Dr. Sandra Hirsh Elected ALA International Relations Round Table Councilor at Large
The results from the 2015 American Library Association (ALA) election are in, and iSchool Director Sandra Hirsh was elected to serve a three-year term as International Relations Round Table (IRRT) councilor at large to the ALA Council.
The results from the 2015 American Library Association (ALA) election are in, and among the many leaders in the field of library and information science who will be taking on new roles with the national organization is Dr. Sandra Hirsh, director of the School of Information at San José State University. Hirsh was elected to serve a three-year term as International Relations Round Table (IRRT) councilor at large to the ALA Council.
“I am honored to represent IRRT on Council,” stated Hirsh. “International collaboration and cooperation are essential to the future of libraries, and the IRRT is a crucial part of promoting global exchange in our profession.”
According to the ALA, IRRT members “have played an important role in promoting understanding of and interests in library services around the globe.” The mission of the IRRT includes furthering issues of interest in global librarianship, developing and coordinating international activities, and liaising with ALA members interested in international issues. As IRRT councilor at large, Hirsh will represent the interests of the IRRT on the ALA Council, including advocating for the needs of ALA members who are international librarians. She will also serve on the IRRT’s executive board.
Hirsh brings a wealth of experience with international library organizations to her new role as IRRT councilor at large. She is president of the Association for Information Science and Technology (ASIS&T) and a member of the Continuing Professional Development and Workplace Learning Committee of the International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA). She also co-founded and serves as co-chair of the Library 2.0 worldwide virtual conference series. She previously has served as co-chair of the IRRT Sister Libraries Committee. Her other ALA roles include serving currently as chair of the ALA American Libraries Advisory Committee and as incoming chair of the ALA Publishing Committee.