While partnerships have been an instrumental part of the library’s success in serving the needs of their communities, they now offer librarians profound opportunities for developing new competencies and skillsets that strengthen their careers. This webinar will highlight various examples of international initiatives that not only expand professional development opportunities for librarians, but also connect them to dynamic and globally-based professional networks.

Success stories, challenges, and the impacts of these partnerships will be discussed.


This free IFLA/ALA Webinar took place on October 10th, 2016 at 18:00 UTC.

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Keynote: Professional Development Outcomes of a Globally Based Virtual Conference Partnership : A Library 2.0 Case Study

Sandra HirshSandra Hirsh, Director and Professor, San Jose State University School of Information, USA

Sandra Hirsh is Director and Professor of the School of Information at San José State University, a 100% online program with students, faculty, and alumni all over the world. Prior to that, she worked in the Silicon Valley in R&D and consumer product development for more than a decade at major technology companies: Hewlett Packard Labs, Microsoft, and LinkedIn. She also previously was an assistant professor at the University of Arizona.   She served as the 2015 president of the Association for Information Science & Technology (ASIS&T), is the co-founder and co-chair of the global virtual Library 2.0 conference series since 2011, and serves in leadership roles in ALA (including the International Relations Roundtable) and on the IFLA.  She edited a foundational library and information science textbook, Information Services Today: An Introduction, which was published by Rowman & Littlefield in 2015. She holds both a bachelor’s degree and Ph.D. from UCLA and a MLIS degree from University of Michigan.

20 years of Russian – U.S. partnerships: Lessons learned

Susan SchneurSusan Schnuer, Associate Director, Mortenson Center for International Library Program, USA
Svetlana Gorokhova, Head of Center for International Cooperation, All Russia State Library for Foreign Literature, Russia

Susan Schnuer has worked at the Mortenson Center for International Library Programs for the past twenty-five years and is currently the Associate Director. The Mortenson Center is a unique program located at the University of Illinois in the United States offering intensive professional development programs to librarians around the world.

Schnuer has been involved in the development and implementation of professional development programs for the over 1200 librarians from more than 90 countries. She has extensive experience in leadership programs and has worked on country specific professional development projects in Bhutan, Colombia, Costa Rica, El Salvador,  Ghana, Guatemala, Haiti, India, Kazakhstan, Latvia, Myanmar,  Nepal,  Nicaragua, Nigeria, People’s Republic of China, Romania, Russia, South Africa, Uganda, and Vietnam.  Schnuer is a Notable Member of the ALA’s International Relations Round Table.

In 2013, Schnuer was awarded John Ames Humphry/OCLC/Forest Press Award for International Librarianship by the International Relations Committee of the American Library Association. She was also presented with the Honorary Lifetime Member award from the Library and Information Association of South Africa. In 2015 she received IFLA Scroll of Appreciation.

Svetlana GorokhovaSvetlana Gorokhova graduated from Moscow Linguistic University in 1989 with Red Diploma in English Language. During her last year in the University she joined the All Russia State Library for Foreign Literature (6 million items in 146 languages) as a Reference Librarian and works there since then. At the moment she acts as Head of Center for International Cooperation, coordinating number of projects featuring the library as a community center.  For two terms Svetlana served as Standing Committee member for Library Services to Multicultural Population IFLA section.

Since 1996 Svetlana is facilitating joint research activities of the All Russia State Library for Foreign Literature (Moscow, Russia) and Charles F. Kettering Foundation (Dayton, Ohio). In 1998 the Library for Foreign Literature initiated inter-regional project “Library as a Community Center”, uniting 7 regions of Russia (Saratov, Bryansk, Moscow, St Petersburg, Novosibirsk, Kemerovo, Vologda and Tomsk).

Rethinking mentoring: online, international peer mentoring with the International Librarians Network

Alyson DalbyAlyson Dalby, International Librarians Network Director of Business Operations

Originally from Australia, Alyson has a background in academic and special libraries, having worked for the University of New South Wales Library, the Institute of Chartered Accountants in Australia, and the Royal Australasian College of Physicians. She has also worked for vendors and associations, and sat on the Board of Directors of the Australian Library and Information Association (ALIA) from 2013 to 2015.

In 2015 Alyson moved from Australia to Denmark, and now works as Team Manager, Data Readiness for LEO Pharma in Copenhagen, while volunteering for the International Librarians Network. She tweets as @alysondalby and can be found on LinkedIn.

Challenges and benefits of international cooperation for libraries

Magdalena Krasowska-IgrasMagdalena Krasowska-Igras, Project Coordinator in Information Society Development Foundation

Magdalena is currently in charge of fundraising and international projects implementation at the Information Society Development Foundation. She has a M.A. in music from the Chopin University of Music in Warsaw, completed cultural management postgraduate studies at the Polish Academy of Science and studied international relations in Collegium Civitas. She is a Senior Expert of Proposal Writing and Budgeting in the Eastern Partnership Culture Programme and runs numerous trainings mostly in the field of international projects planning. She has been involved – as a writer and manager – in many European Union and European Economy Area funded projects addressing the cultural institutions and their capacity.

ModeratorMatilde Fontanin – IFLA CPDWL and AIB (Italian Librarians’ association) – please contact mfontanin@gmail.com for registration information.

The webinars are archived, therefore you can join them, ask questions and participate in conversations with international colleagues live, or you can listen to them later, anywhere at any time.