International Association
of School Librarianship

International Development SIG



  • To identify areas of expertise available among the membership for school library development projects.
  • To identify partners who need assistance in applying for grants (or similar funding) for projects, which fall within the objectives of IASL.
  • To function in a consultative capacity to match available expertise to grant application needs
  • To report other related activities as appropriate to the mandate of the SIG.

Potential Activities

  • To advocate for the development of school libraries in every country throughout the world.
  • To share the expertise of IASL members to assist those most in need of school library development.
  • To provide resources that will foster the development of school libraries.


Links to Online Resources Related to Volunteerism

The following are some agencies where school library and information services personnel might wish to make initial contacts to volunteer their services. The list is not intended to be all inclusive.  IASL does not necessarily endorse any of the agencies. Individuals are expected to do further research and analysis according to their unique skills. Feedback on your experience would be appreciated.

  • Canadian Catholic Organization for Development and Peace is one of Canada's leading international development NGOs that works to improve living and working conditions in 70 countries around the globe by providing funds for human rights, community development and humanitarian aid.
  • Canadian Executive Services Overseas is aimed at connecting volunteer expertise with needs in developing countries.
  • Commonwealth of Learning. COL is an intergovernmental organization created by the Commonwealth Heads of Government to encourage the development and sharing of open learning / distance education knowledge, resources and technologies. COL is helping developing nations improve access to quality education and training.
  • Global Volunteers Network is a non profit organization. It offers volunteer opportunities abroad in 93 community projects in 19 different countries. Volunteers have an opportunity to participate in a variety of educational, environmental and community aid programs.
  • LIBEX (Bureau for International Library Staff Exchange) hosted by cillip, Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals, acts as a clearinghouse for library and information staff interested in arranging job exchanges with LIS professionals in other countries. Libraries as well as individuals may use this free service.
  • Mennonite Central Committee MCC is a relief, service, and community development and peace agency of North American Mennonites and Brethren in Christ Church. They have many kinds of job placements that relate to education.
  • The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD)
  • Room to Read is a project founded in 2000, aimed at establishing libraries and computer language labs in South and South East Asia.
  • Volunteer Services Overseas VSO is an outstanding organization for building infrastructure in developing countries. It has many opportunities for talented people to volunteer their energy.

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