Archive for July, 2009

In the  keynote speech at the Nigerian Library Association in Ibadan, Omolewa, Nigerian UNESCO delegate Prof. Michael Omolewa said Africa needs (and loves) it’s librarians.

A world without librarians and a library would be void, unexciting and without consolation of any type

Repost from the Resource Shelf:  Nigeria: World Without Librarians, Library, Void


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7th Brazilian Symposium in Information and Human Language Technology

STIL 2009 September 8-11, 2009


São Carlos, Brazil

STIL 2009 (formerly known as TIL – Workshop on Information and Human Language Technology) is the annual Language Technology event supported by the Brazilian Computer Society (SBC) and by the Brazilian Special Interest
Group on Natural Language Processing.

The conference has a multidisciplinary nature and covers a broad spectrum
of disciplines related to Human Language Technology, such as Linguistics,
Computer Science, Psychology, and Information Science, among others. It
aims at bringing together both academic and industry participants that work
on those areas.

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(from listserv)

In 2007 IFLA announced Brisbane, Australia as the location for the IFLA World Library and Information Congress (WLIC) for 2010. It is our great regret to advise that the2010 IFLA WLIC will not be held in Brisbane. With the uncertainty around the world economic crisis combined with very limited opportunity for government and local financial support the Governing Board has agreed that it cannot risk a potential significant financial loss for IFLA. This is a great disappointment for the Governing Board members, the National Committee members, our Australian colleagues, and I’m sure all of you looking forward to the 2010 WLIC in Brisbane. We will be announcing separately the new location for the 2010 IFLA WLIC.

The IFLA Governing Board very much appreciates the hard work of our Australian National Committee colleagues in their efforts to secure government and local industry funding support. At the time of the selection of Brisbane the bid committee advised Governing Board that there would be very limited opportunity for this funding support. The Governing Board was optimistic that this situation would change and that enough support would be identified to make the WLIC financially viable.

A significant contribution to the WLIC by local government and industry is required for IFLA to offer its members and delegates, sponsors and exhibitors the services and quality they expect in our flagship congress. This contribution, in funds and in kind, assists us in the provision of features such as audio visual support, simultaneous interpretation, IFLA Express in our seven languages, the cultural evening and services for our exhibitors.

The Governing Board members thank the Brisbane National Committee members for alerting them to the impact of limited local funding and possible reduced delegate numbers due to the world economic crisis and restrictions on travel budgets.

Claudia Lux Ellen Tise
IFLA President 2007 – 2009 IFLA President-elect 2007 – 2009
IFLA President 2009 – 2011

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Instruction and Reference Librarian
(Doha, Qatar) Carnegie Mellon University (Qatar)

For complete job requirements and description, please visit http://search.library.cmu.edu.

Appointment to begin August 1, 2009

via The Chronicle of Higher Education

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