Ideas for internationalizing your library: Tips from the ALA International Relations Roundtable

Your Name and Title:
John Hickok, International Outreach Librarian, IRRT Executive Board Member

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ALA International Relations Roundtable

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Area of the World from Which You Will Present:
California, USA

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Target Audience(s):
U.S. Librarians interested in internationalization of their libraries

Short Session Description (one line):
Tips from the ALA IRRT on internationalizing libraries

Full Session Description (as long as you would like):
This session will be an overview of tips and suggestions—from the American Library Association’s International Relations Roundtable—for U.S. librarians wanting to internationalize their libraries.   John Hickok, a member of IRRT’s Executive Board, will represent IRRT in presenting this session.  What exactly does it mean to internationalize one’s library?   Many things!  It could be increasing ethnic/cultural collections to reflect the changing demographics of library users.   It could be establishing a foreign Sister Library to promote cross-cultural awareness.  It could be developing outreach services to international users (whether students or immigrants).  Tips and suggestions from IRRT’s various webpages will be offered.  These pages will include:
- The International Connections/Exchanges page.  Here, valuable documents will be presented, including: (1)Guide to being a Global Librarian; (2)International Opportunities & Funding Sources for Librarians; (3)Foundations & Organizations Supporting International Exchanges and/or Short-term Travel; and more. 
- The Sister Library page (& Wiki).  Here, advice on becoming a Sister Library will be presented, including guidelines, matching opportunities, success stories, and more.
- The International Sustainable Library Development page.  Here, examples of library development initiatives in developing countries (often with U.S. library/librarian partnering) will be shown.
In all, participants joining this session will be given a terrific assortment of ideas for internationalizing their libraries.

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