The International Leaders Programme is a two-year Programme designed to increase the cohort of leaders who can effectively represent the wider library sector in the international arena, and to develop leaders within IFLA. The Programme provides opportunities that IFLA is in the unique position to offer through our global role and reputation and our extensive and diverse framework of activities and expertise.
For full details about the programme, project descriptions, selection criteria and application form, please visit our IFLA International Leaders Programme webpage.
The Programme will bring participants together at the 2016, 2017 and 2018 IFLA World Library and Information Congresses (WLIC) as the main face-to-face forum. In this dynamic and interactive environment, participants will have direct access to international leaders, and undertake eight days [excluding travel time] of activities including: seminar and workshop sessions on issues with a global impact led by leaders in the sector and related fields; participation in specified business meetings; attendance at specified professional programme sessions; working within groups to prepare presentations or reports; liaison with Governing Board members; building support networks.
This experience will be reinforced throughout the Programme with attachments to IFLA professional units and working/advisory groups to contribute to projects of direct relevance to IFLA’s international agenda, Strategic Plan and Key Initiatives. Participants will learn through practice, and be mentored as they strengthen their skills and knowledge.
Through participating in the programme, you will:
- Contribute to important issues impacting on the future of the library sector
- Gain experience in working at the international level
- Gain experience in working with organisations such as the World Intellectual Property Organisation (WIPO), UNESCO, the European Commission, the Internet Governance Forum
- Gain experience in the development of policy and position statements
- Develop your negotiating and intervention skills
- Develop your capacity to advocate and set political agendas,
- Build relationships and develop your networks internationally
- Build skills to have a broader impact as an advocate in your own library community
The Programme is administered by the Action for Development through Libraries Programme (ALP) under the general direction of the IFLA Governing Board.
Applications open until 2 March 2016