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Here’s Lyon during the conference. I walked almost this far up the hill but not quite.

In August, when I arrived in Lyon, France, for the International Federation of Library Associations (IFLA) conference, it was my first trip abroad and I didn’t know much about IFLA. A month later, I’m having a hard time separating the newness of the travel experience from the conference itself, but here’s my attempt.

The theme of this year’s conference was “Libraries, Citizens, Societies: Confluence for Knowledge,” so named because Lyon is at the confluence of the Rhône and Saône rivers. Including this year’s, France has hosted the annual IFLA conference six times since IFLA’s founding in 1927.  IFLA is a nonprofit organization that has evolved from mainly a European federation of library associations to a worldwide group that in 1976 added institutional memberships and more recently individual memberships. Members are still predominantly organizations (including the American Library Association), and the conference is probably of most value to people conducting IFLA business, including this year’s “Lyon Declaration on Access to Information and Development,” which calls on member states of the United Nations “to acknowledge that access to information, and the skills to use it effectively, are required for sustainable development.” The signing of this document was quite the buzz at the conference.  Even though I’m not an IFLA member and not involved in signing international declarations, the conference was a valuable experience.

The convention center was a half-hour walk from my hotel through Parc de la Tête d’Or (Golden Head Park), the largest urban park in France, very lovely, and very loved, judging from throngs of families, joggers, bicyclists, and walking commuters. The convention center sits between the edge of the park and the Rhône River.

For a sense of the conference’s internationality, when I introduced myself to the person next to me at the opening plenary, I learned she was the librarian at the Parliamentary Institute of Cambodia.

Plenary speeches were in a steep amphitheater and in the language of the speaker. It took considerable time to stand in line for a translation headset, climb up to an available seat, listen to the talk, climb back down, get in line to return the headset, and then get to the first program session.  (Session presentations were all in English.)  As a result, I did not attend all plenaries.

On August 18, I was part of a panel presenting on health literacy. My half-hour presentation was called “Medical Library Support for Peer Language Navigators in Anchorage, Alaska: Partnering to Help Individuals with Limited English Proficiency Find Reliable, Culturally Relevant Health Information.”  Other presentation topics included an outreach project to get current health information to health workers in rural Uganda, a McGill University study of medical librarians’ use of critical appraisal of the literature, medical librarians’ role in health promotion in Iran, and health literacy in Turkey.  Unfortunately, our morning session overlapped with a plenary speech by Princess Laurentien of the Netherlands on libraries and literacy, so attendance wasn’t what it could have been, but by the end, as people drifted in after the plenary, there were over 55 people in the room.  After the session, the health literacy panelists, along with section committee members, went out to lunch and had a nice visit, doing our best to communicate with each other in our respective languages.  The dozen or so people at the table were from Uganda, Iran, Turkey, Sweden, Finland, Ireland, Germany, Canada, and the U.S.

I attended sessions covering a range of topics: blending pedagogy with Maori traditions and worldview in New Zealand, a massive digitization project cleaning and photographing indigenous objects in Taiwan (I was surprised to learn there are 16 indigenous groups in Taiwan), helping Manitoba’s indigenous students (predominantly Cree, Ojibwe, Sioux, Inuit, and Métis) feel welcome and successful at the University of Manitoba, identifying and archiving historical photographs of indigenous groups of the Cordillera Region of the Philippines, cooperation between public libraries and schools in the Netherlands, building literacy in rural Ethiopia, a family literacy program in Australia, and others.

I think what I gained most from the conference was the opportunity to meet so many people from so many countries and also the realization that libraries and librarians around the world grapple with very similar issues.

As a side note, I’d been told over and over that Lyon is the gastronomic capital of France, possibly the world, and I was ready to be blown away by the food. Perhaps my expectations were too high, or perhaps I tended to choose the wrong restaurant or the wrong menu item, but other than an amazing apple tarte tatin I was underwhelmed by Lyon dining.  It made me realize how many good restaurants we have in Anchorage.  Lyon is a lovely city, though, and I hope to return someday.

October FLIP Meeting

Due to a conflict with another library event on October 10th, we are rescheduling the October FLIP meeting to October 24th, 12-1.

At this month’s meeting we’ll be discussing Open Access, and Erik Carlson, Metadata Services Librarian at the Consortium Library, will be speaking about open access in relation to ScholarWorks, the university’s institutional repository.

Open Access Week, October 20-26, 2014
http://www.openaccessweek.org/

ScholarWorks@UA
https://scholarworks.alaska.edu/

EBSCO Charleston Conference Scholarship

Interested in book and serial acquisition or issues in scholarly publishing? EBSCO is offering a scholarship to attend the 34th annual Charleston Conference, in Charleston, South Carolina, November 5-8, 2014. This scholarship is open to para-professionals as well as librarians with the MLIS degree.

EBSCO Charleston Conference Scholarship

Scholarship Amount: up to $1,000
Application Deadline: Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Applicants must:

  • Currently work as a librarian or para-professional
  • Provide one professional recommendation
  • Provide a Curriculum Vitae
  • Submit short essay (up to 1,000 words) on the following topic: Please describe three professional objectives and how attending the Charleston Conference will help you to achieve them.

All application documents should be sent electronically to Kate Burgess at EBSCO (kburgess@ebsco.com) by October 1, 2014. Scholarship money must be used to attend the 2014 Charleston Conference.

Upcoming FLIP Meetings

Hello, and welcome to a new school year! We’ve set up our meeting schedule for the year and are busily planning topics for our upcoming meetings.  We will be meeting monthly every 2nd Friday (unless otherwise indicated) from 12-1 pm in the Consortium Library.  See the sidebar to the right of this page for the meeting schedule. (Parking is always free on Fridays!) We’re also looking into the possibility of conducting meetings online, so people outside of the Anchorage area can participate. Stay tuned for more information on that.

We do need your help though. We would really like to know what topics you are interested in discussing or learning more about. And we’d love to hear about what you’re doing in your library or in library school–FLIP meetings are all about sharing. Feel free to leave a comment on this blog if you have ideas for us.

Look forward to seeing you soon!

Americorps VISTA Volunteers Needed

The Anchorage Public Library is looking for 3 VISTA volunteers this summer, one for each of these locations: the Z. J. Loussac Library, the Chugiak-Eagle River Branch Library, and the Muldoon Branch Library. If you or someone you know is looking for an amazing summer experience in Anchorage, check out this opportunity.

Vistas will:

  • Train and coordinate youth volunteers
  • Develop teen-friendly enrichment activities
  • Assist with summer reading events
  • Promote and sign up children for the summer reading celebration

Benefits:

  • On the job training
  • Living allowance of approximately $1222/month
  • Education award or summer stipend upon completion of program

Runs May 27th through August 2nd.
Applications due by May 11th

For more information or to apply, please go online to http://tinyurl.com/la3t24t

Questions can be directed to:
Elizabeth Nicolai
907-343-2840
NicolaiEL@muni.org

Anchorage Public Library Job Openings

I thought this might be of interest to FLIP members. Note that the Girdwood position does not require an MLS. Please contact Elizabeth Nicolai at the contact information below if you have any questions.

Anchorage Public Library has some fantastic job openings that you might want to apply for.

We are recruiting a Youth Services Programming Librarian (Professional Librarian II). This position works at the Loussac Library on programs for Loussac and much of the system, including coordinating the summer reading program.
http://tinyurl.com/ky9v43u

The Mountain View and Muldoon Branch Library manager positions are still open.
http://tinyurl.com/lqk8g4t

For the Girdwood Branch Library, we are recruiting a branch supervisor (no MLS required).
http://tinyurl.com/lp6daqt

Please contact me if you have any questions about these positions or anything about the Anchorage Public Library. And please do share these with your professional networks if you know someone who might be interested!

Thank you,
Elizabeth

Elizabeth Moreau Nicolai
Youth Services Coordinator
Anchorage Public Library
3600 Denali St
Anchorage, AK 99503
907-343-2840

Are You Studying Library Information Sciences? Apply for the Roger K. Summit Scholarship today!

As a member of the ProQuest® Discover More Corps, you may be interested to learn about the 2014 Roger K. Summit Scholarship, presented annually in honor of Dialog’s founder, a pioneer in information systems design. Applications are being accepted now through April 30, 2014.

This $5,000 (USD) award is presented to a student currently enrolled in an accredited library or information science program anywhere in the world. It is one of the many ways ProQuest shows its support for librarianship.

To learn more about the scholarship or to download an application, click here.

If you are an LIS instructor, please share this information with your students. If you are a student, we encourage you to apply for the scholarship. After all, someone is going to receive $5,000. Why not you?

February FLIP Meeting

Hello everyone,

One of the great things about working in libraries is the opportunity, and the expectation, for continual learning. Come join us at this month’s FLIP meeting to hear about the variety of interesting professional development activities your colleagues have been engaged in. If you’ve participated in a conference, workshop, webinar, etc., we’d love to hear about your experience.

Anyone is welcome to attend, so please feel free to bring a friend, as well as your lunch. Hope to see you there!

When: 12-1pm Friday, February 14
Where: Room 306, UAA/APU Consortium Library

As Data Proliferate, So Do Data-Related Graduate Programs

I thought this article from the Chronicle of Higher Education might be of interest to FLIP:

As Data Proliferate, So Do Data-Related Graduate Programs

“Last month the School of Information at the University of California at Berkeley started what officials there say is the first all-online master’s degree in information and data science. Its mission, in part, is to produce graduates with an awareness of the social and policy implications of data…”

 

AkLA Conference Grant for Library Employees, Volunteers, or Board Members

2014 AkLA Regional Conference Attendance Grant for an Employee, Volunteer or Board Member of a Library in Southcentral Alaska

Do you live in the Southcentral Region of Alaska and are you interested in attending the Alaska Library Association 2014 Conference in Anchorage? Grant assistance is available to help defray your costs. The Alaska Library Association is offering $500 to one library employee, volunteer and/or board member from a library in the Southcentral region as designated by the Alaska Dept. of Commerce, Community, and Economic Development (see http://www.commerce.state.ak.us/dca/commdb/CF_Plans.cfm) to assist with travel and lodging expenses incurred while attending the 2014 AkLA Conference. The conference registration fee will also be waived for the award recipient.

Eligibility:

  • You must be working in or with a library within the Southcentral region boundaries, as designated by the DCCED.
  • You must be a library staff member, board member or volunteer.
  • You must either currently be a member of the Alaska Library Association, or join before the grant is awarded.
  • Submit your application by Thursday, February 3rd, 2014.

Conditions for Grant Acceptance:

  • The recipient will sign an acceptance statement agreeing to the following conditions:
  • The recipient will attend three days of the conference.
  • The recipient will receive their grant check at an awards function, to take place during the conference.
  • The recipient will keep an informal log or diary about the sessions attended. The log or diary is to be submitted to the Continuing Education Committee as a basis for project evaluation. This will be used by the committee to improve this grant award and its requirements. Both positive and negative comments are helpful.

2014 AkLA Conference Attendance Award Southcentral Region Application

Conference Attendance Award applications may be sent by email (Strongly preferred), fax, or letter by February 3, 2014 to:

AkLA Conference Attendance Grant

c/o Julie Niederhauser

Alaska State Library

P.O. Box 110571

Juneau, AK 99811-0571
Telephone 906-465-2916

Fax 907-465-2665

Email Julie.niederhauser@alaska.gov

 

Julie Niederhauser

Public Library Coordinator

Alaska State Library

(907) 465-2916 or within Alaska, (888) 465-2916