Sister City Exchange
As part of our City's effort to strengthen international partnerships and create opportunities that make Indianapolis a globally-recognized, inclusive City, the Library is proud to participate in these ambassadorial exchanges of Library staff.
On September 10, 2012, the Indianapolis Public Library is played host to two representatives from the Hangzhou, China Public Library through September 21 as part of the Sister City relationship between Indianapolis and Hangzhou, the capital of Zhejiang Province in southeastern China. Continue Reading →
"This offers an opportunity to become imbedded in a different culture and understand what libraries mean to others, obtain real insights into other approaches to organizing, funding and providing services, and to deepen our appreciation for diversity."
— Indianapolis Public Library CEO Jackie Nytes
VIDEO: Sister City Greeting And Welcome Of Hanzhou Library Exchange Staff
The Indianapolis Public Library's representative in Cologne, Germany from August 18—September 8 is Nicole James, the Manager of the College Avenue Branch. Nicole will share her 17-year experience at the Library with her Cologne Library colleagues, leading to an exchange and comparison of best practices and policies.
A Cologne Library representative will visit Indianapolis in 2013.
Ann Ricciardelli and Sailan Liang
The Library representatives in Hangzhou, China from October 21—November 18 are Ann Ricciardelli, a Public Service Librarian at Central Library, and Sailan Liang, a Public Service Librarian at the Glendale Branch. Their time at the Hangzhou Public Library will be spent learning about the delivery of library services in China, making presentations about their own American experiences, and visiting historical and cultural sites.
The Indianapolis Public Library will host a staff member for two weeks in the fall from the Hangzhou Public Library.