IRO | ALA Grants, awards, and call for presentation opportunities

IRRT Mission Enhancement Grant

In 2016, IRRT members and supporters established the IRRT Endowment.  Interest from the Endowment will be used to fund member-initiated proposals for international activities and initiatives which contribute to ALA’s role in international librarianship.  Goals for the funding are to provide support for international projects or partnerships; promote a global dialogue about librarianship; increase visibility of international opportunities for U.S. and international librarians, and encourage international collaboration in librarianship. The amount available for grants may vary each year.  IRRT may choose to use available funds to provide one or more grants of varying amounts.  The maximum grant amount per proposal for the 2019 year will be $1000.00.  Deadline extended: January 15.

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ALA Presidential Citation for Innovative International Library Projects

The ALA International Relations Round Table (IRRT) invites you to nominate innovative international library projects that qualify for the ALA Presidential Citation for Innovative International Library Projects. Citations are awarded by the ALA President each year at the International Librarians Reception at the ALA Annual Conference.

Nominations are submitted to the ALA International Relations Office (e-mail: for review by the IRRT Advisory Award Committee on the ALA Presidential Citation for Innovative International Library Projects. Deadline: January 10.

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Call for IRRT Paper and Projects Session Proposals

The American Library Association's International Relations Round Table Papers and Projects Committee invites proposals for presentations to be made at the next ALA Annual Conference in Washington, D.C., USA. Presentations will be delivered at the International Papers Session scheduled in June 2019.

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. We invite presentation proposals based on the International Papers and Projects 2019 theme: Preparing for a Changing World: How Libraries Facilitate the Acquisition of New Skill Sets in Communities. Deadline: January 18.

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Call for Poster Session Proposals

The 2019 ALA IRRT International Poster Session Committee invites everyone to share your best ideas and work with the international library community by presenting a poster at the 2019 ALA Annual Conference in Washington DC. The poster session is Session 5: Global Solutions and will take place on Sunday, June 23, 2019 from 9:30 AM – 11:00 AM.

Submissions are invited from international librarians at all types of libraries on any topic relevant to librarianship. Submissions are also invited from librarians in the US on any topic relevant to international populations, projects, and collaborations. Posters may include a description of an innovative library program, an analysis of a solution to a problem, a report of a research study, or any other presentation that would benefit the larger library community. Deadline: February 8.

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Applications Sought for the Bogle Pratt International Library Travel Fund

The American Library Association is accepting applications for the 2019 Bogle Pratt International Library Travel Fund sponsored by the Bogle Memorial Fund and the Pratt Institute School of Information and Library Science. An award of $1,000 is given to an ALA personal member to attend their first international conference. An international conference may be defined as a conference sponsored by an international organization or a conference held in a country other than your home country. Recipients must be personal members of the American Library Association (ALA) for at least one full year. Winner will be announced after the ALA Midwinter Meeting. Deadline: January 10

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Nominations Sought for Humphry/OCLC/Forest Press Award for International Librarianship

The American Library Association is accepting nominations for the 2019 John Ames Humphry/OCLC/Forest Press Award for International Librarianship.

The award consists of a prize of $1,000 and a certificate, which are presented at the International Relations Round Table Reception at the ALA Annual Conference. The award is given to a librarian or person who has made significant contributions to international librarianship.

Created on the occasion of the retirement of John Humphry as Executive Director of Forest Press, publisher of the Dewey Decimal Classification, the award recognizes Humphry's far-ranging work to internationalize the English language editions of Dewey and to ensure that translations were adapted to meet the needs of other cultures and countries. Deadline: January 10.

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Call for Proposals for Presentation at the ALA IRRT's Chair's Program

The IRRT Chair's Program Committee invites proposals for participation in a panel presentation that will take place at the annual ALA conference in Washington, DC. The panel presentation will be featured in the IRRT Chair's Program session. Each year, the IRRT Chair's Program features speakers presenting on a specific theme related to international relations and the library. This year, the theme for the IRRT Chair's Program is: Serving communities: Locally and globally.

The IRRT 2019 Chair’s program will address how different types of libraries develop innovative services and programs to meet the needs of the communities they serve: locally, nationally and globally. The panel presenters representing national, public and academic libraries will share their experiences of programming and outreach in their libraries which situate them as centers of innovation, learning, and partners in moving their communities forward. Deadline: January 18.

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Submit a proposal to present at IRRT's Preconference at ALA Annual in Washington, D.C.

The ALA International Relations Round Table (IRRT) invites you to submit presentation proposals for their 2019 Pre-conference in Washington, DC on Friday, June 21, 2019, from 8:00 am - 1:00 pm.

Libraries today continue to be attuned to meeting the needs of their communities. In the 21st century, libraries are encouraged to be the center of community life, to be community builders and places where people get involved. This pre-conference will focus on innovation in meeting these community needs. It will include representatives of different types of libraries around the world who will share their innovative practices and how they can be adapted in other libraries. Deadline: January 18.

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For questions about any of these opportunities, please contact the International Relations Office at