IRRT Webinars


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Upcoming webinars:

Capacity Building Webinar Series: Basic Building Blocks Librarianship

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Description: The ALA IRRT Webinar Committee in association with the American Library Association (ALA) International Relations Round Table (IRRT) Mission Enhancement Project present a series of FIVE (5) webinars to support capacity building of library employees (non-professionals).


(Links to recordings will be added as they become available

Transforming Libraries to help Students Succeed – A case study by National University of Singapore Libraries

DATE: February 28, 2024

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Description: This webinar will focus on the unique points that promote student success and position National University of Singapore Libraries (NUS Libraries) as a distinct academic library in Southeast Asia. Experiences range from technology-enhanced learning for the masses, to repatriating collections from colonial times and even housing the first 360imx cylinder among Singapore academic institutions. 

Gain insights into:

  • Transformation of libraries to support students' success through special collections, digital strategy and innovation, space-making and educational partnerships
  • Partnering students as co-creators of library programmes and activities
  • How libraries can facilitate interdisciplinary partnerships for student success

Speakers: Dr. NG Tao Tao, Associate University Librarian and Cluster Head of Digital Strategy & Innovation; Herman Felani Bin Md Yunos, Associate University Librarian and Head of Operations; Mr. CHOW Dick Mun, Steven, Associate University Librarian and Head of Digital Strategy; Ms. Gandhimathy DURAIRAJ, Ms. TOH Mei Jun, Gladys, Assistant Librarian.

Moderator: Ms. LIM Siu Chen, Senior Librarian (Research Librarian – HASS)

Sister Libraries International Librarians Networking Event

DATE/TIME: Thursday, February 1, 2024


Join ALA’s IRRT Sister Libraries Committee for a free virtual networking event for librarians from around the world! Connect with your colleagues from across the globe and learn about Sister Library partnerships. You have the opportunity to chat in two breakout room sessions, first librarians of similar types of libraries and then on topics of shared interest. Make connections that could lead to new friendships and library partnerships!

Liberando oportunidades: los beneficios de asistir a la conferencia anual de la Asociación de Bibliotecas de los Estados Unidos (ALA)

FECHA Y HORARIO: Miércoles, 13 de diciembre

RECORDING available (780MB)

Descripción/Description: Asistir a la conferencia anual de la Asociación de Bibliotecas de los Estados Unidos (ALA) presenta una oportunidad única para el crecimiento profesional y el beneficio de nuestra comunidad bibliotecaria. Al participar, obtendrá información sobre las últimas tendencias de la industria, se conectará con expertos y descubrirá soluciones innovadoras para los desafíos diarios. Para asegurar el apoyo a su asistencia, es importante enfatizar cómo esta experiencia mejorará su valor para nuestras instituciones, colegas y usuarios de la biblioteca. (Este seminario web se llevará a cabo en español).

Panelistas/Speakers: Loida Garcia-Febo, Consultora bibliotecaria internacional experta en servicios bibliotecarios para poblaciones diversas y derechos humanos.

Hilda Gómez, bibliotecaria en el Centro de Recursos para el Aprendizaje (LRC) de la Academia Británica Cuscatleca.

Judith de Méndez, Bibliotecóloga en La Academia Británica Cuscatleca.

Kelly Aquino, Bibliotecóloga en la Escuela Bilingüe Maquilishuat.

Moderadora/Moderator: Carol Brey, actualmente Directora del Departamento de Calidad de Vida de la Ciudad de Las Cruces, Nuevo México.

Indian Institutes of Management (IIM) libraries consortium: a pioneering journey in cooperative acquisitions and knowledge sharing

Date/Time: Wednesday, October 25, 2023

RECORDING available (188 MB)

Description: Indian Institutes of Management (IIM) are Central government-funded Business Schools under the Ministry of Education, Government of India. The first IIM was established in 1961 at Ahmedabad in Gujarat, followed by Calcutta in West Bengal. By 2000, there were about six in the different states of India. Currently, there are twenty-one IIMs in twenty-one states of India, and are autonomous under a 2017 Act of Parliament whch designates them as institutions of national importance. In 2001, the IIMs libraries formed a consortium through a memorandum of understanding, empowering them to review and coordinate collective resource acquisitions and subscriptions in Business and Management.

This webinar aims to discuss the growth of resources within the IIM libraries over time and the expansion of its activities beyond acquisitions. Over the last seven years, we have shared best practices and policies of collection development, developed a Union catalog of print holdings to facilitate interlibrary loans, crafted a uniform license agreement for the acquisition of digital content, introduced alumni services; and, developed procedures for compliance of financial audits and analysis of usage statistics of resources. At the 2023 annual meeting, we developed a roadmap to strengthen the consortium under the ”one nation, one subscription model” to further our mission in a larger conglomerate of consortia efforts at a national and a topical level undertaken by the University Grants Commission and Ministry of Higher education.

Speakers: K. Rama Patnaik is the Head Librarian at the Indian Institute of Management Bangalore, Karnataka, India since 2008. She holds a Bachelor's Degree and a Ph.D. in Library and Information Science from the Andhra University, Visakhapatnam, India. Her doctoral theses jointly adjudicated with the University of Michigan was commended as an excellent work. She received the Gold Medals for securing the top rank in both the Bachelor's and Master's Degree in LIS. Other awards she has received include the Emerals Research Fund (Indian LIS Category, 2012) and Best Business Librarian 2018 awarded by MANLIBNET, the Management Libraries Network. She has many publications to her credit and has presented at numerous professional events. Two major projects she has completed lately include renovating the interior of the iconic library building and developing the Union Catalogue project of IIM libraries holdings.

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