Friday, March 29, 2019

Free Webinar: Librarians Without Borders Guatemala

The ALA International Relations Round Table invites you to join us for a free webinar in which USA-based librarians will share their experience participating in the Librarians Without Borders Guatemala program.

Joi Jackson, Karen GarcĂ­a, and Allinston Saulsberry will discuss their experience preparing for the program, working in Guatemala, and the impact that the experience has had on their librarianship.

The webinar will be held on Monday April, 8th at 12:00pm CDT (10:00am PST, 11:00am MDT, 1:00pm EST).

Join the webinar via the Adobe Connect link at

International Journal of Information, Diversity, & Inclusion (IJIDI) seeks Book Reviewers

The International Journal of Information, Diversity, & Inclusion (IJIDI) reviews new non-fiction books on the intersection of equity, diversity, social justice, information, relevant to its readers. The IJIDI uses a diversity and inclusion lens to review books of interest to scholars, researchers and practitioners in the library and information science and related fields for the purposes of professional development, collection development, student education, and readers’ advisory.

The Journal editors are looking for prospective reviewers for upcoming reviews for the following titles:

1) Going Green: Implementing Sustainable Strategies in Libraries around the World
Abstract:  This publication examines aspects of reducing the ecological footprint in libraries’ workaday operations as well as the social role and responsibility of libraries as leaders in environmental sustainability. The theoretical background and practical applications of contributions made by worldwide libraries to the United Nations 2030 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are discussed.

2) Relevance and Irrelevance: Theories, Factors and Challenges
Abstract:  Relevance drives our actions and channels our attention; it shapes how we make sense of the world and communicate with each other. Irrelevance spreads a twilight which blurs the line between information we do not want to access and information we cannot access. In disciplines as diverse as philosophy, sociology, the information sciences and linguistics, “relevance” has been proposed as a key concept. This book is the first to bring together the often unrelated traditions. Researchers from different fields discuss relevance and relate it to the challenges of “irrelevance”, which have so far been neglected despite their significance for our chances of making well-informed decisions and understanding others. The contributions focus on theoretical and conceptual questions, on specific factors and fields, and on practical and political implications of relevance and irrelevance as forces which are even stronger when they remain in the background.

Reviewers will receive a review copy of each book to read and keep. Reviews are expected 6-8 weeks after receipt of book. Non-fiction reviews are 1000-1200 words in length. Refer to the website for book review submission guidelines.

IJIDI welcomes reviewers from diverse backgrounds and identities, including international reviewers and first time reviewers.

If you are interested in reviewing any of the above titles, and are able to review this title by June 2019, please email Norda at at least 2 pieces of writing samples and your qualifications for reviewing that particular title. To be considered for future book review assignments, complete the IJIDI Book Reviewer Profile form. 

If you have questions or have suggestions for book review titles (non-fiction) please contact: 

Norda Bell, Associate Librarian
York University
Scott Library, Rm 310, 4700 Keele St.
Toronto, Ontario, Canada M3J 1P3

Sunday, March 17, 2019

It's time to Volunteer: Your IRRT Committees Need You

Dear IRRT members,

You’ve made a commitment to a global perspective for your library career by joining IRRT.  Now help move IRRT into the future by volunteering to serve on an IRRT committee. With 13 committees to choose from, IRRT provides you with the opportunity to contribute your expertise and talent in numerous ways.

The Executive Board will be filling dozens of committee vacancies this spring. To be eligible for appointment, you must be an ALA and IRRT member; attend both ALA Midwinter and Annual Conferences for the duration of your appointment; and actively participate in the projects and programs, which may include monthly virtual meetings.

Applications submitted by April 15 will get first consideration.

For more information about our 13 committees, visit

To apply to serve on a committee, complete the form at

Thank you for your interest and commitment to helping ALA have a global impact!

Sunday, March 3, 2019

Advances in Library Administration and Organization - Call for Proposals

ALAO seeks submissions for the “Technical Services in the 21st Century Library” volume that delve beyond examples and case studies to examine the changing role of technical services from the library management perspective.

Proposals in the following areas would be of particular interest:
  • Telling the Technical Services story
  • Assessment, Data driven decision making and data visualization in technical services
  • New skills, new models of staff organization, reorganizations to meet changing library services
  • Collaborations with other library or university departments
  • Technical Services within a library consortium
  • Technical services and Collection Development
  • Aligning Technical Services with Library Mission and Vision
  • Updating workflows to accommodate new ways of working, changing technology, and changing needs
  • Linked data
  • Library Management Systems and/or Integrated Library Systems
  • Collection budgets including management of DDA/PDA programs, unbundling Big Deals, new acquisitions vehicles
  • Valuing and assessing resources in terms of relevance for the community served
  • Leveraging technical services for scholarly communications and university-produced research.
  • Technical services Librarians as faculty
  • Open-Education Resources or OERs
  • Out-sourcing
  • Space allocation
  • Technical Services for special collections and archival collections
This will be the first volume of Advances in Library Administration and Organization (ALAO) to publish in 2020. 

How to submit
If you are interested in contributing to this volume, send a proposal including author details and estimated length of final submission to Samantha Hines at by April 15, 2019.

Submission deadlines
Proposal deadline:  April 15, 2019
Notification of acceptance sent by:  May 31, 2019

About the Advances in Library Administration and Organization series
ALAO offers long-form research, comprehensive discussions of theoretical developments, and in-depth accounts of evidence-based practice in library administration and organization.  The series answers the questions, “How have libraries been managed, and how should they be managed?” It goes beyond a platform for the sharing of research to provide a venue for dialogue across issues, in a way that traditional peer reviewed journals cannot.  Through this series, practitioners can glean new approaches in challenging times and collaborate on the exploration of scholarly solutions to professional quandaries.