ALA-CLA Global Projects and Collaborations: New Opportunities
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Description: In this session, speakers will discuss their collaborative projects in international library work. The opening remarks will be provided by Alexandra Houzouri Humphreys, 2020-2021 Chair of the International Relations Round Table (IRRT) of the American Library Association (ALA) to share highlights and current activities of IRRT. The first set of speakers Dr. Philip Schreur and Dr. Raymond Pun will briefly cover international linked data projects and how ALA will partner with CLA in organizing professional learning on linked data for the upcoming year. The second set of speakers, librarians Mark Mattson and Margita Mirčeta Zakarija will discuss their sister library partnership and the benefits and opportunities in forming sister library partnerships. Participants will learn more about global collaborative projects and how to be more involved.
Alexandra Houzouri Humphreys is a Liaison Librarian at the Arizona State University Library and Chair of the International Relations Round Table (IRRT) of the American Library Association for 2020-21. She immigrated to the United States after living in two European countries (North Macedonia and Greece). Her multicultural background led to two of her great passions as an academic librarian: working with international students and being involved in libraries and other organizations that promote international librarianship. Her international involvement includes serving as a president of the Arizona Chapter of the Fulbright Association (2011-15), Chair of the Horner Fellowship Committee (2015-16), an exchange committee focused on librarianship in Japan and the state of Arizona, and a member and chair of other international groups and committees.
Dr. Raymond Pun is an instruction/research librarian at the Alder Graduate School of Education. He has published and presented widely on international librarianship work. Dr. Pun is a member of the International Federation of Library Associations (IFLA) Continuing Professional Development and Workplace Learning (CPDWL) Section as the information coordinator. In 2019, he served in the IFLA satellite meeting planning committee to organize an IFLA satellite meeting in partnership with CLA/HKD in Zagreb. He is also an active member of the American Library Association and the International Relations Round Table (IRRT). He is the recipient of the IRRT’s Mission Grant Enhancement 2020 to explore collaborative opportunities on linked data projects with CLA and American libraries.
Dr. Philip Schreur is currently the Associate University Librarian for Technical and Access Services at Stanford University. He earned a PhD from Stanford in Medieval music theory and an MLIS from the University of California, Berkeley. Philip has been the Chair of the Program for Cooperative cataloging and deeply involved in the implementation of the new cataloging rules Resource, Description and Access (RDA) in the United States. With a mid-career move to HighWire Press, he developed an interest in the automated taxonomic analysis of digital texts. Currently, he is in charge of coordinating linked-data project development for the Stanford University Libraries (SUL). Initial areas of interest include the use of linked data as a mechanism for identity management across traditional resources and those within the digital library, the integration of linked data from disparate sources, and the transition of traditional technical services workflows to processes rooted in linked open data.
Margita Mirčeta Zakarija has been a part of the University Library Split team since 2006. Having the opportunity to explore and manage different aspects of library work in a university context, she engages equally in traditional library activities and in contemporary library transformations. Margita is the Head of Periodicals Department at the University of Split Library, the Head of the Library Association Crolist Professional Council, and a member of the Croatian Library Association. She participates in several interlibrary partnership projects and is particularly interested in exploring library partnership within the global library concept.
Mark Mattson is the Head of Global Engagement Initiatives and International Partnerships Librarian at the Penn State University Libraries. Mark works to build bridges between libraries at Penn State and international partner institutions as well as support the overall internationalization and global engagement efforts of the university. His areas of research interest include international sister-library partnerships, comparative and international librarianship, the contribution of academic libraries to campus internationalization, global citizenship programming, libraries and intercultural dialogue, international student services, and librarianship in service of global priorities and goals. Mark is a member of the American Library Association’s International Relations Round Table (IRRT) Executive Board, is Co-Chair of the IRRT Sister Libraries Committee, and is also a personal affiliate of the International Federation of Library Associations. Mark enjoys visiting international libraries both within and outside Penn State’s Global Engagement Network and fostering connections between librarians around the world.