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Online Doc CFP: IRRT Preconference

by Tim Zou (non-member) on Tue, Feb 7, 2012 at 05:23 pm

Call for Presentations for the ALA International Relations Roundtable (IRRT) Preconference

Deadline: February 20, 2012

Call for Presentations for the ALA International Relations Roundtable (IRRT) Preconference

Deadline: February 20, 2012

Innovative Practices: Developing Sustainable Programs, Mobilizing Support for Your Library!

The IRRT Preconference Committee invites proposals for presentations from librarians and administrators from libraries of all sectors.  Based on this year’s theme, the IRRT Preconference Committee is interested in proposals that showcase creative strategies and practices in developing sustainable partnerships with local organizations. Of particular interest for this year’s preconference, but not limited to, are case studies of international collaborations between U.S. and international libraries that represent innovative practices in developing program proposals, mobilizing community support, and raising funds.  Among the topics that may be addressed in the presentation proposals are:

  • providing multi-lingual interfaces to services
  • incorporating new forms of content into the collection
  • employing Web 2.0 tools to mash-up  with traditional library services
  • promoting free and equal access to information for all members of the community
  • using open source software for new services
  • employing sustainable information technologies for services in developing nations


In the proposal, please provide:

1.       Title of proposed presentation

2.       Abstract of the presentation (no more than one page or 300 words)

3.       Name, title of position, and affiliation of the presenter(s)

4.       Brief biographical statement of the presenter(s)

5.       Contact information (e-mail address and phone number)

Submission of proposals:

Please submit your proposal electronically to Tim Zou, Chair of the IRRT Preconference Committee, no later than February 20, 2012. Selected presenters will be notified by March 15, 2012.

The IRRT Preconference will be held on Friday, June 22, 2012 in conjunction with the ALA Annual Conference (June 21– 26 2012) in Anaheim, CA.  It will be a half-day program from 8:30 am to 12:00 pm that consists of 3 to 4 panel presentations and a one-hour interactive workshop on advocacy and fundraising.


Online Doc Do Other Countries Have School Library Associations?

by Ian Finnesey on Sun, Sep 19, 2010 at 05:39 pm

  The following is a partial list of independent school library-related associations


ASLA logoAustralian School Library Association logoAustralian School Library Association

  The following is a partial list of independent school library-related associations


ASLA logoAustralian School Library Association logoAustralian School Library Association

The Australian School Library Association Inc. (ASLA)
is a national authority, a peak forum in the field of teacher librarianship
and school library resource services.


SLANZA aims to strengthen and promote the role of school libraries, to enable all school communities to become information literate.

About Ensil 

Literacy, school libraries and information literacy are increasingly the focus of public attention throughout the world. An important event has been the publication by Unesco and the International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA) of the School Library Manifesto, which emphasises equal opportunities for all learners. Representatives of associations for teachers and librarians, as well as some ministries of education, from eight European countries came together in Amsterdam on the 21-23 March 2003 to discuss these issues.  

The host for the meeting, Mrs. Lourense Das, Policy Officer for the Dutch Association of School Librarians, said, “It signifies the enormous importance of these issues that so many professional librarians and educators travelled to the Netherlands for this meeting.” 

At the meeting, delegates from Austria, Italy, the Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, Russia, Sweden and the United Kingdom set up an informal group, the European Network for School Libraries and Information Literacy (ENSIL). The Amsterdam statement was adopted.

 School Libraries Association (United Kingdom)

Our Vision

  • We believe that every pupil is entitled to effective school library provision. The SLA is committed to supporting everyone involved with school libraries, promoting high quality reading and learning opportunities for all.

SLARI, a voluntary organisation, is a branch of the School Library Association.

SLARI offers support and information to all those involved in primary and post-primary school libraries. We recognise the need to equip students for full participation in the rapidly changing knowledge society. We believe in the vital role of the school library in encouraging young people to develop good reading habits.

Association of School Libraries in HesseLandesarbeitsgemeinschaft (LAG) Schulbibliotheken in Hessen e. V. 

Association of School Libraries in Hesse 

The LAG’s concept can be found in two formulas:
1. „Libraries from below“. Schools in Hesse are limited in their autonomy. The library teachers as well as the supporting parents have learned to use the school conference, school budget and school management rules and regulations to help initiate libraries.
2. „The active school library“ which means a library, that is orientated to learning and the curriculum. It does not just offer books to borrow, it is integrated in as many subjects as possible and offers the teachers and the students the opportunity to use the books from the library in the lessons. This is difficult to encourage, because textbooks, which can easily be used for teaching, are available for every subject in the classrooms.

Danish Municipal School Library Association 

Norwegian School Librarians' Association Logo 

Norwegian School Librarians' Association 

Information in English can be downloaded in a Word document from

Association of Swedish Regional School Library Associations 

Sweden's Regional School Library Associations 

Finnish School Library Association logo 

Finnish School Library Association 

The Finnish School Library Association

  • offers teachers, teacher librarians, principals, parents and students the forum to change ideas and experiences about developing and improving school libraries and school librarianship
  • nominates the school librarian of the year
  • takes up the opportunities of school libraries to support the curriculum and to enrich learning and teaching
  • provides information about local, national and international school library projects and developments
  • arranges study trips to outstanding school libraries
  • aspires to influence the national school legislation and school authorities to strenghten the status of school libraries in Finland
  • participates in the activities of international school library organisations 



Japan SLA logo


今日、学校図書館は様々な資料・情報の活用を通して子どもたちの「自ら学ぶ力」をはぐくむ活動の拠点(学習・情報センター機能)、読書を通して子どもたちの豊かな人間性をはぐくむ活動の拠点(読書センター機能)として、その役割が大いに期待されています。社団法人全国学校図書館協議会(Japan School Library Association 略称=全国SLA)は、各都道府県の学校図書館研究団体(各県SLA)と協力して、学校図書館の充実発展と青少年読書の振興を図るために様々な活動を行っています。

What is the National SLA?

Today, school libraries face high expectations, with missions to promote Self-Teaching among children navigating varied school library materials and information (via the Learning and Information Center), and to instill a richness of humanity in students learning to read and write (via the Reading and Writing center).  The Japan SLA, n cooperation with the prefectural school library associations in every city and prefecture, carries out activities to promote the growth of school libraries, and measure the progress of young people's reading.  



Online Doc What is International School Library Month?

by Johan Koren on Mon, Jul 27, 2009 at 09:19 pm

International School Library Month

In October each year


International School Library Month

In October each year

The International Association of School Librarianship first celebrated an International School Library Day in October of 1999, under the leadership of then IASL President Blanche Woolls. The aim of this special day was to draw attention to the importance of school libraries in the education of our children. According to the coordinator, Rick Mullholland of Canada - "In early January 2008, the executive of IASL, upon recommendation from the International School Library Day committee, approved the change from International School Library Day to International School Library Month effective October 2008. This change cooincides with the tenth anniversary of IASL celebrating school libraries. International School Library Month will allow those in charge of school libraries around the world to choose a day in October that best fits their specific situation in order to celebrate the importance of school libraries".

The ISLM theme for 2009 -- School Libraries: The Big Picture

Projects for International School Library Month

Bookmark Project

The ISLM Bookmark Project involved matched schools making homemade bookmarks (any style, shape, etc - be creative) that reflects the International School Library Month theme.

For more information or to add your name to the list of participating schools, contact:
Rick Mulholland, Bookmark coordinator

What people are doing for ISLM 2009

Send in your submissions for "What people are doing for ISLM 2009" by email to the IASL Web Manager, Karen Bonanno.


Online Doc How can I link with schools in other countries when I can't travel?

by Johan Koren on Mon, Aug 3, 2009 at 04:12 pm

What if you don't have the money or opportunity to travel?

Here are some projects that can enable you to link with schools and school library media specialists around the world

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What if you don't have the money or opportunity to travel?

Here are some projects that can enable you to link with schools and school library media specialists around the world

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The GiggleIT Project is a partner with the International Children's Digital Library
The GiggleIT Project is a registered project with the International Year of Reconciliation 2009.

Calling all kids!

Hi everyone
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The mission of the International Relations Round Table is to promote interest in library issues and librarianship worldwide; to help coordinate international activities within ALA, 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.

Learn more about IRRT on the ALA website.

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