International Relations Committee (IRC)
50 East Huron Street
Chicago, IL 60611-2795
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.
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.
Robin Kear (2018-2019)
University of Pittsburgh
Leslie Burger (Past Chair)
Library Development Solutions
International Relations Committee Roster - Full committee roster (ALA members only)
Initiatives & Projects
Call for Nominations for Membership on IFLA Section Committees
The ALA International Relations Committee (IRC) is accepting nominations to section standing committees of the International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA) for the 2019-2023 term. Deadline: November 16.
Donate to ALA's Library Relief Efforts
ALA Urges Library Supporters to Help Libraries Rebuild after Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, and Maria, as well as the earthquake in Mexico City. ALA is partnering with REFORMA on an Adopt a Library Program to match damaged or destroyed libraries in the region with libraries in the United States and elsewhere that would like to assist in their recovery.
Loida Garcia-Febo Presidential efforts to contribute to ALA’s existing work in the area of International Relations
The 85th IFLA General Conference and Assembly, will take place in Athens, Greece, August 24-30, 2019. The ALA membership number to use for your IFLA Conference registration is US-0002.
International Relations Committee Documents
- Guidelines for Selection of ALA Representatives to International Conferences, Meetings, and Assignments
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