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Attendance Grant for IFLA Congress – Announcement of Recipients

The Academic and Research Libraries Section (ARL), with generous sponsorship by ExLibris and Sage, is offering THREE (3) Attendance Grants for the IFLA Congress in Singapore 2013 to an information professional from each of these regions: Africa, Latin America / Caribbean and Asia/Pacific Region.  Following an application process, we are pleased to announce the successful recipients:

AfricaJoseph A. Semugabi, who wrote: “I am currently employed at the Law Development Centre (LDC) as Librarian. LDC is an Academic Institution of Higher Learning involved with Professional Legal Training (Bar Course) for graduate lawyers intending to become advocates and practice law in Uganda. The institution also has a statutory function of conducting legal research as well as production of legal publications”.

Latin AmericaSasekea Harris, who wrote:  “I am a young professional (31 years old), a member of IFLA and this will be my first attendance to an IFLA conference. In my capacity as an academic librarian at the University of the West Indies (UWI) I am a user and trainer of a number of ExLibris products namely: Primo, Aleph, SFX and Metalib. In this regard I believe I would be a fitting candidate to take part in the various ARL publicity events organized by ExLibris and Sage during the conference.”

Asia/PacificAditya Nugara, who wrote:  “After several years working as a library assistant, I got a Fulbright scholarship to pursue my Master at the Graduate School Library and Information Science – University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.  With a Master in LIS, I came back home to Indonesia and work as a librarian at PCU, where I am now the Head of Library.  I started an interesting project named Desa Informasi (Information Village), an institutional repository designed to host the university’s intellectual outputs.”

We look forward to meeting our recipients in Singapore.  They will receive their Certificates at the Academic and Research Libraries Section’s Hot Topics Session in IFLA.  Details of the session will be provided once the Program is confirmed

ARL Attendance Grant for the IFLA Congress, Singapore 2013

The Academic and Research Libraries Section (ARL), with generous sponsorship by ExLibris and Sage, is offering THREE (3) Attendance Grants for the IFLA Congress in Singapore 2013 to an information professional from each of these regions:

  • Africa
  • Latin America
  • Asia/Pacific region

Each grant covers the registration fee of Euro 445 as well as support for travel and/or accommodation up to Euro 800.  Please see the Conference website for further details.

Applicants must be able to attend the Congress and will be responsible for all other costs associated with Congress attendance.

The winners will be required to attend the ARL Hot Topics session to receive their certificates. They will also be required to take part in various publicity events during the conference, such as photo shoots and events organised at the two sponsors exhibition stalls. Their essays may be published on the ARL Section blog before the conference.

Recipients will be required to write a brief article about their Congress experience (approximately 500 words) for publication on the ARL Section blog within 3 months of the end of the Congress.


  • Applicants must be eligible to obtain a visa for travel.
  • Applicants must declare they are able to fund all other costs beyond the grant that are involved in attending the Congress, e.g. all other hotel, travel and subsistence expenses  NOT covered by the Grant.
  • Those who have previously received this Grant (formerly known as Essay Contest) cannot apply again.


Your application will include:

(A)   A covering letter providing:

  • your contact details (e.g. name and email address)
  • short summary of your employment and/or student status

First-time IFLA attendees, young professionals, students of Library and Information Studies (LIS) and those working in LIS jobs for the first time will have an advantage in the competition, so make sure you mention this if you belong to one of these categories.

(B)   A written statement of up to 500 words (any non-English applications will be translated into English for the purposes of judging):

  • how attending IFLA will benefit you in a personal and/or professional capacity, with reference to the 2013 theme of the conference
  • how you intend to apply the benefits that you have outlined in a practical way after the Congress, either for you personally or for the library/information unit you work in.
  • a budget/cost estimate for travel and hotel up to Euro 800, that would not normally be funded by other grants or your place of work.

Your application must be received by Friday March 1st, 2013

  • All applications will be acknowledged upon receipt.
  • All applicants will receive notification of award status no later than May 1, 2013

Please send your application with your address, telephone number, and email address no later than March 1st 2013 to Ane Landoy:

  • Via attachment in emailane.landoy@ub.uib.no
  • Via facsimile – Attn:  Ane Landoy – + 47 5558 9703
  • Via post:
    Attn: Ane Landoy
    University of Bergen Library PB 7808N-5020 BERGEN   Norway

This Attendance Grant is generously sponsored by both ExLibris and Sage

We humbly request your support in encouraging applicants to respond by forwarding the information to other list managers, colleagues and other associations.

Any translation of this request is also appreciated, particularly for the Asia/Pacific region, Africa and Latin America