DUBLIN, Ohio, 21 January 2019—OCLC, along with the International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA), has named five librarians selected to participate in the Jay Jordan IFLA/OCLC Early Career Development Fellowship Program for 2019. The program supports library and information science professionals from countries with developing economies.
The IFLA/OCLC Fellowship Program 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 five Fellows for the class of 2019, the program will have welcomed 95 librarians and information science professionals from 42 different countries.
The 2019 IFLA/OCLC Fellows are:
- John Oluwaseye Adebayo, Chrisland University, Nigeria
- Samar Jammoul, Safadi Public Library, Lebanon
- Davaasuren Myagmar, National Library of Mongolia
- Tracey-Ann Ricketts, National Library of Jamaica
- Ramiro Jose Rico Carranza, Universidad Católica Boliviana San Pablo, Bolivia
"These outstanding professionals are selected as IFLA/OCLC Fellows following a rigorous evaluation process," said Skip Prichard, OCLC President and CEO. "They arrive at OCLC full of energy and promise. During the program, the Fellows have opportunities to meet with and learn from highly respected library professionals and leaders. They return to their home countries with new ideas and renewed dedication. Many are now serving in library leadership roles, inspiring others to advance their careers, and helping to advance libraries and librarianship around the world."
During the four-week program, from 16 March through 12 April 2019, the Fellows participate in discussions with library and information science leaders, library visits and professional development activities. The program is based at OCLC headquarters in Dublin, Ohio, USA.
"I like the program's focus on global librarian leadership," said Arnold Mwanzu, 2018 Fellow from Kenya.
"This experience will help me be a better professional," said Patience Ngizi-Hara, 2017 Fellow from Zambia. "It has been life-changing."
"Library cooperation, as I've experienced and learned about from OCLC, will go a long way in helping Nigerian libraries meet the information needs of the most populous country in Africa," said Idowu Adegbilero-Iwari, a 2016 IFLA/OCLC Fellow from Nigeria.
The selection committee for the 2019 Fellowship program included: Ingrid Bon, IFLA; Sarah Kaddu, Makerere University, and 2008 Fellow from Uganda; and Nancy Lensenmayer, OCLC.
Watch a video of "A Conversation with the 2018 IFLA/OCLC Fellows," and find more about the IFLA/OCLC Fellowship Program on the OCLC website.
The International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA) is the leading international body representing the interests of library and information services and their users. It is the global voice of the library and information profession. Founded in 1927 in Edinburgh, Scotland at an international conference, we now have more than 1,400 Members in over 140 countries around the world. IFLA was registered in the Netherlands in 1971. The Royal Library, the national library of the Netherlands, in The Hague, generously provides the facilities for our headquarters. More information can be found at www.ifla.org.
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