BSLA Nepal 2018

The Nepal Library Association (NLA) worked in developing its organizational capacity and knowledge and skill of its members (librarians) and district library association with the support of a Building Strong Library Associations (BSLA) Project.

What were your goals?

The Nepal Library Association (NLA) has aimed to achieve the goal of developing its organization capacity and enhancement of knowledge and skill of its members (librarians) and district library association from the BSLA Project. 

Specific goals of the project were to:

  1. coordinate and collaborate with libraries (Library Associations) of Nepal.
  2. strengthen the library association members and develop their knowledge and skills.
  3. provide equitable access to information services in line with BSLA principles. 

How did you plan to make this happen?

To meet these goals, the NLA has been able to fulfill the activities as proposed in the Project document:

  1. BSLA National Workshop of different library associations, namely, Strengthening Library Associations in Nepal.
  2. BSLA Training of Trainers for Library Members (TOT)
  3. Translation of  of BSLA training package in Nepali language
  4. Preparation of webpages for dissemination of information

How did it work?

As anticipated in the Project document, the NLA is happy to note that the result of the  BSLA Programme are quite satisfactory.

  • NLA members especially from outside the Kathmandu valley are maintaining communication and sharing their work experiences.  They are able to contact local line agencies (Municipality, government offices like District Education Office, District Health Office) for support and cooperation to launch their library activities in a broader perspectives.
  • After the completion of the BSLA project activities, namely:

    • (i) two-days seminar in September 2017,  
    • (ii) three days BSLA TTT workshop in December 2017,
    • (iii) Nepali Translation of BSLA Training Package, and
    • (iv) launching of webpage of NLA, the NLA is able to encourage its members to work more for the betterment of Library and Information Science (LIS) sector of Nepal.  As a result, new relationship with the government agencies and support organizations are emerging in the central level where as at the district level,  NLA members have initiated to launch Library Management training in their respective areas with the support of local line agencies.  
  • As suggested by IFLA BSLA Core trainers Dr. Gillan Hallam from Australia and Dr. Premila Gamage from Sri Lanka, the NLA initiated the online training activities as part of the BSLA Training to its general members in Kathmandu.  District Library Associations are in the process to launch the online training activities in their respective districts. 
  • Overall, the Nepal Library Association is happy to note that the support programme is quite fruitful to Nepal especially for the library and information workers.  The NLA look forward to have more cooperation from the IFLA/BSLA programme.

How did you use communications during the project?

We communicated through:

  1. Email
  2. Skype
  3. Telephone
  4. In person
  5. Facebook
  6. Twitter
  7. Questionnaire

What did you learn in the process?

Even the project period is short, only, of one year, the NLA has got opportunity to see insight of the LIS sector and its link to other important aspects for the development of the country.  Following are some learning:

  1. We learned our position (individual organizations as well as the NLA ) when we started group exercises on Problem analysis and SWOT analysis (September 2017 Seminar).  These exercises gave us insight knowledge which is quite necessary for the management of the organization.
  1. Presentation of individual report of the participating district library associations were another important event where the participants realized the current situation, realised the gap and think for further improvement.
  1. The best part of the three days TTT workshop (December 2017)  was the two-minute presentation by the participants.
  1. how to prepare materials used for the presentation
  2. use of multimedia
  3. need of body movement and eye contact with the audience and dealing the contents balancing with the given time.
  4. SWOT (Strength, Weakness, Opportunity and Threat) analysis of participating library associations, namely, NLA, NCLA, Lumbini Library Association, Nepalese Association of School Libraries, TULSSA.
  5. This exercise gave the participants to know exactly where they stand and how to move ahead in the future.
  1. Nepali Translation of IFLA BSLA TOT modules become quite popular with the NLA members and they are in the process to launch the training in their respective districts.
  1. Creating webpages as a platform for sharing professional activities.

What are your next steps?

  1. Online training activities for the members both for Kathmandu and out of Kathmandu will be continuous programme of the NLA.
  2. BSLA ToT training will be organized in the district level once a year.
  3. A regular meeting will be held with the District Library Associations of the country and share emerging issues of the LIS, Library And Information Sector.
  4. Monthly Interaction programme (LIS Forum) will be held on current issues of the LIS Sector in cooperation with different libraries in Kathmandu
  5. Among other International organizations, special relationship will maintain with  IFLA.