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)

LAS Inaugural Webinar – Remaining Relevant: articulating the value of our library services

LAS Inaugural Webinar

Remaining Relevant: articulating the value of our library services

Date: Friday, 30 November 2018

Time: 10am–12:30 pm

Venue: online


Join us online for this inaugural webinar to hear more about how we can remain relevant. Reserve your seat today to attend live or to receive the recording links afterwards.


Registration is now open! Questions? Email us at

Program Outline

09.45 – 10.00 am Pre-Session Networking

10.00 – 10.10 am Welcome & Opening Remarks

10.10 – 10.55 am Opening Keynote

11.00 – 11.45 am Presentations

11.50 – 12.20 pm Panel Discussion

12.20 – 12.30pm Closing Remarks


See the full program outline:


We are excited to have the following colleagues speak at this webinar:


Future Proofing the Library / Digital Divide & Readiness

Jessamyn West

Jessamyn West is a librarian and community technologist. She writes a column for Computers in Libraries magazine and is the author of the book Without a Net: Librarians Bridging the Digital Divide. A born outreach librarian, she teaches a course entitled “Tools for Community Advocacy” for the University of Hawaii’s Library School. She is a research fellow at Harvard University Library Innovation Lab for 2016-2017, and serves on the Advisory Board to the Wikimedia Foundation. She works with small libraries and businesses in Central Vermont to help them use technology to solve problems.
1 A Community of Practice – Hong Kong Libraries Connect

Chloe Lei

Hong Kong Baptist University Library

In 2016, four like-minded librarians in Hong Kong started Hong Kong Libraries Connect. It was meant to provide an informal space/platform for professional networking and sharing in the region. In this presentation, Chloe will share their origin story, events/activities that they have organized, and challenges they encountered.
2 Online Professional Development for Librarians

Wu Jingjing

Texas Tech University Libraries

Higher education and academic librarianship are changing dramatically. Continuous career growth and development is critical in improving job performance as well as keeping adaptable to changes. During the past decade, libraries witnessed an increase in non-traditional positions for library employees, such as embedded librarian, data management librarian, user experience librarian, assessment librarian, digital preservation and curation librarian, and so on. Most of these positions are filled by library employees, who have already served on traditional library positions for years and are willing to explore new areas. Professional development is important not only to people changing their roles in libraries but to everyone working in this profession.

As an early career librarian in my early career, Jingjing started to attend online courses, webinars, and conferences since 2015. She aims to share online career development resources for librarians and her personal experience with these programs. She hopes other librarians can benefit from her experience.

3 Research Data Management – New Opportunities and Challenges

Chew Shu Wen

Nanyang Technological University Library

In the era of big data and the advent of Open Science movement, the organization and sharing of research data is gaining importance among researchers who seek to maximise their research impact and to reduce time and resources in collecting data.

This presentation seeks to provide a quick overview of research data management and how librarians are relevant in providing research data management services in universities and research institutions.

4 Piloting emerging research workshops at University of Houston

Gao Wenli

University of Houston

University of Houston recently launched a new initiative called 50 in 5, which aims to increase research output by 50% in 5 years. The liaison department has restructured to have a research team to better respond to the new research needs from faculty and students.

As the data librarian, Wenli is leading a new emerging research workshop series to better equip faculty and students with new research tools for data cleaning, visualization, and GIS. With limited resources, one of the goals is also to provide training for librarians so that they can answer data related questions, and take on introductory level workshops, freeing her to develop more advanced courses.

In this presentation, Wenli will talk about how she designs and promotes the courses, feedback from participants, and plans for future courses. she will also talk about resources for librarians to develop skills in those emerging research areas.

P Taking Charge of Your Own Professional Development

Zubaidah Mohsen
National Library Board


Joan Wee
Singapore Institute of Technology


Wong Shu Min
National Institute of Education


Edward Lim, New York University Shanghai (moderator)

In 20 minutes, our four panelists will provide multiple, diverse perspectives on taking charge of their own professional development. This will be followed by a ten-minute question and answer period with the audience.


Feel free to contact Training & Development team at with any questions.