Monday, June 18, 2018

Loida Garcia-Febo reflects on a successful year

Message from the IRRT Chair
International Leads, Volume 33, Issue 2, June 2018

As chair, my theme for the year 2017-2018 was Library services to immigrants and refugees. I am happy to report the following notable accomplishments among others:
  • We successfully organized and presented an international webinar series under the Library Services to Immigrants and Refugees theme.
  • We established an Endowment and awarded the first IRRT Mission Enhancement Grant.
  • Team G of ALA’s Emerging Leaders collaborated with IRRT on a project that would help increase the engagement of international members including new professional leaders in ALA activities.
Much appreciation to all the IRRT members for their contributions to conference programs, online events and to this newsletter. A special mention goes to each one of the Publications Committee members who have increased posts on the IRRT blog and Facebook page. Rebecca and Florence, our IL editors, took this publication to a higher level. Joan Weeks lead an effort to renew our IRRT website within ALA and the results are fantastic.

Muchas gracias to Delin Guerra from ALA Headquarters for her unwavering support.
My personal thanks go to members of the IRRT Executive Board and committees for their enthusiasm, commitment, and dedication to make things happen. We did it! We had a great year and now we look forward to the next cohort of leaders that will take the IRRT through 2018-2019.

Heartfelt congratulations and a big welcome to our colleagues elected to the IRRT board in ALA’s recent elections: Chair-Elect: Richard Sapon-White, Member-at-Large: Florence N. Mugambi, and Round Table Councilor: Sandy Hirsh.

Thanks to the hard work of our committee members, this year we are fortunate to present many programs, including our IRRT Pre-conference at the annual conference in New Orleans to help library workers serve immigrants and refugees in libraries. Personally, I am very happy everyone embraced the Chair’s theme and coordinated events featuring models, best practices and recommendations to serve these populations. If you are planning to attend the ALA Annual Conference in New Orleans, do not miss our programs!

I hope to greet many of you at our International Reception at the BB King’s Club in New Orleans which is being coordinated by the International Reception Committee. It promises to be a spectacular event. It was my pleasure to be the IRRT Chair. You all rock! I am very fortunate. This is a most interesting time when I end my term as IRRT Chair and also move from being ALA President-Elect to ALA President. I am looking forward to continue collaborating with my dear international colleagues in that capacity. Stay tuned for news on the ALA communication channels.

Read more in the June 2018 International Leads at

Tuesday, June 12, 2018

Call for Papers: International Journal of Librarianship and Information Science

The International Journal of Librarianship and Information Science (IJoLIS) is actively soliciting manuscripts for publication. The IJoLIS publishes research papers, scholarly opinion papers, reviews of research, brief communications, abstracts of theses, and reviews of books and other media free of charge. Papers are selected by a process of peer review, with double-blind review of each paper.

The editorial policy of the IJoLIS is to contribute to the advancement of library and information sciences by serving as a forum for discussion of theory and research. The journal is concerned with research findings, understanding of issues in the field, information practices of individuals and groups, and understanding of the history, economics, and technology of information or library systems and services.

Submissions in English are invited by 31 July 2018. Instructions for contributors are included in journal issues and are also available on the journal’s website:

Interested authors, referees, contributors, and reviewers should contact the editor at:

Thursday, June 7, 2018

Join us in New Orleans for ALA Annual, June 22-25

The ALA Annual Conference offers you an unparalleled opportunity to enhance your knowledge, share your ideas, and network with experts from around the globe as you participate in one of the largest and most exciting library events in the world!

Following is a list of meetings and events for the International Relations Committee (IRC), the International Relations Round Table (IRRT), and other ALA Offices hosting programs with an international focus. Visit the International Relations Office website to learn more and to register.

“Give us your tired, your poor, your huddled masses: How libraries are serving immigrant and refugee populations”-- IRRT Preconference

International Relations Committee I (IRC)
1:00 pm - 2:30 pm

International Librarians Orientation


2:30 pm - 4:00 pm

IRC*/IRRT+ All Subcommittee Meeting
8:30am - 11:00am

Developing the Next Generation of Library Leaders in Africa
9:00 am - 10:00 am

BCALA Recruitment & Professional Development Committee, BCALA International Relations Committee
#460345 (AFL-BCALA)
9:00 am - 10: 00 am

Central American Connections
10:30 am - 11:30 am

Modern Language Association International Bibliography in Academic Libraries Discussion Group
10:30 am - 11:30 am

IFLA Global Vision Discussion
11:00 am - 12:00 pm

Libraries Saving Lives: Serving Immigrants and Refugees - IRRT Chair's Program
1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Using Innovative, Music-Based Outreach Programs to Reach Vulnerable Populations of All Ages

1:00 pm - 2:00 pm (

Support for Services to Immigrant and Refugees through Sister Libraries


4:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Equality, diversity and inclusion in Southeast/East Asia & Pacific Libraries


4:00 pm - 5:00 pm

How can a widespread international partnership between the United States and Nigeria benefit both nations? Engaging library school students, new and established professionals in vitally-needed discussions

8:00 am - 8:45 am (Conversation Starter)

Libraries supporting social inclusion for refugees and immigrants - IRRT's Paper and Projects Session
9:00 am - 10:00 am

International Poster Session
9:30 am - 11:00 am, Exhibit floor
Come to the Exhibit floor and find out about innovative programs and transformatve ideas that are shaping libraries all over the world.

Arab American Literature: A Librarian’s Guide
2:00 pm - 3:30 pm (EMIERT, ODLOS)
Project Welcome Recommendations and Action Plan: Implications for Libraries Serving Refugees
2:30 pm - 3:30 pm

Academic Library Services to International Students Interest Group

2:30 pm - 3:30 pm

Library Building Design in Germany: An overview
9:00 am - 10:00 am

How Libraries Abroad Address the Worldwide Refugee Crisis (ISLD program)

9:00 am - 10:00 am

International Librarians Reception
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
BB King's Blues Club, 1104 Decatur Street Join the ALA International Relations Round Table (IRRT) in welcoming and celebrating with librarians from more than 70 countries at the ALA Annual Conference. Open to all conference attendees. ALA President, Jim Neal, will announce the recipients of the ALA Presidential Citation for Innovative International Projects. Winners of the Bogle Pratt Award and the Humphry/OCLC/Forest Press Award for International Librarianship will be announced. Advance registration is required. International librarians registered for the full conference will receive one complimentary ticket. All tickets must be obtained in advance.  Register today!      

Sunday, June 3, 2018

ACRL Webinar on Editing Books on International Librarianship

Free ACRL Webinar on June 11: Editing Books on International Librarianship
Monday,  June 11 at 11 am CST (Chicago), 12 pm EST (New York)

Are you interested in learning about upcoming books and new trends in international librarianship and student services? Join ACRL for this webinar discussion with three editors who are editing volumes on these topics in LIS. They will also share their thoughts and perspectives on international librarianship and student services in libraries today; and the experiences of editing a book project.

Leila Rod-Welch, Outreach Services Librarian, University of Northern Iowa
Yelena Luckert, Director of Research and Learning, University of Maryland
Lindsay Inge, First Year Experience Librarian, University of Maryland

Follow this link to attend the webinar:

If you can't make it to the live session the webinar will be archived.

Wednesday, May 30, 2018

Call for papers: International Journal of Information, Diversity, & Inclusion - Diversity and Reading special issue

The IJIDI (International Journal of Information, Diversity, & Inclusion) invites submissions for a themed issue dedicated to research on the intersection of reading practices and diversity and inclusion in libraries, archives, information centers, cultural heritage institutions, museums, bookstores, publishing, and a wide variety of social-cultural, private, and geo-political contexts. Research generated by international scholars and/or focusing on reading around the world is particularly welcome.  

IJIDI welcomes a broad spectrum of submissions on any topics related to diversity and reading, including, but not limited to, topics such as:

  • collection practices and representations of reading interests of diverse groups of readers
  • conceptual considerations of reading in libraries, archives, and documentation centers, including theoretical ideas from information science, critical theory, reader response theory, new literacy studies, cultural theory, indigenous epistemology, etc.
  • history of reading as a reflection of diversity
  • publishing and diversity
  • impacts of reading interests/practices of librarians and/or library staff on library services to diverse groups of readers
  • impacts of digital technologies on reading practices of diverse groups of readers
  • preservation practices of texts from diverse cultures
  • reading as a means of cultural immersion
  • reading as a literacy practice of diverse groups of readers
  • reading and other leisure and entertainment practices in diverse communities
  • reading and information literacy in diverse populations
  • publishing, libraries, book trade, censorship, and reading practices around the world 
Shorter submissions for the special section are also welcome. These may include work in progress, reports from the field, student projects, and theory-to-practice pieces. 

Author Guidelines
Please consult IJIDI author guidelines at

Submission Process
Expressions of interest (up to 250 words - include your name, affiliation, topic of interest and how it relates to the theme "Diversity and Reading" sent to Guest Editor by June 15, 2018.

    •    Acceptance notices sent to authors by July 15, 2018
    •    Papers submitted by October 1, 2018.
    •    Publication scheduled for the April 2019 issue.
Please consult IJIDI submission timeline and process for details at

Any questions related to this issue should be addressed to Guest Editor, Vanessa Irvin, at 

Visit IJIDI’s website at for more information about the journal.

Sunday, May 27, 2018

Diversity by Design wins David Cohen/EMIERT Multicultural Award

Congratulations to Keren Dali (School of Library and Information Studies, University of Alberta) and Nadia Caidi (Faculty of Information, University of Toronto) on receiving the 2018 Ethnic and Multicultural Information Exchange Round Table (EMIERT) David Cohen/EMIERT Multicultural Award for their Library Quarterly article entitled Diversity by Design. The article introduces the concept of diversity by design and demonstrates that "diversity, broadly conceived, is foundational to LIS and that discounting or underappreciating its pivotal function may have a disintegrating effect on our practice, scholarship, and education." Read the full press release here.

ALA's David Cohen/EMIERT Multicultural Award recognizes recent articles that include significant new research related to the understanding and promotion of multiculturalism in libraries in North America. Works published within the last two years preceding the award application deadline are eligible to receive the award.

Learn more about the award at

Monday, May 21, 2018

Libraries, governance, and sustainable development

Libraries can play a role in promoting effective governance leading to sustainable development as part of their broader mission to provide access to information. 

IFLA's Committee on Freedom of Access to Information and Freedom of Expression has released a briefing outlining how libraries can support better policy-making, make it easier for citizens to engage with government services and make use of their rights, and help ensure transparency and accountability. Download the full briefing at

Tuesday, May 8, 2018

IRRT Chair's Program at ALA Annual

IRRT Chair's Program: Libraries Saving Lives: Serving immigrants and refugees
Saturday, June 23, 1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m

Global mobility and recent worldwide crises have led to an increase in immigrants and refugees seeking to improve their lives in sometimes unfamiliar countries and cultures. Libraries around the globe are responding to and welcoming the newcomers of all ages, languages, and nationalities into their communities. By developing services, programs, collections and spaces, they are assisting these particularly vulnerable populations with logistical and cultural adjustment through such programs as innovative language learning meet-ups, job-seeking guidance, and homework assistance. During this program, you’ll hear about how librarians in Malmö, Sweden; Cologne, Germany; and Kentucky, U.S., are using ground-breaking models and creating dynamic spaces to engage immigrants and refugees. Panelists will make suggestions on how you can adapt these ideas to transform your own libraries into socially inclusive spaces.


Dr. Hannelore Vogt,
Director of the Cologne Public Library, Germany

Torbjörn Nilsson,
Library Director Malmö City Library, Sweden

Sophie Maier,
Immigrant Services Librarian at the Iroquois Branch,
Louisville Free Public Library, Kentucky