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International opportunities for new librarians: With (or without) leaving home

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Presentation for the New Members Round Table ALA Annual 2008 in Anaheim on ways to get involved in international librarianship from wherever you are, and the role of social networking sites.

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International opportunities for new librarians: With (or without) leaving home

  1. 1. International Opportunities for new librarians With (or without) leaving home ALA Annual June 2008 Fiona Bradley
  2. 2. What is an international librarian? In the US: a foreigner In the UK: a professional with a well-known reputation Or someone who is interested in libraries around the world and the people who use them Lor, P. 2005. What’s so international about international librarianship? http:// www.uwm.edu/Dept/SLIS/about/news/events/peterlorpaper.pdf
  3. 3. Why? To learn from other cultures To expand your network To develop cooperative partnerships To help develop overseas initiatives
  4. 4. How? Working overseas is one option Research the library scene and make connections What will happen when you get home? Keep in touch with colleagues at home Me: secondment to the Netherlands

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