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IFLA Building Strong Library Associations (BSLA) Programme - Lebanon

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by Randa Al-Chidiac

by Randa Al-Chidiac

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  • Highlight academic libraries because of their strength in the field and profession
  • Building Strong Library Associations is a comprehensive programme offering a strategic and coordinated approach to capacity building and sustainability of library associations. The programme will benefit associations, libraries, and their communities. The programme will help library associations and their members increase their potential to:Improve services for library usersProvide equitable access to informationDevelop the library and information profession
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    • 1. LEBANESE LIBRARY ASSOCIATION
    • 2. Country profile: Lebanon• Strategic in the Middle East• Lack natural resources  strength in financial sector• Population of app. 4 million• Trilingual: Arabic, French and English / Multicultural• Literacy rate  87.4% in 2003• Libraries underfunded due to Civil war• No National Library• Public libraries, School libraries, Academic libraries, and spreading  financial sector
    • 3. BSLA Project Goals • Governance and structure • Member involvement • Communication • Advocacy BSLA Chosen Modules• Building Your Library Association• Strategic Relationships: Partnerships & Fundraising• Libraries on the Agenda• Sustaining Your Library Association
    • 4. Success Stories• Amended bylaws to be more upto date with the needs• Better understanding of the scope and complexity of running an association• 1st annual conference: April 2012  200 attendees• More competitive elections 13 candidates standing for 10 places• Partnerships: Haigazian U / Central Bank
    • 5. Forthcoming activities – 2012/2013• Conference 2013• Reviving newsletter• Membership committee: retain current members and recruit new ones• New publications: Portfolio to present to partners & promotion• Partnering with SLA Gulf for future workshop• Restructuring website: Task force• Buildings bridges: French institutions / Lebanese University
    • 6. Challenges: and how we areaddressing them• Visibility: Restructuring website / Facebook / Publish a brochure• Membership: Regional representatives / Library visits• Partners: Assist Haigazain University to acquire funding for cultural projects• Image: Plan a media campaign / visit schools and present the profession
    • 7. We offer the library community inour country:The possibility to develop their professional skills with the resources at handTill now the minimum  workshops and seminarsThe chance to network and socialize with peersWith all our weaknesses, we hear: “HAVE NOT GIVEN UP ON LLA”
    • 8. The future of the association and libraries in our country• Mission: The LLA provides leadership for the development, promotion, and improvement of the library and information sector• Vision: To be the home of library and information professionals in Lebanon  By developing a more professional image;  By being recognized as the official representative;  By setting national standards in order to improve the status of librarians
    • 9. THANK YOU FROMLEBANESE LIBRARY ASSOCIATION RANDA AL-CHIDIAC President & BSLA In-Country Facilitator