Monthly Archives: July 2014

South Sudan book donations

Since the conflict began in South Sudan in December 2013, more than 500,000 children have been internally displaced. UNESCO South Sudan is launching the Little Libraries Project to provide child-friendly literacy materials to children in Internally Displaced Persons (IDP) camps. Each Little Library will have culturally relevant stories for children of all ages in English and National Languages. Children can sit in the safe reading space around the Little Library to read independently or teachers, parents and community leaders can conduct “story time” in this same safe space. A guidebook will be delivered, along with a training on how to maintain the library and creatively engage children in reading activities.

 Based on feedback from a pilot Little Library in Juba, UNESCO South Sudan is looking for children’s texts in South Sudanese Mother Tongues and particularly looking for donations of culturally, topically, and contextually relevant books in English. In particular, UNESCO is looking for books published in East Africa with themes such as peacebuilding, conflict resolution, gender equality, life skills, etc. Additionally, any experience in setting up a mobile libraries in IDP camps with low literacy rates would be greatly appreciated in developing the guidebook and planning. Please contact Rena Deitz, Project Manager, at with any resources.

LIS Education and Research Seminar

III International Seminar on LIS Education and Research (LIS-ER)    Barcelona, 4-5 June 2015

 The Faculty of Library and Information Science at the University of Barcelona celebrates its centenary (1915-2015) with a seminar on the future of Library and Information Science Education and Research


The School of Library and Information Science in Barcelona was founded in 1915 and is the second oldest LIS School in Europe and currently the oldest integrated into a University. The aim of the School, initially only for women, was to educate the librarians responsible for the public library network planned by the Catalan government and built from 1918 onwards, inspired by the British and North American library systems.

 Since its foundation, the School has uninterruptedly provided professional education for Catalan information professionals. All through its history the School has maintained an active international presence, being strongly involved in associations such as IFLA and EUCLID.

Next year we will celebrate our 100th anniversary. We feel that it provides a wonderful opportunity to look back over the achievements and failings of the European LIS curriculum project developed in 2005 and to discuss the future of LIS education and research. We have organised a seminar that aims to bring together representatives from leading European LIS schools to discuss together the challenges faced by our field and to take a major step forward in our shared analysis and in our strategic planning.


The topics/themes of the seminar include: 1) current European undergraduate and graduate LIS education; 2) new career opportunities and their impact on degrees; 3) translation of LIS research outcomes into practice; 4) maximising the scientific, societal and economic impact of LIS research; 5) opportunities for international cooperation in LIS education and research.


The seminar will include panels of leaders in LIS education and research who will be asked to address key issues related to the future of our field. Participation by attendees for commenting on the issues raised by keynote speakers/contributors will be highly encouraged. A call for poster presentations will be announced at a later date.


Faculty of Library and Information Science, University of Barcelona

For more information regarding the conference, please visit the Seminar website ( or contact  Ernest Abadal, Dean, Facultat de Biblioteconomia i Documentació (