Diversity Member Initiative Group

Global Literature in Libraries Initiative

  • 1.  Global Literature in Libraries Initiative

    Posted Apr 04, 2016 12:02 PM
    Dear Diversity MIG Members,


    As means of introduction, I am a German literary translator, who recently joined ALA as an associate member. My interest in ALA stems from my work related to the establishing of a new initiative called Global Literature in Libraries. The goal of this group, which involves translators, librarians and publishers, is to raise the visibility of international literature, both in translation and in the original languages, in the context of public, academic, and school libraries. We are currently working on a variety of specific projects, including library-themed book lists, translator-organized programming, and conference workshops. Our hope is to create a growing number of interfaces with libraries and library organizations around the country to explore collaboratively how translators and publishers can aid librarians in expanding the concept of global diversity via international literature and programming. 


    Our working GLLI mission statement:


    The Global Literature in Libraries Initiative strives to raise the visibility of world literature for adults and children at the local, national and international levels. We intend to do so by facilitating close and direct collaboration between translators, librarians and publishers, because we believe translators are uniquely positioned to help librarians provide support and events to engage readers of all ages in a library framework that explores and celebrates literature from around the world.


    We do not have a website yet, but we are currently using a FB group to facilitate dialogue between members located around the world: https://www.facebook.com/groups/globallit/. If you would be interested in joining this group, just let me know. Otherwise, please post in this thread any ideas you may have pertaining to ways in which diversity through international literature could be promoted. Also, I will be down at the ALA conference in Orlando to build contacts in the hope of expanding the foundation for this group moving forward. If you'd like to meet with us, we'd be glad for any opportunities to dialogue about this topic and initiative.

  • 2.  RE: Global Literature in Libraries Initiative

    Posted Apr 04, 2016 07:09 PM

    Are you familiar with the Batchelder Award? 


    I try to read their choices to get a sense of what's being published in other languages. 

  • 3.  RE: Global Literature in Libraries Initiative

    Posted Apr 05, 2016 06:58 AM

    Yes, I am, and thank you for mentioning that! One of the ideas my group has discussed is the creation of annual "shadow groups" (something that is done in the UK) or reading guides / lists around the major translated literature prizes, including the Batchelder, the Man Booker, the PEN prizes, and the BTBA.