LITA International Relations Committee Committee
LITA International Relations Committee
February 7, 2013 at 3:00 p.m. CST via Google+ Hangout
Attendees: Jason Battles, Sai Deng, Ava Iuliano, Cory Lampert, and Cindy Li
We discussed planning for the program in Chicago that we are co-sponsoring with the LITA Heads of IT Interest Group. We are going to have several virtual panelists, and the committee discussed the technological challenges this presented. Committee members suggested finding opportunities to test the setups of virtual speakers prior to the program. Possible platforms for virtual speakers include Google+ Hangouts, Skype, Adobe Connect, and Elluminate. It was also suggested that a microphone for the moderator to take questions from attendees would be helpful. The program is scheduled for 8:30-10:00 a.m. on Monday, July 1, 2013.
The committee discussed the options for creating a resource via the LITA website for international library technology resources, projects, etc. Reaching out to our connections in IFLA and on the International Relations Round Table was deemed a good starting point. Some members have personal and/or professional connections that can also help us gather information on activities in Europe and Asia. While we are looking for a broad array of international projects, current trends in e-Science, big data, linked data, digitization, etc. are of particular interest.
Committee members were interested in continuing the conversations with Eva Kaplan and Ariel Schwartz from Maria’s Libraries (http://mariaslibraries.org/) to search for ways that we can help with their efforts in Kenya. This non-profit group is doing some interesting work and while we haven’t yet found a concrete way to assist them it is worth keeping the channels open. The committee discussed having Ava or Ariel update the committee on their work during a meeting this spring.
Cory mentioned the problems in Mali (http://goo.gl/aKVMy) and the loss of significant manuscript collections. There has been a considerable effort by several universities to preserve similarly threatened manuscripts in Yemen (http://ymdi.uoregon.edu/). The Yemen project gives us some contacts that may help us determine whether an effort has been initiated on behalf of the Mali manuscripts.
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International Relations Committee
2012 ALA Midwinter Meeting January 21, 2012 Location: DC-220 Dallas Convention Center Time: 9:30 a.m.
Attendees: Jason Battles (Chair), Karen Starr (Board Liaison), Melissa Lament (SDSU), Cory Lampert (UNLV), Mark Dehmlow (Notre Dame), Evviva Weinraub (Oregon State), Daniel Londono (OCLC Research), Frank Cervone (Purdue-Callimet). Virtual: Zinthia Briceño-Rosales (WSU).
The meeting began with introductions from all present.
Evviva discussed her preparations for the IRC panel program at ALA Annual in Anaheim. She is still firming up the panelists, but hopes everything will be wrapped up very soon. Evviva identified areas in which she needed committee assistance. This included promoting the program and handling feedback forms on site in California. Cory and Zinthia volunteered to assist with promotion. Jason will be on site and help with feedback forms along with other members present at ALA Annual. Evviva will schedule a brainstorming session with the panelists in March. Jason will join her.
Jason introduced the idea of aggregating information on worldwide library technology projects, products, and trends and making them easily accessible to our colleagues in the hope that the shared information could be beneficial in providing broader perspectives of library technology and possibly providing collaborative or mentoring opportunities. This type of project had been previously discussed by the committee.
LITA Connect was suggested as a possible initial location to place this information. There were some concerns about accessibility for a wider audience. The LITA website was also mentioned. Past inquiries into placing similar information on the LITA site had not been successful. Partnership with IFLA and possible mentoring programs via that organization were also presented. The Web Coordinating Committee (IFLA?) was mentioned as a possible venue for promoting such a resource.
In the context of this discussion, the charge and past activity of the IRC was briefly discussed. Jason will follow up with Evviva to get a better understanding of past committee activities. Going forward a concerted effort will be made to archive committee activity to ensure legacy information is readily available.
Questions arose about our connections to the International Relations Round Table. The committee’s previous outreach to IRTT was not very successful. It was also suggested that we look to other organizations within ALA such as PLA to see if they have any international groups or committees. Karen suggested reaching out to IRTT again to try to get their involvement.
Jason mentioned the non-profit organization Maria’s Libraries that are working to provide library services to remote areas of Kenya. One of the co-founders, Ariel Schwartz met with Jason at ALA to discuss building connections within LITA to help them develop ideas for extending these services or find others that already have done similar work in other countries. Jason thought Ariel may be a possible backup panelist for the Annual Program Panel, but wanted to convene a committee meeting in the next few months so that Ariel could talk more about the organization and the specific assistance she is seeking. Karen mentioned looking into the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation’s Global Libraries program.
Frank spoke about the IFLA meeting in Helsinki in August. He and Colleen Cuddy will be attending. Colleen also mentioned promoting IRC efforts at IFLA if we provided material. There is currently a call for papers. Frank also talked about the lack of a formal relationship between IFLA and ALA. He pointed out the need for guidance or advice on clarifying/formalizing this relationship. The IT Standing Committee in IFLA has 20 members, mostly European.
International Library Partnerships: Logistical and Technical Issues Relating to International Digitization Projectsby ALAConnect Helpdesk (staff) on Sat, Jun 9, 2012 at 01:08 am
Organizations are engaged in collaborative preservation projects with institutions across the world. Yan Han representing the Afghan Digitization Project and David Magier representing the Yemeni Manuscript Project will discuss these unique partnerships. Jon Voss will discuss how through History Pin, collaborations can effect access. We'll explore the technical and logistical requirements of working on these types of international projects as well as the benefits these relationships can reap.