Category Archives: Librarianship

The Joy of Giving

Giving is a wonderful thing. One of my passions in life is to bring good things to communities.

During the last years my family and I have supported a number of charities without sharing this with many people. Today, I am sharing about collaborating with charities hoping to encourage others to do their best for our world.

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After the earthquake in Ecuador, trained dogs worked long hours to rescue people. They needed boots to support their feet and their owners needed supplies to sustain themselves during that time. We were able to help them via Ecuadorian organizations. There are many organizations helping pets and animals in general, one of them here in New York is Sean Casey Animal Rescue. You could contact them or any other organization to find out how you can help.

My family and I are big hockey fans with some members of my family playing in hockey leagues here in New York. As soon as we heard about the Montreal Media Celebrity Hockey Marathon to help children in need, we thought it was a good way to give. This is an annual marathon and anyone can give, online or in person.

Besides giving our resources, we can give our time. Last Monday I volunteered registering voters for the 2016 general elections. As a bilingual, English/Spanish person, my collaboration helped to reach out to Spanish-speaking potential voters and I was very happy to volunteer. I had such a great experience that I am planning to volunteer for the next month.

I hope to encourage you to give to others, big or small, giving is important to bring good to our communities. I love when people give me, for example, their time and I really enjoy giving to other people, brothers and sisters.

Recap from the IFLA Congress: Advocacy, UN 2030 Agenda, Services to Immigrants & Refugees

I just returned from the IFLA World Library and Information Congress in Columbus, Ohio. Each year the congress takes place in a different country and region of the world. We were very glad to go to Columbus and have the congress in the USA. Kudos to the National Organizing Committee including Pat Losinski, CEO of Columbus Public Library and Carol Diedrichs, Vice Provost and Director of University Libraries at The Ohio State University for a superb job.

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with International Library Leaders from Africa, Latin America & the Caribbean and Qatar

I am very proud of the work I do at IFLA where I am a member of the Governing Board and Chair one of IFLA’s core activities, Action for Development through Libraries Programme (ALP). I work with very dedicated colleagues and together we are a great team.

 

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Asia & Oceania Session speakers from the USA, Indonesia, Australia, USA/Puerto Rico and Sri Lanka

It was an honor to keynote the session of the Asia & Oceania Section of IFLA, Access to Information for sustainable communities. My keynote title: Working together: access to information and our power to cause change. The paper is avaialable on the IFLA Library. American Libraries article about the session, Libraries Improving Lives in Asia & Oceania is here. 

 

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INW’s Poster

Information New Wave presented the poster Saving Lives: Library Services to Immigrants and Refugees, which included preliminar results of our research about services to these populations in the USA and in the Caribbean.

I shared my experience of years advocating at the United Nations for libraries, access to information, culture and ICTs, and provided updates about IFLA’s advocacy and activities related to the UN 2030 Agenda at various sessions. We are so glad that access to information is on the Sustainable Development Goals, Target 16.10. It is a huge win for libraries and librarians worldwide.

As Chair of the ALP, I chaired the session Answering the Call to Action- Action for Development through Libraries Programme (ALP). Many librarians working within ALP’s initiatives in the areas of capacity building, advocacy and the 2030 Agenda, and Building Strong Library Associations (BSLA) presented their country and regional work. It was a successful event and we were so happy to see the fruit of their work which is supported by all of us. Our keynote speaker was Minerva Novero-Belec from the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP). Ms. Novaro-Belec has supported libraries for many years and it is marvelous to collaborate with her and the UNDP. We had a great panel and @melodyclark tweeted one of the most popular tweets of the congress:

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It was a great joy to coordinate a networking reception for my brothers and sisters from Latin America and the Caribbean attending the congress. IFLA’s Latin America & Caribbean Section and REFORMA partnered to host this event sponsored by Emerald that reunited librarians from the LAC region and colleagues from other regions who joined us to connect and exchange ideas.

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IFLA LAC & REFORMA networking event

IFLA New Professionals presented excellent programs about timely topics. I am so proud to see new librarians going on so strong. I co-established the group in 2004 during the IFLA Congress in Buenos Aires, was a convenor for a number of years and have been advising them since then.

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IFLA NPSIG Leaders from left to right, Antoine Torrens, Information Coordinator, Loida Garcia-Febo, Advisor, Maria Violeta Bertolini, Convenor, and Milan Vasiljevic, Convenor

 

 

 

IFLA publications to support your work on the U.N. 2030 Agenda

IFLA has announced new publications to support the work libraries, librarians and library advocates do related to the United Nations 2030 Agenda. Our joint work will help our countries to meet the United Nations 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development Goals.

SDgsIn September 2015, the United Nations endorsed the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. IFLA has been actively involved in the process of creating the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) over the last years and has advocated for the importance of access to information, Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs), culture and universal literacy, all of which have been included in the UN 2030 Agenda.

IFLA has produced a toolkit with customisable templates and a booklet to support you in your advocacy work. They can be used together, or separately:

Use the toolkit for background on the UN 2030 Agenda and to plan your advocacy;

Use the booklet and handout as documents you can take to meetings to give to government officials or coalition partners;

Send electronic versions of the booklet and handout to your members, your partners, and decision makers;

Re-print the booklet and handout for additional meetings.

More information and files for re-printing all documents can be found on the publication webpage.

Ethics & Diversity, Services to Spanish Speakers @ 2016 ALA Annual Conference

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I would like to share information about a program where I will be speaking during the 2016 ALA Annual Conference which takes place in Orlando, Florida, this week:

No Room at the Library: The Ethics of Diversity

Sunday, June 26
1:00 PM – 2:30 PM
Orange County Convention Center, Room W105B
In support of ALA’s multiyear campaign of Libraries Transform, we want to foster dialog about inclusion and ethics in libraries. Key speaker, Loida Garcia-Febo, and a panel of thoughtful leaders, Anastasia Chiu, Jeffrey Souder and Sara Ahmed will facilitate audience discussion after the Ethics committee performs three different skits. In the tradition of “What Would You Do?”, we will strive to shed light on ethical dilemmas involving religious, cultural and LGBTQ issues. Reflecting on the recent resolution to ALA council, one skit will address potential Islamophobia and the ethical responsibilities of librarians to promote libraries transforming to a global and inclusive space.
Another program I would like to highlight:

Services to Spanish Speakers: Best Practices and Models from Latin America

Sunday, June 26
3:00 PM – 4:00 PM
Orange County Convention Center, Room W103B
Guest speakers from the popular online space Infotecarios, an online forum by and for Latino American librarians serving thousands of colleagues, will share innovative best practices and models to serve Spanish speakers in that region. Join us and learn how you can adapt these to serve your communities. Remarks by Miguel Garcia-Colón, Chair of the IRC Americas Subcommittee, and Loida Garcia-Febo, ALA Executive Board Member. Speakers: Myrna Lee Torres-Perez, Saul Martinez-Equihua and Santiago Villegas-Ceballos. 

 

I would like to encourage everyone to check the list of Diversity Related Events at ALA Annual 2016 in Orlando, here.

 

 

2016 ALA Annual Conference in Orlando, Florida

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This week about 25,000 librarians will descend in Orlando, Florida to attend the 2016 Annual Conference of the American Library Association (ALA). Attendees wishing to support Orlando will be able to do so via various efforts setted up by ALA. There will be opportunities to volunteer coordinated by the ALA Task Force on Diversity, Equity and Inclusion. There will be a Memorial for Pulse Shooting Victims. Additionally, librarians will be able to donate blood at the Orange County Convention Center.

ALA, the ALA Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender Round Table, and the ALA Task Force on Diversity, Equity and Inclusion have expressed their support for the victims and injured. Here below I am sharing the bilingual English/Spanish statement from REFORMA, The National Association to Promote Library and Information Services to Latinos and the Spanish Speaking:

REFORMA Statement about the Orlando, Florida mass shooting

REFORMA, The National Association to Promote Library and Information Services to Latinos and the Spanish Speaking would like to express its solidarity with the family and friends of the fallen and injured during the mass shooting that occurred on June 12 at Pulse nightclub in Orlando, Florida. This senseless act has taken the lives of 49 individuals, of which over 90% were Latinx.

Scheduled to attend and host programs at the American Library Association (ALA) Annual Conference in less than two weeks, REFORMA will join the effort to help those affected through a blood drive. REFORMA leaders will be Presente at a Read Out event on Saturday, 6/25 and Sunday, 6/26. In addition, REFORMA will join ALA, the Gay Lesbian Bisexual Transgender Round Table, and the Office of Intellectual Freedom in a memorial gathering on Saturday, June 25 8-8:30 a.m. in the OCCC Auditorium to pay tribute to the victims, family, friends, and Orlando GLBT community. REFORMA programs will include an introduction remembering and supporting our Latinx brothers and sisters.

If you would like to donate and support our GLBT hermanos/as in Orlando, please visit the following page: Equality Florida’s Pulse Victims Fund:https://www.gofundme.com/PulseVictimsFund

For more information about the ALA’s Support efforts in Orlando, we invite you to visit the following page: http://2016.alaannual.org/orlando-relief-activities.

REFORMA is the National Association to Promote Library and Information Services to Latinos and the Spanish Speaking. Established in 1971 as an affiliate of the American Library Association (ALA), REFORMA has actively sought to promote the development of library collections to include Spanish-language and Latino oriented materials; the recruitment of more bilingual and bicultural library professionals and support staff; the development of library services and programs that meet the needs of the Latino community; the establishment of a national information and support network among individuals who share our goals; the education of the U.S. Latino population with regard to the availability and types of library services; and lobbying efforts to preserve existing library resource centers serving the interests of Latinos. For more information, please visit http://www.reforma.org.

Special thanks to Loida Garcia Febo and Mario Ascencio for their assistance in representing REFORMA.

Beatriz Guevara REFORMA President 2015-2016

Statement in Spanish, here. El pronunciamiento esta disponible en Espanol.

Garcia-Febo elected Chair of the International Relations Round Table of ALA

IRRT_logo_web2014I would like to thank the members of the International Relations Round Table (IRRT) of the American Library Association for electing me as Chair-Elect of the IRRT. It is a joy to collaborate with the membership coming from 110 countries. I am deepy honored and greatly appreciate your trust in me.

As Chair I will work together with my colleagues to develop initiatives to increase opportunities to continue growing strong international professionals. I bring my experience as Chair of the International Relations Committee (2014-2015), where I collaborated to develop partnerships with IFLA and other country’s library associations such as Gift a Book and Change a Life to bring books to South Africa during the IFLA WLIC Congress there. The IRC and the IRRT also partnered to develop an international mentoring pilot. As Chair of the International Reception and the ALA President Citation for Innovating International Library Projects committees, working together with many colleagues, we were able to provide a forum for hundreds of international librarians attending the ALA conference and recognize international innovative efforts.

I am thrilled about the opportunity to bring my experience as a Governing Board Member of IFLA, Chair of the ALP, member of IFLA’s CPDWL and advisor to IFLA New Professionals.  I am fortunate to collaborate with great global teams that have developed global initiatives to promote engagement in discussions about library and society trends, provided online continuing professional development in English, Spanish and Portuguese to colleagues whom otherwise wouldn’t have access to it, developed mechanisms to nurture and strengthen new professionals, trained librarians about topics related to human rights, ethics, advocacy and free access to information and freedom of expression, and advocated for access to information for all at the United Nations and in different regions of the world. As a researcher, I have investigated the state of new librarians globally and I am proud to share that library associations around the globe have adopted resulting recommendations.

I am looking forward to continuing collaborating together with the international library community.

Great Momentum for Latin America & the Caribbean // Gran impulso para Latinoamerica y el Caribe

This post is in English and in Spanish.

Este post esta en Ingles y en Espanol.

IMG_6792I am so happy I shared quality time with my Latino brothers and sisters this past week in Panama. We gathered in Panama for a great week with IFLA Latin America & Caribbean Section (IFLA LAC), IFLA Management of Library Associations Section (IFLA MLAS) and Building Strong Library Associations (BSLA) programme. IFLA President-Elect, Gloria Perez-Salmeron, and IFLA’s Secretary General Designate, Geral Leitner brought with them good IFLA energy.

Personally, it was an honor to share news about IFLA’s advocacy efforts and how libraries can become part of their country’s national development plans during my talk about “Libraries, Advocacy and the 2030 Agenda” as Chair of IFLA Action for Development through Libraries Programme (ALP). It was fantastic to present this two-part session to strengthen our LAC region with Fiona Bradley, IFLA Manager Development Programmes. I was very proud to present in my mother-tonge, Spanish. My presentation is available in English and Spanish on Slideshare.IMG_6697

Growing up as a Caribbean woman in Puerto Rico, I learned to love the Caribbean, my region. Caribbean countries share some fantastic music, food, unique friendly people and amazing weather. I was ecstatic to converse, exchange library news and collaborate side by side with my Latinoamericanos. I’ve been working with the LAC region for a long time and it was great to meet with colleagues and friends, and to meet newer and very active library leaders.

IMG_6793A Scientific Seminar entitled “Transforming the LAC region through libraries” including the following topics opened this special week: libraries as cultural centers, international advocacy with regional and national implementation, advocacy and the 2030 Agenda, coppyright reform, Marrakesh Treaty, library associations in Latin America and the Caribbean, mapping of public libraries, IFLA IAP, and the IFLA Trend Report. This week was all about connecting, unity, working together, and building common strategies!

The week included a Building Strong Library Associations (BSLA) Workshop where the attendees signed the powerful Panama Intention Letter IFLA LAC to work for the benefit of the LAC members  and society in general! There is strength in numbers! IFLA LAC and IFLA MLAS held their midterm meetings during the week as well.

It was a joyous occasion to meet with 76 participants from 30 library associations.

I would like to personally recognize and give huge thanks to the team that masterfully organized the event:

IFLA Committee

  • Sueli Mara S. P. Ferreira, IFLA LAC Chair
  • Fiona Bradley, IFLA Manager Development Programmes
  • Barbara Schleihagen, IFLA MLAS Chair
  • Alicia Ocaso, ABU, IFLA LAC
  • Ana Maria Talavera, CBP, IFLA LAC

PANAMA Committee

  • Micdonia Quirós, ABP President
  • Octavio Castillo, Universidad de Panama
  • Guadalupe G. de Rivera, Biblioteca Nacional de Panama

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IMG_6792Estoy muy contenta de haber compartido tiempo de calidad con mis hermanos y hermanas latin@s esta pasada semana en Panamá. Nos reunimos en Panamá para una gran semana con el Comité Permanente de la Sección de América Latina y el Caribe (IFLA LAC), el Comité Permanente de la Sección de Gestión de Asociaciones de Bibliotecas (IFLA MLAS) y el Programa Construyendo Asociaciones de Bibliotecas Fuertes (IFLA BSLA). La Presidenta Electa de la IFLA, Gloria Pérez-Salmerón y el Secretario General Designado, Gerald Leitner brindaron con ellos mucha buena energía de la IFLA.

Personalmente, fue un honor el compartir noticias acerca de los esfuerzos de advocacy, denfensoría y promoción de la IFLA y cómo las bibliotecas pueden formar parte del plan nacional de desarrollo de sus paises, durante mi ponencia acerca de “Bibliotecas, Denfensoría, Promoción y la Agenda 2030.” La cual presenté como el Chair del Programa Acción para el Desarrollo por medio de las Bibliotecas (ALP) del cual BSLA es un componente. Fue fantástico el presentar esta sección en dos partes para fortalecer nuestra region de LAC con Fiona Bradley, Gerente para Programas de Desarrollo de la IFLA. Estoy muy orgullosa de haber presentado en mi lengua maternal, el español. Mi presentación está disponible en inglés y español en Slideshare.

Al crecer como una mujer caribeña en Puerto Rico, aprendí a amar el Caribe y a Latinoamérica. Particularmente en mi caso, los paises caribeños comparten una música y comida fantástica, gente muy amigable y un clima espectacular. Estuve super emocionada de conversar, intercambiar noticias bibliotecarias y colaborar lado a lado con mis Latinoamericanos. He estado trabajando con la region de LAC por largo tiempo y fué grandioso el reunirme con amigos y colegas, y el conocer líderes muy activos.

El Seminario Científico “Transformando la región de LAC a traves de las bibliotecas” abrió la semana de trabajos e incluyó los siguientes tópicos: bibliotecas como centros culturales, defensoria y promoción internacional con implementación regional y nacional, defensoria y promoción y la Agenda 2030, la reforma de derecho de autor, el Tratado Marrakesh, asociaciones de bibliotecas en América Latina y el Caribe, mapeo de bibliotecas públicas, IFLA Advocacy Internacional (IAP), y el Reporte de Tendencias de la IFLA. Esta semana fue toda acerca de conectarse, unidad, trabajar juntos y construir estrategias comunes.

La semana incluyó un Taller de Fortalecimiento de las Asociaciones Bibliotecarias (BSLA) y como resultado los participantes firmaron una poderosa Carta de Intención de Panama IFLA LAC, para trabajar en beneficio de los miembros de la region y la sociedad en general! En la union está la fuerza! IFLA LAC y IFLA MLAS tuvieron su reunion de mitad de término durante esta semana igualmente.

El encuentro de 76 participantes provenientes de 30 asociaciones de bibliotecas fue una ocasion de gran regocijo.

Me gustaría personalmente reconocer y darle muchas gracias al equipo de trabajo que magistralmente organizó el evento:

Comité de la IFLA

  • Sueli Mara S. P. Ferreira, IFLA LAC Chair
  • Fiona Bradley, IFLA Manager Development Programmes
  • Barbara Schleihagen, IFLA MLAS Chair
  • Alicia Ocaso, ABU, IFLA LAC
  • Ana María Talavera, CBP, IFLA LAC

Comité de PANAMA

  • Micdonia Quirós, ABP Presidente
  • Octavio Castillo, Universidad de Panamá
  • Guadalupe G. de Rivera, Biblioteca Nacional de Panamá

Saving Lives: library services to diverse populations, immigrants & refugees- presentation

I would like to thank the German Library Association for the opportunity to speak about library services to immigrants and refugees at the 6th Library Congresss Leipzig 2016 in March. My presentation is available on Slideshare. Here’s an excerpt of the presentation:

GermanLib2016_screenshotLibraries are vital centers for diverse populations including immigrants, refugees and multi-lingual people. There are 232 million of migrants worldwide with USA and Germany in the top countries receiving migrants. As per the UnitedNations, in 2014 there were 59.5 million people forcibly displaced with 19.5 million of those being refugees which might have doubled in 2015.

My presentation covered topics such as core principals and guidelines to serve these populations as recently published on IFLA/UNESCO Multicultural Library Manifesto and Accompanying Toolkit, and best practices and models from academic, public, school libraries meeting the needs of immigrants, migrants, refugees and multi-lingual people in communities in the U.S. and in other regions of the globe. These libraries partnered with government, public and private agencies to develop collections, programs and services to meet needs related to education, digital innovation, health, housing, jobs, literacy and women empowerment among others.

I also shared early findings and initial recommendations based on early research results of my study about public libraries serving immigrants and refugees in the USA. The presentation sought to engage librarians and decision makers by starting a conversation about the what, why, when and how of building a library that welcomes and serves diverse populations and in the process saves lives.

Libraries, Advocacy and the Implementation of the 2030 Agenda

I would like to share news from a recent online event I coordinated about Libraries, Advocacy and the Implementation of the 2030 Agenda. The following is a piece published on the website of the International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions.  It is available in Arabic, Chinese, French and Spanish. Direct link to website.

 

We are pleased to share a link to the archive and an excerpt of the online event “Libraries, Advocacy and the Implementation of the 2030 Agenda” which supports the new IFLA Toolkit, “Libraries and the Implementation of the 2030 Agenda.” IFLA Continuing Professional Development and Workplace Learning and the New Professionals SIG with the Management of Library Associations Section partnered with the American Library Association to present the one-hour webinar.

Libraries are extremely important for sustainable development, therefore it was of vital importance to present an online event featuring best practices and models to advocate for access to information.  Additionally, we would like to emphasize the continuing professional development element included in staying up-to-date with these matters relevant to place libraries in the national development agendas. Continuing development is key to develop skills for increased advocacy and visibility in the local community so that libraries can succeed in implementing the need of access of information and develop towards the future.

The new toolkit launched by IFLA which will help you to advocate to your national and regional policy makers to make sure that libraries and access to information are included as part of national and regional development plans that will contribute to meeting the global 2030 Agenda.  As these plans are developed, the library community in each country will have a clear opportunity to communicate to their government leaders how libraries serve as cost-effective partners for advancing their development priorities. Advocacy is essential now to secure recognition for the role of libraries as engines of local development, and to ensure that libraries receive the resources needed to continue this work. The process will be different in each country, and many have already decided how the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) will be implemented nationally.  In order to help advocates, librarians and library associations show that they can drive progress across the entire 2030 Agenda, IFLA is encouraging all library advocates to take action now.

We invite our colleagues to listen to the recording of the webinar and see the presentation slides.

During the online event, Fiona Bradley, IFLA Manager of Development Programmes, discussed the new IFLA Toolkit. Although the process will be different in each country, the Toolkit will help those involved in national advocacy to:

Understand the UN 2030 Agenda process, and IFLA’s advocacy

Understand how the UN 2030 Agenda will be implemented at the national level

Organise meetings with policymakers to demonstrate the contribution libraries and access to information make to national development, and across the SDGs

Monitor the UN 2030 Agenda and implementation of the SDGs

Tell library users about the SDGs

Niclas Lindberg, Secretary General of the Swedish Library Association and member of the Management of Library Associations Section, provided information about how their library association strategized positioning libraries on the agenda of decision makers in their country. Their model included advocacy to support access to information on the SDGs, communication and meetings with members of the government and elected officials, and ongoing engagement with officers coordinating the national development agenda advocacy.

Loida Garcia-Febo, IFLA Governing Board Member, coordinated the online event and shared a first-hand account of advocacy at the United Nations during the Working Open Group meetings and Intergovernmental Negotiations which were the participatory mechanisms followed by the United Nations to produce the final document with the SDGs. She emphasized the powerful role played by IFLA members and advocates worldwide collaborating as a global team united by a common goal.

Call for Proposals – Librarians to the Mission: Preserving Cultural Heritage & World Traditions throughout Generations

I would like to encourage you to submit a proposal to present at the 12 Annual Joint Mini Conference & World Language Book Fair hosted by the REFORMA Northeast Chapter.

12th Annual Joint Mini Conference

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Mini-World Language Book Fair

Friday, June 3, 2016

 

Free Library of Philadelphia

Philadelphia, PA

 

Librarians to the Mission: Preserving Cultural Heritage &

World Traditions throughout Generations

The Joint Mini Conference brings together the ethnic caucuses of ALA: American Indian Library Association (AILA), Asian Pacific American Librarians Association (APALA), Black Caucus of the American Library Association (BCALA), Chinese American Librarians Association (CALA), REFORMA, the National Association to Promote Library and Information Services to Latinos and the Spanish Speaking (REFORMA), and the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender Round Table (GLBTRT) and the Association of Specialized and Cooperative Library Agencies (ASCALA) for a day of intellectual collaboration and networking opportunity for librarians. The event is free and is a meaningful day of professional development. The Joint-Mini Conference provides librarians with an opportunity to exchange information about library services, collections and projects that serve newcomers and underserved populations in our communities.

 

How librarians and leaders are responding to the need of preserving not only the language, but the cultural and the world traditions of minorities groups in the United States, and what they are doing to gain cultural competence and promote culture awareness needed to embrace diversity are topics that need to be addressed. Nowadays, the librarian’s mission of preserving cultural heritage and traditions from one generation to the next is most important. Multi-generational programs are a must in order to attract minority groups into the library. Learning and sharing knowledge will provide librarians the tools needed to open a conversation of innovated outreach resources to engage the multi-ethnic community.

 

Presenters are encouraged to consider the theme from diverse angles. Possible topics might include, but are not limited to:

 

●                     Collaboration with community organizations to bring in programs and services that serve minority groups

●                     Working with community partners to use technology in innovative ways to provide services to multi-ethnic users

●                     Sharing resources and skills with other libraries and partner organizations to support innovation or find solutions that address common issues and challenges.

 

SUBMISSION GUIDELINES:

Proposal, presentations and papers must be written and delivered in the English language.

 

Proposal should include:

1.     Title of the presentation

2.     Name, title, institution affiliation, and full contact information (including a valid email address) for each presenter

3.     Abstract of 300-500 words

4.     A short biographical profile of each presenter and a professional photograph for publication and PR in the JMC website

 

Proposal should be submitted electronically (as a single MSW document attachment) to the Joint-Mini Conference Chair, Mary Marques via email at marquesm@freelibrary.org with a copy to Tess Tobin ttobin@citytech.cuny.edu and Alexandra Gomez alexandragomez@bookops.org. Please include the subject heading: RNE 2016 Joint-Mini Conference.

 

DEADLINE FOR SUBMITTING PROPOSALS IS March 15, 2016

 

SELECTION PROCESS:

Five official and three alternative proposals will be selected. Alternative proposals will be ranked and considered in place of the official ones in case substitutions are necessary. Proposers will be notified by March 18, 2016.

 

PRESENTATION FORMAT:

The RNE Joint-Mini Conference program is a 4.0 hours total. Presentations should run 20 minutes each, followed by 10 minutes question-and-answer session.

Presenters are encouraged to prepare a dynamic and interactive presentation. Also, presenters are encouraged to upload their PowerPoint presentations to Slide Share in order to be published on the RNE website.

We would like to invite you to view previous presentations listed on the RNE website, tab Mini-Conferences or visiting the following links:

http://www.reformanortheast.org/mini-conferences.html

https://sites.google.com/site/rnejointminiconference2015/home

 

Thank you,

 

RNE Joint Mini-Conference and Book Fair Planning Committees