Guadalajara Book Fair File, 1996-2003, 2006-2007, 2011, 2016, 2018
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Brief Description: Files and commerative publications from the International Relations Office relating to the Guadalajara International Book Fair (Feria Internacional de Libro de Guadalajara), or known as FIL, including files on agreements between FIL and ALA, articles relating to the fair, and photographs. Also includes three books, a video, and a thank you books: 20 Años Feria Internacional Del Libro De Guadalajara (2006, Spanish); 30 Años Feria Internacional Del Libro De Guadalajara (2016, Spanish); Feria del Libro en Español de Los Angeles (2011, Spanish and English); FIL 12th Guadalajara International Book Fair (1998, VHS); and thank you book with cards from children for the Guadalajara Book Fair (2011, Spanish).
Held at:
The American Library Association Archives
19 Library
1408 W. Gregory Drive
Urbana, IL 61802
Phone: 217 333 0798
Fax: 217 244 2868
Email: ala-archives [at]
Record Series Number: 7/2/50
Created by: International Relations Office (IRO)
Volume: 0.8 Cubic Feet
Acquired: 03/17/2021.
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Arrangement: By alphabetical order
Biographical Note for International Relations Office (IRO) : The International Relations Board (International Relations Round Table) creatred the International Relations Office (IRO) in June 1942 (1).  The IRO was set up to "carry on its work in cooperation with the other committees of the Association whose work had international implications" (2).  The IRO also functioned as an advisory agency for libraries abroad (3).  In 1942-45, the IRO served "as an operational agency for various projects of the Department of State, the Rockefeller Foundation, and other foundations and libraries" (4).  A "new" IRO was created in 1956 (5).  The IRO concentrated its efforts on library development and the director was charged to "study and investigate the state of library education in various parts of the world" (6).  The director was expected to spend several months of each year in nations on the continents of Asia, Africa, and South America (7).  In 1959, the IRO sponsored (with Rockefeller Foundation monies) a group of ten visiting Japanese librarians who studied reference and advisory services in the United States (8).  The IRO was disbanded in 1972 (9). The office reopened in 1976 before closing again in 1982, then reopening.
Subject Index
Book Fairs
University of Guadalajara
Languages of Materials
Spanish;Castilian [spa]
English [eng]
Acquisition Notes: International Relations Office