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ICDL 2019: Digital Transformation for an Agile Environment 06-08 November 2019

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Every 3 years, the International Conference on Digital Landscape (ICDL) was held with contemporary topics which have global relevance with localized focus. It has gathered digital luminaries across the globe, visionary policy makers, major corporates and meticulous learners at a single collaborative platform for shared knowledge and benefits. ICDL has produced specific and implementable recommendations for Government and civil society that had helped the Indian digital library communities to develop skills, shape their knowledge and reach out to international collaborations.

The sixth edition of the International Conference on Digital Landscape – ICDL 2019, themed ‘Digital Transformation for an Agile Environment’ was held at The India Habitat Centre IHC, New Delhi in November 6–8, 2019.

The main attractions were the thematic events, workshops, presentations, deep-dive panel sessions, special events on Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), and international exhibition. ICDL 2019 features workshops on contemporary topics such as addressing SDGs through data analytics and AI, knowledge and innovation management, and social media analytics. Theme-based events at the conference included presentations and discussions on various themes and issues relevant to national and international importance such as India's new National Digital library, digital empowerment, research data management, digital publishing, open access, information access for all, digital transformation in public libraries, and the digitization of indigenous knowledge toward sustainability. The conference comprised a total of 27 conference breakaway sessions, 5 plenaries, 14 thematic sessions, and 3 workshops.

The event not only addressed the perspectives on digital transformation in libraries, but also focussed on technology interventions in achieving SDGs through special session on Digitalization in Water, Agriculture, and Industry sector where digital transformation is undergoing a paradigm shift. Distinguished panel of experts from corporate sectors presented their best practices in these sessions and highlighted how in order to achieve SDGs, digital disruptions, application of analytics, artificial intelligence and IoT applications are taking place in manufacturing and service oriented industries in many processes.

Shri Sanjay Dhotre, Hon’ble Minister of State for Human Resource Development, Communications and Electronics and Information Technology; Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology, Government of India, inaugurated the event. Also present was Ms Christine Mackenzie, President, International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions; Mr Nitin Desai, Chairman, TERI; Mr Nikhil Seth, Assistant Secretary General, United Nations and Executive Director, UNITAR; Mr Amit Kumar, Senior Fellow and Senior Director, TERI; and Dr P K Bhattacharya, Fellow & Associate Director​, TERI.

The conference hosted an exhibition of 32 distinguished publishers, software companies, and online service providers from India and abroad which presented the latest technological developments, online services and initiatives throughout the world.

Image 3: ICDL 2019 Inauguration of Exhibition

The conference attended by more than 600 global delegates brought together 190 leading experts and digital luminaries from more than 10 countries. They discussed the ideas and innovations on changing the scenario. The conference was live-streamed to reach out to a wider set of audience globally. Opinion Polls were conducted to ascertain the views of the participants on topical issues. The participants, including online viewers who participated in the conference through livestreaming, took part in the polls. Further to these a series of webinars and virtual conferences were organised by experts using ICDL 2019 Digital Engagement Platforms (DEP). A LinkedIn group was created to carry forward these important discussions.

Mr Shashi Shekhar Vempati, CEO, Prasar Bharati, Government of India delivered the valedictory address.  Dr Ajay Mathur, Director General, TERI; Dr P K Bhattacharya, Fellow & Associate Director TERI; Dr Shantanu Ganguly, Fellow, TERI; Prof. Michael Seadle, Director, Humboldt Universitat zu Berlin, Germany; Mr Hal Kirkwood, Bodleian Business Librarian, Said Business School, University of Oxford. President, Special Library Association (SLA), Ms Kalpana Dasgupta, Advisory Board Member, READ Global and Former Director, Central Secretariat Library, Government of India; and Dr Alka Suri, Director, DESIDOC, Defence Research and Development Organization, Ministry of Defence, Government of India also graced the valedictory session with their presence.

ICDL continues to explore new challenging areas in contemporary development and bridge the digital divide created.

E-Library, Archives and e-Government Conference in Nay Pyi Taw

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The Department of Historical Research and the National Library of Myanmar, in cooperation with the Library & Archives Solutions Pte Ltd (LAAS) (formerly known as Cybrarian Ventures Pte Ltd) and LanTro (Myanmar) Co., Ltd., organized the E-Library, Archives and e-Government Conference at the National Library of Myanmar (Nay Pyi Taw) on 18 October 2019. 

The Department of Historical Research and the National Library of Myanmar are currently undertaking the process of developing and improving the e-government program, interconnectivity and cooperation with international advanced libraries, as part of the effort to improve the services of the national libraries of Myanmar. With the rapid evolution in technologies and adoption of digital lifestyle, there is a need to leverage on digital technologies to put them to effective use. The conference focused on the move towards e-government with references to the transformation efforts by the libraries and archives in Singapore. The move from the reactive mode to anticipation of future trends and innovation for excellence is essential to stay relevant in the advent of technological advancements and digital lifestyles.

In his welcoming address, Director General U Aung Myint stressed the needs of the technology advancement for the national libraries in Myanmar and thanked the timely support and assistance of LAAS and LanTro (Myanmar) Co. Ltd. for holding this e-library, archives and e-government conference at Naypyidaw National Library. About 100 officials and staffs in charge of ministerial libraries and archives from various ministries attended the conference.

During the seminar, Mr Chong Meng Yang, General Manager of the Library & Archives Solutions Pte Ltd. (LAAS) presented a paper on the operations and solutions of LAAS, Mr Lee Kee Siang, Chairman LAAS and Director of NLB gave a presentation on the E-Government process and Singapore’s experience. Following that, Ms Tay Ai Cheng, Consultant LAAS, Senior Fellow NLB and Former Deputy Chief Executive NLB discussed the innovations in libraries and archives. Before closing the seminar, attendees participated in the discussion session on the related topics. They also shared their expertise and experiences. Mr Zaw Myint Oo, Director LanTro (Myanmar) delivered the closing remarks.

The discussions and lectures by the experts at the conference provided great benefits to participants who are interested and working in library and archival modernization in Myanmar to utilize the knowledge and insights gained from the conference in their respective ministries.

 

 

WLIC 2020 joint session with Preservation and Conservation Section

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Since begining of 21st century IT development have brought new forms of e-books and complex objects for renewed and enhanced user / reader experience.

These innovative cultural objects imply new challenges for preservation and conservation : how can we archive device dependent multimedia, interactive systems, or information flows? Does new data technologies open new possibilities for long-term conservation?

The IT and Preservation and Conservation Sections are sponsoring a joint session in WLIC 2020 on this important topic of Preserving complex digital objects in libraries.

We welcome you to submit proposals and to join us in Dublin to explore new borders of digital documents and push the limits of preservation best practices!

Call for papers and session complete description:

https://2020.ifla.org/cfp-calls/preservation-conservation-joint-with-it/

2nd National Conference on Development of Digital Libraries in IPR Regime (December 21-22, 2019)

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Madhu Limaye Library of Dr. Ram Manohar Lohiya National Law University, Lucknow organized two days 2nd National Conference on Development of Digital Libraries in IPR Regime on December 21-22, 2019. In his welcome address, Prof. Subir K Bhatnagar, Vice-Chancellor, Dr. Ram Manohar Lohiya National Law University, Lucknow welcomed the guests and highlighted issues related to the digital library and copyright. 

The Conference was inaugurated by the Chief Guest Dr. Dinesh Sharma, Hon’ble Deputy Chief Minister, Govt. of Uttar Pradesh. He said that libraries are the heart of any institution. He elaborated the initiatives such as Shodhganga, NDL, ePGPathshala etc taken by the government in making available digital content to the academic and research organizations. 

Special Guest Dr. Vinay Pathak, Vice-Chancellor, Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam Technical University, Lucknow mentioned that the tech-nationalism of China is one of the examples to move ahead in a technology-driven society. He emphasized the role of AI technology in the libraries. He also advocated consortium based acquisition of eresources for cutting down the cost.

The conference compendium consisting of full papers was released by the guests.

Keynote speaker Prof N Laxman Rao, Emeritus Professor of Library & Information Science, Osmania University, Hyderabad talked about the Open Access movement and Hathi Trust. He briefly explained the role of creative commons and copyright issues with reference to open access, commercial and free resources. He also requested that the awareness of copyright is very much required in digital environments.

The resource persons from NLUs, IITs, IIMs and other universities discussed future of law librarianship in India, emerging technologies for libraries and digital rights management and access rights management. They were convinced that awareness of copyright laws in digital environment is very much required and it should be taken care of seriously. It will help to reduce the copyright infringement related cases. Plagiarism, research ethics and open access should be taken care of as per copyright and IPR environment. The LIS associations of India should come under one umbrella and work for the welfare of the society.

In his closing address, the organizing secretary, Dr. Maneesh Kumar Bajpai said the Conference would help in developing the digital libraries as per the copyright laws in India. It increased knowledge and awareness on the Indian Copyright Act, Fair Use, Open Access, IPR Issues, Creative Commons and Plagiarism, etc. The Conference was attended by over 300 delegates from all over the country. The participants were from prominent institutions and organizations of India which includes LIS professionals, teachers & students, Law teachers, students & professionals and information technology professionals. 

 

Job opportunity at IFLA Headquarters: Human Resources Officer

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There is a vacancy at IFLA Headquarters in The Hague, Netherlands for the position of:

The International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA)

At IFLA Headquarters an international staff of over 20 people manages and develops programmes for members and the library and information sector worldwide. IFLA’s strategic priorities include access to information, digital content, cultural heritage, the contribution of libraries to national development, and professional practice.

IFLA Headquarters
13 January 2020

Human Resources Officer

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The International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA) Headquarters is looking for an experienced Human Resources Officer for 16 hours per week to join a dynamic international team undertaking global projects.

Location

IFLA Headquarters is located in The Hague (next to The Hague Central Station) in The Netherlands.

Key areas of Responsibility

The Human Resources Officer will support IFLA management and staff on all HR matters.  Working under general managerial direction, they will be required to apply interpretation and independent judgement within their field of knowledge and expertise.

They will carry out the following tasks which have a significant impact on IFLA’s operations:

  • Coordinate and support the recruitment process of new staff, in liaison with the appropriate manager(s);
  • Work with management and staff to develop HR Policies & Procedures ensuring compliance with best practice / Collective Labour Agreement / Dutch legislation;
  • Keep abreast of employment law changes and advise management on required policy and working condition changes;
  • Review employment and working conditions to ensure legal compliance;
  • Create and implement effective onboarding plans;
  • Coordinate and support the staff performance appraisal process;
  • Coordinate and support the training and development plan for staff;
  • Undertake other HR-related tasks, as agreed with the Secretary General.
Qualifications and Experience
  • Education/background in Human Resources;
  • Extensive experience in a similar or related role
  • Integrity and accountability;
  • Fluent English and Dutch, spoken and in writing;
  • Good knowledge of HR policies and procedures, particularly within the context of Dutch legislation and practice;
  • Good relationship-building and influencing skills with staff;
  • Good administrative and organisational skills, with attention to detail;
  • Commitment to participative management practices, workplace diversity and to working effectively in a team environment.
About IFLA

Over the next ten years, IFLA aims to transform the library field and itself through concerted and coordinated efforts at the global, regional, and national level. The ultimate benefit of this work will be seen through better library services helping more people gain literacy skills, improve their education, find employment, and improve their health.

Salary

The salary offered is based on a fulltime gross monthly salary of EUR 3660, in line with the Collective Agreement of Public Libraries in The Netherlands. The part-time equivalent for 16 hours per week will be a gross monthly salary of EUR 1,626.67.

You will also receive a holiday allowance (8% of your annual salary), an end of year bonus and enjoy 25 days of holidays per year (pro-rata). You will also participate in IFLA’s group pension scheme.

Closing date

The closing date is 31 January 2020. Interested candidates are advised to submit their applications as soon as possible.

How to apply

Please send your CV including a motivation letter addressing the responsibilities and skills required for the position in English to vacancies@ifla.org using “Human Resources Officer” in the subject line.

NOTE: Only candidates with valid documentation to work in The Netherlands will be considered.

The 2019 Southeast Asian Librarians Seminar

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The National Library of China (NLC) held the 2019 Southeast Asian Librarians Seminar in Beijing and Tianjin, China from 21t to 29 November 2019 with the support of the Central Academy of Culture and Tourism Administration (CACTA). Mr. Sisomphou Keodouangta, Deputy Director of the National Library of Laos, Mr. Wan Mohamad Fazali Bin Mohd Salleh, Deputy Director of the National Library of Malaysia, Ms. Kay Thi Aye, Deputy Director of the National Library of Myanmar and 8 other colleagues from the national libraries of Southeast Asian Countries attended the seminar.

The theme of the seminar was “Construction and Cooperation of Digital Library”. The NLC invited 6 experts from 3 famous institutions in China, namely the National Library of China, National Science Library of the Chinese Academy of Sciences, Peking University Library to give thematic lectures on general development, service innovation and overall planning of Digital Libraries in China. The NLC also organized 7 library visits for participants to the National Library of China, Tsinghua University Library, National Science Library of the Chinese Academy of Sciences and Tianjin Binhai District Library as well as the Public Digital Culture Exhibition and the National Museum of the Classic Book in the NLC and Capital Museum. During the visits, there were 3 business exchanges and 7 speeches delivered by the Chinese and foreign representatives. The participants also visited the Forbidden City, the Great Wall, Ancient Culture Street in Tianjin and some other culture sites. The main purpose of this seminar is to give all the attendants an all-round introduction of Digital Library development in China and the theoretical basis and practice instruction of the construction of Digital Libraries and discuss the direction for future cooperation in digital libraries between China and Southeast Asian countries.

Currently, the NLC is actively implementing a series of seminars under the framework of the Silk Road International Library Alliance, founded on 28 May, 2018 with the aim of serving the national libraries in the Alliance and build exchange platforms and finalize cooperation mechanisms, promoting the building of strategic cooperative relations among libraries in the Alliance. The founding of the Alliance has received active responses from countries alongside the Silk Road and it has successfully held 2 forums with 28 members.

The 2019 Southeast Asian Librarians Seminar is a good example of pragmatic exchange and cooperation under the framework of the Alliance The NLC plans to invite librarians of member libraries to China in the future for the seminars according to regions and batches. Through training, lectures and visits, the NLC would like to create exchange opportunities for participants in the areas of resources construction, ancient books conservation, digital library construction, etc., thereby improving the professional levels of library practitioners.

 

Call for Applications: IFLA ARL Attendance Grants for IFLA 2020

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A. Eligibility and application procedures
1. Description

The Standing Committee of the Academic and Research Libraries Section (SC-ARL), with generous sponsorship by EX LIBRIS and SAGE, is offering three (3) Attendance Grants to the 2020 World Library and Information Congress in Dublin, Ireland, to emerging professionals from an academic and research environment.

One awardee will be selected from each of these regions:

  • Africa
  • Latin America
  • Asia/Pacific region
2. Purpose of the grant

The purpose of the grant is to provide emerging professionals with the opportunity to attend the IFLA Congress, engage with other professionals across the world and to facilitate the development of networking for the advancement of librarianship at the recipient’s institution and country.

Over and above that which is stated below, the expectation is that the recipient will be an ambassador for advancement of librarianship with the possibility of mentoring other young librarians in their institution/ country.

3. What does the Attendance Grant Cover?

Each grant covers the early registration fee for attending the congress of Euro 510 which expires on 15 May 2020.

The Attendance Grant will also provide support for travel and/or accommodation of up to Euro 700.

Applicants must be able to attend the Congress and will be responsible for all other costs associated with Congress attendance.

4. What is expected from the grant holders?

The successful candidates will be required to be onsite at the Congress and participate for the duration of the Congress.

The awardees will also be required to attend the IFLA Awards session to receive their certificates.

Next to that it is expected to join the SC-ARL business meetings and the SC-ARL sessions during the conference.

Recipients will be required to write a brief article about their Congress experience (approximately 500 words) for publication on the SC-ARL Section blog within 3 months of the end of the Congress.

5. Eligibility
  1. the applicant must work (be employed) in an academic/research library or be currently enrolled as an LIS student
  2. the applicant should not have attended the IFLA Congress before
  3. the applicant must be willing to share his/her experience at the IFLA Congress at home with e.g. universities, Library Associations, their community etc.
  4. the applicant must be eligible to obtain a visa for travel 
  5. the applicant must be able  to fund all other costs beyond the grant that are involved in attending the Congress, e.g. all other hotel, travel and subsistence expenses NOT covered by the Grant
  6. the applicant must have approval from his/her employer to attend the IFLA World Library and Information Congress
  7. new professionals, students of Library and Information Studies (LIS) and those working in LIS jobs for the first time are given higher priority in the assessment process 
  8. those who have previously received this Grant (formerly known as Essay Contest) are not eligible to apply
6. Application Procedures

Applications must include the following:

  1. applicant’s contact details: Name, Address, E-mail, Institution/Organization, Title Position
  2. educational profile
  3. short summary of his/her employment and/or student status
  4. describe how attending IFLA will benefit you in a personal and/or professional capacity, with reference to this year’s conference theme. Maximum 250 words.
  5. explain how you intend to apply the benefits outlined in d above, in a practical way after the Congress, either personally or for the library/information unit you work in. Maximum 250 words.
B. Application template

ARL ATTENDANCE GRANT

IFLA Academic and Research Libraries Standing Committee

Generously sponsored by Ex Libris and SAGE

 

NAME:

ADDRESS:

EMAIL:

INSTITUTION:

POSITION TITLE:

EDUCATIONAL PROFILE

Institution and Location

Degree

Completion Date

Field of Study

 

 

 

 

 

PERSONAL STATEMENT

  1.  Give a short summary your employment and/or student status
  1.  In the space below, please describe how attending IFLA will benefit you in a personal and/or professional capacity, with reference to this year’s conference theme. Maximum 250 words.
  1. Please explain how you intend to apply the benefits outlined above in a practical way after the Congress, either personally or for the library/information unit you work in. Maximum 250 words.

Statement

yes

no

You must work (be employed) in an academic/research library or be currently enrolled as an LIS student

 

 

You have not attended the IFLA Congress before

 

 

You must be eligible to obtain a visa for travel 

 

 

You are able to fund all other costs beyond the Grant when attending the Congress e.g. hotel, travel and subsistence expenses NOT covered by the Grant

 

 

You must have approval from your employer to attend the IFLA World Library and Information Congress

 

 

You have not previously received this Grant (formerly known as Essay Contest)

 

 

 

DECLARATION:

The applicant declares that all information provided is correct and that all information is

provided that is required to evaluate this application for the Attendance Grant

 

Signature:                                                                                                           Date:

SIG's Action Plan for 2019-20 and Call for Papers for WLIC 2020 Session Now Online

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The Library History Special Interest Group is about to embark on a series of projects on oral histories of the world's librarians, hence the theme for its session at this conference – a theme in keeping with that of the WLIC 2020 conference in Dublin, and our Call for Papers is here

The SIG’s Annual Report for 2018-2019 and the SIG’s Action Plan for 2019-2020 are now online and you will read in the Action Plan the SIG’s ambitious plans for its oral history project/s with the conversation on this started with the SIG’s Call for Papers for IFLA 2020.

Philippines’ 29th Library and Information Services Month “Inclusive, Innovative, Interconnected”

IFLA - კვი, 12/01/2020 - 10:43

Philippines’ 29th Library and Information Services Month

“Inclusive, Innovative, Interconnected”

Pursuant to Proclamation No. 837 s. 1991, Library and Information Services (LIS) month is commemorated during November every year. The LIS month celebration aims to promote awareness of the different services of the library as well as the importance of libraries in our community. It also aims to develop a unified calendar of activities for libraries; generate interests about libraries and services; and discover the best practices of outreach services in various libraries across the Philippines.

The National Commission for Culture and the Arts – National Committee on Libraries and Information Services (NCCA-NCLIS) and the National Library of the Philippines (NLP) in collaboration with the Philippine Librarians Association, Inc. (PLAI) and other stakeholders worked conjointly in spearheading the commemoration of the 29th LIS month with the theme “ Inclusive, Innovative, Interconnected”. This year's theme gave importance to the role of libraries and information centers and recognized their efforts, advocacies, initiatives, programs, projects and services in building inclusive, innovative and interconnected societies.

House of Representatives Deputy Speaker, Congresswoman Loren Legarda graced the kick-off ceremony held on November 5, 2019 at the NLP building. There were book characters parade competition, street dancing and fun walk activities at start off ceremony. The highlight of the event was the read-aloud session by actress Angelu De Leon. Guests from government and cultural agencies, students from different schools and universities, librarians from different library organizations and library stakeholders joined in the celebrating the historic event. A book exhibit from sponsors and book publishers plus food kiosks from library organizations made the LIS month opening ceremonies more festive which coincided with the physical set-up/theme which is ‘Philippine fiesta’.

Marikina City Public Library (Makerspace Circuits Activity Challenge)

Several activities and contests highlighted the importance and functions of libraries and information centers in building innovative, inclusive and interconnected societies organized by NLP and its affiliated public libraries nationwide for the whole month of November.  Different library organizations and academic library institutions also took part to celebrate the historic event.

 

 

           

 

The annual Philippine Librarians Association, Inc. (PLAI) national congress is also one of the major activities of LIS month celebration that took place at the Tagaytay International Convention Center (TICC) on November 19-22, 2019. Guests from cultural agencies, representatives from Local Government Units (LGUs) and library organizations, public librarians, and other stakeholders were present to show their support at the closing ceremonies held on November 29, 2019. Highlight of the ceremony was the awarding of different competitions such as:  “Most Innovative LIS Month Activity”, “Public Libraries Marketing and AVP competition”, “LibLife: A library story (Social Media Contest)”, “Book Diorama”, “Book Character Parade Competition (Full Cast Edition)”,  “Poster-Making”, “2019 Search for Outstanding Public Libraries”, “Storytelling (Librarians Category)” and “Librarians Got Talent”.

The successful 29th LIS month celebration was made possible by the all-out support from stakeholders headed by NCCA-NCLIS, NLP and PLAI.

Reference: Information and Documentation of the 29th Library and Information Services Working Committee

Photo credits: Facebook page of Philippine Public Libraries and PLAI-Philippine Librarians Association, Inc.

 

 

New Year Message from Tina Yang, RSCAO Chair

IFLA - კვი, 12/01/2020 - 09:11

Dear Colleagues,

 

Greetings to you all!

 

At the start of the New Year, it might be good to remind us of what we achieved in the past year and what is up for the year ahead.

 

Looking back to last year, there were challenges and opportunities. Thanks to Dolores and her colleagues in the Philippines, we had a warm and hospitable Mid-Term meeting in March in Manila. Thanks also to the Program Sub-Committee led by Premila, our Open Session at the WLIC 2019 in Athens was well received. In collaboration with other Sections in Division V, we organized a successful Satellite Meeting at Alexandria Bibliotheca, Egypt. The presentations and papers of both the Open Session and the Satellite Meeting are now available in the IFLA Library. I also would like to thank Cendrella who brought back the skills and insights learnt from the workshop on IFLA’s new Strategic Framework and Action Plans in June at The Hague, and worked passionately to formulate our Section’s new Action Plan. Last but not least, chaired by Sanjay, we made good efforts to promote IFLA and our Section via various conferences and events in different parts of the Asia and Oceania region. You may wish to get an overall picture of our achievements in our Annual Report for 2018-2019.

 

Last year also saw a few members of the Regional Standing Committee of Asia and Oceania (RSCAO) completed their terms. Thank you all for your contributions. Among them, Takashi as the Information Coordinator never failed to work conscientiously to market our events on website and social media. We will miss you!

 

The newly formed RSCAO at the WLIC 2019 now consists of 22 members from six sub-regions. Looking ahead, our work will develop in line with our new Action Plan. We have been collaborating with IFLA Head Office to set up an online form for libraries in the Asia and Oceania region to submit their stories on how they support the attainment of the UN Sustainable Development Goals. The stories will be collated and published in a booklet. Stories with demonstrated significant impact may be recommended for publication in the IFLA Library Map of the World (LMW) (librarymap.ifla.org/stories). The submission will begin soon in January 2020. Likewise, our Open Session themed Sharing our stories: libraries in Asia and Oceania supporting the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) is now inviting proposals and the Call for Papers is available at WLIC 2020 website.

 

The multitude of challenges facing our region have profound impacts on our society. Due to the social unrest in Beirut, we had to call off the Mid-Term meeting originally scheduled to be hosted by the Lebanese Library Association in March. Thanks again to Lin Li from the Regional Office and other colleagues in Singapore, the Library Association of Singapore together with the Regional Office and the NLB have graciously agreed to organize the meeting during 16-17 March. We will try to live stream the meeting for members who are unable to attend. Financial constraints, digital divide, climate change, environmental destruction and other critical issues, on one hand pose threats to us all, on the other, create roles for libraries to play in supporting the UN SDGs. We will discuss and address the issues and opportunities in our Section as well as with other stakeholders in the coming years.

 

May I take this opportunity to wish a Happy New Year to you and your families. I believe that 2020 will be another fulfilling and rewarding year!

Eurasian Academic Libraries Conference - 2020

IFLA - კვი, 12/01/2020 - 08:57

 

The Nazarbayev University Library and the Association of University Libraries in the Republic of Kazakhstan invite you to the 9th Eurasian Academic Libraries Conference with the theme “Alive to Changes: Engage. Embrace. Ensure” which will be held in the framework of the Eurasian Higher Education Leaders Forum on 16-19 June 2020 at Nazarbayev University (Nur-Sultan, Kazakhstan).

The Conference features distinguished researchers and engaging speakers. The conference will be a venue for scientific discussion, constructive exchange of information, best practices, and lessons, through oral and poster presentations. In addition, a range of special workshops and lightning talks aim to attract participants on wider issues of future-ready libraries and library professionals. 

We also extend our invitation to potential sponsors as exhibitors. As an exhibitor, you will enjoy exposure and direct marketing opportunities with practitioners and decision-makers in the field. You may choose from different sponsorship packages: Platinum, Gold, Silver, Bronze.

The conference will also provide a live streaming link for those who can’t attend. The active link will be published on the Conference website In June.

The languages of the conference are English/Russian/Kazakh.

Important Dates

Opening of Registration     

January 

Call for Abstracts / Papers / Posters            

10 January 

Submission of informative abstracts            

28 February 

Submission of informative abstracts            

15 March 

Submission of full papers                           

10 April 

Submission of posters                                 

10 April 

Submission of revised full papers

posters, powerpoint presentations             

15 May 

Deadline of Registration                             

25 May 

Conference 

16-19 June 

For inquiries, please contact the following:

Darya Zvonareva (Program Committee Chair)

darya.zvonareva@nu.edu.kz

Venera Niyazbayeva (Sponsorship Committee Chair)
venera.niyazbayeva@nu.edu.kz

Galiya Alimova (Registration Committee Chair)
galimova@nu.edu.kz

VALA2020 Supporting Where We Can

IFLA - კვი, 12/01/2020 - 08:25

Everyone in the VALA network is touched in some way by the bushfire emergency across many parts of Australia. Our collective thoughts and support go out to colleagues and communities that are directly impacted, and to the many others who are experiencing the heightened anxiety, fear and emotion that accompanies a disaster of this magnitude. 


We are aware of the important role many libraries will provide during and after the fires, both as physical hubs offering refuge and a place for communities to gather, and as information centres providing access to resources and support.

Thank you to all the librarians and library staff who will continue to show up each day to provide assistance and comfort to those who need it.

For those who are able to offer financial support to the bushfire recovery effort, please consider donating to the following organisations:

Red Cross
Salvation Army
WIRES
Wildlife Victoria

If VALA can support or assist you or your community, please contact us at
vala@vala.org.au or call 03 9844 2933.

Our mailing address is:
VALA
P.O. Box 443
Warrandyte  VIC  3113
Web: www.vala.org.au

Call for Papers - Climate change: Supporting communities, Users, Collections and Spaces in the era of Climate Uncertainty

IFLA - პარ, 10/01/2020 - 19:51

Climate change forces all of us to face the reality that we will see major shifts in our economic models, our physical landscapes, our energy systems, and resource management more generally. Libraries, archives, and other members of the cultural heritage space are facing and are predicted to face tremendous impacts on our collections, collecting, facilities, services, funding, users, communities, and professional lives.


The 2015 Paris agreement made specific provisions for empowering women, recognizing they are disproportionally impacted by climate change and UN figures indicate that 80% of people displaced by climate change are women.

We are already seeing the communities we serve impacted by climate change and are inviting submissions around supporting communities, users, collections, and spaces in the era of climate change. We are looking for candid and forward-looking proposals on how you are currently serving displaced or communities directly impacted by climate change, and how you are planning or thinking about building spaces and services to serve our communities in our expected climate future and the social issues that come along with them with a specific focus on serving female identifying communities and spaces.

 

Submission Guidelines

 

Submissions must include:

  • Name, title, institution, and email of speaker(s)
  • Brief biographical statement about each speaker (max 100 words)
  • Title of proposed presentation
  • Abstract of presentation (max 500 words)
  • Language of presentation

 

The deadline for submissions is 28 February 2020.  Each abstract will be reviewed by members of the Women, Information, & Libraries SIG, ATINA SIG, and the Evidence for Global and Disaster Health (E4GDH) SIG.  Selection of papers will be based on the abstract. Presenters will be notified whether they have been successful by the end of March 2020.

The full paper is due on 31 May 2020 and must be an original submission not presented or published elsewhere.

 

Both abstracts and full papers should be submitted as a MS Word file by e-mail. Please do not submit PDF files.

Papers should be of 5 pages minimum and 20 pages maximum, double spaced, and must use the template that will be available with IFLA’s 2020 Guidelines for Paper Authors and Presenters.

All proposals and full papers will be required to be in English but the presentation can be in any of the IFLA working languages (even if English is strongly recommended).

 

15 to 20 minutes will be allowed for a summary delivery of the paper in the Conference; the full written paper is not to be read.

 

It is strongly recommended that the presentation is supported by a visual element such as PowerPoint, Prezi, or other presentation software.

Authors should indicate their personal full contact details and include a brief biographical note with the paper.

Important dates

28 February 2020 – All proposals must be received;

31 March 2020 – Successful candidates will be notified;

31 May 2020 – Submit the full paper along with the accurate title of the paper on an author permission form so that the paper may be posted online.

Submissions

All proposals must be received by 28 February 2020.

 

Please email your abstract to:

Evviva Weinraub

Women, Information & Libraries SIG
Email: women.information.libraries@gmail.com or evvivawe@buffalo.edu

 

Reyna Josvah-Rabiaza
ATINA SIG
Email: reyna.josvah@gmail.com

 

And

 

Anne Brice

E4GDHSIG

Email: Anne.Brice@phe.gov.uk

Please note:

At least one of the paper’s authors must be present to deliver a summary of the paper during the program in Dublin. Abstracts should only be submitted with the understanding that the expenses of attending the conference will be the responsibility of the author(s)/presenter(s) of accepted papers.

The paper must be an original submission not presented or published elsewhere. All papers that are presented at the WLIC 2020 will be made available online via the IFLA Library under the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 license.

Authors of accepted papers must complete the IFLA Authors’ Permission Form.

All expenses, including registration for the conference, travel, accommodation etc., are the responsibility of the authors/presenters. No financial support can be provided by IFLA, but a special invitation letter can be issued to author(s)/presenter(s) of accepted papers.

Congress Participation Grants

List of opportunities for support is available on the Apply for Grants & Awards webpage.

Call for Papers for 2020 WLIC: "Collection Development in the Era of Open Access"

IFLA - პარ, 10/01/2020 - 08:52

The Acquisition and Collection Development Section invites you to submit proposals for paper presentations at IFLA WLIC 2020, which will be held in Dublin, Ireland.

Theme for our session is "Collection development in the era of open access: impacts of open access business models and open access resources on library collection development".

Please read details of this call at: https://2020.ifla.org/cfp-calls/acquisition-and-collection-development/

Contact: Karin Byström (email: karin.bystrom@ub.uu.se) / Franziska Wein (email: franziska.wein@uni-erfurt.de)

Important dates:

28 February 2020: Submission of abstract
1 April 2020: Notification to authors
1 June 2020: Submission of full text

Open science policy development in Latvia

EIFL news and events - ხუთ, 09/01/2020 - 11:40

Iryna Kuchma, EIFL Open Access Programme Manager, joins a team of 11 researchers to conduct open science policy research initiated by the Ministry of Education and Science of Latvia.

The research aims to develop a roadmap for implementing open science in Latvia, and to make recommendations for a national Latvian open science policy. 

Promoting Cross-Border Connections between Libraries and the IFLA Strategy: An Interview on the UK Working Internationally Initiative

IFLA - ოთხ, 08/01/2020 - 13:28

IFLA’s Strategy 2019-2024 is driving efforts to create an inspired, engaged, enabled and connected library field. Success will depend on libraries and library associations being ready to think and work internationally. We interviewed Rabeea Arif, the Working Internationally Project Manager at CILIP, the UK Library Association, about work in the United Kingdom.

What does Working Internationally consist of?

‘Working Internationally for Libraries’ is CILIP’s initiative to promote collaboration and partnership between public libraries in England and their international counterparts.

The project is funded by Arts Council England (ACE) and will run in partnership with the British Library, British Council, and Libraries Connected, and with support from Carnegie UK Trust. In its first phase, the project will focus on English public libraries to develop a programme of activities including a grants programme & travel bursaries, an international conference, a showcase of successful international projects, and online resources for collaboration.

Why a focused international strategy now?

CILIP believes that the library and information profession is a global community of practice. In the words of CILIP CEO, Nick Poole, “No one country or community has all the answers, but by working together we can advance the profession for the good of society”. In 2018, CILIP’s Presidential Commission under then president Ayub Khan devised an international policy that promised to deliver a strong international dimension in the CILIP of the future.

In the current political climate, we want to renew and refresh our international engagement, and counter disengagement and isolation through cultural diplomacy. With timely support from Arts Council England, we are able to put the observations and suggestions from the Presidential Commission’s policy into practical action.

What was the clincher, do you think, in Arts Council England’s decision to support this work?

The project draws on the Arts Council England’s existing programmes promoting International Development, with a focus on the areas of “exchange, partnership and growth”. This project supports Arts Council England’s commitment under the “Libraries Taskforce” to creating a strong narrative about the contribution public libraries make to society and to local communities by highlighting innovative work being done in the public library sector.

Where did you look for inspiration in planning this work?

The project builds on the lessons learned through successful ‘Working Internationally Regional project’ supported by the International Council of Museums (ICOM UK) and National Museum Director’s Council (NMDC) with the British Council, which has delivered measurable improvements in international engagement by UK museums. Inspiration in envisioning the impact of this work also comes from looking at the well-documented benefits of international working across cultural organisations internationally.

What does success look like for you?

We want to create a sense of focus, momentum and energy around the opportunities of international working for libraries and hope that the project will inspire libraries with the art of the possible and assure them that international collaboration is accessible and valuable, even where budgets are very stretched.

We also want to create political awareness where governments and local bodies will value the role of public libraries in their ambitions and policies. Our goal in the first phase of the project is to have produced a visible, positive and influential cohort of librarians who are able to champion the benefit and relevance of international working for their peers.

Where do international partners come in?

We are actively reaching out to public librarians and information professionals from all parts of the world, who are interested in collaborating with libraries in England on areas of mutual interest, and to learn from or share best practice. We are also encouraging library twinning initiatives as well as innovative ideas on collaborative programming, and sharing collections & resources. CILIP is also reaching out to international libraries and library associations to form bi-lateral agreements of working together and the IFLA Congress has been instrumental in supplementing these connections.

What plans are there to extend this work to other types of library, in the rest of the country?

Our ambition is for Working Internationally for Libraries to become a sector-wide and UK-wide ongoing programme. The scope of this first phase matches the scope of ACE funding, which is for public libraries in England. However, we are already discussing future plans to expand the scope and secure funding for on-going international work across all library sectors. We have also made efforts to include non-public libraries through the ‘Building Bridges grants programme’ under the project, where non-public libraries can apply to the funding as partners with public libraries.

How do you see this fitting with IFLA’s Strategy?

CILIP is a founder member of and active participant in IFLA and strongly supports IFLA’s vision of “a strong and united library field powering literate, informed and participative societies”. We are committed to working with our colleagues at IFLA and in Library and Information Associations worldwide to make it a reality. In addition to sharing IFLA’s commitment to the UN Sustainable Development Goals and supporting public libraries in England to include the SDGs in their work, we believe that the Working Internationally project aligns greatly with IFLA’s priorities of strengthening the global voice of libraries and connecting and empowering the field.

What lessons could you share with libraries and library associations elsewhere in the world?

While we hope to share our successes and challenges with planning and executing a project of this scale in due time, I can share a few wise words from one of our colleagues, Stella Thebridge, from Warwickshire Libraries, UK:

“The dilemma with international working is the bureaucracy of applications, managing people in different countries, and differing expectations of partners.  Any future co-operation needs sound frameworks so that practitioners can get on with the work on the ground and others oversee the whole project activities. It can only help advocacy and reach in every country.  We need to counter the "hunkering down" mentality of austerity, and increasing insularity.”          

More information on the project and its activities can be found at www.cilip.org.uk/workinginternationally

Find out more about the IFLA Strategy 2019-24.

Top marks for Hands-on computer classes students

EIFL news and events - ოთხ, 08/01/2020 - 12:49

The exam results for junior high school children in Ghana are out - and our mobile library Hands-on Computer Classes project has achieved its best results yet! 

In 2019, the average pass rate for the subject ICT in the Basic Education Certificate Exam (B.E.C.E.) for children who took part in the mobile libraries’ practical computer skills classes in three regions was 92%.

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