Monday, June 29, 2020

Save the date for Occupy Library 2020, 22-25th of September

Dear IFLA colleagues,

As you might have heard, we have been planning for a formative/funky/fab conference to bring together the innovative ideas that are implemented in libraries in the Central, Eastern European, Black Sea, Caucasus, and Caspian regions. We moved online, and we are excited to invite you to join us for Occupy Library 2020 Online, on September 22 - 25. And it is free-of-charge!

Our call for proposals is open until 1st of August, and we are looking for presentations of case studies and ignite talks on the following topics:
  • Serving communities in time of crisis
  • Partnerships for strong democracies  
  • Active citizenship in analog and digital format
  • Emerging tech trends to empower communities
  • Public spaces and community engagement
We also welcome proposals for open-themed interactive sessions, to cover other topics relevant to libraries and NGOs. The form of the session can vary from panel-discussions to interactive workshops of practical Labs, so you get to choose the theme, the speakers, and you also are in charge of moderating the session.  For more details, see the call for program proposals here: 
Come and share your knowledge and good practices with librarians and NGO professionals, and thus support best ways to make libraries more involved in their communities!

Having as many voices and ears from your section is extremely important for us, and we would be grateful if you let your members know about this opportunity, so please share the attached invitation with all library innovators and/or NGO professionals who would be interested in contributing.

We are looking forward to learning with&from you,

Anca Râpeanu
Occupy Library Organizing Team

Sunday, June 28, 2020

IRRT ALA Presidential Citation Award Ceremony and Happy Hour!


On behalf of ALA President Wanda Brown, the International Relations Round Table invites you to the virtual award ceremony to recognize this year's ALA Presidential Citation for Innovative International Library Projects.

Join us for a celebration to recognize these amazing projects and have some fun getting to know other IRRT members.

When: Jun 30, 2020, 01:00 PM Pacific Time  |  3:00 PM Central Time  |   4:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

Register in advance for this webinar:

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the this event.

Wednesday, June 24, 2020

2020 Best Practices from World Libraries photo gallery

The IRRT International Connections Committee has just released its 2020 Best Practices from World Libraries Photo Gallery website. 

Check out the thirty-six projects that were selected for inclusion, focusing on this year's theme of The Value of Libraries in Promoting Social Justice and Inclusion

This collection of photographs, curated by the International Connections Committee, was chosen because they “best illustrate libraries’ innovative services and impact in building strong communities around the world. These images demonstrate ALA’s core values of librarianship in promoting democracy, diversity, social responsibility, lifelong learning and professionalism.”

Tuesday, June 23, 2020

REALM study reveals initial findings of Coronavirus on library materials

The Institute of Museum and Library Services has released findings from the first phase of a project to develop and disseminate science-based information about how materials can be handled to mitigate exposure to the virus that causes COVID-19. 

Scientists have found that the SARS-CoV-2 virus is not detectable on five common library materials after three days: hardcover book covers (buckram cloth), the cover of softcover books, plain paper pages inside a closed book, mylar protective book cover jackets, and plastic DVD cases. More results will be released in July. 

Read more in the June 22 press release or on the WebJunction “Happening Now” project update page.

Free Webinars for Canadian Librarians & Researchers

Dear Librarians & Researchers

Please join us for a two-part virtual summit focused on Canada.  Both sessions are completely free and open to anyone who is interested in learning more about the topics.

Part 1: Open Research in Canada
On June 29th, we’ll delve in to the topic of Open Access in Canada. Patrice Weiss, Institutional Engagement Manager at Springer Nature, will present on OA publishing trends and policies in Canada, Springer Nature’s transition to OA and why we support gold, and how transformative agreements are driving the transition. Patrice will also touch on the challenges, Open Access for Nature, and transformative publishing.

Part 2: Springer Nature COVID-19 Research & Sustainable Development Goals
On July 15th, please join us for part 2 of our summit. Ben Johnson, Springer Nature's Head of Communities & Engagement, will give an update on the science around COVID-19 developments and will discuss Nature's Coronavirus Blog which he manages.  Then Timon Oefelein, Senior Account Development Manager at Springer Nature, will talk about Springer Nature and the United Nations' Sustainable Development goals, including a unique library-publisher collaboration in Europe surrounding this topic and what SDG data looks like in Canada.

Please feel free to contact me or Melanie Masserant ( with any questions. Hope you can join us!

Emily Esposito
Springer Nature
Customer Engagement Manager
One New York Plaza, Suite 4600
New York, NY 10004
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Monday, June 22, 2020

IFLA CPDWL Newsletter June 2020 Issue Now Ready

From Ray Pun, ALA Representative to the IFLA Continuing Professional Development and Workplace Learning (CPDWL) Section:

Greetings to you all:
You can now access our June Newsletter at
You will find a totally new design, thanks to our most recent Newsletter team member Sara Ulloa.
Besides the regular columns and information about the CPDWL Section activities, two main topics dominate the content.
The first topic provides updated information on the WLIC 2021 programme that is being prepared by the various working groups. The second topic is an international report of the support provided library staff in times of COVID-19 in six countries around the world, compiled by Ulrike Lang. This report is complemented by an in-depth article about Italy written by Matilde Fontanin,
I hope you’ll enjoy reading this issue and will find its information relevant, inviting, and worth sharing with your networks.
Please continue taking good care of yourselves. All the best,
Juanita Jara de Súmar
Liaison Librarian (retired)
McGill University Library

Saturday, June 20, 2020

July 14th: IFLA/ ALA Webinar: “Mindfulness to Manage Workplace Stress and Microaggressions”

IFLA Continuing Professional Development and Workplace LearningIFLA New Professionals Special Interest Group, and the American Library Association invite of all you to take part in a free webinar “Mindfulness to Manage Workplace Stress and Microaggressions”. This meeting is a part of the webinar series “New Librarians Global Connection: best practices, models and recommendations“.
Date/time:  Tuesday, July 14th at 8 am PT, 10 am CT, 11 am ET (check your time zones here:

Description: Navigating workplace stress and microaggressions—verbal and non-verbal messages that are invalidating or demeaning—can be difficult in any profession, but is especially challenging in service-oriented professions like librarianship.  In addition to identifying and naming stressors and microaggressions, various tools can be employed to mitigate the negative effects of these encounters. This session will provide attendees with a framework—mindfulness—that can be used to help process the often-fraught interactions that may take place in our libraries. The webinar will be recorded. 
What will you find out on the webinar?
  1. You will understand the roles of microaggressions and workplace stressors.
  2. You will know how mindfulness can be used in workplaces in libraries.

A few words more about speakers:
Chippewa M. Thomas is a Professor of Counselor Education in the Department of Special Education, Rehabilitation, and Counseling and Director of the Office of Faculty Engagement at Auburn University. Thomas has published in journals such as the Journal of Counseling and Development, The Family Journal, Educational Gerontology, Journal of Specialists in Group Work, International, Journal of Thought Journal of Progressive Education and collaborated on book chapters in edited books. Thomas’ scholarship focuses on culturally competent counseling practice, social justice in action, community engagement/publicly-engaged scholarship, and wellness/vitality in higher education. She is active with several professional national and international counseling, education and outreach-scholarship affinity groups and organizations, and currently roster-listed as a Fulbright Specialist in Counselor Education.
Pambanisha Whaley is the Collections, Assessment, and Resource Management Coordinator at Alabama State University. Whaley has been an academic librarian for 15 years. Her research interests include: the role of minority library residencies in career advancement, the relationship between psychosocial factors and the success of library mentoring programs, and retention strategies for librarians from underrepresented groups.
Jaena Alabi is a Research and Instruction Services Librarian for the areas of English, psychology, and Africana Studies at Auburn University’s Ralph Brown Draughon Library. Her research interests include peer review of teaching for academic librarians, library collaborations with writing centers, and the effect of racial microaggressions on librarians and profession.

Wednesday, June 17, 2020

"Facing New Challenges: Working in Community, Responding to Crisis"

2020 REFORMA Northeast Chapter 16th Annual Joint Mini Conference, a Free virtual event: 

"Facing New Challenges: Working in Community, Responding to Crisis"
Friday, June 19th, 2020
9 am - 1:30 pm EST

For all details, and to register, please visit:


16th Annual Joint Mini-Conference

Facing New Challenges: Working in Community, Responding to Crisis

§  9:00 AM - LAND ACKNOWLEDGMENT - Louis Muñoz Jr., Morristown and Morris Township Library (NJ); REFORMA Northeast Chapter.
§  9:01 AM - WELCOME REMARKS - Adriana Blancarte-Hayward, The New York Public Library (NY); REFORMA Northeast Chapter President 2019-2020.
§  9:10 AM - JUNETEENTH CELEBRATION ACKNOWLEDGMENT - Richard Ashby Jr., FOR Sto-Rox Public Library (PA). BCALA President 2018-2020.
§  9:25 AM - KEYNOTE SPEAKER - Rhonda Evans, Assistant Chief Librarian of the Jean Blackwell Hutson Research and Reference Division at the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture. The New York Public Library (NY).
§  9:50 AM - PRESENTATION: "Librarian Nimble Tents for Social Justice and Moments of Crisis" Alex Gil, Digital Scholarship Librarian, Columbia University Libraries (NY).
§  10:20 AM - PRESENTATION: "Pre-crisis & Post-crisis: Partnering with a Mayor’s 2020 Census Response Initiative to Leverage Civic Engagement" - Latanya N. Jenkins, Reference Librarian for Government Information & Africology and African-American Studies & Vitalina A. Nova, Education & Community Engagement Librarian, Charles Library, Temple University (PA).
§  10:50 AM - WELLNESS BREAK: Led by Jenny Lizarraga, Accounts Director, CINCO BOOKS & Lisa Meléndez, Professor, Library Services. Suffolk County Community College (NY).
§  11:15 AM - PRESENTATION: "Talking about Anti-Asian Racism with Young People" - Dr. Sarah Park Dahlen, Associate Professor. St. Catherine University (MN).
§  11:45 AM - PRESENTATION: "La biblioteca in Times of Crisis "- Anna Avalos, Ana Campos, & Madeline Peña, Los Angeles Public Library (CA); REFORMA Los Angeles Chapter.
§  12:15 PM - AUTHOR PANEL: "The immigrant experience" - Julissa Arce, Roberto Lovato, Melissa Rivero & Susie Yang. Moderated by Miriam Tuliao, Library Marketing Manager, Penguin Random House.
§  1:00 PM - RNE AWARDS ANNOUNCEMENT: "The Teresa Mlawer Lifetime Achievement Award"
§  1:15 PM - CLOSING REMARKS & ACKNOWLEDGMENTS - Adriana Blancarte-Hayward & Asuncion Cora, The New York Public Library (NY); Incoming REFORMA Northeast Chapter President 2020-2021.

Thursday, June 11, 2020

Webinar: “Do Black Lives Matter in Europe?”

Monday, June 15 | 7:00am PST / 10:00am EST / 15:00 BST / 16:00 CET
The webinar focuses on recent incidents of state-sponsored violence towards Black individuals in the United States and Europe and related protests and demonstrations. How do we make sense of this current moment, particularly amid a global pandemic? What does this moment reveal about ongoing racism and anti-racist struggles in Europe? How can we understand the global connections in the movement for Black lives? How are race and racism relevant to understanding present dynamics across Europe? 
More information about the speakers, moderated discussion format, and registration button available here.

African libraries and COVID-19

AfLIA (African Libraries & Information Associations & Institutions) is hosting a webinar African libraries and COVID-19 on June 16, 2020 at 8:00 A.M. Eastern Time (12:00 P.M. Greenwich Time) :
Emergency Preparedness for African Libraries - COVID-19 Survey Results and the Way Forward
The webinar will be recorded and made available on the AfLIA YouTube Channel if you are not able to attend the live session.  The AfLIA YouTube Channel:

Wednesday, June 10, 2020

The LIBER 2020 programme is now online!

The LIBER 2020 programme is now online!

LIBER's Annual Conference has been running for nearly 50 years, and will continue to do so despite covid-19. This year we're a virtual event.
In the week of 22 June, we warmly welcome you to join us for online sessions and workshops under the theme Building Trust With Research Libraries. All sessions are free to attend and open to anyone. Details of each session can be found in the Programme overview below (click on the links for a fuller session description and to register).
We have tried to avoid scheduling overlaps but inevitably some sessions do run at the same time. Want to attend both? Don't worry! All sessions will be recorded and openly shared so you can always watch the replay, even if you can't attend live.
  • Monday, 22nd June – Opening Address- Reflections on the impact of Covid-19 on Open Science; Session #1 – Cultural Change; Panel Session – From Frenemies to Trusted Partners (collaboration between libraries and publishers, and new OA business models)
  • Tuesday, 23rd June – Workshops! Topics include SSHOC train-the-trainer bootcamp, transformative agreements, FAIR Data, Linked Open Data, Hot RDM Topics, and Libraries for Teaching and Learning and a Session #10 on Citizen Science Supporting Sustainable Development Goals
  • Wednesday, 24th June –  Session #2 – Opening Up Knowledge; Keynote from Dr. Christine Koontz; Panel Session – Building Trust in Research Libraries Through Open Science; Session #3 – Securing and Building Trust; Session #4 – Crowd Powered Collaborations.
  • Thursday, 25th June– Session #5 – Open Access Insights; Session #6 – Libraries as Open Innovators & Leaders; Meeting of Participants.
  • Friday, 26th June – Session #7 – Super-Charging Your RDM Impact; Session #8 – Tools for Transparency & Open Access; Session #9 – Data Visualisation & Metrics.
Links to register for each session can be found on this page. For each session, we have plenty of capacity and we encourage everyone connected to research library communities worldwide to get involved, whether you are working at a LIBER institution or not. It's a fantastic opportunity to discover what the LIBER network can offer you and your organisation, especially in these challenging times.
P.S. In 2021 we will return to an in-person conference in Belgrade, Serbia (tentatively scheduled for 1-3 July 2021).

French Academic Libraries During COVID-19: A Conversation with Mélissa Defond.

French Academic Libraries During COVID-19: A Conversation with Mélissa Defond.

For this special zoom session, Mélissa Defond, Head of the Research Department at the Université Polytechnique, Hauts-de-France, will discuss the impact of COVID-19 on academic libraries in France. More specifically, she will discuss the situation at her library and what steps they are taking now that confinement is ending in France

This session will be an opportunity to share thoughts, concerns, and ideas as we start thinking about steps to reopen libraries and what the future of academic libraries worldwide will look like.

"Agility and Adaptability: The Caribbean Academic Library Navigating the COVID-19 Pandemic" - Zoom Webinar

Inviting colleagues to join us THURSDAY JUNE 11 at 11 a.m.(EST) as The UWI Mona Library leads a webinar and discussion on "Agility and Adaptability: The Caribbean Academic Library Navigating the COVID-19 Pandemic." 

The webinar will take the form of lightening talks and participants' discussion. 

Register here to get the Zoom link:

Tuesday, June 2, 2020

Libraries Reopening: A Perspective of Best Practices from Around the World in the Time of COVID-19

Libraries Reopening: A Perspective of Best Practices from Around the World in the Time of COVID-19

ALA International Relations Round Table (IRRT) Webinar Committee invites you to participate in a series of free webinars focusing on perspectives from libraries around the world dealing with COVID-19.

In Late 2019, the world started to hear about a novel coronavirus and was soon announced as a global pandemic creating many challenges, including Libraries. Libraries had to act fast in
addressing global pandemic preparedness and planning to reopen. Reopening during a global pandemic requires preparation that includes safe reopening policies and practices that best
protect library workers and its patrons. This webinar series will help us to learn from libraries in Germany, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Mexico, Qatar, Netherlands, Sweden and Australia on how
they addressed and are currently addressing the reopening of libraries during the challenging time of COVID-19.

June 4, 2020 - Two Sessions
  • UIN Sunan Kalijaga Library | Indonesia and National Autonomous University of Mexico, Mexico |  10:00 AM - 11:00 AM (US Central Time)
  • ACT Heritage Library | Australia - 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM (US Central Time)

June 5 - One Session
  • Qatar National Library | Qatar and Netherlands: A Comparative View - 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM   (US Central Time)

June 11 - One Session
  • Helsingborg City Libraries and Mjölby Public Library | Sweden - 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM (US Central Time)

June 16 - One Session
  • Leipzig University Library | Germany - 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM (US Central Time)

June 17 – One Session
  • University of Hong Kong | Hong Kong - 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM (US Central Time)

How to register
All webinars are free! Simply fill out the registration form for each webinar you wish to attend.

For more information or to register for these webinars, please visit IRRT’s Webinars page.

Webinar: Libraries Contributing to Meet the UN Sustainable Development Goals

Title: Libraries Contributing to Meet the UN Sustainable Development Goals: a call to action to end poverty, protect the planet and improve the lives and prospects of everyone, everywhere

Description: Join our first webinar highlighting inspiring stories from libraries in Australia, France and Germany presented by leaders of library associations in those countries. We will discuss how libraries are helping communities meet the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the websites they have created to share these stories. We hope the webinar encourages US libraries to connect the dots between their existing services and the way they are already meeting the SDGs.

Date and time:Tuesday, June 9, 20209:00am Eastern Time (8:00 am Central Time)
3:00pm Germany, France
11:00pm Australia (via video)

Speakers: (in order of presentations)
Moderator: Loida Garcia-Febo, ALA Chair, UN 2030 Sustainable Development Goals Task Force, ALA Immediate Past President  
  • Athanasios Giannakopoulos, Director The Dag Hammarskjöld Library at the United Nations, New York
  • Vicki McDonald, State Librarian and Chief Executive Officer, State Library of Queensland, Australia. Australian Library and Information Association President 2017-2018. Chair, Professional Committee at IFLA
  • Raphaëlle BATS, International Relations Officer of the National School of Libraries and Information Sciences (Enssib), Cfibd’s Governing Board member
  • Hella Klauser, Internationale Kooperation, German Library Association, Deutscher Bibliotheksverband e.V., Kompetenznetzwerk für Bibliotheken