IRRT International Connections/Exchanges Committee
Statement of Role, Purpose, and Function
The IRRT International Connections Committee, formally Exchanges Committee, has as its purpose to collect information about library professionals and libraries worldwide seeking to establish study visits and exchange programs; to disseminate information to librarians about opportunities to enrich and broaden their career experience and the library profession by developing intercultural perspectives; to share educational and cultural interests, achievements, and developments in libraries and thus assist in the development of the profession and of friendly and peaceful relations with countries throughout the world.
2015 ALA Annual Conference Activities - San Francisco
Leaning International: Recipes from the Field
Sunday, June 28, 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Moscone Convention Center - 3001 (W)
Description: For MLS students through seasoned information professionals interested in working internationally, this annual program hosted by IRRT’s International Connections Committee features American librarians discussing their own unique international experiences. Discussions are split between prepared topics and audience Q&A time. These interactive sessions have included such diverse topics as leveraging networks to find work abroad, pre-departure language and etiquette training, adapting to regional librarianship as well as cultural standards, the practicalities of life overseas, and more! This annual program hosted by IRRT’s International Connections Committee features American librarians speaking about their own unique international experiences.
Speakers: Rebecca L. Miller, Senior Research Officer at Afghanistan Research and Evaluation Unit; Catherine Shreve, Librarian for Public Policy & Political Science, Perkins Library, Duke University; Elly Shodell, Oral Historian Director of Local History Center, Port Washington Public Library, Ray Pun, ALA Emerging Leader 2014, Reference and Research Services Librarian, New York University Shanghai Library, Jim Agee, University Librarian, American University of Phnom Penh in Cambodia.
2014 ALA Annual Conference - Las Vegas
Leaning International...Recipes from the field
Description: Are you an MLS student or a recent graduate interested in working internationally? Are you seriously considering it? Do you want to get a recipe on how to prepare for this challenging and exciting opportunity? From service-learning project in Sao Tome to exciting library jobs in China and Kazakhstan…Come and hear first-hand from people who will share their real-life experiences and help you to go in the right direction.
Speakers: Martin Wolske, Center for Digital Inclusion (CDI), GSLIS UIUC; Sara Margaret Rizzo, Nazarbayev University Library, Astana, Kazakhstan; Samuel Charles Boss, Guangzhou Public Library, Guangzhou, Guangdong, China.
- Program (PDF file)
Jennifer T. Nardine (Co-chair, 2014- 2015)
Virginia Tech University Newman Library
560 Drillfield Drive
Blacksburg, VA 24061-0001
Work: (504) 231-4073
Fax: (504) 231-3088
Muzhgan Israfil Nazarova (Co-chair, 2013-2015)
Work: (919) 660-5858
Samuel Charles Boss (Member 2013-2015)
Guangzhou Library, Guangzhou, Guangdong China
Michael Ellis (Member 2014-2016)
Agnes Brown Duggan Library Hanover College, Hanover, IN
Tal Hurwitz (Member 2014-2016)
Prof. Peter Johan Lor (Member, 2014-2016)
University of Pretoria, Pretoria, South Africa
Louis Munoz, Jr. (Member, 2014 - 2016)
Pratt Institute, Brooklyn, NY
Jennifer Obertacz (Virtual Member 2013-2015)
Committee Roster (Full contact information requires log in).