Internship Report: Amanda Click

Doctoral student and ELIME-21 fellow Amanda Click spent the fall 2012 semester in Egypt, taking courses, conducting research, and serving as an intern in The American University in Cairo (AUC) Main Library. Her internship had two main goals, first, to conduct a needs assessment to gather information about the LIS profession in Egypt, and second, to plan a training workshopThe workshop was to be co-sponsored by ELIME-21 and the AUC Libraries and Learning Technologies Department, and the needs assessment informed the development of this workshop and future ELIME-21 endeavors. During her time as an intern, Amanda worked with U.S. Embassy Information Resource Center (IRC) to organize Librarians’ Discussion Group and led the first session in October 2012, cultivated relationships with local librarians, from university, special and public libraries, and non-government organizations, visited libraries in Cairo, conducted informal interviews with librarians about the state of the LIS field in Egypt, and wrote a report on the state of library and information science in Egypt, based on interviews, visits, and observations.

The Global Library Leadership workshop took place 22-23 May 2013 on the AUC campus, and was sponsored by ELIME-21, AUC, and the Information Resource Center at the American Embassy in Egypt. The workshop was designed for middle and senior management in libraries and information centers in the Middle East and North Africa, but was open to librarians and information professionals from all over the world. Participants learned to think about leadership and management in new ways, and worked together to develop action plans to take back to their home institutions. Workshop participants developed skills including team building, collaboration and communication.

The workshop was led by Jordan Scepanski and Lea Wells, of Jordan Wells Associates. Jordan and Lea have provided consulting services in organizational and staff development, conceptual planning and program implementation, and managerial guidance and assistance on a range of issues relating to information services. Barbara Moran, ELIME-21 primary investigator and Louis Round Wilson Distinguished Professor, gave a keynote titled The Evolution of Libraries: From Clay Tablets and Cuneiform to Google, Gigabytes, Globalization and Beyond.

Thirty-nine librarians and information professionals attended the workshop, including participants from Cairo and Alexandria in Egypt, the United Arab Emirates, Libya, Iraq, and Saudi Arabia. Attendees demonstrated high energy and level of engagement throughout the workshop and gave positive feedback, and the event was considered a great success for the ELIME-21 program.