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Upcoming webinars:


Libraries as Social Change Agents - A three part series

The International Round Table (IRRT) Pre-Conference originally scheduled for June 26, 2020 was canceled due COVID-19. However, we are excited to announce that the three speakers originally selected for the pre-conference have agreed to present virtually. Committee co-chairs Drs. Gloria Creed-Dikeogu and Barbara Marson are hosting three webinars this summer as a series with the theme of Libraries as Social Change Agents.

Each webinar will last approximately 1 ½ hours – one hour for the speaker and 30 minutes for Q and A.
Webinar schedule:

Part 1: The Role of Libraries in Addressing Terrorism through Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs): the Case of Jomo Kenyatta Memorial Library, University of Nairobi, Kenya. Complete Abstract.

Presenters:   Dr. Dorothy Njiraine, Chairperson & Senior Lecturer, Department of Library and Information Science, University of Nairobi, Kenya; Eugene Che, Student Librarian, University of Nairobi, Kenya.

Moderator:  Donna Scheeder, President at Library Strategies International, Past President of the International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA)

Date and time: July 14, 2020, 8:00am Pacific |  10:00am Central Time  | 11:00 am Eastern Time (World clock)

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Part 2: Aug   4:    1 PM EDT  |   Jane Kinney Meyers   Including the Most Excluded with Digital Skills


•    Part 3: Aug 13:    1 PM EDT  |   Julie Ann Winkelstein Creating Social Change through Library Education




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


Webinar Series Title: Libraries Reopening: A Perspective of Best Practices* from Around the World in the Time of COVID-19

Webinar Abstract
ALA International Relations Round Table (IRRT) Webinar Committee will run a series of free webinars focusing on perspectives from libraries around the world dealing with COVID-19. Presenters will address the following questions.

  • What risks are libraries expecting to be associated with the reopening?
  • What is the library strategy to protect their users, the library staff, the building, and the materials?
  • What are the safety measures that libraries are putting in place?
  • What is the training the staff need?
  • What communications channels are you using or plan to use to communicate the staff safety?

In late 2019, the world started to hear about a novel coronavirus and was soon announced as a global pandemic creating many challenges, including Libraries. Libraries had to act fast in addressing global pandemic preparedness and planning to reopen. Reopening during a global pandemic requires preparation that includes safe reopening policies and practices that best protect library workers and its patrons. This webinar series will help us to learn from libraries in Germany, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Mexico, Qatar, Netherlands, Sweden and Australia on how they addressed and are currently addressing the reopening of libraries during the challenging time of COVID-19.

June 4, 2020 - Two Sessions

  • UIN Sunan Kalijaga Library, Indonesia | Latin America and the Caribbean Section of IFLA.
    Dr. Juan Miguel Palma Peña, Latin American and Caribbean section, National Autonomous University of Mexico, Mexico,
    Labibah Zain, Head of the College Library State Islamic University, Yogyakarta, Indonesia,
    Listen to recording - (1:01)
  • Presented by Libraries ACT, Australia,
    Vanessa Little, Director, Libraries ACT
    Listen to recording - (1:03)


June 5, 2020 - One Session

  • Qatar National Library and IFLA | Perspectives on sanitization from the Arab Region, and on re-opening strategies at the Global Level,  and Netherlands: A Comparative View
    Stephane Ipert, Preservation Manager at Qatar National Library, Doha-Qatar
    Stephen Wyber, Manager, Policy and Advocacy at IFLA, Netherlands
    Listen to recording - (1:01)


June 11 - One Session

  • Helsingborg City Libraries and Mjölby Public Library, Sweden
    Catharina Isberg, Director of Helsinborg City Libraries, Helsingborg, Sweden
    Miss Anya Feltreuter, Library Director, Mjolby Public Library, Mjolby, Sweden
    Listen to recording - (1:00)


June 16  - One Session

  • Leipzig University Library, Germany
    Prof. Dr. Ulrich Johannes Schneider, Director, Leipzig University Library, Germany
    Ms. Caroline Bergter, Public Relations Officer, Leipzig University, Germany
    Listen to recording - (59:18)


June 17 - One Session


*The best practices of libraries during the COVID-19 pandemic presented in these videos may differ from those in your country, state, or library.  IRRT does not specifically endorse any of these practices.






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