IRRT International Papers Committee

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

2013 International Paper Session - Chicago, IL

" 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. 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 were also of interest.


*Mr. Mads Gaml, Head of Project Management, Copenhagen Libraries, DENMARK;

*Florencia García Oyandel, Encargada de Fomento Lector, Sistema Nacional de Bibliotecas Públicas, CHILE

*Lili Luo, Assistant Professor, School of Library and Information Science, San Jose State University, CA, USA

* Wenyi Ding, PhD Candidate, Department of Information Management, Peking University, CHINA

Past Presentations

2012 International Paper Session - Anaheim, CA

“Expecting the Unexpected: Libraries Respond to Profound Change” –

Description: Increasingly, economic, political and human crises, along with natural disasters, constitute a recurrent reality around the world. The effect of large-scale disaster and economic disruption are being felt far and wide and impacting libraries in diverse ways. Libraries are casualties of natural disasters, from earthquakes to hurricanes, as well as civil unrest and wars. Sudden cuts in library budgets have resulted in severe staff reductions, privatization and even closures.

Four presenters from around the world  shared their experiences about how they have prepared for or coped with profound change. Speakers: Carolyn Robertson, Christchurch City Libraries, New Zealand; Carol Brandenburg, Lincoln University, New Zealand; Megan Hodge, Chesterfield County (VA) Public Library, United States Presented: Michael R. Mabe; Beth Joy Patin and Maria Garrido, University of Washington; Carolyn F. Runyon and Meggan Houlihan, The American University in Cairo.

2011 International Paper Session - New Orleans

“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




Buenaventura B. Bosco (Co-chair 2013 - 2015)
Coordinator Infosource
University of Central Florida
PO Box 162666
Orlando, FL 32816-2666

Work: (407) 823-5048
Fax: (407) 823-5865
E-mail: buenaventura.basco[@]

Richard E. Sapon-White (Co-chair 2014 - 2016)
Oregon State Libraries
121 The Valley Library
 Corvallis, OR 97331-4501

Work: (541) 737-7319
Fax: (541) 737-8267
E-mail: richard.sapon-white[@]


Amed Demirhan (Member, 2013 - 2015)
American University of Nigeria, Yola, Adamawa State, Nigeria

Carla M. Ellard (Member, 2013-2015)
Texas State University, Alkek Library, San Marcos, TX

Betha Gutsche (Member, 2014-2016)
 WebJunction, Seattle, WA 

Laurie Kutner (Member, 2013-2015)
University of Vermont Information and Instruction Dept. , Burlington, VT

Xin S. Li (Member, 2014-2016)
Olin Library Cornell University, Ithaca, NY

Mary Kathryn Oberlies (Member, 2013-2015)
George Mason University, Arlington, VA

Jacqueline Solis  (Member, 2013-2015)
University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, NC

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