Women, Information and Libraries

        Special Interest Group


IFLA Women, Information and Libraries Special Interest Group Report to

IFLA Management of Library Associations Section (MLAS)

IFLA WLIC, Cape Town, 15 – 21 August 2015.


Women, Information and Libraries Special Interest Group

Written report


       According to the IFLA Lyon 2014 Open Business Meeting decision, Women, Information and Libraries Specail Interest Group IFLA 2015 Congress activites were:

1.      two days IFLA joint satellite meeting in August 11 – 12 th 2015 hosting by Unversity of South Africa (UNISA) in Pretoria, theme: „Measuring the impact that libraians have had towards the achievement of the Millennium Development Goals related to women“

Organized in cooperation with Unisa Women’s Forum (UWF), has 60 registered participants. We are pleased to report that, due to the shared interest in the theme, the Unisa Women’s Forum has approached us to organize satellite meeting.

The satellite meeting followed up to WIL’s first ever program in Durban. The important thing to say is that August is Women’s Month in South Africa.

Detailed report attached.



2.      Session at Congress took place on Monday, 16 August 2015, 13.45 – 15.45, Congress Session 77, two hours of panel discussion“:

„How can the Library and Information services proffesion contribute to the Post – 2015 suistanable development goals related to women?“

Focal points:

-Libraries and librarians are the heart of sustanable development for the World

– Examples and strategies which provided to be most valuable to the deliberations

– Outcomes and assessments since Beijing +20

Key note speakers:

1.Dr Kay Raseroka, Botswana

IFLA President 2003 – 2005, independent consultant and Trainer, IFLA Building Strong Library Associations, member of the Board of Trustees for INASP

2.Susan Schnuer, USA

Associate Director Mortenson Center for International Library Programs – University of Illinois

3.Dr Olukemi A. Fadehan, Nigeria

University Librarian, University of Lagos  

4. Maria Cotera , UK

Women Information and Libraries Special Interest Group strategic adviser

Convener Women, Information and Libraries Special Interest Group 2009 – 2013


The Session was very succesful and atended by 83 delegats.


3.      An Open Bussines Meeting was held on Tuesday, 18 August 2015 11.30 – 13.00, session 125

and was very well attended; was held in the presence of the most active delegates of the SIG as well as the new ones, from USA, Serbia, France, Great Britain, South Africa, Nigeria, Bangladesh, Namibia…We considered future activities at the next IFLA Congress in USA. Deceded to organize Congress session in cooperation with IT IFLA Section – May Chang (USA) was present on behalf of the IT section. Main interest is on women and information science (services) – using technology for development and empowering not only for users, but for colleagues librarian also. WIL SIG will send call for papers, but working form will be panel discusion. Due to present situation (having no convener in the moment), WIL SIG leader for further next congress session activites  is Nthabiseng Kotsokoane (UNISA, South Africa) who is the memeber of IFLA IT Section too.  

In very fruitful discusion group also came up with the theme for IFLA Congress 2017 – „Women in conflicts“


This year the sponsoring section have been asked to nominate new convener for the period 2015 -1017 to replace outgoing convener Beba Stankovic.



                                                                                 Beba Stankovic

                                                           Convener, Women, Information and Libraries

                                                           Special Interest Group