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:

Save the date! Next IRRT Webinar will be on April 4, 2018.

IRRT Chair’s Webinar

April 4, 2018 from 2:00-3:00pm EST

Title:  Making Connections and Making Changes:  The Sister Libraries Program of ALA's International Relations Round Table

This webinar will discuss the details of ALA's Sister Libraries program.  Are you interested in partnering your library with a library in another country?  Find out some of the best methods for seeking a partner library, the steps in planning your partnership, and suggested activities.  Know what to expect so that you can more easily involve others at your library.  We will walk you through the partnering process and the resources on our website.  Plus, we will share highlights and recommendations from the evaluation of the Sister Libraries program, recently completed by a group of Emerging Leaders:  What's next for Sister Libraries?

This webinar will be recorded and will be available at a later time.
Link to access the webinar: Coming soon!

Libraries in Germany serving immigrants and refugees (as part of the ALA partnership with the German Library Association)
May 2018, Date to be confirmed.

Past webinars

Advocacy Resources to Serve Immigrants and Refugees
March 6, 2018

RECORDING AVAILABLE: (1:03 min, 22242.3 KB)

Join us and learn about advocacy resources library workers can use to help them advocate for library services for immigrants and refugees. Our speakers will share information and examples useful to advocate at federal, national, regional, state, and city level. 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.


Kathi Kromer
Kathi Kromer, Associate Executive Director of the Washington Office for the American Library Association.

As an advocate for libraries and librarians in the Washington community, Kathi leads a team of public policy experts to develop and implement strategies which advance the mission of ALA and increases the visibility of the organization.

Prior to joining ALA, Kathi was with The Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) Association for 11 years where she was their Vice President, Strategy and Outreach. While with The ALS Association, Kathi created and executed public policy and outreach strategy for ALS, with the goals of raising awareness, improving the lives of people with ALS, advancing ALS research, increasing organizational and government funding, and creating strategic partnerships. She has more than 20 years’ experience working with Congress as well as with state governments.

Kathi has a Master of Arts, International Commerce and Policy from George Mason University, Fairfax, Virginia, and a Bachelor of Arts, History and Political Science from University of Pittsburgh, Johnstown, Pennsylvania.

Marci Merola
Marci Merola, Director of the Office for Library Advocacy for the American Library Association

Merola has been the Director of ALA’s Office for Library Advocacy since its formation in 2007, providing advocacy resources, tools and support to librarians, staff and advocates at the state and local levels, speaking nationally and internationally on library advocacy, as well as working to integrate advocacy efforts throughout the association. She came to ALA in 2001 as the Advocacy Specialist within the ALA Public Information Office. Marci vaguely recalls having other careers and interests prior to her work with libraries, including a career in the publishing industry, working as a freelance writer in the not-for-profit sector, and a passion for poetry, other creative writing and all things language. She has a Bachelor of Arts in English and journalism from Northern Illinois University and a Masters in Library Science from Dominican University. She lives in Chicago, where she was born and raised.

Dora Ho
Dora Ho, President of the Asian Pacific American Librarians Association (APALA)

Ho is a young adult librarian/program specialist at the Los Angeles Public Library. She has served on Council as councilor-at-large since 2003. Ho has served on numerous committees and was president of the New Members Round Table (NMRT) 2001-2002. She is also a member of the Association for Library Services to Children (ALSC) and the Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA) as well as the California Library Association and the Chinese American Librarians Association (CALA), which she served as both president and treasurer. Ho holds both a BS and MLS degree with specialization in special libraries from UCLA.

Nicanor Diaz, Immigrant Services Manager at the Denver Public Library

Nicanor Diaz has worked in libraries since 2005, including a 6 month practicum at the Argentinean National Library in Buenos Aires. He joined REFORMA in 2007 as a member and is completing his two terms as Central Chapter Representative for REFORMA National.

As a member of Reforma Colorado he started a translation service that assists libraries that do not have the necessary resources to pay for translations of important information about their policies and guidelines. He also helped organize three successful Reforma Mini Conferences that gave professionals and paraprofessionals working in libraries a chance to learn how they can better serve their Latino community.

As the Immigrant Services Manager, he coordinates the Plaza program, a service dedicated to immigrants, refugees, and asylees across the Denver metro area in 10 branches of the Denver Public Library. Plaza serves over 25,000 immigrants, refugees, asylees annually. Additionally, he manages four branches in northwest Denver, including the  newest Denver Public Library location, the Rodolfo "Corky" Gonzales branch, dedicated to the renowned Chicano author and activist. As a member of ALA, Diaz participates in the newly created group, Serving Refugees, Immigrants, and Displaced Persons Committee, which is part of the Office of Diversity, Literacy, and Outreach Services. 


Libraries in the USA serving immigrants and refugees

IRRT Chair's Webinar
January 25, 2018
12:00-1:00 p.m. Chicago Time / 1:00-2:00 p.m. New York Time


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. 
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: