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Professional development

Supporting librarians as they learn and lead

OCLC recognizes that library staff must continue to develop their skills and knowledge to meet the challenges of a demanding library environment in a rapidly changing information age. Through a series of educational programs, annual awards, scholarships and fellowships, we provide financial support for those beginning their library careers and for established library leaders who excel in their profession. In addition, we encourage research in the library and information science field by awarding up to three grants per year to college and university faculty members.


OCLC awards and scholarships

The Jay Jordan IFLA/OCLC Early Career Development Fellowship Program

This program supports library and information science professionals from countries with developing economies. It provides advanced continuing education and exposure to a broad range of issues in information technologies, library operations and global cooperative librarianship in an intensive four-week program based at OCLC's headquarters in Dublin, Ohio, USA.

Learn more about the Fellowship Program

OCLC Diversity Fellowship

This program provides a unique opportunity for aspiring library professionals from historically under-represented groups. For one year, OCLC Diversity Fellows work in a paid position with OCLC staff on projects in a variety of service areas. The Diversity Fellows also participate in OCLC governance meetings and spend time with librarians from the OCLC community. Each Fellow has a unique experience tailored to his or her interests and expertise.

Learn more about the Diversity Program