Author Archives: Ekaterina Shibaeva

About Ekaterina Shibaeva

Information Coordinator. IFLA Social Science Library Section

Understanding Your Library from the Inside Out: A Workshop in Library Ethnography for User Assessment – Social Science Libraries with Africa Section

This off-site workshop will focus on helping librarians to understand and use ethnographic research methods–long used for cultural anthropology research–to better understand their libraries, their users, and how their services and collections are used.
Lynne S. Connaway, Senior Research Scientist and Director of User Research at OCLC
Celia Emmelheinz, Anthropology and Qualitative Research Librarian at UC Berkeley. T

Presentation Format: through interactive/hands-on activities, the workshop participants will explore an “ethnographic toolkit” they can use to better understand the context in which their users engage with their library and its resources. Topics covered include learning how to ask good research questions; honing participation and observation skills; engaging patrons in research through mapping and diaries; coding and interpreting findings, and using results to spark deeper engagement with the user community. 

Workshop Location: Wroclaw University Library. ul. F. Joliot-Curie 12, 50-383 Wrocław, Poland

Registration is limited to 30 participants
***Lunch will be served.

Fostering Global Communication among Religions and Libraries: 12 August 2016, Columbus OH

The IFLA RELINDIAL SIG (Religions: Libraries and Dialogue Special Interest Group) and the American Theological Library Association (ATLA) welcome you to a timely discussion on Fostering Global Communication among Religions and Libraries. A majority of the world’s population professes to a faith tradition of their ancestors, their country or both. More than ever, we live in times calling for knowledge and respect for traditions of other people. Multiple speakers, panelists and paper presenters will discuss how religions and libraries are changing the nature of interfaith dialogue through their services and activities. Come join us on Friday 12 August to learn from all of the participants – presenters and audience – and to share your thoughts. More information about this event is available at here

XIV INTERNATIONAL CONGRESS OF INFORMATION: International Conference Center of Havana, Cuba, from October 31 to November

The Institute of Scientific and Technological Information, the Ministry of Science, Technology and Environment of the Republic of Cuba, is pleased to invite you to participate in the XIV International Congress of Information, Info’2016, which will be held October 31 – November 4, 2016 at the International Conference Center of Havana, Cuba, under the general slogan “Information, Development and Sustainability”. This event will be held within the framework of the International Convention on Science, Technology
and Innovation. More information is here
Management of Libraries, Archives and Museums

III Forum on Management of Information Organizations

María Luisa Sené, Institute of Scientific and Technological Information,

Important dates

June 30, 2016: Last day for submission of full papers and curricula (no more
than 200 words). The rules for the presentation of the works are available
on the Congress website:

XIV CONGRESO INTERNACIONAL DE INFORMACIÓN Palacio de Convenciones de La Habana, Cuba31 de octubre al 4 de noviembre del 2016

El debate de las nuevas herramientas de gestión utilizadas por las
organizaciones de información (centro de información, documentación,
archivos, museos, bibliotecas) para asegurar su desempeño eficaz y
eficiente; así como analizar vías que contribuyan a convertir cada vez
más la información en un recurso indispensable para que estas
organizaciones evolucionen y se integren a las sociedades en la que existen.

* Gestión documental en las organizaciones de información
* Servicios de información, acceso y ciudadanía
* Organización y representación de la información
* Experiencias y avances de los modelos Centros de Recursos para el
Aprendizaje y la Investigación (CRAI)
* Sistemas de gestión bibliotecaria
* Sistemas de gestión de la calidad y de innovación en las
organizaciones de información
* Gestión de los procesos informacionales en las organizaciones de
* Apropiación de las TIC´s en las organizaciones de información
* Herramientas para el procesamiento de la información digital
* Gestión de estadísticas
* Indicadores para la evaluación de la gestión y los servicios en
organizaciones de información
* Legislación de las organizaciones de información

Comité científico
María Luisa Sené, Instituto de Información Científica y Tecnológica, Cuba
María Elena Dorta Duque, Instituto Superior de Relaciones Internacionales,
Guadalupe Venteño, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, México
Guillermo González Junco, Instituto de Información Científica y Tecnológica,
Luis Bermello, Ministerio de Educación Superior, Cuba
Ana Margarita Pérez, Ministerio del Interior, Cuba
Saray Córdoba, Universidad de Costa Rica, Costa Rica

Fechas importantes
30 de junio de 2016: Último día para el envío de los trabajos completos y de
la hoja curricular (no más de 200 palabras). Las normas para la presentación
de los trabajos están disponibles en el sitio web del Congreso:
Hasta el 30 de septiembre de 2016: Publicación de resultados de la
evaluación académica
14 de octubre: Publicación definitiva del programa académico

Para mayor información sobre la cuota de inscripción, forma de pago y
hospedaje consulte la página oficial del evento:


The Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights, (OHCHR) has endorsed the University of Namibia’s Human Rights and Documentation Centre, at Main Campus, to serve as a library depository. Although only officially inaugurated late last year, the repository is in full swing with regular legal and academic users.

Ms Aleksandra Pleško, Associate Human Rights Officer, OHCHR Regional Office for Southern Africa, remarked that “The depository library has been set up with an initial donation of over 350 copies of OHCHR publications, covering a wide range of human rights issues – from the right to clean water to protecting human rights defenders, from prevention of torture to the rights of minorities and indigenous people”.

The publications are accessible, free of charge, with the hope that that they will help increase awareness of human rights issues in Namibia, which can in turn empower Namibian men, women and children to claim their rights more successfully.Dr Chiku Mnubi-Mchombu, UNAM Coordinator of the Human Rights and Documentation Centre, was very delighted by the vote of confidence demonstrated by OHCHR – choosing UNAM as the human rights guardian in the country. “The centre is glad to be a custodian of human rights documents, and will thus ensure that public access is excellent”, remarked a joyous Dr Chiku Mnumbi-Mchombu. More information is available here

NVITATION – INCONECSS – International Conference on Economics and Business Information – 19 to 20 April 2016 in Berlin

The German National Library of Economics – ZBW invites you and all interested IFLA-members to the first International Conference on Economics and Business Information – INCONECSS. The INCONECSS will take place from 19 to 20 April in Berlin.


The international conference addresses issues relating to economics and business information. The topics range from content management in a digital age to staff development issues and even strategic development of new services. Main topics are: Research Data, Ebook Strategies, Current Research Information Systems (CRIS), Reshaping of Skills and structures, Research support and Open Access.

The uniqueness of the conference lies in its international scope in combination with the focus on economics: bringing together best practices from different countries, establishing a platform for stimulating discussion, exchanging opinions and helping participants to improve and enhance their local services.

Among the highlights of the international conference are the keynote from Liz Lyon, Visiting Professor at the University of Pittsburgh, and two workshops about Current Research Information Systems (CRIS) and Ebook Strategies.

We would be delighted to welcome you in spring in Berlin.

Location: Schleswig-Holstein Representative Office to the Federal Government in Berlin, In den Ministergärten 8, 10117 Berlin
Twitter Hasthag: #inconecss
About ZBW:

Yours sincerely
Doreen Siegfried


Head of Marketing and Public Relations
ZBW –Leibniz Information Centre for Economics
Düsternbrooker Weg 120
24105 Kiel
T: +49 431 8814-455
F: +49 431 8814-520

Do you need online access to full-texts, data and statistics in economics? The ZBW brings it to you:

Call for Papers – 2016 IFLA Social Sciences Libraries Section with Asia and Oceania Section

Theme: User Experience (UX) and Social Science Libraries in the Digital Age

The Social Science Libraries in the 21st century collect and provide access to information resources to promote economic development and to empower citizens for a participatory society. The digital age has rapidly transformed the way information is organized, delivered, accessed, and used throughout the academic, business and information world. Furthermore, the advent of the web 2.0 technologies and services using social networking tools, mobile applications, online education, and open source information materials, are increasingly redefining the dynamics of how people learn, access, present and process information onsite and remotely. Thus understanding the nature, provenance and scope of information and how users interact with this information ecosystem should inform the conceptual framework and the practice of social science libraries. In the role of collaborator and stewards of information, the Social Science Libraries have evolved from the service model established in print-only era. Crucial areas to take into consideration include commitment to open access to information in support to enable social participation for national development, focus on capacity building for social change, emergence of interdisciplinary investigations, data related methodologies and tools, and the role of social media and Web 2.0 connecting the users with the libraries. In addition to specific practices that impact library operations, we invite theoretical framework on what constitute social science libraries in the 21st century and perspectives from different global regions.

We invite applications for a panel presentation from librarians and library educators whose projects explore aspects of our theme. Such studies may focus on specific time period(s) or geographical location(s). Possible topics relevant to the program theme might explore:

• Formal and informal practices reconfiguring social science library operations addressing user experience
• Open access initiatives and institutional repositories
• Use of social media and Web 2.0 as new channels to connect with stakeholders
• Dynamic online collections and its impact on library operations
• Hiring practices and capacity building
• New areas of growth for the social science libraries; for example collaboration between libraries and government development initiatives.
• New literacies for social sciences
• Archival issues of social media

Proposal Submission

Proposals should include:
• An abstract of paper (approximately 500 words).
• A summary of the author(s) details (name, institution, position, email) and brief biographical statement of no more than 50 words.

Proposals should be submitted electronically to Kayo Denda ( no later than March 1, 2016 and indicate ‘IFLA proposal’ in the subject line. Selected presenters will be notified by March 15, 2016.

Papers should reflect the 2016 conference theme “Connections. Collaboration. Community.”

Full papers

The deadline for the final version of the full papers accepted for the session is May 1, 2016. Papers should be in English (or in one of the official IFLA languages, with an English translation attached). The language of the session will be English. Presenters will have 20 minutes in the program session to deliver their papers, and time will be allowed for an open forum to allow audience interaction.

Please note that the Program Committee has no funds to assist prospective authors: abstracts should only be submitted on the understanding that the expenses of the attending the Columbus conference (including travel, lodging expenses and conference fee) will be the responsibility of the authors(s)/presenter(s) of accepted papers. At least one author will be expected to attend conference to deliver the paper. Some national professional associations may be able to help fund certain expenses, and a small number of grants for conference may be available at: