30 April 2011
First Regional Workshop for Building Strong Library Associations programme
The first regional trainers workshop for the Building Strong Library Associations (BSLA) programme was held at IFLA Headquarters from March 22-24. Organised in cooperation with the IFLA-CASL (Centre for Arabic Speaking Libraries), the workshop brought together new trainers representing library associations in Egypt, Lebanon, Palestine, and Sudan.
The workshop piloted a new train-the-trainers module which builds skills in facilitation, training small groups, planning and evaluating training, and BSLA content. The materials were developed by Gillian Hallam who is also the BSLA core trainer in Ukraine. After completing the three day workshop, the new trainers are accredited to deliver presentations or train others in their own library community or within their region. The module is flexible, and can be adapted to accredit trainers in any of IFLA’s training packages, including those developed by FAIFE. The module can also be delivered as part of other train-the-trainer activities, such as ALP small projects.
Following this first regional trainers workshop, further workshops will be held in other regions around the world to develop new trainers for BSLA. The next workshop will be held in Panama to train Spanish-speaking trainers from South and Central America. A workshop will also be held in Puerto Rico for Caribbean trainers, and will be delivered by John Berry and Alice Calabrese, who attended the pilot Arab-speaking workshop in The Hague as observers.
More information about the Building Strong Library Associations programme is available on the IFLA website.