Today, the ALA Washington Office welcomed visitors from the National Library of Uzbekistan as part of the U.S. State Department’s International Visitor Leadership Program. This program supports international professional discourse and relationship-building by sponsoring short-term visits to the U.S. for foreign leaders.
Gulrukh Iskandarova, Asadjan Khodjaev, Evgeniya Pshenichnaya and Umida Teshabaeva discussed their efforts to provide standards and best practices to Uzbekistan’s approximately 13,000 libraries, and solicited our perspectives on a wide range of policy topics, including privacy, copyright, digital content and telecommunications. Additionally, they sought strategies for offering unified support to a national community of libraries, library professionals, and library patrons.
ALA Washington Office Executive Director Emily Sheketoff, Office for Information Technology Policy Director Alan Inouye and I represented ALA. Hosting visitors from abroad is a regular responsibility of the Office, and we’ve met with librarians from many other countries around the world, from Lebanon to Colombia.