Especially for International Visitors at the 2007 Annual Meeting in Washington, D.C.

"Adult Literacy: Foundation for a Digital Age" (2007 IRRT Pre-Conference)

Description:  Welcome to Washington D.C. and the 2007 International Relations Round Table Pre-Conference! Washington is home to the United States national government, international diplomats, and ambassadors from across the globe; as well as adults who do not read or write. "Adult literacy: foundation for a digital age" recognized a global concern, the urgent need for people everywhere to have access to basic literacy instruction. This pre-conference welcomed international librarians as well as librarians from the United States. The pre-conference is designed as an opportunity for dialogue and exercises in the expression of diversity in libraries around the world.

The International Exchanges Committee of the IRRT described their work with study visits and exchange programs. Information was disseminated about opportunities for librarians to enrich and broaden their career experience, and enhance the library profession by developing intercultural perspectives. Please see: International Exchanges Committee




Elizabeth Pierre-Louis , Libraries Program Director for Fondation Connaissance et Liberté/Fondasyon Konesans Ak Libète (FOKAL), related her experiences working with literacy in Haiti while involved with FOKAL.


Elisabeth Liptak, Director of the Washington Literacy Council, described the programs that they provide as the largest basic adult literacy service in Washington D.C.


The 2007 IRRT Pre-Conference was held in conjunction with ALA Annual Conference in Washington D.C. from 9:00-1:00 pm, June 22nd .

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International Visitors' Center

Description: The International Visitors' Center at ALA is a place where ALA volunteers are available to answer questions and provide assistance. There are computers with Internet access and one can arrange to meet with colleagues and new friends, or just relax and review the programs.

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International Librarian's Orientation

Description: This orientation featured a n introduction to the ALA Conference and the city of Washington, DC for international librarians and other attendees from abroad. ALA members provided an overview of the conference, including recommended programs and social activities. Attendees learned about conference transportation, the ALA's Exhibit Hall and the meanings of the ALA's many acronyms. They also met mentors and representatives from ALA's many divisions and round tables who help international librarians get the most from the conference experience.

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International Paper Session - Cooperation Among Libraries Within the Same Geographic Region

Description: The 2007 International Papers Program theme was "Cooperation Among Libraries Within the Same Geographic Region." The IRRT Papers Committee invited librarians to submit papers that described regional library cooperative programs that enhance user services; improved access to collections; served as models for resource-sharing; increased efficiency in bibliographic control; collaborative preservation projects; or demonstrated application of emerging technologies. Other topics pertaining to geographic regional cooperative programs were considered as well.

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International Poster Session

Description: This forum for librarians from around the world provided 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.

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IRRT International Librarians' Reception

Description : The International Relations Round Table (IRRT) welcomed and celebrated with librarians from more than 80 countries at the ALA Annual Conference. Open to all conference attendees, but free to International Librarians outside the U.S., this reception at the Library of Congress Montpelier Room offered a unique opportunity to network with hundreds of information professionals from around the world. With a panoramic view of Washington, DC, this event provided a mixing of cultures and ideas, regional cuisine, hors d' oeuvres and open bar.

Sponsors: We would like to thank our sponsors for this year's International Reception:

Principal Sponsors:

*Blackwell Book Services


*Innovative Interfaces

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