4/10/15 –  International and Area Studies Workshop for Librarians
ALA Conference, San Francisco, USA

Sarah P’s comments:  If you are attending ALA here is an opportunity to consider if you are interested in gaining more knowledge about collection development and publishing trends in Western Europe and Latin America (i.e. would look good on the resume if you are interested in applying for international positions in these two locations.) Thank you Librarian Ray Pun for sharing this opportunity!


The Center for Research Libraries, along with the Seminar on the Acquisition of Latin American Library Materials (SALALM) and the Western European Studies Section (WESS) of the Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL), is co-sponsoring an “International and Area Studies Workshop for Librarians” on Friday, June 26, 2015. The workshop is timed to coincide with the ALA Annual meeting in San Francisco.

The full-day workshop is designed to assist librarians who are newly responsible for Western European and Latin American humanities and social sciences collecting.  It will cover publishing trends in Western Europe and Latin America, providing reference services, and tips for getting up to speed quickly as a librarian newly assigned to cover these world areas.


Area and international studies librarians require a variety of skills, combining deep subject background with knowledge of library processes/workflows, an awareness of research trends, and digital developments in their respective fields. Increasingly, librarians are being asked to combine subject expertise or add new world areas to their workload. As discussed at recent events on the state of area studies in libraries (for example, in Durham, NC and Bloomington, IN), recruitment and continuing professional development of area studies information professionals is crucial for shaping collections and being partners in the research and teaching mission of our institutions.

This hands-on workshop will provide expert guidance for new—or newly-assigned—librarians in Latin American, Iberian, and Western European subject areas. It will also explore synergies among the areas of collecting and provide an opportunity to network with colleagues beyond our traditional area conferences.


9:00 – 11:30 am Latin America, Spain, and Portugal
Anne Barnhart (University of West Georgia)
Roberto Delgadillo (University of California, Davis)
Adan Griego (Stanford University)

11:30 am – 1:00 pm Lunch
Lunch is included in the registration fee and will be provided onsite at the Book Club of California.

1:00 – 3:00 pm Francophone and Italian Studies
Elizabeth Chenault (University of North Carolina)
Claude Potts (Univerity of California, Berkeley)
Deborah Raftus (University of Washington)
Sarah Sussman (Stanford University)

3:00 – 4:30 pm Germanic Collections
Richard Hacken (Brigham Young University)
Heidi Madden (Duke University)
Brian Vetruba (Washington University)

The Book Club of California (Location Details)
312 Sutter Street, Suite 500
San Francisco, CA

Programs: Call for Proposals (CFP) for Presentation at the ALA San Francisco

11/13/14 –  Call for Proposals (CFP) for Presentation at the ALA IRRT Chair’s Program

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 San Francisco.  The panel presentation will be featured in the IRRT Chair’s Program session. Each year, the IRRT Chair’s Program features speakers who present on a specific theme related to international relations and the library. This year, the theme for the IRRT Chair’s Program is:

Library Leadership Initiatives: Stories from the World

The Chair’s Program Committee seeks proposals from speakers who will be part of a panel that will describe and share the following:

  1. how individuals, country associations, or international library organizations present, plan, and train for library leadership roles and/or succession planning, or
  2. how international conferences or associations promote individual leadership skills.

Examples of topics (presentations are NOT limited to these topics; creativity is welcomed and encouraged):

  • Succession planning in libraries
  • Impact of conferences on leadership development
  • Real or virtual internships and the impact on leadership development
  • Leadership development or programs through associations, consortiums, networks, or schools
  • Leadership development as a necessity of increasing internationalization

International librarians and library administrators or supporters are especially encouraged to submit proposals.

Presentation Format:

The panel presentation will immediately follow the brief IRRT Chair’s Business Meeting, which will begin sharply at 1:00 p.m.  Each panel presentation will be between 15 – 20 minutes.  Applicants are encouraged to consider creative and effective presentations to connect attendees with the topic.


All proposals must be submitted by December 19, 2014 for priority consideration.

Submission Guidelines:

Proposals should include:

  1. Title of the presentation
  2. A 150 – 250 biography of the presenters/panelists
  3. Name, title, institutional affiliation, and full contact information of the presenters/panelists
  4. An abstract of 300 – 500 words, describing the focus of the presentation, on a separate sheet that does not include the name and affiliation of the presenter or presenters.

Proposals should be submitted to: IRRT Chair’s Program Co-Chairs,

Cecilia Salvatore csalvatore@dom.edu and Henry Mendelsohn mendelsohnhn@state.gov

Selection and Notification:

Proposals will be reviewed by members of the Chair’s Program Committee through a blind review process. Proposals will be reviewed on originality and relevance to the theme of the IRRT Chair’s Program. Those who submit a proposal will be notified of the outcome of the review of their proposal by February 1, 2015.