News: Call for Papers

5.1.17 –  Call for Papers: IFLA Journal special issue on Privacy

Submission Deadline: 15 September 2017

IFLA Journal and IFLA’s Freedom of Access to Information and Freedom of Expression (FAIFE) Advisory Committee are pleased to announce a call for papers for a special issue focused on Privacy.  In the Digital Age, information is both more plentiful and more easily accessible than ever, a fact that has had profound implications for individuals’ ability to exercise control over their own personal information.  Many Library and Information Science institutions, associations, and professionals have long established privacy as a pillar of the profession’s ethical codes, but as the nature of the creation and dissemination of information, as well as its content, has changed in recent decades, so too have the questions institutions, associations, and professionals face about how to define and uphold privacy.

IFLA Journal invites papers for a special issue focused on privacy, libraries, and information professions across all continents. The issue will be published in the summer of 2018 as Volume 44:2. In particular, the main goal of the special issue is to gather the latest theory, research, and practices from libraries and information professions to further the professional discourse on the definition and provision of privacy in the 21st century.

Guest Editors:

Dr. Louise Cooke
Reader in Information & Knowledge Management
Head of Information Management Discipline Group
School of Business & Economics
Loughborough University

Topics of interest include, but are not limited to:

  • The development and role of professional ethics in creating privacy norms within libraries and information organizations
  • Legislative rights and constraints on privacy in libraries and information organizations
  • Internet technologies and privacy
  • Privacy standards and norms in new information professions
  • Public perceptions and behaviors regarding privacy, information access, and communications
  • Education programs to inform public of issues regarding privacy and information access
  • Privacy policies and practices of specific organizations
  • Library interactions with public policy on privacy
  • Collection, preservation, and safeguarding of digital data
  • Confidentiality of services and usage information

Submission Deadline:

Articles for the special issue should be submitted to IFLA Journal for peer review before 15 September 2017.

How to Submit a Manuscript:

IFLA Journal is hosted on ScholarOne™ Manuscripts, a web based online submission and peer review system SAGE Track. Please read the Manuscript Submission guidelines, and then simply visit the IFLA Journal Manuscript submission webpage to login and submit your article online.

IMPORTANT: Please check whether you already have an account in the system before trying to create a new one. If you have reviewed or authored for the journal in the past year it is possible that you will have had an account created.

All papers must be submitted via the online system. If you would like to discuss your paper prior to submission, please contact Steven Witt, Editor of IFLA Journal: swwitt@illinois.edu.

For instructions on formatting your manuscript please consult the submission guidelines.

About IFLA Journal:

IFLA Journal is an international journal publishing peer reviewed articles on library and information services and the social, political and economic issues that impact access to information through libraries. The Journal publishes research, case studies and essays that reflect the broad spectrum of the profession internationally. All articles are subject to peer review. Articles are published in English. Abstracts will be translated by IFLA (the International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions) into the other working languages of IFLA—Arabic, Chinese, French, German, Russian or Spanish—for publication.

IFLA Journal is published by Sage Publications and is the official journal of IFLA, and has an international readership consisting of academic institutions, professional organizations, and IFLA members who all receive a free subscription to the journal.

Each issue of IFLA Journal is made available Open Access upon publication on IFLA’s website.  Authors are also encouraged to make the accepted version of their manuscripts available in their personal or institutional repositories.

Job: Communications Officer

4.26.17 –  Communications Officer
IFLA Headquarters, The Hague, The Netherlands

 

The International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA) Headquarters is looking for an experienced Communications Officer to join a dynamic team and global project.

Over the next ten years, IFLA, will transform public libraries, the library field and itself through concerted and coordinated efforts at the global, regional, and national level. While the ultimate benefit of this work will be seen at the local level through better library services – services helping more people gain literacy, find employment, improve their health, etc. – the effort will be aimed at specific changes in how libraries are led, assessed, and connected. IFLA has outlined a number of activities to initiate this transformation and a key to their success will be the ability to enhance communications and connections between IFLA, its organisational members and individual librarians around the world. The activities should contribute to strengthening IFLA brand. By enhancing impact of its communication actions, IFLA also seeks to widen its audience beyond library and information professionals, attracting international organisations, government, business and enterprise.

For more information on key areas of responsibilities, and how to apply, please visit  https://www.ifla.org/node/11326

Job: Policy & Research Officer

2.9.2017 – Policy & Research Officer
IFLA Headquarters, The Hague, Netherlands

Sarah P’s comments:  This position was advertised exactly two years ago…

 

The International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA) is looking for a new Policy and Research Officer to work on Internet governance and digital issues.

The Internet plays an indispensable role in achieving key library objectives – access to information, freedom of expression, individual empowerment. But for it to do so, risks must be managed. The open architecture of the Internet is challenged by both public and private actors. Individuals face threats to their privacy from companies and governments.

Key areas of Responsibility

The successful candidate will lead IFLA Headquarters’ work on Internet governance and digital issues on a day-to-day basis. They will coordinate IFLA’s engagement in the Internet Governance Forum process, and our advocacy around public access to the Internet. They will be on top of current policy questions, supporting the development of policies and positions as appropriate. They will also have an eye on the future, and emerging opportunities, as well as maintaining a strong focus on ensuring that IFLA’s work is relevant and valuable to its members.

Location

IFLA Headquarters is located in The Hague (next to The Hague Central Station) in The Netherlands.

This is a full-time position (36 h/week), with a provisional start-date of 1 April, and a contract running until the end of 2018, with possible extension to be determined subsequently.

Qualifications and Experience

  • University degree in library or information studies or an equivalent qualification;
  • A higher degree, or its equivalent, in library or information studies or a related field (desirable)
  • Awareness of issues in the information environment, the library profession;
  • Experience in working in a distributed, international team;
  • Experience in an international membership organisation.

Additionally, the candidate will have:

  • Understanding of, and interest in, digital rights and/or internet governance issues, especially as relating to libraries;
  • Strong research and analytical skills: demonstrable ability to provide rapid analysis of texts and events in order to inform positions and decision-making;
  • Strategic thinking: demonstrable ability to contextualise, spot opportunities and plan for the long-term;
  • Strong communication skills: fluent in English, both written and oral and fully competent in using the web and social media;
  • Organisation skills: ability to juggle different tasks and priorities to maximise effectiveness;
  • Interpersonal skills: demonstrable ability to relate to and build up relationships with, people from a wide range of cultures and backgrounds, inside and outside the organisation. A sense of diplomacy and the ability to convey this in writing;
  • Demonstrable understanding of the policy process, including policy development;
  • Demonstrable project management skills;
  • A commitment to participative management practices, workplace diversity and to working effectively within a team environment;
  • Proficiency in one of the other official languages of IFLA (Arabic, Chinese, French, German, Russian, Spanish);

Salary

The gross monthly salary offered will be € 3,570 per month in line with the Collective Agreement of Public Libraries in The Netherlands.  You will also receive a holiday allowance (8% of your annual salary), an end of year bonus and enjoy 25 days of holidays per year.  You will also participate in IFLA’s group pension scheme.

Closing date

The closing date is 27 February 2017.  Due to the high volume of applications we are expecting to receive, interested candidates are advised to submit their applications as soon as possible.

How to apply

Please send your CV including a motivation letter addressing the responsibilities and skills required for the position in English to vacancies@ifla.org.  Only candidates with valid documentation to work in EU will be considered.

Program: Utilizing Partnerships to Expand Professional Development Opportunities Worldwide

10.3.16 – Utilizing Partnerships to Expand Professional Development Opportunities Worldwide
New Librarians Global Connections: best practices, models and recommendations series, IFLA Webinars

 

We are proud to present the last session of the 2016 webinar series “New Librarians Global Connection: best practices, models and recommendations.”

https://npsig.wordpress.com/webinars-2/upcoming-webinars/

The series “New Librarians Global Connection: Best Practices, Models and Recommendations” is organised jointly by IFLA New Professionals Special Interest group and IFLA SC Continuing Professional Development and Workplace Learning with the support of the American Library Association. This series of free webinars addresses issues of interest to new librarians, library associations and library schools, library-decision makers, and all library workers.

Please join us for the upcoming webinar:

Utilizing Partnerships to Expand Professional Development Opportunities Worldwide

While partnerships have been an instrumental part of the library’s success in serving the needs of their communities, they now offer librarians profound opportunities for developing new competencies and skillsets that strengthen their careers. This webinar will highlight various examples of international initiatives that not only expand professional development opportunities for librarians, but also connect them to dynamic and globally-based professional networks.

Success stories, challenges, and the impacts of these partnerships will be discussed.

Join us to hear some truly inspiring stories! Join our free IFLA/ALA Webinar on 10 October at 18 UTC 2:00 pm EDT

World Clock http://www.timeanddate.com/worldclock/

Link to access the virtual meeting room –

http://ala.adobeconnect.com/r1inq2cbrad/

 

 

Virtual Job: IFLA Series Editor (part-time)

7.15.16 –  IFLA Series Editor
IFLA & De Gruyter, worldwide

IFLA and De Gruyter are seeking Expressions of Interest for the position of Series Editor for the IFLA Publication Series (often known as the ‘Green Backs’).

The book series addresses ways in which libraries, information centres, and information professionals worldwide can formulate their goals, exert their influence as a group, protect their interests, and find solutions to global problems.

The Series Editor is responsible for identifying topics and issues of significance to the profession and for the commissioning of editors and authors to produce works for publication by De Gruyter, IFLA’s publishing partner.

IFLA aims to publish a minimum of three titles per year. This is a part-time position and De Gruyter provides a small stipendium.

De Gruyter will also appoint a copy editor to copy-edit, submit the manuscripts to the Publisher and accompany the production process.

Tasks

  • Identify topics of interest to the library profession
  • Work with Chairs of IFLA Section Committees to select suitable Editors from IFLA’s member expertise
  • Oversee the production process from commissioning to publication
  • Assist Editors with the operational aspects of commissioning, applications, forms, organisation and deadlines
  • Provide advice to Editors and Authors to ensure consistent presentation in areas such as style guidelines, syntax, terminology, referencing and quality of graphics
  • Liaise with De Gruyter’s copy editor regarding the typesetting and final formatting of works in the series

Skills

  • Communication skills
    • Possess excellent interpersonal and responsive, accurate written communication skills. As the series is primarily published in English, a native level of English is preferred;
  • Understanding of issues
    • Excellent understanding of the major issues and hot topics influencing library services and practice in the global environment;
  • High Standing
    • High standing in the Library and Information Science field as a practitioner or researcher;
  • Research and Writing Skills
    • Excellent research and professional writing skills and expertise, and the ability to critique research writing;
  • Scholarly Publishing
    • Strong understanding of scholarly publishing;
  • Vision for Future
    • Vision for the future of the series and to increase its standing in the field;
  • Experience
    • Experience as a published editor or author in the Library and Information Science field.

An Expression of Interest presenting your experience and addressing each of the areas outlined under the heading Skills should be sent by 5 August 2016 to Claudia Heyer, email: claudia.heyer@degruyter.com

Job: Policy & Research Officer

2/9/15 – Policy & Research Officer
IFLA Headquarters, The Hague, Netherlands

Become part of the Policy & Advocacy team at the International Federation of
Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA) and help shape IFLA’s policy and
advocacy work through a wide range of professional tasks. Under the general
direction of the Director, Policy and Advocacy, your responsibilities include
carrying out in-depth desk research, supporting managers in producing
position and discussion papers, supporting the work of IFLA units engaged in
policy matters, monitoring issues that affect libraries, drafting and
disseminating high-quality communications on policy and advocacy issues, and
planning activities to support IFLA’s policy objectives in collaboration with
other staff.

Key areas of Responsibility

To undertake in-depth desk research and analysis and to produce briefing
papers, case studies and other materials for managers, IFLA units and members
that will contribute to IFLA’s policy and advocacy activities;

To provide professional-level support to IFLA managers, committees, advisory
boards and sections. Tasks include monitoring relevant information,
coordinating participation at workshops and events, and drafting reports;

To provide support to the preparation of policy-focused workshops and other
events, for example, identifying potential programme concepts, drafting
workshop materials, tracking deadlines, and monitoring expenditures against
budget;

To write high-quality communications in support of IFLA’s policy and advocacy
work and to disseminate them via appropriate channels, including the web,
social media and mailing lists;

To ensure that strong connections are established and maintained with other
activities of IFLA that impact on policy and advocacy work, for example, the
professional programme;

Monitoring the potential effects of trends, international conventions and
treaties, activities of international organizations and policy initiatives
that may affect the environment in which libraries operate.

Desired skills and experience

Excellent knowledge of library and information services and related policy
issues;

Strong research skills;

Outstanding communication skills in English, both written and oral and fully
competent in using the web and social media;

Have a sense of diplomacy and the ability to convey this in writing
Demonstrable interpersonal skills, able to relate to people from a wide range
of cultures and backgrounds;

Demonstrable understanding of the policy process, including policy
development;

Demonstrable project management skills;

Awareness of issues in the information environment, the library profession;
A commitment to participative management practices, workplace diversity and
to working effectively within a team environment;

Experience in working in a distributed, international team;
Proficiency in one of the other official languages of IFLA (Arabic, Chinese,
French, German, Russian, Spanish);

Experience in an international membership organisation.

Qualifications

Degree in library or information studies or an equivalent qualification

A higher degree, or its equivalent, in library or information studies or a
related field (desirable)

Salary

The gross monthly salary offered will be Eur3.222 per month in line with the
Collective Agreement of Public Libraries in The Netherlands. You will also
receive a holiday allowance (8% of your annual salary), an end of year bonus
and enjoy 25 days of holidays per year.

Closing datePlease apply as soon as possible.

How to apply

Please send us your CV including a motivation letter in English specifying
your suitability for this position to vacancies@ifla.org.