IRC Americas Subcommittee

Charge

To promote relations with libraries and librarians in the countries of Latin America, Canada, and the Caribbean and to investigate matters related to these regions as referred by the international relations committee.

Roster

Dr. Giselle Marie Avilés
(Chair, July 1, 2023, to June 30, 2025)
Melissa R. Gasparotto
(Member, July 1, 2023, to June 30, 2025)
Dr. Heather Sloan
(Member, July 1, 2023, to June 30, 2024)
Alexander M. Soto
(Member, July 1, 2023, to June 30, 2024)
Sara Ulloa
(Member, September 1, 2023, to June 30, 2025)
Ms. Seonaid Valiant
(Member, July 1, 2023, to June 30, 2024)
Mr. Henry Granville Widener
(Member, July 1, 2023, to June 30, 2025)
Michael Dowling
(Primary Staff Liaison, July 1, 2014, to June 30, 2030)
Delin Guerra
(Staff Liaison, July 1, 2021, to June 30, 2030)

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Composition

Purpose: To promote relations with libraries and librarians to investigate matters related to these regions as referred by the International Relations Committee.

The Americas Subcommittee covers the following countries: Antigua and Barbuda, Argentina, Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Bolivia, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba, Dominica, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Grenada, Guatemala, Guyana, Haiti, Honduras, Jamaica, Martinique, Mexico, Netherlands Antilles, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, St. Kitts and Nevis, St. Lucia, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Suriname, Trinidad and Tobago, Uruguay, and Venezuela.

Number of members: up to seven

Terms of office: two years

Term limits: four years

Subcommitees and Task Forces

Purpose: To promote relations with libraries and librarians to investigate matters related to these regions as referred by the International Relations Committee.

The Americas Subcommittee covers the following countries: Antigua and Barbuda, Argentina, Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Bolivia, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba, Dominica, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Grenada, Guatemala, Guyana, Haiti, Honduras, Jamaica, Martinique, Mexico, Netherlands Antilles, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, St. Kitts and Nevis, St. Lucia, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Suriname, Trinidad and Tobago, Uruguay, and Venezuela.

Number of members: up to seven

Terms of office: two years

Term limits: four years

Staff Liaison

Michael Dowling, Director, International Relations Office, inside U.S inside U.S. (800) 545-2433, ext. 3200, outside U.S. 312-280-3200, Fax: (312) 280-4392, mdowling@ala.org

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