Monday, December 28, 2020

Law Librarians Monitoring Legal Responses to COVID-19 in Latin America and the Caribbean

 Happy holidays everyone. I wanted to take this opportunity to share with all

of you our project called Law Librarians Monitoring COVID-19 in Latin America
and the Caribbean. Our project began back in March 2020 and we initially
produced 7 biweekly interviews covering subsections of the region as well as
identifying top sources for these countries. Since July, librarians from all
parts of the Americas (Argentina, Chile, Brazil, Puerto Rico, Paraguay,
Trinidad and Tobago, Martinique, Canada, etc.) have produced reports in
specific situations in these countries. So far we have 22 reports and I’m
thrilled to inform you that we are expecting to have a total of 40 reports by
March 2021, including reports on how the situation looks like from the US,
Canada and international organizations in the region.

Recently, HeinOnline chose our project to be one of their librarian-curated
additional resources part of their newly released COVID-19 Database. Once you
click on additional resources, you have to select the Librarian-Curated tab
and you will see our project listed there: We have also
published and presented and will continue to do so in the coming year.

Visit our website and subscribe:

Please use, share and keep in mind our project, if it helps in any way.

Dr. Michele A. L. Villagran
Assistant Professor, School of Information
San José State University

Call for Proposals (CFP) for Presentations at the ALA IRRT Chair's Program

 The American Library Association (ALA) International Relations Round Table (IRRT) Chair's Program Committee invites proposals for participation in a panel presentation that will take place at the annual ALA conference in Washington, D.C.  The IRRT Chair's Program features speakers presenting on a specific theme related to international relations and the library. This year, the theme for the IRRT Chair's Program is: Libraries in a rapidly changing world


For more information, go here:


Bella Karr Gerlich, PhD

Member, IRRT, ALA

Chair, Statistics and Evaluation, IFLA

Tuesday, December 22, 2020

Announcing The New Shape of Sharing Online Series


The New Shape of Sharing:
Networks, Expertise, Information 

An online forum on European librarianship

January 11 - April 19, 2021



The New Shape of Sharing: Networks, Expertise, Information continues conversations begun at the New Direction Symposium held in Frankfurt in 2017. This multi-day working forum, sponsored by the Collaborative Initiative for French Language Collections (CIFNAL), the German-North American Resources Partnership (GNARP)—both working projects of the Center for Research Libraries (Chicago, USA)—was originally scheduled to be hosted by Casalini Libri on May 11-14, 2020 in Fiesole, Italy. The in-person event was postponed indefinitely due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. 

We hope this online series on key issues facing Western European collections and public services will encourage debate and surface new ideas. The sessions will focus on three areas: new models for collaborative collection development and services; the growing range of content and format types and their significance for libraries and researchers; and the evolving role of libraries and librarians in the research process.

The multiple effects of the pandemic on libraries and academic institutions clearly demonstrate that the topics chosen for the forum—cooperation and sharing of collections, services, and technology among libraries, scholars, and members of the book and publishing communities—are particularly pertinent in today’s library environment. The planning committee believes that these discussions are too important to wait until we are able to meet in person, so we have transitioned the forum to a series of online presentations. We hope you can join us!


The New Shape of Sharing Online Series will take place on the following Mondays beginning in January 2021 but registration is required. It is free and open to all.

Pacific (PST) 9-10:30 AM; Mountain (MST) 10-11:30 AM; Central (CST) 11am-12:30 pm; Eastern (EST) 12-1:30 PM; Central Europe (GMT + 1) 6-7:30 PM

Monday, January. 11:  Keynote: Klaus Ceynowa, "Research Libraries in Digital Times - Last Stand or First Choice? The Perspective of the Bavarian State Library." 

Monday, February 1: National and Historical Libraries

  • Working with Romance Collections in a National Library:  Exploring New Strategies (Valentina Mirabella, Sophie De France, British Library) 
  • The Digital Cicognara Library: An International Open Access Collaboration of the Early Literature of the Arts (Holly Hatheway, Princeton University)

Monday, February 15: Bibliodiversity in Southern Europe

  • A Panel on Independent and Small Press Publishing (Anne Rochefoucauld, Amalivre; Pepé Olona, Arrebato Libros; Marco Zapparoli, Marcos y Marcos & ADEI - Association of Italian Independent Publishers)

Monday, February 22: The Medici Interactive Archive, digital humanists, and librarians

  • A Discussion with Carlotta Paltrinieri, Historic Environment Scotland
Monday, March 1: Consortial Collection Development 1
  • ReCAP Discovery to Delivery (Denise Hibay, New York Public Library; Elizabeth Kirk, Harvard University; and Meredith Levin, Columbia University)

Monday, March 15:  Consortial Collection Development 2

  • Sustainable Vendor-Inclusive Cooperative Collection Development (Barbara Alvarez, University of Michigan & Barbara Casalini, Casalini Libri)
  • International Print Collections in a Consortial Environment: A Case study of Western European Resource Sharing (Manuel Ostos, Penn State University & Lisa Gardinier, University of Iowa)

Monday, March 22: Assessment and collection development

  • Collection development and Acquisitions Strategies for Libraries and Publishers  (John Lenahan, Ithaka S+R/JSTOR)
  • Library Support for an OA Journal (Timothy Shipe, University of Iowa)
  • Assessment for Resource Sharing Use of Bibliometrics for Collection Development in Italian Academic Libraries (Rossana Morriello, La Sapienza, Rome 3)

Monday, April 12: Posters

Monday, April 19: wrap-up/next steps

If you think you may require disability-related accommodations or have questions about this online event conducted through Zoom, please email Sarah Sussman or Judy Alspach.
Find out more or register at

Monday, December 21, 2020

Save the date (14 Jan) for Webinar “Library Map of the World: Engagement for Advocacy”

Dear colleagues,


The Library Map of the World website is a source of country-level library statistics, information about the library environment in each country, and a unifying platform providing access to SDG stories. IFLA Library Map of the World (LMW), is an initiative to ensure the availability of data, information and stories that show the powerful contribution of libraries in supporting smarter and more inclusive societies. This is the key to achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).  How library associations can use this material from the LMW Website for their work and how they can contribute to make their work more visible will be discussed in this online seminar, organized by IFLA Management of Library Associations Section and IFLA Headquarters.


Join Halo Locher, Chair of the Management of Library Associations Section, Kristine Paberza-Ramiresa, IFLA’s Member Engagement Officer, and Stephen Wyber, IFLA’s Policy and Advocacy Manager, as they will discuss:

  • The importance of being well presented on the Library Map of the World
  • Engagement scenarios for library associations
  • Processes behind keeping the LMW data up to date, preparing and curating country profiles
  • The 2021 priorities for SDG stories
  • Using the LMW content and resources in library advocacy

Webinar time: 14 January 2021 at 14:00 CET

Webinar link:


Best wishes,

The LMW Team


Power your advocacy with the Library Map of the World!


Thursday, December 17, 2020

Announcement of December 2020 issue of IJoL: Sustainability and Libraries

 Dear Colleagues,


On behalf of the editorial team of International Journal of Librarianship (IJoL, sponsored by the Chinese American Librarians Association), we are pleased to report that the December issue, a special issue on Sustainability and Libraries, has been published. 




Featured Articles:

  • The Use of Social Media Instagram to Disseminate Sustainable Information by Genilson Geraldo and Marli Dias
  • Sustainable Development Goals: Insights from Research Libraries by Roxanne Missingham
  • The Library as a Campus Sustainability Hub: A Case Study in Increasing Community Engagement & Collaboration in Sustainability through Academic Libraries by Jennifer K. Embree and Neyda V. Gilman
  • The Reflective Practice for Sustainable Future: A Case Study Focusing the Library of Buddhist and Pali University of Sri Lanka by Damayanthi Gunasekera and  Manaori Samarakoon
  • Managing a Sustainable Work-from-Home Scheme: Library Resiliency in Times of Pandemic by Joseph Yap and April Manabat

Reports from the Field:

  • Steppingstones to More Sustainable Public Libraries in Finland: From Individual Initiatives toward National Guidelines and Standards by Ulla Pötsönen, Leila Sonkkanen, and Harri Sahavirta
  • Sustainable Academic Libraries: The Experience of Organizing a Sustainable Conference by Leo F. H. Ma


  • ALA UN 2030 Sustainable Development Goals Task Force by Robin Kear and Loida Garcia-Febo


Thank you!

Ray Pun and Ulla Pötsönen, Guest Editors, IJoL

Thursday, December 10, 2020

International Leads - December issue available now!

 Dear IRRT member,


The December issue of International Leads is now available on the International Relations Round Table website.


Articles in this issue include:

  • The impact of Auburn University Libraries Interlibrary Loan to research in the USA and abroad during the COVID-19 pandemic
  • Messages from the IRRT Chair and Chair-elect
  • Information on candidates for the IRRT Executive Board elections
  • Calls for contributions/proposals to the 2021 ALA Annual conference
  • Several webinar and conference reports and
  • The ALA Task Force on the UN 2030 Sustainable Development Goals report


Do you have news about international projects you’re involved with?  Stories of partnerships, exchanges, or outreach to other cultures? Please consider sharing with International Leads.  You can find guidelines for authors at the International Leads webpage, or write to Florence Mugambi or Rebecca Miller (co-editors) at for more information.


We wish you happy reading, safety and good health during this holiday season.


Happy Holidays!


Dr. Rebecca Miller and Ms. Florence Mugambi, Co-editors

International Leads - the newsletter of the ALA International Relations Round Table

View current and previous issues of IL here:

Instructions for authors:

Follow IRRT on the web:   and


Wednesday, December 9, 2020

Complimentary Access- tomorrow 10th December International Summit of the Book & WBIMLC 2020

Dear colleagues


We are delighted to offer you complimentary access  (just confirmed by the the organisers) to the International Summit of the Book 2020 and WBILMC 2020 on 10th of December (tomorrow) (Online), hosted by Limerick Institute of Technology,Ireland and the University of Bihać, Bosnia and Herzegovina.

Please see the links below for joining the events on Zoom and the Programme for the event.

At this year's events, we are privileged to have some world-renowned figures from the library world as well as pioneering figures in the development of the Internet as Keynote Speakers, including:


Ismail Serageldin , Emeritus Librarian of Alexandria, and was the Founding Director of the Bibliotheca Alexandrina, the New Library of Alexandria (2001-2017) in Egypt, Vice-President of the World Bank (1993-2000)


Vinton G. Cerf, Vice President and Chief Internet Evangelist for Google, recognized as one of the "Fathers of the Internet". Co-designer of the architecture of the Internet.


Christine MacKenzie, President of the International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA), with 1,500 Members in over 150 countries around the world. Co-founder of INELI-Oceania, a program funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation that provided leadership training for librarians in Australia, New Zealand and the South Pacific.


10th December 2020 invitation

Topic: 9th International Summit of the Book 2020 & WBIMLC
Time: Dec 10, 2020  08.00 AM GMT

Join Zoom Meeting

Meeting ID: 970 5850 7548
Passcode: 272523


Padraig Kirby MSc (LIS)  BA (Hons) HdipLIS
Research, Development and Innovation Project Officer
ERASMUS+ Coordinator
The Library
Limerick Institute of Technology,
Moylish park
00353 61 293516

Sunday, December 6, 2020

Upcoming IFLA Webinar - "Librarians supporting universal broadband to continue providing essential services to communities everywhere"

 IFLA Continuing Professional Development and Workplace Section (CPDWL) and New Professionals Special Interest Group (NPSIG) and ALA welcomes you to participate in an upcoming webinar: "Librarians supporting universal broadband to continue providing essential services to communities everywhere"

Date/Time: December 14, Monday - 10:00am ET USA | 4:00 pm Sweden, 8:30 pm India

Summary: IFLA has championed the UN's Sustainable Development Goals for a long time. The Internet Governance Forum has called attention to the Internet as a vehicle for human resilience and solidarity. They have stated that inclusion achieved by access to the Internet is a key contributor towards a stronger economy and enhanced economic development through shared wealth, shared employment, and equal opportunity for all, and is an enabler towards the fulfillment of the UN’s 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. UNESCO has indicated that broadband is "the missing link" in global access to education. COVID-19 propelled a massive shift to digital which made evident the reality of inequality of access to the Internet which also plays into the mission and operation of libraries. As per the ALA, broadband in libraries is needed by patrons to access devices, collections and information, and a myriad of services. It is also used by librarians to create and develop content accessed by patrons and provide access to transformative resources to better the education and lifelong learning of communities deeply impacted by COVID-19 in all regions of the world.

Join us and hear from library leaders from IFLA, UNESCO MIL, and libraries in different regions share considerations on how to move forward towards this urgent goal.

Moderated by Loida Garcia-Febo, CPDWL Consultant, International Library Consultant


Dr. Jesus Lau
Co-Chair UNESCO Global Alliance for Partnerships on Media and Information Literacy (GAPMIL)

Catharina Isberg
Library Director Helsingborg City Libraries, IFLA Governing Board Member

Sanjay Kumar Bihani

Library and Information Officer, Ministry of External Affairs, Patiala House Annexe, Tilak Marg, New Delhi, India and IFLA Governing Board Member

Wednesday, December 2, 2020

Register by 06-12-2020: 9th International Summit of the Book 2020 & WBIMLC 2020 December 9th-11th Bihać, Bosnia & Herzegovina

 FINAL CHANCE TO REGISTER! (by 06-12-2020).

IMPORTANT UPDATE !! Join our great Panel Discussion "THE FUTURE OF TEXT" with Vint Cerf, Ismail Serageldin & Frode Hegland!

9th International Summit of the Book 2020. 

~beautiful soul weeps deep~ Ivo Andric (1892-1975),  Bosnia, Nobel Prize in Literature 1961. 


Western Balkan Information and Media Literacy Conference 2020.​ 

Theme: information literacy: know it, teach it, live it. 


Dates: December 9th-11th 2020 , Hotel Opal, Bihać, Bosnia & Herzegovina. 

Summit & WBIMLC Conference website  

To book places, please use our online booking form 

The Registration fee covers participation in both Conferences. 

Abstract Submission deadline: 15th November 2020.​ 

Keynote Speakers  

Christine Mackenzie, IFLA President. 

Ismail Serageldin,  Founding Director of the Bibliotheca Alexandrina (BA). 

Tamar Kintsurashvili, Executive Director of Media Development Foundation. 

Tefko Saracevic, Professor Emeritus at the School of Communication and Information, Rutgers University. 

Melius Weideman, Founder and Leader of WARC, the Website Attributes Research Centre. 

Dilara Begum, Associate Professor and Chairperson in the Department of Information Studies and Library Management at East West University,  


Panel Discussion "The Future of Text"

Vint Cerf, Vice President and Chief Internet Evangelist for Google.

Ismail Serageldin,  Founding Director of the Bibliotheca Alexandrina (BA).

Frode Hegland, Software Developer, and Editor of "The Future of Text".  

Booking arrangements 

This is a full-scale conference event incorporating two major international library conferences taking place online***  

If you would like to attend the Conference in person please contact Mr Ratko Knezevic, University of Bihać  prior to travel   email:   

  • full, three day programme including comfort breaks - you’ll also get a full recording to refer back to 
  • information-rich discussion involving key policymakers and stakeholders in the Library and Information Science field 
  • conference materials provided in advance, including speaker biographies 
  • speakers presenting via webcam, accompanied by slides if they wish, using professional online conference platform (convenient for delegates - we’ll provide full details) 
  • opportunities for live delegate questions and comments with all speakers 
  • a recording of the addresses, all slides cleared by speakers, and further materials, can be made available to all delegates afterwards as a permanent record of the proceedings 
  • delegates are able to add their own written comments and articles following the conference, to be distributed to all attendees and more widely 
  • networking too - there will be opportunities for delegates to e-meet and interact - we’ll tell you how! 
  • video recordings - including slides - are also available to purchase

Full information and guidance on how to take part will be sent to delegates before the conference. 


Conference main themes and topics 

The 9th International Summit of the Book 2020 welcome papers on any of the topics listed here:  

WBIMLC 2020 welcome papers on any of the topics listed here : 


Paper submission 

Papers for both the International Summit of the Book and WBIMLC should be prepared using the WBIMLC template available here: and submitted electronically to this email address    

After the second cycle of Peer-Review, selected papers will be published in the International Summit of the Book and the WBIMLC Proceedings Book and in the Peer Reviewed Education for Information (indexed by SCOPUS) ISSN print: 0167-8329; ISSN online: 1875-8649. 


Submissions in any of the following forms are accepted: 

  • Full paper to be published in conference proceedings 
  • Presentation 
  • Roundtable discussion 
  • Poster session 
  • Workshops 
  • Symposia 
  • PechaKucha 


Important Dates 

Abstract Submission Deadline: 15th November 2020   

Notification of Acceptance/Rejection:  20th November 2020 

Full Paper Submission Deadline: 25th November 2020 

Dissemination of Final Programme by: 30th November 2020   

Conference dates: 9th-11th December 2020 

Abstracts and Papers are to be sent to: 


Please note: all expenses, including registration for the conference, travel, accommodation etc., are the responsibility of the authors/presenters. No financial support can be provided by the Conference Committee, but a special invitation can be issued to authors. 


About the International Summit of the Book 

The “International Summit of the Book” is a US Library of Congress initiative. The Summit discusses the development of books into electronic formats and its impact on reading; the challenges facing books and the publishing industry and the role of books and reading in societies. The Summit also discusses key issues on technology and manuscripts, including the role of translation in the preservation and transmission of culture, and books as an important tool in cultural exchange.  In previous years, the Summit has been held across a number of continents in cities that have a global cultural impact in countries such as the United States, Singapore, France, Egypt, Ireland, Romania and Azerbaijan. 


Amalgamation of International Summit of the Book with WBIMLC 2020. 

This year, the International Summit of the Book will be held in conjunction with the Western Balkan Information and Media Literacy Conference (WBIMLC). Owing to unprecedented challenges encountered with Covid 19, we have decided to amalgamate these two important conferences for just this one year.  

We want to ensure that these two important and far- reaching events take place in 2020  despite this dreadful worldwide pandemic.  We are fighting to keep the International Summit of the Book, now in its 9th year, alive and thriving despite recent trials and tribulations in Beirut, Lebanon last year when the Summit unfortunately could not take place owing to the political situation in Lebanon at that time.   


We also want to continue the momentum and tradition of holding our fantastic Information and Media Literacy conference in Bihać, Bosnia and Herzegovina, one of the few International Library or Information Literacy conferences that will take place in 2020.  As we all know 2020 is different, unprecedented many would say.  


So we are going to do it differently, Online will be the main expression of these conferences and both the Summit and WBIMLC 2020 will be held virtually for the first time. But we invite also people who would like to travel to Bihać (if safe to do so) to join host guests and speakers in Bihać, on the banks of the beautiful River Una. 


We hope you can join us in Bihać, for these momentous and historic events in what will be an unforgettable year for the library community and all humanity.