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SCIRRT (Student Chapter International Relations Round Table), formerly SIR (Simmons International Relations), is a student group at the Simmons College School of Library and Information Science dedicated to promoting international and cross-cultural librarianship. We are a student chapter of ALA's International Relations Round Table. SCIRRT events are open to all who share an interest in international and cross-cultural issues in relation to library and information science.

Founded in 2004 as SIR (Simmons International Relations), SCIRRT at Simmons is the first student chapter of ALA's IRRT.

Get involved with SCIRRT

  • Get to know other students with similar interests
  • Boost your resume with marketable skills (leadership, cooperation, budget management, communication)

Email us to participate in upcoming events or to submit an idea for future SCIRRT events.

Join the Listserv to stay up to date with SCIRRT news.

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Student Leadership Positions

Faculty Advisor

Current officers



Communication Officer:

Upcoming Events

Spring 2016 events will be announced soon!

Past Events

Fall 2015

  • 11/16/15 Talk on providing health information in Liberia with Dr. Elaine Martin and Dr. James Comes from the Liberia Libraries Project and University of Massachusetts Medical Library
  • 11/6/15 Tour to the French Cultural Center Library
  • 10/19/15 Study Abroad Panel with Dean Em Claire Knowles, Dean Emeritus Michèle Cloonan, Dr. Joseph Stanley, and Maggie Anderson
  • 9/21/15 Open House

Fall 2014

  • Guest speaker from Haiti Projects
  • Panel with current SLIS students on LIS education internationally
  • Fundraising for a SLIS student to attend the 2015 IFLA conference in Cape Town, South Africa

Resources and Information

  • Some useful information from an LIS professional and seasoned international traveler: Going International!
  • A link to the personal website of the author of the above article. It contains really helpful links related to global librarianship. Sarah P. Gibson
  • Simmons GSLIS Dispatches from the Field blog: contains posts from Simmons faculty, students, and affiliates about their international studies and projects.
  • For those interested in study abroad and the opportunity to take travel courses from other institutions for academic credit, here is a list of approved courses and the form to fill out. NOTE: Some of the courses from this list may have changed or are no longer offered. Transfer of Credit and Travel Courses

Opportunities Abroad

Visit our Programs and Courses page for a listing of academic study abroad opportunities. Deadlines and requirements are constantly changing, so check with the Dean's office if you're interested in any of the listings.


See our Scholarships page for funding opportunities for study abroad.

Further Resources

Created by the Simmons Career Resource Center and the Colleges of the Fenway Global Education Opportunities (GEO) Center, these documents provide further direction on how to build and market your experience abroad.