Friday, December 18, 2015

FORCE11 and The Future we can’t Avoid

It gives me much pleasure to come across the FORCE11 movement. I call it a movement as this represents our collective will to embrace the inevitable future we all must come to. It is better believed on time that it is not going to be business as usual as technology continues to emerge and ravage our modern world. So, we must all be proactive and be ready not only to accept the challenge technology will throw at us but to see how we can adapt to make it work for us. Although, the newer models of research communication are emerging yet the pace remains slow as traditional models still hold sway. The Open access movement is gaining momentum but there is still much to be done. In my opinion, part of that much left to be done is what FORCE11 has come to achieve, taking head-on the future of research communication and e-scholarship to the center burner of scholarly discuss. And we all must join hands; librarians, researchers, publishers and all stakeholders to do this.

Information and communication technology (ICT) continues to exact its telling impact on virtually everything. It has not spared scholarship. Doing research and communicating same has been hugely affected. Going are the days one had to wait twice a year to see the articles of a biennial journal or wait a whole year to see the next conference of a scholarly society organized. The e (electronic-) is taking over. E-conferences, e-seminars (webinars), e-journals and lots more are taking over to further underscore the impact of ICT. In fact, with Open Access and complementary technologies like the Institutional Repository (IR) libraries are even becoming publishers themselves. The social networking technology has also added a new twist to the whole show. Academic Social Networks (Mendeley, ResearchGate, Academia.Edu, etc) gaining strength from open access are also expanding the frontier of research communication in the digital era.

But one other emerging technology that should be considered for the great impact it will have on e-scholarship and research communication in times to come are the Virtual Research Environments (VREs). The VREs are other areas of technology I will like to direct our attention to as we consider the future of research communication and e-scholarship. The VRE is like an amalgamation of several technologies like wikis, blogs, and lots more. The VRE handles well every stage of the research process, from conceptualization to communication. The VRE, allows, within a digital environment the collaboration of researchers beyond the limit of physical borders. 
The VRE like HubZero, Open Science Framework (OSF) and others gives room for collective research. They are good platforms for research collaboration and peer review. In fact, you can see the contribution of every collaborator to the project or research work within a VRE. And real life sharing of research findings is possible within the VRE. This is what I will desire we consider, how the VRE can be used with growing emerging technologies to take us to the future we are envisaging for research communication and e-scholarship. 

I am a librarian with interest in emerging technologies and anything e. I am also passionate about open access. I am a member of the Open Access Week and regular commemorator of the International Open Access Week since I know about it. I am equally a PhD student with interest in Institutional repository. I have gone through the FORCE11 manifesto and convinced that I have a movement to join. Attending the conference will in no small measure grant me first hand information on the future of research communication and enable me to abreast of global efforts being taken in e-scholarship. It will in no doubt enhance my advocacy skill as a librarian with interest in emerging technology in scholarship. It will also empower me to mobilize support for the movement in Nigeria and Africa at large.

I hereby desire to be part of the FORCE2016 in Portland and future activities of the FORCE11 movement.
Kindly consider me for the Travel Fellowship as this will greatly enhance my participation.
The future we can’t avoid is really here; let’s go and consider the FUTURE of research communication!
Thank you.

Tuesday, December 1, 2015

IFLA 2016 Volunteer Opportunities!

The IFLA World Congress is a major event in the fields of libraries, information and access to 

knowledge. It’s an exceptional opportunity to highlight, showcase and reinforce the roles of American 

Become a volunteer!

The IFLA Columbus 2016 national committee is seeking 300 to 400 volunteers to assist our international delegate guests at the International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA) World Library and Information Congress (WLIC) in August  2016. 

We need you to participate in the success of this conference!
More than 4,000 professionals from 150 nations are expected to be in Columbus, Ohio for this worldwide event. We’re recruiting volunteers to welcome them and assist them during the conference. Take advantage of this unique opportunity to meet colleagues from all over the world, to discover international librarianship and to commit yourself at the global level.

Here are five good reasons to become an IFLA Columbus 2016 Volunteer:
1. Free registration (a significant $ value) if you commit three (3) half days of volunteering service during the conference. This gives you access to more than 200 sessions of the Congress.
2. Complimentary lunches on the Congress site on the days of service.
3. Opportunities to meet library professionals from many nations.
4. On-site training for the experience.
5. A certificate of appreciation for your efforts.

The basic requirements to become an IFLA Columbus 2016  Volunteer:

• You are available to be in Columbus from August 11-19, 2016.
• You are interested in international librarianship.
• You want to experience a major international congress at a lowered cost.

Support available for all Volunteers:
• A team is available on-site at all times to advise and guide volunteers.
• A group of volunteer co-coordinators will support, train and advise you prior to and during the event.
• Travel support may be available for early-career professionals.

Recruitment period: October 1, 2015 through May 1, 2016.

Should you decide to accept this challenge in Columbus, you will:

• Welcome and guide IFLA delegates.
• Prepare and distribute materials and documentation.
• Assist delegates, speakers and organizers at the Congress venues.
• Accompany guests on local and regional library visits.


Questions and other inquiries may be directed to Wes Boomgaarden, the IFLA
Columbus 2016 Volunteer Coordinator at or 614.688.1013.

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Young Scientists Summer Program: Fellowship

Since 1977, IIASA’s annual 3-month Young Scientists Summer Program (YSSP) offers research opportunities to talented young researchers whose interests correspond with IIASA’s ongoing research on issues of global environmental, economic and social change. From June through August accepted participants work within the Institute’s research programs under the guidance of IIASA scientific staff. Funding is provided through IIASA's National Member Organizations.

!!Registration for 2016 is open now!

Annually from 1 June - 31 August  in Laxenburg, Austria

Program Areas 

  • Advanced Systems Analysis 
  • Energy 
  • Evolution and Ecology
  • Ecosystem Services and Management
  • Mitigation of Air Pollution and Greenhouse Gases
  • World Population
  • Risk Policy and Vulnerability
  • Transitions to New Technologies
  • Water

Flagship Projects

  • Arctic Futures Initiative
  • Tropical Futures Initiative
  • Challenges and Opportunities of Economic Integration within European and Eurasian Space
(Contacting the various PROGRAM REPRESENTATIVES is strongly encouraged!)

What to expect from the program

The Young Scientists Summer Program (YSSP) provides a unique opportunity to:
  • advance your research under the direct supervision of an experienced IIASA scientist
  • broaden your research interests by working in IIASA’s interdisciplinary and international research environment;
  • build contacts with IIASA’s worldwide network and collaborate with the institute during your future career  
  • produce a paper which will be the first step towards a publishable journal article

Who should apply?

  • you are an advanced graduate student (about 2 years prior to receiving a PhD)
  • your field is compatible with ongoing research at IIASA
  • your would like to explore the policy implications of your work
  • applicants from all countries are welcome, although IIASA gives priority to citizens or residents of NMO countries.

How to apply?

Registration for the 2016 program is open now. Closing date is January 11, 2016. Only complete applications received before 24.00 (CET) on January 11, 2016 will be considered.Candidates will be informed about acceptance of their applications by March 11, 2016.
Until this day, 1772 YSSPers from 85 countries have participated in the program.

Thursday, November 19, 2015


Deadline:  January 03, 2016. Late submissions will be considered if funds are available. 

We are pleased to be able to offer travel fellowships to encourage students and young scholars to attend FORCE2016. Our goal is to encourage students and young scholars to become a part of the FORCE11 community. Preference will be given to students based on need, as determined by the information to be provided in the form below. Travel support has been provided through generous grants from a number of organizations. Fellowships of up to $1,200 are available for travel within the US and Canada, and up to $2,000 for international travel.

In addition, conference registration fees will be waived for all travel fellowship recipients.
As part of the fellowship, we will ask you to report on your experience of attending FORCE2016 in the form of an online post or video.


FORCE11 is a community of scholars, librarians, archivists, publishers and research funders that has arisen organically to help facilitate the change toward improved knowledge creation and sharing. Individually and collectively, we aim to bring about a change in modern scholarly communications through the effective use of information technology. FORCE11 has grown from a small group of like-minded individuals into an open movement with clearly identified stakeholders associated with emerging technologies, policies, funding mechanisms and business models. While not disputing the expressive power of the written word to communicate complex ideas, our foundational assumption is that scholarly communication by means of semantically enhanced media-rich digital publishing is likely to have a greater impact than communication in traditional print media or electronic facsimiles of printed works. However, to date, online versions of ‘scholarly outputs’ have tended to replicate print forms, rather than exploit the additional functionalities afforded by the digital terrain. We believe that digital publishing of enhanced papers will enable more effective scholarly communication, which will also broaden to include, for example, the publication of software tools, and research communication by means of social media channels. We see FORCE11 as a starting point for a community that we hope will grow and be augmented by individual and collective efforts by the participants and others. We invite you to join and contribute to this enterprise.
FORCE11 grew out of the FORC Workshop held in Dagstuhl, Germany in August 2011. Hence, the "11" in FORCE11
FORCE11 is a movement of people interested in furthering the goals stated in the FORCE11 manifesto. An important part of our work is information gathering and dissemination. We invite anyone with relevant information to provide us links which we may include on our websites. We ask anyone with similar and/or related efforts to include links to FORCE11. We are a neutral information market, and do not endorse or seek to block any relevant work.

Monday, November 9, 2015

IFLA World Library and Information Congress 82nd IFLA General Conference and Assembly

13–19 August 2016, Columbus, Ohio, United States of America

Calls for papers populating conference site. Keep eye on the link above.

IFLA 2016 Congress Fellowship Program Application

IFLA 2016 Congress Fellowship Program Application
Columbus, Ohio, USA
August 13-19, 2016

The IFLA 2016 National Committee through generous donations from the North American library community will offer up to 50 full fellowships to librarians from outside North America (U.S. and Canada). The fellowship will cover travel, accommodation, a per diem food allowance, and conference registration fees. Priority will be given to younger professionals with a minimum of 5 years experience in the field of libraries who do not usually attend IFLA Conferences.
The application deadline is December 31, 2015.
Selection of the fellows will be made in January 2016 with notification in February 2016.

To apply, go to

Rovelstad Scholarship in International Librarianship 2016

Please read the information below before filling out the online application form. If you need further information, please e-mail

Information for Applicants

The Council on Library and Information Resources (CLIR) is pleased to announce a scholarship for a student of library and information science to attend the World Library and Information Congress of the International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA).
The scholarship is intended to encourage students who have an interest in international library work and enable them to participate in IFLA early in their careers. The 2016 IFLA annual meeting takes place in Columbus, Ohio, August 13-19. The scholarship is made possible through the generosity of Mathilde and Howard Rovelstad.


Applicants must be enrolled in an accredited school of library and information science at the time of the 2016 IFLA annual meeting. They must be citizens or permanent residents of the United States. Applicants should have an interest in cooperative endeavors with international libraries, international standards, or other international library and information issues.

Financial Details

The scholarship covers conference registration, passport fee (if applicable), international economy-class air travel, ground transportation, meals, and lodging.


  • Complete applications must be submitted using CLIR's online application form by January 29, 2016.
  • The award recipient will be notified by April 1, 2016.

Application Contents

A complete application consists of the following items submitted through CLIR's online application system:
  • a completed and submitted online application form;
  • official transcripts of undergraduate and graduate-school records; and
  • two letters of reference submitted by reference providers through the online application system.
Questions about the application process or the program should be directed to

Friday, November 6, 2015



Taylor & Francis guarantees no - or heavily reduced - Article Processing Charges (APCs) for authors from EIFL network countries when they publish in a Taylor & Francis Open Access Journal.
The offer applies when publishing in one of 66 Taylor & Francis and Routledge open access journals (see list below). Newly-launched or converted full open access journals will automatically be included in the agreement. Authors should submit their papers to the individual journals.
Anthropology and archaeology, behavioural science, business, management and economics, chemistry, criminology and law, education, engineering, computing and technology, environment and agriculture, geography, planning, urban and environment, mathematics and statistics, media, cultural and communication studies, physics, politics, international relations and area studies, public health and social care, sociology, sport, leisure and tourism and strategic, defence and security studies.

Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Laura and John Arnold Foundation Announces $1.9 Million Grant to Develop Internet Archive Search Engine

Houston, TX—The Laura and John Arnold Foundation (LJAF) today announced a $1.9 million grant to the Internet Archive, the world’s largest public digital library, to develop a search engine that will provide unprecedented access to its extensive collection of webpages, also known as the Wayback Machine. The search engine will allow researchers, historians, and others to retrieve data and information from the billions of webpages and websites stored in the Wayback Machine and will ensure that there is a comprehensive, open record of the Internet that is accessible to all.

Each day, more than 600,000 people use the Wayback Machine to access digital records of significant events ranging from the Iraq War to NASA’s exploration of Mars. However, users are currently limited in their ability to find content because the portal’s search technology is outdated. The Wayback Machine also lacks an effective cataloging system. While partners such as public libraries and universities curate a small portion of the archive’s content, most is stored only by URL and date, and visitors must enter an exact website address in order to access content. The new search engine will enable users to perform more robust searches and search for websites by entering a topic or keyword. This enhanced functionality will allow individuals to uncover an extensive selection of relevant content and will create unparalleled access to our digital history.
“It is important that as our methods of communicating evolve, our methods of preserving information also change,” LJAF Vice President of Venture Development Kelli Rhee explained. “We need an open, free, public record that can be used to hold governments accountable, to ensure that cited evidence is accurate and complete, and to guide decision-making in the digital age. By making it easier to search the Wayback Machine, the Internet Archive is helping to preserve information within the infrastructure of the Web.”
Studies show that, on average, a webpage is altered or deleted after only 100 days of being online. When pages are erased, edited, or abruptly moved, there can be wide-ranging consequences. For example, public figures can retract or modify statements after issuing them and annotations in scientific studies can be eliminated. The Internet Archive has worked to address this issue by preserving more than 439 billion Web captures—including webpages, video, and images—through data donations, automated archiving of millions of websites, and collaboration with a thousand scholars and librarians.
“The Web exists in a land of the perpetual present,” explained Brewster Kahle, the Internet Archive’s founder and digital librarian. “It needs a memory, a historical record for scholars, journalists and the public to reference our digital past. That’s why we first built the Wayback Machine back in 2001. By expanding the Wayback Machine’s capabilities so that users are able to search for sites, we will dramatically enhance its practical value.”
In addition to upgrading its search capabilities, the grant will allow the Internet Archive to optimize the quality of the billion webpages that are captured each week and improve the playback of media. The group will pilot a beta version of its new search feature in 2016 before publicly releasing the technology in 2017.
About the Laura and John Arnold Foundation

LJAF is a private foundation that is working to address our nation’s most pressing and persistent challenges using evidence-based, multi-disciplinary approaches. Its strategic investments are currently focused in criminal justice, education, evidence-based policy and innovation, research integrity, and science and technology. LJAF has offices in Houston, New York City, and Washington, D.C.
About the Internet Archive
The Internet Archive is a non-profit digital library founded by Brewster Kahle in 1996 with the mission to provide “Universal access to all Knowledge.”  The organization seeks to preserve the world’s cultural heritage and to provide open access to our shared knowledge in the digital era, supporting the work of historians, scholars, journalists, students, and the blind and reading disabled, as well as the general public.  The Internet Archive’s digital collections include more than 25 petabytes of unique data:  439 billion Web pages, moving images (a million films), audio (2 million recordings; 100,000 concerts), texts (2.7 million digital books), software (100,000 items) and television (3 million hours).  Each day, 2-3 million visitors use or contribute to the archive, making it one of the world’s top 250 sites.  It has created new models for digital conservation by forging alliances with more than 400 libraries, universities and national archives around the world.  The Internet Archive champions the public benefit of online access to our cultural heritage and open standards for its preservation, discovery and presentation.

Thursday, October 22, 2015

2015 International Open Access Week: Elizade University at it Again...

Celebrated 2015 International Open Access Week with a Workshop…

Theme: Emerging Research Tools: Focus on Google Scholar, Academia.Edu and Zotero

Date: Thursday, October 22, 2015

Time: 12noon

Venue: Performing and Film Theatre

Participants: All Faculty Members

It was exciting...

Thursday, October 8, 2015

National Poetry Day: An Ode to the Heroes

For their rights to place a demand
For their demand of what’s right
Today, 1976, Soweto wailed!
Tears streamed down the cheeks of mothers
When Regina could not save the boy
When the fathers gasped to cope with awe
The awe of children lost to bullets
Unkind barrels that fell the likes of Hector
Hectic moment in the life of a people
People of all colours the like of a rainbow
Who now bow to the wishes of a pardon
Pardon advanced by a “prisoner” of old
That reproached the horror the Isle bestowed
To become the prince of his people by grace!
Written and Dedicated this day, 16th June, 2015 to the children lost to the 1976 youth uprising in Soweto

By Adegbilero-Iwari, Idowu @ Pretoria, SA. 

Carnegie CPD Programme

Enhancing librarians' ICT skills for research enablement in African universities: a Carnegie CPD programme  

The Department of Information Science, University of Pretoria, was awarded a grant by the Carnegie Corporation of New York to offer eight four-week residential continuing professional development (CPD) programmes for qualified librarians from Sub-Saharan Africa, for the period 2014 – 2016. 
The aims of the programme are to:
  • Empower the next generation of library and information professionals within Sub-Saharan African countries with hands-on skills to apply current and emerging information and communication technologies (ICTs);
  • Build capacity amongst library and information services (LIS) professionals to support and enable researchers.

Eligibility criteria and application process 

A.  Eligibility criteria

Academic librarians and LIS faculty in Ghana, Nigeria, South Africa, Tanzania and Uganda are eligible to apply for admission to this programme. Selection of candidates for this fully funded programme is highly competitive and is based inter alia on the following criteria:
  • Current qualifications: at least a first degree in LIS from a government recognised and/or accredited tertiary education institution. Applicants with postgraduate degrees will also be eligible for selection if you comply with other criteria listed;
  • Age eligibility 25 – 45 years;
  • Work experience 5 – 7 years;
  • Exceptions, for age and work experience, will be considered on a case by case basis when accompanied by a strong motivational letter from your manager or director;
  • The availability of the required technologies in your current work environment or library;
  • Past academic performance;
  • Proficiency in English;
  • Potential to explore and embrace emerging technologies;
  • Willingness and ability to share what is learned with others in the profession;
  • Demonstrated commitment of participant’s home institution to supporting sharing and future development activities;
  • Willingness and ability to work as a team member;
  • Interest in current international library issues.

B.    Application process

The following documents should be emailed to Joan de la Haye at
  • A detailed CV (according to the specified template available here) which describes your work experience, current job description and responsibilities: involvement in ICTs combined with support of researchers will be a prerequisite. Also include a detailed description of ICT-related job responsibilities, knowledge of ICT technologies and programmes, and ICT-related training);
  • A recommendation letter from your current employer / line manager, highlighting your current levels of technology skills;
  • A commitment from your current employer that they will make time available for you to attend the four week programme as well as time to devote to your assignments after completing the programme;
  • Academic documents and transcripts;
  • Prospective students will be required to write an essay of approximately 1000 words explaining why they:
    • would like to participate in the programme, what they hope to learn from the programme,
    • should be selected for the programme and what they hope to contribute to the programme. 
Applicants should demonstrate the following in their essays:
  • Potential to explore and embrace emerging technologies;
  • Willingness and ability to share what is learned with others in the profession;
  • Demonstrated commitment of participant’s home institution to supporting sharing and future development activities;
  • Willingness and ability to work as a team member;
  • Interest in current international library issues. 
Please note:
  • Your application will be acknowledged within 72 hours. If you do not receive an acknowledgement, please follow up.
  • Incomplete applications will not be considered.
  • All participants are expected to comply with the requirements and adhere to the arrangements of the programme from the initial selection to the completion of the programme.

Grant conditions 

  • Only participants from Carnegie countries namely Ghana, Nigeria, South Africa, Tanzania and Uganda, will be considered for the programme.
  • The funding covers books and other academic expenditures, flights, accommodation, and a daily stipend while in Pretoria.
  • Medical insurance for non-South Africans, is included.
  • Visa applications and personal expenses (for example medicine, laundry, internet top-ups, phone calls, etc.) are excluded. The grant also does not make provision for ICT equipment such as laptops, modems, etc. 

CPD programme themes 

  1. Setting the context: Libraries, ICTs and research 
  2. Leadership and innovation
  3. Advanced Information literacy and advanced information retrieval
  4. Social media for research discoverability in an academic environment
  5. Mobile technology and mobility
  6. Managing and organising information
  7. Personal Information Management
  8. Open Scholarship and Open Science (OS/S) – Publishing
  9. Open Scholarship and Open Science – Institutional Repositories.
  10. Open Scholarship and Open Science – Understanding and using research data management
  11. Digitisation
  12. Evaluating website architecture
  13. Cloud services and storage
  14. Virtual research environments
  15. The next generation librarian 

Programme details 

  • The four-week CPD programme is offered only in English.
  • The programme is divided into distinct modules offering different information and each presented in a different format. The intention hereof is to provide a variety of activities that will be able to stimulate individual and group participation. These include:
    • Formal presentations
    • Workshops
    • Leadership tools
    • External visits
    • Evening speakers
  • Lectures and practical training sessions will take place in the training venues in the Merensky Library of the Department of Library Services and the Tswelopele Smart Venue of the School of Information Technology.
  • Free Wi-Fi is available in all training venues.
  • All participants will be assessed on inter alia a portfolio of completed exercises done during the four-week programme, a group assignment and presentation on the last day of the programme, and a post-programme assignment.
  • A minimum average final mark of 50% has to be obtained in order to pass. A final mark of 75% or higher will merit a distinction.
  • The certificate of competence will be conferred on a participant who successfully completes the programme. 

Important Dates

Applications open: 28th of September 2015
Applications close: 28th of October 2015
Successful Candidates will be notified by the 
30th of November 2015 
The course will commence on the 27st of February 2016

Contact Details 

Carnegie CPD Administration:
Ms Joan de la Haye
Telephone: +27 12 420 2887

Presented in collaboration with the Centre for African Library Leadership.

Funded by: