IRRT Webinars

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Upcoming webinars:

Gigabit Libraries International Workshop

Date and Time: January 19, 2022, 8:00 am Central Time (US)

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: Carson Block ( has led, managed, and supported library technology efforts for more than 25 years. He brings a user-centered technological perspective, with an emphasis on transparent and powerful solutions, with some “gee whiz” thrown into the mix. Carson’s passions include leading technology visioning and planning, creating highly-functional work groups, technical design (including infrastructure, RFID, and points of self-service), and project management with a focus on technology solutions tailored for each library and its community.
Stephanie Stenberg ( is Director of the Internet2 Community Anchor Program, where she works with regional networking partners, community anchor institutions, and Internet2 membership organizations to support mutually beneficial goals of bringing networking, trust and identity services, and advanced applications to community anchor institutions nationwide. Since joining Internet2 in 2018, she has been part of three Institute of Museum and Library Services-funded grant projects focused on libraries and connectivity.
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.


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


Virtual International Connections: The Global Librarian Exchange Program

Date and time: Nov 22, 2021 03:00 PM Central Time (US and Canada)

Description: The Global Librarian Exchange Program, a Michigan State University Libraries microgrant initiative, is a virtual symposium which promotes professional exchange between academic librarians from abroad or from underrepresented communities and MSU librarians or staff. The goal of the GLEP is to enhance the exchange of ideas, expertise, and skills among librarians internationally and between communities, through mutual dialogue by a series of presentations and conversations.

Join us to learn about the benefits and challenges of the first iteration of the program, which was set to be in person, but had to be quickly redesigned to a virtual environment due to COVID-19 and was held from January-June 2021. This presentation will discuss the conceptualization of GLEP through the planning and implementation process, including recruitment and liaising with international colleagues, designing, and executing a speaker series with topics germane to global librarianship, while traversing international time zones and academic calendars, and will conclude with plans for future iterations of the program.

Presenters: Andrea McMillan, Chicanx and Latinx Studies Librarian, Michigan State University Libraries; Erik Ponder, African and US Ethnic Studies Librarian, Michigan State University.

RECORDING available (763 MB)


Gigabit Libraries and Beyond: Improving Broadband Access Worldwide

Date and Time: October 19, 2021

RECORDING available (668 MB)

Description: Libraries worldwide are a key resource in supporting and providing broadband access to their communities, which continue to experience inequitable access to the internet and information and communication technologies (ICTs). The Toward Gigabit Libraries toolkit is a free, self-service guide created to help libraries understand and improve their IT capacities and broadband resources. Join this webinar that will first introduce internet access globally and the role of libraries in providing internet access, followed by an interactive discussion on IT and broadband challenges your libraries face and learn about how the toolkit can help libraries beyond the US, understand and address them. While the toolkit was originally created for United States libraries, this session will focus on areas that can be applied and adapted to an international audience. Participants are encouraged to describe their technology challenges and work with the facilitators and other attendees to seek solutions.

A follow-up interactive, hands-on session is scheduled on January 19, 2022; 8-10 am CT for participants to virtually “workshop” possible approaches to localizing the toolkit for communities across the globe.



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.


Truth and Reconciliation: Decolonizing Approaches Within Social Memory institutions

Date and Time: October 13, 2021


Description: In this session, Ry Moran will discuss foundational principles of decolonization and how they relate to the broad work of Truth and Reconciliation underway across Canada and beyond. The presentation will take into consideration multiple pasts, presents and futures enmeshed in this work and will explore how human rights-based frameworks provide a path forward.

Speaker: Ry Moran is Canada’s inaugural Associate University Librarian – Reconciliation at the University of Victoria. Ry’s role within UVic Libraries’ focuses on building and sustaining relationships to introduce Indigenous approaches and knowledge into the daily work of the Libraries and more broadly across the campus community.  In so doing, Ry plays an active role in advancing UVic’s strategic goal of being a globally recognized leader in areas of reconciliation. Ry is a member of the IFLA Advisory Committee on Cultural Heritage (2021-2023). 




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