The Hague, Netherlands, 14 August 2017

It’s just one week to go before IFLA launches the IFLA Global Vision voting site and hears the views of librarians and library friends all over the world. Are you ready to get involved? 

On Monday 21 August, during the World Library and Information Congress in Wroclaw, Poland, IFLA’s Secretary General, Gerald Leitner, will unveil a global platform to tackle the challenges of the future. Six questions – each with 10 possible choices – will help create a worldwide library roadmap that will unite the library field and make it stronger in the face of ever-increasing globalisation. 

Since the kick off meeting, held in Athens, Greece in April 2017, and the six regional workshops in Washington D.C.,Yaoundé, Alexandria, Buenos Aires, Singapore and Madrid, the IFLA Global Vision discussion has motivated librarians to organise their own discussions – from Aruba to Zambia – sparking ideas about the best ways libraries can unite. The Global Vision vote marks the next phase in this journey. 

You can follow the whole journey by watching our Global Vision discussion video!

Speaking ahead of his presentation in Poland, Gerald said:

I’m excited to launch the next phase in the IFLA Global Vision discussion and hear the views of librarians where ever they are in the world. IFLA is the global voice of the library and information profession and the Global Vision discussion is revealing more and more the importance of uniting the library field to tackle the challenges of the future. I encourage everyone to take the time to visit  and vote from 21 August.”

Voting will remain open until Saturday, 30 September. To cast your vote, visit

Read more about the IFLA Global Vision project:

For more information: Contact

Gerald Leitner
IFLA Secretary General

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About IFLA

The International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA) is the leading international body representing the interests of library and information services and their users. It is the global voice of the library and information profession. Founded in 1927 in Edinburgh, Scotland at an international conference, we now have more than 1,400 Members in over 140 countries around the world. IFLA was registered in the Netherlands in 1971. The Royal Library, the national library of the Netherlands, in The Hague, generously provides the facilities for our headquarters.

About the IFLA Global Vision

IFLA is facilitating a Global Vision discussion through a series of high-level meetings and workshops in different parts of the world following our kick-off event in Athens, Greece on 4 April 2017.  Face-to-face and online, future-oriented conversations will be taking place throughout the year. See the Global Vision discussion website: for more details, and join the conversation on Twitter and Instagram using the #iflaGlobalVision hashtag.

Together we create the future: Join us!