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.


2010 ALA Annual Conference Activities

Building Bridges to Establish International Partnerships: The Nuts and Bolts.
Co-Sponsored by ALA IRRT International Connections Committee & ALA IRRT International Sister Libraries Committee.

Description: Have you ever dreamed of starting an international library partnership to exchange knowledge and staff? Where do you start? Join your American and international colleagues as they present blueprints for cooperative ventures involving exchange and sister library relationships. Successful participants will discuss the first steps to begin the process and garner support. Attendees will also have time for networking to perhaps spark a new international connection.

Richard Blake, Librarian, Waynesburg University
Sandy Chen, Assistant Professor, Clarion University of Pennsylvania
Henry Mendelsohn, Regional Information Resource Officer, U.S. Embassy, Cairo
Dr. Maurice A. Mikhail, Consultant to Mubarak Public Libraries, Egypt


Robin Kear, Reference/Instruction Librarian, University of Pittsburgh
Chris Shaffer, Director of Library Services, Dothan Campus Library, Troy University  


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
E-mail: jnardine[@]

Muzhgan Israfil Nazarova (Co-chair, 2013-2015)
Duke University

Work: (919) 660-5858
Email: muzhgan.nazarova[@]


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)


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Jennifer Cromer (Virtural Member 2011-2013)
Lewis and Clark State College Library, Lewiston, ID