International Relations Office

ALA Condemns Destruction of Libraries, Schools, and Cultural Institutions in Ukraine

CHICAGO -- On June 25, 2022, the American Library Association (ALA) Council passed a resolution condemning the enormous damage and destruction of Ukrainian cultural resources resulting from the continued occupation of Ukraine by the Russian Federation government.

ALA announces Ukraine Library Relief Fund

CHICAGO — The American Library Association (ALA), in collaboration with the Ukrainian Library Association (ULA), has announced the ALA Ukraine Library Relief Fund to gather donations for the Ukrainian library community as they face the challenges of war.

ALA announces $1.55M second round of emergency fund for libraries impacted by COVID-19

CHICAGO — The American Library Association (ALA) announced today it will make available  $1.55M in emergency relief grants to more than 75 libraries that have experienced substantial economic hardship due to the coronavirus pandemic. The ALA COVID Library Relief Fund invites public, school, academic, tribal, and correctional libraries across the United States and US Territories to apply for grants of $20,000.

ALA stands with Ukrainian library community

CHICAGO — The American Library Association and its divisions support our Ukrainian colleagues and will work with the global library community to answer the appeal from the Ukrainian Library Association to provide accurate information as a means to support democracy and freedom of expression.

ALA donates $15,000 to assist libraries in Louisiana and New Jersey damaged by Hurricane Ida

CHICAGO — Libraries and communities in Louisiana and the along the East Coast are still struggling to recover from damage from category 4 Hurricane Ida which ravaged a huge part of the country in August.

Thanks to support from members and other library supporters, the ALA Disaster Relief Fund is sending $5,000 each to the Lafourche Parish Library (Louisiana), the St. Charles Parish Library (Louisiana) and the Caldwell Public Library (New Jersey) restore and upgrade resources and services.

ALA donates $12,000 to re-establish and restore public libraries in Haiti

CHICAGO — ALA and its members, through the ALA Disaster Relief Fund, have provided $12,000 to the Bibliothèque Nationale d’Haïti to re-establish two of its public libraries whose locations that were damaged and made uninhabitable due to the large earthquake that struck Haiti in August.

2021 IRRT Mission Enhancement Grant call for proposals

CHICAGO — The International Relations Round Table (IRRT) announces the call for proposals for its Mission Enhancement Grant. In 2016, IRRT members and supporters established the IRRT Endowment. Interest from the Endowment will be used to fund member-initiated proposals for international projects that contribute to ALA’s role in international librarianship.

Nicaragua 3D printing project wins 2021 International Relations Round Table (IRRT) Awards Mission Enhancement Grant

CHICAGO — The “3D Printing Technology Training in the San Juan del Sur Nicaragua Public Library” project is this year’s recipient of the American Library Association’s International Relations Round Table (IRRT) Mission Enhancement Grant. 

Nominations sought for 2021 Bogle Pratt International Travel Fund

CHICAGO — The American Library Association (ALA) is accepting nominations for the 2021 Bogle Pratt International Travel Fund, sponsored by the Bogle Memorial Fund and the Pratt Institute School of Information and Library Science.  An award of $1,000 is given to an ALA member to attend his/her first international conference. The nominee must have been an ALA member for one full year. The deadline for nominations is Jan. 11, 2021.

Nominations open for 2021 ALA Presidential Citation for Innovative International Library Projects

The International Relations Round Table (IRRT) invites you to submit a nomination for the ALA Presidential Citation for Innovative International Library Projects

The citation began as an ALA Presidential initiative of Dr. Loriene Roy, ALA president in 2007-2008 and Notable IRRT Member.  Citations are awarded each year by the ALA president at the International Relations Round Table (IRRT) International Librarians Reception during the ALA Annual Conference.