29 January 2010

IFLA Announces New Training Programme for Library Association Development

By Stuart Hamilton and Fiona Bradley

IFLA is pleased to announce the Building Strong Library Associations (BSLA) programme, a new IFLA programme to be delivered under the Action for Development through Libraries programme (ALP). The programme is currently in development and will be launched in September 2010.

The BSLA programme has been developed with extensive input from some of the library world's most experienced library association experts, including current and past library association presidents and executives from all over the world. The comprehensive programme offers a strategic and coordinated approach to capacity building and sustainability of library associations for the benefit of associations, libraries, and their communities.

Training content in the programme includes support to develop the effectiveness of library associations in strategic planning and financial management, organisational sustainability, developing strategic relationships and fundraising, and advocating on behalf of the profession and library users.

The Building Strong Library Associations programme will consist of:

  • The Building Strong Library Associations training package - a modular, customisable training package
  • IFLA's existing policy training packages (for example, workshops on the IFLA Internet Manifesto or Access to Public Health Information through Libraries)
  • Mentoring and activities (for example, study tours)
  • Advice and help on working with other associations (for example, to form regional consortia)
  • An online platform to provide remote access to materials and knowledge
  • The programe can be customised and translated to meet the needs of different library associations.

IFLA will deliver the BSLA programme in three countries from 2010 and is seeking three library associations to participate. Activities would start from September 2010, and participants would receive funding for training, mentoring, and other activities to develop the capacity of the library association. Interested library associations should contact their relevant regional section as soon as possible, who will each be discussing potential participants at their upcoming regional midterm meetings over the next month. Interested library associations outside of Latin America and the Caribbean, Africa, and Asia and Oceania should contact the Management of Library Associations section.

Applications are due to IFLA by April 9 2010.

More information about the programme can be found at: http://www.ifla.org/en/bsla or by contacting the ALP Programme Co-ordinator Fiona Bradley via email: fiona.bradley@ifla.org

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