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Friday, June 26 - 8:00am

8:00am - 1:00pm
Leading from Any Position: Libraries which are Leaders in their Communities and Librarians who Lead-IRRT Preconference [$] Preconference/Institute, Ticketed event Moscone Convention Center
122 (N)
Description :

The library profession is constantly adjusting to new technical developments, standards and innovative new services. These changes may occur without additional funding, or in an environment where the relevance of library services may not be widely known, or may be questioned as larger institutions face rethinking of structures. Libraries need to be leaders in their communities in order to ensure they are full participants in the future of those communities. Learn how librarians from around the world are addressing how to lead and how to nurture leadership of both individuals and libraries. (Session includes lunch)

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Friday, June 26 - 2:30pm

2:30pm - 4:00pm
International Librarians Orientation Marriott Marquis San Francisco
Golden Gate A
Description :

This is a “must-attend” session for first-time international attendees and other members from abroad. ALA members will provide an overview of ALA, the conference, exhibits and the city of San Francisco, including recommended programs and social activities. This program provides an opportunity to meet other colleagues who will help international librarians get the most from their conference experience.

Saturday, June 27 - 8:30am

8:30am - 11:30am
IRC/IRRT All Subcommittee Meeting Committee meeting Westin St. Francis
Tower Salon A & B
Description :

Meeting of all the International Relations Round Table (IRRT) and the International Relations Committee (IRC) subcommittees.

Sponsors :
American Library Association (ALA)

Saturday, June 27 - 1:00pm

1:00pm - 2:30pm
Learning from One Another: Mentoring Across and Within Borders-IRRT Papers and Projects Program Program Moscone Convention Center
2010 (W)
Description :

Mentoring is an effective way of assisting people to progress in their careers through a partnership between two people, an experienced mentor and a less experienced mentee. Formal mentoring programs exist in librarianship as in other professions and may be found within libraries, library associations, or other professional settings. This program will feature presentations on mentoring projects and programs from around the world.

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Sunday, June 28 - 8:30am

8:30am - 11:30am
IRRT Executive Committee Meeting Committee meeting Moscone Convention Center
222 (S)
Description :

Meeting of the IRRT Executive Committee Meeting. Open to all.

Sunday, June 28 - 1:00pm

1:00pm - 2:00pm
Leaning International: Recipes from the Field Program Moscone Convention Center
3001 (W)
Description :

For MLS students through seasoned information professionals interested in working internationally, this annual program hosted by IRRT’s International Connections Committee features American librarians discussing their own unique international experiences. Discussions are split between prepared topics and audience Q&A time. These interactive sessions have included such diverse topics as leveraging networks to find work abroad, pre-departure language and etiquette training, adapting to regional librarianship as well as cultural standards, the practicalities of life overseas, and more! This annual program hosted by IRRT’s International Connections Committee features American librarians speaking about their own unique international experiences.

Sunday, June 28 - 4:30pm

4:30pm - 5:30pm
Strategic Collaborations: Sister Libraries in Sister Cities Program Moscone Convention Center
2000 (W)
Description :

In 2013, Nancy Bolt and Janet Lee formed the International Library and Cultural exchange Interest Group (ILCE-IG) of the Colorado Association of Libraries. The forming of this organization was an outgrowth of partnerships with libraries in Colorado and Bulgaria, and with the Axum, Ethiopian Committee of the Denver Sister Cities International. Their work was expanded to include Aurora, CO Sister Cities International. In this presentation, Nancy and Janet will highlight the successes and challenges of dovetailing Sister Libraries with existing Sister Cities partnerships as they share a grass roots perspective from the local level. Additionally, Carol Brey, past ALA President who works as an IRO for the State Department, will report on the ALA Past-Presidents group promoting international issues through a top-down connection with the Sister Cities National Organization.

Monday, June 29 - 8:30am

8:30am - 10:00am
Building Sustainable Libraries in Asia: Success Stories - ISLD Program Program Moscone Convention Center
2005 (W)
Description :

This will be an interactive program with speakers and audience participation and will highlight factors that contributed to the success of library development projects in Asia.

Monday, June 29 - 1:00pm

1:00pm - 2:30pm
IRRT Chair’s Program: Library Leadership Initiatives - Stories from a Global Perspective Program Moscone Convention Center
3003 (W)
Description :

We all need to continually evolve as professionals but due to time and budget constraints, it isn’t always possible or easy. These constraints are especially true for our colleagues in developing countries. How do individuals, country associations, or international library organizations present, plan, and train for library leadership roles and/or succession planning? How do international conferences promote individual leadership skills? How can these help you to be a better leader and professional? These questions and more will be addressed during the IRRT Chair’s Program as we hear leadership stories and solutions from a global perspective. The panel will present Inspiring Leaders around the World: Learning New Skills through a Virtual Conference (Sandra Hirsh), Partnering to Promote Leadership at All Levels (Diane VanderPol), Anyone Can Lead: Shaping Organizational Culture and Building Capacity through Leadership Training (Louise Reimer), and Developing Leadership in International Library and Information Science Students (Naresh Kumar).

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Monday, June 29 - 7:00pm

7:00pm - 9:00pm
International Librarians Reception [$] Social event, Ticketed event Offsite
San Francisco Public Library
Description :

Please join the International Relations Round Table (IRRT) in welcoming and celebrating with librarians from more than 80 countries at the ALA Annual Conference. Open to all conference attendees, this reception offers 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 (this event is free for international librarians). Advance registration is required. No tickets will be sold at the site.

San Francisco Public Library
100 Larkin St.
San Francisco, CA

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