2 September 2009

OCLC names six librarians to participate in 2010 Jay Jordan IFLA/OCLC Early Career Development Fellowship Program

The Jay Jordan IFLA/OCLC Early Career Development Fellowship Program supports library and information science professionals from countries with developing economies. The program provides advanced continuing education and exposure to a broad range of issues in information technologies, library operations and global cooperative librarianship. With the selection of the six Fellows for the class of 2010, the program will have welcomed 50 librarians and information science professionals from 30 countries.

The 2010 Jordan IFLA/OCLC Fellows were named by Jay Jordan, OCLC President and CEO, at a news conference during the World Library and Information Congress: 75th IFLA General Conference and Assembly in Milan, Italy.


The 2010 Jordan IFLA/OCLC Fellows are:

 
Sasekea Harris

Miss Sasekea Harris
Librarian
University of the West Indies
St. Andrew, Jamaica

 
Mahmoud Khalifa

Mr. Mahmoud Khalifa
Cataloger Librarian
Library of Congress, Cairo Office
Cairo, Egypt

 
Elchin Mammadov

Mr. Elchin Mammadov
Senior Information Specialist
Baku American Center
Baku, Azerbaijan

 
Catherine Muriuki

Ms. Catherine Muriuki
University Librarian
Pan Africa Christian University
Nairobi, Kenya

 
Sidra Shan

Miss Sidra Shan
Assistant Librarian
International Islamic University Islamabad
Islamabad, Pakistan

 
Shao Yan

Miss Shao Yan
Group Leader
National Library of China
Beijing, China

The Jay Jordan IFLA/OCLC Early Career Development Fellowship Program supports library and information science professionals from countries with developing economies. The program provides advanced continuing education and exposure to a broad range of issues in information technologies, library operations and global cooperative librarianship. With the selection of the six Fellows for the class of 2010, the program will have welcomed 50 librarians and information science professionals from 30 countries.

"The program is intended to inspire as well as educate," said Mr. Jordan. "Ideally, the Fellows will use their experience to contribute to the advancement of librarianship in their home countries as well as participate in the international library community."

During the five-week program, which will run from April 10 through May 15, 2010, the Fellows will participate in discussions with library and information science leaders, library visits and professional development activities. Four weeks will be based at OCLC headquarters in Dublin, Ohio, USA, and one week will be based at OCLC in Leiden, Netherlands. Topics and issues explored include information technologies and their impact on libraries, library operations and management, and global cooperative librarianship.

The program also gives Fellows the chance to share their home customs and cultures with other Fellows, with colleagues they meet during the program, and with their hosts. The Fellows’ travels provide them with other opportunities to broaden their knowledge about issues facing libraries today. They observe portions of the OCLC Global Council meeting, gaining insight into issues affecting global library cooperation and the governance of a global library cooperative. They visit selected North American and European libraries and cultural heritage institutions to meet with leading information professionals and discuss real-world solutions for libraries.

The Fellows give formal and informal presentations about their home countries and libraries, and the challenges facing libraries in their home countries. As their program concludes, Fellows translate their program experiences into specific development plans to guide their continued growth and personal contributions to their home institutions and countries of origin. “I am stepping foot in Uganda a renewed, nurtured man with strong belief that change is possible,” said John Kiyaga, 2009 Fellow from Uganda, when his program was concluding in May.

The selection committee for the 2010 Fellowship program included: Barbara Kemmis, American Theological Library Association; Hella Klauser, German Library Association; Sjoerd Koopman, IFLA; Janet Lees, OCLC; Nancy Lensenmayer, OCLC; George Needham, OCLC; Gwenda Thomas, Rhodes University, South Africa; and Ingeborg Verheul, IFLA.

The list of program sponsors includes OCLC, IFLA, and the American Theological Library Association. The organizations that sponsor the Fellowship program are seeking additional sponsorships from other interested organizations. More information is available from George Needham, OCLC Vice President, Global and Regional Councils at needhamg@oclc.org.

Application information for the 2011 Fellowship Program is available on the OCLC Web site.

Background Information:

This program, jointly sponsored by the American Theological Library Association, the International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA) and OCLC, provides early career development and continuing education for library and information science professionals from countries with developing economies.

About OCLC

Founded in 1967 and headquartered in Dublin, Ohio, OCLC is a nonprofit library service and research organization that has provided computer-based cataloging, reference, resource sharing, eContent, preservation, library management and Web services to 71,000 libraries in 112 countries and territories. OCLC and its member libraries worldwide have created and maintain WorldCat, the world's richest online resource for finding library materials. Search WorldCat.org on the Web at www.worldcat.org. For more information, visit the OCLC Web site.

About IFLA

The International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA) is the leading international body representing the interests of library and information services and their users. It is the global voice of the library and information profession. Founded in Edinburgh, Scotland, in 1927 at an international conference, IFLA now has 1600 Members in approximately 150 countries around the world. IFLA was registered in the Netherlands in 1971. The Royal Library, the national library of the Netherlands, in The Hague, generously provides the facilities for IFLA headquarters. More information can be found at the IFLA website.

About ATLA

Established in 1946, the American Theological Library Association (ATLA) is a professional association of more than 1,000 individual, institutional, and affiliate members providing programs, products, and services in support of theological and religious studies libraries and librarians. ATLA's ecumenical and international membership represents many religious traditions and denominations. For more information visit www.atla.com.

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