International Leads, 1957-
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Brief Description: Publications ot Leads (1957-1986) and International Leaders (1987-), a fact sheet of the International Relations Round Table, contains publications, includes conference activities, officers, membership, new publications, librarians abroad, and international events. Note: the publication changed its name to International Leads and began a new numbering system with Spring 1987.
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Record Series Number: 45/2/10
Created by: International Relations Round Table (IRRT)
Volume: 0.6 Cubic Feet
Acquired: 03/30/1979. 1/24/2018, 3/11/2020
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Arrangement: Arranged chronologically by publication date
Biographical Note for International Relations Round Table (IRRT) :

The ALA Council established the International Relations Round Table (IRRT) in January 1949 (1). The IRRT adopted its constitution in January 1950 (2). Originally named the ALA Round Table on Library Service Abroad, the group changed its name in 1956 (3).

In 1958, the Round Table's stated purpose was "to develop the interests of librarians and friends of librarians in activities and problems in the field of international library relations" (4). The IRRT also seeks to serve as a channel of communications and counsel between the International Relations Committee and the members of ALA (5). The members of the IRRT also help to provide hospitality and information to visitors from abroad (6). The Round Table is concerned with the development of libraries in other countries and has worked to foster international understanding and cooperation (7).

The IRRT distributed a mimeographed newsletter before beginning to published the quarterly "Leads" in 1959 (8).


1-Board of Directors

2-Publication (Leads)



40-Area Chairpersons

45-Latin America

Subject Index
International Librarianship
International Libraries
International Relations Round Table
Languages of Materials
English [eng]