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Upcoming webinars:

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

Time and date: October 12, 2022. 3:00 PM in Central Time  |   4:00 pm Easter Time (US and Canada)

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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. Carmel O’Sullivan has significant experience in the library and information sector, ranging from pioneering a new national role for a top tier law firm, to managing a broad portfolio of cultural services for a local government, and roles at several Australian Universities. She has extensive experience in leading organisational change processes and library building and renovation projects. Carmel strives to build teams that focus on improving the student experience and supporting faculty while having fun, understanding their purpose, and reaching their potential. Emilia Bell, Coordinator (Evidence Based Practice, at University of Southern Queensland Library. In this role they support and facilitate an evidence-based library culture, including through practice-based research and reflective practice. Emilia has worked in academic and school libraries and is also a PhD student at Curtin University. Their interests span academic and research libraries, open scholarship, and LIS and humanities research.







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


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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