Monthly Archives: January 2014

Report on primary education access

A new UNESCO report suggests it’ll be more than 70 years before all children have access to primary school.
Here is a summary from the BBC: – it will be a 70-year wait before some children will be able to attend primary school .

British study on pleasure readin impact

A study  carried out by the Centre for Logditudinal Studies, at the Institute of Education (one of the colleges of the University of London) supplies evidence that children who read for pleasure are likely to do significantly better at school than their peers.  Strong reading ability affected children’s scores in maths, vocabulary and spelling. Here is the link to the press release – it specifically mentions the importance of the library:  

Social inequalities in cognitive scores at age 16: The role of reading’, by Alice Sullivan and Matt Brown. CLS Working Paper 2013/10

ECIS 2014 Conference

ECIS Librarians 7th Triennial Conference
25 – 28th September 2014 • Waterloo, Belgium
Share your expertise, ideas, information and knowledge with your colleagues.
Please complete the following presenter’s form found at

Astrid Lindgren Award timetable

March 25

Announcement of the 2014 Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award laureate (s) at the National Library of Sweden at 1:00 pm CET. The announcement is broadcast live on and streamed live to the Bologna Children’s Book Fair, Italy.

March 27

A presentation of the laureate at the Swedish Institute for Children’s Books in Stockholm. Open to the public. Admission free but limited seating.

April 4

Presentation of the laureate(s) in Umeå in a conference on children’s culture arranged by the Swedish Arts Council – Choosing the right is large, to choose freely is bigger?

May 26 – June 2

The award week begins on May 26 and includes a visit to Vimmerby, Astrid Lindgren’s birthplace. The laureate(s) participate in a program and meet the Swedish public, press and media. The award week ends with the award ceremony at the Stockholm Concert Hall on June 2.

Oman Information Literacy event

The Information Literacy Network of the Gulf, in partnership with Sultan Qaboos University (Oman), is offiering  a day of informational presentations on February 12th, 2014 from 9:00am to 3:30pm. A series of speakers will present on the practical implementation of a range of technology resources used to support research skills instruction and information literacy in libraries.
Please RSVP to Mr. Taleb Al Yarubi at Please submit your full name, institution, and email address when registering. The day’s event will take place in the Al-Fahm Auditorium, Cultural Center at Sultan Qaboos University. Do not delay in registering!