Riedlmayer, Andras J. | 29 Mar 20:34 2015
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Photographer documents Istanbul's little-known treasures: libraries

Photographer documents Istanbul’s little-known treasures: libraries
Many of Istanbul's best libraries are in central locations we pass by each day, yet we often pay too little attention.

Seeing this fact, photographer Ümit Oğuz Göksel embarked on a quest to document İstanbul's libraries, and the results of his endeavor will go on display on Monday at the Cemal Reşit Rey Concert Hall's foyer.


Göksel's collection “Fotoğraflarla İstanbul Kütüphaneleri” (İstanbul's Libraries in Photographs) features snapshots from 12 libraries of the city, ranging from those built during the Ottoman era to the most modern examples that are housed in universities.

The exhibition will run for seven days, throughout this week's 51st National Library Week in Turkey, alongside a host of events put together by the İstanbul branch of the Turkish Librarians Association (TKD). The March 30-April 5 program is held under the main theme “Intercultural Dialogue and Libraries” in Turkey, while the İstanbul leg of activities will be held under the theme “Libraries of the Future, the Future of Libraries.”  

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http://www.todayszaman.com/arts-culture_photographer-documents-istanbuls-little-known-treasures-libraries_376464.html

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Anaïs Salamon, Mrs. | 27 Mar 18:54 2015
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Job announcement

Dear colleagues,

 

The last job announcement posted on the MELA website may interest some of you: http://mela.us/jobs.html#LOCO

 

Best wishes,

Anais

 

Anaïs Salamon

Head Librarian / Bibliothécaire en chef | McGill Islamic Studies Library / Bibliothèque d'études islamiques de McGill

tél. : +1 (514)-398-4688 / +1 (514)-449-1952

http://www.mcgill.ca/library/branches/islamic

http://blogs.library.mcgill.ca/islamicstudieslibrary/

http://www.mcgill.ca/library/librarians/anais-salamon

 

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El-Sherbini, Magda | 25 Mar 21:18 2015
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Position available: Ohio State University, Metadata Transformation Resident


*Apologies in advance for multiple postings.*



Mary P. Key Diversity Resident: Metadata Transformation

Two other residencies (Digital Research Services and Latin American Studies) are also available: http://go.osu.edu/diversityresidents


The Ohio State University (OSU) Libraries seeks a dynamic and self-motivated librarian for the position of Mary P. Key Diversity Resident.  OSU Libraries’ two-year Mary P. Key Diversity Residency Program is designed to provide mentorship through a successful transition from academic training to research librarianship, to provide the opportunity for hands-on exposure in many areas of the University Libraries’ operations, and to increase diversity from underrepresented groups for academic librarianship and The Ohio State University Libraries. The program provides professional development in a nurturing, yet productive, real world environment at one of the top 10 public university libraries in the country. The resident will be encouraged to participate in selected workshops, conferences, institutes, and committees and develop a robust portfolio of engagement at the start of their library career.  

During 2015-2017, the resident will advance the Libraries digital initiatives through enhanced metadata design and transformation. OSU Libraries is currently accelerating and reconfiguring our digital initiatives program. New infrastructures, including a digital preservation repository, image management system, and digital exhibits platform along with initiatives to scale up digital collections will require substantial investment in metadata. As the library community prepares for a non-MARC based infrastructure, OSU Libraries is committed to exploring opportunities and rethinking current practices to prepare the Libraries’ data for this future. The resident will work collaboratively across the organization to advance the Libraries’ metadata program to prioritize, document, and execute metadata activities, to ensure that metadata for digital collections (often represented by diverse data types) are effectively integrated with traditional library collections across various discovery tools, migrate metadata between systems, and ensure that metadata is being created and maintained according to best practices.

Responsibilities:

  • Support development of metadata guidelines. The resident will work with a variety of stakeholders to support the research and documentation components of developing guidelines for metadata for the OSU Libraries. Once developed, the resident will participate in creating, maintaining, and transforming metadata according to these guidelines.
  • Transition of metadata to ArchivesSpace. Migrate metadata to the newly-implement archival management systems using a variety of workflows including EAD loading, transformation of MARC, and other data sources. Identify, plan, and implement data normalization and clean-up projects.
  • Migration of existing content to the IMS. The resident will work on mapping and transforming metadata to migrate to the new Image Management System (IMS).
  • Metadata transformation for the Knowledge Bank. The resident will have the opportunity to learn relevant skills and standards by performing metadata transformation to prepare content for Knowledge Bank, OSU Libraries’ Institutional Repository
  • Assist in the growth and development of metadata infrastructure to support Digital Initiatives and prepare OSUL for the transition from the present MARC environment to one that facilitates the management and use of library data as linked data (e.g. BIBFRAME, RDF, schema.org).
  • Serve on selected library committees.
  • Begin development of a research agenda that will contribute to an area of scholarship.

 
Required qualifications:

  • Master’s degree in Library/Information Science from an ALA-accredited program with a focus on metadata or digital libraries, completed by the time of appointment
  • Knowledge of one or more library metadata standards
  • Flexibility and creativity in adapting to rapidly changing metadata management environments
  • Effective oral, written, and interpersonal communication skills
  • Excellent analytic skills, including complex problems solving
  • Interest in professional development and research


Preferred qualifications:

  • Experience in project planning, workflow development, and/or writing documentation
  • Experience working with library metadata standards, such as RDA, AACR2, and MARC, and non-MARC metadata standards such as Dublin Core, VRA Core, METS or MODS
  • Proficiency in XML or other relevant computer programming skills
  • Ability to work effectively and creatively in a collaborative and complex environment


About the Appointment:

This is a full-time, two year Visiting Faculty (non-tenure track) position.  As a Visiting Faculty member, the resident is strongly encouraged to engage in professional research and publication. The resident will provide a faculty annual report as well as periodic reports to the Diversity Committee to track progress on established objectives. Salary is commensurate based on qualifications and experience.
 
About The Ohio State University:
Founded in 1870, The Ohio State University is a world-class public research university and the leading comprehensive teaching and research institution in the state of Ohio. With more than 63,000 students (including 56,000 in Columbus), the Wexner Medical Center, 14 colleges, 80 centers and 175 majors, the university offers its students tremendous breadth and depth of opportunity in the liberal arts, the sciences, and the professions.

The Ohio State University Libraries contribute to the University’s eminence as dynamic partners and campus leaders in advancing inquiry and discovery for OSU, the state of Ohio and for an ever expanding community of world scholars. Additional information about The Ohio State University Libraries is available at http://library.osu.edu.
 
Benefits:
The University offers competitive benefits in the form of 22 days’ vacation, 15 days’ sick leave, 10 holidays, hospitalization, major medical, surgical-medical, dental, vision, long-term disability insurance, and life insurance at 2.5 times one’s annual salary. State and alternative retirement choices are also available. For a summary of benefits, see: http://hr.osu.edu/hrpubs/ben/fs-bensummaryreg.pdf.

Application:
Applications will be accepted until the position is filled. Preference will be given to applications received by May 15th, 2015. Please send cover letter, CV, references, and salary history and requirements to Erica Jonak at jonak.3-ZbGKxL/pcrQ@public.gmane.org. Please include the position title in the subject field.

Contact Information: Erica Jonak, Human Resources, 1858 Neil Avenue Mall, Columbus, OH 43210, 614-247-8887, jonak.3-ZbGKxL/pcrQ@public.gmane.org

The Ohio State University is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation or identity, national origin, disability status, or protected veteran status.


Magda El-Sherbini, 
Head, Collections Description and Access
Professor
The Ohio State University Libraries
614-247-7456

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Marlis J. Saleh | 25 Mar 17:55 2015

MELA Notes 87

Dear colleagues,

I’m pleased to announce that MELA Notes 87 (2014) is now posted and available on our website at http://mela.us/MELANotes/MELA-Notes.html

The print edition will follow shortly.

 

Best wishes,

Marlis

 

 

Marlis J. Saleh

Editor, MELA Notes

University of Chicago Library

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Anaïs Salamon, Mrs. | 24 Mar 19:05 2015
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Job posting

Dear colleagues,

 

Some of you may be interested by this job posting: http://mela.us/jobs.html#AGHA

 

Best wishes,

Anais

 

Anaïs Salamon

Head Librarian / Bibliothécaire en chef | McGill Islamic Studies Library / Bibliothèque d'études islamiques de McGill

tél. : +1 (514)-398-4688 / +1 (514)-449-1952

http://www.mcgill.ca/library/branches/islamic

http://blogs.library.mcgill.ca/islamicstudieslibrary/

http://www.mcgill.ca/library/librarians/anais-salamon

 

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Sharon C Smith | 24 Mar 18:40 2015
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Job posting - University of Central Asia

Aga Khan Development Network Job Posting

 

Position Title      University Librarian

Location               Kyrgyz Republic

Agency                 University of Central Asia

Sector   Social Development

 

About the Agency

The University of Central Asia was founded in 2000 by the governments of Kazakhstan, the Kyrgyz Republic and Tajikistan, and His Highness the Aga Khan, and is the world's first internationally chartered institution of higher education. UCA was created to offer an internationally recognized standard of higher education in Central Asia and create knowledgeable, skilled and creative graduates who will contribute leadership, ideas and innovations to the transitioning economies and communities of the region. The mission of UCA is to promote the socio-economic development of Central Asia's mountain societies, while at the same time helping the diverse peoples of the region to preserve and draw upon their rich cultural traditions and heritages as assets for the future. UCA operates within a framework of values that espouses academic excellence, individual rights and security, responsibility to community and public service, and is committed to ethical and transparent practices. More information...

 

The position      

The University Librarian, who will be accorded faculty status in the university, will maintain strong interface with the educational and research priorities of UCA to build a collection and provide access to a wide range of print and digital resources globally. The library’s collections development policy will focus on access to information, which is sufficient in quality, depth, diversity, format and currency. The collections will complement the curricular offerings and research efforts of UCA. The library will be a key point of reference for searching and using information from virtually anywhere on and off campus as well as from within the library.

 

Key Responsibilities

 Develop and implement a clear and concise strategic plan for the library that promotes the mission of the university and library and enhances continuous improvement.

Maintain a strategic outlook in the development of the library within the context of the 3 campus libraries envisaged for UCA.

Work with different librarians across the AKDN network, with a particularly strong affiliation to the Aga Khan University Library in Pakistan and East Africa.

Work with any working group or advisory committees that may be setup to guide the preparation of strategic and short-term operating plans for the library.

Plan, implement and administer library functions, resources and services for students, faculty and staff based on internationally recognized standards and best practices.

Obtain a good grasp of the curricular offerings and research efforts of the university by developing strong partnerships within the various teaching and research departments and collaborate with faculty to assess, provide and improve library collections and services to meet student and faculty needs.

Obtain feedback, compile statistical data, evaluate and assesse effectiveness and efficiency of library services and inform administration of library’s strengths and weaknesses in meeting the larger needs of the university and of the library’s outcomes and impact,

Set priorities and budgets for the staff, facilities, collections, including print, media and electronic that

Supervise and manage the physical library facilities to ensure these are safe, accessible, effective, efficient and inviting.

Exercise line responsibility for supervision, recruitment, retention, and professional development of library personnel.

Work with the IT staff of the university on the library’s information systems and develop procedural guidelines for technical services such as cataloging, periodicals, course reserves, processing, mending and circulation of materials.

Coordinate with IT staff the implementation of and maintenance of digital library services, including databases and websites; administration and updating of electronic services for an integrated network of library system; and coordinate software, hardware and technical support needs with vendors, consortia, etc.

Develop and teach information literacy classes designed to make the faculty and students utilize the library more effectively and to develop best practices for lifelong independent and continuing education efforts.

Liaise with relevant AKDN agencies, leverage their library facilities and resources and explore opportunities for synergies and sharing of common IT infrastructure, collections, staff, etc.

Perform outreach tasks to the university community and the community at large and promote the library’s resources and services, including securing displays in the library’s multipurpose facilities.  Build capacity among young Central Asian Librarians to enable them to meet and operate at international standards

Maintain professional development through membership in professional organizations, conduct relevant research, engage in scholarly activities and develop a record of the same

 

The requirements          

Minimum Qualifications   

 

A Master’s Degree in Library Science or Library and Information Science from an accredited institution.

Minimum of seven (7) years of experience in an academic library setting including supervisory experience in increasingly responsible positions; demonstrated knowledge of all aspects of library operations including extensive knowledge of contemporary library practices, trends and emerging technologies.

Knowledge of library automation systems, online resources, and instructional technologies.

Experience using technologies to provide and enhance library services and their changing roles in higher education.

Knowledge of and experience with outcomes and assessment of library services.

Demonstrated commitment to quality and experience with people of diverse educational, ethnic, and cultural backgrounds.

Excellent communication skills and a demonstrated ability to work well with others in a team environment.   

Language

Advanced English

Working knowledge of Russian would be an asset

  

The position will be based in Bishkek, Kyrgyz Republic and would require regional travel.

 

Salary    Salary and package to attract the best candidate

Apply by              16-May-2015

Apply on line via the Aga Khan Development Network Career Centre, https://krb-xjobs.brassring.com/tgwebhost/searchresults.aspx?PartnerId=30025&SiteId=5750&Function=LinkQuery&LinkId=642

 

Dr. Sharon C. Smith

Program Head

Aga Khan Documentation Center at MIT

Co-director, archnet.org (http://archnet.org/)

Building 7-238

77 Massachusetts Avenue

Cambridge, MA 02139

617.324.5022

 

 

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Riedlmayer, Andras J. | 22 Mar 16:35 2015
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Isis militants blow up 4th-century Christian Mar Behnam monastery in Iraq

[PHOTOS]: The Monastery of Mar Behnam, near Mosul, built in the 4th century AD, according to legend, by the Assyrian king Sancherib as a penance for killing his son Behnam and daughter Sarah after they converted to Christianity. The Mar Behnam Monastery's library held one of the oldest and richest collections of Syriac manuscripts in the Middle East.

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http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/middle-east/isis-militants-blowup-ancient-4th-century-christian-mar-behnam-monastery-in-iraq-10123238.html
The Independent (London)
Friday 20 March 201

Isis militants blow up 4th-century Christian Mar Behnam monastery in Iraq

Heather Saul

[PHOTO]: Groups say this piece of history 'cannot be recreated'

Isis militants have reportedly destroyed parts of an ancient Christian monastery dating back to the 4th Century in Iraq.

Militants first seized the Mar Behnam monastery, which is located close to the town of Beth Khdeda, 20 miles south-east of Mosul, shortly after launching their insurgency across northern Iraq in 2014. Reports in June surfaced suggesting fighters had removed crosses from the building and expelled monks, but the building did not appear to have been damaged any further.

It is not known exactly when the recent attacks were carried out. Images purporting to show explosives being detonated around parts of the building were published on Thursday and disseminated by Isis-affiliated accounts.

[PHOTO]: The Mar Behnam Monastery

The historic monastery survived the Nadir Shah attacks between 1743 and 1790 and reportedly holds one of the most valuable Syriac libraries in existence <http://www.aina.org/aol/syriac.htm#Bihnam>.

[PHOTO]: Another part of the monastery is shown surrounded by plumes of smoke

The destruction comes after Isis’s media arm published pictures of fighters defacing and vandalising a Christian church and the religious statues <http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/middle-east/isis-attack-on-christianity-continues-in-mosul-fighters-destroy-all-religious-symbols-in-church-and-replace-crosses-with-islamic-state-flag-10112706.html> within it in Iraq on Tuesday. They were also seen removing crosses and replacing them with Isis flags, in an assault it justified by condemning religious artefacts as idolatrous.

Diana Yaqco, a spokesperson for the Assyrian rights group A Demand for Action, said the monastery was built upon the tomb of Saint Benham and his sister who were converted to Christianity.

She told The Independent: “We are very saddened by this news. Yet again, the terror and the barbarism of Isis strikes a further blow into our hearts. This piece of history cannot be recreated. Isis not only despises our religious beliefs but our literature and arts which really gave so much to the world.”

Ms Yaqco said the news “adds more grief” on top of the on-going hostage situation involving Assyrian Christians who were recently kidnapped <http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/middle-east/christians-flee-after-220-assyrians-are-kidnapped-by-isis-militants-storming-villages-and-torching-churches-in-northeastern-syria-10071589.html> by the group near the town of Tal Tamr, in northeastern Syria.
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    Tom Holland  <at> holland_tom
    Beyond upsetting. ISIS seem to have blown up the Assyrian equivalent of Canterbury Cathedral: http://www.ibtimes.co.uk/isis-blows-famed-4th-century-mar-behnam-catholic-monastery-iraq-1492703 EXCLUSIVE: Pictures from Islamic State media show Syriac Catholic Church monastery levelled by explosives.
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“We are yet to receive more evidence on this from our people on the ground, but it seems concrete,” she added.

Isis has upped its devastating path of destruction significantly in recent weeks. Fighters ransacked Mosul Museum and destroyed centuries-old manuscripts and books in its library, bulldozed the ancient Assyrian city of Nimrud and demolished parts of the Unesco World Heritage City of Hatra.           
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http://www.catholicnews.com/data/stories/cns/1404361.htm
Catholic News Service
October 22, 2014

Amid insurgency, Iraqi priest is guardian angel of ancient manuscripts

By Carol Glatz
Catholic News Service

ROME (CNS) -- Just as the so-called Monuments Men salvaged European masterpieces stolen by Nazi forces during World War II, a Dominican priest is protecting priceless manuscripts from falling into the hands of rampaging militants in northern Iraq.

[PHOTO]: Dominican Father Najeeb Michaeel works on a manuscript at his restoration laboratory in Qaraqosh, Iraq, before Islamic State militants invaded Qaraqosh Aug. 6. Father Michaeel and his team moved 1,300 manuscripts dating from the 14th to 19th centuries before the invasion. (CNS/courtesy of Centre Numérique des Manuscrits Orientaux, Iraq)

Though operating on a much smaller scale, Dominican Father Najeeb Michaeel and the ancient manuscript collections in his care still face a very real threat.

Islamic State militants have been sweeping across the northern Iraq region in their bid to establish an Islamic state. Their campaign has become increasingly brutal in recent months as they continue to lay siege to unprotected towns and villages, murder hostages, threaten residents, confiscate property and, by many reports, desecrate or ransack religious places of worship.

The Dominicans' collection of medieval manuscripts and valuable documents that already survived centuries of conflict and potential neglect were now under threat once again.

Early Aug. 6, the Feast of the Transfiguration, the residents of Qaraqosh woke up to the news that the Kurdish regional forces, known as Peshmerga, who had been repelling militant incursions, had packed up and left the city in the dead of night.

"The people woke up and realized they had no protection" and they started scrambling to evacuate the city, said Benedictine Father Columba Stewart, director of the Hill Museum and Manuscript Library at St. John's Benedictine Abbey in Collegeville, Minnesota, who has been helping Father Michaeel with his preservation work since 2009.

People had to flee on foot as the limited number of vehicles were being used to shuttle children, the ill and the elderly out of the city, he told Catholic News Service Oct. 21 from Collegeville.

Father Michaeel and his small team managed to pack two open-bed pickup trucks full of nondescript cardboard boxes holding 1,300 extremely fragile and valuable 14th to 19th century manuscripts.

Father Stewart said Father Michaeel was able to save "really important patriarchal manuscripts" from the Chaldean Patriarchate in Baghdad that recently had lent their collection to him for digitizing.

The wave of townspeople, including Father Michaeel, walked 40 miles in scorching August heat to Irbil, capital of the Kurdish region of Iraq, carrying whatever they could, said Father Stewart, who remains in almost daily contact with the Iraqi priest.

Just hours before militants invaded, they were able to truck the manuscripts, leaving behind the laboratory and digitizing equipment that had been provided by funding through the Hill Museum and Manuscript Library.

Now, in addition to preserving the manuscripts, the priest and his community provide the lion's share of care of the refugees' suddenly fragile lives because so many lack any shelter and support, Father Stewart said.

Father Michaeel started collecting and preserving the nation's cultural and religious heritage as recorded on the manuscripts in the 1980s.

He persuades manuscript owners, monasteries and churches to let him borrow their works to be cleaned and digitized; he then returns the restored originals and gives digitized copies to the owner and specialized archives.

The priest also built a collection of some 750 manuscripts from the Dominican community.

Father Stewart said the early European Dominicans in Iraq "were the first cultural anthropologists" in the area. "They described what they were seeing and left very interesting records," he said, documenting "their work and the communities they ministered to."

The Dominicans have been in Iraq for so long, "there's a lot of depth" and history in the collection, Father Stewart said.

Luckily, Father Michaeel already had digitized the collections in the Mar Behnam Syriac Catholic Monastery, which is now behind the front lines of the militants and rumored to have been destroyed or burned down, Father Stewart said.

Father Michaeel and his staff of six to eight local Iraqis use a simple, inexpensive technique of photographing manuscript pages with a high-end 35mm camera and flash strobe lights for illumination. The digital images are stored on a hard drive, which is then sent to Collegeville.

Staff at the Hill Museum and Manuscript Library then makes multiple backups, organizes the data, catalogues it and puts it online for scholars, Father Stewart said.

All training, funding and equipment for Father Michaeel's work come through the donations, grants and foundation money pulled together by Father Stewart.

Father Stewart said Father Michaeel and his restoration team have made digital copies of 5,000 manuscripts with the library's support. "It's amazing what they're doing on their own," he said.

They will be getting new equipment as they settle in Irbil, he said, with now a second exodus under their belt. They were uprooted from Mosul in 2008, when the entire Dominican community left, many for Qaraqosh, in the wake of mounting kidnappings and threats against religious.

Father Stewart said as the Iraqi people, especially Christians, continue to be pushed out of their homes and their country and settle elsewhere, their history and heritage gradually will be lost.

"These are communities that no longer exist" as the people have scattered and their traditions fade away, he said.

When communities disappear, their heritage goes with them, he added, so these manuscripts and documents will most likely end up being the only memories that survive.

Even though "they are digital surrogates, it's not the best, but they are better than nothing," he said.

The museum and its funders will continue to support the preservation work because, Father Stewart said, "it's a tiny investment for such a huge boon of conserving cultural memory."

*Editor's Note: More information about the Hill Museum's work can be found online at http://www.hmml.org/

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Padraig.Kirby | 19 Mar 16:20 2015
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[MELANET-L] Second Call for Papers & Keynote Speakers Announcement - Western Balkan Information Literacy Conference, Bihać, Bosnia & Herzegovina June 17-20th 2015.

Apologies for Cross Posting

 

Western Balkan Information Literacy Conference

Information & media literacy for lifelong learning: digital citizenship for a digital age.

 

JUNE 17th-20th 2015 Juni na Uni 2015, Hotel Opal Bihać, Bosnia & Herzegovina,

Conference website: http://www.wbilc2015.kbbi.ba/en/

 

 

In this Information Age the rise of digital and social media tools has brought with it some amazing innovations and immense challenges. The challenge to achieve information literacy (IL) in this information rich society is vital for lifelong learning and allows us to capitalise on the diverse and often overwhelming range of information choices which we have been confronted with by the power of the Internet. This great power has forced all of us to develop strategies for confronting issues concerning accessibility, reliability, authenticity and validity as well as information overload. Information Literacy is a vital transferable skill for lifelong learning in both formal and informal learning environments throughout people's lifetimes. Information literacy facilitates active citizenship of individuals. Information literacy prepares people for lifelong learning because it enables them to find the information they need for any task or decision at hand. In helping to provide and expand access to information, helping to facilitate full participation in Society - our role is crucial. We must prepare for a Society full of Information, prepare for Digital Citizenship for a Digital Age.

 

 

Second Call for Papers

Theme: Information & media literacy for lifelong learning: digital citizenship for a digital age.

Papers should be prepared using WBIL template and submitted electronically to this email address kbbi.bihac-79fC6RPYjdFpskWghx5DLg@public.gmane.org.

After the second cycle of Peer-Review, selected papers will be published in the WBIL proceedings book and in the Peer Reviewed Education for Information (indexed by SCOPUS) ISSN print: 0167-8329; ISSN online1875-8649

 

 

Keynote speakers

The keynote speakers for the forthcoming Western Balkan Information Literacy Conference, Bihać, Bosnia & Herzegovina June 17-20th 2015 are:

Dr. Christine Bruce, Professor in the Information Systems School, Science and Engineering Faculty, Queensland University of Technology, Australia

Dr. Tefko Saracevic, Professor Emeritus, School of Communication, Information and Library Studies Rutgers University USA   

 

 

 

Dr Christine Bruce is Professor in the Information Systems School, Science and Engineering Faculty, Queensland University of Technology, Australia. She has an extensive research and publication profile in information literacy and higher education teaching and learning. She has investigated information literacy and learning across educational, workplace and community contexts with a special emphasis on peoples experience of information use. Her most recent book publication on information literacy was Informed Learning, 2008. In 2014 Information experience: approaches to theory and practice was published by Emerald. Christine regularly consults and facilitates workshops on information literacy in the university sector around the world. She has delivered 19 keynote addresses in the last ten years in ten different countries. Christine is convenor of the QUT Higher Education Research Network, and Higher Degree Research Director in the Information Systems School. She served as Director and Assistant Dean, Teaching and Learning for the Faculty of Information Technology between 2001- 2006. She was awarded an Australian Learning and Teaching Council Fellowship in 2008. She is a an assessor for the Australian Research Council, a member of the Board of Directors for the US National Forum for Information Literacy, a member of the Reference Group for the University of San Jose SLIS Research Center, and a member of the Board of Directors for the LiNCS Research Centre at the University of Gothenburg, Faculty of Education. In 2010 Christine received a Library Board of Queensland Award for contributions to information literacy research and education. Archived versions of her publications are available at: http://eprints.qut.edu.au/view/person/Bruce,_Christine.html

 

   

Dr. Tefko Saracevic, Professor Emeritus, School of Communication, Information and Library Studies Rutgers University USA. Studied electrical engineering at the University of Zagreb, Croatia and completed his master (1962) and Ph.D. (1970) studies in information science at Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, Ohio. Taught and conducted research at Case till 1985, when moved to Rutgers. Promoted to Professor II (highest academic rank at Rutgers Univ.) in 1991. Associate Dean from 2003 to 2006. Professor Emeritus since 2010.  For more information, please see:  http://comminfo.rutgers.edu/~tefko/curriculum_vitae.htm

 

 

 

 

 

 

Conference main themes and topics

 

A.      Information literacy in the modern world

·         Information Literacy in the 21st century

·         Information literacies (media literacy, digital literacy, visual literacy, financial literacy, health

·         literacy, cyber wellness, infographics, information behaviour, trans-literacy, post-literacy)

·         Information Literacy and academic libraries

·         Information Literacy and adult education

·         Information Literacy and blended learning

·         Information Literacy and distance learning

·         Information Literacy and mobile devices (M-learning)

·         Information Literacy and Gamification

·         Information literacy and public libraries

·         Information Literacy in Primary and Secondary Schools

·         Information literacy and the Knowledge Economy

·         Information literacy and the Information Society

·         Information Literacy and the Multimedia Society

·         Information Literacy and the Digital Society

·         Information Literacy in the modern world (e.g. web 2.0 ; web 3.0; YouTube, trends, emerging technologies and innovation; growth of digital resources; digital reference tools; tiered reference services).

·         The future of information literacy

·         Workplace information literacy

 

B.      Librarians as support to the lifelong learning process

·         Digital pedagogy and Information Literacy

·         Integrating information literacy into the curriculum

·         Putting information literacy theory into practice

·         Information Literacy training and instruction

·         Instructional design and performance for information literacy (e.g. teaching practice,

·         session design, lesson plans)

·         Information Literacy and online learning (e.g. self-paced IL modules)

·         Information Literacy and Virtual Learning Environments

·         Supporting users need through library 2.0 and beyond

·         Digital empowerment and reference work

·         Information Literacy across the disciplines

·         Information literacy and digital preservation

·         Innovative IL approaches

·         Student engagement with Information Literacy

 

C. Media and information literacy – theoretical approaches (standards, assessment, collaboration, etc.)

·         Information literacy theory (models, standards, indicators, Moscow Declaration etc.)

·         Information literacy and Artificial intelligence

·         Information Literacy and information behaviour

·         Information literacy and reference services: cyber reference services, virtual reference services, mobile reference services, expert crowd sourcing, global reference volunteers

·         Information literacy cultural and contextual approaches

·         Information Literacy and Threshold concepts

·         Information literacy evaluation and assessment

·         Information literacy in different cultures and countries including national studies

·         Information literacy project management

·         Measuring in information literacy instruction assessment

 

D. New aspects of education/strategic planning, policy, and advocacy for information literacy

in a digital age

·         Branding, promotion and marketing for information literacy

·         Cross –sectorial; and interdisciplinary collaboration and partnerships for information literacy

·         Information literacy policies and development

·         Leadership and Governance for information literacy

·         Strategic planning for IL

·         Strategies in e-learning to promote self-directed and sustainable learning in the area of information literacy skills.

 

 

Paper submission

Submissions in any of the following forms are accepted:

·         Full paper to be published in conference proceedings

·         Presentation

·         Roundtable discussion

·         Poster session

·         Train-the-trainers workshop

·         PechaKucha

 Papers submission dateline: Friday 15 May 2015 

 

 

Important Dates

Abstracts submission deadline April 17, 2015

Notification of Abstract acceptance April 24, 2015

Deadline for authors to submit papers May 15, 2015

Deadline for authors to submit slides May 15, 2015

Dissemination of final programme June 02, 2015

 

 

For further information: please see the Western Balkan Information Literacy Conference website for additional details at: http://www.wbilc2015.kbbi.ba/en/

 

Please note: all expenses, including registration for the conference, travel, accommodation etc., are the responsibility of the authors/presenters. No financial support can be provided by the Conference

Committee, but a special invitation can be issued to authors.

 

 

 

 

 

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RIFAT BALI | 19 Mar 15:13 2015
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"Presidential libraries to be established in Turkey"

"During my husband’s term, a regulation was instituted to set up museums and libraries to honor former presidents, similar to examples in other countries. In this context, the Abdullah Gul Library and Museum are being established in Kayseri now. It will be the first of its kind in Turkey."

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Ali Houissa | 18 Mar 14:16 2015
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FW: Balochistan Archives

Hi—

If you are familiar with this resource/organization, what’s your impression of it?

 

 

Thanks

-A.

 

 

  
Balochistan Archives

"Balochistan Archives is an executive agency of the Government of Balochistan which serves as the main repository for official records and documents of historical significance. Archives contain evidence of financial and legal commitments, provide information about significant historical events, and help protect the civil and legal property rights of the citizens. In short, archives are the pillars on which the foundation of history stands and, therefore, require preservation and special care.We are the guardians of the most significant national and provincial level documents in Balochistan Province. Currently, we hold more than 20,000 files, printed papers, books, and manuscripts pertaining to the colonial and post-independence period in Balochistan."

 

 

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Dale J. Correa | 18 Mar 04:30 2015
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International and Area Studies Collections in the 21st Century

FYI - may be of interest:


From: James Simon [mailto:simon-s8m7MN4ixSw@public.gmane.org
Sent: Tuesday, March 17, 2015 9:53 AM
To: chiefcdo-4Ng6DfrEGID2fBVCVOL8/A@public.gmane.org
Subject: [chiefcdo] IASC21 blog and Issue Briefs

 

To stir your mind during this mid-ALA lull... 

 

Of interest to this list are the developing discussions among a group of individuals responsible for the oversight and coordination of area studies collections and staff at their respective home universities.  Spurred by the recent attention to the state of area studies in the academy and in libraries, the group, allied under the banner of “International and Area Studies Collections in the 21st Century” (IASC21), seeks to cooperatively identify and address mutual concerns among our institutions relating to international and world area collecting programs. Areas of pressing concern include (but are not limited to) cooperative collecting, digital content, finances, training, and recruitment to the profession. 

 

The initial conference in 2012, organized by Columbia, Duke, and Yale Universities, was reported in CRL's FOCUS newsletter. Several subsequent meetings—such as the most recent workshop at Texas—have continued to advance our interests.

 

As an ongoing forum of communication, the group has recently launched the IASC21 blog to share information on our common concerns, provoke discussion, and identify advantageous approaches. In particular, we are pleased to announce the IASC21 "Issue Briefs," which focus on specific themes, highlighting opportunities and innovative approaches that may have broader applicability across the community.

 

The briefs aim to generate open conversation and cross-talk.  We invite many voices into this conversation, both through posting comments and through the contribution of Issue Briefs from a variety of sources. We welcome contributions and ideas from you or others in your library. Feel free to contact the blog organizers, Pamela GrahamMary Rader, and myself with your ideas or contributions.

 

 

James Simon

Vice President, Collections and Services

Center for Research Libraries

6050 South Kenwood Avenue, Chicago, IL 60637 USA

773-955-4545 x324

jsimon-s8m7MN4ixSw@public.gmane.org

http://www.crl.edu

 


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Dale J. Correa, PhD
Middle Eastern Studies Librarian
University of Texas Libraries
The University of Texas at Austin
utexas.academia.edu/DaleJCorrea

Don't reject an idea if it is suitable,
Or Truth even if it comes from error.
Pearls are precious to acquire,
But it is not the diver who decides their worth.

أولا إنما مطلوبي العلم بحقائق الامور فلا بد من طلب حقيقة العلم ما هي؟
"To begin with, what I am looking for is knowledge of what things really are, so I must undoubtedly try to find what knowledge really is." al-Ghazali


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Dale J. Correa, PhD
Middle Eastern Studies Librarian
University of Texas Libraries
The University of Texas at Austin
utexas.academia.edu/DaleJCorrea

Don't reject an idea if it is suitable,
Or Truth even if it comes from error.
Pearls are precious to acquire,
But it is not the diver who decides their worth.

أولا إنما مطلوبي العلم بحقائق الامور فلا بد من طلب حقيقة العلم ما هي؟
"To begin with, what I am looking for is knowledge of what things really are, so I must undoubtedly try to find what knowledge really is." al-Ghazali

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