IRRT International Papers Committee


Mr. Buenaventura B. Basco (Co-Chair, July 1, 2011, to July 14, 2013)
Valeria Gallo Stampino (Co-Chair, July 1, 2011, to July 14, 2013)
Mr. Amed Demirhan (Member, July 1, 2011, to June 30, 2013)
Janet Lee (Member, July 1, 2011, to June 30, 2013)
Dr. Deva Eswara Reddy, Phd (Member, July 1, 2011, to June 30, 2013)
Richard E. Sapon-White (Member, July 1, 2011, to June 30, 2013)

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Statement of Role, Purpose, and Function

Founded in 1999, the committee's charge is to encourage the scholarly exchange of ideas on library issues between U.S. librarians and their colleagues from other countries; to develop a venue that fosters discussion and the exchange of opinion; to disseminate a global view of the library profession that will enrich and broaden the views of U.S. librarians; and to encourage our foreign colleagues to learn more about our professional associations and concerns.

Goals and Objectives

  • To select a theme for the annual call for papers that reflects the focus of the presidential theme
  • To announce and disseminate the call for papers
  • To review and select 4-5 presenters from foreign countries who represent a wide diversity of opinions and approaches to the library
  • To promote the international papers session in the conference
  • To work with other ALA committees to place foreign speakers on appropriate panels
  • To evaluate the success of the yearly program



Call for 2014 International Paper Session and Projects - Las Vegas, Nevada

Theme: E-Books and E-Readers: Leveling the Playing Field or Widening the Digital Gap?

E-books and e-readers are revolutionizing reading and libraries the world over.  Digital information can provide solutions to problems of access and have a significant impact in places where funding for physical libraries and books is limited.  With their ease of distribution and availability in large numbers, they hold great promise for delivering currency and intellectual content to the information poor. At the same time, digital information is often only available to those who can afford internet access and the technological infrastructure needed to provide that access.  As developed countries increasingly invest in e-books and e-readers, the information rich grow richer. Can developing countries catch up? 

This program will feature projects and research illustrating how e-books and e-readers have impacted libraries and readers globally in many different ways.  It will feature various projects, trends and issues related to the use of e-books in libraries around the world.

Presenters are encouraged to consider the theme from diverse angles. Possible topics may include—but are not limited to:

  • Delivery options for e-books in rural areas
  • eBooks and other forms of eContent for mobile devices
  • Consortia providing links to ebooks between information rich and information poor institutions
  • E-reader circulation studies

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 with a copy to and

Deadline for submitting proposals is December 20, 2013.

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 proponents will be notified of the selection results by January 31, 2014.

The International Papers and Projects Program is 1.5 hours total.  Presentations should run about 20 minutes each, followed by a question-and-answer 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.



Past Presentations

2013 International Paper Session - Chicago

Theme: Emerging Technologies, Emerging Economies: Transforming International Libraries

This program featured various projects, trends and issues related to the use of emerging technologies in libraries around the world.  Each presentation highlighted the transformation that has occurred in different areas of library service due to technological change.  Specific limitations, restrictions and/or creative solutions implemented by librarians were presented.

Digital Public Library in Chile, New Formats, New Readers
Florencia García, Encargada de Fomento Lector
Sistema Nacional de Bibliotecas Públicas (Chile)

Intelligent Material Management in Denmark
Mads Gaml, Head of Project Management
Copenhagen Libraries (Denmark)

Emerging Technologies for Reading Promotion in China’s Libraries
Wenyi Ding, PhD Candidate
Peking University (China) and
Lili Luo, Assistant Professor, SLIS
San Jose State University (USA)


2012 International Paper Session - Anaheim

Theme: Emerging Technologies, Emergin Economies: Transforming International Libraries

This program featured various projects, trends and issues related to the use of emerging technologies in libraries around the world. Particular attention was given to presentations which highlighted the transformation that has occurred in different areas of library service due to technological change. Specific limitations, restrictions and/or creative solutions implemented by librarians are also of interest.


Shaken not stirred: Libraries Supporting the Christchurch Earthquake Recovery - Carolyn Robertson, Christchurch City Libraries, New Zealand

The Rebuilding of Christchurch: Supporting Resilient Staff while Responding with Reimaged Services and Resourcing Opportunities
Carol Brandenburg, Lincoln University, New Zealand

Library as Lifeboat: Navigating the Aftermath of Hurricane Irene
Megan Hodge and Michael R. Mabe,  Chesterfield County (VA) Public Library, United States (presented by   PENDING )

Dynamic Library Services during Extreme Events: the case of the 2010 Earthquake and Tsunami in Chile
Beth Joy Patin and Maria Garrido,  University of Washington

Revolutionary Libraries: Building Collections and Promoting Research about the January 25th Uprising in Egypt
Carolyn F. Runyon and Meggan Houlihan, The American University in Cairo



2011 International Paper Session - New Orleans

Theme: Literacy Programs in Libraries around the Globe

What innovative programs and practices are libraries employing to develop literate communities? How are libraries partnering or collaborating with other organizations around literacy programs? The challenge includes both adult and childhood literacy and involves reaching out to those who cannot read or who have limited reading skills. These issues are the core of this year’s program, which will explore successful literacy initiatives in libraries of all types around the globe.

"The Little Big Book Club – Linking Public Libraries, Publishers and  Early Readers" -  Patricia M. Genat, Managing Director, ALS Library Services Pty Ltd., Australia

"Expanding our Reach and Range: Developing Literate Students through Multiple Program and Partnerships at City University of  Hong Kong" - Dr. Steve Ching and  Bethany Wilkes, City University of Hong Kong

"Fostering Children of the Nation’s Future at the Library through  Literacy and Reading Promotion Efforts" - Sook Hyeun Lee, National Library for Children and Young Adults, Republic of Korea (presented by Ms. Hye Jin Kim, Planning and Coordination Division of the National Library of Korea)

"Lubuto’s Zambian Language Literacy Project – Creating Computer Based Tools to Teach" - Jane K. Meyers, Lubuto Library Project, Inc.






2010 International Paper Session - Washington, D.C.

"Libraries as Gateways to Local History around the World"

This year’s program will explore successful projects and initiatives implemented by libraries around the world to preserve local history and to open up their cultural heritage to the global community.

“Digital Preservation of Belize's National Collection” – Felene Swaso & Michael Bradley


“The Pacific Digital Library: Local Culture, Global Access” – Jane Barnwell & Karleen Manuel Samuel


But Prized Elsewhere: Local History, Collection Development, and the Study of Modern Hellenism” (PDF file) – George I. Paganelis, Curator, Tsakopoulos Hellenic Collection, University Library, California State University, Sacramento, CA


2009 International Paper Session - Chicago, Illinois

"Libraries Serving Multicultural Communities"

Societies around the world - both urban and rural - are increasingly multicultural and libraries of all kinds and sizes are adapting their services, programs, and collections to serve culturally diversified communities of users. "Multiculturalism," as defined by IFLA's Library Services to Multicultural Populations Section, is the "co-existence of diverse cultures, where culture includes racial, religious, or cultural groups and is manifested in customary behaviors, cultural assumptions and values, patterns of thinking, and communicative styles." Consequently, "multicultural library services include both the provision of multicultural information to all types of library users and the provision of library services specifically targeted to traditionally underserved groups." This inclusive approach is at the core of this year's theme, which will explore successful projects and initiatives implemented around the world to improve library services to their evolving communities.


" Developing Cultural Competence to Create Multicultural Libraries" (PDF version) - Patricia Montiel-Overall, Ph.D., University of Arizona


" The Role of Genocide in the Development of Libraries and Librarianship in Rwanda" (PDF version) - Musa Wakhungu Olaka, University of Missouri, School of Information Science and Learning Technology


" Masiphumelele Satellite Library - Multipurpose Service in a Poor Multicultural Community" (PDF version) - Ms. Sharon Brijmohun, Chief Librarian of Cape Town's Central Library, South Africa; Susan Alexander, Deputy Librarian, Fish Hoek Library, City of Cape Town, South Africa (Author)


" Identifying the Information Seeking Behaviors of Chinese Undergraduate Students in Canada and the Implications for Canadian Academic Libraries" (PDF version) - Guoying Liu, Systems Librarian, University of Windsor, Leddy Library, Canada; Danielle Winn, Information Literacy Librarian, University of Windsor, Leddy Library, Canada



World-Class Library Services at a World-Grant University (PDF version) - Christine Tobias, Reference and Technology Librarian; Lucas W.K. Mak, Catalog and Metadata Librarian; Stephanie Parentesis, Library Instruction Coordinator


2008 International Paper Session - Anaheim, CA

"Re-Assess, Reassign, and Reinvent: Collection Building Without Global Borders"

The 2008 International Papers Program theme was "Re-Assess, Reassign, and Reinvent: Collection Building Without Global Borders." Librarians have long been interested in resource-sharing and collection enhancement on a worldwide basis. Political turmoil, economic restraints, and lack of professional personnel impede on collection development efforts of many libraries. This program explored global efforts to improve distribution of publications to library collections. The focus was on successful initiatives, and provided helpful advice on assuring that library surplus materials reach their destinations in a timely, cost-effective manner


" The Role of Charity in Collection Building: Four Models for Cooperative Collection Development" (PowerPoint version) - Sharolynn J. Pyeatt, Brigham Young University, Provo, UT


"Collection Development through International Partnerships" - Leslie Alter Hage, Director, Notre Dame University-Louaize, Lebanon


"Cooperation and Resource Sharing between Academic Libraries in Lebanon" - Dr. Fawz Abdallah, Assistant Professor, Beirut Arab University, Lebanon; President, Lebanese Library Association


"Resource Sharing & Collection Building Through a Consortium: an Indonesian Model Created by International Collaboration"

Luki Wijayanti, Central Library Director, University of Indonesia
Ida Fajar Priyanto, Library Director, Gadjah Mada University
Liauw Toong Tjiek (Aditya Nugraha), Library Director, Petra Christian University
Ridwan Siregar, Library Director, North Sumatra University
Welmin Suharto, Central Library Director, Brawijaya University
Yooke Tjuparmah, Library Director, Pendidikan University
Nanan Hasanah, Librarian, Institute of Technology Bandung
Safirotu Khoir, Librarian, Gadjah Mada University
John Hickok, Library Instruction Coordinator, California State University Fullerton


" Digitization of Collections of Late Usuman Dan Fodio: A Gateway Model of Resource Sharing Among Libraries" (PDF Version) - Ibrahim Alhaji Usman

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