To serve August 2023-August 2025

The role

IFLA has six Regional Divisions:

Regional Divisions contribute to IFLA’s overall strategy and work with other relevant committees and groups to increase library advocacy within the region. They support development of actions plans for the region, for approval by the Regional Council and the Governing Board, carry out projects in identified priority areas for the region (notably around advocacy), discuss progress on implementing the IFLA Strategy in the region, to support initiatives to promote IFLA and IFLA membership in the region and the region within IFLA, and liaise with regional offices.

Members of Regional Division Committees serve in a personal capacity.

The position

Positions available: each Regional Division Committee consists of fifteen (15) to twenty (20) elected members.

Term of office: two (2) years. May stand for re-election but not serve more than two (2) consecutive terms. May stand again provided that the new term does not commence until at least one term after the conclusion of the previous term.

Country Caps: In order to avoid large shares of Committee memberships being taken up by individuals from only one country or group of countries, a system of national caps is in place for the Regional Division Committees. These put a limit on the number of directly elected Committee members from any one country. If there are more candidates from a country than allowed under the cap, this implies that only the top ranked candidate(s) from there will be eligible.

The caps are as follows:

  • Asia-Oceania: 2
  • Europe: 1
  • Latin America and the Caribbean: 2
  • Middle East and North Africa: 1
  • North America: 10
  • Sub-Saharan Africa: 2

Nominations

Nominations required: one (1)

Who can nominate: Members and Affiliates registered in a relevant region

Eligible nominees: Anyone in a relevant region who can meet the expectations

Expectations of Candidates

Skills and attributes: A candidate for this position should be able to demonstrate:

  • Expertise, experience and interest in/across libraries in the region.
  • Ability to represent the interests of a diverse range of colleagues.
  • An interest and experience in library policies and advocacy.
  • Experience in communication, representation and networking.
  • Willingness and ability to devote time and energy to the role – this is usually several hours per month.
  • Time allowance to prepare and attend meetings of the Regional Division Committee.
  • An ability to act with respect, trust, confidentiality and transparency and recognise the need to protect personal and privileged information. They must declare any conflicts of interest and abstain from discussions where they have a conflict or potential conflict of interest.

Candidate statement: A statement of up to 200 words is requested with the nominee form.

Elections

Elections in writing will be held.

Who can vote: Members and Affiliates registered in a relevant region

How do I find a nominator?

Check the list of IFLA Members and Association Affiliates found on the Membership page. Contact IFLA members in your country or region and ask if they are willing to nominate you.

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 nominators have 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 a match between the number of required nominations and a completed nominee form.

More information

Learn more about the remit of the Regional Divisions in Rule 20.4.6 of the IFLA Rules of Procedure.