SPECIAL MOMENTS AND SPECIAL INITIATIVES
Special moments in Italy and interesting talks with Bernadete Campello and Albert Boekhorst resulted in special initiatives to promote school librarianship in Brazil. The Stichting het Da Vinci Huis, a foundation presided by IASL member Alber Boekhorst is incentivating school librarians from Brazil to participate in our organization and attend the conferences in Brisbane. This certainly will call attention to our work and important contributions to school librarianship, but most imortant of all, it will bring new ideas and members. A similar fund has also been started in South Africa.
At the moment, I am starting a committee to organize and promote the fund and Bernadet Campello from the Federal University of Minas Gerais and Eliana Fiorvante Garcez from the Unversity of Santa Catarina, will help with the selection. If anyone out there can help with ideas and suggestions, please join us.
For more information, see below.
‘IASL - DA VINCI HOUSE FUND FOR (BRASIL)’
The Fund was established in 2009 to increase possibilities for young librarians in Brasil to participate actively in the international school library forum, especially the International Association of School Librarianship (IASL)
This fund is a gift program, designed to make it possible for a young school librarian, teacher-librarian, library assistant interested in school library services and Information Literacy working and living in Brasil to participate in an IASL conference. The person should be 40 years or younger. By participating the person is able to update his/her knowledge and skills and will be able to built a network of relevant persons and organisa-tions.
Both individuals and library institutions are eligible to apply.
The grant includes:
• Two year membership of IASL;
• Travelling costs to an IASL annual conference;
• Accommodation and daily allowance.
The Fund is administered by ‘Stichting Het Da Vinci Huis’ based in the Netherlands. A committee of three professionals from Brasil chaired by the IASL Regional Director for Latin America/Caribbean will select and nominate one person to the Stichting.
The Regional Director for Latin America/Caribbean is the liaison person between the win-ner and the Stichting.
The selection is made by a jury of 3 professionals: the IASL Regional Director for Latin America/Caribbean, an academic professor in the field and the chair of the Brasil School Library Association (?). For 2010 the jury will consist of:
• Katharina B.L. Berg (IASL Regional Director for Latin America/Caribbean), chair;
• Prof.Dra. Bernadete Campello (UFMG - Grupo de. Estudos da Biblioteca Escolar);
• Prof. Eliane F. Garcez (UFSC)
Applicants should address their letter and supporting documentation to the Regional Di-rector for Latin America/Caribbean (e-mail …… post address ….. )
The applications must be accompanied by: a CV, a short description of the school and school library, the reasons for application and a supporting document from a contact per-son of the school. They should also indicate what the potential benefit would be of their being successful in their application. Applications may be in print or electronic form. Ap-plicants should be sure to include name of the contact person, mailing address, telephone number(s), fax number, and e-mail address as available, with the application.
An application form can be downloaded from http://albertkb.nl/pageID_8620835.html
The deadline for receipt of applications each year is MAY 1.
At the conference the winner is supposed to give a short presentation ( 10 minutes) on his/her expectations and needs. After the conference the winner is supposed to write an report for an applicable national/international journal in the field.