Program: Internationalizing your library: How to spice it up!

6.2.16 –  Internationalizing your library: how to spice it up!
IRRT Preconference Program, ALA Annual Conference, Orlando, FL, USA

Sarah P’s comments:  Another program with an international theme at the American Library Association Conference…

 

 

 

 

Internationalizing your library: How to spice it up!
Strategies for all types of librarians (Public/School/Academic/Gov’t-Nat’l) – IRRT Preconference

Friday, June 24  8:00 am – 1:00 pm   Orange County Convention Center, W205A

What does it mean to Internationalize?

Libraries and library and information professionals play an important role in a global world. “Internationalizing” your library can take many forms: it can mean providing other-language materials or ESL/citizenship classes in a public library; it can mean adding literature from other lands in a school library; it can mean offering outreach and instruction to international students in an academic library; it can mean increasing foreign partnership collections in a government/national library; and much, much more. It is a reflection of your level of engagement in international activities in your library. And even more. Register to participate and let’s brainstorm together!

Why should you attend this training?

This is unique opportunity to hear and learn from experts with exceptional experiences in internationalizing libraries. This is the only event of its kind at ALA Annual—a unique opportunity to meet, hear and learn from the best in the field. This training will provide you with specific “recipes” and “plans for actions” as well as “tool kits” on what new internationally oriented activities can be implemented in your library. Moreover, this training is intended to provide you with the new concepts, approaches and philosophies on internationalizing your libraries.

Who are the speakers/trainers?

This preconference will feature specialists from all 4 library types (public/school/academic/government-national), providing strategies for internationalizing. Participants will gather in subgroups of the 4 library types to hear their own specialists, ensuring getting the most relevant (tailored) information.

  • Public: Mary Givins (Pima County Public, AZ) and Chris Cairo/Jackie Nytes (Indianapolis Public)
  • Academic: John Hickok (California State Univ., CA) and Beth Cramer (Appalachian State Univ., NC)
  • Government/National: Joan Weeks (Library of Congress, DC) and Felicia Chan (National Library, Singapore)
  • School: Ann Symons (Juneau School District, AK/ International school, Moscow, Russia)

What will you bring back to your libraries?

Unlike regular ALA sessions that are short and sometimes general, this preconference will be intensive and training-oriented. The speakers/trainers will present real-life examples of internationalizing, and step-by-step instructions on implementing it at your library. Namely, “here’s what we did…here’s how we did it…here’s the challenges to expect…here’s how to overcome them…here’s the results.” You will be able to bring back to you libraries a tool kit of ideas and strategies. Don’t miss this unique opportunity!

Professional Organization: International Librarians Network

6.2.16 –  The International Librarians Network (ILN): new round begins August 2016…

Sarah P’s comments: This is a great way to put your toe in the water of international librarianship. Please contact Cate Carlyle with any questions. (See my blog post about Cate’s recent volunteer trip to help a library in Roatan.)

 

Want to build your professional network and learn about librarianship around the world? Love the idea of professional travel but just don’t have the budget? The International Librarians Network (ILN) is for you. We are pleased to announce the next round of this popular program will commence in August 2016.

The ILN peer mentoring program is a facilitated program aimed at helping librarians develop international networks. Participating in the ILN brings wider professional awareness, an international perspective to your work, new ideas, and increased professional confidence. We know this because many of our participants tell us – and we’ve had over 4500 librarians from 130+ countries take part so far. The ILN founders were recognized with a 2016 Library Journal Movers and Shakers award for our leadership as community builders in the profession.

Applications for the next round of partnerships will open in July and close at midnight on 7 August 2016. Numbers are limited, so apply early to ensure you don’t miss out.

The ILN is open to anyone working (or studying) in the library and information industry around the world. The program is free and the only requirements to participate are an internet connection, fluent English skills, an hour each week and a desire to build professional connections and learn from colleagues.

Get involved now! Find out more about the way the program works, or apply online.

Canadian professionals and students who have questions can contact Cate Carlyle, Canadian Ambassador to the ILN, via Twitter @catecarlyle

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:

https://alapublishing.webex.com/alapublishing/onstage/g.php?MTID=e851c6916a54e02d3a492a842e94b17b3

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
Director
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
http://www.ala.org/iro

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

jnardine@vt.edu

 

 

Volunteer: Join LWB in Guatemala

2.8.16 – Volunteer with Librarians Without Borders in Guatemala

Sarah P’s comments:  LWB is an American-based organization which has existed since 2005.  Their goal is ‘to build sustainable libraries and support their custodians and advocates — librarians’ and every year they organize a volunteer trip.

 

Service Trip Description 

Every Spring since 2010 LWB travels to the Miguel Angel Asturias Academy in Quetzaltenango, Guatemala to execute our remote work on the ground, to discuss emerging needs with our partners, and to re-connect with the students and school staff. We invite you to join us and work alongside us this year from April 22 to May 2, 2016.

This year’s work at the Academy will include ongoing collection management activities (cataloguing, processing, and organizing materials) and information literacy/outreach programming for students and teachers. LWB works with Asturias to also provide opportunities for trip participants to engage in activities that will help nurture a comprehensive understanding of libraries, education and culture in Guatemala. Typically trip participants are also given the opportunity to help finalize the last weekend activity (for example, visit scenic Lake Atitlán or trek to one of Guatemala’s volcanic peaks).

Primary Projects

  • Continued support of ILS implementation and lending system at the Asturias Academy through collection management support.
  • Information literacy and outreach programming targeting all students and levels through multi-day library events.
  • Professional development workshops for teachers supporting library integration into the curriculum.

Housing and Food
While in Quetzaltenango (Xela), participants will stay and eat most of their meals at the COFA Catholic Retreat Centre. On the weekends meals are eaten with a local family or at local restaurants. Vegetarian options will be available.

Expectations
All trip volunteers are expected to:

  • Attend online meetings (3-4) to discuss projects and receive training on the Asturias Library and the local community context. These meetings are mandatory for all volunteers.
  • Join and contribute to a working team before the trip.
  • Participate in pre-and post-trip assessments (e.g. evaluation surveys).

Program Fees
The program fee is $1500 CAD* (= ~$1080 USD) for 11 days. This total covers lodging, food, transportation and entrance to all activities within Guatemala, as well as a fundraising fee to support LWB’s Guatemalan programs. Trip participants are responsible for paying their own airfare to and from Guatemala.

There is a $500 CAD non-refundable deposit due by all accepted applicants by March 3. The remainder of the fees ($1000 CAD) can be paid at the same time or by March 10*.

In addition, all trip participants are expected to bring extra spending money for additional purchases such as souvenirs and snacks, as well as occasional meals in Guatemala ($50-100 is adequate).

Important Dates

  • Guatemala Information Meeting (online) – February 9
  • Application Deadline – February 23
  • Successful applicants selected and notified – February 29
  • $500 CAD* non-refundable deposit due – March 3
  • $1000 CAD* (remainder of program fees) – March 10

*Note: The $1500 CAD may be revised to a new final figure if a significant change in exchange rate occurs. This information would be published by March 3.

How to apply: Submit a completed Volunteer Application to servicetrip2016@lwb-online.org by February 23. Thank you!

Volunteer: IFLA International Leaders Programme

2.7.16 –

The International Leaders Programme is a two-year Programme designed to increase the cohort of leaders who can effectively represent the wider library sector in the international arena, and to develop leaders within IFLA. The Programme provides opportunities that IFLA is in the unique position to offer through our global role and reputation and our extensive and diverse framework of activities and expertise.

For full details about the programme, project descriptions, selection criteria and application form, please visit our IFLA International Leaders Programme webpage.

The Programme will bring participants together at the 2016, 2017 and 2018 IFLA World Library and Information Congresses (WLIC) as the main face-to-face forum. In this dynamic and interactive environment, participants will have direct access to international leaders, and undertake eight days [excluding travel time] of activities including: seminar and workshop sessions on issues with a global impact led by leaders in the sector and related fields; participation in specified business meetings; attendance at specified professional programme sessions; working within groups to prepare presentations or reports; liaison with Governing Board members; building support networks.

This experience will be reinforced throughout the Programme with attachments to IFLA professional units and working/advisory groups to contribute to projects of direct relevance to IFLA’s international agenda, Strategic Plan and Key Initiatives. Participants will learn through practice, and be mentored as they strengthen their skills and knowledge.

Through participating in the programme, you will:

  • Contribute to important issues impacting on the future of the library sector
  • Gain experience in working at the international level
  • Gain experience in working with organisations such as the World Intellectual Property Organisation (WIPO), UNESCO, the European Commission, the Internet Governance Forum
  • Gain experience in the development of policy and position statements
  • Develop your negotiating and intervention skills
  • Develop your capacity to advocate and set political agendas,
  • Build relationships and develop your networks internationally
  • Build skills to have a broader impact as an advocate in your own library community

The Programme is administered by the Action for Development through Libraries Programme (ALP) under the general direction of the IFLA Governing Board.

Applications open until 2 March 2016

 

 

Volunteer: Join the International Librarian Network

1/18/16 – Join the International Librarian Network

Sarah P’s comments:  If you are looking for a way to begin to have an international connection here is an opportunity.  I was involved in their previous round and was paired with a Canadian librarian working in Qatar.  It was an interesting experience and I am probably going to do it again with the hope of being paired with someone working in a different region as I already know so much about the Middle East from my years of working there.

The ILN Motto: A meeting place for librarians from around the world.

Applications are now open: new round begins March 2016

Want to build your professional network and learn about librarianship around the world? Love the idea of professional travel but just don’t have the budget? The International Librarians Network (ILN) is for you. We are pleased to announce the next round of this popular program will commence in early March 2016.

The ILN peer mentoring program is a facilitated program aimed at helping librarians develop international networks. Participating in the ILN brings wider professional awareness, an international perspective to your work, new ideas, and increased professional confidence. We know this because many of our participants tell us – and we’ve had over 3500 librarians from 120+ countries take part so far.

Applications for the next round of partnerships will open in mid January and close at midnight on Sunday 14th February 2016. Numbers are limited, so apply early to ensure you don’t miss out.

The ILN is open to anyone working (or studying) in the library and information industry around the world. The program is free and the only requirements to participate are an internet connection, fluent English skills, an hour each week and a desire to build professional connections and learn from colleagues.

Get involved now! Find out more about the way the program works, or apply online.