Monday, January 19, 2015

IRRT Schedule at ALA Midwinter 2015 in Chicago

Friday, January 30, 2015

International Relations Committee I
2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Location: Hyatt Regency McCormick - CC 10C

IRRT Welcome session
3:00 – 4:00 pm
Location: TBA (By invitation only)

Saturday, January 31, 2015

IRC/IRRT All Subcommittee Meeting* +#53070
8:30 am - 11:30 am
Location: McCormick Place - W190A
*IRRT Chair’s Meeting: 8:30 - 9:30 am
 IRRT Subcommittee meetings 9:30-10:30 am
 IRRT Subcommittee Reports 10:30 – 11:30 am

+ IRC Subcommittees:  9:00 - 11:30 a.m.
IFLA Update
10:30am - 11:30 pm
Location: McCormick Place - W176C

*Note: There will be an IRRT Chair Orientation session from 8:30-9:30 a.m., committee meetings from 9:30-10:30 a.m. and committee reports 10:30-11:30 a.m.


Sunday, February 1, 2015

IRRT Executive Committee Meeting
8:30 am - 11:30 am
Location: McCormick Place - W175B

Monday, February 2, 2015

International Relations Committee II
1:00 pm - 2:30 pm
Location: McCormick Place - W177

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Deadline extended! Call for papers for the IRRT Preconference

Leading from Any Position:  Libraries which are Leaders in their Communities and Librarians who Lead.
The American Library Association IRRT Preconference Committee invites proposals for presentations at the ALA Annual Conference in San Francisco on June 26, 2015.  The IRRT Preconference provides a forum for librarians interested in international librarianship to discuss the current and future state of librarianship.
The library profession is constantly adjusting to new technical developments, standards and innovative new services.  These changes may occur without additional funding, or in an environment where the relevance of library services may not be widely known, or may be questioned as larger institutions (governmental, educational or corporate) face rethinking of structures.  To survive and thrive libraries need to have strong leadership from within. Libraries need to be leaders in their communities in order to ensure they are full participants in the future of those communities.
This year the IRRT Preconference is inviting proposals from around the world addressing how to lead and how to nurture leadership of both individuals and libraries.  This year there will be time set aside for breakout sessions, during which each presenter will facilitate discussion related to his or her topic at a table. 
The following topics are suggested for presenters to consider, but other topics pertaining to the theme are also welcome:
Sustainable Community Based Library Projects in Developing Areas of the World
Public Libraries that have raised their profiles by taking the lead in Education, Career Preparedness and other Fields
University Libraries that have taken the lead in innovation at their Institution or more widely
Librarians leading positive change outside Management Structures
Projects to nurture leadership at all levels in any library
In the proposal, please provide
1.       Title of the presentation
2.      Abstract of the presentation (no more than one page or 300 words)
3.      Name, title of position, and affiliation of the presenter(s)
4.      Contact information (email address and phone number)
5.      Brief biographical statement of the presenter(s)’ credentials.
Please submit your proposal to: no later than February 13, 2015 All proponents will be notified by March 13, 1015.
The IRRT Preconference will be held on Friday June 26, 2015 in conjunction with the ALA Annual Conference (June25—June 30, 2015) in San Francisco.  It will be a half day program from 8:00 am to 12:30 pm. Up to six presenters will be selected and grouped into two panels.  Each presenter is expected to give fifteen minutes of presentation; there will be a very brief Q&A session after each panel. After the panels each presenter will facilitate a break out group on their topic, where more extensive discussions will take place.  Lunch will be provided in the meeting room 12:30-1:30 pm.
All presenters are encouraged to submit a copy of PowerPoint slides or full length paper by May 1, 2015 to be included in the preconference packets and published on the IRRT web site after the conference.

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

IFLA World Library and Information Congress Participation Grants

Posted from IFLA listserv:

It is our great pleasure to announce that the IFLA World Library and Information Congress 2015 has made available funds to provide support for 20 delegates to attend IFLA WLIC 2015 by waiving their registration fee.
Additional expenses need to be covered by other sponsorship or by candidates themselves. 
Priority is given to those applicants:
·         who are a first time attendee to the World Library and Information Congress
·         and who are a member of their National Library Association and whose application is supported by that Association in the form of a letter.
Applications should enclose:
·         curriculum vitae
·         your motivation concerning the professional benefit of attending the conference (max. 200 words)
·         support letter from your national library association
Applications should be submitted to:
Submission deadline
1 March 2015
Ms Josche Ouwerkerk
Manager, Conferences and business relations
IFLA Headquarters
P.O. Box 95312                    Tel: +31-70-3140884
2509 CH The Hague          Fax: +31-70-3834827

Saturday, December 27, 2014

Accepting nominations for the 2015 Bogle Pratt International Travel Fund,

The American Library Association (ALA) is accepting nominations for the 2015 Bogle Pratt International Travel Fund, sponsored by the Bogle Memorial Fund and the Pratt Institute School of Information and Library Science.  An award of $1,000 is given to an ALA member to attend their first international conference. The nominee must have been an ALA member for one full year.
The deadline for nominations is Jan. 1, 2015.
The award is in recognition of Sarah Comly Norris Bogle, a prominent U.S. librarian who made notable contributions to children’s librarianship, international library service and library education.
Application forms can be found on the Bogle Pratt site or by calling the International Relations Office at (800) 545-2433, ext. 320.  Email:

Nominations for the ALA Presidential Citation for Innovative International Library Projects

The ALA Presidential Citation for Innovative International Library Projects began as an ALA Presidential initiative of Dr. Loriene Roy, ALA President in 2007-2008 and Notable IRRT Member. Citations to recognize innovative contributions to international librarianship are awarded each year by the ALA President at the International Relations Round Table (IRRT) International Librarians Reception during the ALA Annual Conference. Projects must be nominated by an ALA member or an individual with an IFLA affiliation. Nominators may submit nominations for more than one project. In order to nominate a library project, nominators must complete the Nomination Form and submit it to the International Relations Office by e-mail or regular mail. Deadline: January 1. 

Nominations Sought For Humphry/OCLC/Forest Press Award for International Librarianship

The American Library Association is accepting nominations for the 2015 John Ames Humphry/OCLC/Forest Press Award for International Librarianship. The deadline for nominations is January 1, 2015.
The award consists of a prize of $1,000 and a certificate, which are presented at the International Relations Round Table Reception at the ALA Annual Conference. The award is given to a librarian or person who has made significant contributions to international librarianship.
Created on the occasion of the retirement of John Humphry as Executive Director of Forest Press, publisher of the Dewey Decimal Classification, the award recognizes Humphry's far-ranging work to internationalize the English language editions of Dewey and to ensure that translations were adapted to meet the needs of other cultures and countries.
For additional information, please visit the Humphry/OCLC/Forest Press Award.

Friday, December 26, 2014

Deadline extended! Call for papers for the IRRT International Papers Session

The American Library Association, International Papers and Projects Committee invites proposals for presentations to be made at the next ALA Annual Conference in San Francisco, California, USA.  Presentations will be delivered at the International Papers Session scheduled for June 27, 2015.

The International Papers and Projects Program provides librarians with an opportunity to exchange information about library services, collections and projects throughout the world.  The program also serves to stimulate the interest of U.S. librarians in international library matters. Through its International Papers Committee, ALA’s International Relations Round Table (IRRT) invites librarians to submit a presentation proposal.  The 2015 International Papers and Projects Program theme is:

Learning from One Another: Mentoring Across and Within Borders

Mentoring is an effective way of assisting people to progress in their careers through a partnership between two people, an experienced mentor and a less experienced mentee.  Formal mentoring programs exist in librarianship as in other professions and may be found within libraries, library associations, or other professional settings.

This program will feature presentations on mentoring projects and programs from around the world. Presenters are encouraged to consider the theme from diverse angles. Possible topics may include, but are not limited to:

·       Mentoring programs that are international in scope
·       Analysis of successes and obstacles of intra-national mentoring
·       Mentoring as part of sister library partnerships
·       Comparison of mentoring programs in different countries
·       How mentoring across borders has strengthened international connections

Proposals will be selected based on their originality, clarity, and adherence to the theme.  Proposals should be evaluative and not merely descriptive.  Descriptions of mentoring programs that have not been implemented will not be considered.

Proposals, presentations, and papers must be written and delivered in English, which is the working language of the program.

Proposals should include:
1.    Title of the presentation
2.    Name, title, institutional affiliation, and full contact information (including a valid e-mail address) for each  presenter
3.    Abstract (300-500 words)
4.    A short biographical profile of each presenter

Proposals should be submitted electronically (as a single Microsoft Word or PDF attachment) to International Relations Office via email to with a copy to and
Deadline for submitting proposals is January 16, 2015. 

Three official and three (3) alternate proposals will be selected. Alternate proposals will be ranked and considered in place of official ones in case substitutions are necessary. All presenters will be notified of the selection results by February 6, 2015.

The International Papers and Projects Program is 1.5 hours total.  Presentations should run about 20 minutes each, followed by a Q & A session.  Presenters are encouraged to prepare a dynamic and interactive presentation, incorporating visual prompts, technologies, games, questions for the audience, etc. PowerPoints are common, but speakers who want to read a paper or refer to it are welcome to do so.  Optionally, presenters may submit a formal paper (5,000-10,000 words), to be published on the International Papers Committee website.We would like to invite you to view previous presentations listed on IRRT's International Papers and Projects Session Committee site.

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

7th Qualitative and Quantitative Methods in Libraries International Conference


7th Qualitative and Quantitative Methods in Libraries International Conference

Dear Colleagues and Friends,
It is our pleasure to invite you in Paris (IUT-Descartes University, 26-29 May 2015) for the 7th Qualitative and Quantitative Methods in Libraries International Conference (QQML2015, which is organized under the umbrella of ISAST (International Society for the Advancement of Science and Technology, a non-profit organization).
If you already have sent your submission ignore this message. Just download and communicate the attached Conference Poster (a nice view of Paris).
However, you can visit the QQML Journal website at to see the fast growing statistics and find our connection with EBSCO and DOAJ for paper downloads.
This is the seventh year of the conference which brings together different disciplines on library and information science; it is a multi–disciplinary conference that covers the Library and Information Science topics in conjunction to other disciplines (e.g. innovation and economics, management and marketing, statistics and data analysis, information technology, human resources, museums, archives, special librarianship, etc).
Please direct any questions regarding the QQML 2015 Conference to the secretariat of the conference at:  
Looking forward to welcoming you in Paris,
With our best regards,
On behalf of the Conference Committee
Anthi Katsirikou, PhD
Conference Co-Chair
University of Piraeus Library Director
Head, European Documentation Center
Board Member of the Greek Association of Librarians and Information Professionals
Joumana Boustany, PhD
Local Chair
Université Paris Descartes - Institut Universitaire de Technologie
DICEN-IDF, Dispositifs d'Information et de Communication à l'Ère du Numérique en Ile de France. EA7339, CNAM