IRRT International Sustainable Library Development Interest Group

ISLD Meeting at Midwinter 2015 in Chicago

ISLD 2015 Midwinter Meeting in Chicago-Photo by Joan Weeks


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.

Featured article: Librarians and the Peace Corps

2015 ISLD Meeting during ALA Annual in San Francisco, CA

International Sustainable Library Development (ISLD) meeting was held:

Date:  Saturday, June 27, 2015
9:00 AM – 10:30 AM
Place: Westin St. Francis, Tower Salon A & B.

Description: At this time we finalize details for our ISLD program on Monday, June 29th “Building Sustainable Libraries in Asia: Success Stories.” It will be held in room 2005 (W) of the Convention Center from 8:30 am – 10 am. for San Francisco and developed a plan for collecting resources and updating our website.

ISLD Lunch at ALA Annual in San Francisco, CA

Description: ISLD, RPCVs and friends will meet on Saturday for lunch during the ALA Annual Meeting in San Francisco.  It was a time to renew old friendships and network.

When: Saturday, June 29, 2015    

Time:   Noon 

Where: Fang Restaurant – 660 Howard St @ 3rd St - ½ block from the Convention Center ( 415.777.8568.

The menu includes fried pork potstickers, eight treasure salad, five spice whitefish, Nanking sesame chicken, steamed white rice and water. Vegetarians will enjoy veggie dumplings, eight treasure salad, Nanking sesame tofu and salt and pepper mushrooms, steamed white rice and water. Cost: $21 — Please plan to pay with cash - Exact change will be much appreciated! Please RSVP to conniechamplin[a] by June 23.

ISLD Networking Lunch in Chicago Midwinter 2015
                  ISLD Luncheon at 2015 Midwinter in Chicago- Photo by Joan Weeks

 Library Development Projects & Fundraising Tips

World Region Projects
Central & South America
Central Asia
East Asia & Pacific
Middle East


2014 ISLD Program during ALA Annual in Las Vegas, NV

International Sustainable Library Development (ISLD) program will be held:

Date: Monday, June 30, 2014
Time: 8:30 -10:00 a.m.
Place: Las Vegas Convention Center Room N264

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..

Speaker: Athena Michael, Project Hope - Volunteering on-site

Speaker: Nancy Bolt, Nancy Bolt & Associates - Sister Libraries

Speaker: 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
Time: 8:30 -10:00 a.m.
Place:  McCormick Place Convention Center Room N226

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
Time: 10:30 -12 noon
Place:  Convention Center Room 201C

Description: This program presented ways in which Sister Libraries can collaborate with library development projects..  (Program sponsored by the International Sustainable Library Development-ISLD)


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
Time: 10:30 -12 noon
Place: Morial Convention Center Room 284

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
Time: 10:30-12:00 noon
Place: Washington Convention Center - 103b

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


Training Manuals

Pamoja Training

UNESCO Training

Library Development Support Organizations


Connie Champlin
129 Cranberry Lane
Centerville, MA 02632
Home: Tel-508-362-6055
Cell: Tel-317-908-1220
Fax:  317-637-6387
E-mail: cjchamp[@]

Carolyn Ziering
18 Parlee St.,
Salem, MA 01970
Phone: Tel-617-331-7637
E-mail: cziering[@]


Pinar Arcan
Business Librarian
Martin Luther King, Jr. Library
Washington, DC 20001

Monique Alberts
  Philipsburg Jubilee Library
  Philipsburg, St. Maarten

Ruby Bell-Gam
UCLA Library
Los Angeles, CA

Peggy Cadigan
New Jersey State Library

Beth Cramer 
Appalachian State University
Boone, NC

Barbara Ford
Mortenson Center University of Illinois
Urbana-Champlain, IL

Kelly Grogg
University of Iowa, Student
Des Moines, IA
St. Louis, MO 63130

 Paul Hover
 Virginia Tech
 Blacksburg, VA

Jeff Huestis
Associate Dean for Technology
Washington University Library
St. Louis, MO 63130

Janet Lee
 Regis University Director
 Denver, CO

Jane Kinney Meyers
Lubuto Library Project, Inc.
Washington, DC   20015-2601

Athena Michael
Winchester, VA

Jane Mirandette 
The Hester J. Hodgdon Libraries for All Program
Loveland, CO 80538

Laverne Page
Library of Congress
Washington, DC

Tess Tobin
NYC College of Technology, CUNY
New York, NY

Bill Turner 
DC Public Library
Washington, DC

Dane Ward
Associate Dean for Public Services
Illinois State University
Normal, IL 61790-8900

Joan Weeks
Library of Congress
Washington, DC 20540