I would like to thank the members of the International Relations Round Table (IRRT) of the American Library Association for electing me as Chair-Elect of the IRRT. It is a joy to collaborate with the membership coming from 110 countries. I am deepy honored and greatly appreciate your trust in me.
As Chair I will work together with my colleagues to develop initiatives to increase opportunities to continue growing strong international professionals. I bring my experience as Chair of the International Relations Committee (2014-2015), where I collaborated to develop partnerships with IFLA and other country’s library associations such as Gift a Book and Change a Life to bring books to South Africa during the IFLA WLIC Congress there. The IRC and the IRRT also partnered to develop an international mentoring pilot. As Chair of the International Reception and the ALA President Citation for Innovating International Library Projects committees, working together with many colleagues, we were able to provide a forum for hundreds of international librarians attending the ALA conference and recognize international innovative efforts.
I am thrilled about the opportunity to bring my experience as a Governing Board Member of IFLA, Chair of the ALP, member of IFLA’s CPDWL and advisor to IFLA New Professionals. I am fortunate to collaborate with great global teams that have developed global initiatives to promote engagement in discussions about library and society trends, provided online continuing professional development in English, Spanish and Portuguese to colleagues whom otherwise wouldn’t have access to it, developed mechanisms to nurture and strengthen new professionals, trained librarians about topics related to human rights, ethics, advocacy and free access to information and freedom of expression, and advocated for access to information for all at the United Nations and in different regions of the world. As a researcher, I have investigated the state of new librarians globally and I am proud to share that library associations around the globe have adopted resulting recommendations.
I am looking forward to continuing collaborating together with the international library community.