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ALA Event – International association involvement for schools

Johan Koren, Assoc. Professor & Coordinator of the Library Media Program at Murray State University asked on LM_NET:  

Are you interested in ways that you and your students can become global citizens, but not sure if you can afford it, or even have the time to travel abroad?  If you’re going to be in Chicago for the American Library Association’s Annual Conference, come to the program "Global Citizenship: A Role for School Librarians?" on Sunday, July 12th from 1:30-3:pm in McCormick Place West Room W-178b.  Members of the AASL International Relations Task Force will be presenting ideas on how you can be involved in international associations like IASL or develop a sister library project.  We will also be unveiling the prototype of our toolkit of ideas for promoting global understanding in the school library media center.

The program will be a panel presentation.  Lesley Farmer will be talking about becoming involved in IASL, Geri Fegan and Carol Truett (representing Linda Veltze) will be presenting on sister libraries, and Charles O’Bryan on personal experiences.  The toolkit is under development as a community on ALAConnect at 

While we are attending the "American" Library Association’s Annual Conference, it is important to recognize attendants come from many countries as ALA is also active world-wide. One of the most interesting conferences I attended was when ALA was in Toronto, Canada, during the SARS scare.   

If you have the time Monday night, you might join us as we participate in the International Reception so buy your tickets when you pick up your packets. I found the ALA Annual Program book online and read this on page 144 (emphasis added by me):

Please join the International Relations Round Table (IRRT) in welcoming and celebrating its 60th Anniversary with librarians from more than 80 countries at the ALA Annual Conference. Open to all conference attendees, this reception offers a unique opportunity to network with hundreds of information professionals from around the world. Join us for a mixing of culture and ideas, regional cuisine, hors oeuvres and open bar (this event is free for international librarians).