Thursday, September 27, 2018

Building Strong LIS Education: A Call to Global and Local Action

The Building Strong Library and Information Science Education (BSLISE) Working Group ( of the International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA) is working to develop an international quality assurance framework that will guide and promote international educational standards in Library Information Science.

The Working Group has released a White Paper based on their findings from an international survey to understand the qualification requirements for library and information “professional” practice around the world.

Read the full report online at

ACRL international Perspectives Webinar

Interested in learning about working at the University of Oxford's Bodleian Libraries? Hal Kirkwood, formerly at Purdue Libraries recently took the position as the Business Librarian in the Bodleian Libraries. Join us to hear what's it like working in one of the most important research libraries in the world. He will share his experiences working abroad, and his transition to his exciting role there.

Join ACRL on October 11, 2018 at 9:00 AM (Pacific Time) for this free webinar featuring University of Oxford Bodleian Libraries' Business Librarian Hal Kirkwood.

Register at 

The webinar will be recorded.

Sunday, September 16, 2018

IFLA and the Global Day of Action for the SDGs

2019 will be a big year in IFLA’s work on the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals.

With a focus on SDG 4 (education), SDG 8 (employment), SDG 10 (inequality) and SDG 16 (which includes access to information), IFLA looks forward to many opportunities to highlight the importance of libraries for development.

IFLA is hosting a free 30 minute webinar on 20 September at 1:30pm (time is UTC+1. Click here to see when this is where you are) to inform international librarians about the following:
  • What is coming up at the UN in the next 12 months
  • What plans IFLA has, and what briefings are available
  • How you can engage, starting with getting your events and initiatives highlighted on the Global Day of Action for the SDGs on 25 September
Join the webinar at the following link: No registration required.

A recording of the webinar will be posted on IFLA's event page.

Tuesday, September 4, 2018

Meet Le Yang: ALA International Spotlight

September's ALA International Spotlight features Le Yang, an academic librarian from the People’s Republic of China.

Le Yang is Head of Digital Library Collection Development at Wenzhou-Kean University (WKU), a Sino-American jointly-operating university founded in 2012, with a current undergraduate enrollment of over 2,000 students.
Le Yang portrait

Yang is Past President of the Chinese American Librarians Association (CALA) and a member of several other library associations. He has published research results in scholarly journals and presented at national and international conferences and has served as editorial board member, guest editor, and reviewer for several library and information science journals.

Read the full International Spotlight feature at to learn more about Le Yang, international librarian.

I am ALA INTERNATIONAL SPOTLIGHT is one of several new initiatives by ALA President 2018-2019 Loida Garcia-Febo to expand ALA’s global presence. By highlighting and recognizing talented international members from different regions around the world, ALA is truly a global association with a strong mission in supporting library workers and advocates. Each month, I am ALA INTERNATIONAL SPOTLIGHT will feature a new international member who will share how ALA has supported their work and how they see the profession today.