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Professional Library Associations to foster library development

This session will focus on professional library association’s role in library development and will give examples of successful development through the program “Building Strong Library Associations”. This program was developed by the International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA) and supported by the Bill&Melinda Gates Foundation. The program was successfully delivered in Botswana, Cameroon, Lebanon, Lithuania, Peru and Ukraine and is currently taken place more countries.

The session will give a short insight into the program and what can be achieved with the BSLA training in planning, organizing cooperation and advocacy. It will cover topics of how the role of librarians can be strengthened inside their institutions in providing them with the best arguments and give them the tools to cooperate with enemies and friends alike for developing and supporting the library case in Arab countries. The session will explain why to be a part of a professional association is helpful to reach political and financial support inside your own organization.

We will try to get some of the people who have been involved in the BSLA program to present a paper on this topics.
Secretary General of IFLA Jennefer Nicholson ( only if the time of SLA chapter conference is not overlapping with the IFLA Board meeting) about the general goals of the project

Conference Venue:

Fairmont Bab Al Bahr, Abu Dhabi, UAE.

Guest Panellists:

Dr. Claudia Lux, Project Director, Qatar National Library, Qatar Foundation.
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Randa Chidiac
(Library Executive Director Holy Spirit University of Kaslik and President of the Lebanese Library Association (LLA)) or other members who have taken part in the BSLA training.
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Alina Jaskūnienė, President of Lithuanian Librarians Association, about the advocacy achievements during and after BSLA training.
Birstonas Public Library Director.
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