Illinois Fire Service Institute


International Programs : Country and Area

The IFSI Library’s International Programs have built a viable global community of 795 individuals, consisting of 423 librarians, 144 scholars, 228 first responders from 187 organizations that include libraries, universities, research institutes, and fire organizations as programs continue growing.

The Chinese Librarians Scholarly Exchange Program has been running successfully for 15 years (2005-2019), and 423 librarians from 145 organizations have participated in the program. The Chinese Librarians Scholarly Exchange Program has become a well-recognized program in China and one of the largest international librarian training programs in the United States. Strong partnerships have been developed to support the program, including university libraries and public libraries throughout the United States. Many of the participants in this program have gone on to achieve professional success.

Since 2008, the library has received 144 visiting scholars in Library and Information Science, Fire Service, and Emergency Management fields from 81 institutes in China, Brazil, and the Netherlands.

Since 2009, the library has supported the Institute to deliver 5 training programs and trained 228 first responders in China and at the Institute inculding 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 28 online activities via Zoom with a total of 775 participants during Covid-19.


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