Yes, ALA is the acronym for the American Library Association, but this conference attracts librarians from around the world. ALA’s International Relations Round Table (IRRT) celebrates its 60th anniversary this year and maintains a central meeting place for international visitors right outside the exhibit hall where you can chat with colleagues, check email, and pick up literature about international programs. Attendees were also encouraged to show their home countries on the large wall map. Over 80 countries were represented this years, with the largest group being from Canada.
Programs on international topics included serving multicultural communities, libraries of Sub-Saharan Africa, sustainable library development, and funding for Africa’s cultural heritage. An international librarians reception at the Harold Washington public library was sold out.
I’m hoping that internationally-minded librarians will also think about attending Internet Librarian International in London this coming October!
Marydee Ojala, Editor, ONLINE: Exploring Technology & Resources