ALA Seeks U.S. Libraries to Host Overseas Librarians

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ALA Seeks U.S. Libraries to Host Overseas Librarians


The American Library Association is seeking U.S. libraries to serve as host libraries for overseas librarians for three to 12 months as part of the Library Fellows Program. The deadline is April 25, 1995, for the 1995-96 program.

The criteria for U.S. host institution selection are appropriate match of professional interests, assurance of a staff mentor to assist the fellow with orientation and on-the-job questions, availability of non-credit educational opportunities, and low-or no-cost housing. U.S. mentors must attend an all-expense paid orientation and a debriefing session.

Since 1986, the Library Fellows Program has placed more than 100 U.S. librarians in institutions overseas. The program began placing international library professionals in U.S. libraries in 1992. Since that time, 190 intemational librarians have worked and studied in U.S. libraries. The Library Fellow Program is funded with a grant from the United States Information Agency (USIA) under the authority of the Fulbright-Hays Act.

The goal of the program is to give incoming fellows the opportunity to enhance their understanding of contemporary librarianship as practiced in the U.S., to develop new areas of expertise, and to establish contacts with American colleagues that will lead to enduring professional and institutional relationships.

The third group of international library fellows will begin work assignments in the fall of 1995 after completing an orientation program. …

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