The foundation was a recipient of grants from the Gates Foundation and NASSCOM Foundation, for strengthening librarian’s leadership capacities and reposition libraries as lifelong knowledge centres for one and all. By design, the initiatives have focused on strengthening leadership abilities, thinking out of the box, initiate services and envision libraries for community development.
Synergies and Leveraging opportunities: Two key aspects, understanding community needs – delivering of need-based services and its alignment with IFLA’s UN-SDGs, can further catalyse development in public libraries. Globally, public libraries are evolving as neutral, safe, trust-based spaces, enhancing access to information for everyone and it is a fundamental human right as per Goal 16 of UN-SDGs.
Initiative 1 – International Network of Emerging Library Innovators (INELI) India and South Asia
Librarians leadership is globally being refined, wherein they are seen as social enables having 21st Century librarian’s skills. In this context, the INELI – India and South Asia a comprehensive capacity building program was adopted from the global model that benefitted more than 70 public librarians. This model equipped the selected librarians to graduate as library innovators through their participation in the online coursework and in-person convening’s required to support their continuous learning. The open-source e-platform was built to bring in a multitude of changes in the way librarians think, design, innovate and create learning opportunities for their target groups beyond books.
A network of trailblazing innovative library leaders for South Asia are formal graduates of the project have formulated a Foundation – Asia Network of Library Innovators’ Foundation (ANLiF). The foundation aims to empower librarians and act as enablers for catalyzing changes in the library field of this region.
Initiative 2 – Repositioning Indian Public Libraries as Life-Long Knowledge Centres
More than 50 Library Leaders from 19 States in India, from the above initiative, have fostered and enhanced their public libraries by taking action to demonstrate the role of libraries as knowledge hubs through innovative services. For more than two years, librarians have facilitated local partnerships, built local networks for delivering services in their libraries. The major achievements until 2019, can be viewed in the 30 years journey on “Empowering Knowledge Societies”.
 How Do Libraries Further Development? https://www.ifla.org/node/7408