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The Jay Jordan IFLA/OCLC Early Career Development Fellowship Program

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This program provides early career development and continuing education for library and information science professionals from countries with developing economies. It is jointly sponsored by the International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA) and OCLC.

Program overview

Up to five individuals are selected each year for participation in this intensive four-week Fellowship program based at OCLC's headquarters in Dublin, Ohio, USA. The program gives Fellows opportunities to meet with leading information practitioners and explore topics including information technologies, library operations and management, and global cooperative librarianship.

The Fellows visit many libraries, cultural heritage institutions and library organizations. The Fellows also observe OCLC's governance structure in action, gaining insight into issues affecting the global library cooperative. Fellows give presentations about their home countries and libraries and discuss real-world solutions to the challenges facing libraries today.

The Fellows translate their learning and experiences into specific professional development plans that guide their continued growth as well as their personal contributions to their home institutions and country of origin.

Program guidelines

The Fellowship Program is for library and information science professionals who are in early stages of career development and from countries with developing economies. Eligibility is limited to those who are from a qualifying country, have a degree in library or information science obtained within the past five years, and have at least three years, but no more than eight years, of library or information science experience. These and other qualifications are explained in detail in the Program Guidelines. Interested candidates should read the guidelines (available in PDF and Word format) and, if qualified, complete and submit the application (available in PDF and Word format) by the specified due date.

Sponsorship opportunities and general inquiries

The organizations that sponsor the Fellowship Program are seeking additional sponsorships from other interested organizations. For more information about sponsorship opportunities and general inquiries about the program, contact Nancy Lensenmayer, Program Director, OCLC Education and Professional Development.

2015 Fellows announced

See the 2015 Fellows.

See the news release.

2016 Program details

Application Deadline:
13 February, 2015

March - July 2015

August 2015

Program Dates:
April - May 2016

Program guidelines

Application form

2014 IFLA/OCLC Fellows

See a slideshow of the 2014 Fellowship activities.

Left to right:
Tharanga Dilruk Ranasinghe (Sri Lanka), Leonila Reyes (Philippines), Franklin Flores Urrutia (El Salvador), Olufunmilayo Fati (Nigeria), Sonam Wangdi (Bhutan)

IFLA/OCLC Fellows 2014

"I could learn from multicultural colleagues we had the privilege to know, their difficulties and limitations, but also their stories of success and perseverance in promoting a more egalitarian society through access of information."

Janete EstevãoJanete Estevão
2006 Fellow

"The fellowship gave me the chance to learn about cutting-edge development in the world of library and information science. Whenever I talk to my former students now working in libraries and archives in Rwanda, and I look back where we have come from, I cannot thank you more. It is through the Jay Jordan IFLA/OCLC Fellowship Program that we got the impetus to work harder to save Rwanda's information heritage that was on the verge of total destruction."

Musa OlakaMusa Olaka
2004 Fellow