International Relations Committee (IRC)

International Relations Committee (IRC)
225 N. Michigan Ave; Suite 1300
Chicago, IL 60601-7757
USA
Email: intl@ala.org

 

History and Composition

Created in 1923. Functions approved by Council in 1931. Made a Board Committee in 1942 and continued as a standing committee under the reorganization of 1956. Became a Council Committee in 1972. Charge revised June 1993. Size changed from 8 members to 12 members, June 1993. Committee composed of 11 members with two-year staggered terms, with chair appointed annually.

Charge

To have full responsibility for the Association's international relations programs and initiatives; to work with the International Relations Round Table (IRRT), division international Relations committees, and other units of the Association in promoting the exchange of professional information, techniques and knowledge, as well as personnel and literature between and among libraries and individuals throughout the world; to advocate the recognition of the international aspects of the library profession and its priority within ALA; to recommend international relations policy for Council approval and to take the necessary steps for implementation; to make recommendations to the ALA Executive Board for appointments or nominations to international organizations (IFLA, etc.) and other agencies concerned with international library and information services (IREX, etc.); to administer programs of the Association focused on international relations (awards, recognition, exchanges); to promote program and publication activities on international relations by the Association and its divisions and committees; to maintain communication, when appropriate, with other library and information service organizations concerned with international relations; to represent the Association's view to organizations and agencies outside the ALA that are concerned with international relations of libraries; to encourage active participation by US librarians in the work of international organizations.

 

 

Committee Roster

Chair

Dr. Ismail Abdullahi (2020-2021)
abdullahii[@]bellsouth.net

 

Past Chair

Emily Drabinski (2020-2021)
Long Island University
edrabinski[@]gc.curry.edu


International Relations Committee Roster - Full committee roster (ALA members only)

Staff Liaison

Michael Dowling, Director, International Relations Office, inside U.S inside U.S. (800) 545-2433, ext. 3200, outside U.S. 312-280-3200, Fax: (312) 280-4392, mdowling@ala.org

 

 

IRC Agendas

All files open in MS Word.

2020
Annual | Midwinter

2019
Annual | Midwinter

2018
Annual | Midwinter

2017
Annual | Midwinter

2016
Annual | Midwinter

2015
Annual | Midwinter

 

Initiatives & Projects

ALA Task Force on United Nations 2030 Sustainable Development Goals - The American Library Association (ALA) has created a Task Force on the United Nations 2030 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to develop a multi-year strategic plan in the coming year to increase participation by libraries in efforts to achieve the Goals.
 
I am ALA INTERNATIONAL SPOTLIGHT - an initiative by ALA President 2018-2019 Loida Garcia-Febo to expand ALA’s global presence. By highlighting and recognizing talented international members from different regions around the world, Each month, I am ALA INTERNATIONAL SPOTLIGHT will feature a new international member who will share how ALA has supported their work and how they see the profession today.
 
IFLA's 2020 Annual Congress - The 86th IFLA General Conference and Assembly scheduled to take place in Dublin, Ireland, August 15-21 2020 has been canceled. The 2021 IFLA Conference will take place in Rotterdam, Netherlands and the 2022 IFLA Conference has been moved to Dublin, Ireland. Read full Press Release. The ALA membership number to use for your IFLA Conference registration is US-0002. 

ALA Divisions with International Relations Committees

  • ACRL - Academic Library Services to International Students Interest Group
  • ALCTS - International Relations Committee


 

Social Networking

ALAWorld - The purpose of the ALAWorld Listserv is to foster international cooperation and understanding between libraries by providing a forum for sharing news, including educational and exchange opportunities, about libraries around the world and international entities affecting libraries.

 

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If you have any comments or questions about this page, please contact the International Relations Office at intl@ala.org