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

Latest News

BSLA regional workshop for Francophone Countries in Africa

As part of the IFLA Building Strong Library Associations programme (BSLA), the Association of Librarians, Archivist, Documentalists and Museum Curators of Cameroon (ABADCAM) organized a three day workshop from 2 – 4 December 2015 for leaders of library associations from across Francophone Africa.

24 March 2016

BSLA programme in Myanmar focuses on partnerships, library development, collaboration

BSLA in Myanmar IFLA implemented the Building Strong Library Associations programme with the Myanmar Library Association (MLA) from 2013-2016. The project commenced at a critical time for the country, as the government began a process of ‘opening up’ after 50 years, and concluded in 2016 as a newly elected democratic government took office.

1 March 2016 | ALP (Action for Development through Libraries Programme), Meetings, Myanmar, BSLA

BSLA Project report: Advocacy and Strategic Planning workshop, Zambia

On 27 April 2015, the Library and Information Association of Zambia (LIAZ) held a five day workshop on Advocacy and Strategic planning, to establish a five year plan for the association and to finalise the Zambia’s National Library Policy and Bill

8 January 2016