IRRT International Sustainable Library Development Interest Group
ISLD 2016 Midwinter Meeting in Boston
Statement of Role, Purpose, and Function
The ISLD serves as a clearinghouse of sustainable community-based library projects in developing areas of the world. This group mobilizes the power of ALA librarians to raise awareness of and make significant contributions to international library development. Librarians in developing countries can tap into resources for training and projects in their libraries.
On Saturday morning, January 21, 2017 the IRRT International Sustainable Library Development (ISLD) Interest Group met at 9:00 - 10:30 am, in the Georgia World Congress Center - A313/A314. At this time we finalized details for our ISLD program to be presented at the ALA summer conference in Chicago as well as discuss other ISLD issues.
ISLD 2016 Program:Collaborating for Sustainable Libraries: Examples from International Developing Economies
Description: Experts (each with previous Peace Corps service) in initiating and supporting libraries in developing economies reported on the critical importance of collaboration for sustainability. Specific examples of current projects and models were presented and details of their origins and implementation were discussed. Included was an interactive panel moderated by Peter Deekle, Community News Editor of National Peace Corps Association and Peace Corps/Iran.
Connie Champlin, Consultant Cultural Adventures and Peace Corps/Philippines & Korea
Patricia Wand, Adjunct Professor and University Librarian Emerita, American University
Janet Lee, Dean Regis University and Peace Corps/Ethiopia Collaborating for Sustainable Libraries: Working with the Dispora
Jane Mirandette, President HJH Libraries for All Program San Juan Del Sur Libraries for All Biblioteca Collaboration Works
The International Sustainable Library Development Interest Group of IRRT serves as a clearinghouse of sustainable community-based library projects in developing areas of the world. This group mobilizes the power of ALA librarians to raise awareness of and make significant contributions to international library development.
ISLD Lunch at ALA Midwinter in Atlanta, Georgia
Description: ISLD, RPCVs and friends met on Saturday for lunch during the ALA Midwinter in Atlanta. It was a time to renew old friendships and network.
ISLD Luncheon at 2016 Midwinter in Boston- Photo by Joan Weeks
When: Saturday, January 21, 2017 Time: 11:45 a.m.
Where: Prime Meridian Restaurant in the Omni Hotel
Library Development Projects & Fundraising Tips
Central & South America
East Asia & Pacific
2014 ISLD Program during ALA Annual in Las Vegas, NV
International Sustainable Library Development (ISLD) program will be held:
Date: Monday, June 30, 2014
Title:The Many Facets of Volunteerism for Sustainable International Library Development Projects
Description: Join the International Sustainable Library Development Interest Group for an interactive program on how volunteers participate in library development projects worldwide through travel to project sites, through participation in library to library collaboration such as sister libraries, through interactive programming such as Skype, and through fundraising and book drives to support library projects. Breakout sessions will give opportunities for audience engagement and networking opportunities..
Speakers: Athena Michael, Project Hope - Volunteering on-site; Nancy Bolt, Nancy Bolt & Associates - Sister Libraries; Janet Lee, Regis University Library
2013 ISLD Program during ALA Annual in Chicago, IL
International Sustainable Library Development (ISLD) program was held:
Date: Monday, July 1, 2013
Title:Training: The Key to Sustainable International Library Development Projects
Description: ISLD explored the importance of training in making international library development projects sustainable. Marcy Carrel, Technical Information Specialist at Peace Corps, spoke on the development, content and implementation of the newly created “Sustainable Library Development Training Package,” a set of resources designed for training Peace Corps Volunteers engaged in library projects. Attendees had the opportunity to learn about additional training materials and models used by a variety of organizations involved in international library development projects, and left with a collection of training resources for projects.
Speaker: Marcy Carrel, Technical Information Specialist, Peace Corps
Speaker: Connie Champlin, IRRT, Interational Sustainable Library Development Interest Group
Table Talks: Barbara Ford & Susan Schuner, Mortenson Center for International Library Programs; Min Chou, Chinese American Librarians Association; Jane Mirandette, President, Treasurer, San Juan del Sur Biblioteca; Beth Ardner, CREDO; and others
2012 ISLD Program during ALA Annual in Anaheim, CA
"International Sustainable Library Development (ISLD) and the Sister Library Initiative of Mutual Benefit: Cooperation Across Borders."
Date: Monday, June 25, 2012
Description: This program presented ways in which Sister Libraries can collaborate with library development projects.. (Program sponsored by the International Sustainable Library Development-ISLD)
Speakers: Connie Chaplin gave an Overview of ISLD (PPT)
Gina Milsap from the Ames Iowa Public Library described the American Bulgarian Sister Library Project
Jamie LaRue spoke about the Dobrich & Douglas County Public Libraries Sister Library Project
Elizabeth Cramer and John Boyd talked about Appalachian State’s Sister Library Biblioteca Th’uruchapitas
Carol Hodges presented: Biblioteca Puerta Abierta Santiago Atitlán, Guatemala & Tidewater Community College Virginia, U.S.A (PPT)
2011 ISLD Program during ALA Annual in New Orleans, LA
The "S" in International Sustainable Library Development: Sustainability Issues
Date: Monday, June 27, 2011
Description: This program presented ways that skills are developed and transferred to enable sustainability in developing libraries.
2010 ISLD Program during ALA Annual in Washington, DC
Books in Many Languages: Reaching Out to Youth in a Multilingual World
Date: Monday, June 28, 2010
Description: At this program the panelists will discuss the development of books for youth in their local languages and the role that libraries in developing countries can play in collecting and distributing these books.
Marcy Carrel presented: Peace Corps: Volunteers and Books in Many Languages (PPT)
Janet Lee spoke about Multilingual Children’s Book Publishing: a Developing Industry in Ethiopia (PPT)
2009 ISLD Program at ALA Annual in Chicago
Yes We Can: Support International Sustainable Library Development
Date: Monday, July 13, 2009
Time: 10:30 am - 12:00 pm
Place: McCormick Place West (MCP) - W-181
Description: This program presented ways that skills are developed and transferred to enable sustainability in developing libraries. Methods to overcome contraints such as bandwidth, cultural awareness, needs assessment, and language barriers were presented. (Program sponsored by the International Sustainable Library Development-ISLD)
Susan Schnuer, from the Mortenson Center, University of Illinois presented Understanding the Context for Skill Development and Transfer(PowerPoint)
Kathy Greely, from the South Africa Partners Project presented Libraries for South African Schools(PowerPoint)
Jane Mirandette, San Juan del Sur Biblioteca Movil presented Skill Share Programs: Volunteers Help Sustain Grassroots Libraries in Nicaragua(PowerPoint)
ISLD is in the news!
We are pleased that the Vol. 35 No. 3 (2011) issue of Colorando Libraries has an article about ISLD entitled, "Catch the International Library Development Bug at ALA: It is Highly Contagious." This issue also contains articles about library development in Ethiopia, Nicaragua, and Nigeria as well as about Sister Libraries, and why one might wish to participate in IFLA.
Yohannes Gebregeorgis Opens New Youth Library in Ethopia
In Mekele in the Tigray region of Ethopia, Yohannes Gebregeorgis opened the Segenat Children and Youth Library on August 20, 2010 overcoming many obstancles in funding, as well as logistical hurdles. He raised over $45,000 through the Ethiopia Reads organization he founded in 1998. His organization was recognized with the ALA Presidential Citation for Innovative International Library Projects in 2008.
ISLD member Janet Lee took a sabatical from her position at Regis University Library to spend two months prior to the opening in Ethopia setting up the library. Another ISLD member Athena Michael with Wiley Publishers took her own leave and funding to do training of volunteers just prior and during the opening ceremonies. Please see the full article in American Libraries and how you can help at: American Libraries: New Youth Library in Ethopia Makes Impossible Dream Reality
International Library Development Materials
Peace Corps: Sustainable Library Development Training Package (scroll through the listing to Sustainable Library Development Training Package)
The Sustainable Library Development Training Package provides guidence and support to Peace Corps Volunteers engaged in library projects. This package can also be used by other library development volunteers to facilitate workshops on library development in their host country communities. Each session plan is stand-alone and includes all relevant handouts; some handouts are repeated from session to session.
Annual Conference Presentations
Library Development Support Organizations
129 Cranberry Lane
Centerville, MA 02632
18 Parlee St.,
Salem, MA 01970
Philipsburg Jubilee Library
Philipsburg, St. Maarten
Los Angeles, CA
New Jersey State Library
Appalachian State University
Mortenson Center University of Illinois
University of Iowa, Student
Des Moines, IA
St. Louis, MO 63130
Associate Dean for Technology
Washington University Library
St. Louis, MO 63130
Regis University Director
Jane Kinney Meyers
Lubuto Library Project, Inc.
Washington, DC 20015-2601
The Hester J. Hodgdon Libraries for All Program
Loveland, CO 80538
Library of Congress
NYC College of Technology, CUNY
New York, NY
DC Public Library
Associate Dean for Public Services
Illinois State University
Normal, IL 61790-8900
Library of Congress
Washington, DC 20540