IRRT Chair's Program Committee

Statement of Role, Purpose, and Function

Develops and hosts program at annual conference for IRRT members and librarians interested in international librarianship.



Library Leadership Initiatives: Stories from the World

Call for Proposals (CFP) for Presentation at the ALA IRRT Chair’s Program


The American Library Association (ALA) International Relations Round Table (IRRT) Chair’s Program Committee invites proposals for participation in a panel presentation that will take place at the annual ALA conference in San Francisco.  The panel presentation will be featured in the IRRT Chair’s Program session.

Each year, the IRRT Chair’s Program features speakers who present on a specific theme related to international relations and the library. This year, the theme for the IRRT Chair’s Program is:

Library Leadership Initiatives: Stories from the World

The Chair’s Program Committee seeks proposals from speakers who will be part of a panel that will describe and share the following:

1.      how individuals, country associations, or international library organizations present, plan, and train for library leadership roles and/or succession planning, or

2.      how international conferences or associations promote individual leadership skills.

Examples of topics (presentations are NOT limited to these topics; creativity is welcomed and encouraged):

·         Succession planning in libraries

·         Impact of conferences on leadership development

·         Real or virtual internships and the impact on leadership development

·         Leadership development or programs through associations, consortiums, networks, or schools

·         Leadership development as a necessity of increasing internationalization


International librarians and library administrators or supporters are especially encouraged to submit proposals.


Presentation Format:

The panel presentation will immediately follow the brief IRRT Chair’s Business Meeting, which will begin sharply at 1:00 p.m.  Each panel presentation will be between 15 – 20 minutes.  Applicants are encouraged to consider creative and effective presentations to connect attendees with the topic.


All proposals must be submitted by December 19, 2014 for priority consideration.

Submission Guidelines:

Proposals should include:

1.      Title of the presentation

2.      A 150 - 250 biography of the presenters/panelists

3.      Name, title, institutional affiliation, and full contact information of the presenters/panelists

4.      An abstract of 300 – 500 words, describing the focus of the presentation, on a separate sheet that does not include the name and affiliation of the presenter or presenters.

Proposals should be submitted to: IRRT Chair’s Program Co-Chairs,

Cecilia Salvatore and Henry Mendelsohn

Selection and Notification:

Proposals will be reviewed by members of the Chair’s Program Committee through a blind review process. Proposals will be reviewed on originality and relevance to the theme of the IRRT Chair’s Program.

Those who submit a proposal will be notified of the outcome of the review of their proposal by February 1, 2015.

IRRT 2014 Chair's Program

Expanding the School Library: connecting students with students, across international boundaries, using modern technology - IRRT Chair's Program

Description: Speakers will address what school libraries are doing or can do to reach students from other countries with the use of modern technology.
Speakers: Carol Brey, Information Resource Officer, U.S. Department of State; Joyce Kasman Valenza, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Rutgers University; George Breaz, Library/Media Specialist at Advanced Technologies Academy in the Las Vegas area.

IRRT 2013 Chair's Program

With Great Power Comes Great Responsibility

Description: Asi Burak, Co-President Games for Change, addressed the Annual Conference on Monday, July 1st.  Sponsored by the IRRT, his talk focused on the power of video games as a maturing medium and a largely untapped tool "for good".  Asi  made an impassioned case for using games for social impact and learning, with an overview of the latest
trends and core challenges.  He  shared some case studies and success stories including his unique entry to the
field, leading the team behind the award-winning game "PeaceMaker" around the Middle-East Conflict. 

Attendees learned about the field at large and how Games for Change is leading the future of this movement, including showcasing games in public spaces, museums and libraries.  On February 17, 2013 the New York Times published an article about Games for Change's latest game "Half the Sky Movement: The Game," available on Facebook and inspired by the book and PBS television program.

IRRT 2012  Chair’s Program

Mātauranga Māori in New Zealand Libraries: A presentation and workshop on Maori knowledge in New Zealand libraries-

Description: Treaty of Waitangi settlements are enabling iwi/hapu (tribal) entities to build repositories to house their own taonga (treasures) and mātauranga (knowledge) which can affect mainstream libraries throughout Aotearoa (New Zealand) , as iwi contemplate repatriation of their iwi/hapu taonga. Te Ropu Whakahau (Māori in Libraries and Information Management) has developed a one-day workshop, Mātauranga Māori in New Zealand Libraries. This workshop provides a professional development opportunity for non-Māori librarians, on how to work with iwi/hapu through true partnership, by acknowledging the importance of Matauranga Māori values and practices.

Speakers: Mereana Coleman, Te Whare Wānanga o Awanuiārangi Library, Aotearoa New Zealand; Eddie Neha, Ngati Maniapoto Trust Board, Aotearoa New Zealand

IRRT 2009 Chair's Program - Resources: Funding, Gathering, and Digitizing and Providing Access to Cultural Heritage

Description: Gathering and digitizing cultural heritage easily accessible, with emphasis on materials and about developing countries.

IRRT 2008 Chair's Program - Professional Development Around the World: Meeting the Challenge of Rapid Change in the Digital Environment

Description:An international panel addressed challenges and successes in providing professional development to librarians as they transition through the profession from the beginning to the middle and later in their careers, with an emphasis on technology.

The IRRT also hosted the presentation of the John Humphry/OCLC/Forest Press Award for significant contributions to international librarianship and the presentation of the Bogle Pratt International Travel Fund award at the beginning of the program.

Dr. Gilliam Hallam, Associate Professor, Faculty of Information Technology, Queensland University of Technology, Australia
Dr. Antonia Neubauer, President, Myths and Mountains, Inc., Incline Village, NV
Jane Kinney Meyers, President, Lubuto Library Project, Inc., Washington, DC
Jane Mirandette, President, The Hester J. Hodgdon Libraries for All Program, Loveland, CO

Moderator: Joan Weeks, Sr. Instruction Librarian, Library of Congress, Washington, DC

International Library Partnerships: Walking Side by Side

2007 IRRT Chair's Program

Description:This session focused on strategies for developing successful and sustainable international partnerships. Partnerships can be wonderful vehicles to develop joint activities with other institutions, they also require a lot of work to establish and maintain. Michele Pierre-Louis, executive director of the Foundation Connaissance et Liberte (FOKAL) in Haiti, talked about her organization’s experience with international partnerships. U.S. speakers discussed their partnerships with libraries in Bulgaria, China, and South Africa.

The IRRT also hosted the presentation of the John Humphry/OCLC/Forest Press Award for significant contributions to international librarianship and the presentation of the Bogle Pratt International Travel Fund award at the beginning of the program.

Michele Pierre-Louis, Executive Director, Haitian NGO Foundation Connaissance et Liberty (FOKAL)
Nancy Bolt, Past Chair, IRRT
Francine DeFranco, Director, Collection Services, University of Connecticut
Carol Sheffer, Deputy Director, Queens Borough Public Library


International Program Form (PDF)
Please complete this form if you are planning any international programs at an upcoming annual conference.


Jeremiah Paschke-Wood (Co-Chair, July 1, 2015, to June 30, 2016)
University of Louisiana-Lafayette
400 E. St. Mary Blvd Lafayette, LA 70504-0001

Phone: (337: 482-1160
Email: jeremiahpaschkewood[@]

Paula M. Smith (Co-Chair, July 1, 2015, to June 30, 2016) - Work Phone: (215) 881-7462 Fax: (215) 881-7423
Pennsylvania State University
1600 Woodland Rd Abington, PA 19001-3918

Work Phone: (215) 881-7462
Fax: (215) 881-7423



Ignacio Matias Albarracin (Member, July 1, 2015, to June 30, 2017)

Joe Murphy, III (Member, July 1, 2015, to June 30, 2017) 
Library Future
San Leandro, CA 94577-0440

Committee Roster (Full contact information requires log in).

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