Thursday, May 30, 2019

Introducing the Global Library Services Discussion Group

The ACRL Global Libraries Discussion Group is presenting an “Online Open House” webinar to introduce itself June 3, 2019 at 12:00pm EST.

This Discussion Group was formed as a forum for librarians to discuss global library partnerships, international library cooperation, and library services for overseas partners.

At this open house you can learn all about the Group, and meet other librarians who may be doing (or wanting to do) similar international cooperation as you.

Register at

Your hosts:
Dan Perkins, NYU Global Services Librarian
Hong Cheng, University of Cincinnati Global Services Librarian

About the ACRL Discussion Group
The Global Library Services discussion group serves as a unique venue for librarians to participate in conversations regarding library support at an international level. It allows a network of librarians to exchange knowledge and develop sustainable services to support teaching and research.

The focus of this group is on providing library support to patrons who use library services abroad, in different time zones, under different cultural, socio-political, and technological circumstances. The librarians may travel abroad, but work primarily on location at their home institutions. As such, they need to utilize unique support structures, deploy situation-appropriate outreach strategies, and innovate solutions, all with well-developed intercultural competences. In addition, this group also discusses how to provide support for broader global initiatives of their libraries or institutions.

This discussion group will:
  • Follow and share emerging trends in international education, research, and global librarianship;
  • Advance understanding of requirements of teaching and learning in overseas campus, branches, or programs;
  • Share creative ideas for developing library services to meet these needs and at the same time develop strategies and solutions for seamless integration with services in home institutions;
  • Exchange best practices for promoting technological or instructional solutions to enhance information literacy support abroad;
  • Develop ways to broaden intercultural competencies among staff;
  • Provide opportunities for librarians to collaborate on relevant projects and programs;
  • Provide leadership and support to fellow librarians who are interested in or engaged in this area of service;
  • Exchange practical ideas for developing and maintaining partnerships from libraries’ global initiatives. 
John Hickok, Co-convener 2019-2020
Outreach Librarian
California State University Fullerton

Holly Hubenschmidt, Co-convener 2019-2020
Head of Instruction & Liaison Services/Co-director of the Global Leadership Academy Webster University
St. Louis, MO

Tuesday, May 28, 2019

Library 2.019 mini-conference: Open Data

Local, state and federal governments are releasing data in new ways. Property maps, school quality information and census statistics - all of these are examples of open data that give people the tools they need to learn and advocate for their causes. This web conference will explore how librarians are using open data, teaching others about it, and even creating it. You’ll learn about tools you can implement in your own library and hear stories from libraries that have partnered with their local and state governments. Armed with practical tools and experiences, you’ll be ready to start diving into open data to help your library and community!

All library professionals, employers, LIS students, and educators are invited to participate in the second Library 2.019 mini-conference, Open Data, which will be held online on Wednesday, June 5th, from 12:00 - 3:00 pm US-Pacific Daylight Time.
Organizers are also seeking volunteer moderators for sessions rooms--email if you might be able to help.

This is a free event, being held live online and also recorded.
REGISTER HERE to attend live and/or to receive the recording links afterward.
Join the Library 2.0 network as well to be kept updated on this and future events.

Air Quality Data through Community Engagement in Public Libraries
Catalina Escobar, Co-Founder | Ana Restrepo, Project Director

Data Counts! Using Data Literacy to Reach Hard-to-Count Communities
Jeff Lambert, Digital Literacy Coordinator

Data Toolbox: 25 Free Tools for the Data Librarian
Jim Craner, Library Technology Strategist, The Galecia Group

FAIR finds: Seeking and re-using open data
Adrienne Canino, Data + Science Outreach Librarian, University of Rochester River Campus Libraries

Libraries in Community Data Partnerships: The Civic Switchboard Project
Aaron Brenner, Associate University Librarian for Digital Scholarship and Creation | Nora Mattern, Scholarly Communications Librarian

Participatory Development of an Open Source Broadband Measurement Platform for Public Libraries
Chris Ritzo, Program Management and Community Lead at Measurement Lab, Measurement Lab, Simmons University | Dr. Colin Rhinesmith

Public Libraries as Leaders in the Open Data Movement
David Green, Library Systems Manager + Open Data Program Manager | Dave Pcolar | Luke Stroud

The Presence of Library-Related Datasets on State and State Capital Open Government Data (OGD) Sites
Sandra Hirsh, School of Information; San Jose State University

Washington State: Harnessing the Power of Where. Open Data
Joanne Markert, Washington State GIS Coordinator, WATech, Office of the Chief Information Officer

The School of Information at San José State University is the founding conference sponsor. 
Register as a member of the Library 2.0 network to be kept informed of future events. 
Recordings from previous years are available under the Archives tab at Library 2.0 and at the Library 2.0 YouTube channel.

Sunday, May 26, 2019

Transforming Community Relationships: 2019 IRRT Pre-Conference

Libraries today continue to be attuned to meeting the needs of their communities. In the 21st century, libraries are encouraged to be the center of community life, to be community builders and places where people get involved. This pre-conference will focus on using innovation to address the needs of different communities. Our presenters representing different types of academic institutions nationally and internationally will share their innovative practices and train you to adapt them in your libraries. Moderated by a seasoned internationally-renowned library professional , this preconference will provide you with all the necessary techniques to develop new types of services in your libraries.

Moderator: Donna Scheeder, IFLA Past-President
  • Tolgonay Kozhokanova and Zhuzumkan Askhatbekova, American University of Central Asia, Kyrgyzstan - The maker Movement in Kyrgyzstan’s Libraries: Bringing Elements of STEM Education to Underserved Youth Population
  • Dr. Katy B. Mathuews, Ohio University and Dr. Daniel Harper, Grover Center, USA - Academic Libraries: Bridging Innovation Across the Curriculum and Into the Community
  • Peggy Seiden, Swarthmore College, USA - Swarthmore College Partnership.
8:00am - 8:30am      Registration
8:30am - 12:00pm    Welcome, panel introductions, presentations, interactive discussions, Q&A
12:00pm 1:00pm      Lunch

When: Friday, June 21, 2019, 8:00am - 1:00pm
Location: Washington Convention Center, 102B

To register:
Cost: $90 (Fee includes materials, refreshments, and lunch)
Event Code: IRRT2

Wednesday, May 8, 2019

Registration opens for Guadalajara International Book Fair

The Guadalajara International Book Fair (FIL) invites applications for the ALA FIL Free Pass Program to obtain firsthand access to the latest publications in Spanish. If you are involved with Spanish books acquisitions this is the place you have to visit.

Enjoy the finest selection of books and preserve the cultural traditions for your Spanish speaking readers. You can find more than 300,000 titles for children, academics, young adults and more.

Register now and obtain the following benefits:
  • Three nights of lodging for free, three continental breakfasts (up to six nights if you share with another ALA member)
  • Free registration (a badge to enter the fair)
  • $100 USD airfare reimbursement (courtesy of ALA)
  • Publication of data in the Professionals catalog
  • Access to services in the Business Center for professionals
  • Additional $100 USD or $1800 Mexican Pesos of airfare support for the first 100 librarians that have been accepted in the ALA Free Pass Program and have purchased their ticket before September 30th, among a dozen other benefits.
Register online at

Registration closes September 6th