IRRT partners with International Librarians Network, provides financial and promotional support

For Immediate Release
Wed, 11/04/2015


Delin Guerra

Program Officer

International Relations Office

CHICAGO  – The American Library Association International Relations Round Table (IRRT) has agreed to a partnership with the International Librarians Network (ILN) that recognizes the organizations’ shared interest in supporting knowledge sharing between librarians around the world. Created in 2013 and incorporated in New South Wales, Australia, the ILN is a global community of librarians committed to knowledge sharing, structured around an international peer mentoring program.


Under the agreement, the IRRT will provide ILN with limited financial support, promote the ILN peer mentoring program to IRRT members as the preferred option for international mentoring, and appoint an IRRT Executive Committee member as the IRRT liaison to the ILN. In turn, this support will help ILN continue to operate the ILN peer mentoring program at no cost to participants. ILN also will provide reports to the IRRT Executive Committee on the peer mentoring program and use of IRRT grant monies, and appoint an ILN liaison to the IRRT.


About the International Relations Round Table (IRRT)

The mission of International Relations Round Table is to promote interest in library issues and librarianship worldwide; to help coordinate international activities within the American Library Association, serving as a liaison between the International Relations Committee and those members of the Association interested in international relations; to develop programs and activities which further the international objectives of ALA; and to provide hospitality and information to visitors from abroad.

About the International Librarians Network (ILN)

The  International Librarians Network is a non-profit , volunteer-run organization created and run by librarians for librarians. At the core of the ILN is an online peer mentoring program open to anyone working or studying in the library profession. Participants  are matched into partnerships rather than traditional mentor/protégé relationships. The program promotes the idea that all have something to teach and something to learn, and seeks to reinforce an egalitarian approach to professional development. Supplementary to the mentoring program, the wider ILN community comprises professionals from around the world that follow and join in website and social media discussions.