IRRT Webinars

Join IRRT Online either at live webinars or recordings of past webinars.

(Links to recordings will be added as they become available.) 

Current webinar announcements:

Libraries in the USA serving immigrants and refugees
IRRT Chair's Webinar
January 25, 2018
1:00-2:00 p.m. Chicago Time / 2:00-3:00 p.m. New York Time

Registration not required for this free webinar. Join the webinar on Jan 25 via this link:

Join us and learn about how different-sized libraries in the USA are serving immigrants and refugees. Our speakers coordinate services for young adults, English Language Learners, partner with community organizations, and
coordinate library services in Sanctuary cities. Library and information
workers are providing programs and services that build community while
enriching and saving lives of immigrants and refugees. At the American
Library Associations' International
Relations Round Table, we want to be
part of these efforts.


Ed Garcia, Director, Cranston Public Library, Rhode Island
Ed is currently the Library Director at the Cranston Public Library. He received his MLIS from the University of Rhode Island in 2008. He was appointed Director of CPL in March 2012. Ed was a 2010 American Library Association Emerging Leader and a 2010 Library Journal Mover & Shaker. He is serving his third term as Councilor-at-Large on ALA Council and is a Director-at-Large on the Board of Directors of the Reference and Users Services Association (RUSA). Ed is a Rhode Island native of Cape Verdean descent.

Maria McCauley, Director of Libraries, City of Cambridge, Massachusetts Maria has served as Director of Libraries for the City of Cambridge, a Sanctuary City, since August 2016. She began her library career 17 years ago at the Cambridge Public Library in Circulation and Reference Services. Before returning to Cambridge, Maria served as the Director of Libraries in Santa Monica, Director of Libraries for the City of Somerville, and held several library positions at Northeastern University. Maria received a Bachelor of Arts from Ohio Wesleyan University, a Master of Library and Information Science from the University of Pittsburgh  and has received her PhD from Simmons. She is an elected American Library Association (ALA) Councilor-At-Large. Her research has been published in College & Research Libraries, Library Management and Portal.

Teona Shainidze Krebs, Adult Education Division Head, Pikes Peak Library District in Colorado Springs, Colorado
Teona has many critical responsibilities, including the provision of leadership and facilitation for a multi-site adult education program for a diverse population. Among the most important programs, her Division provides comprehensive instruction for ESL (English as a Second Language), HSE (High School Equivalency preparation classes), and Career Online High school. Teona has a B.A. in foreign language (English) with special emphasis on “Theory and Methodology of Teaching Foreign languages and Cultures,” an MA in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL), and an MA in Communication. She is a board member of the Colorado Adult Education Professional Association, and a corresponding member of Library Services to Multicultural Populations at IFLA. Teona was born and raised in Batumi, in the country of Georgia, and is bilingual English/ Georgian. 

Past webinars:

Resources to serve immigrants and refugees - IRRT Chair's Webinar
December 5, 2017
1:00-2:00 p.m. Central Time (Chicago Time)

In this webinar, you can learn about resources to help you serve immigrants
and refugees such as Libraries Respond, Project Welcome, and Refugee
Libraries. Librarians and information workers are providing programs and
services that build community while enriching and saving the  lives of
immigrants and refugees. The International Relations Round Table (IRRT)
wants to be part of and support these efforts.

The panel of speakers included:

Kristin Lahurd, Literacy Officer in the American Library Association’s
Office for Diversity, Literacy and Outreach Services (ODLOS)
Libraries Respond:
Clara Chu, Director and Mortenson Distinguished Professor, Mortenson
Center for International Library Programs
Project Welcome:
Christian Zabriskie, Administrator, Yonkers Public Library System and
Executive Director, Urban Librarians Unite
Refugee Libraries: