IFLA is the International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions, and represents the interests of the library profession and library users worldwide. IFLA has a decentralised structure with regional offices in Pretoria, South Africa; Singapore and Rio de Janeiro, Brazil My role - coordinate IFLA ’ s training and capacity building work through the Action for Development Through Libraries Programme (ALP). The Action for Development Through Libraries programme (ALP) builds the capacity of libraries to provide free and equal access to information in their communities. Through ALP, IFLA furthers the ICT, literacy and information literacy skills of library workers, supports the development of the profession and advocacy through library associations, and strives to bridge the digital divide.
ALP has 6 focal areas for its work: Development and sustainability of library communities Advocacy for libraries in society Libraries and literacy Access to information through ICT in libraries, and ICTD Access to information by marginalised and underserved groups New and emerging professional practice priorities
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 users Provide equitable access to information Develop the library and information profession
Programme components Training on all aspects of library associations IFLA ’s existing policy-based training packages (for example IFLA/UNESCO Internet Manifesto) Case studies and success stories Mentoring on specific topics through IFLA ’s international network In-country, cross-country and across programme activities and meetings Support for associations to form partnerships (for example, with consortia, or cross-border with other associations) Use of an online learning platform to support access to materials, collaboration, and information sharing Cascade (train the trainer) approaches are encouraged Cascade workshops develop trainer skills, and brings learning to broader groups and regions in a country IFLA has used this method successfully in a number of countries The BSLA programme is more than training and aims for improved: Association governance, leadership, strategy, and membership Partnerships and collaboration within the sector Advocacy on behalf of library communities and professionals
Library Associations in Society: This module is designed for a wide variety of audiences – from library association office bearers and members, to professionals or potential partners. It is highly customisable. Building your library association: some of the topics in this module include strategic planning, financial planning and member services Sustaining your library association: leadership, planning, and change management Strategic relationships: This module is designed so that both partnerships and fundraising can be delivered together at one time, or each topic can be delivered separately. Topics include credibility, managing partnerships, and writing fundraising plans. Libraries on the agenda: Topics include planning for advocacy, typical advocacy issues, finding evidence and data to support your position, and communication. Specialist modules: statistics and copyright for library associations focus on how associations can use evidence for advocacy, and establish copyright committees to advocate for libraries on this issue on the national agenda
Some of the issues that the participating countries are tackling include: Botswana: To identify a role of BLA in advocating for libraries in society and community as part of the new National Library Act and Vision 2016 strategy Cameroon: To make the relaunched association visible, and to have a say in the Ministry of Culture and Ministry of Education’s policy development on libraries. Lebanon: promote the profession and begin to raise the status of librarians within institutions Lithuania: To enhance the visibility of the association in society and on the national agenda Peru: To encourage professionalization of library workers and promote the value of professional librarians Ukraine: To position ULA as a key organization to represent libraries to national and local governments on issues of librarian status and library funding. Success depends on understanding the social, poliitical situation of libraries, the agenda of government, the objectives of the profession. It is not an easy task.
IFLA Building Strong Library Associations (BSLA) Programme - Sri Lanka
Building Strong Library AssociationsIFLA ALP: Building Better Library Communities
About IFLA• IFLA is the global voice of the library profession, with more than 1600 members in 150 countries.• Global reach – regional offices and language centres around the world• IFLA’s activities include advocacy, training programmes, resource development and standards 2
IFLA ALP• The Action for Development through Libraries Programme (IFLA ALP) is a core activity of IFLA• ALP provides development and training programmes, online learning and other opportunities• IFLA ALP delivers the Building Strong Library Associations (BSLA) programme
Strong Library Associations:Foundations for advocacy• Strong national associations, globally and throughout the regions, are needed to support the profession• IFLA developed Building Strong Library Associations, to support associations to develop their capacity and effectiveness, for the benefit of sustainable library communities
Training package modules• Library Associations in Society• Building Your Library Association• Sustaining your Library Association• Developing Strategic Relationships: Partnerships and Fundraising• Libraries on the Agenda• Specialist modules: – Library Statistics for Advocacy – Copyright for Library Associations
Current country projects• IFLA countries: Cameroon, Lebanon, Peru, Nepal• In Partnership with the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation: Lithuania, Ukraine, Botswana
Impact evaluation and BSLA• IFLA uses impact evaluation to measure the change that the BSLA programme makes: – Tells participants whether they are making real progress towards their goals – Raises awareness of the association in the sector and amongst decision makers – Share what works with other associations
Impact: Building Strong LibraryAssociations programme• Country projects, small grants, and train-the-trainer cascade activities have reached librarians in over 30 countries• Increased confidence in running associations and advocating for libraries are cited as major impacts• Organisations, partners, members across and beyond the library sector are more engaged with supporting the association’s work• Association activities have directly (via advocacy) or indirectly (through actions of workshop participants) benefited all library sectors including public libraries
BSLA Impact Report Will be formally launched at WLIC in Helsinki. Shares results and stories from the first six Building Strong Library Associations country projects Impact Report 2012
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