March 6

12:00-1:30 pm ET

9:00-10:30 am PT

6:00-7:30 pm CET


IFLA’s Management of Library Associations Section (MLAS) in collaboration with the New Professionals Special Interest Group (NPSIG), the Environment, Sustainability and Libraries Section (ENSULIB), and the IFLA Regional Divisions is proud to announce a webinar series on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and Library Associations.

The United Nations has stated that the world is in last Decade of Action to meet the SDGs. Libraries are sustainable accelerators. Library associations are key in moving forward the library agenda in each country. MLAS mission is to build and support strong library associations. Collaborating together with other IFLA groups and regions of the world, this activity will allow us to support national library associations highlighting effective strategies that will equip them to help their country to achieve development.

The webinar series “Sustainable Development Goals and Library Associations” follows the IFLA Strategic Direction 1.1 Show the power of libraries in achieving the Sustainable Development Goals. A working group from MLAS in collaboration with IFLA New Professionals SIG and IFLA Regional Divisions will coordinate webinars about various top topics resulting from a survey MLAS carried out during 2020-2021.  The webinar format includes interactive opportunities to engage attendees in conversations in languages spoken in the regions.

The event will be recorded.  Event updates on the IFLA-L, and on MLAS on Facebook and Twitter.


Julius C. Jefferson, Chair IFLA North America Regional Division; Section Head, Foreign Affairs Defense & Trade Section Library of Congress/Congressional Research Service

John Szabo, City Librarian of Los Angeles, Chief Executive of the Los Angeles Public Library. Member of the ALA UN Sustainable Development Goals Subcommittee

Rebekkah Smith Aldrich, Executive Director, Mid-Hudson Library System; President of the Sustainable Libraries Initiative

Robin Kear, Liaison librarian at the University of Pittsburgh, USA, working with the English Department, the Film Studies Program, and the Gender, Sexuality, and Women’s Studies Program. Member of the ALA UN Sustainable Development Goals Subcommittee

Thanos Giannakopoulos, United Nations. Chief, Information Management Section & Dag Hammarskjöld Library. Outreach Division, Department of Global Communications

Loida Garcia-Febo, International Library Consultant, Chair of the ALA UN Sustainable Development Goals Subcommittee