IRRT International Connections Committee

 


Statement of Role, Purpose, and Function

The IRRT International Connections Committee, formally Exchanges Committee, has as its purpose to collect information about library professionals and libraries worldwide seeking to establish study visits and exchange programs; to disseminate information to librarians about opportunities to enrich and broaden their career experience and the library profession by developing intercultural perspectives; to share educational and cultural interests, achievements, and developments in libraries and thus assist in the development of the profession and of friendly and peaceful relations with countries throughout the world.


2020 ALA Annual in Chicago, IL

Call for Speakers: Leaning International: stories from the field

The IRRT  International  Connections Committee is seeking librarians who have worked abroad, in academic, school, government, public, or special libraries,  to speak about their experiences on the Leaning International: stories from the field panel. The panel will be held at ALA Annual Conference in Chicago, Illinois, USA.

Submission Procedures: To be considered as a speaker for this panel, please fill out the speaker submission form.

Submission Deadlines: Speaker submission forms are due March 6, 2020. All forms will be reviewed, and selected speakers will be notified by April 15, 2020, by the International Connections Committee.

Panel Description: For information professionals in all stages of their career who are interested in working internationally, this annual program hosted by IRRT’s International Connections Committee features American librarians discussing their own unique international experiences.  Sessions are split between prepared topics and audience Q&A time.  These interactive events have included such diverse topics as leveraging networks to find work abroad, pre-departure language and etiquette training, adapting to regional librarianship as well as cultural standards, the practicalities of life overseas, and more!


Meggan Houlihan
Co-Chair, IRRT International Connections Committee
mah23@nyu.edu

Ms. Yan Liu
Co-Chair, IRRT International Connections Committee
yliu@wcupa.edu

 

 


Documents


2017 ALA Annual Conference-Chicago: Leaning International: Stories from the Field

For MLS students through seasoned information professionals interested in working internationally, this annual program hosted by IRRT’s International Connections Committee features American librarians discussing their own unique international experiences.  Sessions are split between prepared topics and audience Q&A time.  These interactive events have included such diverse topics as leveraging networks to find work abroad, pre-departure language and etiquette training, adapting to regional librarianship as well as cultural standards, the practicalities of life overseas, and more!


2016 ALA Annual Conference -  Orlando: Leaning International: Stories from the field

Description: For MLS students through seasoned information professionals interested in working internationally, this annual program hosted by IRRT’s International Connections Committee featured American librarians discussing their own unique international experiences.  Sessions were split between prepared topics and audience Q&A time.  These interactive events  included such diverse topics as leveraging networks to find work abroad, pre-departure language and etiquette training, adapting to regional librarianship as well as cultural standards, the practicalities of life overseas, and more!  


2015 ALA Annual Conference Activities - San Francisco: Leaning International: Recipes from the Field

Description: For MLS students through seasoned information professionals interested in working internationally, this annual program hosted by IRRT’s International Connections Committee features American librarians discussing their own unique international experiences.  Discussions are split between prepared topics and audience Q&A time.  These interactive sessions have included such diverse topics as leveraging networks to find work abroad, pre-departure language and etiquette training, adapting to regional librarianship as well as cultural standards, the practicalities of life overseas, and more! This annual program hosted by IRRT’s International Connections Committee features American librarians speaking about their own unique international experiences. 
Speakers: (Click on each name to view presentation) Rebecca L. Miller, Senior Research Officer at Afghanistan Research and Evaluation Unit; Catherine Shreve, Librarian for Public Policy & Political Science, Perkins Library, Duke University; Elly Shodell, Oral Historian Director of Local History Center, Port Washington Public Library, Ray Pun, ALA Emerging Leader 2014, Reference and Research Services Librarian, New York University Shanghai Library, Jim Agee, University Librarian, American University of Phnom Penh in Cambodia.


2014 ALA Annual Conference - Las Vegas: Leaning International...Recipes from the field

Description: Are you an MLS student or a recent graduate interested in working internationally? Are you seriously considering it? Do you want to get a recipe on how to prepare for this challenging and exciting opportunity? From service-learning project in Sao Tome to exciting library jobs in China and Kazakhstan…Come and hear first-hand from people who will share their real-life experiences and help you to go in the right direction.

Speakers: Martin Wolske, Center for Digital Inclusion (CDI), GSLIS UIUC; Sara Margaret Rizzo, Nazarbayev University Library, Astana, Kazakhstan; Samuel Charles Boss, Guangzhou Public Library, Guangzhou, Guangdong, China.

 


Chairs

Meggan Houlihan (Co-Chair, July 1, 2019, to June 30, 2021)
mah23[@]nyu.edu
New York Univeristy Abu Dhabi
Homer Glen, IL 60491


Ms. Yan Liu (Co-Chair, July 1, 2018, to June 30, 2020)
yliu[@]wcupa.edu
University of Maine

Members


Mr. Amed Demirhan (Member, July 1, 2019, to June 30, 2021)
Barzani National Memorial
Barzan Hawler (erbil), 00964 Iraq
Katherine Dow (Member, July 1, 2019, to June 30, 2021)
Alexandria Library
Alexandria, VA 22304-2903
Mrs. Ayaba Logan (Member, July 1, 2019, to June 30, 2021)
Medical University of South Carolina
Charleston, SC 29414
Sandra C. McCarthy (Member, July 1, 2019, to June 30, 2021)
Washtenaw Community College - LRC
Ann Arbor, MI 48105-9481
Ms. Alison Shea (Member, July 1, 2018, to June 30, 2020)
Cornell University
Ithaca, NY 14853
Delin Guerra (Staff Liaison)
dguerra[@]ala.org
American Library Association
50 E Huron St
Chicago, IL 60611-2788

 

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