News: Italian Historical Library Tour

5/3/15 –  Italian Historical Library Tour

Sarah P’s comments:  There are lots of library tours appearing lately…it appears to be a growing trend.  This one, sponsored by Turin Education Consortium (TEC), is appealing because if offers multiple dates and who doesn’t love Italy!


Educational trip: Italian Library Tour
Where: Turin and Venice, Northern Italy.
Trip focus: Historical libraries in Italy: an overview on conservation and management procedures of historical libraries in Turin and Venice.
Dates: October 10-21; November 7-17 – 2015 March 12-22 – 2016 (upon demand, the tour can be offered on other dates as well)
Appropriate for: librarians, archivists, history professors, MLIS students and calligraphers
Duration: 10 days.
Purpose of the tour: introduction to the management aspects of historical libraries in Italy through in-depth conservation and visits to the back-stage of some of the best known historical libraries in Turin and Venice.

Guests on the Library Tour will have a unique opportunity to peer into rare volumes tucked away in nooks and crannies of historical libraries. As technology leads towards paperless libraries, guests will delight to re-discover the heft of pergamum and paper in books painstakingly crafted and hand-bound. One of the many highlights of the program while in Turin, an important center for the spreading of scientific culture, is the visit to the Science Academy, similar to the Royal Society of Science in London. The Academy’s motto, VERITAS and UTILITAS, Truth and Utility best distinguishes the Turin Academy of Science from others. The library’s patrimony (more than 250,000 books and 5,000 periodicals) grew in large part thanks to donations of scholars and exchanges of periodicals. The Academy’s historic archive is one of the most important in Piedmont, and contains documents produced by the Academy and its members during more than two centuries of activity. The itinerary will continue with a full-on weekend to Venice, an easy ride by speed train from Turin, where guests will visit, among other treasures, the National Library of St Mark’s a library in a Renaissance building built by the famous architect Jacopo Sansovino between 1537-1553; it is one of the earliest surviving public manuscript depositories in the country, holding one of the greatest collections of classical texts in the world. The library is named after St. Mark, the patron saint of Venice.

From Manuscript to Print, a calligraphy course could be also included –  Professor of palaeography will deliver a talk on the historical aspects of writing. Calligraphers will be particularly interested to take part in a hands-on course of Italic calligraphy using homemade walnut ink to be held by the Turin association Dal Segno alla Scrittura. This unique group has 250 enthusiastic active members keen to learn Uncial, Carolingian, Gothic, Fraktur, Humanistic, and Italics. International calligraphers also come to teach at the association throughout the year.

For more information on the full itinerary and the costs, please email to Patricia:

News: ASCLA Scotland Tour

4/20/15 –  Tour Scotland October 28 – November 5, 2015

ASCLA’s next adventure abroad–a trip to Scotland this October! Seven Nights in Scotland on an author themed tour! From the magical city of Edinburgh, to the capital of the Highlands, the west coast, islands and back to Glasgow, this is Scotland at its most intriguing and fascinating. History, world famous writers, music, and epic scenery will be taken in each day to delight and wonder you to this ancient and wildly beautiful country.


  • 2 Nights in Edinburgh at the Holyrood Hotel
  • 2 Nights in Inverness at the Glen Mhor Hotel
  • 1 Night in Oban at the Royal Hotel
  • 2 Nights in Glasgow at the Indigo Hotel
  • Evening Meal at Hotel on Four Nights
  • Traditional Scottish Pub Lunch on Two days
  • Final Night Scottish Ceili & Dinner in Glasgow
  • Edinburgh Old Town Historic Walk
  • Entrance to Roselyn Chapel
  • Tour of Abbottsford, Sir Walter Scotts Home
  • Loch Ness Cruise & Castle Tour
  • Glenfinnan Viaduct & Glencoe Valley Tour
  • Oban Distillery Tour and Whisky Tasting

Participants are responsible for their own airfare.

Check out the itinerary below, then reserve your spot by contacting Debra Burman Gisby, with Frosch at 847.579.9898 or

Trip Information:
October 28 – November 5, 2015
7 Nights for $2495 Double Occupancy plus airfare (Single supplement for people traveling solo is an additional $395).
We can attempt pair you with another solo traveler if you are interested.
Deposits of $500 for the trip are due June 1, 2015. Remaining balance due September 1, 2015.

A portion of the trip’s proceeds benefit ASCLA, a division of ALA. All those interested in coming along on this exciting trip are welcome to attend regardless of membership status. Click here for an informational brochure.

Questions about the trip or to reserve your spot:
Contact Debra Burman Gisby, with Frosch at 847.579.9898 or email her at:
Deposit of $500 due by June 1, 2015. Remaining balance payment due by Septmber 1, 2015.

ASCLA, a small and mighty division of ALA, represents a diverse group of librarians that includes consultants and independent librarians; state libraries and the librarians, consultants and staff who work there; library networks, cooperatives, consortia and other libraries and librarians involved in collaboration; and librarians serving special populations such as incarcerated youth and adults and people with all types of disabilities. Check out our interest groupsbecome a member, and make sure to explore our Annual Conference programming and events!

News: Library Tour to Nicaragua

4/29/15 –  ILCE-IG will sponsor a Library Tour to Nicaragua Nov. 7 – 16, 2015

Please join members of the International Library and Cultural Exchange as we visit libraries, cultural centers, and natural sites and participate in local library events in beautiful Nicaragua.

Local arrangements will be made by Jane Mirandette, Founder of the Hester J. Hodgdon Libraries for All Program, a Colorado-based nonprofit. Jane is the Director of the San Juan del Sur Biblioteca in San Juan del Sur, a beautiful coast town.

Join us to:

Tour various cultural sites in Nicaragua including Masaya Volcano and its Natural History museum; the 16th century city of Granada, with its cathedrals and the Museo San Francisco with its large collection of pre-Columbian statues; and a visit to a pottery studio and a Clay to Kiln demonstration of the local and very famous pottery techniques.

Visit rural and urban, large and small libraries including the Palacio Nacional, the headquarters of the National Library network.

Volunteer and travel with the San Juan del Sur Biblioteca Movil on its regular route to rural schools and participate in the lending process.

Celebrate the 14th anniversary of the SJDS Biblioteca, the highlight event of the year, with a library festival and street fair for over 400 children, events for Nicaraguan librarians and teachers, and an evening Gala event.

Bi-lingual guides for all cultural sites and 24/7 support from managers Jane Mirandette and Edwin Vasquez for all participants.

All breakfasts, lunches and dinners except for arrival and departure travel days, with opportunities to dine with speakers and invited guests are included.

In country costs: $1,995 CAL Members;  $2,095 non-CAL members.
Airfare to and from Nicaragua not included (approximately $800 from Denver).
Deadline for $500 Deposit: July 1, 2015
Balance due: September 1, 2015
Make checks payable to:
HJH Program
1716 Del Norte Ave.
Loveland CO 80538  

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Click on links for details:

Nicaragua Library Tour Announcement

Nicaragua Library Tour 2015 Registration Form

Nicaragua Library Tour 2015 Itinerary

For more information about Jane Mirandette’s project in San Juan click HJH Libraries for All Program

Join Jane on San Juan del Sur Biblioteca Facebook page.