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The work of libraries around the world inspires us all. Come hear from international libraries at these sessions.

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Developing the Next Generation of Library Leaders in Africa
Saturday 9:00 - 10:00AM
Librarians in Africa have a crucial role in national, regional, and global development. Thanks to support from the Carnegie Corporation of New York and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation’s Global Libraries Initiative efforts are underway. The creation of the Centre for African Leadership, the training of academic librarians from Ghana, Nigeria, South Africa, Tanzania and Uganda, and the new collaborative project between the Public Library Association and The African Library and Information Associations and Institutions are initiatives that will be showcased. 

Central American Connections
Saturday 10:30 - 11:30AM
Over 3 million people living in the United States were born in a country in Central America. Many cities and towns in the United States now have communities from countries from Central America. Want to learn more about region and its libraries and library services to better serve your community? Are you interested in opportunities for you and your community to connect? A panel of experts will provide an overview of region and its current challenges. 

Equality, diversity and inclusion in Southeast/East Asia & Pacific Libraries
Saturday 4:00 - 5:00PM
Libraries are considered inclusive institutions, where all users expect to receive the same level of service regardless of personal characteristics such as age, gender, marital status, race, religion, sexual orientation or social class. Librarians from Southeast/East Asia & Pacific region will be sharing experiences from different countries on (1) development of inclusive services/programs/activities; (2) challenges faced; and (3) future opportunities. 

Support for Services to Immigrants and Refugees through Sister Libraries
Saturday 4:00 - 5:00PM
The Sister Libraries partnership program managed through IRRT is often perceived as a means for foreign libraries – especially those in developing countries - to improve their professional quality, by learning from American libraries. While this is one of the benefits for those libraries, there are also benefits for American libraries. Partnerships are two-way streets, and when handled well both sides can learn a lot from each other. 



Libraries supporting social inclusion for refugees and immigrants
Sunday 9:00 - 10:00AM
A panel of international speakers will discuss how libraries throughout the world, on their own or in collaboration with community organizations, are providing social services and support for refugees and immigrants. UNESCO emphasizes the importance of social inclusion for international migrants and encourages cities and local governments to "ensure social rights for migrants to adequate housing, education, health and social care, welfare and decent standard of living according to basic needs such as food, energy and water.” 



How Libraries Abroad Address the Worldwide Refugee Crisis
Monday 9:00 - 10:00AM
As the international refugee and asylum seekers population continues to grow worldwide, countries beyond the United States are facing increasing challenges to provide services and resources for them. Many social service agencies confront these challenges; prominent among them are libraries in many communities. The work of the United Nations Refugee Agency (UNHCR) directly relates to these challenges, and this program will use several of their initiatives as a basis for the presentation of examples and discussion.

Library Building Design in Germany: An Overview
Monday 9:00 - 10:00AM
In 2014, ALA signed an MOU establishing collaboration and partnership with BID (Bibliothek & Information Deutschland), the umbrella organization of German library associations, from 2016 through 2019. As we enter the final year of this partnership, we want to feature an important aspect of German libraries - that of library design. Many German library buildings are beautiful, creative and highly used by their target groups. More than two decades after a major shift in the overall approach to library buildings, Germany continues to rebuild older structures and to build remarkable new libraries. This session will highlight the state of library building and design throughout Germany. 

Libraries Saving Lives: Serving immigrants and refugees
Monday 1:00 - 2:00PM
Libraries around the globe are responding to and welcoming newcomers of all ages, languages, and nationalities into their communities. By developing services, programs, collections and spaces, they are assisting these particularly vulnerable populations with logistical and cultural adjustment through such programs as innovative language learning meet-ups, job-seeking guidance, and homework assistance. During this program, you’ll hear about how librarians in Malmö, Sweden; Cologne, Germany; and Kentucky, U.S., are using ground-breaking models and creating dynamic spaces to engage immigrants and refugees.