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3 September 2012

BSLA sessions in Helsinki share results, impact from the first two years of the programme

Representatives from all six of the first country projects as part of the Building Strong Library Associations (BSLA) programme presented their results and impact following the first two years of the programme at a special session at the IFLA Conference in Helsinki in August 2012. A second session provided an introduction to ALP and BSLA, and shared some of the other ways BSLA has been implemented around the world including video conferences, regional train the trainer workshops, additional country projects in Nepal, and a workshop for association presidents in Kenya.

A news article in IFLA Express summarised the key points of the BSLA results and stories session on Tuesday August 14, noting "After just a few years, the first six countries are underway with
strong progress towards their goals; it is clear that each association
has the knowledge and experience of the programme to carry it forward
within their country and region. Since 2010, new library associations in
other countries as well have implemented the BSLA methodology on their
own needs, such as Nepal, Argentina, Kazakhstan, Madagascar, Russia,
Samoa, countries in South Eastern Europe and Vietnam."

Copies of Powerpoint presentations delivered during the sessions are available for download:

Conference Session 72: IFLA Market: Building Strong Library Associations (BSLA) and IFLA ALP

Building Strong Library Associations Programme in Nepal Bashu Dev Dhurgana, Nepal Community Library Association
BSLA activities in the Arab-speaking region Dina Youssef, IFLA Centre for Arabic Speaking Libraries

Session 138: Building strong library associations: results from the first six country projects

Introduction and overview of BSLA Buhle Mbambo-Thata, Chair ALP, Fiona Bradley, ALP Coordinator
Botswana Kgomotso Radijeng, Botswana Library Association
Cameroon Alim Garga and Rosemary Shafack, ABADCAM
Lebanon Fawz Abdullah, Lebanese Library Association
Lithuania Alina Jaskuniene and Airida Samavičienė, Lithuanian Librarians' Association
Peru Ana Maria Talavera Ibarra, Colegio de Bibliotecólogos del Perú
Ukraine Valentyna Pashkova, Ukrainian Library Association

LDP (Library Development Programme), Associations, Building Strong Library Associations

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