Barbara J. Ford
Director, Mortensen Center for International Library Programs and
Mortenson Distinguished Professor,
University of Illinois Library at Urbana-Champaign
IRRT member since: I joined ALA in the early 1970s and joined IRRT at about the same time
Most enjoyable international library project/projects:
My theme as the 1997-1998 ALA president was, “Libraries: Global Reach, Local Touch.” Working with ALA members, we expanded the types of and visibility for international projects in our association. As Director of the Mortenson Center, I have a dream job that combines my interest in libraries and international issues including the promotion of peace, education, and understanding. ( www.library.uiuc.edu/mortenson). I now serve on the Governing Board of the International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions ( www.ifla.org) and am pleased to work with colleagues from around the world in representing the interests of library and information services and their users.
Three words to new IRRT members: Get involved! Enjoy! Help expand ALA’s global reach!