International Relations Office

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.