News: ALA Free Pass Program

8/8/15 – ALA Free Pass Program for the Guadalajara International Book Fair (FIL)


Guadalajara International Book Fair (FIL) is the most important event in the Spanish Language, the doorway to the most recent Spanish language publications in Latin America and Spain. Here in one place is the finest selection for your Spanish readers to make your library the best in your town or city.

FIL offers a wide array of opportunities, rich in contents and authors, representing a core meeting between the Ibero-American publishing industry and the world. Come and apply to the ALA Free Pass Program, you will enjoy our beloved bookfair. Visit the fair where Spanish is the seed that has sprouted hundreds of thousands of books. More than 20,000 book professionals from all over the world are doing it already.

It is simple and easy. Register now and get three nights of lodging for free, three continental breakfasts, free registration, $100 USD airfare reimbursement (courtesy of ALA), an additional $100 of airfare support for the first 100 librarians that have been accepted in the ALA Free Pass Program and have purchased their ticket before October 2nd, among a dozen other benefits.

Submission deadline: September 4th, 2015

The ALA Free Pass program is available to all ALA-member acquisition or selection librarians, in particular those involved in Latin American collection development.

ALA Free Pass program will provide:

  • $100 USD contribution for airfare, courtesy of ALA.
  • 3 nights at the Guadalajara Plaza Ejecutivo López Mateos Hotel, breakfast included (or 6 nights sharing a room with a colleague) courtesy of FIL
  • FIL 2015 registration fee
  • Additional $100 USD reimbursement towards airfare costs, courtesy of FIL (for the first 100 registrations who send their purchased ticket BEFORE OCTOBER 2nd)
  • ALA FIL Gala Dinner (provided by the sponsorship of publishers and distributors)

Applicants to the Free Pass Program must be personal and active members of ALA. For ALA membership information, please contact: ALA International Relations Office, Delin Guerra by tel.: 1-800-545-2433, ext. 3201, e-mail:

4/10/15 –  International and Area Studies Workshop for Librarians
ALA Conference, San Francisco, USA

Sarah P’s comments:  If you are attending ALA here is an opportunity to consider if you are interested in gaining more knowledge about collection development and publishing trends in Western Europe and Latin America (i.e. would look good on the resume if you are interested in applying for international positions in these two locations.) Thank you Librarian Ray Pun for sharing this opportunity!


The Center for Research Libraries, along with the Seminar on the Acquisition of Latin American Library Materials (SALALM) and the Western European Studies Section (WESS) of the Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL), is co-sponsoring an “International and Area Studies Workshop for Librarians” on Friday, June 26, 2015. The workshop is timed to coincide with the ALA Annual meeting in San Francisco.

The full-day workshop is designed to assist librarians who are newly responsible for Western European and Latin American humanities and social sciences collecting.  It will cover publishing trends in Western Europe and Latin America, providing reference services, and tips for getting up to speed quickly as a librarian newly assigned to cover these world areas.


Area and international studies librarians require a variety of skills, combining deep subject background with knowledge of library processes/workflows, an awareness of research trends, and digital developments in their respective fields. Increasingly, librarians are being asked to combine subject expertise or add new world areas to their workload. As discussed at recent events on the state of area studies in libraries (for example, in Durham, NC and Bloomington, IN), recruitment and continuing professional development of area studies information professionals is crucial for shaping collections and being partners in the research and teaching mission of our institutions.

This hands-on workshop will provide expert guidance for new—or newly-assigned—librarians in Latin American, Iberian, and Western European subject areas. It will also explore synergies among the areas of collecting and provide an opportunity to network with colleagues beyond our traditional area conferences.


9:00 – 11:30 am Latin America, Spain, and Portugal
Anne Barnhart (University of West Georgia)
Roberto Delgadillo (University of California, Davis)
Adan Griego (Stanford University)

11:30 am – 1:00 pm Lunch
Lunch is included in the registration fee and will be provided onsite at the Book Club of California.

1:00 – 3:00 pm Francophone and Italian Studies
Elizabeth Chenault (University of North Carolina)
Claude Potts (Univerity of California, Berkeley)
Deborah Raftus (University of Washington)
Sarah Sussman (Stanford University)

3:00 – 4:30 pm Germanic Collections
Richard Hacken (Brigham Young University)
Heidi Madden (Duke University)
Brian Vetruba (Washington University)

The Book Club of California (Location Details)
312 Sutter Street, Suite 500
San Francisco, CA

Program: IFLA Webinar for Latin America & Caribbean

10/17/14 –  IFLA Webinar for Latin America & Caribbean

For librarians who speak Spanish and/or Portuguese:

For more than three years IFLA Continuing Professional Development and Workplace Learning (CPDWL) and IFLA New Professionals Special Interest Group have presented successful webinars on topics of interest to librarians, library associations, library schools, decision makers and library professionals. Now, in collaboration with the Latin America and Caribbean Section of IFLA, and the School of Information, Documentation and Library of the Faculty of Philosophy, Sciences and Letters of the University of São Paulo, Ribeirão Preto Campus, we are pleased to present a new series of webinars in Spanish and Portuguese with the purpose of providing programs about timely library issues for our Latin American and Caribbean colleagues.