4. Global Opportunities
(Photograph above) Presenters at the SOCRS program are (left to right): Ming-Yueh Tsay (Graduate Institute of Library, Information and Archival Studies, National Chengchi University, Taiwan, Republic of China), Robin Kear (University of Pittsburgh, United States), Stacy Konkiel (Altmetric LLP, United States), Shima Moradi (National Research Institute for Science Policy, Iran, Islamic Republic of), Afsaneh Teymourikhani (National Library and Archives of Islamic Republic of Iran, Iran, Islamic Republic of), and Ifeanyi J Ezema (University of Nigeria and University of South Africa, South Africa).
Encompassing Scholarly Communication, SOCRS Redefines its Reach in Wrocław
Encompassing Scholarly Communication, SOCRS Redefines its Reach in Wrocław: The IFLA Section on Serials and Other Continuing Resources (SOCRS) has always concerned itself “with all issues which make serial publications unique in both the print and electronic environments.” Experience during the last few years creating IFLA WLIC programming, however, has shown us that our mission and scope is actually broader, more accurately “at the intersection of scholarly communication (SC) and continuing resources.” SC topics reflect an emerging redefinition of our areas of expertise, and our main publications—even our jobs—are reshaping themselves to include them. Our Standing Committee took action, requesting from IFLA’s Professional Committee a name change to “Scholarly Communication and Continuing Resources.” (Details in our 2017 minutes.)
SOCRS Open Session Program and Satellite Meeting: The 83rd IFLA World Library and Information Congress (WLIC), held in Wrocław (/ˈvrɒtswɑːf/), Poland, was themed “Libraries. Solidarity. Society.” Accordingly, we created our programs to explore solidarity with emerging, alternative forms of evaluating contributions to scholarly knowledge, and to the Open Access (OA) movement. Here is a list of our Open Session Program’s titles of guest speakers’ presentations, with links to their papers:
Session 080, Altmetrics: It’s Time to Take Action – Serials and Other Continuing Resources
- An Introduction to Altmetrics, Stacy Konkiel (Altmetric LLP, United States)
- Measuring Research Impact of Library and Information Science Journals: Citation verses Altmetrics, Ifeanyi J Ezema (University of Nigeria and University of South Africa, South Africa), Cyprian Ugwu (University of Nigeria and University of South Africa, South Africa). Paper in English
- Exploring Values-based (Alt)Metrics to Enhance Library Services, Stacy Konkiel (Altmetric LLP, United States), Rebecca Kennison (K|N Consultants, United States), Nicky Agate (Modern Language Association, United States), Christopher Long (Michigan State University, United States), Jason Rhody (Social Science Research Council, United States), Simone Sacchi (LIBER, Netherlands). Paper in English
- Web-based Citation: A New Metric for Evaluating Scientific Journals, Afsaneh Teymourikhani (National Library and Archives of Islamic Republic of Iran, Iran, Islamic Republic of). Paper in English
- Altmetrics and Library Publishing, Lauren Collister (University Library System, University of Pittsburgh, United States), Jessica Kirschner (University of Pittsburgh, United States), Michelle Bradbury (University of Pittsburgh, United States), Timothy S. Deliyannides (University of Pittsburgh, United States), Robin Kear (University of Pittsburgh, United States). Paper in English
- Developing an Academic Hub with Data Synchronization: Altmetrics Display and Added Value Information for Promoting Scholarly Communication Performance, Ming-Yueh Tsay (Graduate Institute of Library, Information and Archival Studies, National Chengchi University, Taiwan, Republic of China), Chih-Ming Chen (Graduate Institute of Library, Information and Archival Studies, National Chengchi University, Taiwan, Republic of China). Paper in English
- The Altmetrics of Retracted Articles in Biochemistry & Molecular Biology, Shima Moradi (National Research Institute for Science Policy, Iran, Islamic Republic of). Paper in English
Satellite Meeting: “Open Access: Action Required:” The Acquisition and Collection Development Section teamed up with SOCRS to co-sponsor a satellite meeting at the European Solidarity Center in Gdańsk, Poland. Huge thanks are due to Zuza Wiorogorska and Matylda Filas for their work on the Satellite, the content of which was excellent with a good mix of papers. (Details here.)
Attendees of the second meeting of the of the Standing Committee are (from left to right, top): Meg Mering, (University of Nebraska-Lincoln, USA), Secretary and incoming Chair; Gaëlle Bequet (ISSN International Centre, France), incoming Secretary; Andrea Wirth (University of Nevada, Las Vegas, USA); Ted Westervelt (Library of Congress, USA), blogger and incoming Information Coordinator; Beata Katrincova (University Library in Bratislava, Slovakia); Smita Joshipura (Arizona State University, USA), Facebook; Sharon Dyas-Correia (University of Toronto), outgoing Chair; Ezra Shiloba Gbaje (Federal University Lokoja, Kogi State, Nigeria); Fatmeh Charafeddine (American University of Beirut); and Zuzanna “Zuza” Wiorogorska (University of Warsaw, Poland). (From left to right, bottom): Karolina Minch (University of Warsaw, Poland); and Paul Hover (Virginia Tech, USA), Blogger.
SOCRS Committee Meetings: We had two section meetings during the congress. After electing our new officers (meet them in the photograph above), we discussed our current program, the mission and scope of the SOCRS Section, and the Satellite meeting. During the second meeting we talked about IFLA’s Global Vision, the importance of membership commitment, the SOCRS action plan, and our continuing welcome to new members. The fun part was helping to design a new logo for our shiny new (hopefully forthcoming soon) section name!
Planning for IFLA 2018 in Kuala Lumpur: We also discussed possible topics for the SOCRS open program at the 2018 conference, and tried out a few titles incorporating Scholarly Communications and Kuala Lumpur’s key theme of “transforming society.” Libraries-as-publishers is currently a topic of general interest, partly due to the fact that we had already organized a 2016 satellite meeting around it entitled “Libraries as Publishers: Building a Global Community” in collaboration with the Acquisition and Collection Development Section. We are also planning to collaborate with the Science and Technology Section to co-sponsor a program on bringing Open Access to a new level.
Wrocław: Where History Becomes Art
The Polish Art encountered around this beautiful city, nestled on islands in the Oder River, affected me on several levels. On my first jet-lagged sortie, 100 meters from my hotel, I came across perfectly lifelike statues of ordinary people descending into the sidewalk at a crossing of two busy avenues. From their demeanor one knows immediately that they are taking a tragic detour in their lives, some never to reemerge on the other side of the street. Known in English as “The Anonymous Pedestrians,” Przejście (literally “passage, transition”), by Polish artist Jerry Kalina, leaves no doubt in the observer’s mind that something sinister drove those people underground. Looking it up later, I found it refers to a deadly period of martial law that occured only a couple of decades ago.
Gripping Portrayal of the “1997 Flood of the River Oder” a Foreshadowing of Tragedy in Texas? I was still in Poland six days later when my heart sank on hearing that Hurricane Harvey had made landfall on August 26 at Rockport, Texas. A small town of shrimp boats and tourist shops, nobody has ever heard of Rockport, but I have—it’s where my Postmaster Dad’s “two-horse” U.S. Post Office is (was) located. Had the Opening Ceremony dazzled us only days earlier with a combination of theater, light, and dance, all performed before a giant screen playing historical clips of heart-wrenching scenes of watery misery? Entitled “Short Story of Wrocław: A theatrical show which presents the history of Wrocław,” I remember how the stage was engulfed in shades of deepest blue as our eyes took in the immensity of the disaster, so vast it was also known as the 1997 Central European Flood.
Thanks to the wonderful people of Wrocław for a memorable, artful, and friendly conference, and for heaps upon heaps of delicious pickles!
Submitted to the ALA ALCTS by Paul Hover
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Our “Marooned Librarian” Hokie in South Africa has written an informative and delightful blog post about his experiences and work since his arrival May 2nd. Here’s an excerpt that will make you feel like you are there with him:
His photos range from “painted murals on some of the buildings” to the protea, a beautiful South African flower” to “the daredevils that paraglide from mountains over towers to the beach” (below).
Fulbright Specialist serves as consultant in Open Education (OE) and Open Educational Resources (OER)
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Veliswa Tshetsha, VT’s second visiting South African librarian scholar, hosted by Research & Informatics / Scholarly Communication Department
Ms. Veliswa Tshetsha, Research and Scholarly Communication Librarian from the Cape Peninsula University of Technology (CPUT), South Africa, presented on South Africa on Thursday, October 20, 2016 in the MuntiPurpose Room. Her presentation began with discussion of the eleven official languages, the South African freedom movement, public holidays, and heritage sites that were established as a result of political movements. She spoke of South African political history, student movements in the 1970s, and the current turmoil in higher education in South Africa. Veli explained her strong motivation to visit VT, which, besides being her first visit to the USA, is also based on CPUT’s need to advance library research support necessary for the expansion of scholarly communication (SC) in the university. Veli’s talk was wide-ranging, covering topics Open Journal System (OJS), editors, students, coding opportunities, Open Educational Resources (OER), Copyright, Creative Commons, Researcher profiles, SC, Open Access (OA), Impact/Altmetrics, and SC Literacy Curriculum.
Professor Gail McMillan, Director of Scholarly Communication, designed an intensive program for Veliswa to experience every aspect of our program. Gail mentors our South African visiting scholar several times a week. Members of the team got together and threw Veli a “covered dish” lunch, an American custom in which every participant brings a favorite food to contribute to a communal meal. Many folks have extended a heartfelt Hokie welcome to Veli, such as Jana Doyle for making her downstairs apartment available again this year, Inga Hausen for sharing her office, and Anita Walz for making arrangements for Veli to attend the Open Education Conference in Richmond.
(Photo above) Presenters at the Serials and other Continuing Resources program are (left to right) Sofie Wennström, Stockholm University Library; Anjana H. Bhatt, Florida Gulf Coast University; Clément Oury, ISSN International Centre; Gayle R.Y.C. Chan, University of Hong Kong Libraries; and Gaëlle Béquet, ISSN International Centre.
IFLA 2016 Serials and Other Continuing Resources Section Report: Program in Columbus, Ohio
The International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA) Section on Serials and Other Continuing Resources (SOCRS) “concerns itself with all issues which make serial publications unique in both the print and electronic environments.” We met twice during the 82nd World Library and Information Congress (WLIC). Working within the congress theme, “Connections. Collaboration. Community,” we organized Session 114, “The Role of Stakeholders in the New Serials World.” Here follows a list of titles and authors of our guest speakers’ presentations. For links to the authors’ papers, please check the SOCRS URL listed above for updates. (Gaëll’s paper is already linked below.)
- Open Access Collections: Current Scenario in American Academic Libraries and a Sample Work Flow, by Anjana H. Bhatt, Florida Gulf Coast University, United States
- Questionable Practices in Scholarly Publishing: The Stance of the ISSN Network (Paper in English), by Gaëlle Béquet, Director, ISSN International Centre, France
- Revising the ISSN: involving stakeholders to adapt a bibliographic standard to its ever-changing environment, by Clément Oury, ISSN International Centre, France
- Managing the Transitional Impact of Open Access Journals, by Gayle R.Y.C. Chan, Libraries, and Allan C.S. Cheung, Department of Chemistry, University of Hong Kong., Hong Kong
- Stockholm University Press – for researchers, by researchers – but what does the library publisher add? By Sofie Wennström and Birgitta Hellmark Lindgren, Stockholm University Library, Sweden
Satellite meetings: SOCRS also co-sponsored two satellite meetings this congress:
- “RDA in the Wider World:” SOCRS, along with the RDA Board, the RDA Steering Committee and the IFLA Cataloguing Section, sponsored this satellite meeting at OCLC’s headquarters.
- “Libraries as Publishers: Building a Global Community:” SOCRs co-sponsored this meeting with the Acquisition and Collection Development Section at the University of Michigan. Ann Okerson, our co-sponsor Chair, is working on forming a “Libraries as Publishers” special interest group.
Good Guy Buckeyes treat International Librarians to “Dime-a-Dogs” at a Columbus Clippers Game
International librarians: Michael Dowling, Director of the American Libraries Association’s International Relations Office, asked me to help Delin Guerra, Program Officer, and Beth Cramer, International Relations Round Table Chair, to “explain American baseball” to about 70 international librarians. He had tickets to a Columbus Clippers vs. Durham Bulls game! The librarians I met that night were amazing, some of whom, I realized, would become friends for life. Outside the stadium, I pointed to a sign announcing “Dime-A-Dog Night.” Try explaining THAT to a non-English speaking, first-time visitor!
After finding our seats, I decided to invest in a couple “dawgs.” Making my way to the epic-sized concession stands, I was taken aback by equally epic queues waiting for the bargain-priced, American iconic culinary delights. But did you ever notice how waiting in line can be a great opportunity to meet people? The two “Buckeyes” (Ohio residents) who were standing in front of me were father and son baseball fans, and after I mentioned I was at the game with a group of international librarians at the Greater Columbus Convention Center, they busted out some good ol’ American hospitality. Norm explained that he and his son Joey always used to get 2 hot-dogs each, but since the stadium had initiated “Dime-A-Dog Night,” they had upped that to 3, which was plenty, even though the maximum allowed per customer was 5.
To my surprise, when we got to the front of the line, Norm ordered 15 hot-dogs! They wouldn’t let me pay a dime, and turned over most of their booty, mustard and all, to share with our international librarian guests. By the way, did I mention I am a Buckeye, too? Well, I am now.
SOCRS Committee Meetings Read more…
New Strategy Emerges to Expand Second Year of International Librarian Collaboration between Virginia Tech’s University Libraries and CPUT in South Africa
We welcome Veliswa to America, Inga is heading for The Western Cape, and Angela, Keith, and Collin are working with South Africans online in a new virtual collaboration strategy. This brings total new research projects to 5 this year.
Virginia Tech’s University Libraries is widening its collaboration with the Cape Peninsula University of Technology (CPUT) Libraries through an innovation taking advantage of experience gained in identifying useful research projects. This is a result of the first year’s iteration of the exchange, and it represents an opportunity.
Kick starting research: an unforeseen opportunity flows out of our Librarian Exchange procedures
The VTUL’s International Outreach Committee had 4 South Africa strategic exchange project proposal applications this year, a modest amount but nevertheless double the first year’s number. They were all excellent, all built on solid needs at both academic libraries. This was in part due to the process we underwent: the project proposals are the result of several steps designed to identify “areas of strength” at each institution and match them with “areas of need” at its counterpart, as follows:
- Phase one: Directors and Department Heads submitted “Areas of strength,” descriptions of current departmental progress on advancing goals of modernization.
- Phase two: Janine and Paul reviewed the lists and consulted with the Deans and others with institutional knowledge, and published possible project areas in a CFP in a first attempt to focus on matches that would improve operations at both libraries.
- Phase three: Joanne and Robert, our first two exchange librarians, provided specific feedback addressing needs to match existing advances at counterparts after their return home. This was a topic they were asked to keep an eye out for during their stay.
- Phase four: International Outreach Committees and Deans/Directorates select their estimated most-useful collaborations for awarding funding for the second year of the program.
Vetted twice or more
The remaining 3 applications were all therefore also grounded in real experience, vetted twice or more. Because of the process, we discovered we had more good shots at improving mutual operations than we bargained for. Should we ignore the uncovering of good ideas, or put them off until next year’s cycle of applications? Some of the technology involved in the project proposals moves fast, so why shouldn’t we?
Why not “kickstart” it virtually, now while the idea is fresh?
High tech and traditional library service
This is an opportunity to start collaborative research on each and every one of the proposals. Director Chiware of CPUT and their Directorate reviewed them and accepted all 3. South African professionals have already been assigned to each VT librarian/staff member. Collin and Keith turned in high tech project ideas, and these young engineers’ proposals are guaranteed cutting edge in their fields. Angela’s proposal, a more traditional library one, is spot-on in an urgent need of ours here at VT, namely how to handle the needs of a highly diverse global community. We have a growing international student and faculty body, and it will be great to see this project also get traction and develop further. South Africa is writing the book on diversity, and we most certainly can learn from CPUT on serving a diverse clientele.
For successful academic results to be achieved by these individuals, many of them collaborating for the first time, some specialized research guidance will be needed, but that’s what librarians do. We are awash in research expertise!
This amounts to an expansion on our collaboration that maximises our successes to date in the furtherance of international librarianism, as well as improving the nuts and bolts efficiency of library services. And who knows, if the projects result in useful research articles or presentations, it will be a good way to lay the foundations for “kicking” the collaborations “up a notch.” Proven projects may be chosen to cross the Atlantic physically in our own Librarian Exchange program next year, or our collaborating teams may find resources under the auspices of other funding agencies.
More details about the 5 research projects, 2 physical and 3 virtual, are forthcoming in future posts on this blog.
Second Annual Virginia Tech / Cape Peninsula University of Technology Exchange Program: Call for Proposals
Call for Proposals, Second Year
Virginia Tech (VT) University Libraries and Cape Peninsula University of Technology (CPUT) Libraries
Library Faculty and Staff Exchange Program Grants
APPLICATION DEADLINE: March 31, 2016
Funding Period: Fall or Spring semesters, 2016/2017 academic year. Preference given to research projects in the months of November 2016 or February 2017 (in order to make use of the longer hours of daylight in South Africa).
[Note: changes to this CFP from the first one of the program (dated November 2014) consist in the time of stay in South Africa (was 8 weeks, is now 4 weeks) and the amount of housing subsidy (was $2,000, is now $1,000). These changes are the result of feedback from our two exchange librarians from the inaugural run of the program and were made in collaboration with our partners at CPUT.]
Introduction and background
The VT and CPUT libraries are providing funding to sustain and strengthen our international partnership. Having signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to collaborate and promote international librarianship, this exchange is part of a long-term strategic collaboration and globalization initiative of our academic libraries. We are in the second year of the program, and will publish results of the first year’s exchange as soon as all reports are completed.
Preference will be given to proposals that address a critical need in either the home or host institution, proposals that broaden the current scope and/or impact of the partnership, or proposals that advance international librarianship and/or the profession. Because this is only the second iteration of the program, proposals of all types will be considered. Please see the list “Areas of Strength at CPUT Libraries” (scroll down to the bottom of this blog post) to assist in identifying potential projects.
Who should apply?
Full-time employees, including academic librarians and non-academic staff members in the respective libraries, are eligible to apply.
Duration of exchange
The exchange will be for approximately 4 weeks. Permission from the appropriate supervisor is mandatory (a signature on the application form is required). If needed, the International Outreach Committee will work with the supervisor of the grant recipient to arrange for an emergency hire in the affected department for a training period of one month before departure to train for specific work duties that will be assigned during the duration of the exchange.
The grant will be up to $3,000 (the equivalent South African Rand amount will be determined). This amount is to cover the costs of one round-trip airline ticket between CPUT and VT per year from each institution, and provide a limited housing allowance. Anything over and above this amount is the responsibility of the recipient of the grant.
Application procedure and review process
- Complete the application form by the set deadline and submit to Paul Hover at email@example.com.
- Proposals for collaborative projects will be vetted by both institutions’ International Outreach Committees, with final approvals by the Dean/Director of both university libraries.
- Both universities have similar application processes and requirements for applicants. However, in order to ensure that expertise in the requested field is available, the hosting university will examine the areas in which the applicants propose to work before the applicants’ home university makes a final decision.
- The chair of the respective committee will notify the applicants of the decision as soon as possible after the application deadline expires.
Planning the exchange:
This will include the finalization of the dates, flights, passport/visa and accommodation arrangements. The International Outreach Committees will assist in preparations and arrangements throughout the program, and a contact person at the hosting university will be assigned.
The successful candidates will be expected to:
- Make a presentation soon after arrival to the host library about the recipient’s home institution, her/his plans for activities during the exchange period, and expected outcomes.
- Give a presentation on lessons learned and what could be implemented at the home institution within 2 months after recipient’s return.
- Written progress reports 3-6 months after recipients’ return on areas that were selected and how they have been implemented, projects that were started because of the exchange, or other (planned) outcomes of the project.
APPLICATION DEADLINE: March 31, 2016
Areas of strength at CPUT Libraries (2016):
(PLEASE NOTE: The following list is provided to assist applicants in formulating projects and is NOT intended as the final word on what can and cannot be accomplished on this exchange. Both academic libraries have formulated lists to give an idea of strong departments, trends, and future aspirations that may be used as indicators of possible projects the host institutions feel capable of accommodating. Nevertheless, creative proposals–whether based on traditional library skill-sets or innovative ideas–are encouraged, and all will be considered.)
Information Literacy (IL)
Training skills of librarians
All librarians who teach have completed an accredited “Train-the-Trainer” qualification to ensure a high standard of teaching. A “peer-observation” system was implemented during 2014 as another mechanism to improve the teaching skills of librarians. This is an area CPUT excels in, with consistency across all campuses. Even though there are different subject areas, the core elements are taught. A few examples of projects that could benefit VT include:
- Explore how the a train-the-trainer series has been implemented for their IL courses.
- Examine the impacts of the train-the-trainer model.
- Examine how buy-in from teaching faculty to incorporate train-the-trainer teaching models has been obtained.
- Investigate CPUT’s program to train all employees in the library to gain a base set of skills and information.
Research Data Management (RDM)
The University is embarking on a RDM process under leadership of the library to provide a platform for all research data. The library initiated policies on Open Access and Research Data Management that have been accepted by the University. The RDM project is being developed in collaboration with TUM (Technische Universität München) in Germany using their platform, MediaTUM. One research department is currently working with the library to pilot the project. The pilot will test the software and assist in developing a workflow before it is rolled-out within the university. Work is also being done on the skills needed by librarians to support and assist researchers with RDM.
- Explore CPUT’s alternative software packages for managing and storing data, identify systems that may work at VT.
- Determine if any of the administrative policies concerning data storage and access could be implemented at VT.
- Examine outreach efforts by CPUT librarians to teaching/research faculty regarding data initiatives and services provided by the library.
Library related research
Various research studies are currently being undertaken by CPUT librarians. Areas covered include: Information Literacy (IL); Return on Investment (ROI); Value of CPUT libraries; and Studying CPUT students. CPUT reviews their library’s processes, outcomes, and programs in depth, with strong statistical analysis, and with an eye towards implementing change and reviewing those outcomes again. This is an area at which they particularly excel. Examples of areas where projects could be conducted include:
- Implement a review method used by CPUT to assess a VT library process/service/program.
- Investigate assessment options for specific programs and indicate which methods would be applicable to VT.
- Identify methods used to implement change effectively.
- Explore a specific opportunity to conduct a review, self-study, or incorporate specific techniques that could lead both to improvements in VT’s library and scholarly output as a result of a local review.
The embedding of the library within the faculties has strengthened over the years. The library is represented at faculty board meetings and various other forums within the faculties. The library structure has been adapted to support and strengthened faculty liaison. The marketing of library services and online resources such as e-books and databases has improved. CPUT’s wide user types are similar to our distance learners.
- Examine marketing strategies of library resources, collections, and services to campus users.
- Examine marketing strategies of library resources, collections, and services to distance learners.
Library IT at CPUT is undergoing change as the nature of their library moves into the e-world. Their responses to this change are worth reviewing.
- Explore how CPUT’s IT implements new technologies into the library
- Review CPUT’s response to information moving into an e-world.
- Investigate CPUT’s IT structure and support services.
Adoption of mobile technologies among CPUT students is ahead of VT (and American colleges in general). Reviewing how the CPUT library is responding to the need to support mobile has application locally as our mobile usage should increase in the near future.
- Explore how CPUT has implemented mobile technologies to address student demands for this type of access.
- Investigate CPUT’s management of services offered through mobile technologies.
- Examine CPUT students’ usage of mobile technologies to access information.
“Behind me is Quito’s historic center down Calle Garcia Moreno,” Sam writes, pictured above on the Quito city tour bus. “Far in the distance behind me is El Panecillo where the massive Virgen de Quito statue stands.”
Sam is the second recipient of the University Libraries’ International Travel Supplementary Fund
Sam was a participant of the pilot program for the Itinerant Archivists Project. Her agenda included repository visits to: ● Central University of Ecuador and its incredible conservation research lab; ● the legislative library and archives of the National Assembly; ● Metropolitan Archives of History in Quito; ● Archivo Blomberg (a private archives for esteemed photographer Rolf Blomberg and his wife, the Constructivist painter Araceli Gilbert); ● Museo Municipal Remigio Crespo (city museum of Cuenca and an architectural monument honoring a renowned Ecuadorian poet); ● Casa de la Cultura and the Municipal Archives of Cañar; and ● Convento Las Conceptas (a religious repository in the heart of Cuenca).
Using materials available for research on the Virginia Tech campus in the University Libraries’ Special Collections’ “International Archive of Women Architects,” Sam presented for an international lecture series held by the Pontificia Universidad Católica de Ecuador. Her presentation, entitled “Los archivos históricos: socialización de experiencias profesionales entre Estados Unidos y Ecuador,” was presented entirely in the Spanish language.
“I presented in Spanish on the unique challenges of architectural archives and our work with the International Archive of Women Architects. Later in the week, I gave a separate lecture in Spanish on the importance of archives to the College of Architecture and Urban Planning at the University of Cuenca. In addition to these activities, our group met with with several Cañari leaders at the Instituto Quilloac (an indigenous bilingual school) and municipal leaders in the town of Cañar to discuss the creation of a community archives. The final event on our agenda was an afternoon conference and reception at the Museo Pumapungo in Cuenca, hosted by the Ministry of Culture. We met with nearly fifty archivists and cultural heritage professionals from across southern Ecuador to discuss the future of the archival profession in the country.”
Final thoughts on her Trip
“I believe our visit laid the groundwork for many future projects between PanAmerican archivists. While some Latin American and Caribbean countries have established archival science as a profession, the vocation is still emerging as a distinct field in Ecuador. In this respect and many others, the challenges faced by archives in Ecuador were very familiar to us. We observed a broad spectrum of institutional capacities and funding, from the necessity-driven innovations employed by a small private foundation to the cutting edge interdisciplinary research undertaken by a well-funded state university. Our group returned to the U.S. with many new ideas and connections. Overall, this trip gave me an opportunity to represent American archivists and live out Ut Prosim beyond borders. I found it immensely rewarding as an individual and a professional.”
Nice work, archivist and bilingual international librarian Sam Winn!
LANDSCAPES OF CHINA: VT in China 2016 travels across China to far-flung vineyards, studies business, language, and culture
University Libraries invites Dept. of Geography and Pamplin College of Business to team up to tackle the academic challenges at VT’s elite Chinese strategic partner of five years, the University of Science and Technology of China (USTC) in Hefei, Anhui Province, China, for Education Abroad in Summer I, 2016
The next info sessions are this coming Wednesday, November 18, at 5:30 and 6:00 PM in Pamplin 2002. The course is open to all majors. If you cannot make it to an info session, please drop by Paul Hover’s office in Newman Library room 100X, or email him or one of the two other Faculty Guides as listed above. Number of participant students is limited to 30-35 for this exceptional learning experience.
Thanks to Brian Craig and the Creative Services Team for the awesome artwork. I owe you one–how about some tea, all the way from China…
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