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Library Leadership Institute

Thinking Outside the Borders: Library Leadership in a World Community is a pilot project being held in South Africa by the Department of Library Services, University of Pretoria in partnership with Swets and the Mortenson Center for International Library Programs.

BACKGROUND: The original project was designed jointly by the Mortenson Center for International Library Programs at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, USA and the Illinois State Library, and funded by the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS). The project is designed to encourage librarians to think globally and act locally, with the aim of promoting greater understanding and appreciation of the world community in which librarians work. The Institute will focus on leadership issues that affect librarians regardless of which country they live in.


This Institute will target middle-level library managers in an academic, public/community or national library service for at least 5 years in South Africa and neighbouring countries.

Application and selection process
Application forms for the 2008 Leadership Institute will be available from June 1st and completed forms are due by Monday July 04, 2008. The Institute will be held from November 5-8, 2006, at the University of Pretoria.

**Please note**

All Institute expenses will be covered by the Swets grant. Accommodation will be double occupancy. Selected participants must be able to travel to attend this Institute at their own cost. Transportation costs from O R Tambo International Airport to and from the site will be covered by the University of Pretoria. All participants are expected to comply with the requirements and adhere to the arrangements of the Institute.
04 July 2008 – Completed application due
14 July 2008 – Shortlist
18 July 2008 – Interviews (telephonic)
28 July 2008 – Successful candidates announced
Institute Eligibility
Degree in library and information science.
Current employment in a middle management position in an academic, public/community or national library service for at least 5 years.
Willingness and ability to share what is learned with others in the profession.
Demonstrated commitment of participant’s home institution to supporting sharing activity.
Excellent communication skills - ability to communicate well in both the spoken and written media, with a fluent command of English.
Willingness and ability to work as a team member.
Interest in current international library issues.
Commitment to attend leadership Institute in November 2008
All applicants will be evaluated on the following criteria
Strong leadership potential and skills in the workplace, the profession or the community – evidence of this should be documented and substantiated in some way.
An articulated vision of how his/her participation in this Institute will contribute more widely to the development of the profession.
Commitment to the profession as demonstrated by participation in the professional activities.
Knowledge of field of study and interest to engage effectively in, and derive benefit from, the academic as well as the practice-oriented content of the Institute.
Clarity of thought and presentation.
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