Building Strong Library Associations

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Building Strong Library Associations is a comprehensive programme offering a strategic and coordinated approach to capacity building and sustainability of library associations. The programme benefits associations, libraries, and their communities.

The Building Strong Library Associations programme consists of:

  • A modular, customizable training package on library association development 
  • IFLA's policy-based learning materials
  • Mentoring and advice on forming partnerships
  • Cross-association activities, to bring participants together
  • An online platform to provide remote access to materials

Training materials and activities can be customized to meet the needs of different associations, and different language, cultural, political, social and other conditions.

The programme is delivered by the Action for Development through Libraries (ALP) programme.

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Last update: 16 December 2015

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Second BSLA workshop held in Francophone Africa

The IFLA Building Strong Library Associations Programme (BSLA) supports projects in Africa, Asia and Oceania, and Latin America and the Caribbean. BSLA offers a strategic and coordinated approach to capacity building and sustainability of library associations and provides training modules to assist in developing the library and information profession, improving library services and building strategic partnerships and advocacy skills.

24 June 2016 | ALP (Action for Development through Libraries Programme), Advocacy, Cooperation, Development, Future of libraries, Meetings, Africa, Cameroon, BSLA

Library associations are stronger together: IFLA hosts first ever BSLA Global Meeting in Manila, Philippines

Library association leaders, IFLA leadership, staff and trainers participated in a milestone event for the Building Strong Library Associations programme in Manila, Philippines 30 May-2 June 2016. The first ever BSLA Global Meeting...

17 June 2016 | ALP (Action for Development through Libraries Programme), Advocacy, Associations, Development, Future of libraries, International cooperation, Management, Philippines, BSLA

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 | ALP (Action for Development through Libraries Programme), Advocacy, International cooperation, Meetings, Networking, Panama, BSLA, IFLA LAC, IFLA MLAS