Program: IFLA Congress

4.11.16 – Recently, Library Journal interviewed Pat Losinski and Carol Diedrichs, Co-Chairs of U.S. National Organizing Committee for the 2016 IFLA Congress, at

Numerous IRRT (ALA) members received the IFLA Fellowships through a very competitive selection process.

“We’re really excited to tell you—and largely this is through the Herculean efforts and tremendous success of the fundraising effort led by Jim Neal—that we’re close to having raised $450,000, more than double the original goal. So we will have a special event on Saturday evening at the main library, and it will be for the scholars who have their travel underwritten and then all of the sponsoring organizations—a combination of public libraries, some associations, some vendors, and I would say the bulk of that funding has come from our academic institutions. We’re really excited about having been able to help fund the international cooperation, support, and ultimately discussion that we think we’ll have with all of these members. There were 3,300 applicants for that opportunity.”

More information about 2016 IFLA Congress is at

The early registration deadline is prior or on May 17, 2016, at

Webinar: All about the IFLA Conference 2016

3.23.16 – Reminder about the upcoming webinar tomorrow…

Intro to IFLA 2016: International Congress Comes to Columbus- Webinar, March 24 , 3:00pm Eastern  (2:00 Central, 1:00 Mountain, Noon Pacific)

Are you interested in attending an international library conference at home?

This year’s International Federation of Library Association and Institutions (IFLA) World Library and Information Congress offers you the chance to interact with global library community in Columbus, OH, August 1319.

This free webinar will provide you with an introduction to IFLA, details about the Congress, and all that wonderful opportunities that colleagues in Columbus have put in place for you and the other 3,500 delegates from 120 countries.

To Register for the free webinar, click the blue register link in Event Status at:

The webinar will be recorded if you can’t attend in person.  Those who register will be sent the link to the recording automatically.

Michael Dowling
International and Chapter Relations Offices
American Library Association
50 E Huron St
Chicago, IL, USA
p +1 800-545-2433 ext 3200
+1 312-280-4392

Program: Panelists needed for International Program

2.23.16 –  Speakers Needed for ALA IRRT Program
Sarah P’s comments: If anyone is planning on attending ALA’s annual conference in June (Orlando, FL), has international experience and would like to be a panelist please let me know!  This was a program they began last year and proved very popular so they would like to repeat it this year.  So far, Ray Pun and I are going to be sharing however the more the better…
IRRT Connections sponsors a now-annual session called “leaning international: lessons from the field.”
The event description from last year, which may well be reusable this year,  said,” For MLS students through seasoned information professionals interested in working internationally, this annual program hosted by IRRT’s International Connections Committee features American librarians discussing their own unique international experiences.  Discussions are split between prepared topics and audience Q&A time.  These interactive sessions have included such diverse topics as leveraging networks to find work abroad, pre-departure language and etiquette training, adapting to regional librarianship as well as cultural standards, the practicalities of life overseas, and more! This annual program hosted by IRRT’s International Connections Committee features American librarians speaking about their own unique international experiences. 

Past speakers include: Rebecca L. Miller, Senior Research Officer at Afghanistan Research and Evaluation Unit; Catherine Shreve, Librarian for Public Policy & Political Science, Perkins Library, Duke University; Elly Shodell, Oral Historian Director of Local History Center, Port Washington Public Library, Ray Pun, ALA Emerging Leader 2014, Reference and Research Services Librarian, New York University Shanghai Library, Jim Agee, University Librarian, American University of Phnom Penh in Cambodia.

If interested please contact me via this blog and/or contact:


Ms. Jennifer T. Nardine, Assistant Professor
Learning Liaison Librarian for Performing Arts, Foreign Languages, English, and Religion & Culture
University Libraries, Virginia Tech, 560 Drillfield Dr, Blacksburg, VA  24061



Conferences: International Opportunities Program

12/4/15 –  For anyone who might be in the Florida, USA area in February and for librarians attending the annual Florida Library Conference, I have been invited to speak about international library opportunities.  This session is focusing on potential retirees but I will give an overview of all as well.

March 2, 2016Florida Library Conference


Plaza Resort and Spa
600 N. Atlantic Way
Daytona Beach, Florida 32118
United States


Conference: Attend SIBF/ALA 2015

10/1/15 – Attend the SIBJ/ALA 2015 Conference
Sharjah International Book Fair/American Librarian Association, Sharjah Expo Center, UAE

Sarah P’s comments:  For anyone in the Middle East or interested in working in and/or learning more about libraries in that region here is a joint conference.  Sessions are an eclectic mix of offerings for public, school, and academic librarians. Interesting.
FYI: Traditionally anyone working in the region belonged to SLA – Arabian Gulf Chapter and could attend their annual regional conferences.


Take a look at the program and sessions now confirmed, and join hundreds of your colleagues at the Sharjah Expo Center, November 10-12, 2015.  Register now!

Your registration includes:

  • International expert presenters
  • 15 concurrent programs on topics for all types of libraries (public, academic, school, and special libraries) covering the topics that help you stay on top of library transformation and needs
  • Keynote speakers, including ALA 2015-16 President Sari Feldman, Columbia University Librarian Emeritus James G. (Jim) Neal, and Sharjah dignitaries
  • All sessions in English and Arabic (simultaneous translation)
  • Poster sessions for more best practices and ideas. List of poster session presenters. (PDF file)
  • Certificate of participation after in-person attendance
  • Networking opportunities and use of the Librarians’ Lounge
  • Access to all session recordings
  • The chance to chat with sponsors and exhibitors about the latest technologies and services
  • Free hotel for anyone who purchases $10,000 or more of materials for their library at SIBF
  • Coffee, snacks, and lunch on Wednesday and Thursday
  • Conference bags and program book

Conference registration rates

ALA member 250 AED ($70 USD); non ALA member 350 AED ($100 USD)

Optional preconference Tuesday, November 10: RDA: Resource Description and Access (full day with Magda El-Sherbini, head of The Ohio State University Libraries’ Cataloging Department). ALA members 525 AED ($140 USD); non ALA members 750 AED ($200 USD). You can add this optional preconference during the registration process.

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. Deadline to apply for a visa is Saturday, October 10, 2015. (If you request a letter of invitation, we will send it after you register.)

2014 participants said it was “a great conference. . . . really inspiring . . . . memorable experience!”

Register now!

Check or track the tag #SIBFALA15 for updates. Join us!

For additional information, please contact the ALA International Relations Office at

Conference: Library 2.015

9/30/15 –  Conference: Library 2.015

Sarah P’s comments: When I began my  international career in 1996 there were no organizations like this (the internet was in its infancy).  It’s really great to see the library schools promoting more international cooperation and reaching across borders.  I truly believe, having lived overseas for so long, that librarians are the diplomats of democracy and that the work of open information sharing is important for the development and equality of all.

A further note:  This year there is also a pre-conference event for school librarians (see below).  I only wish they would not call it a ‘Teacher Librarian’ event. I know this is the preferred term in Canada but, after many years working in education, I think this term sends the wrong message.  We are not teachers, we are teaching librarians, meaning we are there to introduce the concept of a library to students and teach how to use library resources.  Too many principals misunderstand the ‘teacher librarian’ label and think we are there to only serve teachers and be study hall fillers.  So, please beware using this term!


Library 2.015 is all day on Tuesday, October 20th. Anyone from anywhere in the world can participate for free (as long as they have an Internet connection)! Links for the conference are below. There are 50 sessions and 3 keynotes, and the schedule with connecting information is listed for time zones throughout the world.

We’re celebrating the fifth anniversary of our conference! Huge thanks and a shout-out to founding partner The School of Information at San José State University and its director (and conference co-chair), Dr. Sandra Hirsh, for the vision and support that has made this unique event a reality. With their help the conference community has grown to over 21,000 members, and we encourage you to learn more, make connections, and get future announcements by joining Library 2.0.

For our pre-conference event this year, we’re excited to announce Teacher Librarian Day on Monday, October 19th, a five-hour special (and also free) series of online sessions around the topic of “Teacher Librarians and School Culture” – organized by Joyce Valenza, with lots of special guests, and supported by CiSSL, the Center for International Scholarship in School Libraries at Rutgers. The conference has inherited the Global Teacher Librarian Ning network, with over 7,000 members–learn more and connect with others at

We sincerely hope you will join us. Below are event links, plus some sample posts and tweets you can use if you’re able to help us promote either or both of these events. You can also forward this post/email. Please do let your networks know–it’s all free!

Conference: Global Collaboration Day

9/14/15 – 


We would like invite you to join Global Collaboration Day, our first annual demonstration of global collaboration for educators. We are encouraging students, teachers, organizations and companies to host virtual events involving technology on September 17, 2015. (And since September 17 takes nearly 48 hours to start and finish across the globe, check out the calendar in your own time zone for all the activities!)

The primary goal of this whole day event is to demonstrate the power of global connectivity in classrooms, schools, universities, and institutions of informal learning and around the world. Global Collaboration Day will introduce others to the tools, resources, projects and programs that are available to educators today. We currently have over 130 schools and organizations representing about 29 different countries; 25 outreach partners have also committed to joining this worldwide event. Approximately 52 events are listed on our site and this list is growing by the day. There is no cost to participate at any level.
Here is how people and organizations can participate:

Examples of events that are currently scheduled include a Twitter chat on global learning, an asynchronous Twitter poll on chocolate, a survey on sunlight around the world, and a class live streaming using Periscope. Many organizations are hosting webinars and other activities to introduce educators to tools, resources and programs that will help them connect their classroom to the world. We recommend that activities be simple in scope and have low barriers to entry in order to attract participants. Ideas are listed on our host page. Events can be geared towards any audience including students, teachers, parents, and organization leaders.

Our current partner list includes TES, Edmodo, Remind, AFS-USA, iEARN-USA, the Global Campaign for Education – US Chapter, SMART, VIF International Education, and Edutopia. (We would love to add your organization to this list as well.)

For further information, please take a look at our website and press release. Also, check out this recent article on us from eSchool News and Lucy’s Edutopia blog post.

Thanks and we hope to hear from you regarding this special day!
Lucy Gray and Steve Hargadon

Visit Library 2.0 at:

News: ALA Free Pass Program

8/8/15 – ALA Free Pass Program for the Guadalajara International Book Fair (FIL)


Guadalajara International Book Fair (FIL) is the most important event in the Spanish Language, the doorway to the most recent Spanish language publications in Latin America and Spain. Here in one place is the finest selection for your Spanish readers to make your library the best in your town or city.

FIL offers a wide array of opportunities, rich in contents and authors, representing a core meeting between the Ibero-American publishing industry and the world. Come and apply to the ALA Free Pass Program, you will enjoy our beloved bookfair. Visit the fair where Spanish is the seed that has sprouted hundreds of thousands of books. More than 20,000 book professionals from all over the world are doing it already.

It is simple and easy. Register now and get three nights of lodging for free, three continental breakfasts, free registration, $100 USD airfare reimbursement (courtesy of ALA), an additional $100 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.

Submission deadline: September 4th, 2015

The ALA Free Pass program is available to all ALA-member acquisition or selection librarians, in particular those involved in Latin American collection development.

ALA Free Pass program will provide:

  • $100 USD contribution for airfare, courtesy of ALA.
  • 3 nights at the Guadalajara Plaza Ejecutivo López Mateos Hotel, breakfast included (or 6 nights sharing a room with a colleague) courtesy of FIL
  • FIL 2015 registration fee
  • Additional $100 USD reimbursement towards airfare costs, courtesy of FIL (for the first 100 registrations who send their purchased ticket BEFORE OCTOBER 2nd)
  • ALA FIL Gala Dinner (provided by the sponsorship of publishers and distributors)

Applicants to the Free Pass Program must be personal and active members of ALA. For ALA membership information, please contact: ALA International Relations Office, Delin Guerra by tel.: 1-800-545-2433, ext. 3201, e-mail:

News: International Leads Newsletter, June 2015

6/25/15  – ALA IRRT publishes International Leads, an increasingly relevant newsletter about international librarianship.

This month there is a list of all IRRT events for those attending ALA in San Francisco, an interesting article about efforts to preserve Middle East culture among an era of unprecedented destruction, and a call for submissions for anyone with any news to share about libraries worldwide:

(You must be a member of ALA/IRRT to submit)

Call for Submissions
Do you have news about…
  • International library activities?
  • People in international librarianship?
  • Upcoming international conferences?
Then why not submit to International Leads? Send your news
and stories to the co-editors:
Elizabeth Cramer,
Kevin Murphy,

News: International Table & Programs @ ALA @ 2015 Conference

6/16/15 –

Sarah P’s comments: I have just been elected a committee member for ALA’s IRRT (American Library Association’s International Relations Round Table).  Unfortunately, I cannot attend this year however if you are attending IRRT is hosting some informative programs for anyone interested in international librarianship.


The list of IRC and IRRT meetings is now available. Please click on the title of each program. It will take you to the program’s page on the ALA scheduler. Please take a moment to review the list of speakers and descriptions only. Email me with any changes or corrections.

Meetings and programs:


Dear colleagues,

If you are attending the ALA Conference in San Francisco this June 2015.
Below is the link to the schedule of international programs. Please note that on Saturday, June 27 during the all committee meetings time, we will have a table for new librarians interested in international matters and wanting to network from 9:00-10:00 a.m. at the Westin St. Francis Hotel – Tower Salon A&B.
We are looking forward to see you there,
Loida Garcia-Febo
Chair, ALA International Relations Committee
ALA Councilor

IFLA Governing Board Member