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: 24 July 2017

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