Saturday, April 4, 2015

Vote for your IRRT candidates!

Dear IRRT member:

Voting in the 2015 ALA elections is now open! Between March 24 and March 26, ALA sent emails to voters, providing them with their unique passcodes and information about how to vote online. Voters will receive email reminders throughout the election period—on March 31 and April 16. Voting may be completed in one sitting, or an individual may “park” a ballot and return at a later date. The polls will close at 11:59 p.m. Central time on Friday, May 1.  

An electronic guide to the 2015 ALA elections is available to inform members about the candidates and the election process. It contains general information about the ALA presidency, recent ALA presidential initiatives, and biographical information about the four presidential candidates.
This is your IRRT slate:
01.     o      ELIZABETH CRAMER
02.       o        ___________________________
                        (WRITE-IN CANDIDATE)

03.       o     JAMIE LUEDTKE
04.       o     ANGELIQUE SIMMONS

05.       o     ANTHONY J. ELIA

07.       o        SANDY HIRSH
08.       o        RAVIL VELI                            

Friday, April 3, 2015

Last Chance for Early Bird Registration!

Last Chance for Early Bird Registration!
Rates increase after April 3, 2015

Join us for
Building Bridges: Connecting Communities through Librarianship & Advocacy
The day will include a talk by keynote speaker Valarie Kaur, 
panels focusing on community issues, community connections, and more!

For more information, visit:



To make inquiries or to apply for the position, please contact Dr. Elizabeth Cramer at

Applications are due by: May 31, 2015.

International Relations Round Table (IRRT) International Leads Editor Volunteer. Position available beginning after the 2015 ALA Annual Conference in San Francisco.

Do you want to play a significant role in promoting international librarianship and the activities of the International Relations Round Table?  You can do so by volunteering to serve a two-year term as the editor of IRRT’s official publication International Leads (IL). 

IL Editor Description: 
The Editor of International Leads is responsible for the official organ of the International Relations Round Table, in conjunction with the IRRT Publications Committee and the IRRT Executive Board.

The purpose of IL is to disseminate information about international librarianship and the activities of the Round Table. IL seeks to support Round Table and Association objectives by bringing IRRT’s member news and articles that help them understand and react to recent developments in international librarianship.

Because IL is the official publication of the IRRT, the editor has a particular responsibility to convey to IRRT members and other readers full and accurate information on the activities, purpose and goals of the Round Table. Previous issues are available on the IRRT website at:

IL is published quarterly, edited by a member volunteer and uploaded to the IRRT website by the IRRT Webmaster.

The IL Editor will serve a two-year term, renewable once.  The term begins at the end of the 2015 ALA Annual Conference in and runs for two calendar (volume) years.   

·        Coordinate International Leads working with the IRRT Publications Committee and the IRRT Executive Board.
·        Have responsibility for the content, form and design of IL within the parameters of ALA and IRRT policies and in consultation with the IRRT Publications Committee, the IRRT Executive Board, the ALA International Relations Office (IRO).  
·        Seek manuscripts and encourage the submission of high-quality articles.
·        Review all submitted manuscripts in light of the philosophy, purpose, and general style of the publication.  Correspond with authors regarding acceptable, rewriting and resubmission, or rejection of articles. 
·        Edit and proof manuscript copy.
·        Assume final authority for all content in each issue of IL.
·        Serve as a non-voting, ex-officio member of the IRRT Publications Committee and the IRRT Executive Board.

·        Experience in publishing and/or journalism, either in editing or writing, sufficient to be able to produce a high-quality publication that addresses interests of the readership.
·        Effective communication skills.
·        Experience in or demonstrated knowledge of international librarianship.
·        Membership in the International Relations Round Table.
·        Attendance at both the ALA Midwinter Conference and the ALA Annual Conference is required.

Reports to:
IRRT Publications Committee
IRRT Executive Board

To make inquiries or to apply for the position, please contact Dr. Elizabeth Cramer,  Applications should include a brief statement about your interest in the position and a description of your skills and background relevant to the position.  Please include a current resume or CV.  Applications are due by May 31, 2015 for review. Applications in electronic format by email are preferable.