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IFLA Building Strong Library Associations (BSLA) Programme - Sri Lanka


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by Premila Gamage

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IFLA Building Strong Library Associations (BSLA) Programme - Sri Lanka

  1. 1. Building Strong Library AssociationsIFLA ALP: Building Better Library Communities
  2. 2. 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
  3. 3. 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
  4. 4. 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
  5. 5. IFLA BSLA programmecomponents
  6. 6. 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
  7. 7. Current country projects• IFLA countries: Cameroon, Lebanon, Peru, Nepal• In Partnership with the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation: Lithuania, Ukraine, Botswana
  8. 8. Measuring the impact
  9. 9. 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
  10. 10. 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
  11. 11. 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