Empowering Library Leaders and Diversity Worldwide- IFLA MLAS & IFLA NPSIG webinar series
IFLA’s Management of Library Associations Section (MLAS) in collaboration with the New Professionals Special Interest Group (NPSIG) launched a new webinar series to empower new library leaders worldwide and foster diversity within the profession.

Big thanks to MLAS Chair and Section Members, Chairs of IFLA Regional Divisions, Members of each one of the Regional Divisions and the IFLA New Professionals SIG for their tremendous and valuable collaboration to, together, make this webinar series happen! The webinars are the result of many hours of coordination and big dedication of time and energy of many people across the world. It is proof that working together we can do big things! Webinars Coordinator, Loida Garcia-Febo, MLAS Information Coordinator.

North America

Recording: https://youtu.be/eQIfNZI7pxA

Event page: https://www.ifla.org/events/empowering-library-leaders-and-diversity-worldwide-the-north-american-experience/


Patty Wong, USA. City Librarian of Santa Clara, California, President of the American Library Association (ALA) for the 2021-2022, Faculty at the San Jose State University iSchool.Crystal Chen, USA

Crystal Chen, USA. Teen Center Coordinator at The New York Public Library and a 2018 American Library Association Emerging Leader, Community Admin for We Here (wehere.space), a supportive community for Black, Indigenous, and Persons of Color in LIS.

Susan Cleyle, Canada. Former Dean of Libraries at Memorial University, Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada. Chair of The Partnership, the network of provincial, regional and territorial library associations of Canada, the Vice President (Newfoundland and Labrador) for the Atlantic Provinces Library Association (APLA) and the Visiting Program Officer (Leadership Development) for the Canadian Association of Research Libraries (CARL/ABRC).

Dr. Selinda Blerg, Canada. University Librarian at the University of Windsor.


Recording: https://youtu.be/6Xqg-CJOk74

Event page: https://www.ifla.org/events/empowering-library-leaders-and-diversity-worldwide-the-european-experience/


Jo Cornish, UK. CILIP’s Chief Development Officer.

Ms Hilde Van Kiel, Belgium. Director of KU Leuven Libraries. Chair of the LIBER Leadership Working Group

Māra Jēkabsone, Latvia. Chief Librarian in the Library Development Centre of the National Library of Latvia, president of the Library Association of Latvia.

Franziska Weber, Germany. Librarian at the ZBIW, University of Applied Sciences Cologne.

MENA Middle East and North Africa

Recording: https://youtu.be/1lUXxS7OqIo

Event page: https://www.ifla.org/events/empowering-library-leaders-and-diversity-worldwide-the-mena-experience/


Hassan A. Alsereihy, Saudi Arabia. Professor of Information Science at King Abdulaziz University. President of the Arab Federation for Libraries & Information ( AFLI ).

Randa Al Chidiac, Lebanon. Vice-President & Public Relations Coordinator for the Lebanese Library Association, President of the Blue Shield Lebanese Committee and the Executive Director, Projects and Grants Unit, International Affairs Office, Holy Spirit University of Kaslik, Lebanon. Former President of the Lebanese Library Association.

Rasha Barakat, UAE. MIU Head of Libraries. MLIS – American University in the Emirates. PhD candidate.

Soumaya Yahiaoui, Tunisia. Librarian, Deputy head Director of Collection Development of the National Library of Tunisia.

Sub-Saharan Africa

Recording: Soon

Event page: https://www.ifla.org/events/empowering-library-leaders-and-diversity-worldwide-the-sub-saharan-africa-experience/


Alim Garga, Senior Librarian. President, The African Library and Information Associations and Institutions (AFLIA). President of Cameroon Library Association (ABADCAM). Standing Committee Member IFLA MLAS (Management of Libraries Association section). Member of Governing Board of National Archives of Cameroon.

Namutenya Hamwaalwa, Namibia. Deputy Director for the Directorate of Namibia Library and Archives Service (NLAS) overseeing five Sub-Divisions, namely, the National Library of Namibia, the National Archives of Namibia, Education Library Service, the Ministerial Library Service, and Public Libraries Service, which is overseeing a network of 65 Public Libraries countrywide. Chairperson of the National Information Workers Association of Namibia.

Nazeem Hardy, President of The Library and Information Association of South Africa (LIASA).

Samuel Bentil Aggrey, Ghana. Immediate Past President (2020-22) of the Ghana Library Association. Senior Librarian at the University of Ghana City Campus Library.

Lynn  Jibril, Botswana. President of the Botswana Library Association (BLA). Educator and librarian at the University of Botswana Library.

LAC Latin American & Caribbean

Recording: https://youtu.be/lP4DDs-EW5U

Event page: https://www.ifla.org/events/empowering-library-leaders-and-diversity-worldwide-the-latin-america-caribbean-experience/


Adriana Cybele Ferrari, Brazil. Vice Presidenta da FEBAB – Federação Brasileira de Associações de Bibliotecários, Cientistas da Informação e Instituições (federation of libraries of Brazil), Membro do Comitê de Bibliotecas Públicas da IFLA, Chefe Técnica da Biblioteca Florestan Fernandes da FFLCH/USP.

Lidiette Quiros Ruiz, Costa Rica. General Director, National Library Systems of Costa Rica. Past President, COPROBI Colegio de Profesionales en Bibliotecología de Costa Rica (library association of Costa Rica).

Jessica Castano, Argentina. Member Leader of ABGRA Asociación de Bibliotecarios Graduados de la República Argentina (library association of Argentina), Member of the IFLA LGBTQ Users SIG.

Gustavo Alfonso Cruz Méndez, Nicaragua. Presidente Asociación Nicaragüense de Bibliotecarios y Profesionales Afines (ANIBIPA).

Maximo Dominguez, Mexico. Chief Cataloguing Department, National Library of Mexico. IFLA Information Literacy Section Member.

Asia & Oceania

Recording: Soon

Event page: https://www.ifla.org/events/empowering-library-leaders-and-diversity-worldwide-the-asia-oceania-experience/


Dr. Rashidah Bolhassan, President Librarians Association of Malaysia. Permanent Secretary

Ministry of Women, Childhood and Community Wellbeing Development, Sarawak (KPWK)

Raymond Wong Kwok Keung, Director of Macau Library and Information Management Association

Professor Mohan Kherde, President, India Library Association

Kim Taunga, President-Elect LIANZA President-elect The New Zealand Library Association Inc. Head of Community Delivery Te Tonga/South, Auckland, New Zealand

Lorin Pai, Secretary, Fiji Library Association. Coordinator Library Information Services, University of the South Pacific (PacTAFE)

Dr. Dilara Begum, Bangladesh Library Association. Associate Professor and Chairperson, ISLM & Librarian at East West University

Cathie Warburton, CEO ALIA Australian Library and Information Association

Bryan Boy C. Cortez, President of the Association of Special Libraries of the Philippines