International Librarianship at Home and Abroad

International Librarianship at Home and Abroad

1st Edition - May 11, 2017

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  • Author: Karen Bordonaro
  • eBook ISBN: 9780081018972
  • Paperback ISBN: 9780081018965

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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


Product details

  • No. of pages: 208
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Chandos Publishing 2017
  • Published: May 11, 2017
  • Imprint: Chandos Publishing
  • eBook ISBN: 9780081018972
  • Paperback ISBN: 9780081018965

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

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