Program overviewOn an annual basis, up to five individuals are selected for participation in this intensive four-week Fellowship program based at OCLC's headquarters in Dublin, Ohio, USA. The program gives Fellows opportunities to meet with leading information practitioners, visit libraries, and explore topics including information technologies, library operations and management, and global cooperative librarianship.
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.
Program guidelinesThe Fellowship Program is for library and information science professionals who are in early stages of career development and from countries with developing economies. Eligibility is limited to those who are from a qualifying country, have a degree in library or information science obtained within the past five years, and have at least three years, but no more than eight years, of library or information science experience. These and other qualifications are explained in detail in the Program Guidelines. Interested candidates should read the guidelines (available in PDF and Word format) and, if qualified, complete and submit the application (available in PDF and Word format) by the specified due date.
For additional information, please contact Nancy Lensenmayer, Program Director, Education and Professional Development.
Sponsorship opportunitiesThe organizations that sponsor the Fellowship Program are seeking additional sponsorships from other interested organizations. More information about sponsorship is available from George Needham, Vice President, OCLC Global and Regional Councils.
General inquiriesMore information about the Fellowship Program is available from Nancy Lensenmayer, Program Director, OCLC Education and Professional Development.