Join IRRT Online either at live webinars or recordings of past webinars.
(Links to recordings will be added as they become available.)
Upcoming IRRT Chair's 1-hour webinar:
Libraries in Germany serving immigrants and refugees (as part of the ALA partnership with the German Library Association)
Join us on May 24, 2018
Join us for a webinar featuring best library practices, models, and recommendations to serve immigrants and refugees from libraries in Germany. Library and information workers are increasingly providing programs and services that build community, worldwide, while enriching and saving lives of immigrants and refugees. At the American Library Associations' International Relations Round Table, we want to be part of these efforts. This online event is part of the ALA partnership with the German Library Association.
Speakers: Anne Barckow, Department of Intercultural Services, Hamburg Central Library, member of the Commission on Intercultural Library Work at the German Library Association; Philipp Merth, Intercultural Services, Central Library, Stuttgart Public Library, Britta Schmedemann, Expert on Target Audience, Services for Adults, member of the Commission on Intercultural Library Work at the German Library Association
RECORDING AVAILABLE: http://ala.adobeconnect.com/p0l9y889ct90/ (1:01 min, 30288.5 KB)
Making Connections and Making Changes: The Sister Libraries Program of ALA's International Relations Round Table - - IRRT Chair's Webinar
April 4, 2018
RECORDING AVAILABLE: http://ala.adobeconnect.com/p10vlojbomt4/ (1:00, 26,700 KB)
This webinar will discuss the details of ALA's Sister Libraries program. Are you interested in partnering your library with a library in another country? Find out some of the best methods for seeking a partner library, the steps in planning your partnership, and suggested activities. Know what to expect so that you can more easily involve others at your library. We will walk you through the partnering process and the resources on our website. Plus, we will share highlights and recommendations from the evaluation of the Sister Libraries program, recently completed by a group of Emerging Leaders: What's next for Sister Libraries?
Melissa West, public librarian in southern Maine. She worked first worked with IRRT's Sister Libraries Committee as part of of her ALA Emerging Leaders project last year. She has been a Sister Libraries Committee member since 2017. She is also an active member of YALSA and her state library association. She is a Returned Peace Corps Volunteer (Azerbaijan, 2009-2011).
Dr. Rebecca L. Miller, founder and principal consultant of BiblioDev, LLC, a consulting firm with the mission of assisting libraries in developing countries, because better libraries lead to better lives. Dr. Miller holds a MLS and PhD in Library Science from Emporia State University (Kansas, USA), and a MA in Diplomacy from the Patterson School, University of Kentucky (Kentucky, USA).
J. Angela (Angie) Wiehagen, reference and instruction librarian at Shoreline Community College, near Seattle. She was nominated as a co-chair of the Sister Libraries Committee in 2013 after presenting on the Sister Libraries program at the Russian Library Association annual conference in Penza, Russia—where she had previously served as a Peace Corps Volunteer. She is looking forward to sharing new developments and streamlined processes in the Sister Libraries program as she prepares to step down as co-chair this summer.
Advocacy Resources to Serve Immigrants and Refugees - IRRT Chair's Webinar
March 6, 2018
RECORDING AVAILABLE: http://ala.adobeconnect.com/piwls5zybo11/ (1:03 min, 22242.3 KB)
Join us and learn about advocacy resources library workers can use to help them advocate for library services for immigrants and refugees. Our speakers will share information and examples useful to advocate at federal, national, regional, state, and city level. Library and information workers are providing programs and services that build community while enriching and saving lives of immigrants and refugees. At the American Library Associations' International Relations Round Table, we want to be part of these efforts.
Kathi Kromer, Associate Executive Director of the Washington Office for the American Library Association
Marci Merola, Director of the Office for Library Advocacy for the American Library Association
Dora Ho, President of the Asian Pacific American Librarians Association (APALA)
Nicanor Diaz, Immigrant Services Manager at the Denver Public Library
Libraries in the USA serving immigrants and refugees - IRRT Chair's Webinar
January 25, 2018
RECORDING AVAILABLE: http://ala.adobeconnect.com/pkoqlls3p4fs/ (58:48 min)
Join us and learn about how different-sized libraries in the USA are serving immigrants and refugees. Our speakers coordinate services for young adults, English Language Learners, partner with community organizations, and coordinate library services in Sanctuary cities. Library and information workers are providing programs and services that build community while enriching and saving lives of immigrants and refugees. At the American Library Associations' International Relations Round Table, we want to be part of these efforts.
Speakers: Ed Garcia, Director, Cranston Public Library, Rhode Island; Maria McCauley, Director of Libraries, City of Cambridge, Massachusetts Maria has served as Director of Libraries for the City of Cambridge, a Sanctuary City, since August 2016.; Teona Shainidze Krebs, Adult Education Division Head, Pikes Peak Library District in Colorado Springs, Colorado.
Resources to serve immigrants and refugees - IRRT Chair's Webinar
December 5, 2017
RECORDING AVAILABLE: http://ala.adobeconnect.com/ (45:20 min)
In this webinar, you can learn about resources to help you serve immigrants and refugees such as Libraries Respond, Project Welcome, and Refugee Libraries. Librarians and information workers are providing programs and services that build community while enriching and saving the lives of immigrants and refugees. The International Relations Round Table (IRRT) wants to be part of and support these efforts.
Speakers: Kristin Lahurd, Literacy Officer in the American Library Association’s Office for Diversity, Literacy and Outreach Services (ODLOS); Clara Chu, Director and Mortenson Distinguished Professor, Mortenson Center for International Library Programs; Christian Zabriskie, Administrator, Yonkers Public Library System and Executive Director, Urban Librarians Unite.