Welcome to the first IFLA Newsletter of 2022! I wanted therefore to start by wishing you all a very happy, healthy New Year. Health is of course something we should value highly, especially now. We continue to live with the consequences of a very real health crisis – the COVID-19 pandemic – leaving a trail of suffering, disruption and uncertainty. This edition of our newsletter therefore focuses, in particular, on how IFLA and libraries are working to support health and wellbeing for all.
IFLA is happy to share the 2021 Update of its Trend Report, based on the ideas submitted by emerging library leaders ahead of our World Library and Information Congress. We invite you to look through, and think how these trends will interact and impact upon our institutions, our profession and our communities.
IFLA is seeking an external member of its Finance and Risk Committee, to work alongside IFLA’s Treasurer and other Governing Board members. Deadline: 24 January 2022
Recording and Slides now available for the IFLA Webinar: Lessons from the Library Advocacy Priorities Study14 December 2021
These webinars around the theme “Lessons from the Library Advocacy Priorities Study” provide a starting point to think where and how we advocate for libraries. Recording and slides are now available.
At the heart of IFLA’s values is the idea that everyone should enjoy freedom of access to information, and so to high quality library and information services. Yet upholding rights is not always easy or simple. This month's IFLA newsletter highlights different angles of our work in this area. Happy reading!
Did you know that you can find information about different library policies and laws from around the world on IFLA's Library Map of the World?
Libraries for Human Rights: an Interview with Ellen Tise, Chair, IFLA Advisory Committee on Freedom of Access to Information and Freedom of Expression1 December 2021
With the December edition of IFLA's newsletter focusing on rights, this month's interview brings together IFLA Secretary General with Ellen Tise, IFLA President 2009-2011, and currently chair of IFLA's Advisory Committee on Freedom of Access to Information and Freedom of Expression. He asked her about her perspective on how libraries fit in with wider work on human rights.
A key innovation in IFLA’s Governance Reform was the creation of our new Regional Division Committees and Council, supporting outreach and advocacy, and ensuring a strong voice for the regions in the Federation as a whole. Find out more about the work they are undertaking, and how you can follow their work.
This newsletter shares perspectives from outside of our field around the role that libraries can play, looks at the work libraries themselves are already doing to advocate for the importance of creativity for all and libraries’ role in it, and welcomes examples of how this is happening on the ground.
Setting goals, taking action: IFLA Study explores library advocacy priorities and activities globally28 October 2021
This new study from IFLA sheds light on where libraries around the world are focused in their advocacy, and how they are working to achieve their goals. It is designed to be the catalyst for conversations about how we can strengthen the voice of libraries, globally, regionally and nationally.
When we carried out our first ever survey of IFLA’s Members two years ago, a key thing you highlighted was your desire to understand more about our Federation, what we are doing, and how to get involved.
For our first IFLA Newsletter, we're happy to share a conversation between IFLA's Secretary General Gerald Leitner and Barbara Lison, IFLA's President 2021-2023, who offers some ideas about her presidential theme and her hopes for the coming two years.
Call for candidates for co-opted members of the Middle East and North Africa Regional Division Committee16 September 2021
IFLA's new website is now live! Reflecting our new structures, and with strong attention both to ease of navigation and accessibility, it provides a new key reference point for the global library field.
IFLA WLIC provides a great opportunity to reaffirm the goals of the IFLA Strategy, and to accelerate our efforts to implement it.
IFLA Africa Section + IFLA Strategy: discussing Fake News, the Infodemic, Digital Fatigue and Meta literacy29 July 2021
In this article, IFLA celebrates the work of the IFLA African Regional Section and their engagement with the IFLA Strategy.
IFLA Library Services to Multicultural Populations Section + IFLA Strategy: organising inclusive events23 July 2021
In this article, IFLA celebrates the work of IFLA’s Library Services to Multicultural Populations Section (IFLA MCULTP) and its engagement with the IFLA Strategy.
IFLA GIOP Section + IFLA Strategy: demonstrating the importance of government information professionals7 July 2021
In this article, IFLA celebrates the work of the IFLA Government Information and Official Publications Section (IFLA GIOPS) and its engagement with the IFLA Strategy.
In this article, IFLA celebrates the work of the Australian Library and Information Association (ALIA) and its engagement with the IFLA Strategy.