Presidential Elections 2013-2014

Statement of Candidacy for IFLA President-Elect

To serve as President 2013-2014

Sinikka Sipilä (Finland)

Sinikka Sipilä

Secretary General
Finnish Library Association
Runeberginkatu 15 A 23
00100 Helsinki
Tel. +(358)(9)6221399

Theme: Strong Libraries for Equal and Innovative Societies

My particular concerns are to address the following questions:

  • empowering development of civil society, human welfare and ecological sustainability through quality library services
  • promoting free access to information and defending freedom of expression worldwide
  • supporting libraries and library professionals in developing countries by enabling their active participation in IFLA and by promoting cooperation and projects between developed and developing countries
  • promoting library services to multicultural populations
  • developing further the role of library associations within IFLA in order to support libraries in strengthening their status in society

My contributions to IFLA, my professional experience from public and research library sectors, library associations and library projects in developing countries demonstrate that I can continue to make a significant contribution as President-elect and President, if elected. I therefore seek your support in this regard.

Since my first IFLA Conference in Copenhagen in 1997, I have been impressed by the impact of IFLA on the library community worldwide.

I have had an opportunity to deepen my knowledge of IFLA and its functions while I have served IFLA as Member of the Governing Board and as Chair and Member of the Management of Library Associations Section. I am also Co-Chair of IFLA WLIC 2012 Helsinki National Committee.

IFLA has a unique position as a global voice for libraries. What is still needed is to make that voice louder and more widely heard. Thus IFLA could even more strongly support libraries and librarians in all parts of the world to meet the citizens' information needs, as well as their cultural and recreational needs. IFLA has a key part to play in strengthening the role of libraries in society.

Sinikka Sipilä

Last update: 5 October 2012