Programme for the Advancement of Librarianship
1. Programme Concept
The purpose of the Core Programme for the Advancement of Librarianship is to further the
library profession, library institutions and library and information services in the less
developed countries. It thus spans a wide spectrum of IFLA's activities and plays an important
role within the organization as a catalyst for its developing countries activities. ALP
particularly concentrates on issues which are of vital importance for the developing countrie
and do not fall within the responsibility of the other Core Programmes.
The objective of ALP is:
- To promote the progressive improvement of library and information services in the
developing countries, so as to enable them to play an active role in national development.
Special emphasis will be placed on the creation of conditions likely to contribute towards
national initiatives and systematic progress towards self-suficiency.
3. Programme Goals
The following goals are in the Medium Term Programme for 1992-1997:
- To assist library staff, library schools and library associations in education and training
- To promote the establishment and development of library and information services to the
public with particular attention to the needs of rural and urban marginal areas;
- To encourage a greater involvement and identification of libraries with literacy work.
4. International Focal Point - IFP
The IFP is hosted by Uppsala University Library in Sweden. Its main tasks are to:
- raise funds for the activities;
- develop, coordinate and monitor the programme;
- give administrative support whenever necessary;
- facilitate communication between countries and regions, IFLA bodies and other
- engage in publicity and publishing;
- maintain good sources of infrmation and databases.
5. Approved Projects
List of approved projects and planned activities in Latin América and the Caribbean:
- Project 7 - Creation of an Association of schools of librarianship in the South Cone countries (Argentina, Chile,
Paraguay, Uruguay) - responsible - one library school in each country; Coordinator - director of the School of
Librarianship, University of Montevideo (Final report received in August/96 and available in the Clearinghouse)
- Project 36 - Attention to indigenous communities in Venezuela through public library services - responsible - Maria
Elena Zapata and Elizabeth Monascal, Dirección de Redes Estatales de Bibliotecas Públicas, IABN (Final report received
in October/96 and available in the Clearinghouse)
- Project 48 -Survey of National information resources and services in the member states of the OECS and review of plans
for development - responsible - Ms. Sandra John, Network Manager, OECS Information Network (INFONET)(in
- Project 306 - A.P.L.A. Advanced Course Library Personnel Aruba and the Netherlands Antilles - responsible - Victor
Mathilda, Antillan Public Library Association (A.P.L.A.) (in progress)
- Project 313 - Regional meeting for specialists in library services in rural and semi-urban areas - responsible - Martha
Fernandez de López and Anahí Baylón, Biblioteca Nacional de Perú. Eduardo Villanueva Mancilla, repr. IFLA/LAC (to be
published by ALP)
- Project 316 - INFOBILA (continuation of Project 27 - Latin American Information and Librarianship. Prestudy) -
responsible - Elsa M. Ramirez Leyva, Directora CUIB (in progress) .
- Project 318 - Feasibility study on the rescue of documents about/by ethnic groups in Central America - responsible -
Alice Miranda, Vicedecana, Facultad de Filosofía y Letras CUIB (in progress)
- Project 320 -Latin American Seminar on library, reading and street-children - responsible Lic. Maria Trinidad Román,
Centro Universitário de Investigaciones Bibliotecológicas, UNAM. (Final report received November/96 and available in the
Projects under consideration
- Project 321 - Establishing of Wanchaq Municipality Public Library - responsible Oscar Valiente Castillo, Municipalidad Distrital de Wanchaq
- Project 322 - Feasibility study for one school library information service expansion - responsible - E.L. González and A.L. Casanova, Escuela
No.1 "Nicolás Avellaneda".
6. PROJECT PROPOSALS