Governing Board Elections 2011-2013


Statement of Candidacy

For the position of Governing Board Member 2011-2013

Frédéric Blin (France)

Frédéric Blin

Bibliothèque nationale et universitaire de Strasbourg
Head of Preservation and Heritage Collections
Tel. (+33) 388252846

Still a young professional at age 32, my participation in 7 IFLA congresses, one UNESCO general conference and several other international events gave me an experience I would be honoured to place in the service of IFLA through an implication within the Governing Board. After having been a regular observer of several sections, I am a current standing committee member of the Preservation and conservation section, and a member of IFLA language group.

I have been impressed by recent developments of IFLA's advocacy role towards international bodies such as UNESCO, WIPO, WTO or the Blue Shield. This role must be pursued and strengthened since the voice of libraries and librarians has probably never been so much required as today, to defend free access to information, protect our global cultural heritage against the dangers of nature and those of dictatorship, encourage intercultural understanding, promote our professional skills and expertise within the digital age, and in the end actively contribute to a sustainable development on our planet.

I therefore fully recognize myself in IFLA's core activities as well as in the 5 major initiatives for 2011-2012 recently presented by our President

  • a programme for the promotion of access to (digital) content for library users;
  • a programme for IFLA International Librarianship Leadership Development;
  • an outreach programme for advocacy and development of the profession;
  • stronger investment in cultural heritage disaster reconstruction;
  • and furthering the inclusion of multilingualism in the IFLA organisation.

If elected, I will use my energy for the success of these programmes, while encouraging new ideas and projects to rise up for the benefit of our Federation and our profession.

Frédéric Blin

Last update: 5 October 2012