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Register now for Open Access: Action Required, August 16-17


Registration has now opened for Open Access: Action Required, the IFLA satellite conference sponsored by the IFLA Section on Serials and Other Continuing Resources, and co-sponsored by the IFLA Section on Acquisition and Collection Development and the European Solidarity Center.  Hosted by the Joseph Conrad Voivodship and City Public Library in Gdańsk, it is being held at the European Solidarity Center in Gdańsk, Poland, August 16-17, 2017, prior to the IFLA World Library & Information Congress in Wrocław, Poland.

The program consists of three sessions – “Long-term preservation of Open Access Resources,” “Marketing of Open Access Resources,” and “Discovery and Access of Open Access Resources” – each of which will provide insight and thought-provoking experiences with the may facets of working and dealing with Open Access resources, from speakers from all over the globe.

The program will start at 12 noon on Wednesday, August 16 and will end at 6:00 pm on Thursday, August 17.  If you are planning on attending this year’s World Library & Information Congress or if you are simply interested in how Open Access is changing the library and information worlds and would like to engage with the topic while also enjoying a couple of days on the shores of the Baltic, please register today.  See you in Gdansk!

IFLA Satellite Conference: “Open Access: Action Required” August 16-18, 2017

Please save the date for “Open Access: Action Required,” an IFLA satellite conference to be held at the European Solidarity Center in Gdańsk, Poland, August 16-17, 2017, prior to the IFLA World Library & Information Congress in Wrocław, Poland

This event is sponsored by the IFLA Section on Serials and Other Continuing Resources, and co-sponsored by the IFLA Section on Acquisition and Collection Development and the European Solidarity Center. The host is the Joseph Conrad Voivodship and City Public Library in Gdańsk. The venue is the European Solidarity Center in Gdańsk.

Open Access resources are important to the information needs of today’s researchers. Over the years, the number of OA resources has grown substantially and will continue to do so. They are here to stay. This satellite will address how libraries and others are meeting the challenges of Open Access. It will attempt to answer how they are staffing and organizing operations to support OA. Another focus will be how libraries identify OA resources and market them to their communities. The satellite will also consider long term preservation of OA resources.

The program will be divided into three sessions titled “Long-term preservation of Open Access Resources,” “Marketing of Open Access Resources,” and “Discovery and Access of Open Access Resources.”

The program will start at 12 noon on Wednesday, August 16 and will end at 6:00 pm on Thursday, August 17. Plenty of opportunities for discussion and networking will be provided.
Further information and a Call for Proposals will be forthcoming the week March 19, 2017.

Sharon Dyas-Correia, IFLA Section on Serials and Other Continuing Resources
Ann Okerson, Chair, IFLA Section on Acquisition and Collection Development

Hello from IFLA @ Columbus, Ohio, USA!

The 82nd International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA) held its annual World Library and Information Congress in Columbus, OH from Aug. 13-19 2016 with a theme, “Connections, Collaborations, Community”. It marks the conference’s first return to the United States since 2001. There were nearly 3,100 delegates represented from 120 countries to a very diverse city, Columbus, which is considered to be a home to world-class library institutions such as the Columbus Metropolitan Library system, the Ohio State University Libraries, and OCLC, a worldwide library cooperative. It was very stimulating to see the world’s librarians in one place! The conference was held at the Greater Columbus Convention Center located in downtown Columbus, and the Organizing Committee and all volunteers deserve credit by making it very welcoming and comfortable for delegates from all around the world.

ifla-10img_05281Creative Signage/Little Library

img_05872ifla-9 Cultural Activities/IFLA Volunteers

Serials & Other Continuing Resources Section (SOCRS) Committee in Action….

The SOCRS Committee met twice during the conference, and was well represented by committee members and conference delegates from various parts of the world as observers. The committee meeting minutes are here. We brainstormed the ideas for organizing program and satellite meeting during IFLA 2017 in Wroclaw, Poland. SOCRS is planning on having a satellite meeting in Kraków. The topic will relate to Scholarly Communications and Serials. The Acquisition and Collection Section will be asked to co-sponsor the conference. Stay tuned…


SOCRS continued its social tradition of a group dinner for having some fun and chat at excellent and authentic Italian Restaurant, Marcella’s! Yum Yum Food!


I had a privilege to attend a reception honoring The National Committee Fellowship recipients and sponsors, at newly renovated marvelous Columbus Metropolitan Main Library. It was literally a great experience to meet budding librarians from different parts of the world!

One of the highlights of the congress is its cultural evening! It is an event where hosting city tries to showcase not only the local community and city, but the cultural aspects of the entire country. It was held at Center of Science and Industry (COSI), which is considered as Columbus’ most dynamic hands-on Science Center. The cultural eve was featuring multiple regions of the U.S, in terms of its diverse culture, entertainment and food. I sincerely admire this opportunity, and it is one of my most favorite events!


img_05843Delegates from Arizona State University Libraries

Finally, a trip to Columbus cannot be complete without exploring its Short North art district, which is the heart and soul of Columbus! It is the most lively and offbeat district with art galleries, specialty shops, pubs, restaurants, and coffee houses.

img_05172img_0513 North Market
img_0514img_0515Savory Vegetarian Crepes/Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams

And, last but not the least, what a treat to dig into Picasso exhibit at Columbus Museum of Art!



Loving the journey of the World Library and Information Congress!

Can’t wait for 2017 IFLA @ Wroclaw, Poland!!!

Cape Town, South Africa 2015: a World Library and Information Congress to Remember!


A Krueger National Park giraffe.

Serials and Other Continuing Resources Section in Cape Town, South Africa, 2015


Attendees to the second meeting of the Standing Committee are, from left to right, front row: Christina McCawley , West Chester University (Information Coordinator); Zandi Mogiba, University of South Africa; Tricia Hudson, Oxford University Press; middle row: Leslie Eager, Duke University Press; Meg Mering, University of Nebraska-Lincoln (Secretary); Sharon Dyas-Correia, University of Toronto, (Chair); back row: Ma Harry Nkadimeeng, National Library of South Africa; Anna Leonard, University of Namibia; and Paul Hover, Virginia Tech, (Blogger). Not pictured are Pumeza Tube, Cape Peninsula University of Technology; and Ann Snoeyenbos, Project Muse.

THE IFLA SECTION ON SERIALS and Other Continuing Resources met twice and went to dinner together during IFLA’s 81st World Library and Information Congress in Cape Town, South Africa. Our section “concerns itself with all issues which make serial publications unique in both the print and electronic environments.” (http://www.ifla.org/about-the-serials-and-continuing-resources-section) Although the expense of traveling to South Africa limited the number of members of the Standing Committee who could make it to the conference, we had about ten interested librarians drop in on our meetings, and we recruited two new members while we were there. During the first meeting we elected officers, did last minute arrangements for our session (see below), and took care of other miscellaneous business. Our second meeting was mainly devoted to discussion of future business centered around our program supporting the overall conference theme for the IFLA WLIC in Columbus, Ohio next August 13-19, 2016: “Connections. Collaboration. Community.” With the welcome brainstorming help of our guest librarians, we formulated an action plan and a subcommittee to choose from a list of topics we came up with. Finally, our Secretary, Meg Mering, added another feather to her hat when she was elected Secretary of the IFLA Division of Library Collections (Division II).

Session 116 Dynamic Transformations and Developments in the World of Serials and Other Continuing Resources

OUR SESSION’S PROGRAMME featured three presentations:

  1. “New Serials, New Roles, New Issues? An Update,” by Sharon Dyas-Correia, University of Toronto, Canada
  2. “New Roles for Serials Professionals: Description and Discovery,” by Sandy Chen, Clarion University of Pennsylvania, United States
  3. “E-serials Preservation: a Worldwide Challenge for Research Libraries,” by Gaëlle Béquet, ISSN International Centre / CIEPS, France, and Peter Burnhill, EDINA and Head of Edinburgh University Data Library

Committee dinner at “Mama Africa”

SC at Mama Africa Restaurant

Committee members and significant others at the Mama Africa Restaurant in Cape Town. We also invited our speakers and new members to accompany us for a dinner that included exotic dishes and meats most of us had never experienced, such as crocodile, ostrich, springbok, and kudu.

Old friends and new hats

THE PLOT THICKENED in the story of the hat-exchanging librarians (see last year’s ALA/ALCTS report) when Monena and Nathan Hall, two librarians at Virginia Tech, asked the author if he might know of a way to get toys and learning materials donated by the children in a daycare in Virginia to a remote pre-school in South Africa. Paul was able to check in one suitcase free, but how does one get the materials from Cape Town to Wolmaranstad, 1,188 kilometers (738 miles) away? By asking a librarian, of course! Paul contacted his hat-exchanging friend of a year earlier, Senovia Welman, Librarian at the University of the Free State, South Africa, for ideas. She was part of the awesome group of South African librarian volunteers assisting IFLA, and soon had it “sorted,” enlisting the help of librarians from the North West Province. For the complete story, please see the ALA’s American Libraries online story by George Eberhart entitled “Fifty Pounds of Books, Paper, and Toys Delivered to South African Preschoolers.” Anele Moko, Head Librarian, Tswaing Local Municipality, reported the suitcase delivered by Ian Segone and Moloki Poo of the North West Provincial Library Services.

Majestic South Africa

I WON’T ATTEMPT TO DESCRIBE how awesome South Africans are—it would take a poet. I will instead close this post with words from a proverb from the Africans themselves:

Do not flee from a roaring lion towards a crouching lion.”