Tuesday, September 29, 2020

IRRT Webinar: International Work and Projects During COVID-19

International Work and Projects During COVID-19 

Date/Time: Monday, November 23, 8:00 am PT/11:00 am ET (North Amerca) | 5:00 pm CET | 8:00 pm Abu Dhabi, UAE 

Summary: What’s it like working abroad right now during the pandemic? What about international projects? Join us for an informal webinar discussion on what IRRT members are doing in managing global projects and hear what their experiences are working abroad too. This session is open to all interested in international library work during the pandemic. 

Dr. Rebecca L. Miller, Boehringer Ingelheim, Germany 
Jana de Brauwere, San Francisco Public Library, USA 
Amani Magid. NYU Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates 

Moderator: Ray Pun, Alder Graduate School of Education, USA Registration Link

International Leads newsletter: Call for submission

International Leads (IL), the newsletter for the International Relations Round Table welcomes submissions for it’s December, 2020 issue. Submissions are due by November 10, 2020. Submissions could be on a variety of topics: news about international library activities, the international work of ALA and similar organizations, people of IRRT, technology news, etc. Instructions for authors are available on the website http://www.ala.org/rt/irrt/intlleads/authorinstructions/instructions. For inquiries and questions email the co-editors (Florence or Rebecca) at ala.intl.leads[@]gmail.com. Thank you, Florence

Webinar: ALA-CLA Global Projects and Collaborations: New Opportunities

 ALA-CLA Global Projects and Collaborations: New Opportunities  

Description: The Croatian Library Association (CLA) has invited ALA IRRT members to speak about current and potential projects. In this session, speakers will discuss their collaborative projects in international library work. The opening remarks will be provided by Alexandra Houzouri Humphreys, 2020-2021 Chair of the International Relations Round Table (IRRT) of the American Library Association (ALA) to share highlights and current activities of IRRT.


The first set of speakers Dr. Philip Schreur and Dr. Raymond Pun will briefly cover international linked data projects and how ALA will partner with CLA in organizing professional learning on linked data for the upcoming year. The second set of speakers, librarians Mark Mattson and Margita Mirčeta Zakarija will discuss their sister library partnership and the benefits and opportunities in forming sister library partnerships. Participants will learn more about global collaborative projects and how to be more involved.



Date/Time: Friday, October 9, 6 am PT/9 am ET

Zoom Link (no registration required, session will not be recorded)

For full conference: https://virtualno.hkdrustvo.hr/hkd2020/registracija/ 

Monday, September 28, 2020

BLIDA Online Workshops "Think the Unthinkable": Best SDG practices in European libraries, and funding opportunities through the European Structural and Investment Funds and more

 The European Union has fully adopted the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. It is investing an incredible amount of money in sustainable development, as never before. All EU programmes and actions are being adapting to meet SDGs.  


Are libraries on the right track to sustainable development?  


Sustainable development is an opportunity to raise the status of libraries in all European countries and to revitalise them with new and refreshing activities. In other words, this is the moment to think the unthinkable. 


EBLIDA workshops on 13, 14 and 16 October 2020 are based on the Think The Unthinkable report, which includes topics such as library activities during the Covid-19 crisis that are likely to continue, best SDG practices in European libraries, and funding opportunities through the European Structural and Investment Funds (ESIF) 2021-2027.


Contributors to the workshop are the Members of the EBLIDA Executive Committee. They will expand upon the impact of Covid 19 on libraries, on future investments in libraries and ways of funding them.  


All libraries may be potential recipients of ESI Funds. Non-EU libraries included in the Council of Europe geographic area, too, may benefit from ESI Funds through the EU Interreg programmes. This is the reason why we hope that EBLIDA Members can replicate these workshops and organise TTU webinars at national level. National workshops are being organised, for instance, in Italy, France, Spain, the Netherlands and other countries on request.  


We wish to strengthen our forces towards common objectives and transition to a post-Covid library age.


Each workshop will be divided into three parts. 


The first part is dedicated to the post-Covid 19 library. Activities run by libraries during the Covid-19 crisis branched into two different directions: a socially inclusive library, when libraries organised the production of face masks, food distribution together with book deliveries, community calls for people left behind or marginalised. The digital library also boomed, in particular in public libraries: where books were not delivered, they were replaced by e-books. 


The EBLIDA First European report on Sustainable development and European libraries will be the focus of the second contribution. The lively participation of European libraries in the implementation of SDGs is a sign that libraries can go one step further in advocacy and that, beyond stories, their 2030 Agenda can explore a more advanced narrative of policies and indicators. As Wimmer rightly points out, there is a need to go beyond grassroots involvement and enthusiasm and to start with well-defined policies – and some states have already started to do so.   


And finally, during the workshop, EBLIDA will provide free of charge consultancy work to EBLIDA Members on how to access ESI Funds. ESI Funds are the way in which cutting-edge EU programmes are applied on a national basis. ESI Funds are European, but they are “given back” to Member States (and also neighbouring States through the Interreg programmes), in order to pursue cohesion objectives. Relevant ESI Funds for libraries are the ERDF (European Regional Development Fund) and the ESF+ (European Social Fund Plus).  


More details: http://www.eblida.org/eblida-online-meetings-2020/eblida-online-workshops-2020.html 


To find out more and join the discussion please register to one of our Workshops:



Workshop (no. 1.) Tuesday 13 October 14:30 – 17:00 (CET) 


Workshop (no. 2.) Wednesday 14 October 14:30 – 17:00 (CET) 


Workshop (no. 3.) Friday 16 October 14:30 – 17:00 (CET) 


Save the date and join us!


Best regards,

Majella Cunnane

On behalf of


Giuseppe Vitiello 

Director, EBLIDA 

EBLIDA - European Bureau of Library, Information and Documentation Associations 

National Library of the Netherlands 



Friday, September 25, 2020

 Future of Libraries 2020: Focus on Equity, Anti-racism, and Work in the New Normal

October 7 & 8, 2020, 9:00 am – 1:00 pm

Excellent opportunity to learn about some of the current issues in public libraries. Great value!

Future of Libraries 2020 is a two-day, virtual conference devoted to the most important issues facing public libraries today.  Each day features a morning of engaging speakers followed by an interactive lunch session for networking and discussion from 1pm – 2pm.  Session recordings will be made available to registrants after the conference.

Tuesday, September 22, 2020

7th Sharjah International Library Conference Nov 10-12


Registration is now open for 2020 Sharjah International Library Conference!

Theme: Libraries Meeting the Challenges of the New Normal

The 7th Annual Sharjah International Library Conference (SILC), a collaboration between the American Library Association(ALA) and the Sharjah International Book Fair (SIBF) will gather librarians of all types in a safe environment to discuss, share, and network.

For those unable to attend in-person, this year’s conference attendees will have virtual component to the programming of the conference. Keynote sessions are planned to be live streamed with other sessions pre-recorded. Keynotes will be available after conference dates as well as recorded sessions.

Your registration will include

  • International presenters
  • 15 concurrent programs on topics for all types of libraries (public, academic, school, and special libraries) covering new trends and technologies, virtual learning and services, challenges of the new normal, staff and leadership development, helping adult learners, and more
  • Keynote speakers, including ALA 20-2021 President Julius Jefferson, Jr.
  • All sessions in English and Arabic (simultaneous translation)
  • Poster sessions and Lightning talks for more best practices and ideas
  • Certificate of participation after in-person attendance
  • The chance to chat with sponsors and exhibitors about the latest technologies and services in-person or through a virtual meeting

Optional full-day preconference workshops
Attendees will be able to register for one of four full-day hands on workshops ahead of the two-day main conference, November 10.  These are in-person only workshops.

Project Outcome for Academic and Research Libraries: Measuring the True Value of Your Library

How to Successfully Market Your Library,

Move Your School Library Program Forward with AASL Standards and Frameworks

National Libraries: Meeting the moment of the pandemic and into the future.

Submit a Poster or a Lightning Talk
Attendees are encouraged to submit a 
Poster proposal or a ten-minute Lightning Talk. The deadline for these proposals has been extended to October 2, 2020.

Additional resources:

  • You may need a visa if you are traveling from another country to the United Arab Emirates. SIBF will help with the arrangements; use this SIBF page to find out if you need a visa and how to apply. (If you request a letter of invitation, we will send it after you register.)
  • COVID-19 Health and Safety guidelines are now posted and will be updated regularly. 
  • Book your hotel early, for a list of hotels and prices, please visit the hotel guide page.

Check www.ala.org/sibf  or track the tag #SIBFALA20 for updates.

For additional information, please contact the ALA International Relations Office at intl@ala.org.

Thursday, September 17, 2020

Read the latest issue of International Leads!

 Dear IRRT member,


The September issue of International Leads is now available on the International Relations Round Table website.


Included in this issue are the following stories:


·       Experience of the IRRT-sponsored Group E from Emerging Leaders 2020 and their project "International Librarians Networking Program"

·       Reports from webinars on re-opening during COVID-19, UN SDGs and Libraries, and World Refugee Day

·       Update from IRRT Councilor

·       International Librarian profile

·       Messages from the IRRT’s Chair and Chair Elect


Do you have news about international projects you’re involved with?  Stories of partnerships, exchanges, or outreach to other cultures? Please consider sharing with International Leads.  You can find guidelines for authors at the International Leads webpage, or write to Florence Mugambi or Rebecca Miller (co-editors) at ala.intl.leads@gmail.com for more information.


We hope to hear from you!



Dr. Rebecca Miller and Ms. Florence Mugambi, Co-editors

International Leads - the newsletter of the ALA International Relations Round Table

View current and previous issues of IL here: http://www.ala.org/irrt/intlleads/internationalleads

Instructions for authors: http://www.ala.org/irrt/intlleads/authorinstructions/instructions

Follow IRRT on the web: http://www.ala.org/irrt/about   and   http://alairrt.blogspot.com/


Tuesday, September 15, 2020

September 30 Webinar: Accessing African Children's Literature Through Online Resources

 Come learn from our two panelists, experts in juvenile literature from Africa.


The International Relations Committee and Africa Subcommittee is pleased to present a webinar on September 30, 2020:

Accessing African Children’s Literature through Online Resources


Please share with colleagues and other groups.


All are welcome!


September 30, 2020  

Time Zones: 6:00 pm Nairobi

11:00 am Eastern Time (USA)

10:00 am Central Time (USA)

9:00 am Mountain (USA)

8:00 am Pacific (USA)

Thursday, September 10, 2020

Chai Wai Series: Race, Social Justice, and Ways of Knowing

 JOIN US for the Chai Wai Series: Race, Social Justice, and Ways of Knowing

"Multiple ways of knowing: Global perspectives on academic libraries re-imagining systems of knowledge"

September 15, 1-2pm CST



Kanwal Ameen, Professor & Vice-Chancellor, University of Home Economics (Pakistan)

Spencer Lilley, Associate Professor, Massey University (New Zealand)

Ana Ndumu, Assistant Professor, University of Maryland, College Park (United States)



Paulette A Kerr, Campus Librarian, The University of the West Indies - Mona Campus (Jamaica)



Clara M. Chu, Director and Mortenson Distinguished Professor, Mortenson Center for International Library Programs, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (United States)

Jaya Raju, Professor and Head, Department of Knowledge and Information Stewardship, University of Cape Town (South Africa)



This webinar is the first event of the Chai Wai Series: Race, Social Justice, and Ways of Knowing, organized by the International and Areas Studies Library and the  Mortenson Center for International Library Programs of the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign. The focus will be "Multiple ways of knowing: Global perspectives on academic libraries re-imagining systems of knowledge," which is the title of the International Insights column to be published in the October 2020 issue of College & Research Libraries News. The authors will present their column contributions, followed by a response, and a panel discussion.


FREE Registration: https://go.illinois.edu/ChaiWai1

Tuesday, September 8, 2020

Registration open for Occupy Library - 22-25 September 2020

 Dear colleagues,

It's time to register for Occupy Library 2020 free-of-charge/formative/funky/fab conference to bring together the innovative ideas that are implemented in libraries. 
We are excited to invite you to join us on September 22 - 25https://hopin.to/events/occupy-library/

We prepared a fabulous program to cover the five themes in a multitude of interactive formats - over 80 professionals from more than 20 countries around the globe will share their stories of:

  • Serving communities in time of crisis

  • Partnerships for strong democracies

  • Active citizenship in analog and digital format

  • Emerging tech trends to empower communities

  • Public spaces and community engagement

We are honoured to present you our Keynote Speakerand Fab Speakers, a fantastic crew who helped us shape this event and bring you the best Occupy Library we can:

  • Asaf Bartov
  • Christine Mackenzie
  • Dan Perjovschi
  • Deborah Jacobs
  • Eppo van Nispen tot Sevenaer
  • Erik Boekesteijn
  • Hannelore Vogt
  • Jessica Dorr
  • Liz Gettigan
  • Loida Garcia-Febo
  • Stuart Hamilton

For more details, see the full program here: https://occupylibrary.net/program/

We take the opportunity to thank our partners for all their help, and invite you to meet them in our fantastic EXPO area, or in the Networking sessions included in our 4 days program. 

Saturday, September 5, 2020

COVID-19: The Caribbean and Latin American Information Professionals and Academic Library Directors Speak!


COVID-19: The Caribbean and Latin American Information Professionals and Academic Library Directors Speak!
Thursday, September 17, 2020
9:30 am PST Virtual event via Zoom


The COVID-19 pandemic has disrupted the way academic libraries and archives have traditionally worked by limiting access to physical collections. In the Caribbean and Latin America, the lack of access to materials such as books, periodicals, and ephemera has been felt acutely. The intense economic, social, and political pressures in these regions have forced some regional governments to provide less attention to issues of education.

Many recent webinars have given rank librarians an opportunity to discuss the challenges of securing access to materials and providing instruction to students, scholars, and faculty. But among library administrators and information professionals, these conversations have largely been dominated by men. This panel tries to correct this aberration by providing a venue for female library directors and information studies faculty to offer their perspectives on the pandemic’s effects on the institutions they manage.

The speakers will unpack the challenges they have faced in their efforts to sustain services and provide access to materials at their institutions. They will interrogate some of the strategies they are leveraging to move forward and onward in their respective domains of expertise.

This virtual panel is part of a six-part, bi-monthly webinar series, “Collecting Conversations: Academic Libraries and Research in Flux,” which is dedicated to various aspects of librarianship. These activities will feature librarians, archivists, scholars, administrators, and vendors from all parts of the world.

The presentations will be recorded. There will be a thirty-minute session for questions and answers, which will not be recorded.


Prof. Harley Shaiken
Professor, Class of 1930 Professor of Letters and Science, Graduate School of Education and the Department of Geography, and Chair of the Center for Latin American Studies, UC Berkeley


Profa. Micaela Alicia Chávez Villa
Directora, Biblioteca Daniel Cosió Villegas, El Colegio de México, CDMX, México

Dr. Paulette Kerr
Campus Librarian, The University of the West Indies, Mona, Jamaica

Dra. Ana María Salazar Vázquez
Directora General de Bibliotecas Universidad Veracruzana, Veracruz, México

Dr. Sueli Mara Ferreira
Professor, Graduate Program in Information Science at the University of São Paulo (USP), São Paulo, Brazil


Prof. Ana Maria Talavera Ibarra
Department of Humanities - Information Sciences Section, Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú, Lima, Perú


Dr. Liladhar Pendse
Librarian for the Caribbean and Latin American Studies Collections, UC Berkeley

Co-sponsored by the Center for Latin American Studies and the UC Berkeley Library

The event will be conducted in English, Spanish, and Portuguese.

Free and open to the public

If you require an accommodation to fully participate in this event, please contact Amber Lawrence at libraryevents@berkeley.edu or 510-459-9108.

Register at ucberk.li/librarians-speak-2-event

Friday, September 4, 2020

The ALA IRRT Nominations Committee is looking for candidates passionate about international librarianship to serve as Executive Board members


Dear IRRT member:

The ALA International Relations Round Table Nominations Committee is looking for members who are passionate about international librarianship and are willing to serve as Executive Board members.

IRRT is pleased to solicit nominations (and self-nominations) for the positions of:

  • Vice Chair/Chair Elect -- Chair-elect (2021-22), becomes Chair (2022-23) and  serves as immediate Past-Chair (2023-2024)
  • Member-at-Large -- serves a two-year term, (2021-2023)
  • Secretary/Treasurer -- serves a two-year term, (2021-2023)
  • Round Table Councilor – serves a three year term, (2021-2024)

According to IRRT bylaws, position of Chair-elect is a three-year commitment in which one serves as chair-elect, chair and past chair. In the first year, one learns about the work of the Executive Board under the tutelage of the Chair and the past-Chair. The Member-at-Large and Secretary-treasurer positions last two years contributing information and wider perspectives from the field. The IRRT ALA councilor is elected every third year to represent the voice of IRRT at policy-making and governing body of ALA.

For a full description of responsibilities of these office holders, please visit IRRT website.

Executive Board of the IRRT meets monthly through virtual meetings to discuss IRRT related issues which includes those that arise through the various committees and the ones related to international aspects of ALA work as a whole, and work on solutions. Face-to-face meetings take place whenever ALA conference will be non-virtual.


1.                 Candidates must be current ALA and IRRT members.

2.                 Provide your CV and a short statement of interest (approx. 100 words) by October 15, 2020.

Nominate yourself or someone you know by sending an email to the Nominating Committee Chair, Muzhgan Nazarova, at minazarova@gmail.com 

Preference is given to candidates with prior committee experience within IRRT and a track record of contributing to the IRRT mission.

Thank you for your consideration.

The Nominating Committee

Muzhgan Nazarova (Chair)            

Library of Congress 


John Hickok

California State University Fullerton



Jana De Brauwere 

San Francisco Public Library



Joan Weeks

Library of Congress





Tuesday, September 1, 2020

Free Webinar: Transcending Borders: From Librarians Collaborating Abroad To Reconsidering Opportunities in a Virtual World

 Title: Transcending Borders: From Librarians Collaborating Abroad To Reconsidering Opportunities in a Virtual World

A webinar hosted by the International Sustainable Library Development (ISLD) Interest Group

Monday, September 21, 2020 @ 10:00 - 11:00 am CT


Dallas Long, Milner Library, Illinois State University

Deborah Chavez, Libraries for the World

Janet Lee, Regis University, Denver

Clara Chu - moderator, Mortenson Center for International Library Programs


Three professional librarians, who have worked outside the United States, will share their international experiences. In this time of social distancing and travel limitations, participants will discuss means and opportunities for international virtual engagement. A resource list will be made available to registered participants.

·        Explore opportunities for international service and connections

·        Learn about means to identify and participate in international service

·        Receive guidance on funding international service

·        Join an expanding community of international service professionals

·        Discover options for international travel and professional collaboration

·        Witness experience of professionals in the international field of service

For more information and registration go to: https://tinyurl.com/isldwebinar

Sponsors: ALA International Relations Round Table, ACRL International, Libraries for Peace, Mortenson Center

Panelist Bios

Debbie Chavez is a high school librarian in the Austin, Texas area who has also worked as a librarian in public and community college libraries. Debbie has served as manager for a school library program in Guatemala through Librarians Without Borders and has volunteered in school libraries in Uganda through Libraries of Love. Debbie is now the founder and president of the nonprofit organization Libraries for the World.

Janet Lee, a Peace Corps Volunteer in Ethiopia, 1974-76, is Dean Emerita at Regis University in Denver.  In 2017-18 she was a Fulbright Scholar in Axum, Ethiopia, working at the University of Aksum and at the Axumite Heritage Foundation Library. While at the Foundation Library, she installed a Chromebook Lab -- the recipient of the first IRRT Mission Enhancement Grant. She has returned to Ethiopia numerous times for library and literacy projects including a six month sabbatical where she set up a children’s library.  In 2003, she served as the shipboard librarian for the Semester at Sea and traveled to 10 countries literally around the world.

Dallas Long is Dean of Milner Library and professor at Illinois State University. He was a Fulbright Scholar in Hungary in 2003/2004, where he taught library science and provided professional development for librarians.  Recently, he served as a Fulbright Specialist in Qatar, helping the Qatar National Library prepare for its grand opening in 2017.  Long is a member of the American Library Association, the American Alliance of Museums, and the American Institute for Conservation of Historic Works.

Clara M. Chu is Director and Distinguished Professor at the Mortenson Center for International Library Programs, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. In addition to having published in leading international journals, presented at conferences, trained and taught around the world in English and Spanish, Dr. Chu has held successive leadership positions in ethnic, regional, national, and international professional library and information associations. She is President of the Association for Information Science and Technology (ASIS&T), Co-Chair of the IFLA Building Strong LIS Education Working Group, and past ALA representative on the U.S. National Commission for UNESCO.