Author Archive: George M. Eberhart

Julia Brungs, IFLA policy and projects officer

Libraries in Times of Crisis

August 20, 2015

Simon Edwards, director of professional services for CILIP, the Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals in the UK, said the scope of potential crises that librarians face worldwide is vast, ranging from personal crises to community, national, and global crises that threaten the entire species. “Government agencies also classify crises as sudden (with an … Continue reading Libraries in Times of Crisis


Cape Town singing group 3 Tons of Fun perform at IFLA's World Library and Information Congress, August 18, 2015.

IFLA Cultural Evening Provides 3 Tons of Fun

August 20, 2015

The musical highlight was a powerful performance by 3 Tons of Fun, Cape Town’s most popular all-female group, who belted out American soul classics as well as South African pop tunes. Troupes of African drummers and traditional dancers entertained the strolling delegates sipping regional South African wines, while stilt walkers posing as giraffes and other … Continue reading IFLA Cultural Evening Provides 3 Tons of Fun



(left to right) Sthembile Mkhize (NWPLS), Anele Moko (head librarian, Tswaing Local Municipality), Ian Segone (NWPLS), Desiree Mtshweni (NWPLS), Michael Dowling (director, ALA International Relations Office), Senovia Welman (in Paul’s former hat), Paul Hover (in his new South African hat), Ernest Bampoe (treasurer, LIASA North West Branch), Joanne Arendse (Cape Peninsula University of Technology and visiting librarian, Virginia Tech).

Fifty Pounds of Books, Paper, and Toys Delivered to South African Preschoolers

August 19, 2015

Paul Hover, assistant director for international outreach initiatives at Virginia Tech’s Newman Library, told American Libraries the story: At the end of May 2015, the Rainbow Riders Childcare Center in Blacksburg, Virginia, was visited by a longtime teaching friend, Andrea Dixon, who was getting ready to travel to South Africa to visit a new school. The … Continue reading Fifty Pounds of Books, Paper, and Toys Delivered to South African Preschoolers


Alinah Kelo Segobye, former deputy executive director of the Human Sciences Research Council in South Africa, speaking at IFLA's World Library and Information Congress in Cape Town, August 18, 2015.

Why 2030 Matters: Libraries and South Africa’s Future

August 19, 2015

“The library gave us little orange cards assuring that we were diligent members,” Segobye said, “and taught us how to access knowledge resources.” A teacher had urged her to get a card and expand her horizons because the “high illiteracy rates throughout the continent especially affect the prospects for girls and women.” Segobye said that … Continue reading Why 2030 Matters: Libraries and South Africa’s Future


Shaharima Parvin, 2016 OCLC Fellow from East West University, Bangladesh

Five Librarians Selected as OCLC Fellows

August 18, 2015

The 2016 fellows were announced August 18 during IFLA’s World Library and Information Congress in Cape Town, South Africa. The fellows are: Idowu Adebgilero-Iwari, Elizade University, Nigeria Željko Dimitrijević, National Library of Serbia Penninah Musangi, Karatina University, Kenya Rhea Jade Nabusan, Tarlac College of Agriculture, Philippines Shaharima Parvin, East West University, Bangladesh The fellowship program … Continue reading Five Librarians Selected as OCLC Fellows



National Librarian of South Africa Rocky Ralebipi-Simela speaks at the IFLA President’s Program at the World Library and Information Congress in Cape Town, South Africa, on August 17.

Strong Libraries, Strong Societies

August 18, 2015

Former IFLA President Ellen Tise noted that on August 2 the member states of the United Nations reached a consensus on an intensely negotiated and ambitious 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development that spells out the steps governments must take to eradicate poverty, take action on climate change, achieve universal literacy, safeguard cultural heritage, and expand … Continue reading Strong Libraries, Strong Societies


The Free State Provincial Library Services booth at the World Library and Information Congress in Cape Town

A Packed Exhibits Hall at WLIC2015

August 17, 2015

Each of the nine provinces of South Africa had a booth, courtesy of the National Library, that showcased the public libraries in their region. The Free State Provincial Library Services, for example, provided brochures about their ebook service, offered through OverDrive, which lets users borrow up to six titles at a time.



The Government Shutdown and Libraries

October 1, 2013

Here’s a snapshot of how the library community is affected until the budget situation is resolved: The Library of Congress buildings are closed to the public, and its website is inaccessible, except for THOMAS, Congress.gov, and Cataloger’s Desktop. However, the Internet Archive’s Wayback Machine still offers access to LC and other agencies before their websites went dark. The National … Continue reading The Government Shutdown and Libraries


Katrina’s Terrible Toll

October 1, 2005

Early damage assessment teams in Biloxi, Mississippi, came back with the first depressing estimates that it would be easier to list what was still standing, rather than catalog what was lost. The storm wiped out schools and public library branches, and the rising waters threatened academic and special collections throughout the region. Initially, New Orleans … Continue reading Katrina’s Terrible Toll