Thursday, March 30, 2017
WASTEWATER: THE UNTAPPED RESOURCE
Friday, March 24, 2017
The United Nations General Assembly designates a number of "International Days" to mark important aspects of human life and history (the comprehensive list of all days celebrated by the United Nations and its Specialized Agencies is available here: International Days).
United Nations Specialized Agencies, including UNESCO, can also proclaim World Days. In this case, the proclamation of international days depends on their governing bodies and internal regulations only.
UNESCO thus celebrates UN International Days related to its fields of competence, in addition to the other World Days, proclaimed by the Organization's governing bodies or other institutions.
The list of official messages by Ms Irina Bokova, Director-General of UNESCO, on the occasion of International Days with which UNESCO is associated is available here. http://en.unesco.org/celebrations/international-days
International Day of Commemoration in Memory of the Victims of the Holocaust ( 34 C/Resolution 61; A/RES/60/7)
International Day of Women and Girls in Science ( A/70/474/Add.2)
World Radio Day ( 36 C/Resolution 63; A/67/62)
International Mother Language Day ( 30 C/62; A/RES/56/262)
International Women’s Day ( 20 C/Resolution 13.2)
International Francophonie Day (in French) (Message from the Director-General)
World Poetry Day ( 30 C/Resolution 29) ( Message from the Director-General)
International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination ( 14 C/Resolution 11; A/RES/2142 (XXI))
International Day of Nowruz ( 184 EX/SR.1-9; A/RES/64/253) ( Message from the Director-General)
World Day for Water ( 141 EX/22; A/RES/47/193)
International Day of Sport for Development and Peace ( 37 C/60; A/RES/67/296)
World Book and Copyright Day ( 28 C/Resolution 3.18)
International Jazz Day ( 36 C/Resolution 39)
World Press Freedom Day ( 26 C/Resolution 4.3)
African World Heritage Day ( 38 C/68)
World Day for Cultural Diversity for Dialogue and Development ( 166 EX/37; A/RES/57/249) ( Message from the Director-General)
International Day for Biological Diversity ( 146 EX/32; A/RES/49/119) ( Message from the Director-General)
Africa Day / Africa Week
World Environment Day ( 112 EX/15; A/RES/2994 (XXVII) )
World Oceans Day ( 181 EX/4; A/RES/63/111 )
World Day to Combat Desertification and Drought ( A/RES/49/115)
Nelson Mandela International Day ( A/RES/64/13)
International Day for the Conservation of the Mangrove Ecosystem ( 38 C/66)
International Day of the World's Indigenous People ( 146 EX/32; A/RES/49/214)
International Youth Day ( 159 EX/28; A/RES/54/120)
International Day for the Remembrance of the Slave Trade and its Abolition ( 29 C/Resolution 40)
International Literacy Day ( 14 C/Resolution 1.441) ( Message from the Director-General)
International Day of Democracy ( A/RES/62/7) ( Message from the Director-General)
International Day of University Sport ( 38 C/Resolution 44)
International Day of Peace ( 114 EX/24; A/RES/36/67; A/RES/55/282)
International Day for the Universal Access to Information ( 38 C/70)
World Teachers' Day ( 27 C/INF.7)
International Day for Disaster Reduction ( 134 EX/15; A/RES/44/236; A/RES/64/200)
International Day for the Eradication of Poverty ( 28 C/Resolution 2.1; A/RES/47/196)
World Statistics Day ( A/RES/64/267)
World Day for Audiovisual Heritage ( 33 C/Resolution 53)
International Day to End Impunity for Crimes against Journalists ( A/RES/68/163)
World Day of Romani Language ( 38 C/65)
World Tsunami Awareness Day (A/RES/70/203)
World Science Day for Peace and Development ( 31 C/Resolution 20)
Third Thursday in November
World Philosophy Day ( 33 C/Resolution 37)
International Day for Tolerance ( 28 C/Resolution 5.61; A/RES/51/95)
International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women ( 159 EX/28; A/RES/54/134)
International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People ( 114 EX/24; A/RES/32/40B)
World AIDS Day ( 130 EX/INF.3)
International Day of Persons with Disabilities ( A/RES/47/3)
Human Rights Day ( 3 C/Resolution 14.8; A/RES/423 (V))
International Migrants Day ( 161 EX/37; A/RES/55/93)
World Arabic Language Day ( 190 EX/Decision 48)
Wednesday, March 22, 2017
Goodreads is the world’s largest site for readers and book recommendations. Their mission is to help people find and share books they love. It is a place where you can see what your friends are reading and vice versa. You can create "bookshelves" to organize what you've read (or want to read). You can comment on each other's reviews. You can find your next favorite book. And on this journey with your friends you can explore new territory, gather information, and expand your mind.
Tuesday, March 21, 2017
|Prof. Aina (M) chatting with the Benue State University Librarian, Prof. John Agada while Mrs. B.F. Shuaibu looks on.|
The National Library of Nigeria is to partner academic institutions in Nigeria in promoting and enhancing the global rating of research and academic journals in the country.
The National Librarian and Chief Executive Officer of the apex library, Prof. Lenrie O. Aina stated this when he received in audience, the University Librarian of the Benue State University, Makurdi, Prof. John Agada. According to the National Librarian, there are so many journals emanating from the country which are not captured in the world research output. According to Prof. Aina, only five out of 217 journals published in Nigeria, are captured by “Web of Science” while “Scopus” which seem to be magnanimous, only captures 27 out of this lot”.
He further informed his guest that on assumption of duty, he set it as priority, to partner with relevant stakeholders to reverse this trend and expressed happiness that someone else is equally thinking along that line.
Earlier on, the University Librarian, Prof. Agada who was on a courtesy visit to the National Librarian, stated that his visit was to seek the support and collaboration of the National Library of Nigeria in promoting the use of local journals in Nigerian Universities. He expressed worry over the reliance on foreign journals which are products of research carried out in and around those societies, when we have so many current local journals in and about the country.
The National Librarian promised the University Librarian of his utmost support as well as personal donations of back issues of some journals to the Benue State University.
Monday, March 20, 2017
Friday, March 17, 2017
|National Librarian in a group photo with the Deputy Governor of Ebonyi State, Dr. Kelechi Igwe (in red cap) and other members of the State's Executive Council|
Monday, March 13, 2017
In June 2016, libraries and service providers came together to reshape the future of libraries and develop new technologies with a new initiative called FOLIO (www.folio.org). This community-based project provides a platform for libraries, service providers, and other organizations to team up to redefine library automation via open source projects.
The FOLIO project sets out to develop new applications that extend the library into new areas. To further innovation, EBSCO will fund FOLIO grants totaling $100,000 to libraries looking to develop solutions that advance technology for libraries. Grants will be awarded to project teams that leverage the FOLIO codebase and address current opportunities in library technology.
IPSWICH, Mass. — January 20, 2017 — EBSCO Information Services (EBSCO) has renewed its commitment to helping libraries “go green” by bringing back an expanded version of its EBSCO Solar grant program for 2017. As part of the EBSCO Solar initiative, EBSCO is currently soliciting grant applications to help libraries fund solar installations. EBSCO is making two $100,000 grants available to bidders that will allow the winning libraries to reduce their utilities expenditures and install a solar array at their institution.
In August 2007, EBSCO installed a photovoltaic array on the roof of one of the buildings of its Ipswich, Massachusetts campus. At the time, the 192 solar panels made up one of the largest installations on the North Shore of Boston. Two more arrays were added to buildings on campus, and EBSCO now has more than 500 solar panels offsetting the amount of “brown power” the company buys from the grid and generating clean energy to reduce EBSCO’s environmental footprint. After seeing the benefits of “going green” on its own campus, EBSCO introduced the EBSCO Solar grant so libraries interested in adding their own solar arrays can do so...on EBSCO.
Questions will be accepted through February 28th at firstname.lastname@example.org
Applications are due April 28th at email@example.com
Winner will be announced online and at ALA-Annual on June 23rd.
Libraries make an important contribution to development. They help people get the information they need to access economic opportunity, gender equality, quality education, improve their health or develop their communities.
In 2015, IFLA launched a survey to gather examples of how libraries contribute with the UN 2030 agenda and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Many contributions were received from all over the world and with this information IFLA published in June 2016 the booklet and handout “Access and Opportunity for all”. This publication is a useful advocacy and awareness-raising tool to show how libraries drive progress across the entire UN 2030 Agenda.
Today, IFLA launches a second call for examples, to support the advocacy work done by the library community at national, regional and global levels. Data and examples are key to show policy makers how libraries are already supporting development through their programmes, products and services. Therefore, this survey aims to gather examples that will be used for the advocacy work done by IFLA, its members and the broader library community related to the UN 2030 Agenda.
IFLA invites you to submit examples of library programmes, products or services from your country that are clearly linked to one or more SDG(s). Ideally examples will be from different types of libraries, ensuring a good representation of countries and regions, so we really encourage you to contribute!
Friday, March 10, 2017
Happy International Women’s Day!...Giulia Pelosi, Worldreader's Gender Specialist
This International Women’s Day we want to pause and celebrate how you’re supporting women and girls when you support Worldreader.
You've helped us reach over 2.5 million women and girls with life-changing books since 2010. That includes the 4,500 girls at 25 schools across Tanzania that read from Worldreader e-readers through our partnership with Camfed. It includes the girls at the Kibera School for Girls who are setting the bar for Kenyan primary education with the help of a library of 12,500 e-books provided by Worldreader. It includes thousands of mothers and aunties who are empowered to read to the children in their lives through our Read to Kids program in India.
Women are some of our most avid readers and we’re convinced that literacy and access to reading are key tools for promoting gender equality. That’s why we launched our Anasoma project to increase women's and girls’ participation in mobile reading and ultimately shift gender norms. Read more about this exciting work here.
Given the tools to succeed, women can change the world. At Worldreader, we’re empowering our female readers to do just that.
Happy International Women’s Day!
Giulia Pelosi, Worldreader's Gender Specialist
Tuesday, March 7, 2017
Friday, March 3, 2017
African Libraries are on the rise!
The Public and Community Libraries Section of AfLIA (African Library and Information Associations and Institutions) hereby invites all Public and Community Libraries in Africa to participate in a Continental Display Fiesta with the theme – ‘My Africa Your Africa Our Africa’ from 24th April to 13th May 2017.
Rules - What to do
1. Do a display of books and other information resources, textiles, pictures, paintings, sculptures, musical instruments, farm implements, cooking utensils or any other materials that depict the culture of the Library’s community and which identifies them as a people.
a. To do this effectively – gather information on the history of your community
b. Consult, engage and collaborate with the community Elders, Groups, Town Unions etc.
2. Open a FaceBook Account for your Library, search for AfLIA Page and African Public Libraries Network on Facebook, submit the pictures of your display there. Properly label the pictures for easy identification and collation. You are expected to submit a minimum 20 pictures but not more than 30!
3. Open a Twitter account for your Library, follow @AfLIACon and submit the pictures of your display there.
4. Open a YouTube account, record the Display with the theme conspicuously shown, record the visits , upload and send a link to AfLIA Page and African Public Libraries Network on Facebook and to @AfLIACon on Twitter.
5. Optional – You may organize a cultural day- Talks, Music, How to make local handicraft etc based on the Theme, record and submit as stated in 2-4 above.
1. The Executive Committee of the Public and Community Libraries Section of AfLIA (African Library and Information Associations and Institutions) will judge the pictures based on
- Community awareness and participation
2. Winners will be announced during the closing Dinner at the AfLIA Conference in Yaounde, Cameroon. Plaques, certificates and commendations will be presented to the winners.
This Continental Display Fiesta is predicated on the fact that libraries drive the progress of global and continental Developmental frameworks. UN 2030 Agenda Goal 11 Target 14 harps on strengthening efforts to protect and safeguard the world’s cultural and natural heritages while the 5th Aspiration of AU 2063 Agenda highlights the need to build strong cultural identities and preserve our common heritage, ethics and values as a people.
Thursday, March 2, 2017
OBAFEMI AWOLOWO UNIVERSITY, ILE-IFE, NIGERIA VACANCY
UNIVERSITY LIBRARIAN Hezekiah Oluwasanmi Library
Obafemi Awolowo University Hezekiah Oluwasanmi Library established in 1962, is the major repository of all academic resources (books, journals, theses, government documents etc) which serve the needs of both staff and students of the University as well as other interested users in the Community. The Library holds over 700,000 volumes of books and print materials. It also has two units providing electronic services. These facilities provide access to learning and research in soft contacts that are available globally for the use of staff and students of the University. Wireless facilities are available for users to connect to the internet within the Library building. The Library operates an Online Public Access Catalogue (OPAC) which is a database of all resources in the library. The Library also has access to the Telepresence Cloud Computing Facilities available at the University’s ICT Centre. Therefore, the Hezekiah Oluwasanmi Library is a very big Library and epicentre of academic information of Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife.
The University Librarian shall be responsible to the Vice-Chancellor for the overall administration of the University Library, its branches and extension and providing services for the entire University community.
The University Librarian is responsible to the Vice-Chancellor for the day-to-day administration of the University Library and the co-ordination of Library services in the University. He / She will be required to administer the Hezekiah Oluwasanmi Library System and to develop it to meet the University’s increasing needs especially its post-graduate and research programmes.
The University Librarian is a Principal Officer and the head of the Hezekiah Oluwasanmi Library. Candidates for the post shall be visionary, have the ability to provide good leadership and command respect and loyalty of staff of the University. Candidates must also possess personal integrity and demonstrate transparency in private and public life.
Qualifications and Experience
Candidates for the position of University Librarian, Obafemi Awolowo University, should possess at least a minimum higher degree of Masters in Library and Information Science with fifteen (15) years of cognate experience. Possession of a Doctorate Degree will be an added advantage. He / She must be 50years old and above, but not more than 65 years of age by February, 2017. Candidates are also required to have scholarly publications in reputable journals and must be members of the following:
Librarian Registration Council of Nigeria
Nigeria Library Association
Furthermore, candidates are expected to be very computer literate and proficient in relevant computer applications as applicable to the running of a complex and modern University Library.
The successful candidate will be entitled to the salary and other conditions of service as are applicable to the University Librarian in a Federal University in Nigeria.
CONDITIONS OF SERVICE
The appointment shall be for a single term of five (5) years only and may be extended for a further period of one year only, after which the Librarian shall relinquish his post and be assigned to other duties in the University. The appointment is further governed by the Federal Government Establishment circulars that may be adopted by the Council from time to time. Fringe benefits include furnished accommodation, an official vehicle and a driver and other benefits as approved by the Council.
How To Spot Fake News...IFLA
Critical thinking is a key skill in media and information literacy, and the mission of libraries is to educate and advocate its importance.
Discussions about fake news has led to a new focus on media literacy more broadly, and the role of libraries and other education institutions in providing this.
When Oxford Dictionaries announce post-truth is Word of the Year 2016, we as librarians realise action is needed to educate and advocate for critical thinking – a crucial skill when navigating the information society.
IFLA has made this infographic with eight simple steps (based on FactCheck.org’s 2016 article How to Spot Fake News) to discover the verifiability of a given news-piece in front of you. Download, print, translate, and share – at home, at your library, in your local community, and on social media networks. The more we crowdsource our wisdom, the wiser the world becomes.
Fake news is nothing new. But bogus stories can reach more people more quickly via social media than what good old-fashioned viral emails could accomplish in years past.
Concern about the phenomenon led Facebook and Google to announce that they’ll crack down on fake news sites, restricting their ability to garner ad revenue. Perhaps that could dissipate the amount of malarkey online, though news consumers themselves are the best defense against the spread of misinformation.
Not all of the misinformation being passed along online is complete fiction, though some of it is. Snopes.com has been exposing false viral claims since the mid 1990s, whether that’s fabricated messages, distortions containing bits of truth and everything in between. Founder David Mikkelson warned in a Nov. 17 article not to lump everything into the “fake news” category. “The fictions and fabrications that comprise fake news are but a subset of the larger bad news phenomenon, which also encompasses many forms of shoddy, unresearched, error-filled, and deliberately misleading reporting that do a disservice to everyone,” he wrote.
A lot of these viral claims aren’t “news” at all, but fiction, satire and efforts to fool readers into thinking they’re for real.
Wednesday, March 1, 2017
Natalya Sharina, a Ukrainian librarian held under house arrest in Russia since October 2015, has taken her case to the European court of human rights in Strasbourg. Since her arrest in 2015, the Russian authorities have extended the order for Sharina, director of the Ukrainian Literature Library in Moscow, to be detained at home repeatedly, despite calls for her release.
In a move roundly condemned by human rights groups, Sharina went on trial in November 2016 for incitement by stocking books banned in Russia and labelled extremist and “anti-Russian propaganda”. Three weeks after the trial began, embezzlement was added to the list of charges. If found guilty, she faces up to 10 years in prison. Speaking to the Russian website Interfax, her lawyer Ivan Pavlov said the appeal to the ECHR had been launched because of her continued incarceration, which he described as absurd.
Mostafa el-Abbadi, Champion of Alexandria’s Resurrected Library, Dies at 88....JONATHAN GUYER