Think Globally, Act Globally China-US Librarian Collaboration

Call for Presenters

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The IMLS “Think Globally, Act Globally” China/U.S. Librarian Collaboration Grant Project is seeking 30 U.S. librarians for 6 Professional Development Programs in various locations in China in 2009-2010. Each program is expected to last 7-10 days. Selected presenters may be asked to participate in training/preparation session before the trip.

Presentation Topics:

  • Laws, policies, and strategic plans of U.S. libraries
  • Library management and operational mechanisms
  • Public library services
  • Library assessment and librarians’ professional development, promotion and evaluation system
  • Public relations activities and their values
  • Academic libraries, special libraries, library education, and professional organizations in the U.S.

Check out more detailed information about the topics here.


  • An ALA-accredited MLS degree or its equivalent is required.
  • Experience in making presentations is required.
  • A minimum of three years of post-MLS professional working experience in a field of library services in the U.S. is preferred.
  • Public library experience or experience with public services is preferred.
  • CALA membership is preferred; CALA members will be given first priority for speaker positions.


  • Speakers will have their travel arranged by the University of Illinois and costs covered by the Grant agreement
  • Will receive $1,000 honorarium
  • Opportunity to interact with Chinese colleagues

To apply:

Send the following documents to Dr. Shuyong Jiang at and Lisa Zhao at, and indicate which trip you are applying for:

  • A cover letter, including a statement of your expertise in terms of the needed topics (listed above);
  • Your current resume/CV;
  • Examples of previous presentations.


To ensure the full consideration of your application, please apply at least 3 months before the professional development program is to be presented. For example, for the May 2009 presentation, please submit it by Feb 18th.

Scheduled Presentation Timeline:                                 
May 17-27, 2009 at Nanjing, China               
Sep. 2009                   
Oct. 2009                    
Feb. 2010                    
Apr. 2010                    
Jul. 2010                     


For questions or more information, please contact Dr. Shuyong Jiang at

The Frequently Asked Questions(FAQ) page may also be of help to you as you consider this exciting opportunity.

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