Jay Jordan IFLA/OCLC Early Career Development Fellowship Program, 2016

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The International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA) and OCLC jointly sponsor up to five individuals annually to participate in a four-week intensive Early Career Development Fellowship program based at OCLC’s headquarters in Dublin, Ohio, USA. The Fellows visit many libraries, cultural heritage institutions and library organizations. Promising library and information science professionals from Developing Countries who are in early stages of career development and who meet all of the qualifications are encouraged to apply. The application deadline is February 13, 2015.. The Jay Jordan IFLA / OCLC Early Career Development Fellowship Program provides early career development and continuing education for library and information science professionals from countries with developing economies. The program is jointly sponsored by the International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA) and OCLC. On an annual basis program sponsors select up to five individuals to participate in a four-week intensive Fellowship program based at OCLC’s headquarters in Dublin, Ohio, USA. Topics and issues include information technologies and their impact on libraries, library operations and management, and global cooperative librarianship. Fellows visit selected libraries and cultural heritage institutions, meet with leading information professionals and observe OCLC’s governance structure in action. The Fellows gain insight into issues affecting global library cooperation and are exposed to the governance of a global library cooperative. Key services and activities of program sponsors IFLA and OCLC are highlighted. Fellows have numerous opportunities to meet leading practitioners and discuss real-world solutions to the challenges facing libraries today..  This is a intensive four-week Fellowship program based at OCLC’s headquarters in Dublin, Ohio, USA for library and information science professionals.
The research areas of this scholarship are:  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.
Who can apply to this scholarship? Promising library and information science professionals who are in early stages of career development and who meet all of the qualifications are encouraged to apply. Applicants must:
· Be employed in a library or information center.
· Have a qualifying degree in library or information science. The qualifying degree may vary depending upon country of origin, but should be the general library or information science degree recognized in the country. Normally a PhD is not considered a qualifying degree, because the Fellowship program is targeted for early career librarians.
· Have obtained the qualifying degree between January 1, 2010 and December 31, 2014.
· Have at least three years, but no more than eight years, of library or information science experience. For the 2016 program, applicants must have library or information science experience that begins no earlier than January 1, 2007 and no later than January 1, 2012.
· Be a legal national from a qualifying country (see list of Qualifying Countries) and be working as a librarian or information science professional in that country.
· Read and speak English proficiently.
· Be prepared to work as a team member with other Fellows and to participate as required in this fast
· paced program.
· Have a valid passport.
· Be able to obtain documentation permitting legal entry into the United States or any other country required for program participation.
· Be able to obtain documentation permitting legal entry into the United States or any other country required for program participation
Benefits of the scholarship: The award provides the following for each Fellow: -Airfare, coach class, from the recipient’s home country to the United States and return trip to the recipient’s home country (transportation to and from the airport in the recipient’s home country is the responsibility of the award recipient). Note: All travel arrangements must be made through OCLC’s travel agency. -Transportation related to library visits (arranged by OCLC). -Lodging (arranged by OCLC). -Subsistence, including meals. -Medical insurance (arranged by OCLC).
More information about the fellowship:
Duration: On an annual basis program sponsors select up to five individuals to participate in a four-week intensive Fellowship program based at OCLC’s headquarters in Dublin, Ohio, USA.
Number of scholarships:  Up to five individuals are selected each year.

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