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: Opportunities for LIS Professionals in the Fulbright Program

4.5.16 –  Opportunities for LIS Professionals in the Fulbright Program
IRRT-ALA, USA

Sarah P’s comments:  IRRT (The International Relations Round Table) recently hosted a very interesting and informative webinar about the Fulbright Program, an opportunity for USA citizens. I have more information and resources about the Fulbright Program listed on my Book Resources page (Chapter 8).  Fortunately for those who missed it, the program was recorded and you can listen to it via this link:

Opportunities for LIS Professionals in the Fulbright Program

About the program: An overview of opportunities for LIS professionals in the Fulbright program, including: the application process, getting your workplace on-board with your candidacy and grant, experiences living/working/teaching abroad, and how a Fulbright can enhance your career and studies. This webinar is informal and is not an official webinar sponsored or endorsed by Fulbright, CIES, IIE, or the US State Department.

Co-sponsors of this webinar are the Society of American Archivists’ Stu-dents and New Archives Professionals Roundtable and the International Ar-chival Affairs Roundtable. The speakers will include: (1) Natalie Baur, US Student Researcher; (2) Chris Prom, US Scholar; (3) Richard Sapon-White, US Scholar; (4) Andrea Malone, Fulbright Specialist.

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 gailsacco75@gmail.com 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

Volunteer: IRRT International Leads Editor

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

Deadline extended to June 5, 2015 for anyone interested…

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.

Responsibilities:

  • 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.

Qualifications:

  • 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.

 

Conference: Deadline extended! Call for papers for the IRRT International Papers Session

12/26/14 –  Call for papers for the IRRT International Papers Session

Deadline for submitting proposals is now January 16, 2015.

The American Library Association, International Papers and Projects Committee invites proposals for presentations to be made at the next ALA Annual Conference in San Francisco, California, USA.  Presentations will be delivered at the International Papers Session scheduled for June 27, 2015.

The International Papers and Projects Program provides librarians with an opportunity to exchange information about library services, collections and projects throughout the world.  The program also serves to stimulate the interest of U.S. librarians in international library matters. Through its International Papers Committee, ALA’s International Relations Round Table (IRRT) invites librarians to submit a presentation proposal.  The 2015 International Papers and Projects Program theme is:

Learning from One Another: Mentoring Across and Within Borders

Mentoring is an effective way of assisting people to progress in their careers through a partnership between two people, an experienced mentor and a less experienced mentee.  Formal mentoring programs exist in librarianship as in other professions and may be found within libraries, library associations, or other professional settings.

This program will feature presentations on mentoring projects and programs from around the world. Presenters are encouraged to consider the theme from diverse angles. Possible topics may include, but are not limited to:

  • Mentoring programs that are international in scope
  • Analysis of successes and obstacles of intra-national mentoring
  • Mentoring as part of sister library partnerships
  • Comparison of mentoring programs in different countries
  • How mentoring across borders has strengthened international connections

Proposals will be selected based on their originality, clarity, and adherence to the theme.  Proposals should be evaluative and not merely descriptive.  Descriptions of mentoring programs that have not been implemented will not be considered.

SUBMISSION GUIDELINES
Proposals, presentations, and papers must be written and delivered in English, which is the working language of the program.
Proposals should include:
1.    Title of the presentation
2.    Name, title, institutional affiliation, and full contact information (including a valid e-mail address) for each  presenter
3.    Abstract (300-500 words)
4.    A short biographical profile of each presenter

Proposals should be submitted electronically (as a single Microsoft Word or PDF attachment) to International Relations Office via email to intl@ala.org with a copy to richard.sapon-white@oregonstate.edu and buenaventura.basco@ucf.edu

SELECTION PROCESS
Three official and three (3) alternate proposals will be selected. Alternate proposals will be ranked and considered in place of official ones in case substitutions are necessary. All presenters will be notified of the selection results by February 6, 2015.

PRESENTATION FORMAT
The International Papers and Projects Program is 1.5 hours total.  Presentations should run about 20 minutes each, followed by a Q & A session.  Presenters are encouraged to prepare a dynamic and interactive presentation, incorporating visual prompts, technologies, games, questions for the audience, etc. PowerPoints are common, but speakers who want to read a paper or refer to it are welcome to do so.  Optionally, presenters may submit a formal paper (5,000-10,000 words), to be published on the International Papers Committee website.

We would like to invite you to view previous presentations listed on IRRT’s International Papers and Projects Session Committee site. www.ala.org/irrt

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.

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.

Deadline:       

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.

Program: ALA International Mentoring Pilot Program 2014-2015 – new deadline!

11/13/14 –  ALA International Mentoring Pilot Program 2014-2015

Deadline extended to Nov. 20, 2014

Are you interested in serving populations from different regions of the world?
Are you a subject librarian or would like to be one specializing in geographical regions of the world, multi-ethnic populations?
Are you interested in learning more about libraries in different regions of the world?
Are you an early career librarian interested in international librarianship?
Are you interested in learning more about the work of the ALA International Committees?

If your answer is yes to any of the above, the International Pilot Mentoring Program is for you.

Sarah P’s Comments:  See my first post for full details.

Conference: ALA IRRT Proposals for 2015 Int’l Papers and Projects Program

10/28/14 –  ALA IRRT Proposals for 2015 Int’l Papers and Projects Program

The American Library Association, International Papers and Projects Committee invites proposals for presentations to be made at the next ALA Annual Conference in San Francisco, California, USA.  Presentations will be delivered at the International Papers Session scheduled for June 27, 2015.

The International Papers and Projects Program provides librarians with an opportunity to exchange information about library services, collections and projects throughout the world.  The program also serves to stimulate the interest of U.S. librarians in international library matters. Through its International Papers Committee, ALA’s International Relations Round Table (IRRT) invites librarians to submit a presentation proposal.  The 2015 International Papers and Projects Program theme is:

Learning from One Another: Mentoring Across and Within Borders

Mentoring is an effective way of assisting people to progress in their careers through a partnership between two people, an experienced mentor and a less experienced mentee.  Formal mentoring programs exist in librarianship as in other professions and may be found within libraries, library associations, or other professional settings.

This program will feature presentations on mentoring projects and programs from around the world. Presenters are encouraged to consider the theme from diverse angles. Possible topics may include, but are not limited to:

  • Mentoring programs that are international in scope
  • Analysis of successes and obstacles of intra-national mentoring
  • Mentoring as part of sister library partnerships
  • Comparison of mentoring programs in different countries
  • How mentoring across borders has strengthened international connections

Proposals will be selected based on their originality, clarity, and adherence to the theme.  Proposals should be evaluative and not merely descriptive.  Descriptions of mentoring programs that have not been implemented will not be considered.

SUBMISSION GUIDELINES
Proposals, presentations, and papers must be written and delivered in English, which is the working language of the program.
Proposals should include:
1.    Title of the presentation
2.    Name, title, institutional affiliation, and full contact information (including a valid e-mail address) for each  presenter
3.    Abstract (300-500 words)
4.    A short biographical profile of each presenter

Proposals should be submitted electronically (as a single Microsoft Word or PDF attachment) to International Relations Office via email to intl@ala.org with a copy to richard.sapon-white@oregonstate.edu and buenaventura.basco@ucf.edu

Deadline for submitting proposals is December 19, 2014.

SELECTION PROCESS
Three official and three (3) alternate proposals will be selected. Alternate proposals will be ranked and considered in place of official ones in case substitutions are necessary. All presenters will be notified of the selection results by February 6, 2015.

PRESENTATION FORMAT
The International Papers and Projects Program is 1.5 hours total.  Presentations should run about 20 minutes each, followed by a Q & A session.  Presenters are encouraged to prepare a dynamic and interactive presentation, incorporating visual prompts, technologies, games, questions for the audience, etc. PowerPoints are common, but speakers who want to read a paper or refer to it are welcome to do so.  Optionally, presenters may submit a formal paper (5,000-10,000 words), to be published on the International Papers Committee website.

We would like to invite you to view previous presentations listed on IRRT’s International Papers and Projects Session Committee site. www.ala.org/irrt