ALA’s International Relations Round Table Awards Registration Grants for the IFLA 2021 Conference

For Immediate Release
Tue, 06/29/2021


Delin Guera

Program Officer

International Relations Office

CHICAGO — The International Relations Round Table (IRRT) of the American Library Association is proud and excited to conduct a pilot program this year to promote global librarianship and member engagement in international conferences.

The IRRT IFLA Registration Grant is the first initiative to provide competitive grants to cover the early bird registration for the virtual IFLA World Library and Information Congress, and to invite IRRT members both in the US and abroad, to have a chance to attend and participate in an international conference they may not have been able to attend in the past due to high travel costs.  

The IFLA, the World Library and Information Congress is an annual event that was not held in 2020 due to the pandemic and this year will be conducted virtually Aug. 17-19. The overall theme is “Let’s Work Together for the Future,” and five subthemes: Libraries Enable, Libraries Inspire, Libraries Include, Libraries Innovate and Libraries Sustain.  

Registration grants have been awarded to 18 individuals through a competitive application process. Common themes were shared in the applications that confirm how important an initiative such as this is as it supports librarians working in school, public, academic, research, national and special libraries around the world with professional development and networking opportunities. Each of them wants to learn, share, and network with others who contribute to each of the subthemes benefiting library users with enhanced skills in literacies, access, diversity, programming and other services libraries deliver.  

Registration fees will be paid by a special fund established by the generosity of sponsors, Sage Publications, the publisher of the IFLA Journal, and OverDrive, the eBook platform readers in libraries around the world have come to depend upon, and several private donors.

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