Call For Speakers – ALA Conference 2008 Technology Program

On Saturday, June 28th 2008 at 4:00 PM, HoLT (Heads of Library Technology Interest Group of LITA) plans a presentation on “Transformational Change: The Evolving Role of Library IT Departments.” The description of this program is as follows:

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Heads of ECO national libraries to meet in Tehran

The Tehran Times Reports The first meeting of the heads of the Economic Cooperation Organization’s National Archives and Libraries will be held at Iran’s National Library and Archives (INLA) venue on November 19 and 20.

The meeting is to be held as the result of a proposal made by Iran at the 3rd Meeting of the Board of Trustees of the ECO Cultural Institute (ECI) which was held in Islamabad in May 2007. Iran suggested organizing a union for the management of the documents and archives of the member states of the ECO, Ali-Akbar Asha’ri, head of INLA, told Mehr News Agency.


Spanish strife spreads to Frankfurt Book Fair

birdie writes "AFP is reporting on spats between members of the multi-lingual European publishing community, specifically the Catalan and Spanish-speaking segments. The organisers of the 59th Frankfurt Book Fair, which has made Catalonia guest of honour, said they were sorry to see the writers stay away for reasons linked to "nationalism, regionalism, vanities.""


Looking For A Good Conference Speaker

I'm part of a committee looking for good speaker for a local librarian conference next year. All I can tell you is what we're NOT looking for:
No tech gurus
No library 2.0
No future files
No gaming
No wikis, blogs or Second Life

We're thinking more back to basics, good old fashioned librarian stuff. Ideas? Let me know.


Australian Conference News on Facebook

ADHD_librarian writes "For those interested in the idea of a library conference in the middle of Australia, there is now an unofficial facebook group dedicated to giving you all the news which is unfit to print on DREAMing08. The Australian Library and Information Association's next Biennial Conference, to be held in Alice Springs from the 2nd to the 5th of September 2008."


The Value of Libraries: 2008 CASLIS Ottawa Seminar

CASLIS Ottawa writes "CASLIS Ottawa is pleased to invite you to a two-day seminar to explore the value of special libraries — how we measure it and how we communicate it. The seminar will be held January 23 and 24, 2008 at 395 Wellington Street.

Special libraries — whether corporate, government or not-for-profit — face the constant struggle of justifying their existence and budgets and of explaining their value to their stakeholders. For more information, visit"

NZ Librarians Get a Fashion Makeover and the Bookworms are Aghast.

Are you a librarian? Interested in a makeover? Better head down under.

Style queen Paula Ryan will run a workshop at the national library conference this month, offering tips on how to transform their "conservative and dated image".

New Zealand's Sunday Star Times reports: In an email to librarians on Wednesday, the Library and Information Association's communications co-ordinator Megan Mathieson said the workshop was "a not-to-be-missed opportunity to be inspired and challenged by New Zealand's pre-eminent style guru".

"Librarians," she says, "have a very conservative and dated image: if we want to transform our profession then surely we must start by transforming ourselves?"

Would American librarians want someone to come to the next ALA conference and do makeovers?

5th Int. Conference on the Book

Check out the attractive graphic for the Fifth International Conference on the Book, which will be held in Madrid Spain, October 20-22, 2007.

This is a conference for any participant in the world of books: authors, publishers, printers, librarians, IT specialists, book retailers, editors, literacy educators and academic researchers. All are encouraged to register and attend.

Participants are also welcome to submit a presentation proposal either for a 30-minute paper, 60-minute workshop, a jointly presented 90-minute colloquium session. (Check out the website for additional details).

Conference organizers are the Government of Spain, Ministry of Culture and Common Ground.


Librarians Rule @ Romance Writers of America Conference says Barbara Vey in her blog at Publishers Weekly about the RWA Conference in hot Dallas.

"Today was all about the librarians. In a program founded by author and former librarian Cathie Linz, the librarians were treated to a breakfast and speeches by Suzanne Brockmann and Shana Abe (who wasn't warned that she had to give a speech, poor thing. She was still delightful). The librarians were then allowed in the goody room where they could stock up on free books, bookmarks and a variety of author giveaways. Then came a workshop hosted by Susan Elizabeth Phillips and Jayne Ann Krentz, who clearly had worked together before and taunted each other to the delight of the audience. Nora Roberts was the guest speaker at the luncheon and the group received a copy of her book High Noon."

ALA <i>not</i> in Orlando in 2010, <i>and not</i> Visiting Harry at His Theme Park

Courtesy of Stephanie Stokes and PUB-LIB , here's the upcoming ALA schedule, with the choice of the 2010 venue (oops, we stand corrected, see last paragraph below) explained by the hot hot Harry news of a Harry Potter theme park at Universal Orlando Resort.

The park will recreate life-size versions of Hogsmeade Village and
Hogwarts Castle at an estimated price tag of a half-billion dollars.
Scheduled to be completed in 2009, the attraction will be the park's most
expensive venture, according to Tom Williams, chairman and CEO of Universal

ALA Schedule: June 21 to 27, 2007 - Washington, D.C.
June 26 to July 2, 2008 - Anaheim, CA;
July 9 to 15, 2009 - Chicago;
June 24 to 30, 2010 - Orlando;
June 23-29, 2011 - New Orleans, LA;
June 21-27, 2012 - Anaheim, CA;
June 20-26, 2013 - Washington, D.C.;
June 26-July 2, 2014 - Las Vegas, NV;

Why no show in the capital of the civilized world, New York City???

(update)Thanks to reader John Overholt, we discovered that ALA has amended its location list eliminating Orlando. Here's the corrected list of ALA meeting locations.


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