The Arizona-Japan Horner Fellowship program was established in 1989 by Dr. Layton “Jack” Horner and his wife Marian Horner through an endowment to the Arizona Library Association. Since then, twenty-eight Horner Fellowships have been funded by the endowment. Seventeen Arizona Library Association (AzLA) members have traveled to Japan as Arizona Horner Fellows for 1-2 week short-term visits. Similarly, eleven Japanese librarians have visited Arizona to learn about American libraries as Japan Library Association (JLA) Horner Fellows. These exchange fellowships continue to be administered by the Horner Fellowship Committee (an AzLA committee), with assistance from the International Relations Committee of the JLA.
In this panel presentation, members of the Horner Fellowship Committee, together with an Arizona Horner Fellow and a representative of the JLA, will discuss the evolution of the Horner Fellowship. They will describe the criteria and process for selecting Horner Fellows, the benefits and challenges of this kind of exchange program, and the experiences of the Arizona and Japanese library professionals who have traveled with the support of Horner funds. There will be special focus on practical implications for the respective local and global communities, the impact of the Horner Fellowship on the fellows’ personal and professional lives, especially in forging new relationships, and the implementation of new acquired practices in their professional settings, such as new expertise in haiku poetry, puppet theater, manga books, school libraries, teaching literacy skills, culturally inclusive skills, teaching students with disabilities, and many other things. This session aligns with this year's topic for the IRRT: “Serving communities: globally and locally.”
ALA Unit/Subunit: ALA
Meeting Type: Program
Cost: Included with full conference registration.