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This came from the IFLA listserv.
We are pleased to announce that the application for Master of Science in Library and Information Studies is now open. Graduate School of Library, Information and Media Studies at the University of Tsukuba is the first and only institution in Japan that offers an English Master’s program in Library and Information Science.

Master Course of Science in Library and Information Studies (English Program)

Objectives of Education
The objective of this two-year Master’s program is to educate international students in Library and Information Science. This course will provide a comprehensive education based on multidisciplinary fields of study, encompassing the fundamental and applied subjects in Library and Information Science. Students will also develop their research skills in the multidisciplinary fields of managing diverse information resources.
List of courses
http://www.slis.tsukuba.ac.jp/grad/elis/ELIS_Courses_2011.pdf
How to apply
Please read the following Guidelines for Application carefully and follow the instruction in the document: http://www.slis.tsukuba.ac.jp/grad/elis/Guidelines_for_ELIS_Applications_2011.pdf
Contact
For any enquiry for the program, please contact us: elis-info@slis.tsukuba.ac.jp Graduate School of Library, Information and Media Studies, University of Tsukuba1-2 Kasuga, Tsukuba-city, Ibaraki-ken 305-8550, JAPAN

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Internet access for visitors, Desnyansky Raion Library, City of Kyiv. Taken from IREX Global Libraries

Here’s a great opportunity for master’s or PhD library science students interested in international librarianship or international development. This three-month summer fellowship with IREX includes research travel to Romania or Ukraine and a living stipend in Washington DC.

IREX announces a unique opportunity for three Library and Information Science graduate students with an international orientation to take part in a fellowship focused on impact assessment and community building in two national library development programs in Romania and Ukraine.

Fellow activities will include:

  • active participation in the administration and implementation of two major Gates Foundation-funded library development programs
  • research and reporting on the impact of library field interventions in Ukraine and Romania
  • development and revision of community building and advocacy resources for librarians
  • preparation and presentation of new project ideas for improving library relevance and effectiveness
  • support IREX presence and participate in the ALA Annual Conference in Washington DC in June

Read more about the IREX fellowship here. Deadline is March 15, 2010.

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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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In a New York Times article published yesterday, African children demand “Give us libraries and librarians.”
And it’s so sad —  You would never hear a child in the United States, Canada, the EU demanding information and education this way.

Even where there are libraries, very few countries (outside of South Africa) have started looking at library infrastructure  and knowledge management, said Kimbo Mchombu, a professor at the University of Namibia. Because of this African countries  are falling behind in building online libraries and digital archives.

I would hate to be the one on the management chopping block to say no to libraries for these kids:

The marchers in Cape Town, who numbered in the thousands. The marchers echoed a children's uprising against apartheid in 1976.  NYT/ Pieter Bauermeister

The marchers in Cape Town, who numbered in the thousands. The marchers echoed a children's uprising against apartheid in 1976. NYT/ Pieter Bauermeister

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James Vangelis sharing with his co-workers the content of his training)

James Vangelis sharing with his co-workers the content of his training, taken from "L’accès libre à l’information en Haiti.Comment les bibliothèques peuvent-elles favoriser l’accès à l’information ?"

I was glad to see IFLA release a news story about FOKAL / Open Society Institute Haïti a program in its infancy that deserves more publicity that its getting. (Here is their report on access to free information in Haiti.)
The week-long training brought in 34 people (representing 32 libraries) from across Haïti to improve their web and technical literacy skills and to discuss controversial issues plaguing Haitian libraries. A library worker’s anecdote from the report:

Blonse Emmanuel Eugene from the library of Vallieres said that he always had his coworker use their computer but from now on he would try it.

Last summer I had the opportunity to travel to Haiti and meet the National Librarian of Haiti, Francoise Beaulieu-Thybulle. Ms. Beaulieu-Thybulle discussed the training of library and information professionals in Haiti and the need for future development. The biggest obstacle Haitian libraries face is not lack of resources, donated materials, or access to the Internet, she said, but rather the lack of a formal library training program. As few Haitians could afford to travel abroad to receive European or American library training, she advocated coordination and cooperation at national and regional levels and  IFLA-sponsored programs. Kudos to FOKAL on getting this call rolling.

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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
http://ozk.unizd.hr/ssob/

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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A leading arm of the United Nations working to spread the benefits of information technology announced last week the launch of the first ever tuition-free online university. As part of this year’s focus on education, the UN Global Alliance for Information and Communication Technology and Development (GAID) presented the newly formed University of the People, a non-profit institution offering higher education to the masses.

Interview with Shai Reshef, the founder of the University of the People (in English).

More from UNESCO.


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