Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Nancy Bolt Receives 2016 John Ames Humphry/OCLC/ Forest Press Award

Nancy Bolt Receives 2016 John Ames Humphry/OCLC/
Forest Press Award

Nancy Bolt

CHICAGO — Nancy Bolt has been named the 2016 recipient of the American Library Association (ALA) International Relations Committee’s John Ames Humphry/OCLC/Forest Press Award, given to a librarian or person who has made significant contributions to international librarianship. The award consists of a prize of $1,000 and a certificate to be presented at the International Librarians Reception on Monday, June 27, at the ALA Annual Conference in Orlando. OCLC/Forest Press donated the cash award.

The ALA IRC Humphry Award Subcommittee recognized Bolt’s “undaunted passion” in making its selection, noting that her “work with local, national and international audiences has been significant and she has made a great contribution to the field of librarianship and international cooperation.” Currently president of the library consulting firm Nancy Bolt & Associates, her professional career has included stints with the Colorado State Library, the Maryland Department of Education and the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Click here to read the press release

Saturday, June 18, 2016

Two IRRT members, Maureen Sullivan and Nancy Bolt, received ALA awards this year



IRRT Members Maureen Sullivan and Nancy Bolt 

Received 2016 ALA Awards


Two IRRT members, Maureen Sullivan and Nancy Bolt, received ALA awards this year. 

 Maureen is the recipient of the ALA’s 2016 Joseph W. Lippincott Award.

Nancy is the recipient of the ALA’s 2016 Elizabeth Futas Catalyst for Change Award. 


Congratulations, Maureen and Nancy!


The ALA Award Ceremony will be on Sunday, June 26, 3:30 – 4:00 pm, OCCC – Chapin Theatre (W320). This will be followed by the Presidents Program featuring Diane Guerrero, Actress, an outspoken advocate for commonsense, comprehensive immigration reform, and White House Ambassador for Citizenship and Naturalization.

Sunday, June 5, 2016

Get Ready for Orlando!

Get Ready for Orlando!

John Hickok IRRT Chair June 2016 YouTube Video


IRRT Chair John Hickok gives a video preview of top IRRT programs to expect at Annual.

Check it out here:

Wednesday, June 1, 2016

[ELEARN] Call for Papers - ICGCTI2016 on Fifth WCCET - Malaysia

The Fourth International Conference on Green Computing, Technology and Innovation (ICGCTI2016)
- Part of The Fifth World Congress on Computing, Engineering and Technology (WCCET) -

Asia Pacific University of Technology & Innovation (A.P.U.)
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia | September 6-8, 2016

The event will be held over three days, with presentations delivered by researchers from the international community, including presentations from keynote speakers and state-of-the-art lectures. The conference welcome papers on the following (but not limited to) research topics:

- Information and Data Management
- Data Compression
- E-Technology
- E-Government
- E-Learning
- Wireless Communications
- Mobile Networking, Mobility and Nomadicity
- Ubiquitous Computing, Services and Applications
- Data Mining
- Computational Intelligence
- Biometrics Technologies
- Forensics, Recognition Technologies and Applications
- Information Ethics
- Fuzzy and Neural Network Systems
- Signal Processing, Pattern Recognition and Applications
- Image Processing
- Distributed and parallel applications
- Internet Modeling
- User Interfaces,Visualization and Modeling
- XML-Based Languages
- Network Security
- Remote Sensing
- Social Networks
- Information Content Security
- Mobile, Ad Hoc and Sensor Network Management
- Web Services Architecture, Modeling and Design
- Semantic Web, Ontologies
- Web Services Security
- Quality of Service, Scalability and Performance
- Self-Organizing Networks and Networked Systems
- Data Management in Mobile Peer-to-Peer Networks
- Data Stream Processing in Mobile/Sensor Networks
- Indexing and Query Processing for Moving Objects
- Cryptography and Data Protection
- User Interfaces and Usability Issues form Mobile Applications
- Mobile Social Networks
- Peer-to-Peer Social Networks
- Sensor Networks and Social Sensing
- Social Search
- Embedded Systems and Software
- Real-Time Systems
- Multimedia Computing
- Software Engineering

Researchers are encouraged to submit their work electronically. All papers will be fully refereed by a minimum of two specialized referees. Before final acceptance, all referees comments must be considered.

Important Dates
Submission Deadline    August 6, 2016
Acceptance Notification    August 16, 2016 or 4 weeks from the submission date
Camera Ready Deadline    August 26, 2016
Registration Deadline    August 26, 2016
Conference Dates    September 6-8, 2016

Register Now for the FREE "Library as Classroom" Mini-Conference

 Register Now for the Free Library as a Classroom Mini-Conference

The second of our three free Library 2.016 online mini-conferences: "Library as Classroom," is coming up soon! Register now to join us on June 15th, 2016, from 12:00 - 3:00pm US-Pacific Time (click for your own time zone), or to be able to watch the recordings at your convenience. There will be an hour-long opening keynote panel, three half-hour blocks with multiple choices of practitioner presentations, and then a half-hour closing keynote (see below).

In A New Culture of Learning, authors Douglas Thomas and John Seely Brown write, “Where imaginations play, learning happens.” This could and should define our services for now and in the future. The library as creative classroom means we approach the learning opportunities we create with thought, user-directed planning, and insights from research. This classroom may include physical spaces for instruction and discovery as well as online, multiscale platforms aimed at social learning and participation.

Libraries of all kinds serve as formal and informal creative classrooms, supporting learners by employing emerging strategies in learning and engagement. These include: play, collaborative exploration of ideas and technologies, and other innovations. There are notable examples of academic, public, and K-12 library spaces that have become creative classrooms. These feature community learning spaces to help learners achieve, game-focused initiatives that make the library a laboratory for exploration, creation zones with requisite digital and 3-D hardware for building things, and potentially endless opportunities to connect virtually with people worldwide.

The library as classroom requires inspired and insightful management that can do those things and more. The library as classroom also requires well-trained, user-focused staff who understand how people of all ages can learn socially. Art programs, DIY tinkering, locally sourced expert forums, and LOOCs (local open online courses) are all part of this ­curriculum.

This is a free event, being held online. Please register HERE to attend live or to receive the recording links.

Please also join this Library 2.0 network to be kept updated on this and future events.
Participants are encouraged to use #library2016 on their social media posts leading up to and during the event.

We are still accepting proposals for a limited number of slots for presenter sessions.

The sessions will be held in Blackboard Collaborate, and can be accessed live from any personal computer and most mobile devices. Verify that you are using a compatible version of Java (Complete Steps 1 and 2). Additional information will be sent with the final conference information after registration.

Michael Stephens
Assistant Professor in the School of Information at San Jose State University

Dr. Michael Stephens is Assistant Professor in the School of Information at San Jose State University. He presents to both national and international audiences about emerging technologies, learning, innovation, and libraries. Since 2010, Dr. Stephens has written the monthly column “Office Hours” for Library Journal exploring the issues, ideas, and emerging trends in libraries and LIS education. To review Dr. Stephen’s archive of work, visit his Tame the Web website and blog

Opening Keynote Panel: Defining the Library as Classroom

 Michael Casey
Information Technology Director for the Gwinnett County Public Library

Michael Casey is currently the Information Technology Director for the Gwinnett County Public Library in metropolitan Atlanta. Named a Mover + Shaker by Library Journal in March 2007, he co-authored (with Michael Stephens) “The Transparent Library” (2014, Amazon KDP) and he co-authored (with Laura Savastinuk) “Library 2.0: A Guide to Participatory Library Service” (2007, Information Today Press) and is a contributor to “Library 2.0 and Beyond” (2007, Libraries Unlimited). He and Michael Stephens co-authored a monthly column in Library Journal titled “The Transparent Library“. He has written and spoken extensively on the subject of modern library services. Michael holds an MLS from Southern Connecticut State, an MA in Political Science from Pennsylvania State University, and a BA from Duquesne University.

Opening Keynote Panel: Defining the Library as Classroom


Brian Kenney
Director of the White Plains Public Library

​Librarian, editor, and author Brian Kenney, Ph.D., is the director of the White Plains Public Library (NY) and a Contributing Editor to Publishers Weekly. ​Previously he was the editorial director of Library Journal and School Library Journal. His misspent youth was spent working in libraries in New York City, including the Brooklyn Public Library and the Metropolitan Museum. His research interest is in understanding the experience of adults reading for pleasure.

Opening Keynote Panel: Defining the Library as Classroom

Joyce Valenza
Assistant Professor in the Master of Information Program, Rutgers University

After completely 25 years of joyful practice as a teacher librarian in K12 education, Joyce Valenza joined the faculty of Rutgers University where she is an Assistant Professor in the Master of Information program. Joyce has worked in special, public, and school libraries. She recently published the Social Media Curation, a Library Technology Report for ALA. Joyce writes the NeverendingSearch Blog for School Library Journal and contributes to several other library and edtech publications. She is active in AASL, ALA, ALISE and ISTE and considers herself one of the godmothers of the #tlchat network. 


Jessamyn West
Library Technologist

Jessamyn West is a librarian and community technologist. She helps run the Internet Archive's Open Library project and writes a column for Computers in Libraries magazine. She works with small libraries and businesses in Central Vermont to help them use technology to solve problems.

Opening Keynote Panel:
Defining the Library as Classroom


 Sean Casserly
Director of the Johnson County Library

Sean has worked in the library field for more than 20 years. He has an undergraduate degree in Mathematics and a graduate degree in Library Information Science. He has been the Director of the Johnson County Library for the last 4 years. In his spare time he likes to travel with his wife and read.

Closing Keynote

Monday, May 9, 2016

Congratulations to IRRT Member - Dr. Clara M. Chu

Congratulations to Dr. Clara M. Chu

Dr. Clara M. Chu—an IRRT member—is this year’s recipient of the Chinese American Librarians Association’s 2015 CALA Distinguished Service Award!

Dr. Chu is the Director and Distinguished Professor at the Mortenson Center for International Library Programs of the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. She received her Ph.D. in Library and Information Science at University of Western Ontario in 1992. She has been a CALA life member since 1993. From 1990 to 2015, she was a library and information science educator at UCLS and UNCG. Since 2015, she has been the Director of the Mortenson Center for International Library Programs and Mortenson Distinguished Professor as well as a Professor in the Graduate School of Library and Information Science at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign.
Dr. Clara M. Chu is an outstanding leader. She has played many leadership roles as the Director of Mortenson Center for International Library Program at UIUC since 2015; Department Chair of School of Education at UNCG in 2010; Project Director for Academic and Cultural Enrichment Scholars, 2008-2014 (this project was funded through an UNCG IMLS grant with the amount of over $2 million dollars); Chair of Division IV of IFLA and member of Governing Board of IFLA; and the President of the Association for Library and Information Science Education.

Dr. Clara M. Chu is a prolific writer. She has published 37 peer-reviewed articles and chapters, and a book entitled, “Change and Progress in LIS Education.” She has been dedicated to diversity, multiculturalism and library education through her numerous research activities, over 200 scholarly presentations and many professional consultations. Dr. Chu’s contributions to librarianship, particularly to Chinese American librarianship, are immense. She has been active in IFLA, ALA, CALA, SALISE and other organizations. For IFLA, she was on Governing Board and as Chairs of committees and taskforces. For ALA, she was member of ALA Accreditation Taskforce, Diversity Working Group and Committee on Education. For ALISE, she was Vice President and President from 2013-2015. Being a live member of CALA since 1993, she has served as Board of Director, chairs of many committees and taskforces, and currently she has served as Liaison to IFLA.

Dr. Chu has also been recognized both nationally and internationally and received 26 awards and honors for her commitment to excellence in the profession including the 2012 CALA President Recognition Award. As a dedicated library and information educator and advocator for diversity and multiculturalism, Dr. Chu has applied for many grants, of which 51 have been granted including several large ones with the amount of $196,000, $862,014 and $889,401.

Dr. Chu will receive this award at the 2016 CALA Awards Banquet, Sunday, June 26, 2016, 6:00-8:30pm, at the Chuan Lu Garden Restaurant in Orlando, Florida (see

Wednesday, May 4, 2016

The Election Results Are In: IRRT's 2 Newly Elected Officers!


ballet box

This year’s ALA Election votes are in, and IRRT has two newly elected officers!

Chair-Elect: Loida Garcia-Febo, President, Information New Wave (  Loida is currently a Member-at-Large on IRRT’s Executive Board (

Member-at-Large: Richard Sapon-White, Head of Cataloging and Metadata Services, Oregon State University Libraries ( Richard is currently the co-chair of the IRRT International Papers Committee (

Thanks to the IRRT nominating committee, Julia Warga, Samantha Thompson-Franklin, and Min Chou for providing a strong slate of potential officers.

Results of all elections are now posted on the ALA website (

Thursday, April 21, 2016


Each year, the IRRT Chair’s Program features speakers who present on a specific theme

related to international relations and the library. This year, the theme for the IRRT Chair’s

Program is:

“Best Practices for Internationalizing Libraries: Public, School, Academic”

The IRRT Chair’s Program Committee seeks presenters willing to share best practices of any

variety. Have you developed any international programs at your library? Have you begun to

collect international materials to diversify your collection or connect with your local community?

Do you bring in speakers to discuss international events? Then we invite you to share your

practice with our audience!

Examples of topics (presentations are NOT limited to these topics; creativity is welcomed and


  •  providing diverse language materials or ESL/ELL/citizenship classes
  •  adding reading materials from other countries or multicultural resources
  •  outreach and instruction to international students, establishing overseas
  • partnerships, or visiting librarian programs
  •  international film programs

Presentation Format:

The program will be held Monday, June 27, 1:00-2:30pm  in the Orange County Convention

Center.  Each presentation—as either a PowerPoint or photos—will be between 5-10 minutes.

Bring your energy! Tell your story! Applicants are encouraged to consider creative and effective

presentations to connect attendees with the topic.

Deadline: All proposals must be submitted by April 25, 2016

Submission Guidelines:

Proposals should include:

1.      Title of the presentation

2.      A 150 - 250 biography of the presenters/panelists

3.      Name, title, institutional affiliation, and full contact information of the presenters/panelists

4.      An abstract of 150 - 300 words, describing their presentation

Proposals should be submitted to: IRRT Chair’s Program Co-Chairs,

Paula Smith and Jeremiah Paschke-Wood

“Best Practices for Internationalizing Libraries: Public, School, Academic”