Volunteering: IRRT International Leads Editor

4/10/15 –  IRRT International Leads Editor
ALA, USA (online/remote)

Sarah P’s comments:  Join ALA and IRRT (International Relations Round Table) and apply to be the editor.  Could gain valuable experience in international librarianship as well as contacts with like-minded librarians…


Applications are due by May 31, 2015.

International Relations Round Table (IRRT) International Leads Editor Volunteer. Position available beginning after the 2015 ALA Annual Conference in San Francisco.

Do you want to play a significant role in promoting international librarianship and the activities of the International Relations Round Table?  You can do so by volunteering to serve a two-year term as the editor of IRRT’s official publication International Leads (IL).

IL Editor Description: 

The Editor of International Leads is responsible for the official organ of the International Relations Round Table, in conjunction with the IRRT Publications Committee and the IRRT Executive Board.

The purpose of IL is to disseminate information about international librarianship and the activities of the Round Table. IL seeks to support Round Table and Association objectives by bringing IRRT’s member news and articles that help them understand and react to recent developments in international librarianship.

Because IL is the official publication of the IRRT, the editor has a particular responsibility to convey to IRRT members and other readers full and accurate information on the activities, purpose and goals of the Round Table. Previous issues are available on the IRRT website at: http://www.ala.org/irrt/intlleads/internationalleads

IL is published quarterly, edited by a member volunteer and uploaded to the IRRT website by the IRRT Webmaster.

The IL Editor will serve a two-year term, renewable once.  The term begins at the end of the 2015 ALA Annual Conference in and runs for two calendar (volume) years.


  • Coordinate International Leads working with the IRRT Publications Committee and the IRRT Executive Board.
  • Have responsibility for the content, form and design of IL within the parameters of ALA and IRRT policies and in consultation with the IRRT Publications Committee, the IRRT Executive Board, the ALA International Relations Office (IRO).
  • Seek manuscripts and encourage the submission of high-quality articles.
  • Review all submitted manuscripts in light of the philosophy, purpose, and general style of the publication.  Correspond with authors regarding acceptable, rewriting and resubmission, or rejection of articles.
  • Edit and proof manuscript copy.
  • Assume final authority for all content in each issue of IL.
  • Serve as a non-voting, ex-officio member of the IRRT Publications Committee and the IRRT Executive Board.


  • Experience in publishing and/or journalism, either in editing or writing, sufficient to be able to produce a high-quality publication that addresses interests of the readership.
  • Effective communication skills.
  • Experience in or demonstrated knowledge of international librarianship.
  • Membership in the International Relations Round Table.
  • Attendance at both the ALA Midwinter Conference and the ALA Annual Conference is required.

Reports to:

IRRT Publications Committee
IRRT Executive Board

To make inquiries or to apply for the position, please contact Dr. Elizabeth Cramer, crameree@appstate.edu.  Applications should include a brief statement about your interest in the position and a description of your skills and background relevant to the position.  Please include a current resume or CV.  Applications are due by May 31, 2015 for review. Applications in electronic format by email are preferable.


1/14/15 –  ALA International Relations Round Table (IRRT) Preconference-Extended Deadline: February 13, 2015



Leading from Any Position:  Libraries which are Leaders in their    Communities and Librarians who Lead.

 The American Library Association IRRT Preconference Committee invites proposals for presentations at the ALA Annual Conference in San Francisco on June 26, 2015.  The IRRT Preconference provides a forum for librarians interested in international librarianship to discuss the current and future state of librarianship.

The library profession is constantly adjusting to new technical developments, standards and innovative new services.  These changes may occur without additional funding, or in an environment where the relevance of library services may not be widely known, or may be questioned as larger institutions (governmental, educational or corporate) face rethinking of structures.  To survive and thrive libraries need to have strong leadership from within. Libraries need to be leaders in their communities in order to ensure they are full participants in the future of those communities.

This year the IRRT Preconference is inviting proposals from around the world addressing how to lead and how to nurture leadership of both individuals and libraries.  This year there will be time set aside for breakout sessions, during which each presenter will facilitate discussion related to his or her topic at a table.

The following topics are suggested for presenters to consider, but other topics pertaining to the theme are also welcome:

Sustainable Community Based Library Projects in Developing Areas of the World

Public Libraries that have raised their profiles by taking the lead in Education, Career Preparedness and other Fields

University Libraries that have taken the lead in innovation at their Institution or more widely

Librarians leading positive change outside Management Structures

Projects to nurture leadership at all levels in any library

In the proposal, please provide

  1. Title of the presentation
  2. Abstract of the presentation (no more than one page or 300 words)
  3. Name, title of position, and affiliation of the presenter(s)
  4. Contact information (email address and phone number)
  5. Brief biographical statement of the presenter(s)’ credentials.


Please submit your proposal to: enyren@placer.ca.gov no later than February 13, 2015All proponents will be notified by March 13, 1015.

The IRRT Preconference will be held on Friday June 26, 2015 in conjunction with the ALA Annual Conference (June25—June 30, 2015) in San Francisco.  It will be a half day program from 8:00 am to 12:30 pm. Up to six presenters will be selected and grouped into two panels.  Each presenter is expected to give fifteen minutes of presentation; there will be a very brief Q&A session after each panel. After the panels each presenter will facilitate a break out group on their topic, where more extensive discussions will take place.  Lunch will be provided in the meeting room 12:30-1:30 pm.

All presenters are encouraged to submit a copy of PowerPoint slides or full length paper by May 1, 2015 to be included in the preconference packets and published on the IRRT web site after the conference.

News: IRRT blog

11/14/14 – ALA IRRT Blog

FYI:  I wanted to mention that ALA’s IRRT (International Relations Round Table) maintains a blog which you can follow to find recent news and information.