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From the IFLA listserv

It is with great pleasure that the UNISA Library,  the IFLA Regional Office for Africa and IFLA Africa Section invite you to the African Library Summit 2011. Registrations are now open: http://guest.cvent.com/d/0dqgtn

The theme of the Summit

The theme of the Summit is The Future of African Librarianship.

The purpose of the Summit

The purpose of the Summit is to create an exciting and collaborative business atmosphere that will stimulate critical debate on library and information service issues with a view to developing an action plan for quality library services and librarianship on the African continent. The Summit will also provide the networking opportunities so vital to any professional community.

Leading library and information executives from the African continent will attend this three- day high-level strategy event from Wednesday 11th to Friday 13th May 2011.

The venue

The African Library Summit 2011 will take place at Misty Hills Country Hotel, Conference Centre and Spa, Muldersdrift, Gauteng, South Africa

Registration fee

If registered by Thursday 31 March 2011, the cost is US $380 per delegate.

Registrations received after 31 March 2011: US $450 per delegate

For a Currency Converter: http://www.oanda.com/currency/converter

The registration fee includes:

·        Lunch and evening meals on all three days of the Summit

·        Morning and afternoon refreshment breaks

·        The Opening and Closing Events (11 and 13 May 2011)

·        Visit to the Cradle of Humankind or a Unisa Library Tour on the last day of the Summit

The registration fee excludes:

·        Travel and accommodation

·        Airport shuttles

·        Optional activities

·        Anything not otherwise specified


Accommodation is available at the Summit venue (Misty Hills Country Hotel, Conference Centre and Spa). Accommodation rates (in South African Rand) vary between R890 and R12,000 per person per night. Accommodation rates include breakfast.

There are also accommodation available very near to the Summit venue. Accommodation rates vary from R375 to R750 per person per night.

For more information and the preliminary programme, please visit our website:  African Library Summit 2011


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Want to attend IFLA? There are grants available for librarians from Asia/Oceania, Africa, Latin America and the Caribbean to attend the 2010 IFLA World Library and Information Congress in Gothenburg, Sweden. Check out grants here.

There is also the IFLA LIS Student Paper Award 2010 ;)

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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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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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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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For the first time in more than a decade, Iran will be the host of the West Asian Regional Branch of the International Council on Archives (SWARBICA) Congress. Hosting the conference will be the Iran National Library and Archive (INLA) headquartered in Tehran.

According to the Tehran Times, Iran has not actively participate in the congress for ten years, and INLA director Ali-Akbar Ashari said Iran has not hosted since 1997.

“Also among their other programs are visiting the national library, Golestan Museum, the main building of the Islamic Republic of Iran Broadcasting (IRIB), the National Museum of Iran, and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, as well as holding talks with cultural officials,” she said.

The national archive members branches of India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh and Nepal will attend.

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