Tuesday, March 27, 2018

International Summer School in Stuttgart, Germany

Socially committed, innovative, accessible to all: Libraries of the future contribute to the United Nations Agenda 2030
23 - 28 July 2018 at Stuttgart Media University, Germany

Stuttgart Media University is pleased to announce its LIS Summer School 2018 as a joint project with the Goethe-Institute. The 2018 Sumer School will be held in Stuttgart, Germany from July 23 to 28, 2018.

Students of Library and Information Science (LIS) and related fields together with LIS practitioners are invited to join in and work collaboratively in an international setting.

The week comprises four seminars approaching the theme "Libraries of the future contribute to the United Nations Agenda 2030" from different perspectives. It offers opportunities to discuss the mission of libraries of being socially committed, innovative and accessible to all.

The summer school aims to:
  • explore the opportunities and challenges of change and development in libraries and information services
  • discuss different aspects of the future of libraries and information management
This year's Summer School is divided in two consecutive slots. Each of them comprises two parallel seminars so that participants can attend two seminars during the week. Each seminar is embedded in preceding and subsequent e-learning phases. All seminars are held in English.

July 23 to 25 (first time slot) 
  • Seminar 1: Lobbying and Advocacy: How to promote libraries by changing the world in partnership
  • Seminar 2: New ways of learning in a digital society: Open Educational Resources
July 26 to 28 (second time slot)
  • Seminar 3: Re-design the library!
  • Seminar 4: Open Data and Open Government
For more information on the programme, visit:

To register for the Summer School, visit:

Sunday, March 25, 2018

IRRT Chair’s Webinar: Making Connections

Making Connections and Making Changes: The Sister Libraries Program of ALA's International Relations Round Table

April 4, 2018 from 2:00-3:00pm EST

This webinar will discuss the details of ALA's Sister Libraries program. Are you interested in partnering your library with a library in another country? Find out some of the best methods for seeking a partner library, the steps in planning your partnership, and suggested activities. Know what to expect so that you can more easily involve others at your library. We will walk you through the partnering process and the resources on our website. Plus, we will share highlights and recommendations from the evaluation of the Sister Libraries program, recently completed by a group of Emerging Leaders: What's next for Sister Libraries?

We hope you'll join us for this free session. Join the meeting at http://ala.adobeconnect.com/r88zaz09j6fi/ 

This webinar will be recorded and will be archived on the IRRT website.

Wednesday, March 21, 2018

IRRT Chair's Program: Libraries Saving Lives: Serving immigrants and refugees

Saturday, June 23, 1 p.m.

Global mobility and recent worldwide crises have led to an increase in immigrants and refugees seeking to improve their lives in sometimes unfamiliar countries and cultures. Libraries around the globe are responding to and welcoming the newcomers of all ages, languages, and nationalities into their communities. By developing services, programs, collections and spaces, they are assisting these particularly vulnerable populations with logistical and cultural adjustment through such programs as innovative language learning meet-ups, job-seeking guidance, and homework assistance. During this program, you’ll hear about how librarians in Malmö, Sweden; Cologne, Germany; and Kentucky, U.S., are using ground-breaking models and creating dynamic spaces to engage immigrants and refugees. Panelists will make suggestions on how you can adapt these ideas to transform your own libraries into socially inclusive spaces.


Dr. Hannelore Vogt, Director of the Cologne Public Library, Germany

Torbjörn Nilsson, Library Director Malmö City Library, Sweden

Sophie Maier, Immigrant Services Librarian at the Iroquois Branch, Louisville Free Public Library, Kentucky

Monday, March 12, 2018

ALA Free Pass Program for Guadalajara International Book Fair

The ALA Free Pass Program is officially open!

If you are involved with Spanish books acquisitions and have a budget to buy books, the Guadalajara International Book Fair (FIL) is the place to visit. Enjoy the finest selection of books and preserve the cultural traditions for your Spanish speaking readers. You can find more than 300,000 titles for children, academics, young adults and more.

This special program developed by FIL Guadalajara and the American Library Association is directed to all members of ALA. You will meet colleagues from different libraries around the world and share experiences during the Annual Gala Dinner, sponsored by publishing houses and distributors. You will also share the exhibition floor with more than 20,000 professionals of the publishing industry.

Register now and obtain the following benefits:
  • Three nights of lodging for free, three continental breakfasts (six nights if you share with another ALA member)
  • Free registration (a badge to enter the fair)
  • $100 USD airfare reimbursement (courtesy of ALA)
  • Publication of data in the Professionals catalog
  • Access to services in the Business Center for professionals
  • Additional $100 USD  or $1900 Mexican Pesos of airfare support for the first 100 librarians that have been accepted in the ALA Free Pass Program and have purchased their ticket before October 2nd, among a dozen other benefits.
Register until September 8th. More information here

Wednesday, March 7, 2018

Center for the Future of Libraries invites applications for Fellowship program

The American Library Association’s Center for the Future of Libraries invites applications for its Fellowship program.

The Future of Libraries Fellowship will provide an individual or group with a stipend of $10,000 to advance new ideas and perspectives for the future of libraries through the creation of a public product – report, white paper, video, resource, tool – that will help library professionals envision the future of library collections, services, spaces, technologies, or partnerships. Projects may build on existing work, research, or initiatives of the Association, its Offices, Divisions, and Round Tables, or explore new directions and interests.

The deadline for proposals for the 2018 fellowship is May 15, 2018.

The fellowship is available to individuals in the library profession as well as those from other disciplines with a demonstrated interest in libraries and their futures. The fellowship does not include a residency requirement and international colleagues are encouraged to apply.

Further information, including considerations for those interested in applying, instructions for submitting an application, evaluation and selection information, and a timeline for the fellowship, are available at the Future of Libraries Fellowship page.

Read the full press release.