Action for Development through Libraries Programme (ALP)

Building Better Library Communities

The IFLA Action for Development through Libraries Programme (IFLA ALP) works in collaboration with libraries, library associations, partner organisations and library professionals in developing and emerging countries to deliver relevant, sustainable activities for equitable access to information and better library communities.

IFLA ALP delivers community-led change through its training programmes, online learning activities and other opportunities, and access to IFLA’s international network. IFLA ALP is based on a platform of policies and standards developed and endorsed by IFLA at the international level, and local priorities at the grassroots level.

IFLA ALP works at three levels to provide:

  • Opportunity: to participate in the broader sector, to be represented
  • Empowerment: through capacity building for the development and sustainability of library communities, including associations, institutions and individuals
  • Expertise: Through IFLA’s professional programme (guidelines, standards), networking, events, advocacy for libraries in society and the knowledge society

ALP aims to strengthen the ability of the library and information sector to advocate for equitable access to information and resilient, sustainable library communities. We will achieve this through the following strands of IFLA ALP:

We evaluate the impact of our work and turn outcomes into policy, guidelines and standards for further development of the LIS sector (Advancing the Professional Agenda).

The ALP Programme was launched in 1984 at the IFLA Conference in Nairobi, Kenya.

ALP (Action for Development through Libraries Programme), Strategic Programmes, Development

Last update: 10 February 2016

Latest News

April workshop, seminar and midterm meetings in Panama culminate in a Letter of Intent from LAC library associations

30 Library Associations met in Panama from 17-23 April 2016 to develop strategies for advocacy at the national level, to advance regional projects, and to network with associations from around the world.

20 May 2016

IFLA International Leaders Programme: new cohort selected

The International Leaders Programme is a two-year Programme designed to increase the cohort of leaders who can effectively represent the wider library sector in the international arena, and to develop leaders within IFLA.

20 May 2016

ZimLA Advocacy Workshop held in Harare to Increase Advocacy Initiatives

The Zimbabwe Library Association (ZimLA) successfully held an Advocacy and National Information Policy Formulation (NIP) Workshop at Cresta Lodge, Harare from 5-6 May 2016.

12 May 2016