IRRT (International Relations Round Table)

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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.

Notes and Recording from September Virtual Council Meeting

  • 1.  Notes and Recording from September Virtual Council Meeting

    Posted Sep 22, 2020 11:02 PM
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    Some highlights from September Virtual Council meeting that took place on 9/18/20:

    - Agenda: Financial Update; Executive Director Update; Next steps

    - Next Virtual Council Meeting will focus on Forward Together update on 11/5. 

    - Financials:  Council received a BARC (Peter Hepburn) and Treasurer's Report (Maggie Farrell).  ALA ended the fiscal year with a $11.1 million deficit compared to the $4 million deficit that had been projected. This is largely due to pandemic-related issues, such as the cancellation of the in person ALA Annual conference, lower revenue from membership and publishing, and other costs.  ALA has put together a strategy for covering projected deficits. Note that next fiscal year will be very lean and they projected very conservative/tight budgets given all of the uncertainties.  Council voted on CD 13.5 to approve the FY21 annual estimates of income $71,035,580.  The motion passed: 132 yes, 10 no, 6 abstain.

    - Executive Director Update: Tracie Hall presented a very interesting 5 year plan - Pivot Strategy (CD 50).  She discussed how she would be focusing on increasing revenue streams for continuing education; membership; conference services; publishing; contributed revenue; and data, research and design. I highly recommend that you take a look at this plan. It is ambitious and inspiring.  I attached the plan to this post. 

    See below for the recording  and transcript from the meeting. 



    Hello Councilors,


    Thank you for participating in the September Virtual Council meeting. The recording and transcript are now available:




    As we aim to continuously improve the virtual Council experience, please submit your feedback on the Fall Council Meeting for those that haven't already done so by Friday, Sept. 25:


    Save the Date! Virtual Fall Council Meeting – November 5

    Topic: Forward Together Update

    Date: Thursday, November 5  

    Time: 2-4pm Central/3-5pm Eastern time

    Registration Link:


    Sandra Hirsh
    Associate Dean for Academics, College of Professional and Global Education
    San Jose State University