IRRT Sister Libraries Committee

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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

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!

Web Sites

For previous information about the Sister Libraries program, please visit the Sister Libraries-WIKI or the Sister Libraries external web site


Alexandra Houzouri Humphreys (Chair, July 1, 2018, to June 30, 2020) 
Arizona State University
411 N Central Ave Ste 166
Downtown Phoenix Library, Mc 1420
Phoenix, AZ 85004-0904 

Work Phone: (602) 496-1188
Email: alexandra.humphreys[@]


Jordon Christopher Andrade (Member, July 1, 2017 to June 30, 2019)
San Diego, CA 92123

Dr. Marina Brodsky (Member July 1, 2018 to June 30, 2020
Washington, DC 20521-9700

Priya A. Charry (Member July 1, 2018 to June 30, 2019)
American India Foundation
Middletown, CT 06457

Brian Gurewitz (Member July 1, 2018 to June 30, 2019)
Los Angeles, CA 90009

Clement Chu S. Lau (Member, July 1, 2017, to June 30, 2019)
Georgia Southern University Zach Henderson Library
Statesboro, GA 30460

Mark Mattson (Member, July 1, 2017, to June 30, 2019) 
Penn State Library
St. College, PA 

Dr. Rebecca Miller (July 1, 2017, to June 30, 2019) 
BiblioDev, LLC

Ophelia T. Morey (Member July 1, 2018 to June 30, 2020)
University of Buffalo
Buffalo,NY 14214-8000

Christina Riehman-Murphy (Member, July 1, 2017, to June 30, 2019) 
Penn State Abington Library
Abington, PA 19001-3918

Melissa Patrice West (Member, July 1, 2017, to June 30, 2019) 
Kennebunk Free Library
Kennebunk, ME 04043

Delin R. Guerra (Staff Liaison) - dguerra[@]
Work Phone: 312-280-3201
Fax: 312-280-4392
American Library Association
50 E Huron St.
Chicago, IL 60611-2788 

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