Six librarians chosen for IFLA/OCLC fellowship programme

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Six librarians have been chosen for the Jay Jordan IFLA/OCLC Early Career Development Fellowship Programme for 2011.

The 2011 Jordan IFLA/OCLC Fellows, who were announced by Jay Jordan, OCLC president and CEO during the World Library and Information Congress, 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 Vasiljević, librarian instructor, Belgrade City Library, Belgrade, Serbia

The Jay Jordan IFLA/OCLC Early Career Development Fellowship Programme supports library and information science professionals from countries with developing economies. It 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 programme will have welcomed 56 librarians and information science professionals from 31 countries.

During the five-week programme, which will run from 1 April to 6 May 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.

In 1999, OCLC and IFLA created the early career development programme 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.