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World Library and Information Congress: 74th IFLA General Conference and Council
"Libraries without borders: Navigating towards global understanding"
10-14 August 2008, Québec, Canada
FINANCIAL SUPPORT PROGRAM FOR INTERNATIONAL LIBRARY SCIENCE AND INFORMATION SCIENCES ACTIVITIES, INCLUDING A
Context and objectives
In the Spring of 2007, ASTED and the Canadian Library Association ("CLA") worked together to establish a charitable organization, called Bibliomondialis : Partenaires canadiens pour des échanges en milieu documentaire / Bibliomondialis: Canadian Partners for Library Bridge-Building, referred to below as Bibliomondialis which will launch its activities during the International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA's) 2008 World Library and Information Congress (WLIC) in Quebec City.
The goals of Bibliomondialis are to promote and encourage the participation of delegates from developing countries in IFLA conferences, to increase participation in national and international library science seminars and to encourage and support research focusing on international library science issues.
To this end, Bibliomondialis is implementing bursary programs for research development and participation in events relating to IFLA.
The mission of Bibliomondialis is therefore to raise and manage funds to financially support international library development. For 2008, the goal is to set up a bursary program to assist delegates from developing countries to participate for the first time in the 2008 WLIC Conference in Quebec City, and thereafter in subsequent IFLA-sponsored conferences.
After 2008, the goal of Bibliomondialis is not only to encourage Canadian colleagues and colleagues in developing countries to participate in international activities such as World Congresses, but also to provide financial support for research, study or development projects that focus on international issues.
The Bibliomondialis bursary program is not intended to duplicate but to complement other similar bursary programs that may be offered by IFLA, its French committee, other IFLA national groups or any other organizations associated with IFLA. The program will not offset or provide a substitute for these programs and a candidate that is receiving complete financial support from IFLA or one of its committees or, for example, the Organisation internationale de la Francophonie ("OIF"), will not be eligible for the Bibliomondialis program, or receive support from the program.
Bibliomondialis may however provide additional financial support required by a candidate receiving only partial support through one of the above-mentioned programs.
The program is promoted and supported by IFLA. It will be managed exclusively by Bibliomondialis.
Each year, depending on budgetary availability, Bibliomondialis will select a certain number of eligible candidates and provide them with financial support. The number of bursaries awarded will be fixed on an annual basis and announced by the Bibliomondialis Board of Directors.
A candidate that receives support one year from Bibliomondialis may receive it for a second year only, and to the extent that there is a budgetary availability and in accordance with the quality of the candidature submitted, including the submission of a complete report on the recipient's professional activities in the period following the previous IFLA conference.
The program is open to individuals from countries recognized by IFLA as developing countries in accordance with the following procedures:
The bursary will include the following:
Bibliomondialis encourages each candidate to obtain additional financing from other programs or institutions and this will be taken into consideration amongst the selection criterion for candidates and awarding bursaries.
The bursary will not include the following:
In order to be eligible, each applicant must completely satisfy the following criteria and requirements:
Subject to what has been stated above concerning the bursary to be awarded in response to an application submitted by an eligible candidate from a library or university resource centre in a Francophone country, Bibliomondialis shall establish a selection committee in relation to complete applications only in compliance with the requirements, comprising no more than five (5) people involved in the information sciences, library science or libraries, including representatives from ASTED and CLA.
The selection shall be made on the basis of the established criteria and chart, and taking into account geographic representation to some degree.
Selection criteria, by order of priority, points and weighting per criterion
Bibliomondialis will announce the name of the selected candidates in April of each year at the latest or four (4) months prior to that year's WLIC.
Bibliomondialis will inform the recipient, his or her employer and IFLA.
The recipient must officially confirm to Bibliomondialis that he or she will be participating in the WLIC within the established time limit, otherwise the bursary will be withdrawn and granted to another candidate on the waiting or substitute list that may be recommended to Bibliomondialis by the selection committee.
Schedule for 2008 registration
Application submission deadline:
Application assessment procedure:
Announcement of recipients:
Deadline for registration or application submission for 2008
15 February 2008.
Submissions that are incomplete or submitted after the deadline shall not be considered under any circumstances.
Limitation of liability
The annual granting of bursaries by Bibliomondialis shall be subject to the available funding annually.
Bibliomondialis shall not accept any liability with respect to the recipient and his or her employer, of any kind whatsoever (in relation to any accident or incident that may affect the candidate directly or indirectly or that may be or may have been caused by the recipient (injury, theft or wrong-doing, illness, death, incapacity, and so on.).
The recipient shall not receive any sponsorship and there shall be no legal or employment association of any kind whatsoever with Bibliomondialis or IFLA.
It shall be the recipient's sole responsibility to make any necessary arrangements for these purposes.
Bibliomondialis shall not be liable in any way if a candidate's file is incomplete or is lost prior to being received. Bibliomondialis shall not return any file received after the selection is made.
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Address for receipt of applications
(By mail, private mail or by e-mail)
Canadian Library Association/Association canadienne des bibliothèques
Mrs. Brenda Shields