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“Rosy” on the Jay Jordan IFLA/OCLC Early Career Development Fellowship Program

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From left to right Caroline Nyaga-Kithinji (Kenya);
Chona san Pedro (Philippines); Dwaymian Brissette (Jamaica);
Rozita Petrinska-Labudovikj (Republic of Macedonia);
David Ofili (Nigeria)

Rozita “Rosy” Petrinska-Labudovikj

Since 1999 OCLC and IFLA have collaborated to bring promising librarians from developing countries to OCLC for training and to meet with Library leaders from a number of countries. The programme, now known as the Jay Jordan IFLA/OCLC Early Career Development Fellowship Program, has over the years supported 65 librarians from 34 countries. The 2013 Class come from Jamaica, Kenya, Nigeria, Republic of Macedonia and the Philippines. Janet Lees, Community Liaison, OCLC EMEA met up with 2013 Fellow Ms Rozita “Rosy” Petrinska-Labudovikj, Librarian, Ss Cyril and Methodius University, Skopje, Republic of Macedonia to talk about the Fellowship.

JL Rosy, first of all congratulations on becoming a Jay Jordan IFLA/OCLC Early Career Development Fellow 2013.

RP Thank you!

JL Can you tell me what motivated you to apply for the Fellowship?

RP There are very few opportunities in the Republic of Macedonia to learn about global trends in the profession so I thought this would be an opportunity to meet Librarians who are leading our profession and to have a hands on experience in the state of the art technology used in libraries. I thought the Fellowship would bring me a new perspective.

JL How did you feel when you heard that you had been selected?

RP I was very happy and excited and already looking forward to packing and travelling to make the most of this opportunity.

JL You’ve completed nearly 3 weeks of the 4 week Fellowship. You’ve spent one week in the Netherlands, 3 days in Washington DC and the rest of the time at OCLC HQ in Dublin Ohio. What are your personal highlights?

RP All three parts of the Fellowship have been different but I also noted many similarities. In the Netherlands I had the rare opportunity to participate in both the EMEA Regional Council Executive Committee meeting and the Global Council meeting. I was able to meet and talk with Delegates, members of the OCLC Board of Trustees and staff from the Regional offices. We exchanged experiences and I was able to find contacts for the different areas of the profession I am interested in. Since coming to the US I have learnt a lot about OCLC products and I have been introduced to new trends and technology developments that impact libraries. I have visited a number of important libraries and observed best practices at the Library of Congress and the Smithsonian Archives and Libraries in Washington DC. I have been able to draw parallels between the situation in my country and best practice. It’s always important to have a benchmark to know where your own institution is and where it is going.

JL How do you think the Fellowship will help you personally when you return to Macedonia?

RP All the contacts I have made will help my personal development as a Librarian. I’m hoping that these contacts will help me become involved in some working groups and possibly international projects. I want to develop my career as a Global Librarian in an international setting.

I’d like to add that I’m very grateful to both OCLC and IFLA for providing me with a chance for professional growth and I can’t wait to put my newly acquired knowledge and skills in action

JL Thank you Rosy we all wish you every success in the future and hope we can stay in touch.

Find out further information about the Fellowship, including information on eligibility and how to apply. 


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