International Relations Committee I
Friday, 6/22/07
2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Washington Convention Center-Room 208 A/B
IFLA Update Meeting
Saturday, 6/23/07
11:00 – 12:00pm
Renaissance Washington Hotel-Renaissance Ballroom West A/B
International Relations Committee II
Tuesday, 6/26/07
1:00 pm – 03:00 pm
Washington Convention Center-Room 209 C


International Public Libraries-Discussion Group
Saturday, 6/23/07
12:00 pm – 1:30 pm
Washington Convention Center-Room 148
Description: Are you interested in International Public Libraries? Would you like to help create a forum to exchange ideas and share challenges facing public libraries from a global perspective? International and United States Librarians are invited to a discussion group sponsored by the newly formed IRRT- Public Library Interest Group. The discussion group will explore how PLIG can serve the needs and interests of the International Public Library Community.
IRRT Executive Committee Meeting
Sunday, 6/24/07
8:00 am – 11:00 am
Washington Convention Center-Room 209 A

IRC/IRRT All Subcommittee Meeting

IRRT Chairs Meeting
Saturday, 6/23/07
8:00 am - 9:00 am
Renaissance Washington Hotel-Renaissance Ballroom West A/B

IRRT Subcommittee Meetings
Saturday, 6/23/07
8:30 am - 10:00 am
Renaissance Washington Hotel-Renaissance Ballroom West A/B

IRC Subcommittee Meetings
Saturday, 6/23/07
9:30 am - 11:00 am
Renaissance Washington Hotel-Renaissance Ballroom West A/B


“Adult literacy: foundation for a digital age”-IRRT Pre-conference--SOLD OUT
Friday, 6/22/07
09:00 am - 01:00 pm
$40 (includes lunch and light refreshments)
Capital Hilton-South American room
Description: Join librarians from around the world as well as those in the United States as we explore the critical issue of adult literacy through the 2007 International Relations Round Table Pre-Conference, “Adult literacy: foundation for a digital age”. This pre-conference will recognize a global concern, the urgent need for people everywhere to have access to basic literacy instruction. This pre-conference welcomes international librarians as well as librarians from the United States. The pre-conference is designed as an opportunity for dialogue, and exercises in the expression of diversity in libraries around the world.


The International Exchanges Committee of the IRRT will describe their work with study visits and exchange programs. Information will be disseminated about opportunities for librarians to enrich and broaden their career experience, and enhance the library profession by developing intercultural perspectives.


Speakers: Elizabeth Pierre-Louis, Libraries Program Director for Fondation Connaissance et Liberté/Fondasyon Konesans Ak Libète (FOKAL), will relate her experiences working with literacy in Haiti while involved with FOKAL.

Elisabeth Liptak, Director of the Washington Literacy Council, will describe the programs that they provide as the largest basic adult literacy service in Washington D.C.



International Librarians Orientation
Friday, 6/22/07
4:30 pm - 6:30 pm
Washington Convention Center-Room 146 C

Description: An introduction to the ALA Conference and the city of Washington, DC for International and other attendees from abroad. ALA members will provide an overview of the conference, including recommended programs and social activities. Learn about conference transportation, the ALA's Exhibit Hall and the Meaning of the ALA's many acronyms. Meet your mentors and representatives from ALA's many divisions and round tables who will help international librarians get the most from the conference experience. (For International librarians outside the U.S.)
Cooperation Among Libraries Within the Same Geographic Region-Intl. Paper Session
Saturday, 6/23/07
1:30 pm - 3:30 pm
Washington Convention Center-Room 143 A

Description: The 2007 International Papers Program theme is "Cooperation Among Libraries Within the Same Geographic Region." Four presenters will describe regional library cooperative programs that enhance user services; improve access to collections; serve as models for resource-sharing; increase efficiency in bibliographic control; improve collaboration in preservation projects; or demonstrate application of emerging technologies. Other topics pertaining to geographic regional cooperative programs will be considered as well.
The International Associates Program at Yale University Library: An Example of Professional Development Across Borders” - Graziano Krätli, International Program Support Librarian, Yale University

HELLIS: A Network of Health Science Libraries Across South-East Asia” - Chandrani Kuruppu, Senior Assistant Library, University of Colombo, Sri Lanka; Geetha Yapa, Science Reference Librarian, University of California Riverside
Nurturing a Dialogue between American & National Universities in Qatar: Embracing a User-Centered Focus in Libraries” - Susan Fahy, Collection Development Librarian, Georgetown University School of Foreign Service in Qatar; Nikki Krysak, Reference & Instruction Librarian at Carnegie Mellon University in Qatar; Frieda Wiebe, Director of the Library at Georgetown University School of Foreign Service in Qatar; Isabelle Eula, Head of the Library, Carnegie Mellon University in Qatar
eBooks on Demand – a European Network” - Günter Mühlberger, Head of Department for Digitisation and Digital Preservation, University of Innsbruck Library, Silvia Gstrein, Project Manager, Co-ordinator EU Project Digitisation on Demand, University of Innsbruck Library
International Poster Session
Sunday, 6/24/07
11:00 am - 12:30 pm
Washington Convention Center-Exhibit Floor
Description: This is a forum for librarians from around the world to highlight their libraries and to share their successful ideas with colleagues by presenting a research study, a practical problem-solving effort or an innovative library program.
Disasters! Libraries! Technologies!
Sunday, 6/24/07
1:30 pm - 3:00 pm
AFL, APALA, IRC’s East Asia and Pacific Subcommittee
Marriott at Metro Center-Salon C/D

Description: Speakers will discuss a range of issues on post disaster library services and program that incorporate traditional and emerging technologies in East Asian and Pacific Regions.  Speakers will come from East Asia and pacific regions who have expertise in applying technological solutions to disaster situations either as preparations or retrospectively.
The Internationalization of Library Education
Sunday, 6/24/07
1:30 pm - 3:00 pm
Washington Convention Center-Room 149 B

Description: Representatives of four European countries present current and future trends in library education, focusing on advances called for by the Bologna Process. They will address issues of importance to ALA members, such as the training of new generations of library professionals. Participants will give a brief overview of developments  in their countries and the development of a joint European curriculum that will enable professional mobility among the countries of an increasingly unified Europe.

Speakers: Tajana Aparac-Jelusic, Head, Dept. of Inf. Services, University J. J. Strossmayer, Osijek, Croatia; Ragnar Audunson, Chairman, EUCLID, The European Org. for Ed. Research in Library and Inf. Sci., Norway; Aira Lepik, Head, Grad. School of Social Sci., Tallin University, Estonia; Ursula Georgy, President, KIBA, Conf. of German Univ. in Information and Library Sci.), Germany
Innovative Public Library Services Around the Globe, Or, Learning from our Global Neighbors
Sunday, 6/24/07, 1:30 pm - 3:00 pm
Washington Convention Center-Room 206

Description: This program highlights innovative technology and programming from around the world including Chile, Scandinavia, Russia, Singapore, and Hong Kong.  Book sorting robots, innovation in the new National Library of Chile, and libraries in Scandinavia with over ten years of RFID experience will be featured including colorful images showing the innovations.

Speakers: Donna Lauffer, Associate Director, Branch Services, Johnson County (Kans.) Library; Mollie Fein, Director, Essex Area Branch, Baltimore County Public Library; Jim Keller, Architect, VITETTA (Penn.); Kathleen Imhoff, Executive Director/CEO, Lexington (Ky.) Public Library; Carl Birkmeyer, Media Services Manager, Baltimore County Public Library; Gonzalo Oyarzun, Director, Biblioteca de Santiago, Chile.
A Time and Space-Independent Reference Service: The Singapore Experience
(previously listed as "Singapore Transforms Reference Services Through Text Messaging")
Sunday, 6/24/07
4:00 pm - 5:30 pm
Washington Convention Center-Room 142

: The National Library, Singapore-The latest initiative to enhance the reach and accessibility of its Reference & Information Service through the mobile phone. For the user, this new channel puts the librarian within easy reach-only an SMS away, and the information provided to the query is conveniently available via the mobile phone & an URL link. Further, a suite of tools enabling real-time collaboration among a network of librarians and subject specialists, allow the collective wisdom of a team of reference specialists to be brought seamlessly to the user.
Speakers: Judy Ng, Deputy Director, Lee Kong Chian Reference Library, National Library Board, Singapore
Doing Business Abroad: Regulations, Markets, and Culture
Monday, 6/25/07
8:00 am - 12:00 pm
Grand Hyatt Washington-Independence F-l

Description: A three-person panel will discuss and answer questions about the intricacies and complex nature of doing business abroad. One of the panelists will be a business librarian who will give the audience advice on researching consumer data in foreign countries; one speaker will discuss the regulations that allow and restrict American companies in doing business abroad, and the third panelist will discuss the cultural aspects of doing business outside the United States.
Opportunities to Participate in Global Library Development (ISLD) Interest Group
Monday, 6/25/07
10:30 am - 12:00 pm
Washington Convention Center-Room 143 B
Description: From becoming a Peace Corps Volunteer to organizing a program in your library, there is a wide range of opportunities to participate in global library development. Speakers will introduce some of these possibilities, including a project to build libraries for street kids and other children affected by HIV/AIDS in Lusaka, Zambia, public library development in Kigali, Rwanda, Peace Corps volunteer library projects and the Global Libraries Outreach Campaign focused on public libraries throughout the U.S. Following the presentations, attendees will have the chance to discuss these and additional projects that welcome participation.
Speakers: Anne Baker, Vice President, National Peace Corps Association; Page Brannon, Head, Instruction and Reference Services, UAA/APU Consortium Library at University of Alaska Anchorage, and Library Advisor, American Friends of The Kigali Public Library; Stacia Burnham, Resource Management Specialist, Peace Corps; Jane Kinney Meyers, President, Lubuto Library Project, Inc.; Moderators: Gail Wadsworth, Consultant, Peace Corps; Joan Weeks, Sr. Technical Instructor, Library of Congress.

International Library Partnerships: Walking Side by Side (IRRT-Chair’s Program)
Monday, 6/25/07
1:30 pm - 3:30 pm
Washington Convention Center-Room 145 B

Description: This session will focus on strategies for developing successful and sustainable international partnerships. Partnerships can be wonderful vehicles to develop joint activities with other institutions, they also require a lot of work to establish and maintain. Michele Pierre-Louis, executive director of the Fondation Connaissance et Liberte (FOKAL) in Haiti, will talk about her organization’s experience with international partnerships.  U.S. speakers will discuss their partnerships with libraries in Bulgaria, China, and South Africa. Prior to the program, IRC's John Ames Humphry/OCLC/Forest Press Award and Bogle-Pratt International Travel Fund Award will be presented.
Speakers: Michele Pierre-Louis, Executive Director, Haitian NGO Fondation Connaissance et Liberte (FOKAL); Nancy Bolt, Past Chair, IRRT ; Francine DeFranco, Director, Collection Services, University of Connecticut; Carol Sheffer, Deputy Director, Queens Library, Jamaica, New York.
International Librarians' Reception--SOLD OUT
Monday, 6/25/07
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Library of Congress-Montpelier Room
Description: Please join the International Relations Round Table (IRRT) in welcoming and celebrating with librarians from more than 80 countries at the ALA Annual Conference. The International Librarians Reception will be held at the Library of Congress, Montpelier Room. Open to all conference attendees, this reception offers a unique opportunity to network with hundreds of information professionals from around the world.  Join us for a mixing of culture and ideas, regional cuisine, hors d’oeuvres and open bar (this event is free for international librarians). Advance registration is required.
We would like to thank our sponsors for this year's International Librarians Reception:
Principal Sponsor

*Blackwell Book Services


*Innovative Interfaces

ADDITIONAL MEETINGS/EVENTS - Listed below are programs, discussion groups, and events with an international focus. 

International Documents in an Electronic Age (GODORT Pre-conference)
The Open Internet and Beyond: Challenges, Tasks, and Tools for all Libraries
06/21/07, 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
See final program for location
For additional information and a list of speakers, please click here.
Leading Dynamic Staff Management: A Team Approach
06/22/07, 8:00 am - 4:30 pm
See final program for location

Description: How do you assure your library's success today and in the future? In this workshop, you will learn how to create and sustain a plan for staff functionality development. You will be provided a tool kit to build an effective staffing model for your organization, which will help you assess needed staff competencies; develop your current staffing strengths and recruit for needed and anticipated skills. Libraries are encouraged to send teams to this workshop. Attendees will be asked to bring organizational data to the workshop.
Honor Dance
(Honoring Loriene Roy, ALA President-Elect)
06/22/07, 3:30 pm - 5:30 pm
National Museum of the American Indian
Free admission
Knowledge Bases for Collection Development Librarians
06/23/07, 8:00 am - 11:00 am
See final program for location 

Description: What do materials selectors in academic, public, and school libraries need to know these days?  Many librarians come out of library school without a collection development (CD) course, and many other librarians find themselves asked to select materials subject areas of formats with which they are not familiar.  This open meeting will bring together LIS educators, CD librarians, CD officers, and especially librarians new to selection responsibilities to develop an agenda for education and training.

Twixters, Tweeners & Financial Stability: Helping Young Entrepreneurs Find Financial Security

Sunday, 06/23/07, 1:30 pm - 3:30 pm
See final program for location

Description: The focus of the BRASS Forum will be on sources and services for assisting young entrepreneurs find financial information and create financial plans through their local public library.

Business Reference in Public & Academic Libraries
06/24/07, 10:30 a.m. - 12 p.m.
See final program for location
Description: Join us for a lively discussion of business reference practices in public and academic libraries.  All aspects of business reference services, business collection development, and business reference sources will be on the table.  Come and tell us how you became involved in business information or if you would simply like to learn more about it.
Build-a-Librarian: Training Issues and Continuing Education for the Reference Staff
06/24/07, 10:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
See final program for location

Description: Reference Services in Small and Medium-Sized Research Libraries Discussion Group is sponsoring a session on the training and continuing education of reference personnel.  The training of recent library school graduates and other newly hired (or new to reference work) personnel will be discussed within the context of overall library staff training and continuing education.  There are unique challenges in training reference personnel in small and medium-sized libraries, and we will be discussing libraries' training and continuing education programs and sharing experiences in integrating new staff members into reference service.
Creating World-class Asian, African and Middle Eastern Print and Digital Collections
ACRL AAMES (Asian, African, and Middle Eastern Section)
Sunday, 6/24/07, 1:30 pm – 3:30 pm
See final program for location
Description: This distinguished panel will discuss how the rapid advance in information technology and the expansion of the digital networked environment have empowered academic and research libraries from being passive repositories of knowledge to active creators of new knowledge and resources. Topics covered include discussions on the Digital South Asia Library (funded by the Association of Research Libraries' Global Resources Program) and the new initiative of the Library of Congress in the development of the proposed World Digital Library.

Performance Issues of Reference and Information Librarians
06/25/07, 8:00 am - 10:00 am
See final program for location
Description: This is a discussion group which attracts both academic and public librarians to discuss topics pertaining to performance issues and also topics of interest to those supervising librarians in a reference setting.  At Midwinter, 20 librarians had a lively discussion of current trends in reference services, how librarians have reacted to changes in the reference services.  Open forum for discussion of issues of interest to those present.

EU Today:  Forging European Identity
ACRL WESS (Western European Studies Section)
Monday, 6/25/07, 10:30 am-12:00 pm
See final program for location
Description: Who (and what) is "European" today? What key issues challenge the re-formation of European identity for an enlarged European Union? What are the implications for libraries, and for scholarship? Panelists will speak on such themes as the organization and goals of the European Union, directions in EU and European studies, and the impact of European integration on international publishing.

Michael L. Printz Program and Reception
Monday, 6/25/07, 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
See final program for location
Description: The Michael L. Printz Award is an award for a book that exemplifies literary excellence in young adult literature. The annual award is administered by YALSA and sponsored by Booklist magazine.  Come listen to the winner, Gene Luen Yang for his graphic novel “American Born Chinese” and honor book authors M.T. Anderson for “The Astonishing Life of Octavian Nothing, Traitor to the Nation; v. 1: The Pox Party”; John Green for “An Abundance of Katherines”; Sonya Hartnett for “Surrender”; and Markus Zusak for “The Book Thief” speak about their writing, followed by a dessert reception. See online form for registration. (Tickets, $29 USD)


Event Planner  is now available!

+++Exhibit Hours+++
Saturday, June 23: 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Sunday, June 24:  9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Monday, June 25: 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Tuesday, June 26: 9:00 am - 3:00 pm

(Note: All panels, programs, and events are conducted in English only.)


Map of Washington, D.C.

*Washington Convention Center
801 Mount Vernon Place, NW

Washington, D.C. 20001

Capital Hilton Hotel

1001 16th Street NW

Washington, DC 20036


Grand Hyatt Washington Hotel

1000 H Street NW,
Washington, D.C., 20001

Marriott at Metro Center

775 12th Street NW
Washington, D.C. 20005


Renaissance Washington Hotel

999 Ninth Street NW
Washington, D.C. 20001


*Free Shuttle Buses, sponsored by Gale, go between the convention center and all ALA hotels from Friday through Tuesday at the Annual Conference. Check the Saturday edition of Cognotes, the ALA daily conference newspaper, for route and time information, or Bin #1 in the Registration area for a flyer. Accessible buses are available.





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