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: 22 July 2015

Latest News

BSLA project report "ULIA strategic planning and leadership workshop” Uganda Library and Information Association (ULIA)

Following regional convenings in 2014, IFLA ALP is supporting a number of small projects under the framework of the Building Strong Library Associations programme (BSLA), demonstrating the flexibility of the programme in supporting a range of project sizes and needs.

18 February 2015

BSLA project report: Strategic Planning Workshop for the Zimbabwe Library Association

The IFLA Building Strong Library Associations programme is supporting projects in a number of associations following the regional convenings held in 2014. The first project held following the convenings took place in Zimbabwe.

4 December 2014

Third regional BSLA convening in Brazil finds common links between countries

The third regional convening as part of IFLA’s expanded Building Strong Library Associations programme was held 24-27 March 2014 in São Paulo, Brazil. The Latin America and Caribbean regional convening explored a range of needs for libraries and associations in the region, and the impact of economic and political developments on the continent.

7 April 2014 | ALP (Action for Development through Libraries Programme), Associations, Brazil, Building Strong Library Associations