I'm Interested in Libraries Around the World

The work of libraries around the world inspires us all. Come hear from international libraries at these sessions.

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Saturday 10:30AM - 11:30AM
A number of grassroots initiatives have created community libraries in South America, trying to make substantive differences in the quality education in underserved communities. Come hear about these projects, and how they have succeeded through variety of collaborations and partnerships.

International Relations Round Table Chair's Program: Serving Communities: Locally and Globally
Saturday 1:00PM - 2:00PM
As librarians and information professionals we assist our patrons to discover, create, transmit, and apply knowledge to address their needs and the needs of the communities they represent. The IRRT 2019 Chair’s program will address how different types of libraries develop innovative services and programs to meet the needs of the communities they serve: locally, nationally and globally. 

Japan Libraries: Transforming Libraries with Innovative Ideas - How Japanese Public Librarians Engage in Building Better Communities 
Saturday 2:30PM - 3:30PM
The program will consist of the following 4 presentations in English - “How Innovation has transformed Japanese public libraries”; “Small Japanese town library becomes a community hub connecting people in farmland”; “Library makes the dementia-friendly community where everyone lives happily”; and “Fostering current and future business leaders for the Hiroshima city.”


Bringing Global to Local: The Horner Fellowship Arizona-Japan Librarian Exchange
Sunday 9:00AM - 10:00AM
The Arizona-Japan Horner Fellowship program was established in 1989 by Dr. Layton “Jack” Horner and his wife Marian Horner through an endowment to the Arizona Library Association. Since then, twenty-eight Horner Fellowships have been funded by the endowment. Seventeen Arizona Library Association (AzLA) members have traveled to Japan as Arizona Horner Fellows for 1-2 week short-term visits. Similarly, eleven Japanese librarians have visited Arizona to learn about American libraries as Japan Library Association (JLA) Horner Fellows. These exchange fellowships continue to be administered by the Horner Fellowship Committee (an AzLA committee), with assistance from the International Relations Committee of the JLA. 

Dialog and Exchange Transforms Russia and U.S. Libraries
Sunday 10:30AM - 11:30AM
International exchange has been shown to increase mutual understanding between cultures, which is increasingly important in times of global tension, as the outlooks, attitudes, and beliefs of Russian and American citizens with respect to the each other influence and shape in important ways the possibilities, and the limits, of the relationship between our two peoples. 

Preparing for a Changing World: How Libraries Facilitate the Acquisition of New Skill Sets in Communities
Sunday 1:00PM - 2:00PM
Societies are constantly changing whether because of demography, socio-political climates or even new technology disruptions which require new ways of thinking and learning. All of these have an impact on communities, how they function, interact as well as a bearing on who gets ahead and who falls behind. Libraries have long sought to level the playing field, promoting equity and inclusivity while trying to keep up with change. With an ever-widening scope, libraries increasingly play the role of a facilitator, bringing together different stakeholders in the community to strengthen and improve the lives of those it serves. 


Leaning International: Stories from the Field
Monday 9:00AM - 10:00AM
Are you an MLS student/recent graduate interested in working internationally, or a seasoned information professional looking for a new experience? Join the IRRT’s International Communications Committee as we host a panel discussion featuring experienced and diverse American librarians with international experience. In this discussion we will hear their experiences and stories, how they became involved in international work, and their best advice for getting involved with international librarianship. 

Libraries Advancing Peace with Local Initiatives: Learn Globally, Act Locally
Monday 1:00PM - 2:00PM
Libraries abroad are becoming leaders in promoting peace globally by taking action in their local communities. In this presentation, we will learn about an Iberbibliotecas-funded Community-Library Inter-Action (CLIA) project entitled “Interact with your community from the public library: Learning and advancing peace from the contexts of Colombia, Costa Rica and Peru.”

An Excursion into Africana Collections Around the World
Monday 2:30PM - 3:30PM
Interest in Africa continues to grow in all facets, from education to development, human rights, engineering, politics, commerce, and health among others. Information – the common denominator among these topics – has become a highly sought-after commodity. Available in diverse locations and formats, it is necessary that information seekers – and, more importantly, information professionals – have knowledge of and access to establishments that are bearers of this information. 

From Alexandria to Aarhus: What Three Americans Learned Exploring International Libraries
Monday 2:30PM - 3:30PM
Libraries exist all over the world in diverse communities, and while each has unique objectives and needs, many goals, experiences, and challenges are shared among libraries across the globe, making learning from colleagues in different countries inspiring and eye-opening. Through a generous donation to fund an international travel fellowship, Alexandria (VA) Library staff have traveled to Scotland, England, the Netherlands, Germany, and Denmark to explore libraries, learn about international librarianship, and bring best practices back to Alexandria. 

An International Leaders Forum: Leading a Vision for a Global Community of Libraries
Monday 2:30PM - 3:30PM
Libraries around the world share a deep commitment to support the enduring values necessary for the continued progress of humanity including justice, freedom, equality and peace. These values are universal and borderless. Responding to a call by international members of ALA, the IRRT International Connections Committee will invite international library leaders to help us understand the concept of a global community of libraries and why it matters.