IASSIST Fellows Program 2013-14

The IASSIST Fellows Program is pleased to announce that it is now accepting applications for financial support to attend the IASSIST 2014 conference in Toronto [http://www.library.yorku.ca/cms/iassist/], from data professionals who are developing, supporting and managing data infrastructures at their home institutions.

Please be aware that funding is not intended to cover the entire cost of attending the conference. The applicant?s home institution must provide some level of financial support to supplement an IASSIST Fellow award. Strong preference will be given to first time participants and applicants from those countries currently with insufficient representation at IASSIST. Only fully completed applications will be considered. Applicants submitting a paper for the conference will be given priority consideration for funding.

You may apply for funding via this form.The deadline for applications is the 31st of January 2014.

For more information, to apply for funding or nominate a person for a Fellowship, please send an email to the Fellows Committee chairs, Luis Martínez-Uribe (lmartinez@march.es) and Stuart Macdonald (srm262@cornell.edu).

SLA PAM International Membership Award

The PAM International Membership Award will be presented by the SLA-PAM Division to a librarian from the Developing World. As a member of SLA, the winner will have the opportunity to participate more fully with colleagues in this Association.


The purpose of the award is to provide an opportunity for librarians from the developing world to be active members of SLA and of SLA-PAM.

Nominations are to be submitted by 31 October to the PAM IRC incoming chair, and the award recipient will be announced in November.

Contacts and details from http://pam.sla.org/manual/awards/pamimadetails/

FCIL Schaffer Grant for Foreign Law Librarians

The purpose of the FCIL Schaffer Grant for Foreign Law Librarians is to provide financial assistance to ensure the presence and participation of a foreign librarian at the AALL Annual Meeting (American Association of Law Libraries).  Foreign attendees enrich AALL events by sharing global perspectives for the benefit of all participants.

The FCIL Schaffer Grant for Foreign Law Librarians for the July 12-15, 2014 Annual Meeting in San Antonio, Texas provides the following support:
  1. A waiver of the AALL Annual Meeting full registration fee.
  2. A grant of a minimum US $2,000 to assist with accommodations and travel costs.
Deadline: The Chair of the Selection Committee must receive all applications by November 30, 2013. The Selection Committee will not consider late or incomplete applications.

Full details, eligibility, contacts  and application procedure etc can be found at http://www.aallnet.org/sections/fcil/grants-awards/FCIL-Schaffer-Grant

Brazilian citation scheme outed



Thomson Reuters suspends journals from its rankings for ‘citation stacking’:

Mauricio Rocha-e-Silva thought that he had spotted an easy way to raise the profiles of Brazilian journals. From 2009, he and several other editors published articles containing hundreds of references to papers in each others’ journals — in order, he says, to elevate the journals’ impact factors…

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The Jay Jordan IFLA/OCLC Early Career Development Fellowship Program

The Jay Jordan IFLA / OCLC Early Career Development Fellowship Program provides early career development and continuing education for library and information science professionals from countries with developing economies. The program is jointly sponsored by the International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA) and OCLC. On an annual basis program sponsors select up to five individuals to participate in a four-week intensive Fellowship program based at OCLC’s headquarters in Dublin, Ohio, USA. Topics and issues include information technologies and their impact on libraries, library operations and management, and global cooperative librarianship.

Program guidelines

The Fellowship Program is for library and information science professionals who are in early stages of career development and from countries with developing economies. Eligibility is limited to those who are from a qualifying country, have a degree in library or information science obtained within the past five years, and have at least three years, but no more than eight years, of library or information science experience. These and other qualifications are explained in detail in the Program Guidelines. Interested candidates should read the guidelines and, if qualified, complete and submit the application by the specified due date.

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Librarian gets fellowship



Special Correspondent: The Hindu, August 21, 2013

Suresh Jange, Deputy Librarian, Virtual Learning Resource Centre and Digital Library, Gulbarga University, has been awarded Commonwealth Professional Fellowship-2013.

Dr. Jange is the first library professional in a State university to get the prestigious fellowship….more

Commonwealth Professional Fellowship for Dr. Suresh Jange

Dear Friends,

I am very happy to inform you all that my close friend Dr. Suresh Jange , Deputy Librarian, Virtual Learning Resource Centre & Digital Library, Gulbarga University, Gulbarga, (Karnataka State) has been awarded the prestigious Commonwealth Professional Fellowship-2013.  The duration of the fellowship is for 3 months from 22nd September, 2013 to 22nd December, 2013. He was nominated for this award by  University of East London (UEL), Library and Learning Services, London, UK .

SJDr. Suresh Jange is quite popular among the LIS professionals  in the Hyderabad-Karnataka region and has been a dynamic leader who has contributed immensely  to the Library and Information Science field with his innovative services to the user community and research aptitude.  He is also instrumental in modernizing the library activities in the Gulbarga University Library particularly the Virtual Learning Resource Centre & Digital Library. He has received many national and international awards including IFLA-ALP.  As part of academic activities, he has traveled many countries and presented papers in the international conferences.

Let us join hands to congratulate Dr. Suresh Jange for his achievement.

E-libraries to be set up in Haryana villages

The Haryana government is planning to set up e-libraries in 50 villages of Sirsa district at the cost of Rs. 1 crore.

The e-libraries will be set up under the Backward Regions Grant Fund Scheme of the Haryana government.

While stating this on Monday, a spokesperson of Sirsa district administration said that the work of setting up e-libraries in these villages would soon commence and it would be completed by the end of August.

He said that sub-divisional officer (Ellenabad) Prabhjot Singh has been appointed as nodal officer for the work. He would be in contact with different companies through advertisement and other mediums.

He said that computers will be linked with internet in every e-library so that the readers can read various books and magazines and check encyclopedia.

In villages that are near the Punjab and Haryana border,1,000 books in Hindi, Punjabi and English would be kept in these e-libraries.

The e-libraries that are near Rajasthan border would have Hindi and English books.

Apart from this, audio-video CDs and DVDs would be available in every e-library, he added.

The spokesperson said that digital material related to science, mathematics, geography and other subjects  would also be made available in these e-libraries.

Source | http://www.hindustantimes.com