Innovations are critical for public libraries. Many libraries have developed and implemented innovative programs and projects that demonstrate their enthusiasm for the ever-changing services they provide to meet the demands of today’s world. This was especially obvious during the COVID-19 pandemic.

This e-training program will be conducted in partnership between Arab Federation for Libraries and Information (AFLI) & IFLA Continuing Professional Development and Workplace Learning Section (CPDWL).

Course objectives:

  1. Develop outstanding future innovative librarians in public libraries worldwide, which will in effect, improve the standard and services of public libraries.
  2. Connecting librarians worldwide through e-training courses.

Program Description:

Module 1: Getting Started:

This module includes four topics that will help participants to become familiar with navigating in Moodle and using Moodle tools and resources.

Module 2: Innovation

This module includes eight topics that will help participants master innovation and implement innovative ideas in their public libraries.

Through the program, the participants will work in teams – through the online learning environment – to produce a new innovative service/program and implement it in their public libraries.

Eligibility Criteria

The selection of participants is determined according to the following criteria:

  • The applicant must be a member of their national library association, IFLA or AFLI.
  • Priority is given to applicants from qualifying developing countries (see list of Qualifying Countries by World Bank)
  • The applicant must be under 40 years old.
  • Those who enrolled in INELI and regional INELI networks programs are not eligible to apply.
  • Applicants should work in a public library and have at least 5 years of experience working within public libraries. Receiving training in the program is linked to the participant’s continuing work in the public libraries.
  • The applicant should have the technical abilities to participate in an online course: computer skills & high-speed internet connection are both required.
  • The applicant must have the ability to allocate additional time outside normal working hours to fully participate in the activities of the training program.
  • The applicant should have the ability to present innovative ideas, which would contribute to the development of services and programs provided in the library.

How to apply?

Applications should be submitted in English language through

Attach a single PDF file merging the following documents:

  • Curriculum vitae (one page max);
  • Proof of membership of national library association or IFLA or AFLI (i.e. copy of membership card, a letter from the association, etc.);

You must have a Google account to submit your form and attached file.

Important dates:

The submission deadline has been extended to 28 February 2022.

Successful candidates will be notified by the end of March 2022.