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The International Sustainable Library Development (ISLD) Interest Group of IRRT serves as a clearinghouse of sustainable community-based library projects in developing areas of the world. This group mobilizes the power of ALA librarians to raise awareness of and make significant contributions to international library development..  ISLD formed in 2002 after a group of returned Peace Corps, who had at previous ALA annual and midwinter meeting met over lunch, decided to organize as an IG under  IRRT.  ISLD has continued as an IG to give any ALA member an opportunity to participate fully in programs, meetings and the networking lunch.  

ISLD is in the news!

We are pleased that the Vol. 35 No. 3 (2011) issue of Colorando Libraries has an article about ISLD entitled, "Catch the International Library Development Bug at ALA: It  is Highly Contagious." This issue also contains articles about library development in Ethiopia, Nicaragua, and Nigeria as well as about Sister Libraries, and why one might wish to participate in IFLA.  


Yohannes Gebregeorgis Opens New Youth Library in Ethopia

In Mekele in the Tigray region of Ethopia, Yohannes Gebregeorgis opened the Segenat Children and Youth Library on August 20, 2010 overcoming many obstancles in funding, as well as logistical hurdles. He raised over $45,000 through the Ethiopia Reads organization he founded in 1998.  His organization was recognized with the ALA Presidential Citation for Innovative International Library Projects in 2008. 

ISLD member Janet Lee took a sabatical from her position at Regis University Library to spend two months prior to the opening in Ethopia setting up the library.  Another ISLD member Athena Michael with Wiley Publishers took her own leave and funding to do training of volunteers just prior and during the opening ceremonies.  Please see the full article in American Libraries and how you can help at: American Libraries: New Youth Library in Ethopia Makes Impossible Dream Reality



Connie Champlin
Centerville, MA 
E-mail: cjchamp[@]mac.com

Carolyn Ziering
Salem, MA
E-mail: cziering[@]yahoo.com


Jensen Adams
Energy and Sustainability Officer
The Kansas City Public Library

Monique Alberts
Philipsburg Jubilee Library
Philipsburg, St. Maarten

Ruby Bell-Gam
UCLA Library
Los Angeles, CA

Peggy Cadigan
New Jersey State Library

Clara Chu
Mortenson Center for International Library Programs
University of Illinois 
Urbana-Champaign, IL

Kay Cassell
Rutgers University
New Brunswick, NJ

Beth Cramer 
Appalachian State University
Boone, NC

Peter Deekle
National Peace Corps Association
Columbia, MD 

Barbara Ford
Mortenson Center University of Illinois
Urbana-Champlain, IL

Kelly Grogg
University of Iowa, Student
Des Moines, IA
St. Louis, MO 

 Paul Hover
 Virginia Tech
 Blacksburg, VA

Jeff Huestis
Associate Dean for Technology
Washington University Library
St. Louis, MO

Janet Lee
 Dean Emerita, Regis University Library
 Denver, CO

Jane Kinney Meyers
Lubuto Library Partners
Washington, DC

Athena Michael
Winchester, VA

Jane Mirandette 
The Hester J. Hodgdon Libraries for All Program
Loveland, CO

Laverne Page
Library of Congress
Washington, DC

Martha Speirs
Simmons College
Boston, MA

Tess Tobin
NYC College of Technology, CUNY
New York, NY

Bill Turner 
DC Public Library
Washington, DC

Joan Weeks
Library of Congress
Washington, DC 


Staff Liaison
Delin Guerra
Program Manager
American Library Association
International Relations Office

Felicia Chan (Executive Board Liaison Member-at-Large, 2022-2024)