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SIG-III’s NEW Facebook draw!

To celebrate the 75th ASIS&T Anniversary and the 30th Anniversary of the Special Interest Group in International Information Issues (SIG-III), we announce a new and existing Facebook draw!

To participate, you simply need to

1)      Join our Facebook group at

2)      Upload your  photo or video(5min or less) from any past SIG-III-related activities to our Facebook group,

2)      If you are NEW to the SIG, you can still participate; just submit a current photo of you holding a sign saying “Happy 30th Anniversary, SIG-III!”

3)      Once uploaded, add a brief description: when, where the photo or video was taken and who is in it.

All uploaded photos and videos will be entered in a random draw for a $50 gift card. The winner will be announced on Monday, October 29, 2012 during the International Reception at the ASIS&T 2012 Annual Meeting in Baltimore. Selected photos and videos will be displayed at the International Reception.

And the best part, you can submit up to 10 entries. The more photos or videos you submit, more chances you get to win.

Some suggestions for possible photo/video submissions:

  • Annual meetings and events
  • International receptions
  • InfoShare Program
  • Mentorship Program
  • SIG-III Chair Visits

Finally, please note that by participating in this draw, you give SIG-III permission to republish, refer to, or use your photo or video in any format or medium at any time during SIG-related events or in SIG-related publications.



Anatoliy Gruzd,

SIG-III Social Media Administrator

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September 6, 2012 at 12:25 am

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Congratulation to the Winner of the ASIS&T SIG-III Twitter Draw!

To celebrate the official launch of ASIS&T SIG III’s Twitter account (@sig3i), this month we conducted a random draw among our Twitter followers. We are pleased to announce that the winner of our draw and recipient of the $50 gift card is Isabella Peters (@Isabella83) from Heinrich-Heine-Universität Duesseldorf in Germany!!!

 Congratulation, Isabella!

We also invite everyone to follow our @sig3i account for the latest news and updates about the SIG as well as tweets about research, news & jobs for ASIS&T members from around the globe.

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July 23, 2012 at 1:15 pm

Posted in SIG-III, Social media, Twitter

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Join SIG-III on Twitter at @sig3i

To encourage and facilitate international informational exchanges via Twitter among ASIS&T members, SIG-III has launched a new Twitter account:   @sig3i
The account is managed by a dynamic team of volunteers who will work to highlight and promote research done by SIG members and colleagues. The account will also feature news from ASIS&T scholars around the globe as well as job and funding opportunities.
To celebrate the launch our new account, we are also announcing a random drawing on Twitter with a chance to win a $50 gift certificate for For a chance to win:
1) Start following us on Twitter @sig3i  *and*
2) Tell us what you want us to tweet about this year by posting a tweet with @sig3i at the end of your tweet.
But hurry, only tweets posted before July 15, 2012 (extended) will be entered into the drawing!
A winner will be announced by August 1, 2012 via Twitter and on the SIG-III website.

Written by sigiii

June 1, 2012 at 11:15 pm

Posted in Social media, Twitter

Upcoming conferences relating to international information


Image by Goodimages, used under the Creative Commons license.

I’d like to take a moment to alert our community about some upcoming conferences related to the field of international information. SIG-III Mentorship Coordinator Nasser Saleh sent me the information regarding the conference: opens Call for Proposals public libraries in developing and transition countries. is pleased to announce a Call for Proposals to spark the development of innovative public library services using technology in transitioning and developing countries.

The Public Library Innovation Program ( ) will encourage public libraries to reach out to their communities, partnering with local government, business and other organizations to assess local needs and develop new services. Technology has transformed public libraries throughout the world, yet in many developing countries where the need is great, public libraries are under resourced.

This call is designed to gather great ideas that introduce technology to meet user needs and help members of the community improve their lives. Ten of the best proposals will be awarded up to $30,000 USD each for a one-year project.

Go to for the Call for Proposal, Application Form, Fact Sheet, FAQs and Press Release. A help desk will be available to prospective applicants plip [at]

This Call for Proposals opens on 16th November 2009 and closes 28th February 2010.

It will be open to applicants from the following countries: Albania, Argentina, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Bangladesh, Belarus, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Botswana, Bulgaria, Cambodia, Cameroon, Chile, People’s Republic of China, Colombia, Egypt, Estonia, Ethiopia, Georgia, Ghana, Jordan, Kenya, Kosovo, Kyrgyzstan, Laos, Latvia, Lesotho, Lithuania, Macedonia, Malawi, Mali, Mexico, Moldova, Mongolia, Mozambique, Nepal, Nigeria, Palestine (West Bank and Gaza), Poland, Guatemala, Romania, Russia, Senegal, Serbia, Slovenia, South Africa, Sudan, Swaziland, Syria, Tajikistan, Tanzania, Ukraine, Uzbekistan, Vietnam, Zambia and Zimbabwe.

Beyond that, there is the 5th Shanghai (Hangzhou) International Library Forum (SILF), and an IFLA Satellite Meeting on the theme of “The Global Librarian,” which will be held in Sweden. Both of these conferences will be held in August of this year. Here are the descriptions of each:

The 5th Shanghai (Hangzhou) International Library Forum (SILF) will be held on August 24~27 in Shanghai and Hangzhou.

The biennial forum, conducted in the era of quickened growth of information industry and globalized development of libraries, provides opportunities of brainstorming centering on the latest progress, innovative measures and future trends of library science and service. With the intensified coverage of media and wide recognition from the library circle, the convening of the forum, combining keynote speeches, plenary session and individual seminars, appeals to over 300 participants for participation at home and abroad, among who are IFLA senior officials, library directors, professionals and experts from the information sector, researchers and people from other fields.

Expo 2010 Shanghai China will take place between May 1 and October 31, 2010 in Shanghai with the theme of ‘Better City, Bette Life’. It would become a pageant for city life discussion, a symphony with the melody of technological innovation and cultural blending as well as a splendid dialogue between nations and cultures.

The forthcoming Forum coincides with World Expo and will include the 7th Chinese-Japanese International Seminar for the Librarianship.

Hangzhou is historical and cultural city reputed as ‘Paradise on Earth’. The host libraries are now extending warm welcome to domestic and overseas colleagues alike to join the academic exchanges while celebrating meanwhile Expo 2010 Shanghai China.

To facilitate in-depth discussions, subtopics are designed as follows,

I.Libraries and Multicultural Service
II. Libraries and Community Well-Being
III. Library Performance Evaluation
IV. Library Support for Innovation and Strategic Decisions
V. Library Service in Cloud Computing Era

Submitted papers shall be original research contributions or summaries of practical experience, which have not been published in any other periodicals or proceedings. Formats can be referred to at Please submit the abstract to the Organizing Committee prior to March 15, 2010 and the full text before April 30, 2010. All the papers will be peer-reviewed by the Program Committee of SILF 2010 before the selected few get collected in the proceedings of the conference for official publication.

Conference Secretariat
Contact: Ms. Ren Xiapei or Mr. Zhou Qing
Address: 1555 Huai Hai Zhong Lu, Shanghai 200031, China
Email: silf2010 [at]
Tel: +86.21.6445.4500 Fax: +86.21.6445.5006

New Professionals Discussion Group and Management of Library Associations Section
Boras, Sweden
August 9, 2010

Theme: “The Global Librarian”

This satellite conference will be held immediately prior to the World Library and Information Congress in Gothenburg, Sweden, August 2010.

The IFLA New Professionals Discussion Group and the Management of Library Associations Section invite proposals for presentations. First time presenters and new professionals are encouraged to apply.

In order to meet publication deadlines (for inclusion on the IFLA website) proposals must be submitted by February 10, 2010.

Conference Themes and Focus:
New librarians are positioning themselves as library leaders in academia, libraries, and professional associations. This event aims to address key themes and leading trends to provide library services while changing attitudes and expectations on the way. The conference organising committee wishes to showcase examples of best practice in how to develop new leaders, services, and inclusion of new professionals in decision-making processes through both research based scholarly presentations and experiential and practical stories of successes and lessons learned. The organisers are particularly interested in receiving proposals for presentations on any of the following, or related, key themes and issues:

• How to internationalize careers,
• New librarian paradigm,
• Mobile librarian,
• Real-time librarian, and
• Advocating for library associations to include new professionals in their agenda

We welcome and encourage proposals from first-time conference presenters, librarians, library school students, and information workers new to the profession.

Conference Location and Dates:
The conference will be held in Boras, Sweden. The conference venue will be the University of Boras which is conveniently located one hour by train from the WLIC venue, Gothenburg. More details will follow in the next few months. The satellite conference will start at 8:30 a.m. with registration, and will end at 4:30 p.m. with a networking session.

Format & Structure:
The conference will be arranged to include keynote opening and closing speakers along with a mix of panel/plenary sessions.

Conference Language:
The conference will be conducted in English. All papers and presentations will be required to be in English.

And as always, you can check out the International Calendar of Information Science Conferences (ICISC) for upcoming conferences across a broad range of Information Science-related topics.

Blog post contributed by Aaron Bowen

Written by sigiii

February 4, 2010 at 9:56 pm

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Mapping the Arabic Blogosphere: Politics, Culture, and Dissent

It’s a little over a month old, but I’ve not yet posted about the following report by Bruce Etling, John Kelly, Rob Faris, and John Palfrey, so I will do so now. It is titled Mapping the Arabic Blogosphere: Politics, Culture, and Dissent, and is published by Harvard’s Berkman Center for the Internet and Society.

Arabic Keyboard

Image by dweekly, used under the Creative Commons license.

I’m being kicked out of my office this afternoon while some of my university’s tech people work on my Internet connection. While I am without my computer I will work on SIG-III’s annual report, but I hope to be able to steal a bit of time away to read this report as well. If you’ve read it and have any thoughts or reactions, leave a comment below — I’d love to hear what you think.

On the same topic, I’ll also point to Nasrin Alavi’s We Are Iran. As with Etling et al’s report, I’d love to hear any thoughts you have on Dr. Alavi’s book. She’s even put a sample chapter online as well.

Contributed by Aaron Bowen

Written by sigiii

July 21, 2009 at 1:53 pm

Ajit Pyati, SIG-III Officer, in First Monday

Ajit Pyati

SIG-III’s Ajit Pyati (above) has just published an article titled “Public library revitalization in India: Hopes, challenges, and new visions” in First Monday. Here is the abstract:

With India’s growing economy and status as an emerging world power, a new consciousness is developing in the country about the need to reinvest in public services. The National Knowledge Commission (NKC) is an advisory body constituted by the Prime Minister to provide recommendations for improving India’s knowledge infrastructure. As part of this Commission, a set of recommendations has been developed to improve India’s long neglected library system. This article explores the implications of these recommendations, with a specific focus on India’s public library system and the social development gains that are often associated with public libraries. The potential of India’s public libraries to serve as community information centres (CICs) is highlighted, as well as the challenges that lie ahead in implementing a new vision for public library revitalization. The article serves as an invitation for concerted action, reflection, and dialogue with regard to this important and pressing issue.

The full article may be found here.

Article by Ajit Pyati. Blog post contributed by Aaron Bowen.

Written by sigiii

July 8, 2009 at 4:47 pm

UNESCO and the Library of Congress partner to launch the World Digital Library

Book by sculptor Walter Kirtland Hancock

Image by takomabibelot, used under the Creative Commons license.

The following announcement comes from the Knowledgespeak newsletter:

The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) and 32 partner institutions will launch the World Digital Library, a web site that features unique cultural materials from libraries and archives from around the world, at UNESCO Headquarters on April 21. The site will include manuscripts, maps, rare books, films, sound recordings, and prints and photographs. It will provide unrestricted public access, free of charge, to this material.

The launch will take place at a reception co-hosted by UNESCO Director-General, Koïchiro Matsuura, and US Librarian of Congress, James H. Billington. Directors of the partner institutions will also be on hand to present the project to ambassadors, ministers, delegates, and special guests attending the semi-annual meeting of UNESCO’s Executive Board.

In addition to promoting international understanding, the project aims to expand the volume and variety of cultural content on the Internet, provide resources for educators, scholars and general audiences, and narrow the digital divide within and between countries by building capacity in partner countries.

The WDL will function in Arabic, Chinese, English, French, Portuguese, Russian and Spanish, and will include content in a great many other languages. Browse and search features will facilitate cross-cultural and cross-temporal exploration on the site. Descriptions of each item and videos with expert curators speaking about selected items will provide context for users, and are intended to spark curiosity and encourage both students and the general public to learn more about the cultural heritage of all countries.

The WDL was developed by a team at the Library of Congress. Technical assistance was provided by the Bibliotheca Alexandrina of Alexandria, Egypt. Institutions contributing content and expertise to the WDL include national libraries and cultural and educational institutions in Brazil, Egypt, China, France, Iraq, Israel, Japan, Mali, Mexico, Morocco, the Netherlands, Qatar, the Russian Federation, Saudi Arabia, Serbia, Slovakia, Sweden, Uganda, the United Kingdom, and the United States.

Written by sigiii

April 13, 2009 at 2:14 pm