Description: Welcome to Washington D.C. and the 2007 International Relations Round Table Pre-Conference! Washington is home to the United States national government, international diplomats, and ambassadors from across the globe; as well as adults who do not read or write. "Adult literacy: foundation for a digital age" recognized a global concern, the urgent need for people everywhere to have access to basic literacy instruction. This pre-conference welcomed international librarians as well as librarians from the United States. The pre-conference is designed as an opportunity for dialogue and exercises in the expression of diversity in libraries around the world.
The International Exchanges Committee of the IRRT described their work with study visits and exchange programs. Information was disseminated about opportunities for librarians to enrich and broaden their career experience, and enhance the library profession by developing intercultural perspectives. Please see: International Exchanges Committee
Elizabeth Pierre-Louis , Libraries Program Director for Fondation Connaissance et Liberté/Fondasyon Konesans Ak Libète (FOKAL), related her experiences working with literacy in
Elisabeth Liptak, Director of the Washington Literacy Council, described the programs that they provide as the largest basic adult literacy service in Washington D.C.
The 2007 IRRT Pre-Conference was held in conjunction with ALA Annual Conference in Washington D.C. from 9:00-1:00 pm, June 22nd .
Description: The International Visitors' Center at ALA is a place where ALA volunteers are available to answer questions and provide assistance. There are computers with Internet access and one can arrange to meet with colleagues and new friends, or just relax and review the programs.