Tuesday, July 28, 2020

COVID-19: European Librarians Speak!

COVID-19: European Librarians Speak!

August 6, 2020, 08:00 AM Pacific Standard Time [11 am EST, 16:00 (BST) 17:00 (CEST)]

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The COVID-19 pandemic remains an ongoing threat that has led, not only to the uprooting of local and global social, economic, and health conditions, but also to the disruption of the cultural production sector. Europe has not been immune to the challenges that have been ushered in by the pandemic. Many European libraries, being at the forefront of knowledge creation and preservation, have stepped up their support of researchers and scholars in unprecedented ways. Notwithstanding, the shifts in the landscape of collection development are and will profoundly impact the services that libraries can provide.  

This virtual panel is the inaugural event in a planned six-part bi-monthly webinar series, “Collecting Conversations: Academic Libraries and Research in Flux,” that is dedicated to various aspects of librarianship.  These activities that will include both national and international librarians, archivists, scholars, administrators, and vendors from all parts of the world.

In this panel, European librarians, who are specialists in Central, Eastern, and Southeast European Studies, and Slavic/Slavonic Studies, will share experiences and perspectives about their individual and institutional challenges, and opportunities in areas of research, instruction, and collection development. 

·       Ms. Mel Bach is the Slavonic Specialist and also Head of Collections and Academic Liaison at Cambridge University Library, UK.
·       Mr. Olaf Hamann is the Head of the Eastern-European Branch of the Berlin State Library, Germany.
·       Dr. Katya Rogatchevskaia is the Lead Curator of East European Collections at the British Library, UK, and the Chair of the Council for Slavonic and East European Library and Information Services.
·       Dr. Gudrun Wirtz is the Head of the Department of Eastern Europe at the Bavarian State Library, Germany.

Organizer/ ModeratorDr. Liladhar R. Pendse is Librarian for the Eastern European and Eurasian Studies Collection and the Caribbean and Latin American Studies Collections at UC Berkeley Library, USA and the Institute for Slavic, East European and Eurasian Studies.

Co-ModeratorMs. Anna Rakityanskaya is Curator for Russian and Belarusian Collections at the Widener Library at Harvard University.

The panel presentation will be recorded but the question and answer session will not be recorded.

This panel is sponsored by the Institute of East European and Eurasian Studies, UC Berkeley.

Liladhar R. Pendse, PhD
Librarian for East European and Central Asian Studies Collections
Librarian for the Caribbean and Latin American Studies Collections
Librarian for Armenian and Mongolian Studies Collections
University of California, Berkeley

Wednesday, July 1, 2020

Webinar: Libraries as Social Change Agents

Join IRRT Online for the upcoming Three-Part Webinar Series on:
Libraries as Social Change Agents

The International Relations Round Table (IRRT) Pre-Conference originally scheduled during ALA"s Annual Conference was cancelled due COVID-19. However, we are excited to announce that the three speakers originally selected for the pre-conference have agreed to present virtually. Committee co-chairs Drs. Gloria Creed-Dikeogu and Barbara Marson are hosting three webinars this summer as a series with the theme of Libraries as Social Change Agents.

Each webinar will last approximately 1 ½ hours – one hour for the speaker and 30 minutes for Q & A.

Webinar schedule:

  • Part 1: July 14, 2020,  8:00 am Pacific Time  |  10:00am Central Time | 11:00 am Eastern Time
Presentation: The Role of Libraries in Addressing Terrorism through Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs): the Case of Jomo Kenyatta Memorial Library, University of Nairobi, Kenya.
Presenters:  Dr. Dorothy Njiraine, Chairperson & Senior Lecturer, Department of Library and Information Science, University of Nairobi, Kenya.
                                     Nche Che, Student Librarian, University of Nairobi, Kenya.

Moderator: Donna Scheeder, Past IFLA President

Registration page (Zoom Webinar)

  • Part 2: Aug   4:    1 PM EDT
Jane Kinney Meyers   Including the Most Excluded with Digital Skills
  • Part 3: Aug 13:    1 PM EDT
Julie Ann Winkelstein Creating Social Change through Library Education