Monday, April 16, 2018

Free webinar: Can the library do everything?

 IFLA and ALA present “Can the library do everything? The changing role of librarians and the library as a space of social inclusion.” 

April 20, 2018 at 11am CT/ 12pm ET/5 pm UTC

The growth of political polarization throughout the world has prompted many librarians to reexamine various professional roles within the library and in relation to social justice and community engagement. This webinar will examine the changing role of the library and ways to engage and account for the needs of users from marginalized communities, as well as those who are veterans, transfers, and scholars from diverse backgrounds.

Please join us for a discussion on this timely topic here:

For more information about this webinar, visit

Kelly McElroy is the Student Engagement and Community Outreach Librarian at Oregon State University Libraries & Press. 

Magali Sanchez works in Latinx/Spanish outreach services at the Newberg, Oregon Public Library.

Dr. Mei-Mei Wu is a Professor and the founding chair of the Graduate Institute of Library & Information Studies of National Taiwan Normal University.

Sunday, April 15, 2018

2018 IRRT election results

Congratulations to our incoming and continuing IRRT Executive Board members:
    •    Chair-Elect: Richard Sapon-White
    •    Member-at-Large: Florence N. Mugambi
    •    Round Table Councilor: Sandy Hirsh

In addition, the following IRRT members were elected as ALA Councilor-at-Large:
    •    Chris Corrigan
    •    Julius C. Jefferson Jr.
    •    Alexandra Rivera
    •    Eric D. Suess
    •    Joan Weeks

Thank you to all IRRT members for voting in this year’s ALA Election.

We also wish to thank the IRRT nominating committee (Laila H. Moustafa, Ambrogino A. Giusti, Samantha Thompson-Franklin, and Julia Warga) for providing a strong slate of candidates.

Tuesday, April 10, 2018

Call for submissions: IFLA Metropolitan Libraries Short Film Award 2018

The IFLA Section on Metropolitan Libraries announces the 3rd IFLA Metropolitan Libraries Short Film Award for 2018, sponsored by the Free Library of Philadelphia and Pikes Peak Library District.

The award is part of A Corto di libri, a contest for short films about libraries and librarians, organized by Associazione Italiana Biblioteche (AIB). The contest has three Sections: Fiction, Documentary and Advertising.

The IFLA Metropolitan Libraries Short Film Award is given to the best short film about public libraries in large cities and metropolitan areas, among all the submitted films.

Both individuals and institutions are eligible to apply.

The short films competing for the 2018 IFLA Metropolitan Libraries Short Film Award will be projected and voted by the participants of the IFLA MetLib Conference in Belgrade, Serbia (May 13-18). In addition, the Chair (or a delegate) of three IFLA Sections (Audiovisual and multimedia, Metropolitan Libraries and Public Libraries) have the right to vote on-line.

The winner of the IFLA Metropolitan Libraries Short Film Award will receive:
  • if a library, € 1,000 as a contribution to travel expenses to the IFLA World Library and Information Congress in Kuala Lumpur (August 24-30, 2018);
  • if an individual film-maker, € 1,000 in film-making equipment.
The winner will be announced and awarded at the IFLA World Library and Information Congress in Kuala Lumpur. An event is planned to be organized at a local public library branch during the Congress.

Read the complete Submission Rules for A Corto di Libri.

Applications must be submitted by email before 28 April 2018 to  

Full information about the award can be found here.

Monday, April 2, 2018

New book: Asian American Librarians and Library Services: Activism, Collaborations and Strategies

IRRT member Ray Pun (with Janet H. Clarke and Monnee Tong) has recently co-edited a new book on the experiences and perspectives of librarians, particularly Asian Pacific Americans supporting the Asian Pacific American community.

Asian American Librarians and Library Services: Activism, Collaborations and Strategies covers best practices, case studies and perspectives of library leaders in supporting diversity efforts from digitization programs to professional development to public programs for the APA community including international students from Asia. The foreword, written by Dr. Clara Chu on how this “first” book on Asian Pacific American librarianship will inspire future scholarships and research on this topic, and extend community engagements and resources for diversity and inclusivity efforts in libraries and the profession at large. Other notable IRRT contributors include John Hickok (Past IRRT Chair, CSU Fullerton), Haipeng Li (UC Merced), and others!

 Find more information about the book here:

Tuesday, March 27, 2018

International Summer School in Stuttgart, Germany

Socially committed, innovative, accessible to all: Libraries of the future contribute to the United Nations Agenda 2030
23 - 28 July 2018 at Stuttgart Media University, Germany

Stuttgart Media University is pleased to announce its LIS Summer School 2018 as a joint project with the Goethe-Institute. The 2018 Sumer School will be held in Stuttgart, Germany from July 23 to 28, 2018.

Students of Library and Information Science (LIS) and related fields together with LIS practitioners are invited to join in and work collaboratively in an international setting.

The week comprises four seminars approaching the theme "Libraries of the future contribute to the United Nations Agenda 2030" from different perspectives. It offers opportunities to discuss the mission of libraries of being socially committed, innovative and accessible to all.

The summer school aims to:
  • explore the opportunities and challenges of change and development in libraries and information services
  • discuss different aspects of the future of libraries and information management
This year's Summer School is divided in two consecutive slots. Each of them comprises two parallel seminars so that participants can attend two seminars during the week. Each seminar is embedded in preceding and subsequent e-learning phases. All seminars are held in English.

July 23 to 25 (first time slot) 
  • Seminar 1: Lobbying and Advocacy: How to promote libraries by changing the world in partnership
  • Seminar 2: New ways of learning in a digital society: Open Educational Resources
July 26 to 28 (second time slot)
  • Seminar 3: Re-design the library!
  • Seminar 4: Open Data and Open Government
For more information on the programme, visit:

To register for the Summer School, visit:

Sunday, March 25, 2018

IRRT Chair’s Webinar: Making Connections

Making Connections and Making Changes: The Sister Libraries Program of ALA's International Relations Round Table

April 4, 2018 from 2:00-3:00pm EST

This webinar will discuss the details of ALA's Sister Libraries program. Are you interested in partnering your library with a library in another country? Find out some of the best methods for seeking a partner library, the steps in planning your partnership, and suggested activities. Know what to expect so that you can more easily involve others at your library. We will walk you through the partnering process and the resources on our website. Plus, we will share highlights and recommendations from the evaluation of the Sister Libraries program, recently completed by a group of Emerging Leaders: What's next for Sister Libraries?

We hope you'll join us for this free session. Join the meeting at 

This webinar will be recorded and will be archived on the IRRT website.

Wednesday, March 21, 2018

IRRT Chair's Program: Libraries Saving Lives: Serving immigrants and refugees

Saturday, June 23, 1 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

Monday, March 12, 2018

ALA Free Pass Program for Guadalajara International Book Fair

The ALA Free Pass Program is officially open!

If you are involved with Spanish books acquisitions and have a budget to buy books, the Guadalajara International Book Fair (FIL) is the place to visit. Enjoy the finest selection of books and preserve the cultural traditions for your Spanish speaking readers. You can find more than 300,000 titles for children, academics, young adults and more.

This special program developed by FIL Guadalajara and the American Library Association is directed to all members of ALA. You will meet colleagues from different libraries around the world and share experiences during the Annual Gala Dinner, sponsored by publishing houses and distributors. You will also share the exhibition floor with more than 20,000 professionals of the publishing industry.

Register now and obtain the following benefits:
  • Three nights of lodging for free, three continental breakfasts (six nights if you share with another ALA member)
  • Free registration (a badge to enter the fair)
  • $100 USD airfare reimbursement (courtesy of ALA)
  • Publication of data in the Professionals catalog
  • Access to services in the Business Center for professionals
  • Additional $100 USD  or $1900 Mexican Pesos of airfare support for the first 100 librarians that have been accepted in the ALA Free Pass Program and have purchased their ticket before October 2nd, among a dozen other benefits.
Register until September 8th. More information here