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Candidates for the ALA Presidency, 2007-2008 Announced

William Crowe, head of the Kenneth Spencer Research Library University of Kansas, and Loriene Roy, a professor at the University of Texas at Austin's School of Information, are candidates for the 2007–2008 presidency of the American Library Association. A press release announcing their candidacy can be found on the ALA home page in the News section. | MORE

Evolving Communication Technologies Task Force

RSS, VoIP, wikis, blogs, podcasts, video mail–the Internet is changing the way we communicate. The ALCTS Board has appointed a task force that is charged with exploring communication technologies. The Evolving Communication Technologies Task Force will present a preliminary report at the ALCTS Board of Directors Meeting at the American Library Association Midwinter Meeting in San Antonio. The Task Force wants to learn how ALCTS members are using technology to accomplish the work of the division in committees, discussion groups, and other ALCTS bodies. The task force also hopes to learn what technologies members feel might be important to the division in the future, perhaps based upon their experience in other divisions, other organizations, or in their work. This is your chance to help the division envision and plan the future. Please send your comments, opinions, and questions to John Duke by January 3. The Task Force looks forward to hearing from you.

IFLA Call for Poster Presentations

The World Library and Information Congress: 72nd IFLA General Conference and Council will take place on August 20–24, 2006 in Seoul, Korea. An alternative approach for the presentation of projects/new work will be available for conference participants. An area on the conference premises has been designated for the presentation of information regarding projects or activities of interest to librarians. Presentations may include posters, leaflets, and other materials in several of the IFLA working languages (English, French, Spanish, German, and Russian). The Professional Committee of IFLA will review all submissions.

To enter your presentation submit an application form, which should include a brief description (not more than 200 words) of the session in English, French, Spanish, German, or Russian. The deadline for receipt at IFLA Headquarters of the application form and a detailed description of the poster session is February 15, 2006.

IFLA Call for Papers on Preservation Topics

The need to advocate for preservation education has never been greater. Cultural heritage collections are growing exponentially in many formats, analog as well as digital. The IFLA Continuing Professional Development and Workplace Learning, and Preservation and Conservation Sections, together with the Preservation and Conservation Core Activity, are planning a joint program covering these topics for the Seoul conference. A call for papers has been issued, and the Sections are particularly interested in case studies or practical presentations. Contributions are being sought for the two following programs: (1) a two-hour session with speakers presenting papers that describe studies that have defined the extent and nature of preservation problems, and demonstrations of campaigns used to raise awareness and educate stakeholders; and (2) a two-hour hands-on session with speakers presenting best practices in training library staff in basic preservation principles and techniques, and demonstrations of training methods, tools, and courses.

Applicants should send a one-page abstract and author information by December 15, 2005 to Sarah Toulouse for the PAC Section and Susan Schnuer for CPDWL Section. Members of both standing committees will review abstracts, and successful applicants will be notified by mid-February 2006. Abstracts must be in English. Papers can be presented during the Conference in any IFLA working language (English, French, German, Russian, or Spanish). Author information should include name, contact details, affiliations (home institution, professional memberships, etc.) and a brief statement of experience and expertise related to the themes of this conference program.

LookSmart and Research Libraries Group Partnership

The Research Libraries Group (RLG) will partner with LookSmart, an online media and technology company specializing in vertical search. The partnership will bring RLG's, a database containing over 209,000 rare and unusual images, to LookSmart's users through FindArticles, LookSmart's dynamic search vehicle for free and premium content on the Web. contains works from 300 BCE to the present and includes a variety of images from leading cultural heritage collections. The works represented range from papyrus fragments from ancient Greece, to Chaucer's "The Canterbury Tales," to vintage advertising labels, to twentieth-century architectural photos. contains works from major international collections—national libraries and renowned universities—as well as images from many other museums, libraries, and archives.