About the grant:
An initiative set in motion at Next Library 2011, the Next Library Scholarship Grant is funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and aims to invite 5 library professionals from low-resourced countries and less developed library systems to attend the Next Library conference, included in organizing sessions and workshops as well as site visits in libraries in Denmark.
Having received 49 applications from 30 countries, we at the Next Library crew have reviewed every application with care together with Rolf Hapel, Director of Citizens’ Services and Libraries in Aarhus. All applications were good, and this made the decision even harder than it would normally be.
After much deliberation, Rolf Hapel approved the selection of the 5 participants from 5 different and cultures that are described below.
Attendance at Next Library 2013
We have been very happy to have the Grantees attend the conference, and we are confident that they have returned home with inspiration, ideas and a broadened horizon that will help them perform their library professions at the highest possible level. We spent the last day with them, where they wrote their feedback and impressions on the conference. Their feedback can be found under their individual information on this page.
Alshaimaa is passionate about the library profession, and has volunteered for translating the IFLA guide ”Key Issues for E-ressource Collection Development: A Guide for Librarians” from English to Arabic. She wishes to learn about dfferent public library and information science issues, practices and trends. She is also interested in innovation and opening her mind to new opportunities as well as developing ideas. Alshaimaa's feedback.
Deepika looks for an opportunity to update her knowledge about the library profession, advanced library science, innovative ways of learning and in particular e-library and outreach library programs. She enjoys working with students and helping them select material of choice, profession and interest. Deepika's feedback.
Donkoui is interested in how modern libraries are managed via technology, innovative ways of establishing libraries in rural communities, library sustainability and the promotion of reading. He hopes to be able to learn from other library professionals around the world. He has worked with pedagogy and presentation skills, and is responsible for passing along knowledge to libraries in his region. Donkoui's feedback.
Besides his work, Raymond is working with the EIFL Public Library Innovation Programme which trains the unemployed youth in Uganda computer skills. He believes that he can learn from other professionals at the conference and come out as a better informed, more enthusiastic and higher skilled librarian. Donkoui is interested in innovative thoughts about how libraries with limited finances, computers and reading material can be developed and sustained. Raymond's feedback.
Sonam’s responsibilities involve conducting literary surveys in different places, including the remotest parts of Bhutan, digitization of ancient and rare texts, maintaining and the monitoring of library systems and network. He is currently the project manager of “Development of National Inventory System of Intangible Cultural Heritage in Bhutan”. Sonam's feedback.
We encourage contact to the grantees – Expand your network, share knowledge and ideas and learn from each other!
By inviting the grantees, we have not only met new and astonishing people from cultures that we knew very little about, but also expanded our knowledge and understanding of the worlds and societies they live in. Overall, we believe that having these grantees visit us has been a positive initiative as part of the conference. We would be happy to have all of the grantees visit us again.
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