International Relations Office

2014 John Ames/Humphry/OCLC/Forest Press Award winner announced

CHICAGO — Dr. Shali Zhang is this year’s recipient of the American Library Association (ALA) International Relations Committee’s John Ames/Humphry/OCLC/Forest Press Award.

OCLC/Forest Press donated the cash award of $1,000, which is given to an individual for significant contribution to international librarianship.

Participate in an international travel/service trip to Costa Rica

CHICAGO — Are you interested in a unique opportunity that combines the principles of sustainable tourism and educational travel with international community-based library service work? 

This trip, hosted by the ALA International Relations Office, is designed for librarians at all stages of their careers. 

IRRT participating at the Library 2.013 Conference

CHICAGO — The American Library Association International Relations Round Table will be presenting on the topic “Internationalizing Your Library” at the online Library 2.013 conference at 2 p.m. Pacific time on Friday, Oct. 18.

Be part of the ALA/People to People library tour to Costa Rica

CHICAGO - For 50 years People to People’s Citizen Ambassador Delegations have been providing rewarding professional opportunities by taking your career out of the office and into the world.

Now, People to People, in collaboration with the American Library Association (ALA), is offering a custom-designed library and information services delegation to Costa Rica, Nov. 30 - Dec. 7, led by ALA Past President Dr. Camila Alire.

2013 Bogle-Pratt International Library Travel Fund winner announced

CHICAGO - Araba Dawson-Andoh is the 2013 recipient of the American Library Association (ALA) International Relations Committee's "Bogle-Pratt International Library Travel Fund."

The Bogle Memorial Fund and the Pratt Institute School of Information and Library Science will provide a $1,000 cash award for Dawson-Andoh to attend her first international conference in Pretoria, South Africa.

Call for nominations: The ALA Presidential Citation for Innovative International Library Projects

CHICAGO — Nominations are being sought for the ALA Presidential Citation for Innovative International Library Projects.  Nominations must be submitted to ALA's International Relations Office by Dec. 1.

Welcome ALA International Direct!

CHICAGO — The ALA International Relations Office (IRO) announces the launch of the international version of AL Direct, ALA’s popular and informative electronic newsletter sent weekly to ALA members and other subscribers.   IRO’s ALA International Direct will be sent electronically bimonthly to ALA's 2,000 plus international members in over 115 countries and anyone interested in subscribing.

Jane Kinney Meyers receives 2012 John Ames Humphry/OCLC/Forest Press Award

CHICAGO — Jane Kinney Meyers is this year’s recipient of the American Library Association (ALA) International Relations Committee’s John Ames/Humphry/OCLC/ Forest Press Award.

OCLC/Forest Press donated the cash award of $1,000, which is given to an individual for significant contribution to international librarianship.

2012 ALA Presidential Citations for Innovative International Library Projects announced

CHICAGO — Every year, libraries across the world introduce - and sustain - projects that make a difference to their citizens and connect the international community in genuine and new ways.  

The 2012 recipients of the ALA Presidential Citation for Innovative International Library Projects are:

Assessing rebuilding efforts in Haiti: New libraries slowly rising, opening

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti - “Two years after the earthquake, vast numbers of Haitian people are still struggling just to return to something resembling normal life,” said Leonard Kniffel, who returned March 5 from Port-au-Prince after a week of talks with librarians and government officials about the American Library Association’s Haiti Library Relief fund. “Our dollars are making a difference,” he said, “but the need is so vast that we have to focus our efforts on sustainable projects that will advance the nation’s recovery from one of the largest natural disasters on record.”

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