IRRT Programs & Meetings at ALA Annual 2011 in New Orleans, June 24 - 27, 2011

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(In chronological order) 

IRRT Pre-Conference - Outreach through New Partnerships: Strategies and Successes

Friday, June 24, 2011
8:30 am - 1:00 pm
Location: Morial Convention Center Room 344

Description:  Join us in this half day pre-conference program to lean more about what libraries around the world are doing to outreach through new partnerships.  Presenters will discuss practical case studies, application of unique outreach models, successful implementation of creative programs, and summaries of library strategis and approaches to developing sustainable partnerships with local organizations. The $75 registration includes light refreshments and lunch.

Please visit the committee's page for a more detailed description.

International Committee I

Friday, June 24, 2011
1:30 am - 3:30 pm
Location: Morial Convention Center Room 264

International Librarian's Orientation

Friday, June 24, 2011
2:30 pm-4:00 pm
Location: Morial Convention Center Room 365-367

Description: This orientation features an introduction to the ALA Conference and the city of New Orleans for international librarians and other attendees from abroad. ALA members provided an overview of the conference, including recommended programs and social activities. Attendees will learn about conference transportation, the ALA's Exhibit Hall and the meanings of the ALA's many acronyms. Meet your mentors who will help international librarians get the most from the conference experience. (For international librarians outside the U.S.

IRC/IRRT All Committe Meeting

Saturday, June 25, 2011
Time: 8:00 am - 9:00 am IRRT Chairs Meeting;
9:00 am - 11:00 am IRRT Subcommittee Meetings; 9:00 am - 11:00 am IRC Subcommittee Meetings
Location: Westin Canal Place - Ballroom II

The IRRT's All Committee Meeting in the morning provides one location, date and time for all committees to meet during ALA Annual so that members can easily network and make connections.  

International Paper Session - Literacy Programs in Libraries around the Globe-International Paper Session

Saturday, June 25, 2011
1:30 pm - 3:30 pm
Location: Hilton Riverside - Rosedown 

Description: What innovative programs and practices are libraries employing to develop literate communities? How are libraries partnering or collaborating with other organizations around literacy programs?  The challenge includes both adult and childhood literacy and involves reaching out to those who cannot read or who have limited reading skills.  These issues are the core of this year's porgram, which will explore successful literacy initiatives in libraries of all types around the globe. 

IRRT Executive Committee Meeting

Sunday, June 26, 2011
Time: 8:00 am - 11:00 am
Location: Marriott at Convention Center- Blaine Kern C

The IRRT's Executive Board meets to discuss current business and items raised during the IRRT All Subcommittee Meeting the day before.

International Poster Session

Sunday, June 26, 2011
Time: 11:00 am - 12:30 pm
Location: Morial Convention Center - Exhibit Floor

Description: This forum for librarians from around the world provides an opportunity 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.

Unbound: Making Scholarly Information Digital in Near East and South Asia Libraries

Sunday, June 26, 2011
1:30 pm - 3:30 pm
Location: Morial Convention Center-Room 269

Description: Digitization projects from the far side of the globe are turning heads as efforts to capture and disseminate the intellectual products of the past and present become increasingly sophisticated. Please join us for the fascinating encounter with three such projects and learn about the obstacles they have overcome and the successes they have experienced.  

Copyright in Europe and Its Impact

Sunday, June 26, 2011 
4:00 pm - 5:30 pm
Location: Morial Convention Center-Room 283

Description: A panel of renowned experts address the differences in American and European Copyright, the challenges of Copyright for e-materials, the essential facts American librarians should know about European Copyright and European/American Copyright in the context of interlibrary loan.

Leading the Way to Knowledge: How African libraries are extending information access.

Monday, June 27, 2011 
8:00 am - 10:00 am 
Location: Morial Convention Center-Room 283

Description: Please join the IRC-Africa Subcommittee for a apnael presentation, in which several presenters will share their experience wit hprojects in meeting the increased demand for access to information. Digitazation, open access, preservation, indigenous knowledge and oral tradition projects are just some of the topics discussed . Learn about the expectations, challenges, accomplishments, sustainability and lessons learned from these projects.

The "S" in International Sustainable Library Develpment: Sustainability Issues.
Sponsored by the IRRT International Sustainable Library Development (ISLD).

Monday, June 27, 2011
10:30 am - 12:00 pm
Location: Morial Convention Center-Room 284

Want to better understand the benefits and consequences of supplying foreign aid in the form of libraries and books to economically challenged countries? Many countries do not have sufficient resources and infrastructure to purchase books or build libraries, yet if Western agencies supply boooks and libraries, there is the risk of handicapping the country's ability, willingness and self-determination to creating and sustaining culturally relevant libraries.  Come hear academics and ISLD program leaders discuss scholarship, best practices, and real life experience on the issue of sustainability and international library development followed by an interactive question and answer session.  

IRRT Chair's Program - Expaning Service to the Visually Impaired in Vietnam and Developing Countries

Monday, June 27, 2011
1:30 pm - 3:30 pm
Location: Morial Convention Center 283

Description: This program will cover best practices, services and contiuing education for library staff serving the blind and visually impaired in Vietname and developing countries.   

IRRT International Librarians' Reception

Monday, June 27, 2011
6 pm - 8 pm
Location: Genration Hall

The International Relations Round Table (IRRT) welcomed and celebrated with all conference-attending international librarians, from more than 80 countries, at the ALA Annual Conference. The International Librarians Reception will be held at the Genration Hall, a new museum complex of the arts and culture.  Open to all conference attendees, but free to International Librarians outside the U.S., this reception offers a unique opportunity to network with hundreds of information professionals from around the world. Participants will find a mixing of culture and ideas, regional cuisine, hors d'oeuvres and open bar.

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