Friday, June 23, 2006

All About Librarian recruitment

Western European Studies Section (WESS) of the Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) have formed a committee to address the current and long-term shortage of academic librarians. They are particularly interested in advising scholars and teachers with foreign language training and advanced degrees that careers in academic librarianship provide additional options for using their training in an academic setting.

The WESS Committee on Recruitment to the Profession would like to call your attention to their Web site and ask you please to share the URL with your members in whatever way you feel is most appropriate:

New Blogs from ALA, SLA and ASIST

I would like to introduce 3 new Blogs from leading International LIS Associations. Offcourse they should be encouraged and supported.

Andrew K. Pace, who writes the popular "Technically Speaking" column in each issue of ALA's American Libraries magazine, launched the Hectic Pace technology blog in conjunction with the Annual Conference in New Orleans.

SLA CEO Janice Lachance has launched a new channel to communicate with SLA members and other information professionals around the world. The blog, InfoX -- At the Crossroads of People and Information, is open now with its first post.

ASIS&T IA Summit2006 blog is available here

Wednesday, June 21, 2006

Google Librarian Newsletter Latest Issue

Google Librarian Newsletter Latest Issue is available for access. Visit here

US-India Summit on Education, Research and Technology

On May 31, 2006 the California Institute for Telecommunications and
Information Technology (Calit2) hosted, on behalf of the University of
California, a U.S.-India Summit on Education, Research & Technology in
San Diego. The invitation-only meeting brought together 150 distinguished
participants from industry, academia, government and non-governmental
organizations in the U.S. and India to identify new areas of collaboration
between the two countries in high-tech education and research.

The U.S.-India Summit arose from a series of agreements involving institutions
from both countries. In 2005 twenty American universities signed a
memorandum of understanding to collaborate on distance engineering
education with Amrita University and other Indian institutions, The University of
California signed a subsequent agreement in March 2006 to promote
research collaborations with Amrita and other Indian universities, and
Indian science and technology agencies.The Indo-U.S. Science and
Technology Forum
will play an essential role in promoting and facilitating
the collaborative research activities arising from the UC-India agreement.

The conference presentations Video Archive is accessible here

Tuesday, June 20, 2006

Global Alliance for Information and Communication Technologies

United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan has approved the launch of UN-GAID [Global Alliance for Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) and Development].

As stressed by the 2005 World Summit and the World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS), information and communication technology must be effectively integrated into development activities if the internationally agreed development goals, including the Millennium Development Goals, are to be achieved within the agreed time frame. Says the Press Release!!

Monday, June 19, 2006

After WSIS : First Step came from Africa

After the second World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) held at Tunis, the ever first International Conference from Information Sector held at Adis Ababa under the aegis of UNECA, IFLA etc.

A report is available here.
Resolutions are here.
Presentations are here.

Telephone Reference Service

Library Reference Service changed a lot, along with aall other Library services, to survive the Internet. Here is a story of TelRef (Telephone Reference Service) of New York Public Library appeared in New York Times newspaper.

Harriet Shalat, the chief of the service, heard questions like Why, in the age of search engines, would anyone bedevil a human being with such questions? And what human being would choose to be so bedeviled?

She replies "We are detectives," she said. "We know more than people think we know. We're not little old ladies stamping books and telling you to be quiet."

Paul Duguid, an adjunct professor at the School of Information at the University of California at Berkeley, said there would always be a place for such human search engines."If you have a good search question, Google is great for answering it," Mr. Duguid said. "If you don't have a good question, you will get 17 million responses and you will wish you hadn't asked."

So, still there are avenues??

Read full article TelRef (Telephone Reference Service) © New York Times

Sunday, June 18, 2006

Elsevier Innovative Library Access Program for Asia

The Elsevier Foundation’s ILA Program provides resources to libraries in developing countries that improve access to scientific, technical and medical (STM) knowledge. The Foundation looks to award organizations that leverage their STM collections to improve quality of life in those countries. In the initial phase of the ILA Program, they endeavor to focus on the developing Asia region, with the intent to expand into other locations.

Visit here.

Or Contact

John Regazzi, Chairman
The Elsevier Foundation
360 Park Avenue South
New York, NY 10010-1710, USA
telephone: 212-633-3900
facsimile: 212-633-3965