New class of IFLA/OCLC Early Career Development Fellows
- Mrs. Khumo Dibeela, Assistant Librarian, Botswana College of Agriculture, Gaborone, Botswana
- 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
OCLC, the American Theological Library Association (ATLA), and the International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA) sponsor this program, which provides early career development and continuing education for library and information science professionals from countries with developing economies. The most exciting aspect of the program, which always happens, and which we always tell the Fellows and which they never believe at first, is that we will learn at least as much from them as they do from us. This is a true exchange and we all benefit.
Over the years, we've hosted more than 50 Fellows from over 30 different countries and regions. This year, they began their Fellowship at the OCLC offices in Leiden, the Netherlands. They'll visit the IFLA headquarters and the Koninklijke Bibliotheek as well as university and public libraries in the Netherlands and Belgium. On Saturday, April 9, they'll arrive in the States and by Sunday they're into the second whirlwind, starting with the Global Council Annual Meeting. During their four weeks in the US, they will visit the Library of Congress, the offices of the American Library Association and the American Theological Library Association, and numerous public, school, special, and academic libraries in Washington, Chicago and Ohio. Along the way, there's also sightseeing, social events, shopping, and opportunities to celebrate the spring holidays in the homes of OCLC staff members.
The selection process for next year's Fellows is already under way. There are 41 candidates for the five seats available in the class of 2012. The application process for the class of 2013 will open in September 2011. If you're interested in learning more about the program and the application process, check out our website.
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