13 April 2010

The International Relations Committee (IRC) of the Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) will host well known scholars from Egypt, Mexico, South Africa and the United States during the Annual Conference of the American Library Association to be held in Washington D.C from June 25 – 29, 2010. The IRC meeting will be held on Saturday, June 26, 2010 from 10:30 AM to 12 Noon. The theme for this meeting is Technology and Academic / Research Libraries in Developing Nations. Five well known speakers will share their views on the topic.

Professor Ching-Chih-Chen 

Professor Ching-Chih-Chen, Ph.D, Simmons College, Boston, USA will be the keynote speaker. She will speak on ‘Technology Enabling and Universal Access to World Heritage: Implications to College and Research Libraries.’




Professor Jesus Lau Professor Jesus Lau, Ph.D, Director of Library, Universidad Veracruana, Mexico will discuss the ‘Academic and Research Libraries and Technology in Latin America with emphasis on Mexico’



Professor Sohair Wastawy Professor Sohair Wastawy, Ph.D, Chief Librarian, Bibliotheca Alexandria / Library of Alexandria, Alexandria, Egypt will speak on ‘Academic and Research Libraries in the Middle East with an emphasis on Egypt’


Professor Peter Young 

Professor Peter Young
, Chief of the Asian Division, The Library of Congress, Washington D.C, USA will talk about ‘Technology and Libraries in Asia’




Professor Ellen Tise

Professor Ellen Tise
, Senior Director, Library and Information Services, the University of Stellenbosch, South Africa will speak on international librarianship; IFLA President, 2009-2011.




All speakers will be honored with plaques for their leadership and contributions to International Librarianship. The Awards will be presented by Ms. Ellen Tise, President of the International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA).

She will also be honored at the meeting for her contributions and leadership to IFLA and International Librarianship. R.N Sharma, Chair of the International Relations Committee / ACRL and Dean of the Library, Monmouth University will be the moderator of the session.

The Program has been sponsored by many national associations of librarians and national committees including the Asian, African and Middle Eastern Section (AAMES)/ ACRL, Asian / Pacific American Librarians Association (APALA), Chinese American Librarians Association (CALA), the International Relations Committee (IRC) of the Association for Library Collections and Technical Services / ALA, the Slavic and Eastern European section of ACRL and the International Relations Round Table (IRRT)/ ALA. ACRL is the largest division of the American Library Association.

Dr. Ravindra N. Sharma
Dean of the Library
Monmouth University
400 Cedar Avenue
West Long Branch, NJ 07764