Welcome to the SIG-III Blog’s new location!

Greetings everyone,

I would like to announce a change to the SIG-III Blog: it has moved.  The new address is


Due to server hosting changes at NEASIST, the SIG-III Blog has moved to its new location.  Please update your links and RSS feeds.  (Also, thanks to NEASIST for hosting the SIG-III Blog since 2006!)

This change has prompted the second appearance change in six months, but the new appearance retains all of the functionality of the old site — the prominent links to the “About us” section and RSS feeds in the upper right, the search bar underneath that, and the hierarchical post categories in the right sidebar.  Beyond that, the new URL is the only other change.

Let me know if you have any questions!

Aaron Bowen
SIG-III Social Media Administrator

Upcoming conferences relating to international information


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I’d like to take a moment to alert our community about some upcoming conferences related to the field of international information. SIG-III Mentorship Coordinator Nasser Saleh sent me the information regarding the eiFl.net conference:

eIFl.net opens Call for Proposals public libraries in developing and transition countries.

eIFL.net is pleased to announce a Call for Proposals to spark the development of innovative public library services using technology in transitioning and developing countries.

The Public Library Innovation Program (http://plip.eifl.net ) will encourage public libraries to reach out to their communities, partnering with local government, business and other organizations to assess local needs and develop new services. Technology has transformed public libraries throughout the world, yet in many developing countries where the need is great, public libraries are under resourced.

This call is designed to gather great ideas that introduce technology to meet user needs and help members of the community improve their lives. Ten of the best proposals will be awarded up to $30,000 USD each for a one-year project.

Go to http://plip.eifl.net for the Call for Proposal, Application Form, Fact Sheet, FAQs and Press Release. A help desk will be available to prospective applicants plip [at] eifl.net.

This Call for Proposals opens on 16th November 2009 and closes 28th February 2010.

It will be open to applicants from the following countries: Albania, Argentina, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Bangladesh, Belarus, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Botswana, Bulgaria, Cambodia, Cameroon, Chile, People’s Republic of China, Colombia, Egypt, Estonia, Ethiopia, Georgia, Ghana, Jordan, Kenya, Kosovo, Kyrgyzstan, Laos, Latvia, Lesotho, Lithuania, Macedonia, Malawi, Mali, Mexico, Moldova, Mongolia, Mozambique, Nepal, Nigeria, Palestine (West Bank and Gaza), Poland, Guatemala, Romania, Russia, Senegal, Serbia, Slovenia, South Africa, Sudan, Swaziland, Syria, Tajikistan, Tanzania, Ukraine, Uzbekistan, Vietnam, Zambia and Zimbabwe.

Beyond that, there is the 5th Shanghai (Hangzhou) International Library Forum (SILF), and an IFLA Satellite Meeting on the theme of “The Global Librarian,” which will be held in Sweden. Both of these conferences will be held in August of this year. Here are the descriptions of each:

The 5th Shanghai (Hangzhou) International Library Forum (SILF) will be held on August 24~27 in Shanghai and Hangzhou.

The biennial forum, conducted in the era of quickened growth of information industry and globalized development of libraries, provides opportunities of brainstorming centering on the latest progress, innovative measures and future trends of library science and service. With the intensified coverage of media and wide recognition from the library circle, the convening of the forum, combining keynote speeches, plenary session and individual seminars, appeals to over 300 participants for participation at home and abroad, among who are IFLA senior officials, library directors, professionals and experts from the information sector, researchers and people from other fields.

Expo 2010 Shanghai China will take place between May 1 and October 31, 2010 in Shanghai with the theme of ‘Better City, Bette Life’. It would become a pageant for city life discussion, a symphony with the melody of technological innovation and cultural blending as well as a splendid dialogue between nations and cultures.

The forthcoming Forum coincides with World Expo and will include the 7th Chinese-Japanese International Seminar for the Librarianship.

Hangzhou is historical and cultural city reputed as ‘Paradise on Earth’. The host libraries are now extending warm welcome to domestic and overseas colleagues alike to join the academic exchanges while celebrating meanwhile Expo 2010 Shanghai China.

To facilitate in-depth discussions, subtopics are designed as follows,

I.Libraries and Multicultural Service
II. Libraries and Community Well-Being
III. Library Performance Evaluation
IV. Library Support for Innovation and Strategic Decisions
V. Library Service in Cloud Computing Era

Submitted papers shall be original research contributions or summaries of practical experience, which have not been published in any other periodicals or proceedings. Formats can be referred to at http://www.libnet.sh.cn/silf2010. Please submit the abstract to the Organizing Committee prior to March 15, 2010 and the full text before April 30, 2010. All the papers will be peer-reviewed by the Program Committee of SILF 2010 before the selected few get collected in the proceedings of the conference for official publication.

Conference Secretariat
Contact: Ms. Ren Xiapei or Mr. Zhou Qing
Address: 1555 Huai Hai Zhong Lu, Shanghai 200031, China
Email: silf2010 [at] libnet.sh.cn
Tel: +86.21.6445.4500 Fax: +86.21.6445.5006
Website: http://www.libnet.sh.cn/silf2010

New Professionals Discussion Group and Management of Library Associations Section
Boras, Sweden
August 9, 2010

Theme: “The Global Librarian”

This satellite conference will be held immediately prior to the World Library and Information Congress in Gothenburg, Sweden, August 2010.

The IFLA New Professionals Discussion Group and the Management of Library Associations Section invite proposals for presentations. First time presenters and new professionals are encouraged to apply.

In order to meet publication deadlines (for inclusion on the IFLA website) proposals must be submitted by February 10, 2010.

Conference Themes and Focus:
New librarians are positioning themselves as library leaders in academia, libraries, and professional associations. This event aims to address key themes and leading trends to provide library services while changing attitudes and expectations on the way. The conference organising committee wishes to showcase examples of best practice in how to develop new leaders, services, and inclusion of new professionals in decision-making processes 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:

• How to internationalize careers,
• New librarian paradigm,
• Mobile librarian,
• Real-time librarian, and
• Advocating for library associations to include new professionals in their agenda

We welcome and encourage proposals from first-time conference presenters, librarians, library school students, and information workers new to the profession.

Conference Location and Dates:
The conference will be held in Boras, Sweden. The conference venue will be the University of Boras which is conveniently located one hour by train from the WLIC venue, Gothenburg. More details will follow in the next few months. The satellite conference will start at 8:30 a.m. with registration, and will end at 4:30 p.m. with a networking session.

Format & Structure:
The conference will be arranged to include keynote opening and closing speakers along with a mix of panel/plenary sessions.

Conference Language:
The conference will be conducted in English. All papers and presentations will be required to be in English.

And as always, you can check out the International Calendar of Information Science Conferences (ICISC) for upcoming conferences across a broad range of Information Science-related topics.

Blog post contributed by Aaron Bowen