The message below accompanies the August 2022 edition of the IFLA Newsletter.

IFLA Newsletter, Vol. 2, No. 8

Welcome to the August 2022 IFLA Newsletter!

I’m very happy to have the opportunity to provide this editorial, my first as IFLA President-elect 2022-2023.

I mentioned at the opening session of our fantastic World Library and Information Congress, I’m really looking forward to working with all of you to help IFLA continue to make the difference for libraries and librarians around the world.

As a past Professional Council chair, I know how essential our volunteers are to IFLA’s success. I will be doing all I can to ensure that our Federation goes on providing the structure and support necessary for them to make their ideas a reality.

Our Congress is always a great showcase for the work of our many units and committees, and this was evident from the sessions which were livestreamed from Dublin. I, like many others, appreciated the work of the IFLA team to make the Congress accessible to all.

It was also, bringing us to the theme of this newsletter, a great learning opportunity. IFLA facilitates the constant sharing of information and insights across our field in order to help us improve our practice, from service delivery to advocacy.

This edition highlights just a few of the different ways in which IFLA is enabling this learning. A great example is our Library Map of the World, which is celebrating its 5th anniversary today. The map not only enables new insights into our field but has been an important learning process for the many contributors involved.

There are also key publications from our professional units, including of course our Guidelines for LIS Programmes, the 3rd edition of our Parliamentary Library Guidelines, and the winners of our Dynamic Unit and Impact Award. There is more on IFLA’s latest policy and advocacy activities, upcoming events, and other opportunities.

So, I hope you learn a lot from this edition, and look forward to learning with you into the future.

Image shows Vicki McDonald, IFLA President-Elect
Vicki McDonald
IFLA President-elect 2022-2023