The 2021-2023 IFLA Professional Council, responsible for guiding and supporting the work of IFLA’s Professional Structure, has been elected by its Members and Officers.

Professional Division Committee Chairs (formerly Division Chairs) take on an expanded leadership role of direct support and coaching to ensure success and to increase the profile of the Professional Structure’s committees and their work.

An exciting change in accordance with IFLA’s new governance structure, are the eight new Professional Division Committees.  The Chairs of these Professional Division Committees will bring together and lead Officers of 6-8 Professional Units, as they develop resources in response to the professional and practical needs of their library sectors.

Taking up their roles after our General Assembly in August, they will play a key role in delivering on the IFLA Strategy 2019-2024, in particular by strengthening the library field – and IFLA’s work – at the professional level.

I am happy to announce that the candidates below (in alphabetical order) have duly been elected, in accordance with IFLA’s rules:

Professional Council Chair

Adjoa Boateng (United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland)

Professional Division Committee Chairs

  • Dilara Begum (Bangladesh)
  • Camille Callison (Canada)
  • Man Yi Helen Chan (China)
  • Patrick Danowski (Austria)
  • Anoja Fernando (United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland)
  • Te Paea Paringatai (New Zealand)
  • Jan Richards (Australia)
  • Leslie Weir (Canada)

See more: IFLA Elections 2021 results

Information on the allocation of the Division Committees to specific Chairs will be published at a later date.

Thank you to all Professional Division Officers and Division Chairs who nominated to serve in these positions, for your commitment to IFLA and continued service to the profession. My congratulations to those elected – we look forward to working alongside you in support of IFLA’s goal of building a strong and united global library field.

Gerald Leitner
Secretary General
The Hague, The Netherlands
4 June 2021