Monthly Archives: January 2016

YA Services Symposium Call for Proposals

YALSA is looking for papers for its 2016 YA Services Symposium about empowering teens through libraries.  The event will be held Nov. 4-6 in Pittsburgh, PA. 

The event will gather together school and public library staff, educators, researchers, young adult authors and other teen advocates to discuss the role of libraries in empowering teens within the library and beyond.  The event will pursue answers to such questions as:  How can libraries leverage teen talent and expertise within the library and out in the community?  What are best practices in designing youth participation opportunities for and with teens, including teens that are not regular library users?  How can libraries best connect with community agencies to provide youth-driven services and programs that meet teen needs and solve community problems?  In what ways can empowering teens through libraries address such issues as equity and inclusion?  What knowledge and skills do library staff need in order to actively engage teens of all backgrounds in youth-driven services and programs?  What existing resources can libraries leverage in order to engage and empower teens of all backgrounds? Program and paper proposals are being accepted now through Feb. 1st via:

The Symposium is held annually and draws between 500 – 600 attendees.  Registration opens in April, and travel grants for first timers to attend are open now through June 1st.  Learn more at

IBBY honor list books

The IBBY (International Board on Books for Young People – has just released a .pdf file of the books which are on the Honor List 2014  – the actual list is here:  .  This useful list contains acclaimed books (published in 2014) for young people in many different languages.

Children’s Literature & Librarianship Course summer 2016

 Applications are now being accepted<>
for the Summer 2016 course on Faculty-led: International Children’s Literature and Librarianship in Copenhagen<>

QUICK FACTS Professor Name: Marianne Martens, Ph.D.Total Estimated Cost: In
State: $5,985 (includes tuition) Out of State: TBA Eligibility: Graduate
standing preferred – upper division undergraduates with a strong interest in
children’s literature and librarianship will be considered based on space
availability. Course and Credits: 61095: International Children’s Literature
and Librarianship – 3 Graduate Credits Program Dates: June 3 – June 17,
2016, in Denmark. Class begins online on May 23 and concludes on July 16.
Application Deadline: February 1, 2016

OVERVIEW:  Comparing international frameworks, we will look through a Danish lens to examine how literature, film, libraries and museums collectively generate
cultural constructions of childhood. This academically rigorous class, which
includes an online component and two weeks in Denmark, offers an engaging
opportunity to examine the following:
*   What does it mean to be a child in other countries compared to the
United States?
*   How do the issues faced by professionals working in these areas
compare to ones faced by professionals in the United States?
*   What can we learn from another culture, and how can our new knowledge
translate into ideas for practice in the U.S.?
Combines online course delivery with face-to-face class time in Denmark; course runs online May 23-June 3 and June 18-July 16, with two weeks in
Denmark, June 3-17. Additional details about the course can be found
below and at

*   Program fees (includes application fee of $60, plus lodging, venue
admission, internal travel, some meals): $2,300
*   Travel to and from Denmark from Ohio (less from East Coast):
Approximately $1,500 (students are responsible for scheduling their own
transportation)    = $3,800 PLUS tuition
*   Tuition (3-credits, graduate level, subject to change): In State:
$1,485, out-of-state: $2,511.
*   Not included: food and incidentals. (Approximately $50 per day

ECIL 2016 conference call for proposals

The Second Call for Papers for the ECIL 2016 has been published. The main topic of ECIL 2016 is “Information Literacy in the Inclusive Society“. Please, visit conference website: for details on the subtopics and information about submissions.

 European Conference on Information Literacy – ECIL 2016 will take place in Prague, Czech Republic, from 10 – 13 October, 2016. ECIL 2016 is co-organized by the Department of Information Management of Hacettepe University, Department of Information and Communication Sciences of Zagreb University and Association of Libraries of Czech Universities – ALCU.  Information Literacy in the Inclusive Society being the main theme, ECIL 2016 aims to bring together researchers, information professionals, media specialists, educators, policy makers, employers and all other related parties from around the world to exchange knowledge and experience and discuss current issues, recent developments, challenges, theories, and good practices.

 Prague, Czech Republic, is proudly expecting all the ECIL 2016 conference participants and ready to provide a complex conference experience: interesting and full conference program with the side of city tours, library excursions, comprehensive “Tour Prague as the locals” guide and many other possibilities to get as much as possible out of your ECIL 2016 participation.

 If you have any further questions regarding the conference or the call for papers, please, refer to the relevant contact person: