Archive for April, 2009

Taken from Spiegel Online

Taken from Spiegel Online

Cultural rescue workers with the International Blue Cross organization are aiding in material recovery of the Historical Archive of Cologne this week.

The Historical Archive of  Cologne suddenly collapsed in March, burying more than a millenium’s worth of documents under tons of rubble. According to Reuters, the building was one of the biggest archives of its kind in Germany with over 65,000 documents dating back more than 1,000 years.

The International Blue Shield mission lasts from April 27-May 1, 2009. Information about the Blue Shield Rescue Mission is available on the website of the Association of National Blue Shield Committees (ANCBS):
http://www.ancbs.org Additional information about the damage is available from their website here.


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The New Zealand government announced today that the National Library’s Wellington building redevelopment will be faced with $30 million ($17 USD, 13 million Euro) in cutbacks. The original cost of the  upgrade was $82 million (about $47 million USD, 35 million Euro).

The Minister Responsible for the National Library, Richard Worth, said the Government would put only $52 million into the project, which would now need a redesign and a fresh resource consent from Wellington City Council.
Costs of the original proposal had skyrocketed to $90 million, which could not be sustained in the current economic climate, he said.
The Government would focus on upgrading failing equipment, and dealing with water leaks and substandard storage that put the library’s $1 billion collections at risk.

More in the Dominion Post and the press release from the National Library in Wellington.

We hope you the best, New Zealand, and we hope you can still have fun doing this.

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Announced Friday, Daniel J. Caron has been appointed Canada’s  Librarian and Archivist. Ian E. Wilson, the retiring Librarian and Archivist will be Librarian and Archivist of Canada Emeritus as President of the International Council on Archives, as announced by Canada’s Prime Minister Stephen Harper. Wilson retired effective April 24, 2009.

Caron was previously the Senior Assistant Deputy Minister, Corporate Management and Horizontal Integration Sector, Library and Archives Canada.

The press release is located here.

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The Mortenson Center April 2009 Newsletter has been released. Highlights of the newsletter include:

  • South African Librarians at the Mortenson Center: Nine South Africa librarians from three universities were at the Mortenson Center from February 20 to March 11, 2009 for a program to set the context for learning about library research support.
  • Library of Foreign Literature, Russia: Barbara and Susan traveled to Moscow and Perm to speak at two tolerance institutes.
  • 2009 IFLA/OCLC Fellows: Fellows arrive on May 5 from Armenia, Kenya, Pakistan, Serbia, Uganda, and Zambia
  • Annual Mortenson Distinguished Lecture: Ellen Tise, 2009-2011 president of the International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions
  • “Think Globally, Act Globally” IMLS Grant: Grant supports collaboration between librarians from the U.S. and China and  development of a web portal of resources. http://www.library.uiuc.edu/China/

The Mortenson Center, located at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, has a mission to strengthen international ties among libraries and librarians worldwide for the promotion of international education, understanding and peace.
Additional Information: please contact Barbara J. Ford (bjford@illinois.edu) or Susan Schnuer (schnuer@illinois.edu)

Repost from the Mortenson Center for International Library Programs

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Call for participation of IFLA 2009 “LIS Education in Developing Countries Special Interest Group” conference.

LIS Education in Developing Countries SIG
Preparing future librarians in developing countries: a vision for LIS education in the 21st century
Tuesday, August 25, 2009, 11.45-12.45 PM

Pre-conference registration must be made by August 19, 2009. Repost from website:

We invite you to join colleagues from Africa, Asia and Latin America to share ideas, inspire, and motivate each other in the following areas:
Challenges to LIS Curriculum Development in Developing Countries; LIS Job Market in Africa; Establishing Association in LIS Education; KM Modules in Graduate Programs; Distance Education; Faculty Improvement Programs; Intercultural Leadership Toolkit for LIS Education; Networking and Collaboration; Innovative Teaching Methods; The Bologna Process of LIS Education; Bridging the Digital Divide; Attracting Prospective Students and more will be discussed at the conference.

For more information, contact Ismail Abdullahi, Convenor, LIS Education in Developing Countries Special Interest Group (SIG)

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SLA 2009: Annual Conference in Washington, DC  from 14-17 June, 2009.

>>Sunday, June 14, 2009

Global IQ: Cross-Cultural Skills for Information Professionals
Ticketed Event #505
Price: US$ 299 member / US$ 299 student member/ US$ 399 non-member
Speaking: Larisa Brigevich, Franklin Templeton Investments
Presented by: Social Science Division

>>Monday, June 15, 2009

International Reception
Speaking: Geraldine Clement-Stoneham, Linklaters, LLP; Clare Hart, Dow Jones & Co.; Sue Henczel, Deakin University Library; Greta Ober, International Monetary Fund, Joint World Bank/IMF Library
Presented by: Social Science Division; Europe Chapter; International Information Exchange Caucus; International Relations Section of DSOC;
Washington, D.C., Chapter

>>Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Globalization: Emerging Opportunities for the Library Profession
Speaking: Larisa Brigevich, Franklin Templeton Investments; Jane Kinney Meyers, Lubuto Library Project; Saule T. Omarova, UNC School of Law
Presented by: Social Science Division; International Relations Section of DSOC; Leadership and Management Division

Models of Embedded Librarianship
Speaking: David Shumaker, Catholic University of America; Mary Talley, Axelroth and Associates
Presented by: SLA; Research and Development Committee

>>Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Knowledge Management without Borders
Speaking: Peter Hobby, USAID Knowledge Services Center; Karen D. Huffman, National Geographic Society
Presented by: Knowledge Management Division
Sponsored by: Dow Jones & Company

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Repost from Beyond the Job:

From March to August 1, 2009, U.S. faculty and professionals are invited to apply for *Fulbright scholar grants at www.cies.org. For monthly updates, write us at outreach@cies.iie.org for a complimentary subscription to *The Fulbright Scholar News*, an electronic newsletter.

**The Fulbright Program, sponsored by the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, is the U.S. government’s flagship international exchange program and is supported by the people of the United States and partner countries around the world. Since 1946, the Fulbright Program has provided more than 286,000 participants from over 155 countries with the opportunity to study, teach and conduct research, to exchange ideas and contribute to finding solutions to shared international concerns. For more information, visit http://fulbright.state.gov

*Fulbright Scholar Program for US Faculty and Professionals for 2010-2011 is open*

The Fulbright Scholar Program is offering *eight lecturing, research or combined lecturing/research awards in library science. *Even better, faculty and professionals in library science also can apply for one of the *
144* “*All Discipline*” awards open to all fields.

What does Fulbright offer in library science? Here are a few of the awards for 2010-2011:

*Northern and Eastern Europe:* Opportunities exist in countries such as Poland, Russia, Finland, Croatia, and Ukraine in library science, information science, information management and information retrieval.

*Middle East and Northern Africa:* Award # 0425 – Library Services and Information Science at the Bibliotheca Alexandrina in Egypt; all discipline awards in Morocco and Bahrain.

*Western Hemisphere:* There are 22 countries in this region, which spans Canada, Latin America, and the Caribbean. El Salvador offers Award #0533 – Library Science at the Panamerican University of El Salvador.

The application deadline is August 1, 2009. U.S. citizenship is required.
For a full, detailed listing of all Fulbright programs and other eligibility requirements, please visit our website at www.cies.org or send a request for materials to scholars@cies.iie.org.

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