The International Library Cultural Exchange Interest Group was very active throughout CALCON 2018 delivering presentations, operating an exhibit, hosting a reception, and recruiting members of the steering committee.
It wouldn’t be a conference without a visit to Nancy Bolt’s international jewelry exhibit. A portion of the proceeds of sales goes to the ILCE-IG grants. This past year, two grants were distributed: the first to Rita Puig and Jimena Breton for an international librarianship colloquium called “Colorado Librarians Touch the World” held at the Auraria campus in July 2018, and the second to Janet Lee sponsoring workshops and the publishing of an original children’s book with the African Storybook. The book was translated into two Ethiopian languages as well as three Kenyan languages.
Supporting Nancy and international jewelry sales supports ILCE-IG and future grants.
Library Stories from Two Continents: Africa and Central America
Janet Lee, Dean of the Library at Regis University, and Fulbright Scholar at the University of Aksum, in Axum Ethiopia, spoke on “Is a Fulbright in your Future: Ethiopia Land of Origins.” She described the application process of obtaining a Fulbright, landing in country, and the challenges and accomplishments of living and working in libraries abroad.
Jane Mirandette, of the San Juan de Sur Biblioteca, in San Juan del Sur, Nicaragua, spoke about the current upheaval in Nicaragua, and the challenges of operating a library in an unstable political climate. Travel to the country, including hosting volunteer groups, has been impossible making raising needed funds difficult.
Jane discussed safety precautions for international travel and distributed guides and tip sheets on international travel.
ILCE-IG would like to thank our newest steering committee member, Jen Yadav, Douglas County Library District, for helping to organize the session and for serving as facilitator of the session.
Finally, ILCE-IG hosted its annual International adult beverage reception, where the group welcomed new members and interested parties.
We look forward to seeing everyone again next year at CALCON 2019.