The IA Project

What is INELI-ASEAN Project?

INELI-ASEAN Projectis a three (3)-year project funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation’s Global Libraries (GL) initiative and implemented by the National Library of the Philippines (NLP) that involves ASEAN member countries to leverage appropriate solutions that will enable public library leaders who share a common vision for economic, political and socio-cultural development and integration particularly focusing and strengthening capacities of public libraries in the region.

What is the importance of INELI-ASEANProject?

The Project aims to:

  • enhance the leadership skills of emerging library leaders;
  • create a vibrant network of library leaders in the region;
  • build capacity to provide ongoing leadership training; and
  • foster collaboration and strong partnership among stakeholders in the region.

* Implemented by the National Library of the Philippines (NLP) with support from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation

Why is it necessary to implement INELI-ASEANProjectin the region?

Recognizing the various challenges that the public libraries in the ASEAN region continuously face, such as the lack of strong partnership and collaborations among them, specifically, the lack of common and practical platform to enable easy access to vital information and conducive venue for relevant knowledge and information exchange, the development of an effective and feasible mechanism to address the aforementioned issues and concerns becomes an imperative.

It is in this context that the INELI-ASEAN Project and other related initiatives and partnership become instrumental in the identification, adoption and innovation of strategies in developing leadership capacities and technical skills of public librarians.

The Project will create opportunity to capacitate emerging public library leaders in undertaking relevant innovations for optimizing the roles and functions of public libraries. Likewise, it will significantly contribute to enhancing leadership skills and competencies of the participants. Further, this will provide a venue for the exchange in addressing regional public library issues that have potential to stimulate, expand, and improve public library operations and services.* Implemented by the National Library of the Philippines (NLP) with support from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation

Who will benefit from INELI-ASEANProject?

The Project shall directly benefit forty (40) library Innovators and Sponsors from the ten (10) ASEAN countries, particularly public libraries on developing leadership skills and apprising them of current innovative trends in library services and operations. Ultimately, the target beneficiaries are the users of public libraries in the region who will benefit from improvements in the quality and quantity of services and available materials in their localities.

Who are the Participants in theINELI-ASEANProject?

The Project is participated in by:

  • Innovators –are expected to be talented, innovative library professionals. Although there is no age limit for participants, it is expected that those selected would be closer to the beginning or middle of their career rather that being close to retirement. It is also expected that they are working in a public library in a supervisory/managerial position or working in an organization, such as a National Library, that supports library development.
  • Sponsors –are Directors of National Libraries or Presidents of National Library Association in Southeast Asia. They will nominate Innovators during and after INELI-ASEANProject.
  • Mentors –are proven library leaders who are taking leadership roles in global, regional and in their countries. They provide guidance, adviseand support for the Innovators.
  • Learning Facilitators–are professionals with expertise in an online environment. They will develop and facilitate online

* Implemented by the National Library of the Philippines (NLP) with support from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation

Learning modules in coordination with the Sponsors and INELI-ASEANProjectTeam. They will be responsible in the information and technological needs of the Innovators.

  •  Institutional Partners–are organizations, institutions, associations, business entities, government units, national and public libraries, and even private sectors or individuals who could be potential partners with NLP toensure the implementation and sustainabilityof the Project.