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.


2019 ALA Annual in Washington, D.C. 

Call for speakers and program description will be available in the coming weeks. 


Documents


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

Scott David Ray Harkless (Co-Chair, July 1, 2017, to June 30, 2019) 
harklessscott[@]gmail.com

Ms. Yan Liu (Co-Chair, July 1, 2018, to June 30, 2020) 
University of Maine
Work Phone: (207) 581-3610
yan.liu1[@]maine.edu


Members


Amed Demirhan (Member July 1, 2017 - June 30, 2019)
Barzani National Memorial
Barzan Hawler, Iraq


Megan Houlihan ( Member July 1, 2017 - June 30, 2019)
New York University Abu Dhabi
Homer Glen, IL 60491


Emily Kazanecki (Member, July 1, 2017, to June 30, 2019) 
Brentwood Public Library
Brentwood, NY 11717-4676


Ayba Logan ( Member, July 1, 2017 - June 30, 2019)
Medical University Library of South Carolina
Charleston, SC 29414


Mark Mattson ( Member, July 1, 2017 - June 30, 2019)
Penn State University


Sarah G. Prescott (Member, July 1, 2017, to June 30, 2019) 


Raymond Pun (Member, July 1, 2017 - June 30, 2019)
California State University, Fresno


Alison Shea (Member, July 1, 2018, to June 30, 2020) 
Cornell University
Nestlé Library
Ithaca, NY 14853


Delin R. Guerra (Staff Liaison, July 1, 2015, to June 30, 2020) - dguerra[@]ala.org
Work Phone: 312-280-3201
Fax: 312-280-4392
American Library Association
50 E Huron St.
Chicago, IL 60611-2788 
 


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