Library Associations, Leadership, and Programmes: IFLA, AfLIA, and NLA

Library Associations, Leadership, and Programmes: IFLA, AfLIA, and NLA

Adaora Joy Udo-Anyanwu (Imo State University, Owerri, Nigeria) and Amaka Rose Alor (Anambra State Polytechnic, Mgbakwu, Nigeria)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-7998-1116-9.ch006
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Professions are distinct groups whose members share body of knowledge and practice as well as ethics of engagements in common. Every profession is brought together by an association that in one way or another influences the practice of the profession. The influence of library associations, for example, IFLA, AfLIA, and NLA, on library and information services cannot be underestimated, but suffice it to say that these associations have led to the growth and development of the library profession. This chapter therefore examines these associations, programmes, areas of influence, their problems, and recommendations are made based on the identified challenges.
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A professional association is intentionally formed to provide a platform that will unite and inform people who are in the same profession. They are avenues for networking, as they create opportunities for professionals to connect with their peers, mentors, future mentees and others in the profession. Such associations also imbue members with competitive edge through training, making available of educational resources and information about jobs (Santiago, 2019). According to EDUCBA (2019), professional associations could exist to “standardize, unify, monitor quality, promote research, further education, along with updating the skills of practicing professionals”. This agrees with the view of Matthews (2012), who opines that professional associations are most vital for creating and sustaining momentum, flow of ideas and pre-emptive thrusts aimed at uplifting and upholding professions.

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