12 July 2012


IFLA International Leaders Programme: Associates announced

The selection committee for the IFLA International Leaders Programme is delighted to announce the Associates selected to participate from 2012-2014. The Programme is a two-year IFLA strategic Key Initiative 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 Associates represent every major library sector and geographic region, and bring a range of international experiences to the projects that Associates will be attached to during the Programme.

The Associates are:

Margaret Allen

CEO and State Librarian, State Library of Western Australia; and immediate past-President of the Australian Library and Information Association

Atarino Helieisar
(Federated States of Micronesia)

Chief Law Librarian, Supreme Court; and President of the Pacific Islands Association of Libraries, Archives, and Museums (PIALA)

Sarah Kaddu

Team Leader, World Digital Library project, National Library of Uganda; and Secretary General of the Uganda Library & Information Association (ULIA)

Jérémy Lachal

Executive Director, Libraries Without Borders (Bibliothèques Sans Frontières); and trainer on projects for International Francophone Association of Librarians and Documentalists (AIFBD)

Zola Maddison

Program Coordinator, WebJunction; active member of the American Library Association’s International Relations Round Table, and past ALA Emerging Leader

Antonio Marquez Santos

Director, National Library of the Philippines, and Executive Committee member of the Congress of Southeast Asian Librarians (CONSAL)

Victoria Okojie
Registrar/CEO, Librarians’ Registration Council of Nigeria; past-President Nigerian Library Association, and current Chair of the IFLA Africa section

Kgomotso Radijeng

Resource Centre Coordinator, Botswana National Productivity Centre; convenor of the 2010 Standing Conference of Eastern, Central and South Africa Library and Information Associations (SCECSAL); President of the Botswana Library Association

Rosemary Shafack

University Librarian and Lecturer University of Buea; local trainer for the Building Strong Library Associations programme in Cameroon, and member of the IFLA Africa section

Irina Trushina

National Library of Russia, Head of Interlibrary Collaboration Department; past member of FAIFE working group on the Internet Manifesto, and Chair of Russian Library Association Round Table on Communication and Professional Ethics

Jorge Octavio Ruiz Vaca
Academic Librarian, Humanities Research Coordination, National Autonomous University of México; and collaborator of several major activities of the IFLA Latin America and Caribbean section

Dina Youssef

Bibliotheca Alexandrina Director, IFLA Center for Arabic Speaking Libraries (IFLA-CASL); and regional trainer for the Building Strong Library Associations programme

The list of projects that Associates will work on includes Open Access, Copyright Exceptions and Limitations, Models for Regional Collaboration, Libraries as Agents for Development, and Access to Digital Content.

The Associates will begin their participation in the programme at the IFLA Congress in Helsinki. During the Congress, the Leaders Programme Associates will participate in eight days 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; and liaison with IFLA Governing Board members.


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