AFLI – IFLA CPDWL “Innovation course grant”

Innovations are critical for public libraries. Many libraries have developed and implemented innovative programs and projects that demonstrate their enthusiasm for the ever-changing services they provide to meet the demands of today’s world. This was especially obvious during the COVID-19 pandemic.

This e-training program will be conducted in partnership between Arab Federation for Libraries and Information (AFLI) & IFLA Continuing Professional Development and workplace learning Section (CPDWL),

Course objectives:

  1. Develop outstanding future innovative librarians in public libraries worldwide, which will effect in improving the standard and services of public libraries.
  2. Connecting librarians worldwide through e-training courses.

Program Description:

Module 1: Getting Started:

This module includes four topics that will help participants to become familiar with navigating in Moodle and using Moodle tools and resources.

Module 2: Innovation

This module includes eight topics that will help participants mastering innovation and implementing innovative ideas in their public libraries.

Through the program, the participants will work in teams – through the online learning environment – to produce a new innovative service /program and implement it in their public libraries.

Eligibility Criteria

The selection of participants is determined according to the following criteria:

  1. The applicant must be a member of his/her national library association, IFLA or AFLI.
  2. Priority is given to applicants from qualifying developing countries (see list of Qualifying Countries: World Bank)
  3. The applicant must be under 40 years old.
  4. Those who enrolled in INELI and regional INELI networks programs are not eligible to apply.
  5. Applicants should work in a public library and have at least 5 years of experience working within public libraries. Receiving training in the program is linked to the participant’s continuing work in the public libraries.
  6. The applicant should have the technical abilities to participate in an online course: computer skills & high-speed internet connection are both required.
  7. The applicant must have the ability to allocate additional time outside normal working hours to fully participate in the activities of the training program.
  8. The applicant should have the ability to present innovative ideas, which would contribute to the development of services and programs provided in the library.

How to apply?

Applications should be submitted in English language through

Attach a single PDF file merging the following documents:

  • Curriculum vitae(one page max);
  • Proof of membership of national library association or IFLA or AFLI (i.e. copy of membership card, letter from the association etc.);

You must have a Google account to submit your form and attached file

Important dates:

Submission deadline is 20 February 2022.

Successful candidates will be notified by the end of March 2022.


14 thoughts on “AFLI – IFLA CPDWL “Innovation course grant”

    1. Heba Ismail Post author

      The deadline of accepting application end by February 28, 2022, you will receive an email regarding the start date.


  1. Kim

    Hi I am interested in this course it looks very informative and exciting. It looks like a wonderful opportunity. I would just like to know the duration of the courses and how much course work pieces would have to be done?

    1. Heba Ismail Post author


      The course is for public librarians and it will last for three months and half. For the course work depend on the assignments, but won’t exceed 10 hours during the month.

  2. Dunstanette Davies

    Hi Ismail!
    I have been working in the National Library for almost four years. I was asked to head the Children’s Department after three months on the job. I am very keen on bringing in new ideas to the library and I have been successfully implementing new programs within the library especially in the children’s department. Do I stand a chance?

  3. Rabab



    Please note that my workplace has a membership to IFLA, but we didn’t receive the official invoice for the membership yet. Can I proceed the membership number, and once we receive the invoice, I can send it right away? I work at Bibliotheca Alexandria (Library of Alexandria).

    Thank you in advane,


    1. Heba Ismail Post author

      Yes for sure, you can proceed.
      Also u can use the membership of the Egyptian Library Association, as I know that BA is a member of it
      Good luck

  4. Jeroline Aero

    Hi Ismail,
    I work with the Local Government in Northern part of Uganda in the Sector of Record and Information Management as Senior Records Officer. Am i eligible to apply for the grant court???

  5. Lokut paul

    What happens when someone was recruited of recent at regional public library and the facility is registered with national library of uganda.iam on talking on behalf of moroto public library-karamoja.

    1. Heba Ismail Post author

      You mean your library is a branch from the National Library? If you are working in public or national library, you are eligible to apply.

      1. Jeroline Aero

        Hi Ismail,
        I work with the Local Government in Northern part of Uganda in the Sector of Record and Information Management as Senior Records Officer. Am i eligible to apply for the grant court???

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