Monday, June 13, 2022


2022 IRRT Papers and Projects session

Library Policies in a Time of Uncertainty and Controversy

Date and Time: Saturday, June 25, 2022 | 11:00am 12:00pm EDT
Location: Washington Convention Center, 147B

International presentations include:

The Evolution of Course Policies and Library Instruction at the American University in Cairo during COVID-19 Presented by Meredith K. Saba, The American University, Cairo, Egypt The presentation will examine how the AUC Library handled different instructional challenges over the past two years as the campus policies on COVID-19 shifted, and also what lessons were learned throughout the process while transitioning from an in-person model to all-online to a current hybrid/DD model. Policy successes, challenges, and suggested changes for the future will be discussed – specifically changes in AUC’s COVID policies overall and in the online learning policy that was developed for all courses.

Pathways to Practice Presented by Rae-Anne Montague, Chicago State University, Chicago, USA and Kuuleilani Reyes, Midkiff Learning Center at Kamehameha Schools, Kapālama, Hawaii, USA The presentation looks at examples of models and resources currently in use in school and public libraries and reviews recent information literacy initiatives that have been implemented to address critical concerns, provide strategic support for diverse informational needs including working directly with students and community leaders, and enhance educational leadership efforts. The presentation also considers ongoing challenges related to policies, representation, access, literacy, and misinformation - as well as some potential options for improving approaches and augmenting future engagement.

Moderated by Brea Henson and Felicia Chan, Co-Chairs of IRRT Papers & Projects Session Committee IRRT Paper & Projects Session Committee Website: ALA Website:

Tuesday, June 7, 2022

Upcoming LIS Talk: San Juan del Sur (Nicaragua) Biblioteca and the HJH Libraries for All Foundation

Interested in International Libraries? Join an upcoming talk about a unique library program in San Juan del Sur, Nicaragua:

The San Juan del Sur Biblioteca & The HJH Libraries for All Foundation
Featuring Jane Mirandette and the HJH Team
Monday, June 27, 2022 at 11am-1pm EST
In-person: University of Maryland McKeldin Library Room 6137
RSVP by emailing Lily Griner:
Zoom Livestream registration: tinyurl/com/HJHLibraries


Monday, June 6, 2022

CIFNAL Speaker Series on June 10: "Preserving and Disseminating Medieval French Manuscript Heritage : Current Research Programs and Future Perspectives at the Bibliothèque nationale de France"


Join us on June 10 at 12pm EDT for the last session of the CIFNAL Speaker Series.


To register:



Preserving and Disseminating Medieval French Manuscript Heritage : Current Research Programs and Future Perspectives at the Bibliothèque nationale de France

Heir to the collections of the kings of France, the Bibliothèque nationale de France holds one of the largest collections of medieval manuscripts in the world, with nearly 40,000 documents. This collection, which continues to grow through purchases and donations, covers all fields of knowledge and includes many illuminated manuscripts.  The BnF preserves and promotes this collection through its online resources (Archives and Manuscripts catalog, Gallica digital library, Mandragore database). The BnF also leads or participates in numerous national or international research programs and uses artificial intelligence technologies to exploit manuscript corpora in order to support new research practices and new appropriations of this French medieval heritage.

Charlotte Denoël is archivist paleograph and chief curator at the Department of Manuscripts of the Bibliothèque nationale de France where she is in charge of the medieval service. In 2019-2020, she was member of the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton.
Her research on the manuscripts focuses on the Early and High Middle Ages and addresses images in a transdisciplinary perspective. Manuscripts and their decoration are analyzed through the prism of cultural history, history of art, and iconography. Among her current projects are a survey of manuscripts illuminated in France during the 10thand 11th centuries (Harvey Miller) and a collective book about the links between medieval art and contemporary art (Brepols).
Charlotte Denoël curated four exhibitions on the art of the Early and High Middle Ages, “Trésors carolingiens” (BnF, 2007), “Les temps mérovingiens” (Musée de Cluny, 2016), “Make it New. 
Carte blanche à Jan Dibbets” (BnF, 2018), and “Chefs d’œuvre romans de Saint-Martial de Limoges » (Musée des Beaux-Arts de Limoges, 2019).
She participated in major research programs at the BnF which include digitization, scientific description, restoration, and/or dissemination of some corpus of manuscripts: Europeana Regia (2009-2012), Biblissima (2013-2019), and the Polonsky program “France-Angleterre, 700-1200: manuscrits médiévaux de la BnF et de la British Library” (2016-2018).








Hélène Huet, Ph.D. (she/her/hers)

European Studies Librarian

George A. Smathers Libraries

University of Florida | (352) 273-2771 | 539 Library West

Mapping Decadence | Hélène Huet

Spring 2022 Newsletter 

Research Guides: European StudiesFrench and Francophone StudiesGerman StudiesItalian StudiesPortuguese StudiesSlavic, Central, and Eastern European StudiesSpanish Studies

Tuesday, May 24, 2022

International Symposium - The Great Resignation era: attracting and retaining research library talent

 How can research libraries can attract and retain highly-skilled and talented staff within a highly-competitive and fluid employment market?


On 14 June, IARLA (ARL, CARL, CAUL, LIBER, RLUK) will host an international, virtual symposium to explore how, in the era of the Great Resignation and rising employee expectations, research libraries can offer a compelling and attractive career track to highly-skilled professionals, and how we can incentivise and retain our existing expertise. This will include how research libraries can navigate rising employee and candidate expectations around flexible working and the ways of mitigating the ongoing Talent Crunch.



Research libraries sit within an international and highly competitive job market. Many of the skills we require are highly sought after in other sectors, including the information, technology, wider education, and commercial communities, which can pay a premium for skills and talent. The recent rise in employee and candidate expectations around flexible working arrangements presents an additional challenge to recruiting and retaining talent amongst research libraries, especially when other sectors are now offering highly-attractive flexible working packages in response to the Talent Crunch and skills shortages. As a consequence, research libraries can find it difficult to compete for, and then retain, highly specialist and expert staff.


This symposium will explore the experiences of research libraries in attracting and retaining talent. It will explore the impact and opportunities of the ‘Great Resignation’ across our community, and the subsequent ‘Great Restructure’ within our institutions. Central to its discussions will be a consideration of how research libraries can retain highly-skilled talent within such a competitive and shifting job market, and communicate a compelling and attractive career track that does not necessarily depend on ‘above market’ salaries.


This event is free to attend and open to all. Find out more and register here.


Its on June 1st - ALA IRRT Webinar: Perspectives on International Digital Scholarship Collaborations... (Two presentations)

 Join us for the upcoming webinar:

Perspectives on International Digital Scholarship Collaborations During a Global Pandemic (Two presentations)

Date: June 1, 2022

Time: 1 pm PT/MST, 2 pm MDT, 3 pm CT, 4 pm ET

Registration Link:


1.  Title: Preserving International Relationships & Items in a Time of Covid

Description: In 2018, The Libraries became a partner with the Narrative Art & Visual Storytelling in Holocaust & Human Rights Education Project through new services offered through UVIC Libraries' "Grants Menu," which offers librarian and archivist expertise in digitizing, preserving, and making accessible project material. The Narrative Art Project pairs together Holocaust Survivors and graphic artists from across the world in order to co-create a graphic novel that provides witness to the Survivors' experiences. A close relationship formed between the artists and survivors as they talked, listened, and created together. In 2020, the close collaboration among the participants went online as a result of the COVID epidemic. This talk will address the promises and challenges of working on an international project, including issues of building capacity, digitization, working remotely, and training stakeholders in best practices for preservation and access.


Presenter:       Dr. J. Matthew Huculak is Head of Advanced Research Services & Digital Scholarship Librarian at the University of Victoria Libraries He holds a PhD in English Language & Literature and an MLIS with a concentration on archives and preservation. He is the founding Managing Editor of Modernism/modernity’s Print Plus platform, which won the Association of American Publishers 2019 PROSE Awards for “Innovation in Publishing.” His research focuses on libraries, 20th-century English literature, book history, and periodicals. He has served as Editorial Assistant for the James Joyce Quarterly, Project Director of the National Endowment for the Humanities funded Modernist Journals Project and is currently Director of the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council funded Modernist Versions Project and Co-Director of BC Open Textbook-funded Open Modernisms.



2.      Title: International Collaboration in Interesting Times: Salzburg, Skype, and Stefan Zweig

Description: In January 2020, an agreement was made between the Zweig Digital project team from the Salzburg Literature Archive and the Special Collections & Archives Division of SUNY Fredonia’s Daniel A. Reed Library to collaborate on a massive 40-year update to the arrangement, description, and finding aid of Fredonia’s renowned Stefan Zweig Collection, along with its complete digitization.  With plans to begin traveling internationally and working together starting that March in place, arrangements were made for the creation of internships to assist with the process and work with the collection materials, a workflow was created, and we were ready to begin the process!  Clearly, none of this happened as planned, but with some major help from technology, the willingness to experiment, and a little creative innovation, we were able to shift our workflows (and timelines!) in order to continue the project virtually. 


Presenter:       Amanda M. Shepp, MLS currently serves as the Coordinator of Special Collections & Archives in the Special Collections & Archives Division of SUNY Fredonia’s Daniel A. Reed Library.  She presents and writes on topics related to digital humanities and historical subjects within the realms of Spiritualism, Victoriana, and the Occult, including “A Peek Beyond the Veil: ‘Spiritualist Shorts’ at Lily Dale” (2020).  She has previously served as Library Director for the Marion H. Skidmore Library in the Lily Dale Assembly Spiritualist community and received the WNYLRC Excellence in Library Service Award in 2017 for her role in completely revitalizing the library and bringing it up to modern academic standards. Amanda also serves as the Secretary of the Festivals Fredonia Executive Board of Directors and is co-chair of the Harvest Moon Festival & Cemetery Tours.

Gina de Alwis Jayasuriya, PhD
Co-chair, ALA IRRT Webinar Committee &
Independent Researcher, Singapore 

Friday, May 20, 2022

Introducing the IFLA North America Regional Division

 The IFLA North America Regional Division is a new division of IFLA, the global voice of libraries.  We are reaching out to national and regional Library Associations across the USA and Canada to build more powerful advocacy with policy makers and to ensure that the benefits of engaging with IFLA are well known across North America.


Our NA Regional Division members are seeking your assistance!


By working cooperatively with existing library associations, other IFLA Regional Divisions and IFLA Headquarters, the NA Regional Division is identifying priorities for the region and defining and delivering on action plans that respond to these priorities. It is our goal to extend IFLA’s membership and reach and to work closely with you and your members to strengthen the voice of libraries.

As a support to the launch of the regional divisions, IFLA conducted a survey of our colleagues across the USA and Canada which informed our choice of the following key initiatives for the 2021-2023 term:


·         Sustainable Development Goals (SDG)
Ensure library workers in North America have the advocacy skills needed to demonstrate how libraries contribute to city, state and local governments efforts to achieve progress on the SDG’s. Our goal is to deliver webinars that will help libraries share stories about how we support the SDGs.


·         Enrich the IFLA Library Map of the World (LMW) with content from across NA
The LMW can be a powerful advocacy tool. It is intended to be a source of country-level library statistics, information about the library environment in each country and a unifying platform that provides access to Sustainable Development Goals stories. We will be adding the library descriptions and statistics for our countries so this can be a global resource about libraries in the USA and Canada.


·         Global Advocacy with a focus on Copyright

Raise awareness of library copyright issues among policy makers and governments. We will connect with library associations working in this area to learn what is needed for support and intend to collect copyright impact stories from the United States and Canada.


·         Regional Advocacy with a focus on Digital Inclusion
Perform a 360 degree review of North American initiatives, facilitate webinars, and develop recommendations of best practices.


·         Supporting Outreach – focus on expanding IFLA membership and build awareness across NA
Develop a white paper and deliver a webinar series to promote all the benefits of IFLA membership, encouraging library workers to join IFLA and participate in our global library community.


We are stronger together. Please do not hesitate to reach out to any of our NA Regional Division Members. We look forward to connecting with you soon!

Michael Bailou Huang, MLS, MEd, MS, L.Ac.
SUNY Distinguished Librarian
Director, Global Library Initiatives
Stony Brook University
Health Sciences Library
Health Sciences Tower, Level 3, Rm 136
Stony Brook, NY 11794-8034
Phone: 631.444.3794

Wednesday, May 18, 2022

IRRT Pre-Conference

Global Libraries As Advocates For Information Policy Change

Friday, June 24, 2022
8:30am - 1:00pm

The pandemic has raised our awareness and understanding of the need for information
policies that support the ability of libraries to serve their communities. What are the persistent
and new policy issues that libraries around the world must focus on? How can we strengthen
our ability to influence legislative and legal change, and participate in the political process on
the local, national, and global levels?

This pre-conference will provide opportunities for learning and sharing, on the impact of the
pandemic on information policy, a detailed look at several key policy areas, and how library
professionals can be effective advocates in the legislative and legal arenas.

Welcome Remarks
Jim Neal, IRRT Chair, Columbia University

Equity of Internet Access
Nicole Umayam, Arizona State Library

Impact of Pandemic on Information Policy
Joe Thompson, Carroll County Public Library

Copyright and Licensing
Sara Benson, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign

Deborah Caldwell-Stone, ALA's Office for Intellectual Freedom 

Library Professionals as Effective Advocates
Alan S. Inouye, ALA's PPA Office

To register:, please visit ALA's Annual registration page:
(EVENT CODE: IRR1). Fee includes registration, materials, and lunch.

Jim Neal
University Librarian Emeritus
Columbia University
ALA President 2017-18
ALA Honorary Member

ALA Member International Conference Participation Survey - Interest, Needs, and Barriers

Dear Colleagues,

You are invited to take the ALA Member International Conference Participation Survey - Interest, Needs, and Barriers. The Survey is initiated and developed by the ALA International Relations Round Table (IRRT) 2022 Emerging Leader Group. Your contribution will help inform IRRT's future initiatives and programs to empower ALA members' engagement in international conferences. 

Your participation is anonymous, voluntary, and will take about 15 minutes. 

The study has been approved by the West Chester University Institutional Review Board (IRB). If you have any questions about the survey, please contact Grace Liu at

Click this link to take the Survey.

The survey will be closed on May 31, 2022.

Thank you for your support and participation.

ALA IRRT Emerging Leader 2022
Elizabeth Dawson
Shoshana Frank
Tim Furgal
Olanike Olaniyi

IRRT Emerging Leader Member Guide
Grace Liu
Érica Saito