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The Jay Jordan IFLA/OCLC Early Career Development Fellowship Program

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.

2019 Call for Applications!

Applications are accepted through 28 September 2018 for the 2019 Jay Jordan IFLA/OCLC Early Career Development Fellowship Program.

2019 Timeline

Applications accepted
August - 28 September 2018

Application deadline
28 September 2018

Application selection
October - December 2018

Award announcement
January 2019

Program dates
16 March - 12 April 2019

2019 Guidelines

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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. They also observe OCLC's governance structure in action, gaining insight into issues affecting the global library cooperative. In addition, Fellows give presentations about their home countries and libraries and discuss real-world solutions to the challenges facing libraries today.

The Fellows then 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.

General inquiries

For general inquiries about the program, contact Nancy Lensenmayer, Program Director, OCLC Education and Professional Development.

Additional resources

Video interview with IFLA/OCLC Fellow J.K. Vijayakumar, who highlights how being part of the Fellowship Program has helped him with his career and how it has inspired him. He is now the Library Director of King Abdullah University of Science and Technology, Saudi Arabia.

Video interview with Rashidah Bolhassan, from Malaysia, who was part of the very first IFLA/OCLC Fellows class. She is now the CEO of the Sarawak State Library in Malaysia.

2015 Fellows video in which the 2015 Fellows describe "one of the best opportunities available for librarians."

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Fellowship Program brochure

2017 Fellows video

Participants

The Jay Jordan IFLA/OCLC Early Career Development Fellowship Program has welcomed 90 library and information science professionals from 39 countries.

2018 Fellows

  • Alehegn Adane Kinde

    Alehegn Adane Kinde

    Ethiopia

  • Arnold Mwanzu

    Arnold Mwanzu

    Kenya

  • Boris Đenadić

    Boris Đenadić

    Serbia

  • Chantelle Richardson

    Chantelle Richardson

    Jamaica

  • Chandra Pratama Setiawan

    Chandra Pratama Setiawan

    Indonesia

2017 Fellows

  • Patience Ngizi-Hara

    Patience Ngizi-Hara

    Zambia

  • Eric Nelson-Haumba

    Eric Nelson-Haumba

    Uganda

  • Sharisse Rae Lim

    Sharisse Rae Lim

    Philippines

  • Jerry Mathema

    Jerry Mathema

    Zimbabwe

  • Nguyen Van Kep

    Nguyen Van Kep

    Vietnam

2016 Fellows

  • Idowu Adegbilero-Iwari

    Idowu Adegbilero-Iwari

    Nigeria

  • Željko Dimitrijević

    Željko Dimitrijević

    Serbia

  • Penninah Musangi

    Penninah Musangi

    Kenya

  • Rhea Jade Nabusan

    Rhea Jade Nabusan

    Philippines

  • Shaharima Parvin

    Shaharima Parvin

    Bangladesh

2015 Fellows

  • Stanislava Gardaševic

    Stanislava Gardaševic

    Serbia

  • Nomsa Mathabela

    Nomsa Mathabela

    Swaziland

  • Masimba Muziringa

    Masimba Muziringa

    Zimbabwe

  • Martin Julius Perez

    Martin Julius Perez

    Philippines

  • Sadaf Rafiq

    Sadaf Rafiq

    Pakistan

2014 Fellows

  • Olufunmilayo Fati

    Olufunmilayo Fati

    Nigeria

  • Franklin Flores Urrutia

    Franklin Flores Urrutia

    El Salvador

  • W. M. Tharanga Dilruk Ranasinghe

    W. M. Tharanga Dilruk Ranasinghe

    Sri Lanka

  • Leonila Reyes

    Leonila Reyes

    Philippines

  • Sonam Wangdi

    Sonam Wangdi

    Bhutan

2013 Fellows

2012 Fellows

2011 Fellows

2010 Fellows

2009 Fellows

2008 Fellows

  • Hanan Erhif

    Hanan Erhif

    Morocco

  • Atanu Garai

    Atanu Garai

    India

  • Kamal Giri

    Kamal Giri

    Nepal

  • Sarah Kaddu

    Sarah Kaddu

    Uganda

  • Cyrill Walters

    Cyrill Walters

    South Africa

2007 Fellows

  • Kodjo Atiso

    Kodjo Atiso

    Ghana

  • Alicia Esguerra

    Alicia Esguerra

    Philippines

  • Pauline Nicholas

    Pauline Nicholas

    Jamaica

  • Elisangela Silva

    Elisangela Silva

    Brazil

  • Nevena Tomić

    Nevena Tomić

    Serbia

2006 Fellows

  • Maria Cherrie

    Maria Cherrie

    Trinidad & Tobago

  • Janete Estevão

    Janete Estevão

    Brazil

  • Festus Ngetich

    Festus Ngetich

    Kenya

  • Roman Purici

    Roman Purici

    Moldova

  • Salmubi

    Salmubi

    Indonesia

2005 Fellows

  • Thomas Bello

    Thomas Bello

    Malawi

  • Xiaoqing Cai

    Xiaoqing Cai

    China

  • Edwar Delgado

    Edwar Delgado

    Colombia

  • Lela Nanuashvili

    Lela Nanuashvili

    Georgia

  • Rev. Gillian Wilson

    Rev. Gillian Wilson

    Jamaica

2003 and 2004 Fellows

Photo of the 2003 and 2004 Fellows

Pictured from left to right:

  • Anjali Gulati [2003]
    India
  • Ibrahim Ramjaun [2003]
    Mauritius
  • Nayana Wijayasundara [2004]
    Sri Lanka
  • Vu Thi Nha [2003]
    Vietnam
  • MacAnthony Cobblah [2004]
    Ghana
  • Musa Olaka [2004]
    Rwanda
  • Hyekyong Hwang [2003]
    Korea

Not shown in group photo:

  • Selenay Aytaç

    Selenay Aytaç [2003]

    Turkey

  • Muhammad Rafiq

    Muhammad Rafiq [2004]

    Pakistan

2002 Fellows

Photo of the 2002 Fellows

Pictured from left to right:

  • Ferry Irawan
    Indonesia
  • Sibongile Madolo
    South Africa
  • Purity Mwagha
    Kenya
  • J.K. Vijayakumar
    India
  • Dayang Zarina Abang Ismail
    Malaysia

2001 Fellows

Photo of the 2001 Fellows

Pictured from left to right:

  • Andy Igonor
    South Africa
  • Tuba Akbayturk
    Turkey
  • Smita Chandra
    India
  • Rashidah Bolhassan
    Malaysia