January 28, 2014

The Jay Jordan IFLA / OCLC Early Career Development Fellowship Program for Countries with Developing Economies

The Jay Jordan IFLA/OCLC Early Career Development Fellowship Program

Course(s) Offered: Library and information science
Course Level: Fellowship
Provider: IFLA, OCLC
Country to Study in: USA

Scholarship Description
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.

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.

The program is jointly sponsored by the International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA) and the Online Computer Library Center, Inc. (OCLC).

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.
Eligibility
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, 2009 and December 31, 2013.
  • Have at least three years, but no more than eight years, of library or information science experience. For the 2015 program, applicants must have library or information science experience that begins no earlier than January 1, 2006 and no later than January 1, 2011.
  • Be a legal national from a qualifying country (see list of Qualifying Countries below) 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.
Eligible groups
Citizens of ALL countries with developing economies. The complete list of countries (in Africa, Middle East and elsewhere) is found in the '2015 Guidelines' document (link to it is below).

Participating Institutions
Online Computer Library Center, Inc. (OCLC); Group headquarters; Dublin, Ohio, United States
International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA)

Fields of study
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.

Number of awards
Up to five individuals are selected every year

Sponsorship duration
Program is a four-week intensive fellowship

Scholarship benefits
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).
Method of Application
For consideration, qualified applicants must prepare and submit an application, including an electronic copy of their qualifying library or information science degree diploma.

The application must follow the content outline and format described in the document “2015 Application.”

Interested candidates should read the '2015 Guidelines' (available in PDF and Word format) and, if qualified, complete and submit the '2015 Application' (available in PDF and Word format) by the specified due date.

The completed application, including diploma copy, PLUS two letters of recommendation must be received by OCLC no later than this specified deadline date.

The application and letters of recommendation must be in English.

DEADLINES:
All requested documents, including a well completed application, must be received by OCLC on or before February 14, 2014.

PLEASE NOTE:
Key Dates:
2015 Program Applications AcceptedAugust 2013 – February 14, 2014
2015 Application DeadlineFebruary 14, 2014
2015 Applicant Selection ProcessMarch – July 2014
2015 Award AnnouncementAugust 2014
2015 Program(exact dates to be determined) April – May 2015

OCLC is a worldwide library cooperative, owned, governed and sustained by members since 1967. Its public purpose is a statement of commitment to each other — that members will work together to improve access to the information held in libraries around the globe, and find ways to reduce costs for libraries through collaboration.

The Fellows visit many libraries, cultural heritage institutions and library organizations. The Fellows also observe OCLC's governance structure in action, gaining insight into issues affecting the global library cooperative. Fellows give presentations about their home countries and libraries, meet leading information professionals and discuss real-world solutions to the challenges facing libraries today.

The Fellows 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.

Application Deadline: 14 February 2014
Open to International Applicants: Yes

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