Especially for International Visitors to the 2008 Annual Conference in Anaheim, California.

IRRT Pre-Conference - Collaboration and Resource Sharing in the Digital Age

Friday, June 27, 2008
9:00 am - 1:00 pm
Location: TBA (To be announced)

Description:  Welcome to Anaheim and the 2008 International Relations Round Table Pre-Conference! Speakers from several prominent organizations that exemplify international collaboration and resource sharing solutions will talk about their success with projects aimed at narrowing the digital divide throughout the world and discuss ideas for librarians interested in resource sharing at local and global levels.

Cost: Advance tickets (available on the Conference Registration form): $75. 

Speakers: TBA.


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.

Location: TBA.


International Librarian's Orientation

Friday, June 27, 2008
4:30 pm-6:30 pm
Location: TBA

Description: This orientation features an introduction to the ALA Conference and the city of Anaheim for international librarians and other attendees from abroad. ALA members provided an overview of the conference, including recommended programs and social activities. Attendees are able to learn about conference transportation, the ALA's Exhibit Hall and the meanings of the ALA's many acronyms. They also meet mentors and representatives from ALA's many divisions and round tables who help international librarians get the most from the conference experience. (For international librarians outside the U.S.)

International Paper Session - Re-Assess, Reassign, and Reinvent: Collection Building Without Global Borders

Saturday, June 28, 2008
1:30 pm - 3:30 pm
Location: TBA

Description: The 2008 International Papers Program theme is "Re-Assess, Reassign, and Reinvent: Collection Building Without Global Borders." Librarians have long been interested in resource-sharing and collection enhancement on a worldwide basis.  Political turmoil, economic restraints, and lack of professional personnel impede on collection development efforts of many libraries.  This program explores global efforts to improve distribution of publications to library collections.  The focus is on successful initiatives, and will provide helpful advise on assuring that library surplus materials reach their destinations on a timely, cost-effective manner. 

International Poster Session

Sunday, June 29, 2008
Time: TBA
Location: Exhibit Hall

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. Details TBA.

IRRT International Librarians' Reception

Monday, June 30, 2008
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Location: TBA

Description: The International Relations Round Table (IRRT) welcomes and celebrates with all conference-attending international librarians, usually 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 will offer a unique opportunity to network with hundreds of information professionals from around the world. Join us for a mixing of culture and ideas, regional cuisine, hors d'oeuvres and open bar.

Cost: Free for International Librarians outside the United States. Advance tickets for all others (available on the Conference Registration form): $30. Onsite: $35. 

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

* Blackwell Book Services
* OCLC/ WebJunction
* Elsevier Science
* Innovative Interfaces
* VTLS: Visionary Technology in Library Solutions

ADDITIONAL MEETINGS/EVENTS - Listed on the  International Relations Office Annual 2008 events page are other programs, discussion groups, and events with an international focus.