Archive for November, 2009

Three National Archives of Australia offices are being closed down as an effort to make budget cuts over the next three years — Darwin, Adelaide and Hobart offices. The news was officially released earlier this month.

According to The Advertiser, the Adelaide office swill be closed as 31 March 2011. Director General of the Archives Ross Gibbs said the offices would close over the next two-and-a-half years as building leases expired. The Darwin office is expected to close 30 September 2010 and two branches in Hobart are expected to close 31 August 2010 and 30 April 2012.

A public release from Gibbs is found on the National Archives of Australia (NAA) website, which states in part:

In order to make savings of this order, to meet current commitments and move to being a 21st century organisation that can meet future demands, we need to make fundamental changes to the way we operate.

According to the NAA, the closures will have an anticipated savings of $1.4 million a year.

The Leader of the Australian Greens, Senator Bob Brown, recently opposed the measure in Parliament and asked for a reversed decision.


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The upcoming European Association of Middle East Librarians – Middle East Libraries Committee Melcom International annual conference has been scheduled for 19 to 21 April 2010 in Córdoba, Spain.

Those interested for the event must notify authorities by the end of December 2009, but in the meantime Melcom has made a call for papers; abstracts are also due by the end of December 2009. Proposals for presentations are sought on the following subjects:

1. Manuscripts, rare books and documents
2. Collection development, acquisition policies, cooperation between libraries
3. Catalogues and bibliographies
4. History of libraries and readership
5. Digitisation and other new technologies
6. Current issues of information science in Middle East area studies
7. And of course any other aspect within our fields of interest

The conference fee of €30 for individuals and €50 for commercial participants will be collected in Euros during registration in Córdoba. Checks are not accepted. Students enjoy free admission.


Merci de prendre connaissance de la prochaine conférence annuelle du MELCom International et de faire circuler cette information le plus largement possible.

Sara Yontan, BnF (Paris)

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It’s no secret that IFLA has had some trouble appealing to library science students, perhaps because of the high cost of membership or the travel costs involved in attending conferences.  Good news! — the IFLA section of Education and Training (SET) has started an initiative to make IFLA membership more affordable for library science students and encouraging them to become global information members in the process. The Adopt-a-Student program is offering library students a free one year membership — but now they need sponsors to help with the student membership fees. The student membership fee for one year is 57 Euro (85 USD, 90 CAD, 92 AUD).

Students will receive:

  • IFLA membership and one free section membership
  • one-year free subscription to the IFLA Journal
  • networking! (and the ability to contact library professionals directly to broaden their horizons)

Students can apply by filling out this  Adopt-a-Student brochure. (English only)

If you would like to become a sponsor, please find further information, including the full list of already registered sponsors, visit http://www.ifla.org/en/node/1785

To become a sponsor, download the Adopt-a-Student brochure here.

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Kindle reading in Qatar

Reading Club at the Qattan Center for Children

You just have to see the rest of these pictures of adorable girls reading their first Kindle in Qatar at the Qattan Center for Children: http://bit.ly/502mFw

I’ve got to get one of those!

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Copyright Clearance Center’s Beyond the Book program interviews Dennie Heye of Shell in the Netherlands, and Stephen Kizza, an Assistant Librarian for the Ministry of Energy and Mineral Resources Resource Center in Kampala, Uganda. Heye hopes to raise enough funds for his colleague Kizza to join him at the 2010 SLA annual conference in New Orleans. They are both members of the Petroleum and Energy Resources division of SLA, sharing professional ideas and collaborated on projects.

Here they are interviewed about the challenges facing many libraries in the developing world.  Heye discusses the professional support system SLA can give librarians in developing countries; likewise Kissa addresses how access to the internet and open access to information has affected the resource center and the patrons he serves in Uganda.

More about these global information partners can be heard on the SLA “Beyond the Book” podcast (28:28m] here or by downloading the podcast.

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The preliminary programme for the 2010 Somerset International Conference for Librarians and Teachers is now available at

15 March – 16 March, 2010
Gold Coast, Australia

Registration is available both online and as a downloadable application form. The conference venue, Conrad Jupiters Hotel, is also making available to delegates an extremely generous accommodation and breakfast offer.

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Internet copyrightThe effects of globalization and the internet is a troubling concept but even more so when we consider the issue of internet copyright and plagiarism.  Signifyin’ Guyana explores the issue of copyright and considers “is it really theft if you steal it from a blog?”  (The answer, I hope, is “NO” since this came from Guyanese blogger Charmaine Valere:)

What if you logged on to your favourite social networking site one day and discovered the talk was all about a brilliant newspaper article, and when you checked out the article it closely resembled something you had written online a few months prior?  Would you just brush it aside and consider it mere coincidence?  Given that general scenario, a rational thinking person would probably do just that . . . brush it aside . . . call it mere coincidence.  But what if there’s more to the scenario?

Rules are changing about internet copyright and librarians have long recognized issues like net neutrality that affect academics and the public. It is no longer a question whether or not librarians have an obligation to play more of a role in helping users navigate this complicated world, but how they will do this. Even more so — how does one explain this to an increasingly globalized community which has different social customs and opinions on citations, quotes, pull-quotes, paraphrasing, source stealing and how to treat pulling images from websites. Is it enough to link to an article (thank you, Ian Shapira, for addressing this earlier this year) or should you use more traditional citation methods seen in scholarly research? Or is the reader’s expectation that determines the type of citation necessary? (i.e. academics expect it; media-hoppers and some bloggers don’t.)

So I ask —  how do international internet copyright attitudes differ from each other and are they just as equal? Should we treat them as such?

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