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Upcoming webinars:

Sister Libraries Chat

Date and Time:  Friday, February 17, 2023, 11:00am EST | 5:00pm CET


Description: Join librarians from around the world for an informal chat about Sister Libraries programming and partnerships. Participants will be able to share their own experiences, ask questions, and connect with other librarians.

Olga Casey is the Technical Services Librarian at Troy University Library. She was born and raised in Odesa, Ukraine. In 2000 she received the E. Muskie Fellowship, came to the US as an exchange student and graduated with MLIS degree from LSU. Since 2008, she has worked at the Troy University Library. Troy Library has strong ties with the Central Ukrainian State University Library (, and has also been helping Donetsk National Medical University ( This past year, Troy Library started to maintain a friendship with the Donetsk State University of Internal Affairs (, which was evacuated from Mariupol to Kropyvnytsky in 2022.

Janet Lee, Dean Emerita, Regis University (Denver, CO), is a Returned Peace Corps Volunteer, Ethiopia, and co-chair of the Denver Sister Cities/Axum (Ethiopia) committee.  She has served on many ALA/IRRT committees and is a past editor of International Leads.
Deborah J. Margolis is Middle East Studies Librarian at Michigan State University Libraries (MSUL). MSUL began its virtual “Global Librarian Exchange Program” in Spring 2021, and is continuing with a sister libraries virtual exchange in Spring 2023.

Tamara Pianos studied Geography and English literature at the University of Kiel. After completing her doctorate in Canadian Studies and her traineeship for academic library services, she worked at the TIB in Hannover. In 2005 she started working for ZBW - Leibniz Information Centre for Economics. Tamara is the head of information provision and access at the ZBW in Kiel. She is responsible for the product management of the portal EconBiz including managing the international partner network. Further fields of activity are information literacy topics, Open Educational Resources (OER) as well as Open Science.

Jeffrey Rosenberg, currently with the Miami-Dade Public Library System, has 17 years in library administration. Currently, he is in charge of writing and managing State and FEMA Wind retrofit, resilience, and hardening building construction grant projects. He runs and monitors 40-yr building recertifications for all 51 library branches. He also developed and manages the Records Management for the entire Department. Jeffrey loves international travel will visit every library in each city, time permitting, and occasionally has had the opportunity to go behind the scenes.

Diana Price is the Central Library Manager at Alexandria Library in Alexandria, Virginia and co-chair of the IRRT Sister Libraries Committee. She also serves on Alexandria City’s Sister Cities Committee, and has begun a Sister Libraries partnership with the public library of Dundee, Scotland, one of Alexandria’s Sister Cities.

Cornelia Thoma is the Secondary School Librarian at the International School of Boston since August 2019. For the last 14 years she has worked in school libraries in Vermont and Boston Massachusetts. Her school offers two different diplomas: the French and the International Baccalaureate. Both diplomas focus on international education and global connections are vital for her work. Through the IRRT Sister Committee, she found a French librarian with whom she exchanges resources and experiences regularly. This experience is the reason she wanted to become an active member of the IRRT committee and she hopes to connect with more librarians around the world





(Links to recordings will be added as they become available.)

Engaging in LIS Practice: Impact of COVID-19 on Research, Teaching, and Mentorship

(Recorded on December 7, 2022)

Recording available (771 MB) 

Description: The COVID-19 pandemic has forced libraries and institutions of higher education to adapt and shift to remote setups, mainly teaching and guiding students in their academic courses and research projects. These adjustments have not been easy for everyone, primarily because this global health crisis has caused tremendous stress, fear, and social exclusion to faculty and students. The webinar centers on the experiences of three LIS educators from different countries/locations as they deal with the impact of COVID-19 on their research, teaching, and mentorship. Despite the barriers and challenges of the pandemic, the panelists will share how they collaborated and maximized the situation in rethinking their approaches to support faculty members, students, and library practitioners in developing robust and relevant research plans and projects from different parts of the Philippines.

Presenters: Iyra Buenrostro-Cabbab, Associate Professor, UP School of Library & Information Studies, Philippines; Michael Olsson, Visiting Professor, UP School of Library & Information Studies, Philippines; Danilo M. Baylen (Professor, University of West Georgia, USA).

Use of reflective practice as a tool for storytelling and demonstrating impact through the framework of the UN Sustainable Development Goals

(Recorded on October 12, 2022)

Recording available (590 MB)

Description: This webinar focuses on how reflective practice is used in evaluating Library services using the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) as a global framework. The presentation reports on reflective practice as a core component of evidence-based practice in the University of Southern Queensland (UniSQ) Library. Examples of our use of reflective practice are discussed. This includes UniSQ Library’s approach to storytelling around the SDGs, an approach used to reflect on and highlight the impact libraries can have in their local communities within a global framework.

Presenters: Carmel O’Sullivan, University Librarian, University of Southern Queensland.  Emilia Bell, Coordinator (Evidence Based Practice, at University of Southern Queensland Library. 


Perspectives on International Digital Scholarship Collaborations During a Global Pandemic

(Recorded on June 1, 2022)

Recording available (518 MB)

PRESENTATION 1: Preserving International Relationships & Items in a Time of Covid
Dr. J. Matthew Huculak, Head of Advanced Research Services & Digital Scholarship, University of Victoria Libraries

The Narrative Art Project pairs together Holocaust Survivors and graphic artists from across the world in order to co-create a graphic novel that provides witness to the Survivors' experiences. Addressed the promises and challenges of working on this international project, including issues of building capacity, digitization, working remotely, and training stakeholders in best practices for preservation and access.

PRESENTATION 2: International Collaboration in Interesting Times: Salzburg, Skype, and Stefan Zweig, Amanda M. Shepp, MLS, Coordinator of Special Collections & Archives, Daniel A. Reed Library, The State University of New York at Fredonia

This presentation focused on the agreement between the Zweig Digital project team from the Salzburg Literature Archive and the Special Collections & Archives Division of SUNY Fredonia’s Daniel A. Reed Library to collaborate on a massive 40-year update to the arrangement, description, and finding aid of Fredonia’s renowned Stefan Zweig Collection, along with its complete digitization.


El Tirijala” - The Back and Forth of the Recovery in Puerto Rico: Challenges of the local perseverance and the federal collaboration for the preservation of the island’s cultural heritage. ("El Tirijala de la Recuperación en Puerto Rico: Retos en la perseverancia criolla y colaboración federal para salvaguardar el acervo cultural de la isla")

Date recorded: May 27, 2022

RECORDING Available (376 MB)

Description: This webinar will present a frank picture of the status of the recovery in Puerto Rico, after almost 5 years after the passing of hurricane Maria and the COVID-19 pandemic. Attendees will learn about the challenges and delays that were experienced with the federal response. The presentation will reveal more about the local perseverance and achievements in recent years, as well as what future initiatives are in development. The discussion will take place amongst members that represent different aspects of the recovery: local heritage emergency responders, Puerto Rico’s libraries and archives, federal heritage response, and Puerto Rican preservation professionals living in the diaspora.

Speakers: Miriam Centeno, Preservation and Digitization Strategist, The Ohio State University Libraries; Soraya Serra Collazo, Presidenta, Junta de Directores (President, Board of Directors), Alianza Cultural para Emergencias de Puerto Rico; Hilda Teresa Ayala-González, Archivera General, Archivo General de Puerto Rico, Directora Interina, Biblioteca Nacional de Puerto Rico, Gretchen Ruiz Ramos, Heritage Emergency National Task Force (HENTF) Liaison, Environmental and Historic Preservation, Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), Moderated by:  Laila Hussein Moustafa, Associate professor- University of Illinois at UC


Navigating International Conference Opportunities: advancing your career with tips, personal experiences, and global collaborations

Recorded on Thursday, May 12, 2022

RECORDING Available (1.81 GB)

Description: Do you want to learn about opportunities to advance your career by networking with international professionals? After a special introduction by Jim Neal, current IRRT Chair, Loida Garcia-Febo, Mark Mattson, and Gina de Alwis will share different paths to expand careers with international platforms. The presenters will share tips on finding and connecting with professionals outside your home country. Through the panelists personal experiences discover the benefits and opportunities in international conference attendance and collaborations.


Loida Garcia-Febo is a Puerto Rican American librarian and International Library Consultant with 24 years of experience expert in library services to diverse populations and human rights. President of the American Library Association 2018-2019.

Mark Mattson is Head of Global Engagement Initiatives and International Partnerships Librarian at the Penn State University Libraries.

Gina de Alwis Jayasuriya counts over four decades experience in academic and special libraries and was Head of the Singapore Institute of Management library for 27 years.

Moderator: Jim Neal is University Librarian Emeritus at Columbia University and currently serves as the Chair on ALA’s International Relations Round Table. 


International Librarians Networking Program (ILNP) Inaugural Webinar (recorded March 1, 2022)

Description: Organized by the IRRT’s International Librarians Networking Program (ILNP), this webinar for the participants of 2022 ILNP program will provide information about the program, a description of the final project, and introduce participants to the liaisons who will be working with them throughout the program.

Speakers: Muzhgan Nazarova and Erica Saito, ILNP subcommittee co-chairs; Mark Mattson; April Moyo,Yongming Wang, Jessica O’Neil, ILNP liaisons

RECORDING Available (393 MB)

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Gigabit Libraries International Workshop

Date and Time: January 19, 2022

Description: A follow-up interactive, hands-on session to the “Gigabit Libraries and Beyond: Improving Broadband Access Worldwide” Webinar, held on October 19, 2021, for participants to virtually “workshop” possible approaches to localizing the toolkit for communities across the globe. Participants will engage in interactive activities including creating a network diagram, a demonstration of a WiFi stumbler, and break into groups to discuss strategies to localize the toolkit across the globe.
To prepare for the workshop, please watch the short explanatory video at, if you have not attended the October 19th webinar or watched the webinar recording.
Facilitators: Stephanie Stenberg, Director, Internet2 Community Anchor Program and Carson Block, Library Technology Consultant, Carson Block Consulting, Inc.
Sponsored by: International Sustainable Library Development (ISLD) Interest Group of the ALA International Relations Round Table, Mortenson Center of International Library Programs, and Gigabit Libraries.

RECORDING available (897 MB)

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