Wednesday, July 1, 2020

Webinar: Libraries as Social Change Agents

Join IRRT Online for the upcoming Three-Part Webinar Series on:
Libraries as Social Change Agents

The International Relations Round Table (IRRT) Pre-Conference originally scheduled during ALA"s Annual Conference was cancelled due COVID-19. However, we are excited to announce that the three speakers originally selected for the pre-conference have agreed to present virtually. Committee co-chairs Drs. Gloria Creed-Dikeogu and Barbara Marson are hosting three webinars this summer as a series with the theme of Libraries as Social Change Agents.

Each webinar will last approximately 1 ½ hours – one hour for the speaker and 30 minutes for Q & A.

Webinar schedule:

  • Part 1: July 14, 2020,  8:00 am Pacific Time  |  10:00am Central Time | 11:00 am Eastern Time
Presentation: The Role of Libraries in Addressing Terrorism through Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs): the Case of Jomo Kenyatta Memorial Library, University of Nairobi, Kenya.
Presenters:  Dr. Dorothy Njiraine, Chairperson & Senior Lecturer, Department of Library and Information Science, University of Nairobi, Kenya.
                                     Nche Che, Student Librarian, University of Nairobi, Kenya.

Moderator: Donna Scheeder, Past IFLA President

Registration page (Zoom Webinar)

  • Part 2: Aug   4:    1 PM EDT
Jane Kinney Meyers   Including the Most Excluded with Digital Skills
  • Part 3: Aug 13:    1 PM EDT
Julie Ann Winkelstein Creating Social Change through Library Education

Monday, June 29, 2020

Save the date for Occupy Library 2020, 22-25th of September

Dear IFLA colleagues,

As you might have heard, we have been planning for a formative/funky/fab conference to bring together the innovative ideas that are implemented in libraries in the Central, Eastern European, Black Sea, Caucasus, and Caspian regions. We moved online, and we are excited to invite you to join us for Occupy Library 2020 Online, on September 22 - 25. And it is free-of-charge!

Our call for proposals is open until 1st of August, and we are looking for presentations of case studies and ignite talks on the following topics:
  • Serving communities in time of crisis
  • Partnerships for strong democracies  
  • Active citizenship in analog and digital format
  • Emerging tech trends to empower communities
  • Public spaces and community engagement
We also welcome proposals for open-themed interactive sessions, to cover other topics relevant to libraries and NGOs. The form of the session can vary from panel-discussions to interactive workshops of practical Labs, so you get to choose the theme, the speakers, and you also are in charge of moderating the session.  For more details, see the call for program proposals here: 
Come and share your knowledge and good practices with librarians and NGO professionals, and thus support best ways to make libraries more involved in their communities!

Having as many voices and ears from your section is extremely important for us, and we would be grateful if you let your members know about this opportunity, so please share the attached invitation with all library innovators and/or NGO professionals who would be interested in contributing.

We are looking forward to learning with&from you,

Anca Râpeanu
Occupy Library Organizing Team

Sunday, June 28, 2020

IRRT ALA Presidential Citation Award Ceremony and Happy Hour!


On behalf of ALA President Wanda Brown, the International Relations Round Table invites you to the virtual award ceremony to recognize this year's ALA Presidential Citation for Innovative International Library Projects.

Join us for a celebration to recognize these amazing projects and have some fun getting to know other IRRT members.

When: Jun 30, 2020, 01:00 PM Pacific Time  |  3:00 PM Central Time  |   4:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

Register in advance for this webinar:

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the this event.

Wednesday, June 24, 2020

2020 Best Practices from World Libraries photo gallery

The IRRT International Connections Committee has just released its 2020 Best Practices from World Libraries Photo Gallery website. 

Check out the thirty-six projects that were selected for inclusion, focusing on this year's theme of The Value of Libraries in Promoting Social Justice and Inclusion

This collection of photographs, curated by the International Connections Committee, was chosen because they “best illustrate libraries’ innovative services and impact in building strong communities around the world. These images demonstrate ALA’s core values of librarianship in promoting democracy, diversity, social responsibility, lifelong learning and professionalism.”

Tuesday, June 23, 2020

REALM study reveals initial findings of Coronavirus on library materials

The Institute of Museum and Library Services has released findings from the first phase of a project to develop and disseminate science-based information about how materials can be handled to mitigate exposure to the virus that causes COVID-19. 

Scientists have found that the SARS-CoV-2 virus is not detectable on five common library materials after three days: hardcover book covers (buckram cloth), the cover of softcover books, plain paper pages inside a closed book, mylar protective book cover jackets, and plastic DVD cases. More results will be released in July. 

Read more in the June 22 press release or on the WebJunction “Happening Now” project update page.

Free Webinars for Canadian Librarians & Researchers

Dear Librarians & Researchers

Please join us for a two-part virtual summit focused on Canada.  Both sessions are completely free and open to anyone who is interested in learning more about the topics.

Part 1: Open Research in Canada
On June 29th, we’ll delve in to the topic of Open Access in Canada. Patrice Weiss, Institutional Engagement Manager at Springer Nature, will present on OA publishing trends and policies in Canada, Springer Nature’s transition to OA and why we support gold, and how transformative agreements are driving the transition. Patrice will also touch on the challenges, Open Access for Nature, and transformative publishing.

Part 2: Springer Nature COVID-19 Research & Sustainable Development Goals
On July 15th, please join us for part 2 of our summit. Ben Johnson, Springer Nature's Head of Communities & Engagement, will give an update on the science around COVID-19 developments and will discuss Nature's Coronavirus Blog which he manages.  Then Timon Oefelein, Senior Account Development Manager at Springer Nature, will talk about Springer Nature and the United Nations' Sustainable Development goals, including a unique library-publisher collaboration in Europe surrounding this topic and what SDG data looks like in Canada.

Please feel free to contact me or Melanie Masserant ( with any questions. Hope you can join us!

Emily Esposito
Springer Nature
Customer Engagement Manager
One New York Plaza, Suite 4600
New York, NY 10004
O: +1 (212) 460 1740
C: +1 (267) 514 5477

Monday, June 22, 2020

IFLA CPDWL Newsletter June 2020 Issue Now Ready

From Ray Pun, ALA Representative to the IFLA Continuing Professional Development and Workplace Learning (CPDWL) Section:

Greetings to you all:
You can now access our June Newsletter at
You will find a totally new design, thanks to our most recent Newsletter team member Sara Ulloa.
Besides the regular columns and information about the CPDWL Section activities, two main topics dominate the content.
The first topic provides updated information on the WLIC 2021 programme that is being prepared by the various working groups. The second topic is an international report of the support provided library staff in times of COVID-19 in six countries around the world, compiled by Ulrike Lang. This report is complemented by an in-depth article about Italy written by Matilde Fontanin,
I hope you’ll enjoy reading this issue and will find its information relevant, inviting, and worth sharing with your networks.
Please continue taking good care of yourselves. All the best,
Juanita Jara de Súmar
Liaison Librarian (retired)
McGill University Library

Saturday, June 20, 2020

July 14th: IFLA/ ALA Webinar: “Mindfulness to Manage Workplace Stress and Microaggressions”

IFLA Continuing Professional Development and Workplace LearningIFLA New Professionals Special Interest Group, and the American Library Association invite of all you to take part in a free webinar “Mindfulness to Manage Workplace Stress and Microaggressions”. This meeting is a part of the webinar series “New Librarians Global Connection: best practices, models and recommendations“.
Date/time:  Tuesday, July 14th at 8 am PT, 10 am CT, 11 am ET (check your time zones here:

Description: Navigating workplace stress and microaggressions—verbal and non-verbal messages that are invalidating or demeaning—can be difficult in any profession, but is especially challenging in service-oriented professions like librarianship.  In addition to identifying and naming stressors and microaggressions, various tools can be employed to mitigate the negative effects of these encounters. This session will provide attendees with a framework—mindfulness—that can be used to help process the often-fraught interactions that may take place in our libraries. The webinar will be recorded. 
What will you find out on the webinar?
  1. You will understand the roles of microaggressions and workplace stressors.
  2. You will know how mindfulness can be used in workplaces in libraries.

A few words more about speakers:
Chippewa M. Thomas is a Professor of Counselor Education in the Department of Special Education, Rehabilitation, and Counseling and Director of the Office of Faculty Engagement at Auburn University. Thomas has published in journals such as the Journal of Counseling and Development, The Family Journal, Educational Gerontology, Journal of Specialists in Group Work, International, Journal of Thought Journal of Progressive Education and collaborated on book chapters in edited books. Thomas’ scholarship focuses on culturally competent counseling practice, social justice in action, community engagement/publicly-engaged scholarship, and wellness/vitality in higher education. She is active with several professional national and international counseling, education and outreach-scholarship affinity groups and organizations, and currently roster-listed as a Fulbright Specialist in Counselor Education.
Pambanisha Whaley is the Collections, Assessment, and Resource Management Coordinator at Alabama State University. Whaley has been an academic librarian for 15 years. Her research interests include: the role of minority library residencies in career advancement, the relationship between psychosocial factors and the success of library mentoring programs, and retention strategies for librarians from underrepresented groups.
Jaena Alabi is a Research and Instruction Services Librarian for the areas of English, psychology, and Africana Studies at Auburn University’s Ralph Brown Draughon Library. Her research interests include peer review of teaching for academic librarians, library collaborations with writing centers, and the effect of racial microaggressions on librarians and profession.