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Library 2.014 Worldwide Virtual Conference

[hat-tip: Helen Boelens]

Natalie Mertes (posted 10 July 2014)

Dear friends and colleagues,
It gives me great pleasure to let you know that in March 2014 the degree of Doctor philosophiae (Dr. phil.) was awarded to our Belgian colleague Natalie Mertes by the Humboldt University, School of Library and Information Science in Berlin.  The subject of Natalie’s dissertation is:
  • Teachers’ Conceptions of Student Information Literacy Learning and Teachers’ Practices of Information Literacy Teaching and Collaboration with the School Library : A Grounded Case Study. 
I feel sure that this study will provide some vital information for educators, teachers and librarians throughout the world, and especially in Europe.  Congratulations, Natalie!
With kind regards,
Helen Boelens

Multimedia Information Literacy (posted 9 July 2014)

Unesco has once again called for attention to the increasing relevance of MIL education and the need for a multi-stakeholder approach.
Participants from all over the world convened in Paris on May 27-28 to discuss MIL-related issues (e.g., policies, the relationship with computer or digital education etc.).
As a result of the meeting, the draft version of a manifesto on MIL was released on May 28 (available at URL: ; the final version will be available soon).

(The Paris Declaration and its implementation could resonate to IASL-IFLA Committee and the joint work they’ve been doing.)

(posted to the ENSIL listserv by Luisa Marquardt)



An anticipated event in the calendar of school librarians and school library researchers will occur in August 2014. The 43rd International Association of School Librarianship (IASL) conference and 18th Forum on International Research in School Librarianship will be held in Moscow from 25 – 30 August with the theme: “The school library in the knowledge society: use of cognitive technologies, form creative person”.

The conference is being organised by RUSLA and preparations are in full swing.

On the conference website you may see the preliminary program.

The conference venue is the Cosmos Hotel and the room rate is very competitive.

Residents of most countries require Russian visas to enter the country. There is a form available under the Registration tab of the conference website which one can submit to request a Russian visa. Please organise these well in advance. There is also a spreadsheet form for registration including accommodation options, conference tours and payment details. Please consider joining the IASL community for this time of stimulating professional development, an unforgettable experience of Russian culture and international ‘joie de vivre’.

Many thanks,
Elizabeth Greef
IASL VP Advocacy and Promotion