Conferences: International Perspectives Discussion Group

12/11/14 –  For anyone planning on attending the ALA Mid-winter Meeting in Chicago (Jan. 30 – Feb. 3) here is an interesting discussion group for those interested in international librarianship.

What:  ACRL International Perspectives on Academic & Research Libraries DG
When:  Friday, January 30th from 1 – 2:30pm
Where:  McCormick Place West – W186c

We have three very exciting speakers lined up for our DG this year, I hope you can join us:

  • Zachary Newell – Library Program Area Chair & Arts Librarian – Salem State University Library
    • As a librarian at Salem State University, Zach worked with a group of faculty to successfully write a grant to bring a group of Iraqi Fulbright Scholars to study at the University in the summer of 2014.  Working with the group, he identified effective teaching strategies related to diversity, multiculturalism and social justice. Zach will also address how a “Muslim Journeys” grant highlighted an international context that, combined with the work of the Fulbright Scholars, led to enduring collaborations with area groups.  Zach will also highlight how these initiatives align with the University’s mission and work to internationalize its campus.   
  • Olga Hart, Coordinator of Library Instruction & Rosemary Franklin, ESL Librarian – University of Cincinnati
    • Thanks to special grant funding made available to campus units through University of Cincinnati’s five-year diversity plan, UC Libraries started special library programming for international students. Olga and Rosemary will discuss the identified areas of special service and programming as well as the diversity project’s current success and future planning. 
  • Laurie Kutner, Information & Instruction Librarian – University of Vermont Libraries
    • Laurie ran an ALA sponsored trip to Costa Rica in the summer of 2014.  The 13 librarians from all over the US worked on 3 different library projects in the Monteverde area of Costa Rica and contributed a total of 200 hours to these projects.  Laurie will talk about the experiences gained on this trip and the interest of librarians to engage in this kind of international travel and service.   
Each speaker will have about 25 minutes to present their topic, including Q&A.  We’ll take a few minutes at the beginning of the meeting to introduce ourselves and should have 10 – 15 minutes at the end of the session for general discussion.  

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