Notable IRRT Member

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Barbara J. Ford

Director,  Mortensen Center for International Library Programs and
Mortenson Distinguished Professor, 
University of Illinois Library at Urbana-Champaign

IRRT member since: I joined ALA in the early 1970s and joined IRRT at about the same time

Most enjoyable international library project/projects:

My theme as the 1997-1998 ALA president was, “Libraries: Global Reach, Local Touch.”   Working with ALA members, we expanded the types of and visibility for international projects in our association.   As Director of the Mortenson Center, I have a dream job that combines my interest in libraries and international issues including the promotion of peace, education, and understanding.   (   I now serve on the Governing Board of the International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions ( and am pleased to work with colleagues from around the world in representing the interests of library and information services and their users.

Three words to new IRRT members: Get involved! Enjoy! Help expand ALA’s global reach!