IFLA President Glòria Pérez-Salmerón, Secretary General Gerald Leitner and Past IFLA President Donna Scheeder (centre) with members of the IRRT International Connections Committee

IFLA’s President Glòria Pérez-Salmerón and Secretary General Gerald Leitner are participating in the 2019 American Library Association Annual Conference, held in Washington DC.

In preparation for the launch of a new IFLA Strategy, they are inviting American library and information workers to engage in IFLA’s effort to build a strong and united global library field.

The upcoming Strategy is the result of a uniquely inclusive process, with over 30 000 people contributing their ideas. This is leading to a new type of strategy for IFLA, focusing on inspiring, engaging, enabling and connecting the field.

It is not only a framework for the actions of IFLA’s sections and headquarters, but also an offer to libraries and library associations everywhere, allowing for greater alignment and effectiveness in support of the field and the people it serves, and a stronger global voice.  

IFLA President Glòria Pérez-Salmerón and Secretary General Gerald Leitner The success of the strategy will depend on all library and information workers taking action, and raising their voices. With so many great ideas, initiatives and energy in the United States, the American library field has an indispensable role to play. 

IFLA looks forwards to working with libraries globally to make a reality of the vision of a strong and united library field powering literate, informed and participatory societies.