The Jay Jordan IFLA - OCLC Early Career Development Fellowship Program, 2014

Program Overview

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.

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.


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) 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.

· Prepare and submit your application electronically via e-mail to

Applications must follow the outline below and be submitted via e-mail as an attachment or as text within an e-mail message. Applications (including an electronic copy of your qualifying library or information science degree diploma) PLUS two letters of recommendation must be received by February 14, 2014. Do not include additional documents such as resumés, workshop certificates, or copies of publications. Materials received after February 14, 2014 will not be considered.

More information about the program along with application can be found at