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International Librarianship at Home and Abroad - 1st Edition - ISBN: 9780081018965, 9780081018972

International Librarianship at Home and Abroad

1st Edition

Author: Karen Bordonaro
eBook ISBN: 9780081018972
Paperback ISBN: 9780081018965
Imprint: Chandos Publishing
Published Date: 11th May 2017
Page Count: 208
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International Librarianship at Home and Abroad examines both the concept and reality of international librarianship. The intent of this book is not to glorify international librarianship, but to instead explore different ways that international librarianship might be understood and practiced. The book seeks to enrich and improve the everyday work done by librarians both at home and abroad in areas such as collection management, library services, and learning styles and techniques.

Key Features

  • Describes familiar librarian work, such as resource sharing, weeding and distance reference services
  • Explores features and how they contribute to, and reflect, international librarianship
  • Offers further examples on how to incorporate more explicit elements of international librarianship into home library practice


Practicing librarians the world over including public service librarians, university librarians, and librarians working in libraries of all kinds; it could also potentially be used as a resource for library school graduate courses in international librarianship or global education

Table of Contents

Table of Contents

Chapter 1

The Study of International Librarianship

1.1 Introduction

From my corner of the world

Background literature in librarianship

Comparative librarianship

Definitions of international librarianship

Critiques of international librarianship

Contributions from beyond North America

Core journals in international librarianship

The role of English

North American content

Weaknesses of library literature

My personal definition of international librarianship

Literature of international higher education

Chapter summary



Chapter 2

Current Practices in International Librarianship

Practices from documents

Professional support and services

Professional associations




Standards and guidelines


Library science education

General librarianship



Intriguing examples

Multilingual cataloguing

Sister libraries

Librarians without Borders / Better World Books

Public library work with new immigrants and refugees

Document analysis




Chapter summary


Chapter 3

International Librarianship Survey: What are Librarians Broadly Thinking?


Timeline and distribution channels


Survey results

Personal meaning of international librarianship

Library positions most involved with international librarianship

Reasons why these positions are most involved

Importance of the role of international librarianship

International librarianship as curriculum in library school

International librarianship and multilingualism

Library functions most suited to international librarianship

Best ways for learning about international librarianship

Experiencing international librarianship without travel abroad

Considering yourself an international librarian

Chapter summary


Chapter 4

International Librarianship Interviews: What are Individual Librarians Thinking about Deeply?


Being international

Personal definitions of international librarianship

Individual responses

Patterns of responses

Are you an international librarian?

Librarian roles in international librarianship

Traveler / visitor





Virtual connector

Global resource sharer

Meaning of roles

Should international librarianship be a course in library school?

What should the role of English be in international librarianship?

Chapter summary


Chapter 5

The Many Forms of International Librarianship Abroad and At Home

Forms of international librarianship abroad

Working in a library abroad

Working in an international school library

Conducting a study travel trip to libraries abroad

Using or visiting libraries abroad

Participating in library study programs abroad

Taking part in library exchange programs abroad

Conducting library research abroad

Teaching librarianship abroad

Creating or supporting libraries in developing nations abroad

Working with international development organizations abroad

Doing a library internship abroad

Speaking at / attending library conferences abroad

Networking with LIS researchers abroad

Attending international book fairs abroad

Forms of international librarianship at home

Training international librarians

Mentoring international librarians

Hosting international librarians

Meeting visiting librarians

Supporting study abroad students

Working with international students in home libraries

Working with international scholars

Conducting webinars for librarians around the world

Providing virtual reference services

Building repositories to share information globally

Sister cities programs

Book exchange programs

Conducting library research with libraries abroad

Offering ESL and citizenship classes

Developing or joining clubs for international students

Creating library exhibits about different cultures

Assisting international researchers

Building international collections

Creating multilingual documents

Supporting translations services

Publishing internationally

Teaching a library school course

Contributing library material or expertise to developing nations

Fundraising for international library causes

Working abroad may not be the only form of international librarianship

Is working abroad the best form of international librarianship?

Chapter summary


Chapter 6

Internationalization at Home

Internationalization at home in higher education

Bringing it home in libraries

Practicing at home in libraries

Dual nature of internationalization at home

Attitudes and self-beliefs

Chapter summary



Chapter 7

Reframing International Librarianship


Reframing international librarianship

From librarians to libraries

From academic libraries to all libraries

From native English speakers to all English speakers

From American vs. non-American to international

From roles to attitudes

From resources to attitudes

From all or nothing to various forms

From abroad only to abroad and at home

From elitism to everyday

From international librarianship to global librarianship

Chapter summary



Chapter 8

Putting International Librarianship into Practice: Beginning Points

Multiple entry points

International aspects


Processes as Ways to Begin

Identifying examples

Using reframing

Considering internationalization at home

Connections, education, and service

Making connections

Seeking out mentors

Joining professional associations

Attending conferences

Reading the literature

Making your own voice heard

Chapter summary



Chapter 9

Wider Themes and Trends

Revisiting themes from international higher education

Internationalization at home

Global citizenship

Intercultural awareness

Transnational education

Trends in librarianship

Internationalization in general



Library spaces

Wider trends

International librarianship can take many forms

International librarianship can be practiced at home

Reframing in international librarianship

Individual circumstances

Anchoring the practice of international librarianship

Chapter summary



Chapter 10

What Next? Moving International Librarianship Forward


Added value

Best practices

Geographical levels

Nationality of participants

Global English

Chapter summary



Chapter 11

The Role of English in International Librarianship


Role of English findings

Extending these findings

Further perspectives

Finding new voices

Chapter summary



Chapter 12

Ending and Beginning

Summary of three major findings

Implications for practice


Need for further research

Practice and theory

Revisiting my definition

A new beginning



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About the Author

Karen Bordonaro

Karen Bordonaro is the Liaison Librarian at the James A. Gibson Library, Brock University

Canada. She has been a practicing librarian for over 30 years, working with international students for most of that time. She works extensively with international students and scholars in her current full time librarian position, as well as working as a part time ESL instructor. In addition, she has a very personal interest in international librarianship from working in a Canadian library environment as an American in a border area (the Niagara region). Karen has a bachelor’s degree in German and Spanish, and master’s degrees in German, Library and Information Studies, and Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL). She also has a Ph.D. in Foreign and Second Language Education. Her research interests to date have focused on library learning and language learning, the use of libraries by ESL students, and how internationalization is practiced in German academic libraries.

Affiliations and Expertise

Liaison Librarian, Brock University Library, Canada


"In summary, International Librarianship at Home and Abroad is an interesting, well-researched overview of current literature and perceptions, but it serves as more of an armchair perspective of the landscape rather than a firsthand account." --RUSQ

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