Illinois Fire Service Institute


International Programs : Country and Area

The IFSI Library’s International Programs have built a viable global community of 762 individuals, consisting of 423 librarians, 144 scholars, 195 first responders from 186 organizations that include libraries, universities, research institutes, and fire organizations as programs continue growing.

Since 2005, the library has received 144 visiting scholars in Library and Information Science, Fire Service, and Emergency Management fields from 80 institutes in China, Brazil, Netherlands, and South Korea. The Chinese Librarians Scholarly Exchange Program has been running successfully for 15 years (2005-2019), and 423 librarians from 145 organizations participated in the program.

Since 2005, the library has supported the Institute to deliver 5 training programs and trained 193 first responders in China and at the Institute as well as 2 firefighters from South Korea and 1 fire investigator from Brazil.

Since 2006, 35 delegations from China have visited the Institute and the institute colleagues have been invited to China, Europe, and Southeast Asia, and visited 33 cities in China.

Since April 2020, the library has organized 23 online activities via Zoom with a total of 507 participants during Covid-19.


Lian Ruan
Director of International Programs
Illinois Fire Service Institute
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
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