Appointments: Member, Advisory Committee on Standards (CoS)

Term: August 2023-August 2025

Appointments will be made by IFLA’s Governing Board in April 2023


The Advisory Committee on Standards (CoS) provides a central focus for IFLA’s work on the subject, in order to improve the visibility, relevance and uptake of IFLA Standards among IFLA’s Members and beyond. It also coordinates the maintenance and storage of, and access to, standards, and supports wider IFLA priorities.

Who can stand for this position?

Anyone can stand. Candidates do not have to be an IFLA Member or Affiliate, and if elected, are elected in their own right and not as the representative of their employer or nominator.

What is the term of office?

The term of office is two (2) years from 2023 – 2025. This term is renewable once, although individuals would need to stand again for re-election. It is not possible to serve more than four years in a row on the Advisory Committee in any capacity.

What are the roles and responsibilities for this position?

The Advisory Committee on Standards (CoS) advises the Governing Board and promotes the creation and uptake of relevant and high quality standards across IFLA’s membership and beyond.

Committee members work to implement a common approach to the creation, development, translation, validation, publishing and version control of standards, and to coordinate the maintenance and storage of, and access to, all IFLA standards documents. Furthermore, members contribute to strategic planning for standards, and support wider professional activities.

Find out more about the work of the Advisory Committee on Standards.

What skills and attributes do I need for this position?

Candidates for this position should be able to demonstrate:

  • expertise, interest, and experience connected with one or more IFLA Standards (drafting, managing, or contributing to an IFLA standard), or knowledge about and experience with the development of library standards in general which might be applicable in the IFLA context;
  • proven ability to contribute meaningfully as part of a committee, in order to develop work that supports the wider library field;
  • interest in communication, representation and wider networking;
  • willingness and ability to devote time and energy to the role – this is usually a few hours per month;
  • time allowance to prepare and attend meetings of the Advisory Committee, and financial resources to attend at least the IFLA annual Congress;
  • an ability to act with respect, trust, confidentiality and transparency and recognize the need to protect personal and privileged information. Candidates must declare any conflicts of interest and abstain from discussions where they have a conflict or potential conflict of interest.

How many nominations do I need?

Each candidate requires one (1) nomination for this position.

Who can be a nominator?

IFLA Members can nominate individuals for this position. They have received an election email containing information describing how they can submit a nomination

How many candidates can each Member nominate for this position?

Each Member can nominate nine (9) candidates for this position.

How do I find a nominator?

Check the list of IFLA Members. You may contact them asking to be nominated.

How do I submit my nominee form?

Those wishing to stand as a candidate will need to submit a nominee form for this position. This should be done once a nominator has been found. In this form you will be asked to provide a statement of up to 200 words describing how you demonstrate the skills and attributes required.

A nomination only becomes valid when there is is both a completed nomination form and a completed nominee form.

More information

Learn more about the remit of Advisory Committees in Rule of the IFLA Rules of Procedure.