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Library and Information Association of South Africa (LIASA), Cape Town, South Africa.
Frankfurt Book Fair, Frankfurt, Germany.
13th IFLA Interlending and Document Supply Conference, Beijing, China.
Library and Information Association of New Zealand Aotearoa Conference, Claudelands, Hamilton.
International UDC Seminar, Classification and Visualization: interfaces to knowledge, The Hague, Netherlands.
European Conference on Information Literacy (ECIL), Istanbul, Turkey.
Nov. 30-Dec. 8
Guadalajara International Book Fair, Guadalajara, Mexico.
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ALA Midwinter Meeting in Philadelphia
Join your colleagues at the ALA Midwinter Meeting, January 24-28, 2014. There will be: hundreds of discussions and other sessions on key library topics; “News You Can Use”—the latest updates from experts on ebooks and digital content, technology, accessibility, RDA, library user research, and more; 450+ exhibitors highlighting new and favorite titles, products, and services; memorable speakers and events—innovative leaders and bestselling authors, including Ishmael Beah; unlimited networking, conversations, and social opportunities. Register today!
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EBSCO offers five scholarships to librarians attending ALA Midwinter Meeting
The American Library Association (ALA) and EBSCO are partnering to offer five scholarships for librarians to attend the 2014 ALA Midwinter Meeting in Philadelphia. The meeting offers an opportunity for continuing education, meetings and interaction with colleagues. Each EBSCO scholarship will be in the amount of $1,500, and one of the five scholarships will be awarded to a first-time conference attendee. The scholarship money is to be used for conference registration, travel and expenses. Deadline: Nov. 1. Apply today!
American Library Association announces collaboration with Sharjah International Book Fair
Building on its global theme, “Partnering to build stronger libraries worldwide,” the American Library Association (ALA) is delighted to announce a new collaboration with Sharjah International Book Fair (SIBF). The collaboration between ALA and SIBF offers the opportunity to establish improved delivery of ALA’s face-to-face, digital and print products and services to the region in locally and culturally appropriate formats. Held in the United Arab Emirates, the SIBF is one of the largest book fairs in the world, the most prestigious in the Arab world and home to the most exciting literary event in the region.
International Relations Office
International Digital Supplement: ALA Around the Globe
The latest copy of AL International Supplement is now available free online. Explore ALA’s global impact in ALA Around the Globe, the 2013 international digital edition of American Libraries. This special issue (available in Zmag format) presents initiatives, advocacy, issues, and services that affect libraries and ALA members all over the world. This issue includes an update on RDA, a look at the campaign to save Romania’s libraries, digital librarianship in Costa Rica, and a report from a five-day ACRL program in Hong Kong on information literacy, as well as a guide to ALA publications and resources available for translation or print. A special limited-run IFLA print issue was produced and distributed at the IFLA 2013 Conference in Singapore in August, where former American Libraries editor Leonard Kniffel was blogging daily.
| ALA Initiatives & Resources
Apply for ALSC Summer Reading Program Grant
The Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC) and the Grants Administration Committee are now accepting online applications for the 2014 ALSC/Baker & Taylor Summer Reading Grant. This $3,000 grant, made possible by Baker & Taylor, is designed to encourage reading programs for children in public libraries, while recognizing ALSC members for outstanding program development. Applicants must be personal members of ALSC, as well as American Library Association members to apply. Deadline for submissions is Nov. 30.
ALSC recommends more Great Websites for Kids
The Association for Library Service to Children (), has added more sites to Great Websites for Kids, its online resource containing hundreds of links to exceptional websites for children. Great Web Sites for Kids (GWS) features links to high-quality websites of interest to children 14 years of age and younger, organized into diverse subject headings such as art; music; computers and technology; geography and maps; museums; mathematics; and much more. Check out the newly added sites.
Celebrate Teen Read Week
Teen Read Week is a national literacy initiative of the Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA). Teen Read Week 2013 will be celebrated at thousands of public and school libraries, classrooms, and bookstores across the country. It began in 1998 and is held annually during the third week of October. Its purpose is to encourage teens to be regular readers and library users. The 2013 sub-theme is Seek the Unknown @ your library, which encourages teens to read for the fun of it. The event offers librarians and educators a chance to encourage teens to read for pleasure and to visit their libraries for free reading materials. Register as a member of the Teen Read Week website for great resources and opportunities.
| ALA International
Accepting applications for the Carnegie-Whitney Grant
In The American Library Association Publishing Committee provides a grant of up to $5,000 for the preparation of print or electronic reading lists, indexes or other guides to library resources that promote reading or the use of library resources at any type of library. The grants are intended to cover preparation costs appropriate to the development of a useful product, including the cost of research. The grants do not cover the costs of final printing or online distribution of the product. For additional information on how to apply for this grant, please visit the Carnegie-Whitney Grant site. Deadline: Nov. 1.
Up next on AL Live: European libraries
Dan Freeman writes: “On the next episode of AL Live, we’ll take a trip overseas for ‘European Libraries: A View from Friends across the Pond.’ Our panel of international experts will discuss how some of Europe’s top libraries see the role of the library and the librarian. This 60-minute episode will take place on October 10 at 2 p.m. Eastern time. You can preregister, but preregistration is not required to attend.”...
International Games day @ your library
In the 21st Century, libraries are about much more than books. International Games Day @your library is an initiative run by volunteers from around the world and auspiced by the American Library Association to reconnect communities through their libraries around the educational, recreational, and social value of all types of games. On Saturday, November 16, 2013, more than one thousand libraries around the world will showcase gaming programs and services in support of IGD13. This year marks its 6th annual event. Last year nearly 20,000 participants joined in the celebration. Libraries that plan to participate in this year's event need to register online in order to participate in the national video game tournaments and appear on the international map of participating locations.
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Fundamentals of Collection Assessment
This Register for this six-week online course that introduces the fundamental aspects of collection assessment in libraries. Designed for those who are responsible for or interested in collection assessment in all types and sizes of libraries; the course will introduce key concepts in collection assessment including: the definition of collection assessment, techniques and tools, assessment of print and electronic collections; and project design and management. For additional details and registration information, visit the ALA online course registration site. Session begins October 21 and ends November 29, 2013.
ALCTS provides access to 90 webinars for FREE
If you are involved in collections and technical services, or want to learn more about them, ALA’s Association of Library Collections and Technical Services (ALCTS) offers you access to over 90 recent webinars for free through its YouTube channel. These one-hour webinars cover topics such as institutional repositories, RDA basics, book repairs, open access, and more. So take advantage and check them out...
RUSA Online courses offer significant value
The Reference and User Services Association (RUSA) has several upcoming online courses that will be of significant value to public, academic and special librarians, as well as library school students. Topics to be covered include health literacy and reference, spatial literacy and online mapping and reference interview basics. Registration for each course remains open through the Thursday prior to the course start date. Group registrations of two or more individuals from the same library, library system or network can take advantage of 15 percent savings when registering for the same course. Visit the RUSA Online Learning page for more information, or Register online now.
Register for "Muslim Journeys and Your Community: Managing Controversy, Maximizing Impact" -Free Webinar
The ALA Public Programs Office and the Office for Intellectual Freedom are co-sponsoring this free webinar to be held at 2 p.m. Central time on Oct. 24, 2013. Librarians participating in the NEH’s Bridging Cultures Muslim Journeys initiative and others interested in the topic are invited to attend “Muslim Journeys and Your Community: Managing Controversy, Maximizing Impact,” webinar . The webinar will feature Martin Garnar, chair of ALA’s Committee on Professional Ethics and reference services librarian at Regis University, Denver, Co. He will be joined by Lesley Williams, a Muslim Journeys project director and head of adult services from Evanston Public Library, IL. Register today!
Using WebDewey and Understanding Dewey Decimal Classification--eCourse
Interested With this 5 week course, you will gain a comprehensive grounding in Dewey Decimal Classification® principles and practice. Starting with the basics, this eCourse will teach you how to assign DDC® numbers with correct meaning in hierarchy, build numbers using tables, and apply numbers that help patrons browse your library. Experienced users will benefit from guidance in building complex numbers, in using Table 3 for literature, and ideas for more effective use of the DDC system. Learning outcomes: Know how to read and interpret DDC notation and analyze how to apply it in real-world library situations, competently search WebDewey for the assignment of DDC numbers, be able to use DDC Tables for number-building and successfully build longer DDC numbers. Classes begin Nov. 4.Experience.
Integrating New Technologies into your Collection
Decisions about library programs and services are typically made by library staff, using anecdotal experience as a guide to understanding community wants and needs. This workshop will you how you can gather data about their community to assess your patrons’ needs and desires and then use it to help guide library services. You’ll learn to combine staff expertise with concrete community data so your library can make decisions with a broader base of knowledge. (90 minute workshop)
| ALA Publications
The Whole School Library Handbook 2 --eEditons PDF e-book
This new edition of an ALA bestseller remains an indispensable all-in-one resource for everything related to the school library media center. Articles from dozens of respected authors and experts, culled from popular journals such as Knowledge Quest and School Library Journal, cover a wide range of important information in one handy volume, this stimulating handbook is a must-have for every school librarian.
Marketing Your Library's Electronic Resources: A how-to-do-it Manual for Librarians-Editions e-book
It’s often hard to juggle promoting a library’s e-resources effectively at the same time as building basic visibility within the community it serves. Useful for librarians at any type of institution, this How-To-Do-It Manual guides readers through every step of developing, implementing, and evaluating plans to market e-resources in an approachable and user-friendly way. This eEditions e-book is sold as a .zip file containing 3 different e-book file types: ePDF: .pdf file, ePub: .epub file, MobiPocket/Kindle: .mobi file.
Web-Based Instructions: A Guide for Libraries, Third Edition--eEditions e-book
Expanding on the popular, practical how-to guide for public, academic, school, and special libraries, technology expert Susan Sharpless Smith offers library instructors the confidence to take Web-based instruction into their own hands. Smith has thoroughly updated Web-Based Instruction: A Guide for Libraries to include new tools and trends, including current browsers, access methods, hardware, and software. Librarians facing the challenge of creating a Web-based instruction program will find easy-to-understand guidance to deliver a productive and memorable experience. Visit the ALA Store to purchase this book.
| ALA Member News
John W. Berry appointed ALA representative to the Board of Trustees of the American Library in Paris
The American Library Association (ALA) Past President John W. Berry has been appointed to a two-year term as the ALA's non-voting representative to the Board of Trustees of the American Library in Paris (ALP). The ALA established the American Library in Paris in 1920 with local community support and 30,000 books from ALA’s Library War Service effort during World War I. Berry is a professor in the Graduate School of Library and Information Science at Dominican University.
American Library in Paris
Call for International Papers Session and Projects
The American Library Association's International Papers Session and Projects Committee invites proposals for presentations to be made at the next ALA Annual Conference in Las Vegas, Nevada. Presentations will be delivered at the International Papers Session scheduled for June 28, 2014. The 2014 International Papers Program theme is: E-Books and E-Readers: Leveling the Playing Field or Widening the Digital Gap? The International Papers & Projects Program provides librarians with an opportunity to exchange information about library services, collections and projects throughout the world. Submit your abstract before the December 20th deadline.
Nominations open for John Humphry/OCLC/Forest Press Award
The American Library Association (ALA) is accepting nominations for the 2014 John Ames Humphry/ OCLC/Forest Press Award for International Librarianship. The award is given to a librarian or person who has made significant contributions to international librarianship. It consists of a prize of $1,000 and a certificate presented at the 2014 ALA Annual Conference. The award recognizes John Humphry, an executive director of Forest Press and publisher of the Dewey Decimal Classification International Citations. For additional information visit the Humphry Award site. Deadline: January 1.
International Relations Committee
Nominations sought for Bogle Pratt International Travel Fund Award
The International Relations Committee (IRC) is accepting nominations for the 2014 Bogle Pratt International Travel Fund, sponsored by the Bogle Memorial Fund and the Pratt Institute School of Information and Library Science. An award of $1,000 is given to an ALA member to attend his or her first international conference. Nominees must have been an ALA member for one full year. For more information or to download an application, please visit the Bogle Pratt Award site. Deadline: January 1.
International Relations Committee
International Leads September issue is coming...
The International Relations Round Table (IRRT) is excited to announce the appointment of Elizabeth Cramer, Coordinator, Bibliographic Services, Appalachian State University, and Kevin Murphy, Head Librarian, Southeast Kentucky Community and Technical College, as new co-editors of International Leads. Both, Cramer and Murphy are working on the September issue to be posted online by the end of October. In the meantime, please continue to submit any stories or news, or download previous International Leads issues.
IRRT participating at the Library 2.013 conference
The International Relations Round Table will be presenting on the topic “Internationalizing Your Library” at the online Library 2.013 conference on October 18. Beneficial for all librarians wanting to add more international aspects to their libraries, this presentation will walk participants through the IRRT website, highlighting IRRT tools and resources for helping in this process. Librarians wishing to view it must register at the Library 2.013 conference website....
| World Connections
Nominations open for the T. Mark Hodges International Service Award
Do you know a deserving health information professional? Nominate him/her for the T. Mark Hodges International Service Award! This award was established in 2007 by the Medical Library Association (MLA) to honor outstanding individual achievement in promoting, enabling, and/or delivering improvements in the quality of health information internationally through the development of health information professionals, the improvement of libraries, or an increased use of health information services. The awardee receives a certificate at the association’s annual meeting and a $500 cash award. To download an application or for additional information, please visit the MLA award site. Deadline: Nov. 1.today!
Brazil in focus at the 2014 Göteborg Book Fair, Gothenburg, Sweden
In 2014, the main theme at Göteborg Book Fair will be Brazilian literature! September 25–28, 2014, visitors will have a chance to immerse themselves in the rich and exciting literature and culture of a country currently enjoying an era of flourishing cultural and financial growth. The Brazilian theme will be evident during the four-day fair through numerous seminars, stage events and programs at the Brazilian stand. Brazil's participation will mark the premiere of the the South American Continent as a theme.
First Steve Jobs Schools now open in the Netherlands
The first seven “Steve Jobs Schools” have opened in the Netherlands. The schools, which are for students age 4-12 years old, were first announced in July. Schools in the Dutch cities of Sneek, Breda, Almere, Emmen, Heenvliet and Amsterdam will start teaching students according to the principles of the O4NT (Education For A New Time), a program first proposed by the Dutch government in 2012. This program gives each child access to a virtual school through an iPad and helps them develop information-processing skills, collaboration techniques and a critical, problem-solving and creative mind. An international version of the O4NT is being expected to launch in early 2014. Visit the Steve Jobs School's facebook page for more information.
October is Canadian Library Month
The Canadian Library Association has designated October as Canadian Library Month. The event provides an opportunity to celebrate libraries across Canada and the important contributions they make to Canadian life. This year’s theme, “Libraries Connect / Bibliothèques Branchées,” (PDF) speaks to the need that all Canadians have to connect with each other on a personal and social level....
A bookish haven for Americans in Paris
IFLA Craig Turner writes: “The American Library in Paris is a gathering place for Americans and other English-speaking residents, a research center, a friendly environment for working writers, and an outpost of Americana in the heart of Europe. On any given day, you might find students, American and French, browsing the stacks and bent over laptops in the reading room; a book group engaged in discussion in the conference room, or a story hour underway in the Children’s Library. In October, the library will inaugurate an annual literary award for the ‘best book of the year in English about France or the French-American encounter.’”...
Los Angeles Times, Sept. 1
Library 2.013 Worldwide Virtual Conference
The Library 2.012 worldwide virtual conference takes place October 18-19, 2013. This free conference is held online, in multiple time zones, over the course of two days (three actual calendar days when including all time zones). Everyone is invited to participate in this FREE forum designed to foster collaboration and knowledge sharing among information professionals worldwide. To be kept informed of the latest conference news and updates, please
join the Library 2.0 network. You do not need to join this network to attend, but doing so will also allow you to correspond with the presenters and other members, and to comment on sessions and discussions. There will be eight conference strands covering a wide variety of timely topics, such as, MOOCs, e-books, maker spaces, mobile services, embedded librarians, green libraries, and more!