Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Resources to serve immigrants and refugees: IRRT Chair's Webinar

IRRT Chair's Webinar: Resources to serve immigrants and refugees

December 5, 2017
1:00-2:00 p.m. Central Time (Chicago Time)

Join us on December 5, 2017 to learn about resources
to help you serve immigrants and refugees such as Libraries Respond, Project Welcome, and Refugee Libraries. Librarians and information workers are providing programs and services that build community while enriching and saving the  lives of immigrants and refugees. The International Relations Round Table (IRRT) wants to be part of and support these efforts.

The panel of speakers includes:

Kristin Lahurd, Literacy Officer in the American Library Association’s Office for Diversity, Literacy and Outreach Services (ODLOS)
Libraries Respond:
Clara Chu, Director and Mortenson Distinguished Professor, Mortenson Center for International Library Programs
Project Welcome:

Christian Zabriskie, Administrator, Yonkers Public Library System and Executive Director, Urban Librarians Unite
Refugee Libraries: 

This free event does not require registration. Simply join us on December 5th at the following meeting link:

Tuesday, November 28, 2017

Nominations open for ALA Presidential Citation for Innovative International Library Projects

The International Relations Round Table (IRRT) invites you to submit a nomination for the ALA Presidential Citation for Innovative International Library Projects
The citation began as an ALA Presidential initiative of Dr. Loriene Roy, ALA president in 2007-2008 and Notable IRRT Member. Citations 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. In an effort to recognize many diverse and worthy projects as possible, only one library project must be submitted by the nominator. To nominate a library project, nominators must complete the nomination form and submit it to the International Relations Office by email or regular mail. Distinct projects by an individual, group or organization may be nominated separately in the same year. However, it is unlikely that the citation will be awarded for more than one of the projects. Past recipients of the ALA Presidential Citation for International Innovation may be considered only for new innovative projects. Citations recognize innovative projects that result from the work of an individual, group or organization.
The deadline for nominations is January 1, 2018
Nominations are submitted to the ALA International Relations Office (email: for review by the IRRT Advisory Award Committee on the ALA Presidential Citation for Innovative International Library Projects.
The following criteria will be used in selecting recipients.
  • the recipient will have designed and implemented a highly visible innovative library service(s) in a country outside of the United States within the last three years;
  • the innovative service(s) must be unique, original and greatly improve existing library services for users;
  • the service(s) should draw attention to the potential of library service/s to creating positive change;
  • the service(s) must demonstrate a strong likelihood of sustainability and have potential to serve as a model for other libraries;
  • the service(s) must be current, that is, it must be in operation during the year that the Citation is awarded.
For more information and to download the application, visit:

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Apply for the EIFL Public Library Innovation Award

The new EIFL (Electronic Information for Libraries) Public Library Innovation Award for public library services that improve lives is open for applications. 

The award is open to all public and community libraries in developing and transition countries that use digital technology (ICT) to improve lives in their communities by addressing any of the following issues, which are included in the UN 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.
  • Economic wellbeing and employment
  • Farming and sustainable agriculture
  • Health and hygiene
  • Digital inclusion
  • Gender equality and empowerment of women and girls
  • Education for all
  • Climate change and other issues affecting the environment
Learn more about the award at

The prize includes US$1,500 and wide publicity through EIFL’s global communication channels and networks.

The deadline for submitting applications is 11 January 2018. 
Applications will be accepted in English, French, Russian and Spanish.

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

IRRT Papers & Projects Committee Call for Propsals for ALA Annual Conference 2018

The American Library Association's International Relations Roundtable Papers and Projects Committee invites proposals for presentations to be made at the next ALA Annual Conference in New Orleans, Louisiana, USA. Presentations will be delivered at the International Papers Session scheduled in June 2018. 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. We invite presentation proposals based on the International Papers and Projects 2018 theme: 

Libraries supporting social inclusion for refugees and immigrants 
UNESCO emphasizes the importance of social inclusion for international migrants and encourages cities and local governments to "ensure social rights for migrants to adequate housing, education, health and social care, welfare and decent standard of living according to basic needs such as food, energy and water.” Libraries can play an important role in helping new arrivals acclimate and thrive in a new community. 

Do you have a story to share about how your library, on its own or in collaboration with community organizations, is providing social services and support for refugees and immigrants? Do you have advice on creating successful programming to support refugees and immigrants?

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 the International Relations Office via email at with a copy to and 

Deadline for proposal submissions is December 31, 2017
Four proposals will be selected to present at the ALA Annual Meeting in June 2018. Notification of acceptance will be emailed by February 15, 2018. 
The International Papers and Projects Program is 1.5 hours total. Presentations should run about 20 minutes each, followed by a question-and-answer 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. 
View previous presentation titles on IRRT's International Papers and Projects Committee website at 

Sunday, November 5, 2017

ISIC 2018 Call for Proposals

The planning committee invites submissions of full papers, short papers, workshops, and panels to ISIC 2018: The Information Behaviour Conference held at Jagiellonian University in Kraków, Poland, 9-11 October 2018.

ISIC conferences have a reputation for being an arena for discussing challenging work concerning people’s contextualised interactions with information of various kinds. Keynote lecturers are Professor Lisa M. Given, Swinburne University of Technology; Professor Paul Dourish, University of California, Irvine; and Dr. Sabina Cisek & Dr. Monika Krakowska, Jagiellonian University.

ISIC is an English language, multidisciplinary conference: researchers from information science, information studies, library studies, communication studies, information management, education, management science, and other disciplines contribute to the research field. A common thread is the focus on contextualised information activities, expressed in different framings such as information behaviour, information practice, information seeking, information experience and others. The ISIC conference is particularly interested in analytical rather than descriptive investigations.

Important dates
Papers, Panels and Posters submission deadline: 1 March 2018
Pre-Conference Workshop proposals should be sent by 15 January 2018 Pre-Conference Doctoral Workshop submission deadline: 1 April 2018

Early bird registration ends: 30 June 2018
Late registration ends: 7 September 2018

For information about the suggested themes of the papers, visit:
or email