Library Carpentry two-day workshop

On 11-12 June 2019, LAS and Nanyang Technological University (NTU) Library are jointly hosting a Library Carpentry 2-day workshop.

The Carpentries are a fiscally sponsored project of Community Initiatives. They teach skills that are immediately useful for researchers, using lessons and datasets that allow researchers to apply what they’ve learned to their work quickly. 

This is the first time a Library Carpentry workshop is held in Singapore. We are excited about using the Library Carpentry curriculum to help us become more efficient in our work. The curriculum will include:

The target audience is learners who have little to no prior computational experience, and the instructors put a priority on creating a friendly environment to empower researchers and enable data-driven discovery. Even those with some experience will benefit, as the goal is to teach not only how to do analyses, but how to manage the process to make it as automated and reproducible as possible. 

After attending this workshop, you will be able to:

  • define terms, phrases, and concepts in software development and data science
  • identify and use best practices in data structures
  • understand what the OpenRefine software does and how to use the OpenRefine software to work with data files
  • work with library data in spreadsheets and get more done in less time, and with less pain

For more information, visit the workshop webpage

Registration link:

Space is limited, and it will likely fill quickly. 

There will be a fee of $280 for LAS members, and $400 for non-members. Your registration costs go towards your instructors’ travel costs. 

Lunch will not be provided; there will be a recommended list of dining options near the workshop venue at your own expense. Morning and afternoon coffee/tea breaks will be provided. 

We hope to see you at the workshop! Questions? Drop us an email at

LAS Council Nomination is here! Step up and join the Council

Time flies very fast, and soon we are approaching our next annual general meeting. This year will be an election year. 

Please click here to download NOMINATION form for Council 2019-2021.

All nomination forms must be returned by 27 March 2019.  

As stated in our Constitution “Nomination forms shall be sent out to the professional members and local libraries, which are institutional members seven weeks before the date of the Annual General Meeting. Nominations, duly proposed and seconded by fully paid-up professional and institutional members, shall be in the hands of the Hon Secretary not later than five weeks before the date of the Annual General Meeting. All nomination envelopes shall be opened by the Hon Secretary at the Council Meeting following the closing date of the nomination.”    Our AGM will be held on 4 May 2019.

Call for papers – 2019 WLIC in Athens

IFLA Continuing Professional Development and Workplace Learning (CPDWL) invites papers for the Theme:  Navigating Your Own Professional Development:  Effective Use of the 2016 IFLA Guidelines for Continuing Professional Development

The Call for papers is available in the following link URL:

Proposals for short, insightful presentations (10 minutes) are invited from library and information professionals across the world whose professional development has been guided by or aligns with the 2016 IFLA Guidelines for Continuing Professional Development: Principles and Best Practices.  Preference will be given to individuals whose submissions document how their personal learning has advanced their careers, improved the quality of service delivered to their users and contributed to the achievement of IFLA’s vision. 

Please email your proposals by March 15, 2019 to and

Proposals should include:

  1. Title of proposed presentation
  2. An abstract (500 words maximum)
  3. Name(s) of presenter(s)
  4. Position(s) of presenter(s)
  5. Employer or affiliated institution of presenter(s)
  6. Email address
  7. Telephone numbers
  8. Short biographical statement(s) regarding the presenter(s)

Important Dates

15 March 2019:  deadline submission of abstract

30 March 2019:  successful candidates will be notified

15 June 2019:  Deadline submission of full text

Call for papers – 2019 WLIC in Athens

IFLA Acquisition & Collection Development Section, together with IFLA Digital Scholarship Special Interest Group, is glad to announce this call for papers for a 2 hour open session at the 2019 WLIC in Athens: “Digital Scholarship and Collection Development: Crossroads and Intersections”.

You’ll find the detail of the call at the following link:

For further information and paper submission please contact Lidia Uziel:

Important dates:
28 February 2019: Submission of abstract
1 April 2019:
 Notification to authors
1 June 2019:
 Submission of full text

2018-2019 CALA Mentorship Program

Dear Colleagues:

We are pleased to announce that the 2018/2019 Chinese American Librarians Association (CALA) Mentorship Program is now open for applications.

Who Can Be a Mentee?

Everyone is welcome to be a mentee, whether you are a student, a newly minted professional, or a more seasoned librarian. This is a great opportunity to connect with someone in the field who can offer guidance and advice in career development.

Membership in CALA is highly recommended but is not a pre-requisite for mentees wishing to participate in the program.

A non-member can join CALA online at

Who Can Be a Mentor?

CALA suggests that Mentors have at least five years of experience in the profession, however, exceptions may be made by the Program Coordinator.

Mentors provide mentees with a wealth of pedagogical knowledge, practical experience, and learned advice. This is a dynamic relationship – collaborative, constructive, and confidential.

How to become a mentor or a mentee?

Please complete the CALA Mentorship Program Application form. Simply complete the form twice to indicate your preference as a mentor or a mentee if you are interested in both programs. Previous participants are required to fill out the form again to join this year’s program.

Please help to spread the word! Should you have any questions, please feel free to contact any of the CALA Mentorship Committee members listed below.

Thank you for your interest in the CALA Mentorship Program.


Susen Shi

Jingshan Xiao

Qinghua Xu (Chair)