The mission of the International Relations Office (IRO) is to increase ALA's presence in the global library community, to implement ALA policies concerning international librarianship, to promote greater understanding of international librarianship and international library issues within ALA, and to manage international library activities on behalf of the ALA.

To accomplish its mission the IRO coordinates ALA activities in support of official ALA delegations to international events such as book fairs and congresses; promotes international library exchanges and partnerships; recruits international librarians to become members of ALA and attend ALA conferences; responds to international inquiries concerning library issues and activities in the United States; serves as a point of contact for ALA's routine communication with international organizations to which ALA belongs, including IFLA; and provides support for the ALA International Relations Committee (IRC) and the International Relations Round Table (IRRT).

International Poster Session - 2007 Annual Conference    (Word)

ALA/FIL Free Pass Program

IRRT Sponsorship-2008 Emerging Leaders Institute

International Leads June 2007 (PDF)

Sister Libraries Initiative-WIKI

Want to be a Global Librarian?

International Relations Committee (IRC)

International Relations Round Table (IRRT)

Global Reach Database

Campaign for the World's Libraries

IFLA-Annual Conference

International Associations, Organizations and Conferences

Awards, Grants and Exchanges

Library Employment and Foreign Credentials

International Donation & Shipment of Books

Other Activities and Projects

ALA 2010 International Strategic Plan


Michael Dowling

International Relations Office
American Library Association
50 E. Huron Street
Chicago, IL 60611-2795
Delin R. Guerra
Program Officer
International Phone: +1 312-280-3201
Inside USA: 1-800-545-2433 ext. 3201
Fax: +1 312-280-4392




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