Webinar: Taking your MLIS Abroad…

3.10.17 –
Dear all,
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: Library 2.016 Virtual Worldwide Conference

10.5.16 – Library 2.016 : Libraries of the Future

Sarah P’s comments: This conference is tomorrow!  (Sorry, I have been in Algeria working and am just now catching up with news and e-mails). It is free and well-worth attending some sessions.  My only comment is that I wish there was a more worldwide representation among the presenters…

A free Library 2.016 online mini-conference, “Libraries of the Future” on October 6th! Join the 4,000 others who have already registered to participate or watch the recordings now and we’ll also send you our curated resource conference reading packet: 11 downloadable reports and tool-kits, 18 articles, 10 websites, and a YouTube video playlist–all focused on key ideas and trends for libraries of the future.

(to attend live or watch the recordings, and to receive the reading packet)

 Library 2.016: Libraries of the Future will be held from 12:00 – 3:00 pm US-Pacific Time on October 6th (click for your own time zone).  The session and keynote speakers are listed below. The presenter schedule will be sent to registered attendees next week. Be sure to also join the Library 2.0 network to be able to connect with and correspond with 22,000 other individuals in the library world, and to be kept updated on this and future events.
(Conference Website)


As libraries shape their futures – and adapt to the future needs of their communities – what are the near- and long-term trends that point to our brightest opportunities. What can we learn from library innovators and innovators from other sectors and industries that will help us shape the future we want and that our communities aspire towards?

Explore with us some of the key trends that point toward specific futures for libraries, and engage in conversations with civic, social, and education innovators to learn more about what they think about the future, and how libraries can become an integral part of their future visions. Libraries and librarians are well-positioned to envision the future – at the intersection of information, education, technology, and community – and this dialogue will help bring our best thinking together with the exciting visions of our collaborators, allies, and partners.

The School of Information at San José State University is the founding conference sponsor, and this event is being held in collaboration with ALA’s Center for the Future of Libraries. Please register as a member of the Library 2.0 network to be kept informed of future events. Recordings from previous years are available under the Archives tab at Library 2.0 and at the Library 2.0 YouTube channel.

Participants are encouraged to use #library2016 and #librariesofthefuture on their social media posts leading up to and during the event.

Note: ALA Recap…

7.7.16 – For everyone who attended the IRRT program, Leaning International, at the recent ALA annual conference in Orlando…it was great to finally put faces to names and to hear everyone’s stories.  I am just sorry time was so short and that I did not not have the chance to really talk to everyone who came and is interested in working and living overseas.

I am hoping they will expand this program into two next year: a panelist program such as they have had the past two years, as well as a program speaking directly to those who are interested in pursuing international opportunities.

As a member of IRRT, I will be suggesting this, however if anyone else has any ideas of what they believe should be offered, please share.

And my apologies to anyone whom I did not get to spend time with…

Safe travels, Sarah P.






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!

Conference: Library 2.016 Virtual Worldwide Conference

9/30/15 –  Conference: Library 2.016: Library as Classroom

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.

The second of our three free Library 2.016 online mini-conferences: “Library as Classroom,” is coming up soon! Register now to join us on June 15th, 2016, from 12:00 – 3:00pm US-Pacific Time (click for your own time zone), or to be able to watch the recordings at your convenience. There will be an hour-long opening keynote panel, three half-hour blocks with multiple choices of practitioner presentations, and then a half-hour closing keynote (see below).

In A New Culture of Learning, authors Douglas Thomas and John Seely Brown write, “Where imaginations play, learning happens.” This could and should define our services for now and in the future. The library as creative classroom means we approach the learning opportunities we create with thought, user-directed planning, and insights from research. This classroom may include physical spaces for instruction and discovery as well as online, multiscale platforms aimed at social learning and participation.

Libraries of all kinds serve as formal and informal creative classrooms, supporting learners by employing emerging strategies in learning and engagement. These include: play, collaborative exploration of ideas and technologies, and other innovations. There are notable examples of academic, public, and K-12 library spaces that have become creative classrooms. These feature community learning spaces to help learners achieve, game-focused initiatives that make the library a laboratory for exploration, creation zones with requisite digital and 3-D hardware for building things, and potentially endless opportunities to connect virtually with people worldwide.

The library as classroom requires inspired and insightful management that can do those things and more. The library as classroom also requires well-trained, user-focused staff who understand how people of all ages can learn socially. Art programs, DIY tinkering, locally sourced expert forums, and LOOCs (local open online courses) are all part of this ­curriculum.

This is a free event, being held online. Please register HERE to attend live or to receive the recording links.
Please also join this Library 2.0 network to be kept updated on this and future events.

Participants are encouraged to use #library2016 on their social media posts leading up to and during the event.

We are still accepting proposals for a limited number of slots for presenter sessions. http://www.library20.com/page/call-for-proposals.

Spotlight: Meet International Librarian Sam Crawford

5.10.15 –  In the upcoming weeks I am going to be spotlighting librarians with international experience who are planning on attending ALA 2016 and the Leaning Internatonal IRRT Program.  We are creating a list so we can all learn a little about each other and to help connect before, during, and after the program. However this information is for all librarians everywhere so feel free to connect via the blog or write me an e-mail.

Sam CrawfordSam Crawford, MLIS
Academic Librarian at Northern Marianas College (NMC)
Saipan Island, Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands (CNMI)

Since January, I’ve been working as the Academic Librarian at Northern Marianas College (NMC) on the island of Saipan, Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands (CNMI).  I’m still learning “how things work” on the island and within the College itself, but I’m continuing to dig into this opportunity, full force, and I am thrilled beyond measure to be here. 

Broadly, I would describe myself as a musician and self-proclaimed “library nerd” with a bent towards the creative.  I earned degrees in music from East Tennessee State University (B.M., Vocal Music Education, ’09) and New York University (M.M., Music Composition and Theory, ’11).  More recently, I completed a Master’s in library and information science at the University of Tennessee’s School of Information Sciences, where my studies focused on academic librarianship (specifically related to music and the humanities), archives and records management, and digital curation.  

I have provided information services for a variety of both federal and academic institutions, including the Library of Congress, the U.S. Department of Defense, and the University of Tennessee.  Before coming to NMC, I served as the interim K-12 Instructional Librarian at the University School of Nashville, in Nashville, Tennessee.”

I have very high hopes of attending this year’s ALA meeting in Orlando.  For me, the chance to personally meet you and others involved with the IRRT would be a tremendous opportunity to share and discuss alternative views of information work, connect with some like-minded professionals, and expand and strengthen myriad professional networks in the spirit of simply sharing information and learning / growing together.”

Conference: ALA 2016

5.5.16 –  ALA Annual Conference
June 23-28, 2016: Orlando, FL, USA

Sarah P’s comments: The ALA Conference is always an interesting event. For anyone with international interests, there are several IRRT (International Relations Round Table) and internationally-related programs planned. ALA can be expensive however if you are a member, there are several registration choices including: One Day ($165), Exhibits Only ($65), and Single Session. (To find out specific session costs you will need to go through the registration process). FYI: some of the IRRT sessions are missing which I reported to an IRRT member who has asked for the problem to be corrected. If you have problems you will need to contact alaregistration@compusystems.com)

In a following post I am going to talk about the Leading International session which I have been involved in helping organize (Jennifer Nardine is the Coordinator).

Here is the list of internationally focused sessions:

6/24:  8:00 AM – 1:00 PM
Internationalizing Your Library: Strategies for All Types of Librarians: Public/School/Academic/National/Government-IRRT Preconference
Mary Givins – Pima County Public Library; John Hickok – California State University Fullerton; Joan Weeks – Library of Congress; Elizabeth Cramer – Appalachian State University

6/24: 10:00 AM – 11:30 AM
International Perspectives on Academic and Research Libraries Discussion Group

6/24: 2:30 PM – 4:00 PM
International Librarians Orientation

6/25: 1:00 PM – 2:30 PM
Borderless Libraries: Pushing Boundaries for Innovation and Leadership-IRRT International Paper Session & Projects

6/25: 1:00 PM – 2:30 PM
Leaning International: Stories from the Field-IRRT International Connections
Elana Grayson – Korea International School, Jeju Campus; Meggan Houlihan – New York University Abu Dhabi ; Joan Petit – Portland State University; Raymond Pun – California State University, Fresno

6/27: 8:30 AM – 10:00 AM
Collaborating for Sustainable Libraries: Examples from International Developing Economies (ISLD program)
Connie Champlin – Cultural Adventures and Peace Corps/Korea; Pat A. Wand – American University and Peace Corps / Colombia; Janet Lee – Regis University and Peace Corps/Ethiopia; Jane Mirandette – Hester J. Hodgdon Libraries for All Program and San Juan del Sur Biblioteca Movil, Nicaragua/Nicaragua

6/27: 1:00 PM – 2:30 PM
Best Practices of Internationalizing Libraries: Public, School, & Academic-IRRT Chair’s Program

6/27: 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
International Librarians Reception


Conference: IFLA Annual

5.4.16 –  The IFLA 82nd World Library and Information Congress
Columbus, Ohio, USA

It’s almost here!  Join the world library community in Columbus this August 13-19, 2016!

Don’t miss out on the chance to attend the premier international library event  so close to home [if you are North American].

“Connections. Collaboration. Community” – Network with librarians from over 110 countries.

Full program information is now available.

Early registration deadline is May 17!  ALA members and members of ALA Chapters and Affiliates
can register at the discounted IFLA member rate using ALA’s IFLA membership code US-0002.

Questions?  IFLA2016@ala.org


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

Conference:Guadalajara International Book Fair (FIL)

3.15.16 –  ALA Free Pass Program
Guadalajara International Book Fair(FIL), Mexico

The Guadalajara International Book Fair (FIL) invites you to join to the most important core meeting between the Ibero-American publishing industry and the world. As FIL celebrates its 30th anniversary we are proud to have the presence of Latin America as the guest of honor.

Apply to the ALA Free Pass Program, a special program developed by FIL and the American Library Association, directed to all librarians members of ALA involved with Spanish books acquisitions. This is a great opportunity to see the largest publishing offer in Spanish books with over 300,000 titles from 1,900 participating publishing house. Visit the fair where Spanish is the seed that has sprouted hundreds of thousands of books.

Come and apply to the ALA Free Pass Program and get:

  • Three nights of lodging for free, three continental breakfasts
  • Free registration$100 USD airfare reimbursement (courtesy of ALA)
  • 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 


    Deadline to register September 4th, 2016