Monday, March 12, 2018

The Alan Hopkinson Award

Applications for the 2018 newly established Alan Hopkinson Award are now open.  Following his death, in 2016, a trust fund was set up to enable one CILIP member per year to attend the IFLA annual conference

The Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals (CILIP) and its International Library and Information Group (ILIG) therefore invite any ILIG member (nb: UK CILIP members can now join ILIG free of charge) or a CILIP member living outside the UK to attend the World Library and Information Congress organised by the International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA) in Kuala Lumpur in 2018. 

Alan Hopkinson was an active member of CILIP ILIG from 2004 until his death.  As well as regularly attending IFLA conferences, he was very interested in assisting young professional librarians from developing countries.  He was involved in the Commonwealth Fellowship scheme and in training young professionals from Eastern Europe.

A panel comprising CILIP board member and Ian Stringer Chair ILIG plus Anna Jablkowska Secretary ILIG will consider applications. Their decision will be final and they will not enter into correspondence on it.

The award covers the IFLA conference fee and 200 GBP towards travel and accommodation. You are required to write a reflective report of 2- 4,000 words within six months of their visit, and a version for publication in Focus on International Library and Information Work, the ILIG journal.

You should submit a formal proposal in English of up to 400 words (equivalent to 1–2 pages of A4 paper) detailing how the visit will support your professional development and your organisation Headings such as Visit objectives’‘Planned approach and content' 'Application of learning post-visit’ may be used

You should attach a Curriculum Vitae of up to five pages in length, including the names of two referees in senior posts. You are encouraged to seek the support of your line-manager or organisation, prior to submitting an application. The deadline for the receipt of proposals for the 2018 Alan Hopkinson Award is 31st March 2018.  The successful applicant will be notified by the end of April 2018.

The proposal should be sent: by e-mail to Anna Jablkowska, the ILIG Secretary, at

Monday, February 26, 2018

John Donald Byrum Passed Away

My condolences!
I remember that I met John twice when I just joined the IFLA Cataloguing Section 13 years ago. I read some of his articles about ISBDs, which helped me to be familiar with ISBDs.

BYRUM JOHN DONALD BYRUM John Donald Byrum died on Friday, January 12, 2018. Mr. Byrum was born in 1940 to "Jack" and Helen Byrum, long-time residents of Wenatchee, Washington, where he was raised. A quiet and thoughtful man, he was known for his ability to lead people to action and for loyalty, both given and received. Those who reported to him readily acknowledged and expressed appreciation for his mentoring and for challenging them to excel in ways they had not imagined. As a high school student, Mr. Byrum won several debate and oration competitions at the state level and was elected treasurer of the National (Junior) Classical Languages League. He received the Emblem Club National Scholarship in 1958 and did so well in his studies that he was selected to deliver his high school class commencement address. Mr. Byrum graduated Magna Cum Laude from Harvard University in 1962 and received a master's degree from the Graduate School of Library Service, Rutgers The State University of New Jersey in 1966. He began his library career as a cataloger at Princeton University Library, where he was promoted to head cataloger in 1968. In 1976, he joined the Library of Congress where he served as a chief of various divisions, while overseeing several international cooperative cataloging efforts. As a forceful manager during his tenure at LC, he made an indelible mark on the Library's bibliographic control operations that had national and international impact. He retired in 2006. Active in both national and international professional associations, Mr. Byrum was a substantial contributor to the theory of bibliographic control, for which he gained national and international renown. While at Princeton and later at the Library of Congress, he was the representative of the American Library Association (ALA) to the Joint Steering Committee for Revision of AACR (Anglo-American Cataloguing Rules) and chair of the ALA Resources and Technical Services Division Catalog Code Revision Committee. He was a founding member of the International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA) Study Group on the Functional Requirements for Bibliographic Records, which resulted in the publication, Functional Requirements for Bibliographic Records. As chair of IFLA's International Standard for Bibliographic Description (ISBD) Review Group, Mr. Byrum led the continuing revision and maintenance of the family of ISBDs for the full range of materials in library collections. Additionally, Mr. Byrum published and spoke widely on topics related to bibliographic control. Mr. Byrum received many honors for his contributions to librarianship. In 1975, he was awarded the ALA Esther J. Piercy Award, given to an outstanding librarian with not more than ten years of professional experience. He received the ALA Margaret Mann Citation for outstanding professional achievement in cataloging in 1998. For his work both nationally and internationally, he received ALA's prestigious Melvil Dewey Medal and Citation in 2006 for creative professional achievement in library management, training, cataloging and classification, and the tools and techniques of librarianship. He is a member of Beta Phi Mu. While in "retirement," Mr. Byrum continued his love of learning by auditing courses at George Mason University and contributed to his local community through volunteer service to nursing homes and animal shelters. Mr. Byrum is survived by his 43-year partner, Billy Rivera, to whom he was married on October 20, 2017, and will be grieved by the many whose lives he touched. Services were previously held.
Published in The Washington Post from Jan. 18 to Jan. 20, 2018.

Friday, February 16, 2018

New Year of the Dog

Today is the first day of the Chinese lunar new year (the Year of the Dog). We greeted readers in the morning as usual. Many readers received little souvenirs. For the first three readers, they received ten prize-awarded new books, but they arrived as early as 9:00 pm yesterday evening. I was glad to meet a student volunteer with traditional Chinese costume.

Sunday, January 14, 2018

Fang Hua and its Trumpet Music

Fang Hua (Youth), a look at the lives of members of a Military Cultural Troupe in the 1970s, is a dram film newly released in December 2017.
In the film, there are many trumpet music pieces, such as Pyotr Tchaikovsky's Danse Neapolitaine, Irish tune The Last Rose of Summer, Alexander Goedicke's Concert Etude, and Liping Wang's Tuo Ling (Camel Bells).
The trumpet music is played by Huaibo Liu, a graduate student of the Central Convertory of Music of China, and also trumpeter of the China Philharmonic Orchestra. He uses the Fides Symphony Classic C trumpet.

Saturday, December 9, 2017

National Library of China becomes National Institution Representative of RDA Board

Last week, I received a message from Simon Berney-Edwards, Director of Improvement and Development, CILIP, the library and information association, which is based in London. He told me that at the meeting of the RDA Board last week, the National Library of China was selected to be the National Institution Representative: Asia (To serve 2018-2020).
RDA is a continually evolving standard that aims to reflect the requirements of the description, cataloguing and metadata community. One of its original aims was to be applicable across cultures, sectors and perspectives.
RDA is a package of data elements, guidelines, and instructions for creating library and cultural heritage resource metadata that are well-formed according to international models for user-focused linked data applications.
The role of the representative is:
  • To provide RDA Board with insight about the impact, challenges and opportunities from the perspective of a national institution that has implemented RDA.
  • To provide any relevant feedback from other National Institutions in the region.
  • To contribute to the development and delivery of the RDA Board strategic plan for the development of RDA.
  • To contribute to the overall governance of the standard including oversight of strategy, delivery, finance and risks.

Saturday, September 30, 2017

Xiaoguang Gu's New Book on the Beauty of Reading

A book on the beauty of reading, with 120 photos from 27 countries in 10 years by 1 photographer/librarian. It is a very special book! Mr. Xiaoguang Gu is a librarian of the Information Management Department, Peking University, and is very active in Chinese library community.
The Books is just published by the Tsinghua University Press, September 2017.

书名: 旅行之阅 阅读之美
作者: 顾晓光
出版社: 清华大学出版社
出版年: 2017-9
页数: 228
定价: 78.00
装帧: 平装
ISBN: 978-7-302-48003-7

Sunday, September 17, 2017

Librarianship Studies & Information Technology: What is FRBR?

Librarianship Studies & Information Technology: What is FRBR?: (a) A content designation tool (b) A data model (c) A cataloging code or standard (d) All of above (e) None of above ...