IRRT International Connections 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: (Click on each name to view presentation) 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.




Tal Hurwitz (Co-Chair, July 1, 2015, to June 30, 2016)


Jennifer T. Nardine (Co-Chair, July 1, 2014, to June 30, 2016)
Virginia Tech University Newman Library
560 Drillfield Drive Blacksburg, VA 24061-0001

Work Phone: (540)231-4073
Fax: (540) 231-3088
Email: jnardine[@]


Michael Ellis (Member, July 1, 2014, to June 30, 2016)
Agnes Brown Duggan Library Hanover College, Hanover, IN 47243-0287

Scott David Ray Harkless (Member, July 1, 2015, to June 30, 2017)

Emily Kazanecki (Member, July 1, 2015, to June 30, 2017)
Brentwood Public Library, Brentwood, NY 11717

Prof. Peter Johan Lor (Member, July 1, 2014, to June 30, 2016)
University of Pretoria Department of Information Science, Pretoria 0028, SOUTH AFRICA 

Louis Munoz, Jr (Member, July 1, 2014, to June 30, 2016)
Pratt Institute, Brooklyn, NY 11205-3899

Lauren Nichols (Member, July 1, 2015, to June 30, 2017)
Patchogue-Medford Library, Patchogue, NY 11772-3135

Sarah G. Prescott (Member, July 1, 2015, to June 30, 2017)



Committee Roster (Full contact information requires log in).



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