The AfLIA Leadership Academy – Call for Applications
AfLIA is collaborating with the Public Library Association of the USA (PLA) to establish the AfLIA Leadership Academy aimed at:
- Building the knowledge, skills and confidence of library leaders to act in innovative and creative ways in meeting community needs
- Supporting library leaders to foster partnerships between libraries and government agencies, the private sector, NGOs, civil society, and faith-based organizations to work together to improve the lives of community members; and
- Strengthening library leaders’ skills and assisting them to renew approaches to library services, tangibly improving the value libraries bring to communities.
AfLIA therefore invites applications from librarians working in public and national libraries to participate in the AfLIA Leadership Academy due to start in January 2018 and will last for eight months. It aims at supporting middle managers in African public and national libraries to be true leaders in their communities. Participants will, after participating in the Academy:
- Understand the nature and requirements of effective leadership including an introspect into one’s leadership style;
- Gain a deep understanding of how to manage change and how to effectively carry out civic engagement;
- Apply the concept of Asset Based Community Development using the assets within their communities to bring about positive change;
- Understand the opportunities offered and challenges posed by partnering with both library and non-library organisations, and
- Form a network of engaged and transforming library leaders ready to lead in taking their national, African and Global Development agendas forward.
The Leadership Academy will have as its core, a five-day workshop in January 2018. The participants will over the eight months, be supported by Coaches, who are recognized leaders in the field. There will be three participants assigned to each Coach.
Participants will within the eight months be expected to:
- Attend three webinars run by their Coaches and attended by the three people in their group during the period, February to May 2018.
- Develop and implement a project geared at improving the livelihoods of the community.
- Report on their work at the AfLIA Public Libraries Summit in May 2018.
- Take a two week study visit to US public libraries (participants will pay for their travel costs including visa and travel insurance and AfLIA will pay for the accommodation and meals)
- Take part in the evaluation of the Academy after eight months
- Continue to network with their colleagues at the Academy for a minimum period of one year.
Criteria for qualifying to apply is as follows:-
- Must be from an African public or national library service.
- Must have at least three years of experience at managerial level.
- Must be able to read and write in English because the course is in English.
- Must have documented support from his/her organization.
- Must be an active member of the local library association.
- The institution to which he/she belongs must be a member of AfLIA.
It will be advantageous to
- be from an institution that is hosting/has hosted an INELI participant.
- have demonstrated leadership qualities.
Interested applicants should download and complete the application Form. Please send completed applications and all necessary attachments by email with the subject ‘Application for AfLIA Leadership Academy’ to firstname.lastname@example.org with a copy to email@example.com on or before 18th August 2017.
Click here to download the form.
Applicant’s documented support from his/her organization should be in the form of an endorsement letter from his/her library, on the library’s headed paper and signed by the head of the institution or his/her representative, scanned and sent along with the completed form.
Late applications will not be accepted.