Wednesday, January 13, 2021

CFP The American Library Association (ALA) International Relations Round Table

 The American Library Association (ALA) International Relations Round Table

(IRRT) Chair's Program Committee invites proposals for participation in a
panel presentation that will take place at the annual ALA conference in
Chicago, IL.  The IRRT Chair's Program features speakers presenting on a
specific theme related to international relations and the library. This year,
the theme for the IRRT Chair's Program is: Libraries in a rapidly changing

Changes in social structures, behaviors, values and organizations are
inevitable and libraries are not immune to those changes. This has become even
more true during the current pandemic.  Embedded in their unique communities,
libraries are constantly responding to our rapidly changing world. At times,
they are driving the change, and at others, they reflect and respond to the
social changes affecting their communities. In the IRRT 2021 Chair’s program
panelists, representing national, public and academic libraries around the
world, will share their experiences working toward justice and equity, leading
social change, or cultivating sensitivity to marginalized groups, within their
communities, at a grassroots level, or systemically.

The Chair's Program Committee seeks proposals from speakers to be part of a
panel that will describe and share the following:
Panelist presentations will discuss the individual library’s role in leading
and responding to rapid change and the impact this work has had on the city/
region/country. The best proposals will speak to specific actions taken by
their libraries.
Examples of topics (presentations are NOT limited to these topics; creativity
is encouraged):

- Providing programming or services that address social injustice issues
during pandemics.
- Providing programming or services promoting gender equality and empowerment.
- Providing programming or services that cultivate sensitivity and
understanding to marginalized groups.
- Providing programming or services that support access to information for
immigrants, migrants and refugees.
- Creating partnerships, programming, or services that contribute to a culture
of welcoming for migrants, refugees and other marginalized groups.
- Fighting poverty and hunger, allowing all to live with dignity, by
supporting community needs.

IFLA’s Library Map of the World Sustainable Development Goals Stories provides
additional examples of topics of interest for presentations.

Presentation Format:
Each panel presentation is between 10-15 minutes. Applicants are encouraged to
consider creative and effective presentations to connect attendees with the
topic and to share information that will let attendees know how they could
implement similar solutions/programs for their library communities.  Since ALA
has not announced if Annual 2021 is going to be a virtual conference, we are
looking for proposals and panelists who are comfortable presenting either
virtually or in person.

All proposals must be submitted by February 15, 2021 for consideration.
Applicants will be notified in March if their submission has been accepted for
presentation at the conference.

Send submissions via email to Mary Oberlies, Chair, at

Submission Guidelines:
Proposals should include two separate documents.

1). The first document should include:
      - Title of the presentation
      - A 150- to 250-word biography of the presenters/panelists (If the
program is accepted, biographies will be used in program advertising.)
      - Name, title, institutional affiliation, and full contact information
of the presenters/panelists
      -  A list of environments the presentation can be made in (i.e. In-
person, remote online, or hybrid)

2). The second document should not have any identifying information. This
document should be an abstract of 300-500 words which addresses all of the
   - describe the library and its community
   - Identify the social problem or issue and its background
   - describe how the library addressed the problem
   - discuss the impact on the library’s city/region/country/community

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