8 June 2009

Jay Jordan IFLA/OCLC Early Career Development Programme Fellows 2009 visit IFLA

2009 IFLA/OCLC Fellows

From left to right (standing): Jason Lee (OCLC), Nancy Lensenmayer (OCLC), Caleb Ouma (Kenya), Vesna Vuksan (Serbia), Janet Lees (OCLC), Raymond Sikanyika (Zambia), John Kiyaga (Uganda)

Seated: Ani Minasyan (Armenia), Saima Qutab (Pakistan), Maarten van Genuchten (OCLC)

From 25 till 27 May, the 9th class of IFLA/OCLC Fellows visited the Netherlands. On Tuesday (26 May) they spent a full day in The Hague.

During their visit at IFLA Headquarters the Fellows got an introduction of IFLA’s organisation and activities. This led to a lively meeting with a good deal of discussion and interaction between IFLA HQ staff, the Fellows and representatives of OCLC.

To strengthen the bond between IFLA and the IFLA/OCLC Fellows—as well as to anticipate a strong future cooperation—IFLA has this year for the first time provided the Fellows with a personal affiliation: their own IFLA membership for 2009.

We hope this gesture encourages the IFLA/OCLC Fellows to become active in the international library world as well as give them a greater foundation to advocate on behalf of IFLA in their own country.   One way they will accomplish this informal “IFLA-ambassadorship” is by providing IFLA with news, success stories and updates through regular blogs on the new IFLA website.  

The 2009 group consisted of “early career” librarians from Armenia, Kenya, Pakistan, Serbia, Uganda and Zambia. On Monday the 25th, all Fellows gave a brief presentation on the situation of libraries in their home country and shared with IFLA and OCLC staff their visions on future librarianship. Click on the links below to view their power point presentations.

  • Ms. Ani Minasyan, Circulation/Reference Librarian, American University of Armenia, Yerevan on libraries in the Republic of Armenia
  • Mr. Caleb Ouma, Librarian, Nation Media Group, Nairobi on libraries in Kenya
  • Ms. Saima Qutab, Librarian, Directorate General Mines & Minerals, Lahore on libraries in Pakistan
  • Ms. Vesna Vuksan, Head, Library Development, Belgrade City Library, Belgrade on libraries in Serbia
  • Mr. John Kiyaga, Library Assistant, Uganda Christian University, Mukono on libraries in Uganda
  • Mr. Raymond Sikanyika, Senior Library Assistant, Copperbelt University, Kitwe on libraries in Zambia

Background information on the fellowship:
On an annual basis, up to six individuals, including a theological librarian, are selected for participation in an intensive five-week Fellowship programme, for early career development and continuing education for library and information science professionals from countries with developing economies.  The Fellows spend four weeks in the United States, where they are based at OCLC's headquarters in Dublin, Ohio and one week in Europe, where they are  based at OCLC in Leiden, Netherlands.

The program gives Fellows opportunities to meet with leading information practitioners, visit libraries, and explore topics including information technologies, library operations and management, and global cooperative librarianship. During these five weeks, the Fellows visit selected North American and European libraries, cultural heritage institutions and library organizations. They also observe OCLC's governance structure in action, gaining insight into issues affecting the global library cooperative and pay a visit to IFLA Headquarters.

2010 Fellows

Application deadline: 06 March 2009

Selection: April - July 2009

Award announcement: August 2009

Program dates: April - May 2010

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