12 August 2010


OCLC names six librarians to participate in 2011 Jay Jordan IFLA/OCLC Early Career Development Fellowship Program


12 August 2010

OCLC, along with the International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA) and the American Theological Library Association, today named six librarians chosen to participate in the Jay Jordan IFLA/OCLC Early Career Development Fellowship Program for 2011.

The 2011 Jordan IFLA/OCLC Fellows were announced by Jay Jordan, OCLC President and CEO, at a news conference during the World Library and Information Congress: 76th IFLA General Conference and Assembly in Gothenburg, Sweden. The 2011 Jordan IFLA/OCLC Fellows are:

  • Mrs. Khumo Dibeela, Assistant Librarian, Botswana College of Agriculture, Gaborone, Botswana
  • Mr. Bishwa Raj Gautam, Coordinator, Library and Information Society Nepal, Kathmandu, Nepal
  • Miss Geanrose Lagumbay, Librarian, Sunrise Christian College Foundation of the Philippines, Inc., Butuan City, Philippines
  • Mr. Fiskani Ngwira, Library Assistant, Mzuzu University, Mzuzu, Malawi
  • Miss Tian Xiaodi, Acquisition Librarian, Library of Beijing Normal University, Beijing, China
  • Mr. Milan Vasiljevi?, Librarian Instructor, Belgrade City Library, Belgrade, Serbia

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 2011, the program will have welcomed 56 librarians and information science professionals from 31 countries.

"The Fellowship Program broadens the horizons of both the participants and the hosts," said Mr. Jordan. "The Fellows are exposed to North American and European librarianship, and OCLC learns about librarianship in their countries. These interactions are mutually beneficial and promote greater global understanding within the library community."

During the five-week program, which will run from April 1 through May 6, 2011, 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 would like to take back with me the spirit of cooperation and sharing that I have seen not only at OCLC but also in other libraries that we visited," said Catherine Muriuki, 2010 Fellow from Kenya.

The selection committee for the 2011 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.

In 1999, OCLC and IFLA created the early career development program to bring promising librarians from developing nations to OCLC for training and interaction with OCLC staff and librarians in the United States. The American Theological Library Association has been a sponsor since 2005.

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 2012 Fellowship Program is available on the OCLC Web site.

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