11 July 2016


IFLA International Leaders Programme: Associates announced

The selection committee for the IFLA International Leaders Programme is delighted to announce the Associates selected to participate from 2016-2018. The Programme is an IFLA Key Initiative designed to increase the cohort of leaders who can effectively represent the wider library sector in the international arena, and to develop leaders within IFLA.

The Associates represent every major library sector and geographic region, and bring a range of international experiences to the projects that Associates will be attached to during the Programme.

The Associates are:

Robin Kear (United States of America)

Liaison Librarian for English, Film Studies, and Gender, Sexuality, and Women’s Studies, University Library System, University of Pittsburgh; and Immediate Past-Chair, American Library Association’s (ALA) International Relations Round Table (IRRT)

Mahmoud Khalifa (Egypt)

Founder & CEO of Cybrarians: the Arabic Portal for Librarianship and Information; and Board member of the Egyptian Library Association

Elvira B. Lapuz (Philippines)

Deputy University Librarian of the University Library, University of the Philippines Diliman and Senior Lecturer at the UP School of Library and Information Studies (SLIS); and President of the Philippine Librarians Association, Inc. (PLAI)

Mandiaye Ndiaye (Senegal)

Academic Librarian, University Cheikh Anta Diop of Dakar, Senegal; and Assistant IFLA Language Centre for French (in Africa), and francophone trainer for the BSLA Programme

Kristīne Pabērza (Latvia)

Senior Officer at the Culture Information Systems Centre; and President of the Library Association of Latvia

Jonathan Hernández Pérez (Mexico)

Associate Researcher in the Library and Information Institute (IIBI) at National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM); and First Secretary of the National College of Librarians of Mexico (CNB)

David Ramírez-Ordóñez (Colombia)

Teacher - Information Science Department at Pontificia Universidad Javeriana, Researcher - Fundación Conector; and member ASCOLBI and Red de Egresados de Ciencia de la Información

Vesna Vuksan (Serbia)

Senior Librarian, University Library “Svetozar Markovic”, Belgrade; and Governing Board member, Serbian Library Association

Zhao Yan (China)

Director of Collection Development Department, National Science Library, Chinese Academy of Sciences; and Standing Committee Member of Acquisition and Collection Development Section, IFLA and Standing Committee Member of Resources Development and Sharing Section, Library Society of China

The Associates will begin their participation in the programme at the IFLA Congress in Columbus, Ohio. During the Congress, the Leaders Programme Associates will participate in eight days of activities including: seminar and workshop sessions on issues with a global impact led by leaders in the sector and related fields; participation in specified business meetings; attendance at specified professional programme sessions; working within groups to prepare presentations or reports; and liaison with IFLA Governing Board members.

LDP (Library Development Programme), leaders

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