From Paromita Biswas, Western Carolina University, Hunter Library

Cullowhee, NC  The American Library Association, International Papers and Projects Committee invites proposals for presentations to be made at the next ALA Annual Conference in Chicago, Illinois, USA June 22-27, 2017. Presentations will be delivered at the International Papers Session scheduled in June 2017. The International Papers and Projects Program provides librarians with an opportunity to exchange information about library services, collections and projects throughout the world. The program also serves to stimulate the interest of U.S. librarians in international library matters. We invite presentation proposals based on the International Papers and Projects 2017 theme:

Libraries Transform: Programs and Services for Sustainable Environments, Social Justice, and Quality Education for All

Because Libraries reach a large cross-section of the public, they are in a unique position to support the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals in the promotion of sustainable environments, social justice, and quality education. This program will feature presentations and projects by librarians or professionals working outside the USA or involved in projects outside of the USA whose research, libraries, or projects are working to:

• Promote lifelong learning

• Provide inclusive and quality education for all

• Reduce inequality

• Promote just and inclusive societies

• Contribute to environmental sustainability


Proposals, presentations, and papers must be written and delivered in English, which is the working language of the program.

Proposals should include:

1. Title of the presentation

2. Name, title, institutional affiliation, and full contact information (including a valid e-mail address) for each presenter

3. Abstract (300-500 words)

4. A short biographical profile of each presenter

Proposals should be submitted electronically (as a single Microsoft Word or PDF attachment) to the International Relations Office via email at with a copy to and

Deadline for submitting proposals is December 17, 2016.


Four proposals will be selected to present at the ALA Annual Meeting in June 2017. Notification of acceptance will be emailed by January 30, 2017.


The International Papers and Projects Program is 1.5 hours total. Presentations should run about 20 minutes each, followed by a question-and-answer session. Presenters are encouraged to prepare a dynamic and interactive presentation, incorporating visual prompts, technologies, games, questions for the audience, etc. PowerPoints are common, but speakers who want to read a paper or refer to it are welcome to do so.

We would like to invite you to view previous presentation titles listed on IRRT's International Papers and Projects Session Committee website,

IRRT International Papers Committee

Jacqueline Solis and Paromita Biswas (co-chairs)

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