Wednesday, March 1, 2017

ACURIL - Call for Papers


Conference Information


Multidisciplinary Research in the Caribbean:  A Collaborative Approach

Conference website: 

The goal of this conference is to bring together the community of researchers and practitioners who are interested in studying the diverse issues of the region. The intention is both to assemble the existing community as well as to invite those with emerging interests in this area. A secondary goal is to focus the attention of the Caribbean community on the tremendous collaborative opportunities for research in the region.

Research in the Caribbean region disciplines depends on the availability of representative samples. These samples serve as fundamental references for generating new knowledge on the region, contribute to its growth and bring to forth a deeper understanding of the processes that created and shaped it, and to assess the availability of resources.

The program, therefore, aims to bring together multidisciplinary research being conducted in the region, offering opportunities to present a wide range of topics from diverse research areas, particularly to:

  • strengthen the scientific knowledge base on and about the Caribbean;

  • encourage collaboration and partnerships between Caribbean colleagues, research institutions and Caribbean partner organizations;

  • foster sustainable development and innovation in the Caribbean region;

  • contribute to the regional capacity development by engaging regional colleagues (e.g., students, professionals) and organizations in joint research projects.

Request is made for the participation from all disciplinary areas to make this conference a complete success.

Sub- Theme I:  Multidisciplinary Research in the Caribbean.

Sub- Theme II: Innovative Research in Caribbean Libraries, Archives and Museums

Sub- Theme III: Research in the Caribbean Sociology, Economics and Politics

Sub – Theme IV: Radical Change in Research with Digital Information Technologies and Knowledge Management.

Wednesday, January 4, 2017

Vacancy - Campus Librarian - University of Bahamas


Nassau, Bahamas

Admin - Libraries

Application Due: 

Full Time

The University Libraries is seeking a full-time Librarian to lead the strategic development of library services at its Northern Bahamas Campus.
 The incumbent will be a dynamic, innovative individual with strong communication, analytical and interpersonal skills that engender excellence in librarianship, customer service, collegiality and professionalism.

The successful candidate will demonstrate sound understanding of emerging technologies and trends in library and information science and their application in an academic library environment, along with a strong commitment to developing excellent and innovative integrated library services within the institution. The duties of the Librarian will include but not be limited to leadership in planning, budgeting, monitoring and assessing library services delivery; policy development and facilities management; supervision and training of library staff; engagement in library related research; liaising with all academic units, and performing evening and weekend reference desk assignments (on rotation); and performing other related duties as assigned to support the ongoing development of the University Libraries. Successful candidates must have an earned Master's degree in Library and/or Information Science from an accredited university; and a minimum of five (5) years' experience in an academic library which includes management and leadership of a library branch/unit. 
Submission of Materials: 
Materials should be submitted electronically, attention Office of Academic Affairs, University of The Bahamas via e-mail at by March 6, 2017. Send all documents together, including: 1) cover letter describing academic philosophy and vision, research and publications; 2) curriculum vitae; 3) sample course syllabus; 4) official copy of all academic records; 5) representative sample of research, publication or creative work; 6) at least one letter of recommendation; and 7) a UB application form. Note the position in the subject field of the email. Hard copy submissions will not be accepted. Incomplete files will not be considered.
Application Information
Contact: Provost, Office of the Provost, University of The Bahamas

Online application form:

Email Address:

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

2017 IFLA/OCLC Fellowship

Application for the 2017 IFLA/OCLC Fellowship is currently open. Deadline for submissions is February 12 2017. This program provides early career development and continuing education for library and information science professionals from countries with developing economies. It is jointly sponsored by IFLA and OCLC. Up to five individuals are selected to participate in the intensive four-week Fellowship program. 

View this video to learn more as last year's Fellows share their experiences.

Click here to learn more and download application

Friday, November 13, 2015

OCLC Research publishes 'The Library in the Life of the User'

OCLC Research has published a new compilation, The Library in the Life of the User: Engaging with People Where They Live and Learn, which represents more than a decade of collaborative work studying the information-seeking behaviors of library users.

Compiled and co-authored by Lynn Silipigni Connaway, findings from The Library in the Life of the User articulate the need for the design of future library services to be focused on the library user. The compilation is intended to provide a sequential overview of the findings of user behavior research for librarians, information scientists, and library and information science students and researchers as they think about new ways to provide user-centered library services.

"It is important to think of the library in the life of the user instead of the traditional model of the user in the life of the library," according to Lorcan Dempsey, Vice President, OCLC Research and Chief Strategist. The findings in these studies illustrate how some library user behaviors have changed as new technologies emerge, while other behaviors remain constant.
Among the findings:
  • People associate the library with books and do not consider the library in relation to online resources or reference services.
  • People may not think of using libraries to get their information because they do not know that the services exist, and some of the existing services are not familiar or do not fit into their workflows.
  • The context and situation of the information need often dictate how people behave and engage with technology.
  • Engagement and relationship building in both the online and physical environments is important for the development of successful and effective services.

The Library in the Life of the User includes a collection of work completed in the OCLC Research user studies theme. It represents more than a decade of work with colleagues from The Ohio State University and Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, with funding from the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS), and with Jisc, in collaboration with Oxford University and the University of North Carolina, Charlotte.

Click on report here: The Library in the Life of the User: Engaging with People Where They Live and Learn

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

PEW Report - Technology Device Ownership: 2015


A recent report from Pew Research Center on technology device ownership in 2015 states the following:

Today, 68% of U.S. adults have a smartphone, up from 35% in 2011, and tablet computer ownership has edged up to 45% among adults, according to newly released survey data from the Pew Research Center. Smartphone ownership is nearing the saturation point with some groups: 86% of those ages 18-29 have a smartphone, as do 83% of those ages 30-49 and 87% of those living in households earning $75,000 and up annually.

At the same time, the surveys suggest the adoption of some digital devices has slowed and even declined in recent years.

Read full report here: