IRRT International Librarians' Pre-Conference Committee
Call for Presentations for the ALA International Relations Round Table (IRRT) Preconference
Deadline: January 30, 2013
Innovative Library Services and Programs in Digital Era – An International Perspective
The American Library Association, IRRT Preconference Committee invites proposals for presentations at the ALA Annual Conference in Chicago on June 28, 2013. The IRRT Preconference provides a forum for librarians interested in international librarianship to discuss current state of librarianship in the United. The preconference also offers a platform to showcase best practices in creative use of emerging technologies, international collaboration, and library advocacy from a global perspective.
This year, the IRRT Preconference is inviting presentation proposals that address important issues, trends, and strategies that contribute to the understanding of the transformation of 21th century libraries along with the emerging technology. Of particular interest for this year’s preconference are case studies of innovative programs and services that address the digital and technology divides with an international perspective. The following topics are suggested for presenters to consider, but other topics pertaining to the theme are welcome:
- Design and creation of a digital library
- Budget reallocation and procurement for digital resources
- Open access options
- Implementation of open source software for small libraries
- Practice of mobile technology to support libraries
- Use of Social media to promote library services
- Preservation and access to local culture and oral history
- Enhance sister libraries programs through technology
In the proposal, please provide:
- Title of the presentation
- Abstract of the presentation (no more than one page or 300 words)
- Name, title of position, and affiliation of the presenter(s)
- Contact information (e-mail address and phone number)
- Brief biographical statement of the presenter(s)’ credentials
The IRRT Preconference will be held on Friday, June 28, 2013 in conjunction with the ALA Annual Conference (June 27– July 2, 2013) in Chicago. It will be a half-day program from 8:30 am to 12:00 pm. Up to six presenters will be selected. Each presenter is expected to give 15 minutes of presentation followed by 5 minutes of Q&A. All presenters are encouraged to submit a copy of PowerPoint slides or full length paper by May 1, 2013, to be included in the preconference packets and published on the IRRT web site after the conference.
Statement of Role, Purpose, and Function
Develops and hosts an annual preconference for international attendees.
Theme: Outreach through New Partnership: Strategies and Successes
The IRRT Preconference was held in conjunction with the ALA Annual Conference (June 23 - 28 2011) in New Orleans, LA. It was a half-day program from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm with presentations and discussion among participants and presenters.
Based on this year’s theme, Outreach through New Partnership: Strategies and Successes, the presentations emphasized one or more of the following areas: practical case study, application of unique outreach models, successful implementation of creative programs, and summaries of library strategies and approaches to developing sustainable partnerships with local organizations.
Amed Demirhan, MLIS., MADR, Director, University of Kurdistan Hawler Library -Training Library Staff in Kurdistan, Iraq (ppt)
Jane Kinney Meyers, President - The Lubuto Library Project (ppt)
Binh P. Le, The Pennsylvania State University Abington College- Village Library Collection Development Project (ppt)
Jo Bell, Whitlatch Evergreen Education Foundation - Rural Library Initiatives in China (ppt)
Cristina Vaileanu, IREX Romania, Peter Pearson, Library Strategies, Toni Garvey, Phoenix Public Library - Advocacy in Transylvania (ppt)
Laurie Kutner, I:nformation and Instruction Services Librarian/ Library Associate Professor, University of Vermont
Cindy Dykes, Project Associate, Monteverde Institute Digital Library Project, email@example.com
Stefanie Havelka, Electronic Resources-Web Services Librarian/ Assistant Professor, Lehman College/ CUNY
Creating Collections Through Collaboration: An Innovative Digital Library Project in Monteverde, Costa Rica (ppt)
Web 2.0 Tools and Mobile Technology - Building Global Connections
Librarians around the world explored how libraries employ Web 2.0, social networking, and mobile technologies to enhance their services, expose their resources, expand their outreach, and enrich the life of diverse customers in the digital environment.
This year, a diverse group of speakers showcased innovative approaches to employing new technologies within their services and products.
Brandon Badger, Product Manager of Google Books, discussed Google’s efforts in digitizing print materials to create digital books that are searchable, social, and mobile.
Christopher Carlson, Supervisor of the Web Services Division at the Library of Congress, talked about LC’s web, mobile, and social networking strategies.
Carrie Gits, Assistant Director of Reference, Nova Southeastern University, shared her library’s experiences in developing a simple mobile-friendly library web portal.
Milena Dobreva, Senior Researcher, Centre for Digital Library Research, University of Strathclyde, discussed a usability study aimied at enhancing the digital library site, Europeana, with Web 2.0 and other features.
Tao Yang, East Asian Librarian, Rutgers University Libraries, described how the website FOREASt (Free Open Resources for East Asian Studies) utilizes blogs, Google Apps, social bookmarking, tag cloud, and twitter to promote open access in the context of international and area studies.
Attendees were encouraged to participate in dialogue and discussion as these practices are described. What model might work well for your library? What are your success stories? How can we encourage more libraries and librarians to integrate these tools in their service? How can we keep up with the changes of technology?
An additional component of the Pre-Conference was an overview of ALA’s new 2015 International Strategic Plan by Beverly Lynch, Chair of ALA International Relations Committee.
The 2010 IRRT Pre-Conference will be held in conjunction with ALA Annual Conference in Washington, D.C. from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm (plan to stay until 3pm), June 25, 2010 in the Renaissance Washington - Congressional Hall A. The $75 registration includes light refreshments and lunch.
- To register online, please visit the ALA Annual Conference site.
- To register by email or fax, please print the Preconference Registration form (Word document) and return by fax or email to firstname.lastname@example.org / 312-280-4392.
Digitization in Developing Countries
Description: Digitization of scholarly information, research materials and cultural heritage achieved a global scale, or did it? Aiming to preserve, document, and provide access to legacy collections; digitization efforts require significant fiscal outlay for infrastructure and technology, as well as human resources. A lot has been written about digitization projects in industrial nations but do we know how (and if) developing countries grapple with the challenges of implementing digitization projects? How are potential partners/funding agencies being identified? What are considerations in selecting material for digitization?
John Van Oudenaren, Sr. Advisor for the World Digital Library at the Library of Congress presented the World Digital Library Project (PowerPoint)
Huang Chen, Director of the Digital Library R & D Center, Zhejiang University Libraries, China, presented the Collection and Service of the CADAL Project (PowerPoint)
Bukky O. Omotayo, Deputy University Librarian, K.O. Jagboro, Systems Librarian, Wahab A. Aboyade, Digitization Librarian, Hezekiah Oluwasanmi Library, Ile-Ife, Nigeria presented Digitization of Library Collections in Developing Countires: the Hezekiah Oluwasanmi Library's Experience (PowerPoint)
Chunzhi, Xie, Vice Director/Assoicate Researcher, Wuhan University Library, China, presented Digitization in China's Academic Libraries: taking the Yangtze River Repository as an Example (PowerPoint)
Krystyna K. Matusiak, Digital Collections Librarian, University of Wisconsin-MilwaukeeMyagmar Munkhmandakh, Director, Press Institute of Mongolia, Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia, presented Undertaking a Newspaper Digitization Project in Mongolia (PowerPoint)
Bogdan Trifunovic, Information Manager, Digitization Center, Public Library Cacak, Serbia, presented Digitization Projects among Public Libraries in Serbia: Problems, Obstacles and Success Stories (PowerPoint)
Tim Zou (Chair--2011 - 2013)
Head of Access Serrvices
University of Arkansas
365 N. McIlroy Ave.
Fayetteville, AR 72701-4002
Donald Drummond (Member--2011 - 2012)
San Antonio College Library, San Antonio, Texas
Stefanie Havelka (Member--2011 - 2013)
Electronic Web Resources Librarian
Shuqin Jiao (Member--2011 - 2012)
Pius XII Memorial Library, St. Louis, MO
Meg King-Sloan (Member--2011 - 2013)
ComstockTownship Library, Comstock MI
Bujar Kocana (Member--2011 - 2013) (Virtual)
Aleksander University Library, Rinia Elbasan, Albania
Susan K. McClelland (Member--2011 - 2012)
Oak Park Library, Oak Park, IL
Jo Bell Whitlatch (Member--2011 - 2013)
San Jose State University, San Jose, CA
Committee Roster (Full contact information requires log in).