Think Globally, Act Globally China-US Librarian Collaboration

Call for Presenters for Sep. & Oct. 2009

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The IMLS “Think Globally, Act Globally” China-U.S. Librarian Collaboration Grant Project is seeking 8 presenters for two Professional Development Programs in China in early September and late October 2009. The tentative locations are Xi’an or/and Lanzhou for September, and Nanning for October.  The application deadline is Apr. 20, 2009.

Presentation Topics:

  1. Laws, policies, and strategic plans of U.S. libraries
  2. Library management and operational mechanisms
  3. Public library services
  4. Library assessment and librarians’ professional development, promotion and evaluation system
  5. Public relations activities and their values
  6. 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;
  • PowerPoint presentations must be in both Chinese and English.


  • Speakers will have their travel arranged by the University of Illinois and the travel and lodging costs are 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 and qualifications, and which of the topics above (#1-6, and you may choose more than one) you would like to present on, and why you would be the best candidate to present on that topic(s);
  • Your current resume/CV;
  • Example(s) of previous presentation(s).


Please apply by April 20, 2009. The decision will be announced in early May. The selected presenters will participate in a team preparation meeting at the ALA Annual Conference in Chicago in July 2009. 


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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