News: IRRT Int’l Leads June issue available

6.7.17 –

The June issue of IRRT’s International Leads (IL) newsletter is now available for viewing. This month’s ILincludes articles describing the current state of libraries in Cuba, working as a librarian in Ethiopia, the list of international programs taking place during the ALA Annual Conference in Chicago, and more!


Webinar: Taking your MLIS Abroad

4.3.17 –  Taking your MLIS Abroad

Sarah P’s comments: In case you missed this US-based webinar, the recording is now available on YouTube (click above link).  Thank you Librarian Ray Pun for coordinating and sharing!

The ACRL International Perspectives Discussion Group invites you to join Kate Holvoet and Lara Phillips for an informative webinar based on their recent publication, “Taking Your MLIS Abroad.”
The presenters will outline different opportunities for librarians who are interested in pursuing international librarianship, while also guiding you through the process of moving and living abroad. This is the perfect opportunity to get answers to all of your questions about international librarianship.
Speakers: Kate Holvoet and Lara Phillips

Date/Time: 3/29, Wednesday at 10 am PST, 12 pm CST and 1 pm EST

We hope you can join us! Webinar will be recorded and shared. If you have any questions, please email us!

All best,
Raymond Pun & Meggan Houlihan
Co-Conveners of ACRL International Perspectives

Conference: The ALA Library Conference at the Sharjah International Book Fair

7.27.16 –  The ALA Library Conference at the Sharjah International Book Fair
Sharjah, United Arab Emirates

(Taken from the American Libraries article by Patricia Wand, 7.14.16)

Plans are under way for the third American Library Association (ALA) Library Conference at the 35th Sharjah International Book Fair (SIBF), to be held November 8–10, 2016, at the Expo Center in Sharjah, United Arab Emirates. The conference will offer programs, in-depth preconference institutes, and a poster session on a wide range of topics for librarians from academic, public, school, government, and special libraries.

The roster of keynote speakers includes ALA President Julie B. Todaro, who will focus on “The Expert in the Library,” and Center for the Future of Libraries Director Miguel Figueroa, who will discuss societal trends and managing change in libraries.

But what happens when you transplant an ALA conference into an Arabic country? The answer: Conversations about reading, technology, children’s services, faculty research, user services, and library architecture become enriched by multinational perspectives. Diverse, lively exchanges are the best way to describe the ambiance of this event.

SIBF is emerging as the largest book fair in the Gulf. Sharjah Book Authority Chairman Ahmed Al Ameri is eager to provide professional development opportunities to library workers in the region and raise the visibility of libraries. He rightfully envisions the event as an innovative complement to the ever-growing book fair. “Our ongoing collaboration with ALA is helping us in our efforts to be an international leader among regional book fairs and allows us to promote our shared commitment to the love of the written word and its creation,” Al Ameri said in his welcome to conference attendees.

Registration is now open for the 2016 ALA Conference in Sharjah, and there is still time to submit a proposal for a poster session (the deadline is September 22). If you go, be sure to take advantage of the Librarians’ Lounge, a relaxing space to meet colleagues, hold small meetings, and take a break. ALA members will need their ALA ID numbers to register and get the member discount. If you are not an ALA member, email Delin Guerra at to get a special number. Include your first name, last name, email address, and street address in the email.

Program: International Sharing Opp @ ALA

5.18.16 –  Sharing International Perspectives & Experience…

Sarah P’s comments: Another sharing opportunity for those attending this year’s annual ALA Conference in Orlando. This year’s theme seems to be ‘international’ which I think is both great and long overdue.


Do you have an international program at your library you’d like to discuss? Have you had an opportunity to integrate your library into your campus’ international agenda and you’d like to share your experiences? Are there issues or practices that you’ve found informed by work happening abroad?

If you have something to share with your colleagues on these, or any other internationally related topics, AND you’ll be physically attending ALA Annual in Orlando, please either email me directly or share with the list by Friday, May 20th.  You will be notified by May 25th if your proposal has been accepted.

Friday, June 24th 10 – 11:30am

Location TBA

Thanks, I look forward to hearing from you.

Evviva – ACRL IPDG Convener


Evviva Weinraub
Associate University Librarian for Digital Strategies
Northwestern University Library
Northwestern University
Phone: 847.467.6178



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



News: Opportunity to submit to ALA newsletter

 10/25/15 – Anyone out there working internationally or partnering with a library from another corner of the world?

December will be here soon and so will the next issue of the (American Library Association )IRRT’s newsletter International Leads.  We are looking for articles about the ways in which libraries work with each other across borders, provide international services, as well as any special projects or research you are doing.  Please send articles to by Monday, November 16, 2015.  We cannot guarantee that anything received after the deadline will make the December issue.

Your international work is vibrant and interesting.  We hope you will share it with us!

Gail Sacco and Karen Bordonaro, Co-editors

Courses: Teach an ALCTS Web Course

10/1/15 –  Teach an ALCTS Web Course
Association for Library Collections & Technical Services, ALA, USA

Sarah P’s comments:  For anyone interested in breaking into virtual librarianship here is an opportunity to gain both experience and teaching skills.  Applicants must be ALCTS members and they offer a small honorarium.


ALCTS needs knowledgeable librarians from all kinds of libraries to teach additional sections of its popular web courses Fundamentals of Collection Assessment, Fundamentals of Collection Development and Management, and Fundamentals of Preservation.  Please visit the ALCTS Web site for additional information about the courses at

Courses are provided over a four or six week period. They are composed of self-paced modules and include interaction with the instructors and classmates. The courses are already developed and ready to use; no additional editing is needed. Instructors would participate in evaluations and have the opportunity to recommend updates to the course content as needed. A modest honorarium is awarded to course instructors.

To ensure consistency of instruction and a high value experience for participants, course instructor training has several components:
1.Take the course as a participant.
2.Repeat the course shadowing the instructor, with access to the instructor interface.
3.Team-teach the course with an experienced instructor.

How to Apply:
If you are interested in becoming an instructor for this ALCTS Web Course, please complete the online instructor application:

You will be asked to:
-Include a statement of interest (300 words maximum)
-Attach a copy of your resume.

The deadline for applications is October 15, 2015.

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,