Wednesday, June 12, 2019

Help create the ALA of the 21st century at ALA Annual

ALA Remodel Recommendations Input Session with the Steering Committee on Organizational Effectiveness (SCOE) will be held at ALA Annual in Washington, D.C.

Provide your input and feedback on creating the ALA of the 21st century in this session which will focus on the recommendations for the American Library Association created by the Steering Committee on Organizational Effectiveness. The session will focus on updates on the work of the committee and will go over the recommended model(s) in detail, asking for participant input and feedback. Those who cannot make in person sessions can participate virtually. More information on virtual participation will be shared.

Join in person sessions at ALA Annual in Washington Convention Center, Room 103B at the following times:
    •    Saturday, June 22, 12:00pm - 1:30pm
    •    Saturday, June 22, 2:30pm - 4:00pm
    •    Sunday, June 23, 12:00 pm - 1:30pm
    •    Sunday, June 23, 2:30pm - 4:00pm
    •    Monday, June 24, 12:00pm - 1:30pm

Monday, June 10, 2019

Understanding Research Libraries in North Korea session at ALA Annual

Heading to the ALA Annual Conference? The ACRL International Perspectives Discussion Group invites Yoo-Seong Song from UIUC to give a presentation about his recent trip visiting research libraries in North Korea.

Date/Time: June 22, Saturday from 2:30-3:30 pm 
Location: Washington Hilton, Van Ness

Presentation: Understanding research libraries in North Korea: A case study of Pyongyang University of Science & Technology (PUST)

Abstract: This presentation will cover the current state of research libraries in North Korea with a special focus on Pyongyang University of Science & Technology (PUST). PUST is the only university in North Korea that is established and operated by a foreign entity, and it provides unique opportunities to understand the role of academic libraries in the higher education system in North Korea. The presenter will discuss how international agencies have quietly assisted building a digital library at PUST and how faculty and students at PUST perceive library services. The presenter will also offer some insights on partnership opportunities with libraries in North Korea.

Speaker: Yoo-Seong Song is an Associate Professor at the School of Information Sciences and also holds a joint appointment at the University Library as the Korean Studies Librarian at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He received his MBA from the University of Iowa and MSI from the University of Michigan.  

Tuesday, June 4, 2019

Join the IRRT on June 14 for a webinar on international librarianship

Hosting International Visiting Librarians in US Academic Libraries: The Korea Foundation Librarian Intern Program

When:  Friday, June 14, 2019
Time: 12:00 PM Pacific | 2:00 PM Central |  3:00 PM Eastern

Time Zone:  World clock:

The IRRT Webinar Ad Hoc Committee is excited to present the second of two webinars aimed to promote interests, programs, and activities on international librarianship. In this webinar, we will highlight a unique international library internship partnership between the Korea Foundation, a South Korean based organization with several global offices, and two participating host university libraries in the United States in the form of the Korea Foundation Library Internship Program.

Our speakers, Minjeong Kim, Director of the Korea Foundation Global Office in Washington, D.C., Yunah Sung, Korean Studies Librarian/Head of Technical Services at the University of Michigan-Asia Library, and Ellie Kim, Korean Studies Librarian at the University of Hawaii at Manoa will talk about the library internship program and their partnership. We will also have the pleasure of hearing from the two Korea Foundation Library Interns from these host university libraries as they share their experience interning abroad.

Fore more information, please visit:

Monday, June 3, 2019

Journal of Library Administration - Call for Submissions for Global Perspectives Column

The Journal of Library Administration informs readers on research, current developments, and trends related to the leadership and management of libraries. Stressing the practical, this forward-looking journal provides information that library administrators need to manage their organizations efficiently and effectively. In today’s global environment, library administrators must make complex and challenging decisions to help institutions achieve their mission, vision and goals.

The “Global Perspectives” column gathers views on current topics of global interest from authors worldwide.

Topics of importance to library administrators may include:
    •    Collaboration across types of libraries, regions, and national boundaries
    •    The Role of international Library and Information Science (LIS) associations and organizations
    •    Role of technology in the management of library and information centers
    •    Building rich, robust, and sustainable digital collections
    •    Assessment – new perspectives and methods
    •    Facilities-Creative/ new models and how to use space effectively
    •    Human Resources- Good practices, effective management styles
    •    Information Literacy
    •    Equitable Access to Information
    •    Open Access (OA) / Open Educational Resources (OER)
    •    Multilingual Information Access
    •    Services to multicultural / diverse populations
    •    User Experience

Interesting research, reports, opinion pieces, case studies or comparative studies are welcome! Both successful and unsuccessful projects have value to readers who want to learn and an exchange of ideas is crucial for library administrators who seek to create the best organizations possible. Contributions from across the globe add a richness that is the voice of today’s global information infrastructure.

Submission Instructions
Library and Information Science (LIS) professionals are invited to submit proposals and articles to the column editor at In keeping with the JLA’s focus, articles should clearly articulate the role of administrator(s) or management. Articles should be at least 3000, and should be submitted in Microsoft Word format.

For more information about the Journal of Library Administration, including complete submission instructions, please visit the journal’s webpage: