Monday, July 16, 2018

Call for Nominations-American Library in Paris 2018-2020

The International Relations Committee of the American Library Association announces a call for nominations for ALA Representative to the Board of Trustees of the American Library in Paris.

This two-year appointment would begin in September 2018 with the appointee having to cover costs to attend one board meeting a year in Paris. ALA does not provide financial support for the representative. The ALA representative is a non-voting member of the Board of Trustees.

The deadline to submit a nomination is August 10, 2018.

The representative should have a knowledge of U.S. public library management, broad professional contacts; knowledge of current library theory and practices; broad knowledge of library and library related organizations, information services, and networks; interpersonal skills, strong written and oral skills; experience working with international library associations or libraries, appreciation of views from different cultures.

If you are interested in being nominated please submit a letter of interest and resume or CV by email to

Visit the criteria and responsibilities page for more information.

Sunday, July 8, 2018

Sustainable Development Goals in American Libraries Today: Why Should You Care?

Join us for a free ALA webinar on Sustainable Development Goals in American libraries today
Thursday, July 19 at 9 am PST/ 11 am CST / 12 pm EST

Libraries are creating and cultivating new relationships with international communities and supporting these efforts. The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) were established in 2016 by the United Nations (UN) to guide developed and developing countries alike in their development efforts. Libraries and librarians are essential to municipal development and to help each one of the communities where we are. This free webinar will feature speakers who will share different perspectives on the SDGs and its role in American libraries in supporting their communities from sustainable practices to user engagement approaches. ALA President Loida Garcia-Febo will provide opening remarks on SDGs in the library profession.

Maria Violeta Bertolini, IFLA Advocacy Communications Officer
Gerald Beasley, University Librarian at Cornell University Libraries
Maria McCauley, Director of Cambridge Public Libraries
Gary Shaffer, Director of Library and Information Management at USC Marshall School of Business

How to participate:  Use the link below to connect the day of the webinar.
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The webinar will be recorded and archived at

Relevant Readings:
Access and Opportunity for All: How Libraries contribute to the United Nations 2030 Agenda

Examples of how libraries and library services contribute to development 

This webinar is presented through AdobeConnect. Requirements include internet access (high-speed connection is best) and media player software. Headphones are recommended. Check if your system supports this software using the links below.

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Monday, July 2, 2018

Call for proposals: Critical Librarianship and Library Management (ALAO)

The critical librarianship movement has shone light on many aspects of our profession and encouraged us to question why we do things the way we do them. One area underexplored in this moment, however, is library management: Are there management practices that need to be questioned or interrogated? Are there progressive practices that have not received the recognition they deserve?

ALAO (Advances in Library Administration and Organization) seeks submissions for the “Critical Librarianship and Library Management” volume that delve beyond examples and case studies to critically examine library management.

Proposals in the following areas would be of particular interest:
    •    Implicit bias and library management/operations
    •    Retention and hiring for diversity and inclusion
    •    Social justice in library leadership and management

If you are interested in contributing to this volume, please send a proposal including a
draft abstract of 500 words or less, author details and estimated length of final submission to Samantha Hines at by August 31, 2018.

Submission deadline for proposals: August 31, 2018
Notification of acceptance sent by October 31, 2018
Submission deadline for full chapters: February 28, 2019
Comments returned to authors April 30, 2019
Submission deadline for chapter revisions: June 15, 2019

This will be the first volume of Advances in Library Administration and Organization (ALAO) to publish in 2020. 

ALAO offers long-form research, comprehensive discussions of theoretical developments, and in-depth accounts of evidence-based practice in library administration and organization. The series answers the questions, “How have libraries been managed, and how should they be managed?” It goes beyond a platform for the sharing of research to provide a venue for dialogue across issues in a way that traditional peer reviewed journals cannot. Through this series, practitioners glean new approaches in challenging times and collaborate on the exploration of scholarly solutions to professional quandaries. 

Wednesday, June 20, 2018

The 2018 ALA Emerging Leaders Project with the IRRT

International Leads, Volume 33, Issue 2, June 2018
By Lindsay Taylor Inge,

If you attend ALA Annual 2018, please stop by our poster to learn more about our work! We are so excited about this project, and look forward to sharing it with you all. The Emerging Leaders Poster Session is held on Friday, June 22nd from 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. in MCC –Rm 345.

The American Libraries Association (ALA) Emerging Leaders (EL) Program is a long-running initiative to introduce new library professionals to the structure of ALA, while also providing networking and service opportunities at the national level. ALA members with 5 years of experience or less are invited to apply to the program, which is capped at 50 participants. Upon acceptance, ELs commit to attending the ALA Midwinter Meeting and ALA Annual Conference, where they have opportunities to met fellow leaders, participate in leadership workshops, and learn more about how ALA functions. ELs also commit to completing a group project over the duration of the 6-month program.

ALA divisions, units, round tables, committees, task forces, and working groups are invited to submit project proposals for consideration. ELs review project proposals, rank their top 5 choices, and are paired with other ELs who share their interests. The 2018 cohort of ELs include a group working on an International Relations Round Table project proposed by Loida Garcia-Febo, Chair of IRRT. The group is composed of 5 ELs: Twanna Hodge, Lindsay Inge Carpenter, Joi Jackson, Gina Kromhout, and Grace Liu.

The group is charged with identifying new emerging international leaders, building a model for ongoing international engagement in ALA, and developing recommendations for policy that encourage participation of international librarians in ALA. To address these questions, the group was asked to design, distribute, and analyze a survey of current IRRT members, with the goal of creating a database of responses for IRRT to consult when identifying new emerging international leaders. To respond to the second two charges, the group will write a white paper summarizing their recommendations for engagement and policy. These recommendations are based on survey responses as well as best practices gleaned from other ALA committees.

While working collaboratively in a virtual environment can be a challenge, our group has embraced this opportunity to contribute to IRRT’s work in a meaningful way. We began our work during ALA Midwinter, the very same weekend we first met and learned more about the charge. We developed a workplan, communication plan, and assigned group members to lead different aspects of the project. In the time since then, we have already completed stage one of the project, having distributed and analyzed a survey of current IRRT members. Under Grace’s leadership, the group developed a list of survey questions and solicited feedback from IRRT executive board members, resulting in a strong, detailed survey. We received about an 11% response rate, which is within the typical range for surveys of this kind. Once we finished collecting the data, Joi and Gina took the lead on analyzing the results, combing through qualitative responses and quantitative data to identify themes.

Twanna and Lindsay will take the lead on the project’s next two stages, which includes drafting a white paper report and a poster to share at ALA Annual. The white paper will summarize the survey results, and will include recommendations for encouraging engagement and out-reach to international members of IRRT.

The group thanks Loida Garcia-Febo and Delin Guerra for their support and encouragement throughout this project, without which our work would not have been possible. It has been a wonderful opportunity to learn more about ALA, IRRT, and the type of work that goes in to making an organization of this size run effectively.

For more on the American Library Association Emerging Leaders program, visit the website

Read more in the June 2018 International Leads at

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.