Archive for June, 2009

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From March to August 1, 2009, U.S. faculty and professionals are invited to apply for *Fulbright scholar grants at http://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. also can apply for one of the 144 “All Discipline” awards open to all fields. 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 http://www.cies.org or send a request for materials to scholars@cies.iie.org.


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How are the Iranian Elections affecting libraries and librarians?

Much has been spoken about the role social media sites in the protests ensuing on the Iranian election.  These events have shown us that bloggers and social media can play a positive role in countries with repressive regimes. Twitter is becoming the breaking news channel of choice; Flickr and Youtube have become databases of work by photo and video journalists; bloggers are reliable reporters. And now we see new sites showing solidarity by changing their colors to green.

I have never witnessed such live coverage occurring at such a rate than what is on the internet through these social media sites. But now we can use these resources to see how the protests are  affecting libraries and librarians in Iran.

twitterTwitter scans for #iranelection and library (as of June 16, 2009):

TrevorRoald RT @InfoFromIran 100+ students and professors were captured by armed forces yesterday in Kharazmi Library in Shiraz #iranelection 4:30 am EST

InfoFromIran #iranelection Shiraz university persident has resigned due to the attacks to Kharazmi library and Ghods and Eram dorms #tehran #iranians 5:30 am EST

behrangsa Latest pictures from what blood-thirsty vampires have done to the University of Tehran’s libraries, etc. http://bit.ly/14XVOH #IranElection 9:30 am EST

Unknown validity:  supposedly the University of Tehran library after being cleaned in the morning after the attack. YouTube video:

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Buenos Aires ha sido elegida Capital Mundial del Libro para 2011 por la Organización de la ONU para la Educación, la Ciencia y la Cultura (UNESCO) debido a “la calidad y la variedad del programa propuesto y por la estrategia general que éste implica”, informó hoy el organismo en un comunicado.


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The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) has chosen Buenos Aires, Argentina as the 2011 as World Book Capital. At a meeting in Paris on 12 June 2009, the Jury of World Book Capital, a jury which includes IPA, IBF, IFLA and UNESCO, chose Buenos Aires

on the account of the consolidated strategy underpinning the programme, as well as of the quality and variety of its candidature file.

Buenos Aires becomes the eleventh city honored over the years for the World Book Capital by a selection committee. The appointed capital is recognized for its contribution to literacy programs that promote books and reading and the dedication of all players in the book industry.

For 2009 Beirut, Lebanon has the honour, to be followed by Ljubljana, Slovenia in 2010.

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Summer School in the Study of Old Books
Department of Library and Information Sciences
University of Zadar
September 28-October 2, 2009
Zadar, Croatia

The closing date for application is June 30 2009.

The main goal of the Summer School in the Study of Old Books is to acquaint participants with the most recent developments and newly emerged concepts in the fields of: historical method and epistemology, old book research and bibliography, bibliographic information organization and its relation to the archival context, conservation and preservation; and to provide practical introduction to old books collection management with contemporary approaches to digitization. The Summer School also aims to provide participants with insight into current research of old books and manuscripts, and to raise their awareness of rich and technologically advanced research information sources such as European Hand Press Book Database, and the Portal for cross-searching catalogues of European manuscript materials.

The Summer School in the Study of Old Books targets doctoral students and recent doctoral graduates studying in the fields of: history of book, library and information sciences, archival studies, and cultural heritage studies. It also targets the university faculty, researchers and practitioners working in memory institutions in the fields related to the topics of the School.

The Summer School in the Study of Old Books is planned to cover 16 lectures, 1 presentation, 2 workshops and group work sessions in 5 days. Proceedings of the School will publish delivered lectures and accepted student essays.
Director of the Summer School: Associate Professor Mirna Willer, Ph.D.

For any inquiries, please contact Marijana Tomić mtomic@unizd.hr. An application form is available online.

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airline-routes-chart-002Taking a cue from trends in flight patterns, a recent post in treehugger discusses the 20 most popular airline routes. (Posted from the Financial Time based on a study by the Globalization and World Cities Research Network.) But how do flight patterns relate to librarianship? If we start thinking of these flights with a business opportunity mindset, we will start thinking of these individual flights as patron opportunities  — a fluid patron base. (Go where the people are.)

Over 2 million people fly Hong Kong to Taipei yearly — meanwhile  the Library of Congress, the world’s largest collection of legal materials, films, maps, sheet music and sound recordings,  had 1.6 million physical visits. Perhaps it is time to redirect some of our marketing not towards where our potential patrons are, but where they are going. The potential to meet these people where they are headed rests not just in the bookstore at every airport.

I’m begging that the future of a globalized world and increase of international travel may lead to airport libraries. Check out a book,  read it on the plane, return it at your destination. It beats paying for an overpriced copy of Freakonomics that will be left on the plane (to be picked up by a flight attendant and regifted).

Further ideas are endless: collaboration with local partnership to provide free internet access? In-flight magazine ads hyping up local destination-based libraries? There are already a few grassroots initiatives in some subways and rail stations world wide that have free book trade stations allowing commuters to trade books.

Just a few suggestions before Book Vending Machines takeover our trade.

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Japan archivesMaybe it should be called “Hug an Archivist Day”!

Today is the 2nd annual International Archives Day; it is held on June 9 in recognition of the International Council on Archives (ICA) which was founded at UNESCO in Paris on June 9 1948. The first International Archives Day was held last year to commemorate the ICA’s 60th anniversary.

Countries around the world are celebrating their national archives – giving tours, memorials, bookbinding workshops, and launching new online resources.

For more information about the ICA, go to the UNESCO Archives website.

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