Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Thank you for considering an IRRT Committee Appointment. Part 2: Requesting an Appointment

This spring IRRT moved to a Drupal based appointment process. This vastly improves the appointment process. Thank you for your persistence in working with us through this migration!

How to use the IRRT Volunteer Form

About the Form

People interested in serving on an IRRT committee must now complete a special online form. The online volunteer form collects information about your background, the kind of work you would like to do, and the names of groups to which you would like an appointment.

Accessing the Form

  • Go to the ALA web site (
  • Click on "Log In" in the upper right hand corner of the home page. Enter your ALA login and password. Please Note: you cannot access the form if your ALA membership is not current.
  • Next, go to the Committee Volunteer form at:
Committee Volunteer Form
[Note: If you did not log in at, you'll first be taken to the generic ALA login screen before you can proceed to the Committee Volunteer Form.]

Completing the Form
  • On the welcome screen will be a dropdown box. Make sure that you click on the box to open the dropdown menu.  Click on IRRT. Then click CONTINUE.
  • Clicking CONTINUE gets you to the first page of the form. Fill out as much information as you can. Then scroll down to the bottom of the page.
  • At the bottom of the first page is another selector drop down for locating the groups for which you want to volunteer. First select IRRT, then click CONTINUE. You will now see a listing of all IRRT Committees.
  • Remember that you can have up to 3 ALA appointments a year.
  • Select from 1 to 3 IRRT committees. After making your selections, click CONTINUE to access a review page to verify your selections
  •         Clicking SUBMIT on the review page enters your form in the database and creates a final receipt page which details your volunteer requests through the most current session. You may want to print this page for your records.
        If this works, John Hickok, 2014-2015 IRRT Chair-Elect can then go online to review your committee requests and to verify that there is an opening on the committee(s) you have selected. Later you will receive an email message inviting you to accept a specific appointment!

If you want a Committee Appointment. Part I

Thank you for considering an appointment—or a reappointment—to an IRRT Committee! Most of the work of IRRT is handled through a dozen committees. They are involved with planning programs at the ALA Annual Conference such as the international posters session, the international papers program, the Chair’s program, the international pre-conference, and the international orientation. They organize the on-site mentoring program and international visitors’ center as well as the international reception. They manage the IRRT awards and publications and help provide guidance on how to establish and continue Sister Libraries arrangements.

You might know which committee you would like to work with. Even so, it is a good idea to find out the committee’s charge and duties of its officers and members.

The Manual is linked from the IRRT Website.
  • ·         Go to
  • ·         Move your cursor to the ROUNDTABLES pull-down menu on the top
  • ·         Click on IRRT
  • ·         Click on ABOUT IRRT on the left
·         Scroll down this page to the ABOUT IRRT heading. Click on the .pdf document here!

Individual committees have their own areas on the website. Click on COMMITTEES on the left hand column of the ABOUT IRRT page. Scroll down the page and click on the link to the committee that interests you. This content will give you an idea of recent activities of the committees.

Next: how to let the IRRT Chair-Elect, John Hickok, if you’re interested in a committee appointment.

Friday, May 18, 2012

Grants for Innovative Libraries in Developing Countries

From: Kikandwa Rural

The next round of grants for innovative libraries in developing countries from the Elsevier Foundation is now open to support the efforts of libraries to enhance the quality of life in developing countries by advancing knowledge in science, the social sciences technology and medicine. The Foundation provides one, two and three year grants to libraries in the developing countries and supporting organizations to help fund:
  • Programs to enhance library infrastructure, technology or information services in ways that significantly expand their ability to make STM (scientific/social sciences, technical and medical) information available to those who need it — researchers, clinicians, students, policymakers and the wider public
  • Programs that expand library information resources in the developing world through digitization or preservation of information that advances science, health, the environment, and indigenous knowledge.
  • Training and education programs for library staff, students or researchers, contributing to sustainable improvements in the library’s capacity to provide STM information in the developing world.
  • Partnerships between libraries in the developing countries and institutions in the developed countries to provide technical assistance or training. Developed country partner organizations include libraries, learned societies, universities, intergovernmental organizations and other non-profit organizations.
Please note that in 2012 a new two step application process has been implemented to streamline the submission and review process. First round applications will be accepted through June 24th through the Foundation’s online application system. In early July shortlisted candidates will be announced and invited to submit a full proposal in the second round. Grant recipients will be announced in December 2012. Deadline: 24 June 2012 For more information, visit this link. Source Link:

Kibaya Robert Executive Director/ Founder Kikandwa Rural Communities Development Organization - KIRUCODO, Organization in Special status with the Economic and Social Council of the UN since 2011 P.O.BOX 494, Kikandwa Village, Mukono, Uganda. Phone: +256-712-848448, +256-414-670686 NGO Reg. No. S.5914/6476