A Nigerian librarian, John Oluwaseye Adebayo, has been selected as a 2019 fellow of International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA) and Online Computer Library Center (OCLC).
Mr. Adebayo was among the five librarians selected to participate in the Jay Jordan IFLA/OCLC Early Career Development Fellowship Program for 2019; a program which supports library and information science professionals from countries with developing economies.
A graduate of Library, Archival and Information Studies at University of Ibadan, Adebayo is currently a librarian at Chrisland University, Abeokuta, Ogun State, Nigeria.
According to a statement released on the OCLC’s website: “The IFLA/OCLC Fellowship Program provides advanced continuing education and exposure to a broad range of issues in information technologies, library operations and global cooperative librarianship. With the selection of the five Fellows for the class of 2019, the program will have welcomed 95 librarians and information science professionals from 42 different countries.”
Commenting on the fellowship, the OCLC President and CEO, Skip Prichard stated that, “These outstanding professionals are selected as IFLA/OCLC Fellows following a rigorous evaluation process.”
“They arrive at OCLC full of energy and promise. During the program, the Fellows have opportunities to meet with and learn from highly respected library professionals and leaders. They return to their home countries with new ideas and renewed dedication. Many are now serving in library leadership roles, inspiring others to advance their careers, and helping to advance libraries and librarianship around the world,” he added.
Expressing how he feels about the fellowship in an exclusive chat with this correspondent, Mr Adebayo said: “To be sincere, I feel good and humbled to be selected as one of the five IFLA/OCLC Fellows for 2019. It’s a feeling that there’s a giant inside everyone and that becoming a global figure is possible regardless of someone’s location or background.”
He noted further that, “This programme will help me to further contribute to the advancement of librarianship in Nigeria through advocacy and library cooperative.”
“Cooperative librarianship is one of the major topics to be explored during the training. This becomes imperative because no library is self-sufficient in terms of human and material resources. I will work on modalities for electronic resources sharing among new private universities in Nigeria. This will help to provide equitable access to scholarly information,” he concluded.
Thefour-week fellowship programme will be held from 16 March through 12 April 2019 at the OCLC headquarters in Dublin, Ohio, USA; while the Fellows will participate in discussions with library and information science leaders; engage in library visits and professional development activities.
Founded in 1927 in Edinburgh, Scotland, the International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA) is the leading international body representing the interests of library and information services and their users; with more than 1,400 members in over 140 countries around the world.
The OCLC, on the other hand, is a nonprofit global library cooperative providing shared technology services, original research and community programs so that libraries can better fuel learning, research and innovation.
Other 2019 IFLA/OCLC Fellows are:Ramiro Jose Rico Carranza, Universidad CatólicaBoliviana San Pablo, Bolivia; Tracey-Ann Ricketts, National Library of Jamaica; Samar Jammoul, Safadi Public Library, Lebanon; and DavaasurenMyagmar, National Library of Mongolia.