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I’ve become increasingly more active with a volunteer group of humanitarians who give technology aid after a major disaster, such as the one that occurred this week in Japan.  For those that haven’t heard of this emerging interdisciplinary field of crisis mapping, crisis mappers were featured on CNN for the instantaneous response and creation of the  person finder application and aggregation of news sources.  Voluntweeters around the world started self-organizing in the information space, using twitter and other microblogging environments to collect and disseminate information, creating mash-ups of satellite images for disaster and crisis management support — in just the last 24 hours. As a rule, time is the most valuable resource during these events and crisis mappers are very fast to respond when a crisis happens.

So what does this mean for libraries? Part of my graduate research is looking at the needs of crisis mappers from an information needs perspective. This emerging field of crisis mapping during a disaster is supported by loosely organizated individuals en masse without geographic restrictions. As librarians and information specialists we need to start looking at how we can help seek and provide information they are looking for. Why? Because it is our job.

In my research I am looking at crisis mapping for two reasons — how are crisis mappers doing it and how can we help as information specialists? This brings up more questions: If the crisis mapping community sets up interactive maps to help identify needs and resources of a community, how can we support that data? How can we help support and manage the evolving coverage of resources being created in response to a major disaster? What is our role in organizing that information and making it universally accessible and useful? Do we have the skills to support the many new web-based relief tools emerging — and do we want to have a role?

I hope to have the answers to those questions in the coming months as I continue to do my research.

Librarian Intelligence. It’s the new now.


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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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Chile TerremotoNews of the Earthquake damage in Chile from the IFLA listserv:

Through our Chilean listserver have been circulate information. Let me let you know: Museo de Talca “is in so bad situation”, Museo de la Araucanía “should move to another place”, Biblioteca del Maule and Biblioteca Severin in Valparaíso are “with so damage”, Biblioteca de Tirúa at the south “desapaired with the waves impact” and, about Biblioteca Nacional and Archivo Nacional, like Nivia Palma said, are “probably with structural damage”
Well, please could you please circulate this information. Warm regards from Chile, Claudia

The Biblioteca Nacional Chile and 2010 Blue Shield Solidarity facebook page can be accessed here: http://bit.ly/ctQyqH More news of Chilean system libraries online: http://twitter.com/SistemasBN/dibam

The  Public Library of the Universidad Nacional de La Plata (@BibPublicaUNLP) has published some images of the earthquakes destruction at their library: Terremoto en Chile. Imagenes de una biblioteca”. http://bit.ly/ak41py

Ongoing list of public libraries offering free internet (Bibliotecas Públicas en zonas afectadas por el terremoto con servicio de acceso Gratuito a internet de BiblioRedes) via @cadaunante: http://bit.ly/b0ynNI

Also, a podcast from LIS News on post-earthquake Chile advises librarians to hold off on donating materials: “Donations of books for rebuilding collections is not a good idea at the moment.”

Download audio file 5:17 minutes (7.25 MB) by Michael J. Kellat

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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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Haiti Earthquake

Primary and secondary school in Port-au-Prince, taken by Jennifer Graves of Moonlight Productions (thx!)

5 Ways Librarians Can Help Librarians in Haiti

(more will be added)

1.) Give Books. IFLA’s Center for Arabic Speaking Libraries is requesting new and used English and French books. To donate books to Haiti, please send your donation with parcel labeled with “Haiti Libraries Relief” to the following address:
Haiti Libraries Relief
IFLA Center for Arabic Speaking Libraries
Bibliotheca Alexandrina
P.O.Box 138, Chatby
21526 Alexandria
Contact: For more information please contact Mrs. Dina Youssef, Deputy Director of IFLA-CASL, e-mail : dina.youssef@bibalex.org – tel.: +2 03 4839999 extension 1997

2.) Volunteer virtually or in Haiti. Association of National Committees of the Blue Shield (ANCBS) is looking for volunteer archivists, restorers, curators, librarians, architects and other experts to aid in the recovery and damage assessment. Find the application online: http://haiti2010.blueshield-international.org/.

3.) Lend your tech skills. Find a CrisisCamp Haiti near you and join up. They are looking for programmers, librarians, researchers, geospatial development, and translators in more than 12 cities worldwide. Ongoing tech projects include a Relief “craigslist”, Haiti Hospital Capacity Finder, Disaster Accountability Project, Haitian Voices digital archive, and NGO maps in action. Also, see their “simple tasks anyone can do” wiki.

4.) Donate to ALA’s Library Relief Fund to help rebuild libraries and archives in Haiti. Donations can be made by credit card or check through www.ala.org/haiti.

5.) Educate. The Digital Library of the Caribbean has been posting ongoing detailed information about the recovery effort. Also, check ALA’s up-to-date list of reported damages to libraries in Haiti.

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The USBCS is hoping to have librarian/archives volunteers on the ground in Haiti in the next several months and is coordinating with International Blue Shield on the effort. (Follow them on Twitter @blueshieldcoop) The USBCS now has an online form to recruit future volunteers with skills to help Haiti preserve their national library, museums, and archives. Please see their website for more information (links below). 

A followup email about the National Library in Haiti from Corine Wegener, President U.S. Committee of the Blue Shield:

I just received information from my contact at ICOM that says that Francoise Beaulieu Thybulle, the director of the National Library, is alive.  I do not know his source, so that this info as unverified.  Also no word on the status of the National Library…

Blue Shield has established a website and Facebook group:

Special web site: http://haiti2010.blueshield-international.org/

Facbook group: http://www.facebook.com/group.php?v=info&gid=247281734340

Best, Cori

Corine Wegener
President U.S. Committee of the Blue Shield
cwegener AT uscbs DOT org

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I spent some time in Haiti during the summer of 2008 and am now heartbroken to know that some of  my fondest memories are of places that no longer exist: Hotel Montana, the Presidential Palace, the Norwich House. Still waiting to hear word on the kind people at the Bibliotheque Nationale d’ Haiti. (Please email if you hear from them!)

There are lots of bloggers are coming out with posts on the data behind yesterday’s tragic earthquake in Haiti. Here is a sampling that I’ve found on listservs, twitter feeds and blogosphere :


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