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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.

Capacity Building Webinar Series: Basic Building Blocks of Librarianship (Free)

  • 1.  Capacity Building Webinar Series: Basic Building Blocks of Librarianship (Free)

    Posted Feb 29, 2024 10:29 AM

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    Capacity Building Webinar Series: Basic Building Blocks of Librarianship   

    (Funded by the American Library Association International Relations Round Table (IRRT) Mission Enhancement Grant 2023)                     

    The ALA IRRT Webinar Committee in association with the American Library Association (ALA) International Relations Round Table (IRRT) Mission Enhancement Project presents a series of FIVE (5) webinars to support capacity building of library employees (non-professionals).               

    Time: 3pm Singapore time

    Duration of webinar: Two-hours (2) with Q & A

    Registration: Participants will need to register for each webinar individually. Please see webinar schedule below for individual registration links.  

    Webinar schedule

    Date/Time

    Topic/ Name of Presenter

    Webinar 1

    Thursday, 14th March

    3pm Singapore / 2:00am Central Time (USA)

    Reference Services

    Ebru Gönül Türk, Academic Engagement & Reference Librarian, Suna Kirac Library, KOC Universitesi, Turkey.

    To understand the nature of reference work, the many forms of digital/ virtual reference services, reference interview, and new skills needed to manage reference work in the AI age.

    Registration link: https://ala-events.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_B6Tp_2vwR4m_cLVjPyiFjA

    Webinar 2

    Thursday, 28th March

    3pm Singapore / 2:00am Central (USA)

    (5:30pm Adelaide)

    Information Resource Organization 

    Catherine Barnes, Course Coordinator & Lecturer, University of South Australia.

    To understand how to organise and describe physical and digital information resources and the use of online tools to create metadata.

    Registration link: https://ala-events.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_IuZdlJYcSY-5C42qf4diUA

    Webinar 3 (a) & (b)

    Thursday 4 April

    3pm Singapore/ 2:00am Central (USA)

    (5:30pm Adelaide)

    (a) Collection Development and Management (1 hour)

    Lachlan Young, Manager: Collection Management and Copyright Services, University of South Australia.

    To understand different types of information sources, how to find and evaluate them, touching briefly on the importance of User Needs Analysis and Collection Development Policy.

    (b) Collection Building Using Open Educational Resources (OERs) (1 hour)

    Ash Barber, Academic Librarian (OERs), University of South Australia.

    To understand what OERs are, usefulness of OERs for libraries with limited financial resources, how to find and evaluate them and how to build a collection of OERs relevant to the teaching and learning needs of an organization.

    Registration link: https://ala-events.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_5XsETf-OSW2kkmt7VS8kiQ

    Webinar 4

    Thursday, 11 April

    3pm Singapore/ 2:00am Central (USA)

    Information & Digital Literacies

    Jane Hammons, Assistant Professor, Teaching and Learning Engagement Librarian, The Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio, USA.

    To understand the nature of information literacy and digital literacy, identify key learning bottlenecks related to information literacy, and to locate freely available resources for teaching information literacy skills.

    Registration link: https://ala-events.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_m-hYQ6a2QSSViZVXGczvqw

    Webinar 5

    Thursday, 25th April

    3pm Singapore/ 2:00am Central (USA)

    Basics of Research Methodology for Librarians

    Prof. Diljit Singh, Retired Professor, University of Malaya, Malaysia. (Pro-bono).

    To understand the role of research in the management of libraries and information services, and the process of conducting research in a professionally-accepted manner.

    Registration link: https://ala-events.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_lmwdtfEMQPuMdqR_ZnYvkw

    Webinar Series Moderator: Gina de Alwis Jayasuriya, PhD

    CPD Researcher & Program Coordinator

    Background to the Webinar Series: In 2019 Gina initiated a research project on the status of capacity building opportunities for LIS professionals in selected countries. The focus is on countries that have conducted limited research on the LIS sector, and specifically, on Continuing Professional Development for LIS professionals. Two country studies have been completed to date on the Maldives and Cambodia (Related publications). Capacity building programs Gina has undertaken with a view to bridge the CPD gaps include a series of  webinars presented in 2021/22 under the auspices of the National Library of Maldives which featured LIS professionals from around the world, a one-week program for the Maldivian librarians in Singapore in 2023; and, a series of webinars in collaboration with KAPE, to support school librarians. Gina is the recipient of the American Library Association IRRT Mission Enhancement Grant 2023 for this project to address capacity building for librarians. She was head of Singapore Institute of Management Library for over 25 years. 

    The IRRT Mission Enhancement Grant established in 2016 funds member-initiated proposals for international projects and partnerships which contribute to ALA's role in international librarianship.



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    Gina de Alwis Jayasuriya, PhD
    Co-chair, IRRT Webinar Committee | CPD Researcher | Program Coordinator|
    Singapore.
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