IRRT International Librarians' Orientation/Mentoring Committee

Statement of Role, Purpose, and Function

Organizes the orientation for international visitors at annual conference and works closely with the ALA International Relations Office to develop a mentoring program for annual conference.


Description: Orientations are held at both the Midwinter Meeting and Annual Conference. This orientation features an introduction to the ALA Conference and the hosting city for international librarians and other attendees from abroad. ALA members provide an overview of the conference, including recommended programs and social activities. Attendees are able to learn about conference transportation, the ALA's Exhibit Hall and the meanings of the ALA's many acronyms. They also meet mentors and representatives from ALA's many divisions and round tables who help international librarians get the most from the conference experience. (For international librarians outside the U.S.).


Natasha Dass - Ford (Co-Chair 2014-2016)
Cumberland County Public Library & Information Center
180 Fayetteville St.
Durham, NC 27707 3129

Work: (910) 483-7727
E-mail: ndassfor[@]

Angelique Denise Simmons (Co-chair 2013 - 2015)
DFMWR John L. Throckmorton Library
Bldg. 1-3346 Randolph St.
Fort Bragg, NC 28310

Work: (910) 396-2665
E-mail: angelique.d.simmons.naf[@]


Seangil Peter Bae (Member 2013 - 2015)
Columbia University Butler Library, New York, NY

Peggy Cadigan (Member 2014-2016)
New Jersey State Library, Trenton, NJ

Paul Coleman  (Member, 2013 - 2015)
Hartwick College Stevens-German Library, Oneonta, NY

Mary DiRisio (Member 2014-2016)
Cumberland County Public Library, Fayetteville, NC

Martha Alvarado Parker (Member, 2014-2016)
University of Arkansas at Fayetteville, Fayetteville, AR

Bethany Anne Wilkes (Member, 2013 - 2015)
Juneau, AK

Weiping Zhang (Member, 2013 - 2015)
Kent University, Kent, OH

Committee Roster (Full contact information requires log in).

Back to IRRT Committees