Friday, March 26, 2021

IFLA Professional Units Early-April Virtual Event

IFLA Academic and Research Libraries: The usefulness of long-term preservation


Thursday, 8-April – 13:30-15:30 CET/UTC+1 (Live AI Closed Captioning and transcription available)

Event Link:


The digital world can be elusive and short-lived, as continuous use of digital material may be dependent on the right file format, fitting displaying medium, and sufficient context information. Printed books preserved in academic libraries continue to be of importance for research even if they’re hundreds of years old. The same applies to digital material, resulting in digital preservation as a field of work for academic libraries. This webinar will first give a comprehensive overview of the basics of digital preservation, and, in a second part, a more in depth account of challenges regarding research data in this field.



  • Dr. Katharina Markus - ZB MED – Information Centre for Life Sciences
  • Uta Parmaksiz -  ZB MED - Information Centre for Life Sciences


Facilitator: Prof. Dr. Ursula Arning


-Organised by the IFLA Academic and Research Libraries Section (ARL)



IFLA Public Libraries and Literacy & Reading Sections: Reflecting Back and Thinking Forward – a mid-term event + business meeting


Monday, 12-April – Thursday, 15-April CET/UTC+1 (Live AI Closed Captioning and transcription available)

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IFLA’s Public Libraries and Literacy and Reading Sections invite you to join us online for our joint Mid-Term Seminar and Meeting 12-14 April 2021, when we look at how public libraries have responded to COVID and how the lessons learnt will impact the future. We will also explore some of the great initiatives around reading and literacy that have emerged during this time and how we can expand on this. There will also be an opportunity to ‘meet’ the world’s Children’s Laureates/Ambassadors and hear of their vision for the future. We look forward to our virtual catch up.


All times listed in CET/UTC+1 – For details visit the Unit event page:


  • April 12, 2021 - 9:30-10:30:         Meet the Children’s Laureates/Ambassadors
  • April 13, 2021 - 10:00 - 11.30:     The future of libraries in a post COVID world
  • April 13, 2021 - 12:00 – 13.30:    Literacy and Reading during COVID
  • April 13, 2021 - 19:00 - 20:30:    Public Library innovations in COVID (Portuguese)
  • April 14, 2021 - 10:00 – 11.30:    Public Library innovations in COVID
  • April 14, 2021 - 12:00 – 13.30:    Reading together during a pandemic
  • April 15, 2021 - 10:00 - 12:00:    Public Libraries Business Meeting


-Organised by the IFLA Public Libraries and Literacy & Reading Sections



Be sure to visit IFLA’s Calendar of Events for additional details, and our recordings of previous events playlist located on the IFLA YouTube channel.

Get ready for IFLA WLIC – 17-19 August 2021

 Dear Colleagues,


We're delighted to announce the dates for IFLA WLIC 2021 and look forward to your participation from 17-19 August 2021.


This year, IFLA is providing a World Library and Information Congress (WLIC) experience like never before.


Join us at our first ever virtual Congress to experience an event open and accessible across continents, time zones, and information sectors. IFLA is organising the most inclusive and accessible event in its history, bringing together professionals from across the globe to inspire best practice and support the wider purpose of the library and information field.

The world has shifted significantly. Be a part of conversations happening at the forefront of library and information innovations: discover, discuss, present, provoke, and solve alongside industry colleagues and contribute to change and progress in the field.


Come on a journey to expand your professional network, retool your skills or reframe your thinking.  Attend events and presentations, participate in workshops, conversations and problem-solving sessions—and leave ready to inspire your sector to innovate sustainable solutions.


WLIC 2021 is the leading international conference focused on our profession's commitment to high quality library and information services and access to information. The first IFLA virtual congress is supported by the Dutch National Committee.


Registrations open in May – sign up for the WLIC newsletter to stay informed!



Kind regards,


Gerald Leitner




Gerald Leitner
Secretary General
International Federation of Library Associations
and Institutions
PO Box 95312
2509 CH The Hague,  Netherlands
Tel: +31-70-3140884


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Friday, March 19, 2021

Out now: March 2021 IFLA Journal

 Latest issue of IFLA Journal: Volume 47, No. 1 (March 2021)

available at:


IFLA Journal is an international journal publishing peer reviewed articles on library and information services and the social, political and economic issues that impact access to information through libraries.


The Journal publishes research, case studies and essays that reflect the broad spectrum of the profession internationally.






Developments and trends for 2021
Steven W. Witt


Sources of climate change information used by newspaper journalists in Tanzania
Peter Onauphoo Siyao and Alfred Said Sife

Information-seeking behaviour of science and technology researchers in Nigeria: A survey of the Federal Institute of Industrial Research Oshodi
Olayinka Babayemi Makinde, Glenrose Velile Jiyane and Tinashe Mugwisi

Business intelligence in academic libraries in Jordan: Opportunities and challenges
Faten Hamad, Razan Al-Aamr, Sinaria Abdel Jabbar and Hussam Fakhuri

Research data management in Turkey: A survey to build an effective national data repository
Guleda Dogan, Zehra Taskin and Arsev Umur Aydinoglu

Analysis of the alliance of archives, libraries, and museums of South Africa National Parks: Kruger National Park
Nkholedzeni Sidney Netshakhuma

Copyright literacy of library and information science professionals in Bangladesh
Zakir Hossain

Students’ attitudes towards library overdue fines in an academic library: A study in a private university setting in Bangladesh
Sangita Basak and Shamima Yesmin

Abstracts  (in IFLA’s seven official languages)


IFLA Journal is an international journal publishing peer reviewed articles on library and information services and the social, political and economic issues that impact access to information through libraries. The Journal publishes research, case studies and essays that reflect the broad spectrum of the profession internationally. IFLA Journal is a member of the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE).

To submit an article please visit IFLA Journal on the SAGE platform.

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Monday, March 15, 2021

International Librarians Networking Program

Dear Colleagues,

The International Relations Round Table (IRRT) is proud to announce the launch of the 2021 International Librarians Networking Program! Connect with librarians from all over the world and share your knowledge, information, and experiences related to librarianship and library services.

If you are interested in applying for this exciting opportunity, please fill out the application by March 31, 2021.

Best regards,


On behalf of International Relations Round Table (IRRT)

Yongming Wang
Systems Librarian
R. Barbara Gitenstein Library
The College of New Jersey

Sunday, March 14, 2021


IRRT Executive Board Nominees for 2021

The IRRT Nominating Committee has prepared a slate of candidates for the upcoming Executive Board election. Responsibilities of the new elected Board Members will start at the ALA Annual 2021 convention and continue through 2023.

IRRT Executive Board meets virtually monthly to dis[1]cuss IRRT related issues, including those that arise through the various committees and ones related to international aspects of ALA’s work, as a whole, and work on solutions to address these issues. Face-to-face meetings take place whenever ALA conference is physical.

Preference is given to candidates with prior committee experience within IRRT and a track record of contribution to the IRRT mission. Profiles of the nominees follow the descriptions of the positions in alphabetical order.

Position: Vice Chair/Chair Elect (2021-2024)

Chair-elect (2021-22), becomes Chair (2022-23) and serves as immediate Past-Chair (2023-2024) Per IRRT bylaws, position of Chair-elect is a three-year commitment in which one serves as chair-elect, chair and past chair. In the first year, one learns about the work of the Executive Board under the tutelage of the Chair and the past-Chair.


Mark Mattson
Head of Global Engagement Initiatives and Interna[1]tional Partnerships Librarian, Penn State University Li[1]braries, 2016 - Present
· American Library Association (Aug 2010 - Present) · International Relations Round Table (Sep 2016 - Present) · IRRT Sister Libraries Committee (Co-Chair, July 2018 - Present; Committee Member, 2016 - Pre[1]sent) · IRRT Webinar Committee (Chair, 2018-2019) · Member-at-Large IRRT Executive Board (2019 - Present) · Roundtable Bylaws Standardization Working Group (IRRT Representative, 2020 - Present) · IRRT International Connections Committee (2017 - 2019)

Safi S. M. Safiullah
Manager, Marmalade Branch Library, Salt Lake City Public Library (2015-till present)
· ALA Ethnic and Multicultural Information Exchange Round Table (EMIERT) (Chair, 2018-2019; Vice-Chair, 2017-2018; Member-at-Large, 2020- 2022) · IRC Near East and South Asia Subcommittee (Member, 2014-2018) · Multicultural Services Round Table, Utah Library Association (Chair, 2012-2013) · Research and Travel Awards Committee, Asian Pa[1]cific American Librarians Association (APALA) (Co-Chair, 2010-2011)

Position: Member-at-large (2021-2023)

The Member-at-Large position lasts two years and serves to contribute information and wider perspectives from the field.


Christina Riehman-Murphy
Reference & Instruction Librarian; Assistant Librarian, Abington College Library, Penn State Abington (2015 - present) · International Relations Round Table (2017 - Present) · IRRT Publications Committee (Co-Chair, July 2020 - June 2022) · IRRT Chair's Program Committee (Chair, July 2017 – June 2020) · IRRT International Sister Libraries Committee & International Paper Session Subcommittee (July 2017 – June 2019)

Alison Sharp
Humanities Librarian, Associate Professor, University of Tennessee, Knoxville, 2014-present
· American Library Association (1999-present) · IRRT International Visitors Committee (2019- 2021) · International Federations of Libraries and Associations and Institutions (IFLA) (2017-present) · Middle Eastern Librarian Association (2015-2019) · Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) (1999-present) · Association of Christian Librarians (2000-2004) · American Society for Information Science and Technology (ASIST) (2010-2015) · North American Serials Interest Group (2000-2005) · Music OCLC Users Group (2000-2004) · Tennessee Library Association (2000-2018)

Position: Secretary-treasurer (2021-2023)

The Secretary-treasurer position lasts two years and supports the Round Table with internal organization and financial reporting.


Erica Salto
Library and Information Specialist, International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI), Washington D.C., (2019 – Present)
· American Library Association (2017-Present) · ALA Student to Staff Program to participate in 2017 ALA Annual Conference · ALA Emerging Leader (2020) Team Lead, Emerging Leaders Team 2020, International Librarians Networking Program (Jan 2019-Present) · Rosemary Allen Little Award Recipient in 2018 by New Jersey Chapter of SLA · SPIE Student Travel Stipend Award to participate in 2017 Special Library Association Annual Conference

Position: Round Table Councilor (2021-2024)

The IRRT ALA councilor is elected every third year to represent the voice of IRRT at policy-making and governing body of ALA.


John C. Sandstrom
Acquisitions Librarian, Professor College Faculty, New Mexico State University Library, Las Cruces, New Mex[1]ico (January 2011- present)
· American Library Association (1987-1992; 2001-present) · International Relations Round Table (2017 - Present) · IRRT Chair’s Program Committee (2018 – 2020) · IRRT Nomination Committee (2018 – 2020) · Rural, Native, and Tribal Libraries of All Kinds (RNTLOAK) (Chair, 2019-2021) · ALA Awards Committee (2016-2019, 2020-2022) · ALA Equity Award (Chair, 2019-2020) · ALA EBSCO Conference Scholarship Award (Chair, 2018-2018) · ALA Ken Haycock Award for Promoting Librarianship (Chair, 2017-2018) · ALA Library of the Future Award Jury (2016-2017)

Barbara Marson
Program Director, Library Science, Dept. of Interdisciplinary Professions, East Carolina University (2020 – Present)
· American Library Association (ALA) · IRRT Preconference (Co-Chair, 2018-2021) · IRRT Publications Committee (2020) Coordinated three IRRT webinars during in July & August based on proposal submissions for the IRRT preconference.

Election ballots will be sent out soon. Please take a moment to vote for the future Executive Board members of IRRT. Your vote counts!

Saturday, March 13, 2021

Your March issue of International Leads is now available!

 Dear IRRT member,


The 2021 March Issue of International Leads is now available on the International Relations Round Table website.


It has been one full year since COVID-19 swept around the world, bringing serious impact to how libraries continue to provide their much needed services to communities.


In this issue,

  • through the EIFL-PLIP awards, we learn about how public libraries are innovating in response, and continue to respond to their communities’ needs.
  • the ALA Task Force on the UN SDGs brings a summary of a webinar with library associations from the Philippines.
  • the ALA Councilor reports on important resolutions affecting how ALA business is conducted.


Be sure to read about volunteer opportunities and don’t forget to vote for the next slate of the IRRT Executive Board.


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


Deadline: March 19-Call for IFLA North America Committee Candidates

 New IFLA North American Regional Division Committee- Seeking Candidates


Dear ALA member:


With updates to the IFLA organizational structure, there will be a new North America Regional Division which will be represented through a North America Regional Committee for a term 2021-2023. The Committee can nominate up to 20 members, 10 elected from the U.S. and 10 from Canada.


Candidates need to have three IFLA members to nominate them to be put on the ballot and be an ALA member. ALA will work with other North America associations to nominate, include those selected to ensure the needed three nominations.  Being nominated does not guarantee you will be elected as it will be an open ballot voted upon by all IFLA members in North America.


Regional Division Committees comprise members from across each region who can support the development and delivery of action plans that respond to the needs of the library field across the region. They will contribute to IFLA’s overall strategy and work with other relevant committees and groups to increase library advocacy within the region.

If you are interested in being nominated to serve on this Committee, please send a short message (five paragraphs at most) of interest that would include a description of your background that would be pertinent, along with a CV or resume by March 19th to


Those nominated will need to complete a consent form to IFLA by the deadline of April 13, 2021.


For full information on the IFLA Nominations and Elections


ALA has completed its nomination process for all other IFLA positions.


Thanks for your interest in serving.




Michael Dowling


International and Chapter Relations Offices

American Library Association

225 N Michigan Ave

Suite 1300

Chicago, IL 60601

p +1 800-545-2433 ext 3200

Friday, March 12, 2021

Additional IFLA events for March announced

 IFLA’s Professional Unit Virtual Events for March, continued…


Strengthening Recovery and Accelerating Development through Informed Governments and Societies


TODAY! Friday, 12-March – 12:15-13:45 CET/UTC+1 (Live AI Closed Captioning and transcription available)

Registration Link:


Meaningful access to information can have a decisive influence on the ability of individuals and communities to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals. As a cross-cutting factor of development, it can drive progress across the board, enabling people to take better decisions, and seize opportunities connected to everything from escaping poverty to better governance.


This side-event of the UNECE Regional Forum on Sustainable Development will make the case for viewing information, including both access to it and the skills to use it, as a driver of recovery in the short term, and an accelerator towards UN 2030 Agenda success.  It will draw on the experience of libraries and others working to improve access, hearing about their work in providing this service during COVID, and how more can be done to realise the potential of information. 



  • Francisco Pisano, Director, UN Library, Geneva, Switzerland
  • Paolo Lantieri, World Intellectual Property Organization, Geneva, Switzerland
  • Raphaelle Bats, University of Bordeaux, France
  • Franziska Baetke, Komision Biblio2030, Switzerland

-Organised by the IFLA Policy and Advocacy Team as a Side-Event of the UNECE Regional Forum on Sustainable Development 2021



Library and Information Science (LIS) Student Voices: Global Peer-to-Peer Dialogue


Friday, 19-March – 14:00-15:00 CET/UTC+1 (Live AI Closed Captioning and transcription available)

Event Registration Link:


The proposed project will connect library and information science (LIS) students all over the world to communicate and discuss the present and future of the LIS field. The peer-to-peer exchange among LIS students creates a platform to highlight experiences, engage ideas and express opinions about LIS education and the profession -- valuable insights for an evolving field and for their own professional future. It will develop an international network for LIS students to share experiences and perspectives, connecting the local to the global. While the primary audience is LIS school students, the project should be of interest to LIS educators, practitioners and stakeholders.



  • Monay Alejo (Argentina)
  • Brendan Latran (Kent State)
  • Alena Katina (St. Petersburg State)


-Organised by the IFLA Sections on Education and Training (SET), Libraries Theory & Research (LTR) and their joint working group, BSLISE



Informed Citizens, Societies and Governments for Sustainable and Resilient Recovery


Tuesday, 23-March – 02:15-03:45 CET/UTC+1 (Live AI Closed Captioning and transcription available)

Registration Link:


Governments, communities and individuals across the Asia-Pacific region will have many tough decisions to make if we are to achieve sustainable and resilient recovery from COVID-19. A precondition for doing this well will be to be well-informed. 


This side event, held at the time of the 8th Asia-Pacific Forum for Sustainable Development, will draw on experience from civil society, government and the research field to explore the case for a holistic approach to promoting meaningful and equitable access to information, and the challenges to overcome. It will look, in particular, at the role that libraries of all types can play in helping the region, and the world, to build back better.


-Organised by the IFLA Policy and Advocacy Team as a Side-Event of the 8th Asia-Pacific Forum for Sustainable Development



Open Houses - Meet CPDWL (Two sessions)


Tuesday, 24-March – 04:00-05:00 CET/UTC+1 (Live AI Closed Captioning and transcription available)

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Thursday, 25-March – 17:00-18:00 CET/UTC+1 (Live AI Closed Captioning and transcription available)

Registration Link:


Want to learn more about CPDWL and our activities? Interested in joining us? An IFLA call for nominations/elections are coming up and we'd welcome you all to meet with us in these two open house webinars! Bring your questions and ideas!


-Organised by the IFLA Continuing Professional Development and Workplace Learning Section (CPDWL)



Library Design Matters! Reboot: The New Narrative


Thursday, 25-March – 21:00-22:00 CET/UTC+1 (Live AI Closed Captioning and transcription available)

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The webinar will present the views of three library leaders on the future of space design. Key Questions will be addressed and discussed.

  • What do you see as the primary use of library physical space in the short term and the long term?
  • What library services will be offered onsite and offsite and how does library space design feature in the delivery of such services?
  • How will technology be deployed to replicate virtually library services currently provided face-to-face?
  • What are the personal challenges for library staff and clients? For you?
  • What are the unexpected benefits of new ways of operating libraries?
  • If you were to summarise in one sentence your learnings so far of new ways of designing library spaces and services during a pandemic, what would that be?


  • Ton van Vlimmeren, recently retired as Director from the Utrecht Public Library, who with a wealth of experience in European libraries and PICA Library Network, will reflect on the past and look forward to the future;
  • Carolyn Robertson, Libraries and Information Manager at Christchurch City Council in New Zealand, who will present a scenario of maintaining and developing community library services against the background of New Zealand's successful elimination approach to managing the pandemic;
  • Cathal McCauley, University Librarian, Maynooth University, Ireland, Dublin, who will focus on the significance of reinvigorating and redeveloping library services in a disrupted environment while at the same time managing fluid services to the academic community in a constantly-changing environment.
  • Janine Schmidt and Marian Morgan Bindon will host the webinar

-Organised by the IFLA Library Buildings and Equipment Section (LBES)



Be sure to visit IFLA’s Calendar of Events for additional details, and our recordings of previous events playlist located on the IFLA YouTube channel.