International Relations Committee (IRC)
International Relations Committee (IRC)
50 East Huron Street
Chicago, IL 60611-2795
History and Composition
Created in 1923. Functions approved by Council in 1931. Made a Board Committee in 1942 and continued as a standing committee under the reorganization of 1956. Became a Council Committee in 1972. Charge revised June 1993. Size changed from 8 members to 12 members, June 1993. Committee composed of 11 members with two-year staggered terms, with chair appointed annually.
To have full responsibility for the Association's international relations programs and initiatives; to work with the International Relations Round Table (IRRT), division international Relations committees, and other units of the Association in promoting the exchange of professional information, techniques and knowledge, as well as personnel and literature between and among libraries and individuals throughout the world; to advocate the recognition of the international aspects of the library profession and its priority within ALA; to recommend international relations policy for Council approval and to take the necessary steps for implementation; to make recommendations to the ALA Executive Board for appointments or nominations to international organizations (IFLA, etc.) and other agencies concerned with international library and information services (IREX, etc.); to administer programs of the Association focused on international relations (awards, recognition, exchanges); to promote program and publication activities on international relations by the Association and its divisions and committees; to maintain communication, when appropriate, with other library and information service organizations concerned with international relations; to represent the Association's view to organizations and agencies outside the ALA that are concerned with international relations of libraries; to encourage active participation by US librarians in the work of international organizations.
Loida Garcia-Febo (2014 - 2015)
Information New Wave
International Relations Committee Roster - Full committee roster (ALA members only)
Initiatives & Projects
ALA Ahead 2015 - In June, 2010, the American Library Association adopted a new strategic plan. ALA 2015 outlines strategic goals and objectives for the next five years, and sets priorities for the association that will strengthen libraries, the profession, and the public’s access to information.
Are you interested in being a mentor or mentee? The International Relations Committee and the International Relations Round Table are sponsoring this pilot program to provide librarians with resources to help them understand international librarianship; provide mentoring related for career development in international librarianship, library services in different regions of the world, and sister libraries among many others.
Call for ALA representatives to IFLA Section Committees - The ALA International Relations Committee (IRC) is accepting nominations to section standing committees of the International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA) for the 2015-2019 term.
PHILIPPINES LIBRARY RELIEF FUND - The American Library Association is accepting donations for libraries in the Philippines. The Philippines Library Relief Fund will help to rebuild libraries and archives in the Philippines that were destroyed or damaged by the Typhoon Haiyan on November 8, 2013. Please make tax deductible donations to help rebuild libraries in the Philippines.
IFLA's 81st Annual Conference - The 81st IFLA General Conference and Assembly, will take place in Cape Town, South Africa, August 15-21, 2015. The ALA membership number to use for your IFLA Conference registration is US-0002.
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