Monday, December 16, 2019

Awards from IRRT


ALA Presidential Citation for Innovative International Library Projects
The ALA International Relations Round Table (IRRT) invites you to nominate innovative international library projects that qualify for the ALA Presidential Citation for Innovative International Library Projects. Citations are awarded by the ALA President each year at the International Librarians Reception at the ALA Annual Conference. Deadline: January 10.
To learn more about the nominating process, please visit:


IRRT Mission Enhancement Grant
In 2016, IRRT members and supporters established the IRRT Endowment.  Interest from the Endowment will be used to fund member-initiated proposals for international activities and initiatives which contribute to ALA’s role in international librarianship.  Goals for the funding are to provide support for international projects or partnerships; promote a global dialogue about librarianship; increase visibility of international opportunities for U.S. and international librarians, and encourage international collaboration in librarianship. The amount available for grants may vary each year.  IRRT may choose to use available funds to provide one or more grants of varying amounts.  The maximum grant amount per proposal for the 2020 year will be $1000 USD. Deadline: January 10.
For additional information about the grant, application, and deadline, please visit:

Applications Sought for the Bogle Pratt International Library Travel Fund
The American Library Association is accepting applications for the 2020 Bogle Pratt International Library Travel Fund sponsored by the Bogle Memorial Fund and the Pratt Institute School of Information and Library Science. An award of $1,000 is given to an ALA personal member to attend their first international conference. An international conference may be defined as a conference sponsored by an international organization or a conference held in a country other than your home country. Recipients must be personal members of the American Library Association (ALA) for at least one full year. Deadline: January 10.For more information, please visit:

Nominations Sought for Humphry/OCLC/Forest Press Award for International Librarianship
The American Library Association is accepting nominations for the 2020 John Ames Humphry/OCLC/Forest Press Award for International Librarianship. The award consists of a prize of $1,000 and a certificate, which are presented at the International Relations Round Table Reception at the ALA Annual Conference. The award is given to a librarian or person who has made significant contributions to international librarianship. Created on the occasion of the retirement of John Humphry as Executive Director of Forest Press, publisher of the Dewey Decimal Classification, the award recognizes Humphry's far-ranging work to internationalize the English language editions of Dewey and to ensure that translations were adapted to meet the needs of other cultures and countries. Deadline: January 10.For more information, please visit:


Call for IRRT Papers and Projects Session Proposals
The American Library Association's International Relations Round Table Papers and Projects Committee invites proposals for presentations to be made at the next ALA Annual Conference in Chicago, IL, USA. Presentations will be delivered at the International Papers Session scheduled in June 2020. The International Papers and Projects Session 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. The 2020 International Papers and Projects theme is: Expanding Worldviews: How Libraries Create Awareness of the UN Sustainable Development Goals and Inspire Change. Deadline: January 11.
To submit an abstract, please visit:

Call for Proposals for Presentation at the ALA IRRT Preconference
The American Library Association (ALA) International Relations Round Table (IRRT) invites you to submit presentation proposals for their 2020 Pre-conference during the ALA Annual Conference in Chicago, Illinois, USA, on Friday, June 26, 2020. The influence of libraries as social change agents has been supported by Mehra and Srinivasan (2007) who state that “libraries can enhance their function as proactive catalysts of social change” (para. 1).  IFLA’s Development and Access to Information (2017) report delineates how libraries are critical to the sustainable development goals set by the United Nations (2015). Deadline: January 31.
To submit a proposal or additional information , please visit:

Call for Poster Session ProposalsThe 2020 ALA IRRT International Poster Session Committee invites everyone to share your best ideas and work with the international library community by presenting a poster at the 2020 ALA Annual Conference in Chicago, Illinois, USA. Submissions are invited from international librarians at all types of libraries on any topic relevant to librarianship. Submissions are also invited from librarians in the US on any topic relevant to international populations, projects, and collaborations. Posters may include a description of an innovative library program, an analysis of a solution to a problem, a report of a research study, or any other presentation that would benefit the larger library community. Deadline: January 31.For more information:

Are you next month’s ALA’s librarian of the month?
I am ALA INTERNATIONAL SPOTLIGHT is one of several initiatives by Immediate Past ALA President Loida Garcia-Febo to expand ALA’s global presence. By highlighting and recognizing talented international members from different regions around the world, ALA is truly a global association with a strong mission in supporting library workers and advocates. Each month, I am ALA INTERNATIONAL SPOTLIGHT will feature a new international member who will share how ALA has supported their work and how they see the profession today.  We are looking for a librarian to feature for January 2020, and every month after that. To be considered for the ALA International Member Spotlight, please fill out this short questionnaire.

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