Resources Relating to International Librarianship
The purpose of this page is to provide easy access to information about conferences, organizations, and funding and grant opportunities that support librarians and library work outside the United States or to provide support for international librarians to come to the United States. This list was originally developed for the use of students at UIUC-GSLIS. It is not comprehensive, but we welcome suggestions for additions. Please submit additional resources to Terry Weech at email@example.com. Thank you.
International Conferences of possible interest to LIS Students
January 29-31, 2014, Bobcatsss Conference, Barcelona, Spain. The 2014 Theme: Library (r)evolution: Promoting sustainable information practices. (Bobcatsss stands for an annual symposium originally organized by nine European universities that had schools of library studies.) Today, library schools from 18 European universities participate in the annual symposium. GSLIS UIUC has had students participate every year since 2002. See:http://bobcatsss2014.hb.se/ or contact Terry Weech at weech(at)illinois.edu for more information.
August 17-13, 2013, IFLA (International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions) World Library and Information Congress: 79th IFLA General Conference and Council: - http://www.ifla.org/ and link to the Annual Conference program page or direct link is http://conference.ifla.org/ifla79 Conference held in the Suntec Singapore International Conference and Exhibition Center in Singapore.
on a scholarship to attend IFLA, see the Rovelstad Scholarship for
fellowships for attending ifla can be found at
January of each
year is the usual deadline for applying for travel funds support for
the IFLA Conference.
For a comprehensive list of Library and Information Science conferences see: http://www.caul.edu.au/external-links/caul-conference-register/conferenfuture#2013
The University of Illinois has comprehensive agreements with the universities listed at: http://www.ips.uiuc.edu/ific/partners.htm
UIUC GSLIS has an exchange agreement with ENSSIB (The French National LIS School) which was formalized in 2012. For more information on this agreement, see: http://www.lis.illinois.edu/articles/2012/12/gslis-formalizes-relationship-french-national-lis-school If you have questions, contact Terry Weech at weech(at)illinois.edu
Association, International Relations Office
International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA) http://www.ifla.org/
A Partial List of Organizations that may be of assistance in supporting activities in international librarianship
Note: Some have funding opportunities related to international librarianship and others do not provide funding, but may provide assistance once funding is obtained
American Library Association, International Relations Office http://www.ala.org/ala/aboutala/offices/iro/index.cfm (follow the links of interest)
Beta Phi Mu's Harold Lancour -Foreign Study Scholarship March 15th Deadline each year (See http://beta-phi-mu.org/scholarships/
European Union Research & Development Information Service http://cordis.europa.eu/guidance/welcome_en.html
International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA) http://www.ifla.org/ - Fellowships, funds & grants: http://www.ifla.org/en/funds-grants-awards
IREX http://www.irex.org/ - Grant Opportunities: http://www.irex.org/focus_area/research-support
Andrew W. Mellon Foundation: http://www.mellon.org/
The Mortenson Center for International Library Programs http://www.library.uiuc.edu/mortenson/ - The Associates Program Description: http://www.library.illinois.edu/mortenson/associates/
SOROS Foundation and the Open Society Institute http://www.soros.org/
US Department of State -- Fulbright Programs http://www.cies.org/Fulbright_programs.htm
International Network for the Availability of Scientific Publications (NASIP) http://www.inasp.info/
Electronic Information For Libraries: (EIFL) http://www.eifl.net/
SCECSAL: Standing Conference of Eastern, Central and Southern Africa Library and Information Associations, http://www.scecsal.org/
AHILA: The Association for Health Information and Libraries in Africa, http://www.scecsal.org/
DATAD: Database of African Theses and Dissertations, www.aau.org/datad/
Sida: Swedish International Development Cooperation, http://www.sida.se/English/Countries-and-regions/
Note: This list is for information only. No endorsement is intended.
AIESEC: A nonprofit organization that facilitates international exchange of students and recent graduates. Both paid traineeship and volunteer positions for non-profit organizations are covered. While not specifically related to librarianship, it may be worth exploring their web site at: http://www.aiesec.org/
You may also find Kevin Hawkins’ page at http://www.ultraslavonic.info/intllib.html of interest
Updated 4/15/2013 Terry Weech