Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Invitation for International Day of Peace Celebration on September 21st - Mortenson Center

The Mortenson Center invites libraries and librarians around the world to join our International Day of Peace Celebration on September 21st In collaboration with the University of Illinois Library at Urbana-Champaign we are inviting our community to add their peace wishes to our Tree of Peace, and #treetyourself to our photo booth.

Tell us how you are celebrating at https://librariesforpeace.org/ and follow us or post your activities using the hashtags #librariesforpeace #peaceday

To learn about our International Peace Day initiative, visit librariesforpeace.org.  This website is for librarians worldwide to learn about what libraries are doing to promote peacehow they can initiate their own efforts, and where these actions are taking place; to discuss and share ideas of libraries and peacebuilding; and to serve as an information hub for an international library celebration and action day for peace.  

JOIN this Libraries for Peace (L4P) movement by going to the website to:

1.     Celebrate Library for Peace (L4P) Day on 21st September, 2016(International Day of Peace)
2.     Pledge to advance the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals
3.     Share your story of how you and/or your library are working toward building a peaceful and sustainable local and global community.

The Libraries for Peace web portal was created to advance the mission of theMortenson Center for International Library Programs, which for the past 25 years, has worked to strengthen international ties among libraries and librarians worldwide for the promotion of international education, understanding, and peace. Libraries as information, education and cultural centers have a role in advancing peace internationally.

For more information, please email mortenson@illinois.edu

Clara M. Chu
Director and Mortenson Distinguished Professor

Mortenson Center for International Library Programs
142 Undergraduate Library, MC-522
1402 W. Gregory Dr.
Urbana, IL 61801 USA
Email: cmchu@illinois.edu  Phone: (217) 300-0918
http://www.library.illinois.edu/mortenson ~ phone: (217) 333-3085

Friday, September 16, 2016

IRRT Call for Nominations for the Offices of Chair-Elect, Secretary/Treasurer and Member-at-Large

The International Relations Round Table (IRRT) is seeking candidates to run for office in the 2017 ALA Elections for terms beginning after Annual Conference 2017. IRRT is seeking candidates for the offices of Chair-Elect, Secretary/Treasurer and a Member-at-Large.

Candidates must be current members of IRRT and have served for at least one year on an IRRT committee. Officers must be able to attend all ALA Midwinter and Annual Conferences for the duration of their commitments. All officers serve on IRRT’s Executive Board. If elected, the terms will begin immediately following the ALA 2017 Annual Conference.

The terms of these offices are:

Serves a three-year term as part of a three-year commitment to the Executive Board as Chair-Elect, Chair, and Past Chair.
Serves a two-year term.

Serves a two-year term.

If you are interested in running for office, or wish to nominate someone, please contact, Samantha Thompson-Franklin (sfranklin@lcsc.edu), chair, IRRT Nominating Committee. The deadline to submit names to the committee is November 14, 2016



Samantha Thompson-FranklinMA, MLIS
Professor/Acquisitions & Collection Development Librarian
Lewis-Clark State College
500 8th Avenue, Lewiston, ID 83501

Thursday, September 15, 2016

The International Journal of Librarianship CFP

Call for Papers: The International Journal of Librarianship

The International Journal of Librarianship (IJOL) is an open access, refereed journal of research and discussion dealing with all aspects of libraries and librarianship including but not limited to major development of Chinese librarianship throughout the world. It is published by Chinese American Librarian Association (CALA), an affiliation of the American Library Association.
IJOL invites original papers or reviews of books, journal articles or conference papers that contribute to the study and research in the Library and Information Science.  All articles dealing with academic, research, public, school and special libraries and other information institutes are welcome.
Topics of interest include, but are not limited to:

•                International librarianship
•                Library systems and Discovery Service
•                Digital library and institutional repository
•                Data visualization
•                Linked data and semantic web
•                Public service
•                Collection development
•                Information literacy
•                Acquisitions
•                Technical services  
•                Library consortia or vendor relations
•                Reports from the field that describe the implementation and assessment of innovative practices in libraries of all types, and report distinguished Chinese librarian who contributes greatly to the profession        
•                Review of literature in all aspects of Library and Information Science field

The topics above are some of the proposals that you would like to propose, but we accept papers on all aspects in Library and Information science.

Articles are commonly 3000-5000 words in length, in APA (American Psychological Association) format.  Shorter or longer articles may be accepted if deemed to be in high quality. 

Submission deadline:

Papers submitted by October 1, 2016 will be considered for the publication in the first issue (December 2016). Late submissions will be considered for the following issues.

How to submit your manuscripts:

IJOL uses Open Journal System by Public Knowledge Project. Simply visit http://ojs.calaijol.org/index.php/ijol/about/submissions to login and submit your manuscripts online.  Please read the Author Guidelines before submission. If you encounter any technical difficulties, please contact the Webmaster at qzou@lakeheadu.ca.

All papers must be submitted via the online system. If you would like to discuss your paper prior to submission, please contact Grace Liu, the Editor at gliu@uwindsor.ca.

Thursday, September 8, 2016

September Issue of International Leads

The September issue of IRRT’s International Leads newsletter is now available for viewing. This month’s issue includes articles on the East West University Library in Bangladesh, programming at the University of Windsor in Canada, Cape Town Book Donation project outcomes, and more!  


Happy Reading! 

Message from IRRT Chair, Beth Cramer 

I t is with deepest gratitude and excitement that I begin my term as IRRT Chair. First, I would like to thank and congratulate John Hickok on his productive, informative, and fun term as IRRT Chair, 2015-2016. And many thanks to Robin Kear (PastChair, 2016-2017) for her fabulous IRRT service over the past years. They taught me a lot about leadership and how to steer IRRT throughout the year to accomplish its many goals and objectives. 

In the following year, IRRT will be working to create international programming and speaking opportunities at the ALA conferences, plus embracing our role as hosts for our international ALA members and visitors. We will also continue our work editing the IRRT Bylaws, sponsoring an ALA Emerging Leader, and growing the IRRT Endowment—with a special focus on how best to utilize these funds for the support and enrichment of ALA international initiatives.

After attending some amazing programs at IFLA in Columbus, I have decided that my focus for the upcoming year is to promote the SustainableDevelopment Goals (SDGs) supported by the United Nations Development Programme and adopted by 150 world leaders. I will focus specifically on the opportunities for libraries and librarians to work with the UNDP in their fight against injustice, poverty, inequality, and climate change. These SDGs and the preceding Millennium Development Goals are closely related to my interest and research on the topic of INGOs and NGOs supporting sustainable libraries in developing countries. I am excited to have the opportunity to help other librarians learn more about making a global impact while at the same time enriching their own local communities, careers, and lives.

I encourage all IRRT members to volunteer to serve as an officer, committee chair, or committee member—your first opportunity will be a call for IRRT officer nominations (via email to all members), to be made before ALA Midwinter, 2017.You may also volunteer to serve as a committee member throughout the year at our IRRT Committees page: http://www.ala.org/irrt/irrtcommittees/committees. Appointing officer for the year is our Chair-Elect, Loida Garcia-Febo.

 Looking forward to working with many of you. May the upcoming year be filled with accomplishments, collaboration, happiness, and surprises.