Statement of Role, Purpose, and Function
Promotes Sister Library relationships with libraries and librarians throughout the world. It develops guidelines and other activities, and helps libraries to connect with each other.
Appalachian State University Librarians visit Sister Library Biblioteca Th’uruchapitas
To promote the concept of a global community of libraries, the American Library Association (ALA) encourages U.S. libraries to form partnerships with libraries in other countries. Developing a Sister Library relationship can be a great opportunity for each library to learn about the work and lives of librarians around the world.
Each Sister Library relationship is unique. Once two libraries decide to partner, they establish the level of commitment that they are both comfortable with; the partnership can be as formal or informal as desired.
We have lots of ideas and information to get you started! Explore our website to find out more:
- Become a Sister Library!: We offer a checklist to help you plan your Sister Libraries partnership, plus tips for finding a Sister Library.
- Libraries Seeking Sisters: Search for libraries all over the world that are looking for a Sister Library relationship. Keep your library's information current.
- Success Stories: Read about existing Sister Libraries, and share your story too.
- Resources: Websites, articles, brochures you can share, and activities to help you get your Sister Library partnership started—and running smoothly.
Alexandra H. Humphreys (Co-Chair, July 1, 2018, to June 30, 2020)
Arizona State University
Phoenix, AZ 85004-0904
Mark Mattson (Co-Chair, July 1, 2019, to June 30, 2021)
Penn State University
Western New Mexico University
Silver City, NM 88062
Walworth Barbour American International School (WBAIS),
Santa Clara County Library District
Campbell, CA 95008
Ophelia T. Morey (Member, July 1, 2018, to June 30, 2020)
University at Buffalo
Buffalo, NY 14214-8000
Darien, CT, 06820