Program: Global Education for Librarians and Information Professionals

2.4.16 –

Sarah P’s comments:  Thanks to librarian Ray Pun for letting me know about this upcoming summer study opportunity.  FYI: he attended this program in 2009 and eventually went on to work internationally. It is classed as ‘continuing education’ and the program fee is $3,350 which covers accommodation and meals but not airfare. There are small scholarships available but only for URI students.


Dear Colleagues,

The Graduate School of Library and Information Studies, part of the Harrington School of Communication and Media at the University of Rhode Island is pleased to announce its continuing Global Education for Librarians and Information Professionals Program.

GSLIS will offer again Global Information Services (LSC 518) taught by Professor Yan Ma in the summer of 2016. The dates are: June 14 to June 25, 2016. The course will provide students with an opportunity to travel to China to study libraries and information services from ancient to modern times, film studios and film academies, media outlets, and digital archives of visual information.  Such academic institutions in 5 major cities in China include:

Peking University and its Library
The National Library of China
Beijing Film Academy
Shanghai Theatre Academy
Academic, Public, and Special libraries
Hendian, the world’s largest film studio
Meeting with famous Chinese film directors
Cultural tours in each city
And more.

Participants from LIS studies, film majors, communication studies, and other interested students are welcome to take this course. Registration is open to non-URI students as well. The course can be taken either for academic credit (as a 3-credit course, LSC 518) or on a non-credit basis. All are asked to attend all class sessions and academic tours in China. Students getting 3 credits for the course will also complete a research paper after the course ends.

The deadline for application is April 1, 2016. The full payment will be due on May 15, 2016. For more information on the curriculum specific to the Global Education for Librarians and Information Professionals Program, please visit the Website:

Or, contact:

Ms. Kelly Watts
Office of International Education
University of Rhode Island
37 Lower College Road
Kingston, RI 02881

  1. 401-874-2019

Professor Yan Ma, Director of the China Program at URI-GSLIS
Graduate School of Library and Information Studies
University of Rhode Island
94 West Alumni Avenue
Kingston, RI 02881  USA
Tel: 401-874-2819
Fax: 401-874-4964

Travel: ALA trip to Finland

6/3/15 –  Join ALA President Courtney L. Young in the upcoming delegation to Finland!

Sarah P’s comments:  This seems to be the era of librarian travel…a really great development I think.  The only issue is affording both the fees and the time off.  Therefore, I hope we see a corresponding rise in grants offered for librarians of all nationalities to attend these trips.  For those seeking affordable exchange opportunities check out LIBEX.


As the leader of this delegation, president Young invites you to join her and other ALA members to participate in this important international exchange in Helsinki, Finland in October 11-16, 2015.

Finland is noted for having some of the most innovative library communities in the world. It will be a great to learn and share experiences with our Finnish colleagues. You would contribute valued expertise to the team while gaining both personally and professionally from the experience. In addition to visiting cutting edge libraries, you will have the opportunity to meet with leadership of the Finnish Library Association to discuss issues such as:

-Sources of funding and government commitment to library development
-The role of libraries as an educational resource
-Use of technology at all levels
-Education and training for librarians

Travel arrangements will be arranged through Professionals Abroad, a division of Academic Travel Abroad.  The 60-year-old organization handles the logistical arrangements for prestigious organizations, such as National Geographic, The Smithsonian, The New York Times – Times Journeys and many top professional associations and universities

The estimated cost per delegation member is $4,150 ( includes: group ground transportation within Finland, meetings, accommodations in double-occupancy rooms, entry fees for cultural visits, the service of a national guide, and most meals).  A $500 deposit is required to reserve your place on the team.  In the event that you are unable to accept this invitation, an alternate delegate candidate will be invited. You may also recommend a colleague as your alternate for the program. I look forward to hearing from you regarding your participation.

For total cost, requirements and up to date information, please visit the Professionals Abroad site or contact a Program Representative at Professionals Abroad, at .


ITINERARY (Please note that the itinerary below is not an exact representation of the final program)

Saturday, October 10
Depart the US on individual flights to Helsinki, Finland.
Sunday, October 11
Arrive in Helsinki and transfer to the hotel. After checking in and some time to freshen up, take a city tour of Helsinki. As both the capital and largest city in Finland, Helsinki is the country’s hub of commerce, politics, culture, and education. In 2012, the Economist ranked Helsinki as one of the top ten most livable cities in the world. This evening, enjoy a welcome dinner of traditional Finnish cuisine at Restaurant Savotta. (Dinner)
Monday, October 12
Attend a briefing this morning with the directors of the Helsinki Finnish Library for an overview of public library policy in Finland. In the afternoon, meet with members of the Finnish Library Association. Established in 1910, the FLA has about 2,000 members. (Breakfast)
Tuesday, October 13
Begin the day with a visit to the University of Helsinki Library. In the afternoon, meet with representatives of Finland’s Swedish Library Association, which aims at supporting the Finland-Swedish identity and culture in libraries. (Breakfast)
Wednesday, October 14
Take an excursion to the village of Sipoo, a small town to the northeast of Helsinki, and visit the town library. Visit Sipoo Old Church, a famous local structure built in the 15th century, anad enjoy a home-cooked meal at a local farm. Continue on to the village of Porvoo, an important trading center from the middle ages and an inspiration to poets and artists for centuries. Tour the old town, including a visit to its famous cathedral, dating from 1418 AD. Return to the city in the evening. (Breakfast and Lunch)
Thursday, October 15
Today is reserved for visiting several libraries in and around Helsinki. We will visit school libraries, public libraries and specialty libraries.
Gather this evening for a farewell dinner at a restaurant downtown. (Breakfast and Dinner)
Friday, October 16
Check out of the hotel this morning to depart for the airport and you individual flights back to the U.S. (Breakfast)

Travel: Delegation to Vietnam & Cambodia

5/14/15 –  Delegation to Vietnam & Cambodia

Sarah P’s comments:  I originally posted this travel opportunity on 3/23.  Librarian travel trips seem to be the new thing so I have added ‘travel’ as a new category. People to People  is a worthy organization and an opportunity to gain some international exposure and meet other traveling professional however please know that the cost for this program is $5,799.00 per person.  Last fall they offered a trip to India which received good reviews.  Here’s a letter from the delegation leader for this trip:


SUBJECT: Still considering Vietnam and Cambodia? Here’s why you need to join me!

As delegation leader for our upcoming journey to Vietnam and Cambodia, I would like to pass along to you what I hope to get out of our trip. As you consider being part of this delegation, know that our team will experience a lot and bring back memories for a lifetime. 

I have enjoyed international travel and interacting with other cultures since I was a Peace Corps. I have found that travel that relates to my passion about and work with libraries is especially meaningful and memorable.  I first traveled with People to People in 1985 when I went to China as a member of a group of library and information professionals.  It was the trip of a lifetime and led me to greater interest in international libraries and travel and gave me new insights into my work in academic and public libraries in the U.S.

I have had the opportunity to travel to countries around the world as part of the work I did at the Mortenson Center for International Library Programs at the University of Illinois.  From this experience I know that librarians around the world want to learn more about U.S. libraries and welcome international visitors and the opportunity to share ideas.  Libraries in Asia are particularly interesting at this time since they are developing to meet the information needs of their changing communities.

Traveling to both Vietnam and Cambodia will make this trip even more memorable since we will be able to compare and contrast libraries in the two countries.  I have been to Vietnam several times in a professional role and been impressed with the commitment of librarians to the work they are doing.  It is a dynamic country where citizens are increasingly understanding the power of information and libraries.  It will be interesting to return with a group of colleagues where we can share our experiences and learn from Vietnamese colleagues and one another. I very much look forward to visiting and learning about libraries and culture in Cambodia.

People to People provides a wonderful combination of professional interaction and cultural experiences. With strong international contacts, People to People is able to set up a unique program that provides insights into other cultures. In addition to libraries, I look forward to experiencing Angkor Wat which is a UNESCO world heritage center and a site of great interest to people around the world.  You can find additional information about the delegation at or email me at

 Call 877.787.2000 to join us! You will not regret it.

Barbara J. Ford

Distinguished Professor Emerita

Mortenson Center for International Library Programs

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Library

305 W. University Avenue #2

Champaign, Illinois 61820 USA

Phone: +1-217-377-9472



News: ASCLA Scotland Tour

4/20/15 –  Tour Scotland October 28 – November 5, 2015

ASCLA’s next adventure abroad–a trip to Scotland this October! Seven Nights in Scotland on an author themed tour! From the magical city of Edinburgh, to the capital of the Highlands, the west coast, islands and back to Glasgow, this is Scotland at its most intriguing and fascinating. History, world famous writers, music, and epic scenery will be taken in each day to delight and wonder you to this ancient and wildly beautiful country.


  • 2 Nights in Edinburgh at the Holyrood Hotel
  • 2 Nights in Inverness at the Glen Mhor Hotel
  • 1 Night in Oban at the Royal Hotel
  • 2 Nights in Glasgow at the Indigo Hotel
  • Evening Meal at Hotel on Four Nights
  • Traditional Scottish Pub Lunch on Two days
  • Final Night Scottish Ceili & Dinner in Glasgow
  • Edinburgh Old Town Historic Walk
  • Entrance to Roselyn Chapel
  • Tour of Abbottsford, Sir Walter Scotts Home
  • Loch Ness Cruise & Castle Tour
  • Glenfinnan Viaduct & Glencoe Valley Tour
  • Oban Distillery Tour and Whisky Tasting

Participants are responsible for their own airfare.

Check out the itinerary below, then reserve your spot by contacting Debra Burman Gisby, with Frosch at 847.579.9898 or

Trip Information:
October 28 – November 5, 2015
7 Nights for $2495 Double Occupancy plus airfare (Single supplement for people traveling solo is an additional $395).
We can attempt pair you with another solo traveler if you are interested.
Deposits of $500 for the trip are due June 1, 2015. Remaining balance due September 1, 2015.

A portion of the trip’s proceeds benefit ASCLA, a division of ALA. All those interested in coming along on this exciting trip are welcome to attend regardless of membership status. Click here for an informational brochure.

Questions about the trip or to reserve your spot:
Contact Debra Burman Gisby, with Frosch at 847.579.9898 or email her at:
Deposit of $500 due by June 1, 2015. Remaining balance payment due by Septmber 1, 2015.

ASCLA, a small and mighty division of ALA, represents a diverse group of librarians that includes consultants and independent librarians; state libraries and the librarians, consultants and staff who work there; library networks, cooperatives, consortia and other libraries and librarians involved in collaboration; and librarians serving special populations such as incarcerated youth and adults and people with all types of disabilities. Check out our interest groupsbecome a member, and make sure to explore our Annual Conference programming and events!

Volunteer: ALA Delegation to Vietnam & Cambodia

3/23/15 –  Volunteer: ALA Delegation to Vietnam & Cambodia

Sarah P’s comments:  People to People  is a worthy organization and an opportunity to gain some international exposure and meet other traveling professional however please know that the cost for this program is $5,799.00 per person.  Last fall they offered a trip to India which received good reviews.

Delegation leader:

Barbara J. Ford, MLS, M.A.
Past President, American Library Association (ALA); Distinguished Professor Emerita, Mortenson Center for International Library Programs, University of Illinois Library
Dates: October 5–15, 2015


Are you ready to change your world forever?

Consider a once-in-a-lifetime experience: a custom-designed library and information services delegation to Vietnam and Cambodia in October 2015.

People to People Citizen Ambassador Delegations are unique. For nearly 50 years, we have specialized in providing what no other professional opportunity can—by taking your career out of the office and into the world.

You can experience Vietnam and Cambodia firsthand with your library and information services peers from Vietnam, Cambodia, and around the world through vibrant professional exchanges, valuable networking, and meaningful discussions tailored to your focus and interests.

On a People to People delegation, you can:

  • Interact with recognized experts in your field—including your delegation leader, Professor Barbara Ford
  • Expand your professional knowledge
  • Deepen your understanding of your profession and enhance your value to your organization
  • Make a global impact by gaining an international perspective
This extraordinary opportunity may not come along again. Don’t miss your chance to create lifelong memories in Vietnam and Cambodia. You can contact us at 877.787.2000 (001.509.568.7905 international) or email us at

Can’t join us for the Library and Information Services Delegation to Vietnam and Cambodia in October? Stay informed of future library and information services delegations by requesting information.