SEPTEMBER 2007  issue

Editorial note:
This section contains items culled from various Internet news services, discussion lists and other announcements.  Unless specifically noted, I have not visited the sites, used any of the software, reviewed the literature, or written the news items.  I present this digest to you in good faith but cannot vouch for the accuracy of its content.

 Kerry Smith


Africa: A Guide to Reference Material

Sjoerd Koopman []                     Mon 23/04/2007 2:58 PM                   [IFLA-L] Guide to Reference Material on Africa

John McIlwaine, Professor Emeritus of the Bibliography of Asia and Africa, University College London (and former Chair of the IFLA Section on Preservation and Conservation) has just published Africa: A Guide to Reference Material. 2nd ed. Lochcarron, Scotland, Hans Zell, 2007. 666pp. ISBN: 0-9541029-3-2 ISBN-13: 978-0-9541029-3-7. First published in 1993, this is a new revised and substantially expanded edition that evaluates the leading sources of information (other than bibliographies) on Africa South of the Sahara published in English and French, and in a number of other European languages since 1938. It contains 3,600 for the most part annotated entries, covering encyclopaedias, dictionaries, directories, handbooks, atlases and gazetteers, almanacs, yearbooks, topographic reference sources, directories of organizations, as well as biographical and statistical sources. Entirely new sections include a selection of the principal reference sources in the biological and earth sciences, especially on flora and fauna, and on biology, habitat, and geology. Each title – most of them personally examined by the compiler – is described and analysed for content. For further details see


Sjoerd Koopman (Mr)
Co-ordinator of Professional Activities
IFLA Headquarters
P.O. Box 95312
2509 CH The Hague

Bilingual Survey on Grey Literature in Education (English-French)

GreyNet []              Mon 10/09/2007 2:46 PM                   Bilingual Survey on Grey Literature in Education (English-French)

Bilingual Survey on Grey Literature in Education

This survey seeks to evaluate the place grey literature holds today in courses offered in Library and Information Science. It is carried out in advance of the Panel Session on Education that will be held during the Ninth International Conference on Grey Literature this December in Antwerp, Belgium. The survey is carried out via the distribution channels of INIST and GreyNet and should take no more than 5 minutes to complete. Respondents have until October 10, 2007 to complete the online questionnaire. Thank You.

L'enquête suivante cherche à évaluer la place de la littérature grise dans l’enseignement des sciences de l’information. Elle est menée par l'INIST et Greynet dans le contexte d’une session sur l’éducation lors de la 9ème Conférence internationale sur la littérature grise à Anvers/Belgique en décembre 2007. 5 Minutes devraient suffire pour remplir le questionnaire.


Grey Literature Network Service
Javastraat 194-HS
1095 CP Amsterdam
The Netherlands

Tel/Fax +31(0)20-331.2420


British Library's Endangered Archives Programme - call for applications

Collins, Catherine []                        Tue 4/09/2007 4:45 PM                   [IFLA-L] British Library's Endangered Archives Programme - call for applications

The Endangered Archives Programme at the British Library is now accepting applications for the next round of funding.  Detailed information on the timetable, criteria, eligibility and procedures for applying for a grant is available on the Programme’s website.  The deadline for receipt of preliminary applications is 2 November 2007.

The Programme has funded nearly 70 projects in 37 countries, totalling £1.7 million, since its establishment three years ago.  The  Programme is funded by Arcadia, in pursuit of its general aim to support fundamental research into important issues in the humanities and social science.  The focus of the Programme is on the preservation and copying of important but vulnerable archives throughout the world.

The aim is to safeguard archival material relating to societies usually at an early stage of development, ie, its normal focus is on the period of a society’s history before ‘modernisation’ or ‘industrialisation’ had generated institutional and record-keeping structures for the systematic preservation of historical records, very broadly defined.  The relevant time period will therefore vary according to the society with which we deal.  The Programme is completely open as to theme and regional interest, although applications concerned with non-western societies are particularly welcomed.

The Programme’s objectives are achieved principally by making a number of grants to individual researchers to locate relevant collections, to arrange their transfer to suitable local archival home where possible, and to deliver copies to the British Library and a local institution for the benefit of researchers worldwide.  Pilot projects are particularly welcomed, to investigate the survival of archival collections on a particular subject, in a discrete region, or in a specific format, and the feasibility of their recovery.

For the purposes of the Programme, archives will be interpreted widely to include not only rare printed sources (books, serials, newspapers, ephemera) and manuscripts, but also visual materials (drawings, paintings, prints, posters, photographs), audio or video recordings and digital data.  In all cases, the validity of archival materials for inclusion in the Programme will be assessed by their relevance as source materials for the pre-industrial stage of a society’s history.

The Programme does not offer grants to support the normal running activities of an archive, although the Programme may offer support for such items as costs directly related to the acceptance of relocated material.

The Programme is administered by the British Library and applications are considered in an annual competition by an international panel of historians and archivists.

For further details of the projects funded to date as well as application procedures, please visit the Programme’s website.

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Call for Chapters & Reviewers Book on Media and Info Literacy

Open Lib/Info Sci Education Forum [JESSE@LISTSERV.UTK.EDU]; on behalf of; Eli Cohen []
Sat 8/09/2007 4:24 AM         JESSE@LISTSERV.UTK.EDU        Call for Chapters & Reviewers Book on Media and Info Literacy


Issues in Information and Media Literacy - book of readings and cases

Call for Chapters / Call for Reviewers


The editors of Issues in Information and Media Literacy, a volume of case studies and academic papers to be published by the Informing Science Institute, invite chapters on a range of issues related to information and media literacy.  We also seek colleagues from all fields involved with this area who are willing to provide quality reviews of submitted chapters in a timely manner (please see below <> ).

Information and media literacy (media literacy is often subsumed into information literacy and this volume considers both) is regarded by many as a cornerstone for full participation in the ‘Information Society’. Moreover it is increasingly widely recognised as an important area of educational practice, social activism, public policy and academic research. 

Even though the terms information literacy and media literacy have a relatively short history (media literacy has been around considerably longer than information literacy) they have attracted considerable attention from a wide range of academic disciplines and are considered key topics in many areas of academic study including education, information science, librarianship, mass communications, planning, political science and sociology amongst many others.  Moreover, information and media literacy is a field of key interest to numerous educationalists, civil society activists, non-governmental organisations, international development agencies and supra-governmental organisations. 

This book will bring together accounts from practitioners, educationalists, academics and others in an innovative, exciting and mutually informing manner. The text will offer a fresh interdisciplinary approach to the issues and aims to identify new areas of practice and research. The book will be widely available in print through online book retailers including Amazon and available free in electronic format online. 

Information and Media Literacy

While the terms information and media literacy are widely used it is interesting to note that no single definition that is accepted by all exists. Indeed defining what information or media literacy actually refers to is one of the key fracture points in the field and spawns much debate. Most definitions agree that information and media literacy refers to a set of central skills that are best developed in tandem. Whilst not definitive list, many accounts state that an information literate person will be able to:

*           recognise the need for;
*           access;
*           analyse or interpret;
*           critically evaluate; and
*           communicate

information in a variety of forms in various media.

For example, the UNESCO-sponsored Meeting of Experts on Information Literacy <>  in Prague in 2003 proffers that:

"Information Literacy encompasses knowledge of one's information concerns and needs, and the ability to identify, locate, evaluate, organize and effectively create, use and communicate information to address issues or problems at hand." (US National Commission on Library and Information Science, 2003)

Beyond this basic premise however consensus breaks down a little and numerous questions arise:

*           How best to promote and action information and media literacy?
*           Is information and media literacy an end in itself?
*           What models of learning and even politics underpin it?
*           Is there a difference between information and media literacy and information skills?
*           What actual strategies and activities to teach / encourage / develop information and media literacy work best?

These questions amongst many others now inform this very vibrant field of practice and academic research.


This volume seeks to bring together accounts of the latest programmes, practical activities and research in the field. We wish to share good practice and to set new directions in research. We are keen to receive submissions in two forms:

1.         Academic papers that detail original research and activities in the field. Submitted papers should be original, have not been published elsewhere and will be double blind peer-reviewed. Full chapters (guideline 5000-7000 words) are invited.

2.         Discussions, descriptions and case studies of activities, programmes and initiatives that address issues of information and media literacy. Submitted papers may detail specific activities and strategies, offer a broader view or be a call for action on specific issue. We are particularly keen to receive submissions from practitioners in the field, educators and those involved in setting and implementing policy. Submitted papers should offer substantive new information, detail a successful (or unsuccessful) initiative or offer a fresh perspective. Chapters will be reviewed and final submissions are to concur with a specific house template. Full chapters (5000-7000 words) are invited.

Indicative topics:

In addition to the topics listed below we are keen to receive fresh and innovative approaches and areas. This may include:

*           Case studies, discussions and descriptions of information and media literacy related activities;
*           New models and theoretical aspects of information and media literacy;
*           Defining information and media literacy;
*           Future directions in information and media literacy;
*           The information society;
*           Developing critical approaches;
*           Pedagogic issues;
*           The business case for information and media literacy;
*           Economic aspects of information and media literacy;
*           Information and media literacy in K12 / compulsory education;
*           Information and media literacy beyond compulsory education;
*           Information and media literacy in higher education;
*           Developing ‘expertise’ in information and media skills
*           Skills versus knowledge-based approaches;
*           The history of information and media literacy;
*           The philosophy of information and media literacy;
*           The sociology of information and media literacy;
*           Political issues;
*           Information and media literacy skills based approaches;
*           Technical issues;
*           Information and media literacy in developing societies;
*           Information and media literacy in community development;
*           Citizenship in the information society;
*           Public policy;
*           Non-governmental organisations and the non-state sector;

Submission Details

The language of the book is English. All chapters must be original, unpublished, and not currently under review by any other publication or conference.

By submitting the manuscript for consideration, authors stipulate that they hold the copyright to the manuscript and, upon acceptance, transfer it to the Informing Science Institute. Authors also agree to assume all liability in case of copyright dispute.

*           Authors may submit a short proposal (1000 words max) for clarification of whether their submission will ‘fit’ the book. Proposals should be sent direct to the editor at <>  by 15th November 2007.
*           Full chapters to be submitted by 31st December, 2007 using the process detailed below.
*           All submitted chapters will be double-blind reviewed. 
*           Authors will receive feedback from reviewers by 28th February 2008.
*           Authors of accepted chapters will then have a further opportunity to refine their work, based upon the comments of the reviewers and the editor.
*           Chapter revisions must be submitted by 18th April 2008.
*           A final acceptance notification will be issued by 19th May 2008.
*           Camera-ready submissions submitted by 30th June 2008.

The book is scheduled to be published by the Informing Science Press <>  in 2008. Further details as they become available will be published on this URL: <> .

Submission protocol

Full chapters should be submitted in the following manner.

1.         Strip from the submission the authors' names, affiliations, and any other information that identify the authors. This allows your manuscript to be blind reviewed.
2.         Manuscripts submissions are accepted only in RTF or Word .doc format via the website <>

Summary of key dates

Proposals                                                 15th November 2007

Full chapters                                             31st December 2007

Initial decisions and feedback                   28th February 2008

Chapter revisions submitted                     18th April 2008

Final acceptance notification                    19th May 2008

Camera-ready submission                        30th June 2008


Volunteers for chapter reviewers are also welcomed and we encourage a mutually supporting approach.  To volunteer, please complete the form at URL with your particulars and preferences.


Caribbean Libraries in the 21st Century: Changes, Challenges and Choices               Tue 24/04/2007 7:05 AM                        [IFLA-L] Caribbean Libraries in the 21st Century

Caribbean Libraries in the 21st Century: Changes, Challenges and Choices
(408 pp/hardbound;ISBN 978-1-57387-301-7), will be published in May 2007 by Information Today.

"Editors Cheryl Peltier-Davis and Shamin Renwick set out “to document the state of Caribbean libraries in the 21st century by examining the responses of these institutions to the changes, challenges, and choices in an increasingly electronic and virtual information environment.” More than 40 practitioners joined in the effort, contributing 25 chapters that address the myriad obstacles and opportunities facing Caribbean libraries.

The book begins by providing essential historical perspective followed by coverage of trends, projects, and issues in library management, innovative services, integration and impact of information technology, cooperation and resource sharing, training library users, distance education, and the role of the 21st-century librarian. This remarkable work is certain to inspire any information professional, student, or scholar seeking to understand how librarianship can and is flourishing in challenging environments."

This publication also serves to fill the gap on Caribbean Libraries in comparative and international librarianship studies as few books have covered this topic in recent years.

See table of contents on the website:

Shamin Renwick, M.Phil., MLIS, FCLIP
Librarian III
Multimedia and Information Technology Unit, Medical Sciences Library, The University of the West Indies, Eric Williams Medical Sciences Complex, Champs Fleurs, Trinidad and Tobago
Tel: 868-645-2640 ext 5253
Fax: 868-662-1392

Continuing Professional Development: Pathways to Leadership in the Library and Information World

Sjoerd Koopman []         Wed 22/08/2007 9:33 PM        [IFLA-L] Continuing Professional Development: Pathways to Leadership in the Library and Information World

New IFLA Publication

Continuing Professional Development: Pathways to Leadership in the Library and Information World

The papers in this new volume form the proceedings of the 7th IFLA World Conference on Continuing Professional Development and Workplace Learning for the Information Professions, held in Johannesburg, South Africa in August 2007.

They focus on the topic of leadership in the library and information professions, providing an overview of institutes, programs and activities occurring around the world. Some are described in detail, outlining learning objectives, structure, recruitment and evaluation strategies; others summarise national and international initiatives.

These papers will provide valuable insights to anyone interested in workforce planning strategies aimed at addressing current shortages of library leaders, as well as those who may have experienced difficulties recruiting to leadership positions and now want to explore the best ways of developing and equipping their own staff with skills to enable them to become the leaders of the future.

Professional Development: Pathways to Leadership in the Library and Information World.

Edited by Ann Ritchie and Clare Walker.

Munich: K.G. Saur Verlag, 2007.
(IFLA Publications; 126).
ISBN 978-3-598-22034-0.
Price: EUR 78,00 (EUR 58,00 for IFLA Members).

K.G. Saur Verlag
P.O. Box 701620
81316 Munich, Germany
Tel: +49-89-76902-300
Fax: +49-89-76902-150/250 <>


Co-Recipients GreyNet Award 2007

GreyNet []              Fri 25/05/2007 5:56 PM                      Co-Recipients GreyNet Award 2007

Todd A. Chavez, Anna H. Perrault, and Pete Reehling; University of South Florida and Courtney Crummett; National Library of Medicine, USA are co-recipients of the GreyNet Award 2007. This award is in recognition for their contribution to the field of grey literature over the past year. Nominations for the GreyNet Award are based on (1.) Results from the GL8 Participant Evaluation Forms, (2.) Publication of the authors' full-text paper titled "The Impact of Grey Literature in Advancing Global Karst Research: An Information Needs Assessment for a Globally Distributed Interdisciplinary Community" in the GL8 Conference Proceedings, (3.) Selection and publication of the author's conference paper as a journal article, whereby research results originating in the GL Conference Series are exported and become accessible via other information and publishing channels,  (4.) Prior history of the authors on the topic of grey literature, and (5.) Willingness to attend the GreyNet Award Dinner in order to personally receive the honor. This year's GreyNet Award Dinner will be held on December 9, 2007 in Antwerp, Belgium.

Grey Literature Network Service
Javastraat 194-HS
1095 CP Amsterdam
The Netherlands

Tel/Fax +31(0)20-331.2420


Doctoral Studies in Preservation at UT School of Information

Open Lib/Info Sci Education Forum []; on behalf of; Philip Doty [pdoty@ISCHOOL.UTEXAS.EDU]
Fri 14/09/2007 5:16 AM        doctoral fellowships in preservation

Doctoral Studies in Preservation at UT School of Information

In 2006, the University of Texas at Austin School of Information launched an innovative PhD Fellowship initiative to educate doctoral students in the broad field of library and archives preservation and conservation.  With a 2nd generous grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services, the School is able to offer significant living stipends and full tuition to 5 full-time doctoral students for 3 years beginning with the fall 2008 semester. Applications will be accepted in December 2007 for studies to begin in fall 2008 and in December 2008 for studies to begin in fall 2009.

The primary goal of the PhD Preservation Fellowship initiative is to produce doctoral students prepared to meet the challenges of education, research, and leadership in the field of cultural preservation in the 21st century, and who will serve as faculty members in preservation, as preservation researchers, and in leading administrative positions in libraries.

We are interested in applicants whose academic and professional backgrounds might include preservation administration, conservation, archives, digital libraries, digital preservation, moving image and sound preservation, and information policy, to name a few.  To learn more about the fellowships and application details, please visit:
Dr. Philip Doty

Associate Professor, School of Information
Associate Director, Telecommunications and Information Policy Institute
Faculty Affiliate, Kilgarlin Center for the Preservation of the Cultural Record
Faculty Affiliate, Center for Women's and Gender Studies
University of Texas at Austin
SZB 564
1 University Station D7000
Austin, TX 78712-0390

(512) 471-3746          voice
(512) 471-3971          fax

Pianu, pianu se va lentanu (Little by little, one goes far) -- Italian proverb


Fourth TMG Report Launched Worldwide − “Freedom of Expression in Tunisia: The Siege Holds”

Sophie Felfoldi []              Wed 11/04/2007 11:59 PM       ;
[IFLA-L] Fourth TMG Report Launched Worldwide / Lancement mondial du 4è rapport du TMG 

PRESS RELEASE / Communiqué de Presse.

Embargo: 11 April 2007 / 11 avril 2007

Fourth TMG Report Launched Worldwide − “Freedom of Expression in Tunisia: The Siege Holds”

Lancement mondial du 4è rapport du TMG  “Liberté d’expression en Tunisie : le siège tient”

In its fourth report on freedom of expression conditions in Tunisia, the International Freedom of Expression Exchange (IFEX) Tunisian Monitoring Group (TMG) concludes that it is still increasingly important that international free expression and human rights groups, as well as the international community at large still keep monitoring development in Tunisia.

“Freedom of Expression in Tunisia: The Siege Holds” is the fourth TMG report since February 2005 and is based on a recent (28 February – 4 March) mission to Tunisia.  The report will be launched worldwide on 11 April at a press conference in Cairo hosted by the Arabic Human Rights Information Network (HRinfo), as well as at an event hosted by the World Press Freedom Committee (WPFC) in Washington. The report, available in English, French and Arabic, will also be launched in Geneva and Paris.

Tunisian authorities have rejected all previous recommendations from the TMG. The new report states that: “lack of positive change has led us to conclude that the Tunisian government has sought to further stifle dissidents since the previous TMG report of May 2006. As the present report reflects, it is therefore necessary to maintain and strongly reiterate all past recommendations from the TMG to Tunisian authorities.”

The TMG is a group of 16 freedom of expression organisations in the IFEX network.  The recent mission was chaired by Carl Morten Iversen of Norwegian PEN. Other members of the delegation were Yousef Ahmed of Index on Censorship, Virginie Jouan of the World Association of Newspapers (WAN) and Alexis Krikorian of the International Publishers Association (IPA). Sherif Azer of the Egyptian Organization of Human Rights (EOHR) was prevented from receiving a visa on time by the Tunisian Embassy in Cairo, which treated him rudely.

The report is available on-line on the TMG websites at:

- English:

- French:


For further information about the report, contact:

Carl Morten Iversen, Norwegian PEN, at tel: + 47 2247 9220/926 88 023 or e-mail: or (English) Alexis Krikorian, IPA, at tel: + 41 22830 1080/7921 45 530 or e-mail: (English or French)

Gamal Eid, HRinfo, at tel: +202 524 9544 (Arabic) or e-mail: or

Members of the IFEX-TMG are:
Arabic Human Rights Information Network (HRinfo), Egypt ARTICLE 19, UK Canadian Journalists for Free Expression (CJFE), Canada Egyptian Organization for Human Rights (EOHR), Egypt Index on Censorship, UK International Federation of Journalists (IFJ), Belgium International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA), The Netherlands

International Press Institute (IPI), Austria International Publishers' Association (IPA), Switzerland Journaliste en danger (JED), Democratic Republic of Congo Media Institute of Southern Africa (MISA), Namibia Norwegian PEN, Norway World Association of Community Radio Broadcasters (AMARC), Canada World Association of Newspapers (WAN), France World Press Freedom Committee (WPFC), USA Writers in Prison Committee of International PEN (WiPC), UK

Lancement mondial du 4è rapport du TMG  “Liberté d’expression en Tunisie : le siège tient”

Dans son quatrième rapport sur les conditions de la liberté d’expression en Tunisie, le groupe d’observation de la Tunisie au sein de l’Echange international de la liberté d’expression (IFEX TMG) a conclut qu’il est toujours extrêmement important pour les organisations internationales actives dans les droits de l’Homme et la liberté d’expression, ainsi que pour la communauté internationale au sens large, de continuer à surveiller la situation en Tunisie.

“Liberté d’expression en Tunisie : le siège tient” est le quatrième rapport du TMG depuis le mois de février 2005. Il fait suite à une récente mission d’enquête en Tunisie du 28 février au 4 mars 2007. Le lancement mondial de ce quatrième rapport aura lieu lors d’une conférence de presse organisée au Caire le 11 avril 2007 par le réseau d’information arabe des droits de l’Homme (HRinfo). Le rapport sera également lancé à Washington lors d’un événement organisé par le World Press Freedom Committee (WPFC). Le rapport, qui est disponible en trois langues (anglais, arabe, français), sera également lancé à Genève et à Paris.

A ce jour, les autorités tunisiennes ont rejeté toutes les recommandations émises par le TMG. Le dernier rapport du Groupe d’observation de la Tunisie affirme que « l’absence d’amélioration notable nous a conduit à conclure que le  gouvernement tunisien a cherché à étouffer davantage les dissidents tunisiens depuis le précédent rapport du TMG de mai 2006. En conséquence, le présent rapport maintient et réitère avec force toutes les recommandations passées du TMG au gouvernement tunisien ».

Le TMG est un groupe de 16 organisations liberté d’expression membres du réseau IFEX. La dernière mission du groupe (28 février – 4 mars 2007) a été présidée par Carl Morten Iversen du centre PEN norvégien. Les autres membres de la délégation étaient : Yousef Ahmed d’Index on Censorship, Virginie Jouan de l’Association mondiale des journaux (AMJ) et Alexis Krikorian de l’Union internationale des éditeurs (UIE). L’ambassade tunisienne du Caire n’a pas remis à temps un visa à Sherif Azer de l’Organisation egyptienne des droits de l’Homme (EOHR) et l’a par ailleurs traité grossièrement.

Le rapport est disponible en ligne sur le site web du TMG:

- anglais: <>

- français: <>

- arabe: <>
Pour plus d’informations sur le rapport, veuillez contacter :

Carl Morten Iversen, Centre PEN norvégien, tél: + 47 2247 9220/926 88 023 ou e-mail: <>  ou <>  (anglais)

Alexis Krikorian, UIE, tél: + 41 22830 1080/7921 45 530 ou e-mail: (anglais, français)

Gamal Eid, HRinfo, tél: +202 524 9544 (arabe) ou e-mail: <>  ou <>

Les membres de l’IFEX TMG sont :

Réseau d’information arabe des droits de l’Homme (HRinfo), Egypte
ARTICLE 19, Royaume-Uni

Journalistes canadiens pour la liberté d’expression (CJFE), Canada

Organisation egyptienne pour les droits de l’Homme (EOHR), Egypte

Index on Censorship, Royaume-Uni

Fédération internationale des journalistes (FIJ), Belgique

Fédération internationale des associations et institutions de bibliothèques (IFLA), Pays-Bas

International Press Institute (IPI), Autriche

Union internationale des éditeurs (UIE), Suisse

Journalistes en danger (JED), République démocratique du Congo

Media Institute of Southern Africa (MISA), Namibie

Centre PEN norvégien, Norvège

Association mondiale des radio-diffuseurs communautaires (AMARC), Canada

Association mondiale des journaux (AMJ), France

World Press Freedom Committee (WPFC), Etats-Unis

Comité des écrivains en prison de PEn International (WiPC), Royaume-uni

Friends: Social Networking Sites for Engaged Library Services; on behalf of; Gerry Mckiernan []                Sun 29/04/2007 5:52 AM
[Asis-l] Launch of _Friends: Social Networking Sites forEngaged   Library Services _


I'm pleased to announce the launch of _Friends: Social Networking Sites for Engaged Library Services _,  "a blog devoted to application and use of online social networking sites such as Facebook and MySpace for any and all types of library-related programs or services."

Friends will include announcements, general news, as well as citations and links to significant articles, books, and other publications about online social networking in general and their use by libraries and librarians.

_Friends_ is available at

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A FeedBurner feed is available




Gerry McKiernan
Science and Technology Librarian
Iowa State University Library
Ames IA 50011

Iowa: Where the Tall Corn Flows and the (North)West Wind Blows

"Functional Requirements for Authority Data" - 2nd draft

Patton,Glenn []                   Thu 12/04/2007 3:46 AM                   [IFLA-L] Worldwide review of Functional Requirements of Authority Data

The IFLA Working Group on Functional Requirements and Numbering of Authority Records is pleased to announce that a 2nd draft of "Functional Requirements for Authority Data" (previously titled "Functional Requirements for Authority Records") is now available for worldwide review.  This draft, updated in response to comments received during the previous review, is on the IFLA web site at <> .  Comments should be sent by July 15, 2007 to:

Glenn Patton
OCLC Online Computer Library Center, Inc.
6565 Kilgour Place
Dublin  OH  43017-3395
Phone: +1.800.848.5878, ext. 6371 or +1.614.764.6371
Fax: +1.614.718.7187

G r e y T e x t  -  Research Archive on Grey Literature, 2004-2007
GreyNet []              Thu 5/04/2007 6:31 PM                      G r e y T e x t  -  Research Archive on Grey Literature, 2004-2007

G r e y T e x t

 * Unique
  * One-stop
   * Comprehensive
    * Current information
     * Research Archive on Grey Literature 2 0 0 7


GreyText is an in house archive of e-documents in the field Grey Literature.
All documents are indexed alphabetically by first author followed by the title, source, date of publication, and length in printed pages. Free Access to the first page of each document is available for browsing. And, in most cases the corresponding PowerPoint is online available.

For those information professionals working in the field of grey literature, please note that the GL9 Call-for-Papers is currently underway and will run until May 1, 2007


Grey Literature Network Service
Javastraat 194-HS
1095 CP Amsterdam
The Netherlands

Tel/Fax +31(0)20-331.2420


IFLA Cataloguing Principles: Steps towards an International Cataloguing Code, 4

Sjoerd Koopman []                     Wed 22/08/2007 9:47 PM                   [IFLA-L] IFLA Cataloguing Principles: Steps towards an International Cataloguing Code, 4

New IFLA Publication
IFLA Cataloguing Principles: Steps towards an International Cataloguing Code, 4

These are the results of the 4th IFLA Meeting of Experts on an International Cataloguing Code, held in Seoul, Korea, in August 2006 and the book forms a further step in the process led by Barbara Tillett and colleagues on IFLA’s Cataloguing Section to establish a complete new generation of a cataloguing principles to build a cataloguing code that is supported globally.

Earlier meetings on the subject were held in Frankfurt, Germany (2003), Buenos Aires, Argentina (2004) and Cairo, Egypt (2005). They have all been recorded in the same IFLA Series on Bibliographic Control <>

This edition will (in 2008) be followed by a final issue – Nr 5 – reporting the outcomes of the 5th expert meeting (Pretoria, August 2007).

IFLA Cataloguing Principles: Steps towards an International Cataloguing Code, 4

Report from the 4th IFLA Meeting of Experts on an International Cataloguing Code, Seoul, Korea, 2006. Ed. by Barbara B. Tillett, Jaesun Lee and Ana Lupe Cristán

Munich: K.G. Saur, 2007
(IFLA Series on Bibliographic Control; Nr 32)
ISBN 978-3-598-24281-6
Price: EUR 128,00 (EUR 108,00 for IFLA Members).

K.G. Saur Verlag
P.O. Box 701620
81316 Munich, Germany
Tel: +49-89-76902-300
Fax: +49-89-76902-150/250 <


IFLA Library Building Guidelines: Developments & Reflection

Sjoerd Koopman []         Wed 22/08/2007 9:49 PM        [IFLA-L] IFLA Library Building Guidelines: Developments & Reflections

IFLA Library Building Guidelines: Developments & Reflections

The information society and the information age are changing library services as well as library premises. This raises questions about what needs to be considered when planning and designing new library buildings in order to achieve attractive, efficient and future-oriented new library spaces.

This new publication provides information and guidelines for the building planning process, whether you are planning a new public or academic library building. It reflects on fundamental issues, on new development trends and on the planning process. The library building process is seen from both the library manager’s perspective as well as that of the architect and designer. Issues covered include what to consider when investigating the need for space, library design from a marketing viewpoint, green management and sustainability relating to library buildings and a layman’s guide to reading plans.

This publication and the IFLA guidelines provided are not seen as a traditional set of recommendations to be rigidly adhered to since this would be unrealistic in a fast-changing and global context. Rather, library managers and architects should read them in order to inform their thinking on key issues and establish a planning programme.

They must then relate them to their own countries and circumstances by making the relevant local adjustments.

IFLA Library Building Guidelines: Developments & Reflections
Edited on behalf of IFLA by Karen Latimer and Hellen Niegaard
Munich: K.G. Saur, 2007
ISBN 978-3-598-11768-8
Price: 58.00 EUR


IFLA receives $1M Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Grant to Support Work for Libraries

Magda Bouwens []     Wed 29/08/2007 7:04 PM        [IFLA-L] IFLA receives $1M Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Grant to Support Work for Libraries

21 August 2007

IFLA receives $1M Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Grant to Support Work for Libraries

World Library and Information Congress in Durban, South Africa—The International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA) today announced the receipt of a USD $1 million grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation's Global Libraries initiative. The funding will support IFLA's work to strengthen awareness of the important role libraries play in developing the information society.

Libraries enable people to take part in the information society, to develop their knowledge and their opportunities. Many libraries provide free access to online information found on computers connected to the Internet, which allows people to improve their economic and social well-being.

As IFLA demonstrated during its active participation in the World Summit of the Information Society, libraries are key elements of the provision of free access to information and support for freedom of expression. Current IFLA president Alex Byrne and incoming president Claudia Lux expressed their gratitude for the foundation's support which will assist IFLA to continue to promote these priorities and will strengthen the longstanding co-operation between IFLA and the foundation has now moved to a new level in which the organizations will further promote the development of libraries in the world.

"We are pleased to support IFLA's work to promote libraries as important centers for learning and information. Our partnership with IFLA will help more public libraries provide free public access to computers and the Internet, which can provide people with opportunities to enhance their education, find jobs, build businesses, and exchange ideas with people around the world," said Martha Choe, director of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation's Global Libraries initiative.

Each year at IFLA's annual meeting of active librarians, the World Library and Information Congress, the foundation presents its annual Access to Learning Award. The award honors innovation in providing free access to online information in public libraries or related institutions.

About the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

Guided by the belief that every life has equal value, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation works to help all people lead healthy, productive lives. In developing countries, it focuses on improving people's health and giving them the chance to lift themselves out of hunger and extreme poverty. In the United States, it seeks to ensure that all people-especially those with the fewest resources-have access to the opportunities they need to succeed in school and life. Based in Seattle, the foundation is led by CEO Patty Stonesifer and co-chair William H. Gates Sr., under the direction of Bill and Melinda Gates and Warren Buffett.

About IFLA

Notes for editors:
IFLA is the global voice of the library and information profession. Established in 1927, IFLA currently has some 1600 members in 150 countries. Together, IFLA's association and institutional members represent over 500.000 librarians and library workers serving almost two billion registered library users worldwide. IFLA is an accredited non-governmental organisation enjoying consultative status to the United Nations.

Peter Johan Lor
Secretary General of IFLA
For more on IFLA, see: <>