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Guidelines for Library Services for Young Adults – IFLA

Posted by bronwynr on October 29, 2008

The YA guidelines (presented at the Quebec conference) is now available at:
Guideline is available in English, French and Spanish.

You might also be interested in the following updates at the section webpage:

1) Strategic plan, update 2009 –  

2) Policy Statements
* “Literacy Training for Children and Young Adults in Public Libraries”
* “Internet and Children’s Library Services”


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The ALOUD Program

Posted by bronwynr on October 27, 2008

from NSW CBCA Branch

The ALOUD Program is run by the Children’s Book Council of Australia, (NSW Branch) Inc as part of its literature-based activities for children. The CBCA considers the promotion of Australian children’s authors and illustrators and their work is a significant objective. This program is designed to assist schools/libraries in areas disadvantaged by economic, cultural or distance hardship to invite authors and illustrators of children’s literature to talk to and work with the students, enriching their reading & writing experience.

Funding is available to assist with the cost of speaker’s fees. Schools/libraries will be expected to meet all other expenses relating to the visit including accommodation, meals and booking fees. Funding for travel expenses may be considered in exceptional circumstances.

Priority will be given to schools/libraries which can involve more than their own institution, for example, those who include other schools, a public library and/or the wider community.

There are still funds available for libraries to take up and this must be spent before the end of term 1 2009. Applications by individual organisations are up to $1000 however is a group of libraries / schools collaborate on an event or series of talks then the application value is up to $3000. Further information and forms for application can be found at:

or at under the programs tab.

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School Librarians Connect Kids with Galleys

Posted by bronwynr on October 24, 2008


One of library media specialist
Rose Brock’s five student book clubs,
at Coppell Middle School West in
Coppell, Tex.

It’s a win-win situation: publishers get middle-grade and young adult galleys into the hands of middle-school librarians, who share them with students in hopes of fueling their interest in reading. The kids’ enthusiasm for a title then creates in-school, pre-pub buzz about the book that can, in some cases, have a positive effect on sales. It’s a chain reaction that is beneficial to all concerned—and one that appears to be happening with increasing frequency. 

Getting publishers and librarians connected is a two-way street. Publishing staffers arrive at ALA conventions and educational conferences laden with ARCs of upcoming releases, which school librarians happily lug home. Librarians also reach out to publishers, requesting ARCs or galleys of forthcoming titles after scouring catalogues, or ask to be placed on mailing lists to receive galleys.

And school librarians are starting to use ARCs in creative ways.   

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ALIA 2009 National Library and Information Technicians Conference

Posted by bronwynr on October 23, 2008

First Announcement and Call for Papers


The 2009 ALIA National Library and Information Technicians Conference will be held at the Adelaide Convention Centre 15-18 September 2009.


Using the theme ‘Technology-Technique-Unique’, Adelaide 2009 intends to address issues of

interest and concern to the contemporary Library and Information Services industry.


The organising committee invites you to submit conference papers, tutorials and interactive workshop presentations that fit within the daily themes of Technology, Technique, Unique.


Technology is defined as ‘knowledge and use of the mechanical arts and applied science’.  Within this framework the committee would like to receive papers that discuss various aspects on the use of technology, its benefits and disadvantages, the progress of technology and the resultant winners and losers.  


Technique, defined as ‘mechanical skills in art, skilful manipulation of situations, people or resources’. This is ‘how we do things’, papers addressing issues such as work-life balance, doing more with less, dealing with change or papers addressing new ways of working, problem solving, implementing innovative ideas or new approaches to professional development are sought for this category.


Unique is ‘being the only one of its kind, unusual, remarkable’.  For this theme the committee encourages presenters to let their imagination roam, the field is wide open.  Each one of us has a unique story to tell, if you would like to share, this is your opportunity.  First time presenters are welcome and Team Adelaide 2009 will offer support and direction to help you present your paper in a confident and professional manner.


For full details please visit the Conference Web site at

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Apply Now for the 2009 Frances Henne/YALSA/VOYA Research Grant

Posted by bronwynr on October 22, 2008

The Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA), the fastest growing division of the American Library Association (ALA) is offering the Frances Henne/YALSA/VOYA (Voice of Youth Advocates) Research Grant for 2009.  This grant of $1000 provides seed money for small-scale projects that will encourage research that responds to the YALSA Research Agenda. more » » » 

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Broadband, libraries and the creation of Australian digital culture

Posted by bronwynr on October 20, 2008

 A one day seminar presented by CSU, ALIA and NLA

on Tuesday 18th November 2008, NLA Theatre

8:45 am – 5pm

This seminar, the third in a series organised by Charles Sturt University and supported by the National Library of Australia and ALIA, is intended to provide a broad overview of what the government focus on maximising the potential of Australia’s digital culture means for libraries and information agencies in strategy and in practice.

The morning will consider the big picture with two keynote speakers, Mia Garlick, the Assistant Secretary, Digital Economy, Department of Broadband, Communications & Digital Economy and Professor Trevor Barr of Swinburne University, a leading commentator on telecommunications issues and their impact on users.

The afternoon session will move the emphasis to libraries and the opportunities that this focus on the digital  world offers. Speakers include Derek Whitehead, president of ALIA and Director of Information Resources at Swinburne University and Christine Mackenzie of the Yarra Plenty Regional Library, recently awarded the fellowship of ALIA.

Full program and Registration now available.

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Teen Advisory Group Evolves Thanks to Trillium

Posted by bronwynr on October 17, 2008

In April 2008, the Ontario Trillium Foundation awarded $75, 000 to the County of Lennox and Addington Public Library, Napanee, Ontario, for enhancements of teen services. Rebecca Hinch was hired in June of 2008 as the teen services facilitator to recruit a Teen Advisory Group (T.A.G.) to help guide these changes and foster teen programming in all of its facilities. And while it has been hard work, the results are rewarding. more » » » 

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Moving In, Moving Up, and Moving On: Strategies for Regenerating the

Posted by bronwynr on October 14, 2008


Moving In, Moving Up, and Moving On: Strategies for Regenerating the Library and Information Profession
IFLA Satellite Conference at the University of Bologna, Italy – August 18, 19, and 20, 2009

This satellite conference will be held immediately prior to the World Library and Information Congress in Milan, Italy, August 2009.

The IFLA Continuing Professional Development and Workplace Learning Section and the New Professionals Discussion Group invite proposals for presentations – key note/plenary presentations, research reports,
smaller scale interactive round-table discussions, workshops, and poster sessions. First time presenters and new professionals are encouraged to apply. In order to meet publication deadlines (for inclusion in the published Proceedings distributed at the conference) proposals must be submitted by November 10, 2008. Not all presentations and papers need to be published as part of the proceedings, the review committee will also accept presentations that are not intended to be considered for publication.

Conference Themes and Focus
The broad focus of this satellite meeting is the creation of a positive work environment for a multi-generational workforce.  We are interested in this issue as it cuts across a variety of organizational structures, library types, and other workplaces that employ information workers. We welcome first-time presenters at international conferences and librarians and information workers new to the profession. We encourage a diversity of voices. The conference organising committee wishes to showcase examples of best practice in strategies for regenerating the profession through both research based scholarly presentations and experiential and practical stories of successes and lessons learned. The organisers are particularly interested in receiving proposals for presentations on any of the following, or related, key themes and issues :
General Themes
* Managing between and across generations
* Mentoring and coaching
* Communication skills, e.g. goal setting, providing feedback
* Organizational structures
* Dealing with organizational blocks

Moving In
* Attracting people to the profession
* Developing retention strategies
* Creating a positive work environment
* Teambuilding and cohort development
* Involving newcomers in professional associations

Moving Up
* Developing as a leader
* Working  and leading within the organization
* Managing up
* Challenging existing organisational structures
* Relationship and network building

Moving On
* Re-skilling and transferability of skills
* Succession planning and passing on knowledge
* New careers for information workers

Conference Location and dates
The conference will be held at the University of Bologna, Italy.  The satellite conference will start with a reception and initial activity on Tuesday, August 18.  On Wednesday, August 19 and Thursday August 20, the sessions will run all day.  There may be a tour organised during the day on Tuesday, August 18.

Conference Format & Structure
The conference will be structured to maximise opportunities for interaction and learning with a focus on both expanding knowledge and understanding and enhancing capabilities in this key area of professional practice. Active sharing of ideas and knowledge will be encouraged and presenters are encouraged to think about the most effective ways of delivering their presentations.  The conference will be arranged to include a mix of plenary sessions (with time allowed for discussion and comment on each paper), smaller scale interactive presentations (where presenters make their presentation to a small group and then engage in participatory/interactive work with that group), breakout sessions/workshops and poster presentations. To enable information exchange and networking the smaller scale interactive presentation sessions may be repeated multiple times and the poster sessions may b e staffed at several times throughout the conference.
Published Proceedings
All key-note presentations and a selection of other significant presentations at the conference will be peer reviewed and published by K.G. Saur as part of the IFLA *greenback* publication series. The editors of the Conference Proceedings will be Jana Varlejs (Associate Professor, Rutgers University, US), Liz Lewis (Archive Project Manager, Skillset, UK) and Graham Walton (Service Development Manager, Loughborough University Library, UK) The peer and editorial review of papers proposed or selected for publication in the Proceedings will focus in particular on: originality of ideas, readability, intellectual rigour and the level of authority and scholarship demonstrated, validity of the results of any empirical research.
Presenters who prefer not to have their paper considered for publication should indicate their preference on the proposal submission form.

Conference Language
The conference will be conducted in English. All papers and presentations will be required to be in English (it is hoped to translate papers into the official IFLA languages post-conference for
addition to the conference website) Submission of Proposals for Conference Presentations  To submit a proposal for presentation at the conference please complete the Proposal Submission Form (MS Word file) attached. Proposals must be submitted in electronic format – preferably by email,or by post (3.5″ diskette or CD-ROM). Proposals must be in either a generally available word-processing file format or in RTF format. Proposals should be sent, no later than November 10, 2008 to both of the program convenors:

Loida Garcia-Febo, Assistant Coordinator, Special Services, Queens Library, 89-11 Merrick Blvd., Jamaica, NY 11432, USA Email:

Roisin Gwyer, Associate University Librarian, The University Library, University of Portsmouth, Cambridge Road, Portsmouth, PO1 2ST, England UK Email:

* Proposals for papers must be submitted by November 10, 2008
* Successful proposers will be advised of the acceptance of their proposal in early December 2008
* If the paper was accepted for publication in the Proceedings then the full paper must be submitted for review by January 31,2009
* Presentations which are not for publication must be submitted for review by March 31, 2009
* Invited contributors/presenters will be advised of final confirmation/acceptance of their paper, (following peer review), in April 2009.

Review and Selection of Presentations
Proposals for papers for presentation and publication will be assessed by the Conference program committee and will be subject to a peer review process. The program committee will decide which proposers should be invited to develop and submit full presentations and /or papers. Confirmation of invitations to present at the conference will be subjectto the receipt and approval, following second-round peer review, of the full paper (if for publication in the Conference Proceedings) or presentation outline/poster as applicable. Revisions may be required before final confirmation and acceptance. Guidelines for Published Papers  Presenters whose papers are selected for publication in the Proceedings
will be provided with detailed guidelines on the required format for manuscripts.

Registration Costs etc
Details of the cost of the conference (registration fees, accommodation options and costs etc.) will be available later in 2008. Invited speakers and presenters will be required to pay the registration fee and
their own travel, accommodation and associated costs. The registration fee will cover a set of the published conference papers, lunch, mid-morning and mid-afternoon refreshments, and the conference dinner.
Registration options will include registration for the full 2.5 day conference and single day registration.
The Continuing Professional Development and Workplace Learning Section will have a limited number of partial awards to support the attendance of first time presenters at an international conference and the attendance of professionals who have been in the profession for fewer than five years.  Please indicate on the proposal submission form if you wish to be considered for one of the awards.  The awards will be given
on a competitive basis.  Criteria for the award will include acceptance of the paper, the appropriateness of the topic, and geographical distribution.

Mentoring Opportunity
The Continuing Professional Development and Workplace Learning Section and the New Professionals Discussion Group are happy to offer a mentoring opportunity to interested participants.  Mentors will be available to work with presenters on their papers and presentations.  If you would like to take advantage of this opportunity, please check the mentoring box on the Proposal submission form.

The Program Co-convenors will be happy to hear, and will respond to, questions or comments about this conference. Please direct questions to either or both:

Roisin Gwyer, Associate University Librarian, The University Library, University of Portsmouth, Cambridge Road, Portsmouth, PO1 2ST, UK Tel. 0044 2392 843221// Fax. 0044 2392 843233 Email:

Loida Garcia-Febo, Assistant Coordinator, Special Services, Queens Library, 89-11 Merrick Blvd., Jamaica, NY 11432, USA Tel. 1-718-990-8569// Fax. 1-718-990-8626  Email:

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LA to Expand Family Place Centers

Posted by bronwynr on October 13, 2008

The County of Los Angeles Public Library (CLAPL) will develop 10 more early childhood education centers and a new librarian training center, thanks to a grant from the child advocacy organization, First 5 LA.
The new “Family Place Centers” will build on the library’s existing 25 centers, which launched four years ago and have been hugely successful, attracting families from “every ethnic and socioeconomic group” in the area, says Penny Markey, CLAPL’s library’s coordinator of youth services. read more…

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Are you relevant?

Posted by bronwynr on October 13, 2008

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