online via Blackboard Collaborate web conferencing and accessible from any personal computer and most mobile devices. Scholars, researchers, information professionals, and students are encouraged to attend and benefit from the global exchange of knowledge.

The conference theme of Tools, Skills and Competencies is at the core of the opening keynote address by Dr. Sandra Hirsh, professor and director of the San Jose State University (SJSU) School of Information. Hirsh will discuss the evolution of information services and address what it means to be an information professional today. Her keynote starts at 7 a.m. U.S. Pacific Daylight Time.

The day-long event is packed with keynote and distinguished speaker presentations and 50 crowd-sourced presentations. The full conference schedule is available by time zone on the conference website. All sessions will be recorded and freely accessible for future viewing.

Founded in 2011 by Hirsh of the SJSU School of Information and Steve Hargadon of The Learning Revolution, the Library 2.0 conference series promotes inclusivity with the goal of creating open dialogue about the future of libraries. More information on the 21,000 member international Library 2.0 network, and on attending the Library 2.015 Worldwide Virtual Conference, is available on the conference website

About the SJSU School of Information
The San Jose State University (SJSU) School of Information prepares individuals for careers as information professionals. Graduates work in diverse areas of the information profession, such as user experience design, digital asset management, information architecture, electronic records management, information governance, digital preservation, and librarianship. The SJSU School of Information is a recognized leader in online education and received the Online Learning Consortium’s Outstanding Online Program award. For more information about the school, please visit

Nicole Purviance
Director of Marketing and Communications
School of Information
San Jose State University
One Washington Square
San Jose, CA 95192-0029

Saturday, October 3, 2015

Call for Column Contributions: Global Postcards, International Information & Library Review

The International Information & Library Review is currently seeking articles and proposals for the journal’s “Global Postcards: Research, Projects, and Experiences from the Field” column. The due date for the next issue is December 1, 2015.

The “Global Postcards: Research, Projects, and Experiences from the Field” column features news and reports from around the world. Contributions do not need to be lengthy, but should be informative. The strength of the column is its broad, international focus, and contributors are encouraged to explore issues and share news relevant to their geographical region, as well as the larger, global audience.

Topics may include (but are not limited to):
·         Reports from on-the-ground projects
·         Recaps of conferences and meetings around the world
·         Accounts of professional development experiences
·         Summaries of research projects
·         Grants and other funding opportunities

Submission Instructions
Interested authors are invited to submit proposals and articles to the column editors at and Articles should be written in Word.

Editorial information
·         Editor-in-Chief: Gary M. Pitkin, University of Northern Colorado (Retired)
·         Column Editor: Jacqueline Solis , University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
·         Column Editor: Robin Kear, University of Pittsburgh

Friday, September 18, 2015

8th Qualitative and Quantitative Methods in Libraries International Conference (QQML2016,24-27 May 2016, Senate House, University of London, UK)

8th Qualitative and Quantitative Methods in Libraries International Conference (QQML2016, 24-27 May 2016, Senate House, University of London, UK)

 Dear Colleagues and Friends,
It is our pleasure to invite you in London (24-27 May 2016, Senate House, University of London, UK) for the 8th Qualitative and Quantitative Methods in Libraries International Conference (QQML2016,  http://www.isast.orgwhich is organized under the umbrella of ISAST (International Society for the Advancement of Science and Technology).
The focus of QQML 2016 International Conference is on:
Exploring Trends and Challenges on Building the Future Libraries
The ideal venue is in Senate House of University of London in the same place with the Central Library of the University and home library for the School of Advanced Study while an inspiring tour inOxford Libraries and Museums is arranged.
The QQML2016 Conference Poster is available at:
This is the eight 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:
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 2016 Conference and Student Research Presentations to: the secretariat of the conference at:  
Important dates:
Deadline of abstracts submitted: 20 December 2014
Reviewer’s response: in 3 weeks after submission
Early registration: 30th of March 2016
Paper and Presentation Slides: 1st of May 2016
Conference dates: 24-27 May 2016
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 London,
With our best regards,
On behalf of the Conference Committee
Anthi Katsirikou, PhD
Conference Co-Chair
University of Piraeus Library DirectorHead, European Documentation CenterBoard Member of the Greek Association of Librarians and Information Professionals

Message from the IRRT Chair Your IRRT Executive Board: “We are the ‘red carpet’ to our international colleagues…”

Message from the IRRT Chair Your IRRT Executive Board: 
“We are the ‘red carpet’ to our international colleagues…”

Greetings fellow IRRT members!  Welcome to the start of the new 2015‐2016 ALA year!  

I am delighted to take my turn as IRRT’s Chair.  I follow in the footsteps of many wonderful internationally‐minded past Chairs, including Robin Kear, last year.  We have a terrific new Executive Board composition—see their photos below.  And we have 2 enthusiastic new co‐editors of this International Leads newsletter—see their introductions below.  To welcome you more visually, click this link for a video greeting from me:


As you know, IRRT serves many functions.  (1) We are the “red carpet” to our international colleagues at ALA conferences, hosting the Orientation session, International Visitors Center, Reception event, and more.  (2) We provide internationally‐oriented presentation opportunities at ALA conferences, such as the paper and poster sessions.  (3) We sponsor internationally‐oriented programs from our committees, like the Pre‐Conference program, Chair’s Program, Sustainable Libraries program, and more.

Some might think IRRT is only focused on events at ALA conferences.  Not at all!  The work of IRRT extends beyond conferences.  For example, on the IRRT website you can find: our Sister Library Committee’s wiki on establishing sister libraries, our “Free Links” page of library professional development links from around the world, our blog and facebook pages for ongoing networking, and 
our International Leads newsletter (which you are reading!)

As the largest Roundtable of ALA, we have a dynamic, worldwide membership.  We’re glad to have you with us, and look forward to a great year with you!
John Hickok
IRRT Chair, 2015‐2016

September Issue of International Leads

September Issue of International Leads

The September issue of International Leads is available online now. Click on the image or link below.

Thursday, September 3, 2015

Information New Wave is hosting a session at Library 2.015

Information New Wave is hosting a session at Library 2.015

Online educational spaces by and for librarians: best practices and models

Tuesday, October 20 at 1:00 p.m. EDT

Join us as we present a program with librarians who have developed free alternative online educational communities to provide professional development to librarians and LIS students whom otherwise wouldn't be able to access them. The event features three popular online spaces from Latin America and Spain, two of them producing weekly/monthly webinars and one, crowdsourcing publications. Includes best practices and models.

Moderator: Loida Garcia-Febo, President, Information New Wave
María García-Puente, Founder of Socialbiblio and Medical Librarian from Spain
Mauricio Fino Garzón, Member of Aprender3c, LIS Professor from Colombia
Natalie Baur, Member of Infotecarios and Affiliate Researcher, Instituto de Investigaciones Bibliotecológicas y de la Información, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México

Tuesday, October 20 at 1:00 p.m. EDT
12:00 p.m. CDT and Mexico/ 11:00 a.m. MDT/ 10:00 a.m. PDT/ 2:00pm Argentina/ 7:00pm CEST
To identify your time zone, see

Websites / URLs Associated with Our Session: 
Information New Wave 
Maria Garcia-Puente
Mauricio Fino Garzón 

Monday, July 27, 2015

[CALAList] Link to access webinar: [IFLA-L] IFLA/ALA Free Webinar July 30- New Librarians Global Connections, the LIS PhD Experience

2015 Webinar Series

“New Librarians Global Connection: Best Practices, Models and Recommendations”

We are proud to present the second session of the 2015 webinar series  
“New Librarians Global Connection: best practices, models and recommendations.” This session will explore LIS PhD programs as another option for students thinking about or currently in an LIS graduate program.

For the fourth consecutive year, IFLA Continuing Professional Development and Workplace Learning and IFLA New Professionals Special Interest Group are partnering with the American Library Association to present a series of free quarterly webinars on issues of interest to new librarians, library associations and library schools, library-decision makers, and all library workers. This is a great opportunity for membership participation via new worldwide online programming.

Following our tradition of excellence, this year our keynote speakers for each of our quarterly sessions come from different regions of the world. This session, we will be explore the experiences of three PhD candidates in different programs. Be sure to save the date!

Thursday July 30, 2015
3:00 p.m. EST
9:00 p.m. CET

Link to access the virtual meeting room:

Webinar length is one hour.


Fiona Jardine- PhD candidate at University of Maryland's College of Information Studies
Sandy Littletree- PhD candidate at the Information School of University of Washington
K.R. Roberto- PhD candidate at the Graduate School of Library and Information Science at the iSchool at Illinois

The topics for the webinars were compiled from global surveys, topics presented by speakers during the CPDWL and NPSIG programs at the WLIC 2013 in Singapore, NPSIG working group, and new librarians' forums, listservs and online spaces.

The webinars are archived, therefore you can join them, ask questions and participate in conversations with international colleagues live, or you can listen to them later, anywhere at any time. For more information about the 2012, 2013, and 2014 series and to listen to a number of webinars, visit the following link 

Questions and requests for information:
Bridgette Hendrix
NPSIG Convenor

Bridgette Hendrix
Convenor, IFLA New Professionals Special Interest Group

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

The Countries With The Most Students Studying Abroad

The Countries With The Most Students Studying Abroad

Nowhere beats China when it comes to students who study abroad. According to UNESCO, the world’s two most populous nations, China and India, send the most students overseas. China leads the way by a considerable distance with just under 700,000 students studying abroad. India is second with 189,500 while the Republic of Korea is in third place with 123,700.

Germany and Saudi Arabia round off the top 5 with 117,600 and 62,500 respectively. The United States comes seventh overall with around 58,000. Interestingly, several small countries actually have more nationals studying abroad than at home. These include Andorra, Anguilla, Bermuda, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Montserrat, the Seychelles and the Turks and Caicos Islands, according to UNESCO.  

Click here to read the complete article:

The International Librarians Network: New round begins August 2015

The International Librarians Network: New Round Begins August 2015

At ALA Annual in San Francisco, the IRRT Executive Board partnered with the International Librarians Network to promote a new opportunity to our members. ILN was started in 2013 by Australian Librarians Alyson Dalby, Clare McKenzie, and Kate Byrne. There have been several rounds of participation since then and the next one is coming up very soon. We always hear that our members want more ways to connect, ways that are meaningful and inexpensive. The program does exactly that. We strongly urge you to apply to be part of this facilitated peer mentoring program!
Want to build your professional network and learn about librarianship around the world? Love the idea of professional travel but just don’t have the budget? The International Librarians Network (ILN) is for you. We are pleased to announce the next round of this popular program will commence in mid-August 2015.
The ILN peer mentoring program is a facilitated program aimed at helping librarians develop international networks. Participating in the ILN brings wider professional awareness, an international perspective to your work, new ideas, and increased professional confidence. We know this because many of our participants tell us – and we’ve had over 2500 librarians from 110 countries take part so far.
Applications for the next round of partnerships are being accepted now and close at midnight on Sunday 26th July 2015 (Sydney, Australia time). Numbers are limited, so apply early to ensure you don’t miss out.
The ILN is open to anyone working (or studying) in the library and information industry around the world. The program is free and the only requirements to participate are an internet connection, fluent English skills, an hour each week and a desire to build professional connections and learn from colleagues.
Get involved now! Find out more about the way the program works, or apply online.

Friday, June 19, 2015

ALA News: Library community mourns loss of Charleston Librarian Cynthia Hurd

ALA News: Library Community Mourns Loss of Charleston Librarian Cynthia Hurd

For Immediate Release
Thu, 06/18/2015


Macey Morales
Manager Media Relations

CHICAGO - In the aftermath of a mass shooting at Mother Emmanuel AME Church in Charleston, South Carolina, The American Library Association (ALA) is saddened to learn that public librarian Cynthia Hurd was among the fatally injured.   
Hurd’s commitment to librarianship was apparent during her more than three decades with the Charleston (S.C.) County Public Library.  Hurd served as branch manager of the John L. Dart Branch from 1990-2011 before becoming manager of the St. Andrews Regional Library.
American Library Association President Courtney Young released the following statement.
“Cynthia Hurd was beloved by her community,” said Young “Her dedication to librarianship was apparent as she worked to transform lives through education and lifelong learning. The thousands of lives she touched over the years will serve as a lasting living legacy.  
“The American Library Association would like to express its deepest condolences to Cynthia’s family, as well as the many families impacted by this very senseless and tragic act of violence.
“As our nation begins to try to make sense of this tragedy, various ALA divisions will reach out to our colleagues in Charleston, South Carolina, to express concern and to lend support.
“I also would like the people of Charleston to know that the library community’s thoughts and prayers are with you as you work to come together to build a community of tolerance and cultural acceptance.”   

Melissa Cardenas-Dow, MLIS
phone: 909-793-2030
Google Hangout: melissa.cardenasdow
Twitter: @micdow
MiscEtcetera blog:

"Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a great battle." -- commonly attributed to Philo of Alexandria

Thursday, June 18, 2015

Opportunity to travel to Finland with ALA President

Opportunity to travel to Finland with ALA President

As the President of the American Library Association, I am honored to serve as the leader of the upcoming American Library Association Delegation to Finland. I invite you to join me and other members of the American Library Association to participate in this important international exchange in Helsinki, Finland in October 11-16, 2015.

As you know, Finland is noted for having some of the most innovative library communities in the world. It will be a great to learn and share experiences with our Finnish colleagues.  I believe you would contribute valued expertise to the team while gaining both personally and professionally from the experience.

In addition to visiting cutting edge libraries, we’ll have the opportunity to meet with leadership of the Finnish Library Association to discuss issues such as:

·       Sources of funding and government commitment to library development
·       The role of libraries as an educational resource
·       Use of technology at all levels
·       Education and training for librarians

Attached is a preliminary itinerary for this delegation. Each delegate will be asked to complete a profile identifying their background and areas of interest, to ensure the final schedule of activities reflects the professional goals and specific topics of discussion of the enrolled delegates.  The itinerary is also available at

The estimated cost per delegation member is $4,150. This cost includes: group ground transportation within Finland, meetings, accommodations in double-occupancy rooms, entry fees for cultural visits, the service of a national guide, and most meals.  The program convenes on October 11, 2015 in Helsinki and ends on October 16, 2015.  In most cases, this means a departure from the U.S. on October 11th, with a return on the 16th.

Travel arrangements will be arranged through Professionals Abroad, a division of Academic Travel Abroad.  The 60-year-old organization handles the logistical arrangements for prestigious organizations, such as National Geographic, The Smithsonian, The New York Times – Times Journeys and many top professional associations and universities.

A parallel program of unique cultural activities will be arranged for non-professionals and accompanying guests.  If you are interested in bringing a guest to experience the rich culture of Finland, please contact Professionals Abroad for program specifics.

For U.S. citizens, expenses associated with this program may be tax deductible as an ordinary and necessary business expense.  You should consult with a tax advisor to determine if the tax deduction is applicable to you. 

As the team will be limited and due to the extensive planning and communication involved in coordinating a program of this nature, please respond with your intentions regarding this invitation as soon as possible. Please RSVP to Professionals Abroad at 1-877-298-9677 or via the web at    A $500 deposit is required to reserve your place on the team.  In the event that you are unable to accept this invitation, an alternate delegate candidate will be invited. You may also recommend a colleague as your alternate for the program. I look forward to hearing from you regarding your participation.

If you have questions regarding the delegation, contact our Program Representative at Professionals Abroad, at 1-877-298-9677.

I am pleased to be involved in this exciting opportunity and hope that you will strongly consider participating in the delegation to Finland.


Courtney Young
American Library Association

Mary Ellen K. Davis
Executive Director
Association of College & Research Libraries
50 E. Huron St., Chicago, IL 60611



New from ACRL Publications
New from ACRL Publications
"Teaching Information Literacy Threshold Concepts: Lesson Plans for Librarians” edited by Patricia Bravender, Hazel McClure, and Gayle Schaub.
ACRL in San Francisco
Don’t miss ACRL’s wide variety of programs at the 2015 ALA Annual Conference in San Francisco, including preconferences on reflective teaching, data visualization, writing data management plans, and more.
Complete detail are available on the ACRL website.