We’re very pleased to announce a formal partnership between the ILN and the American Library Association’s International Relations Round Table (IRRT).
IRRT have been supporting the ILN informally for some time, by helping get the word out about our program and by welcoming ILN Director Alyson Dalby to speak at the IRRT International Papers Program at ALA Annual in 2015. We’re pleased to say that this relationship has been formalised, with IRRT providing ILN with financial support to help us upgrade and invest in our systems, allowing us to continue growing, and encouraging their members to take part in the ILN program, sharing their experience and perspective with our community.
The mission of IRRT is to promote interest in library issues and librarianship worldwide; to help coordinate international activities within the American Library Association, serving as a liaison between the International Relations Committee and those members of the Association interested in international relations; to develop programs and activities which further the international objectives of ALA; and to provide hospitality and information to visitors from abroad.
The ALA Presidential Citation for Innovative International Library Projects began as an ALA Presidential initiative of Dr. Loriene Roy, ALA President in 2007-2008, and citations are juried by the round table. They are awarded each year by the ALA President at the International Relations Round Table (IRRT) International Librarians Reception during the ALA Annual Conference to recognize innovative contributions to international librarianship.
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