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Concurrent Program Session

Library Road Trips: How to Build Relationships with Libraries Abroad

Thursday, March 22, 2018, 10:45 AM - 11:45 AM

Pennsylvania Convention Center, 202 AB

In 2016, the Alexandria (VA) Library received a generous donation to fund an international travel fellowship. The first trip took place in 2017 and focused on libraries in Scotland and England. Our international counterparts deal with many of the same staffing, funding, and community challenges, yet we rarely take the opportunity to connect with them. Discover the unique initiatives taking place in British libraries and how to build your own connections with international libraries.

At the end of this session, participants will:

1: Increase their understanding of donor relations, specifically how to cultivate donor support for unique initiatives. 2: Increase their knowledge of international libraries and how these libraries respond to challenges, such as budget reductions, recruitment and community engagement. 3: Increase their ability to learn from and interact with international colleagues, even if they cannot send staff abroad.

The session organizer(s) identified this session as appropriate for:
Level 1: People with no previous knowledge of the topic.

This session will have: Low interaction (example: single speaker/panel with Q&A at the end of the program)

Track: Collaborate

Tags: Administration/Management, Administration and Management, Fundraising, International Issues, Librarianship, Multicultural Services


Renee Di Pilato, Deputy Director of Libraries
Alexandria Library , VA

Renee Di Pilato is the Deputy Director for the Alexandria (VA) Library. In addition to an MLS from the Catholic University of America, Renee holds a Master"s in Public Administration from George Mason University and a Ph.D. in Managerial Leadership from Simmons College. An active member of professional organizations, she has served as a Councilor-at-Large for the American Library Association and as Chair for PLA?s Leadership Development Committee.

Cynthia Thornley, Library Director
Horry County Memorial Library , SC

Cynthia Thornley is the Library Director, for the Horry County Memorial Library, South Carolina. She previously managed the Beatley Central Library in Alexandria, Virginia, for three years. In addition to a Master's in Education, she holds a Master's in Library Science from the University of Kentucky. Prior to joining the Alexandria Library, Cynthia was a school administrator and held several positions in the Charles County Public Library in Maryland.

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