For immediate release | June 14, 2011

IRRT announces recipients of the 2011 ALA Presidential Citations for Innovative International Library Projects

CHICAGO - The International Relations Round Table (IRRT) announced four recipients of the ALA Presidential Citations for Innovative International Library Projects for 2011. These awards recognize the following exemplary services:

  • The RISE Videoconferencing Network Alberta, Canada for providing continuing education and information services to more than 500,000 people living in 89 municipalities and a geographic area of 35,500 square miles;
  • The National Library Board of Singapore for its “Quest” Library Reading Program involving 130,000 children in a reading program including collectible cards and an online portal;
  • The E-Publication System Platform Project at the National Central Library in Taiwan for the design and implementation of an innovative e-publication platform that promotes digital reading through integrating legal deposit, digital rights management, full-text transferring and circulation for e-books;
  • The Expanding Information Access for Visually Impaired People project in Vietnam for forming collaborations to expand services to the visually impaired to more than 100 libraries and organizations, including launching a mobile library and 11 mini-libraries and training in countries including Laos, Cambodia, Kenya and Kazakhstan.

Recipients will be recognized by ALA President Roberta Stevens at the 2011 International Librarians Reception on Monday evening, June 27, 2011.

The ALA Presidential Citation for Innovative International Library Projects began as an ALA Presidential initiative of Dr. Loriene Roy, ALA President in 2007-2008. IRRT is a Round Table of the American Library Association with a mission to develop the interests of librarians in activities and problems in the field of international library relations. For more information about the Citations, including the nomination and selection process, please visit the IRRT website at


Delin Guerra