Statement of Candidacy: Victoria Owen (Canada)

For the position of Governing Board Member 2017-2019

2nd term

Victoria Owen

It has been an honour to serve as your elected member to the IFLA Governing Board for the last two years. The experience complements my active engagement as an IFLA member for over 17 years and as an elected Councilor with the Canadian Library Association. I am counting on your vote as I seek re-election for a second term. I will continue to work tirelessly with government agencies, libraries and other interested parties worldwide to promote and inspire a better understanding of the significance of library and information services and professionals in both the private and public sectors and advocate for best practices for accessibility and the protection and preservation of the world’s cultural heritage. I will build on my established international network of relationships to raise the profile of libraries worldwide, and contribute to policy forums that align with IFLA strategic goals.

I have long been passionate about information policy issues. I am the past Chair of IFLA’s Copyright and Other Legal Matters Committee, a position I held from 2011 to 2015. In addition, I am the Chair of the Copyright Committee of the Canadian Federation of Library Associations (CFLA-FCAB) and a member of the Ontario Library Association’s Copyright Users Committee. Implementing the Marrakesh Treaty (to Facilitate Access to Published Works for Persons Who Are Blind, Visually Impaired or Otherwise Print Disabled) is a project close to my heart; I am working locally and internationally to ensure that libraries build the structures and networks required to operationalize the treaty and end the book famine for print disabled people.

As an advocate at the national and international level, I am a known for promoting reasonable and balanced policies as they relate to the accessibility and preservation of library and archival materials. I am certain that my advocacy efforts in copyright and information policy, my background in library administration serving academic, special and public libraries, along with my graduate degrees in law and library science, will enable me to make valuable contributions to further IFLA’s position as the international voice of the library and information community.

I look forward to continuing to serve on the IFLA Governing Board as we further advance the role of libraries in global information practices.

Victoria Owen
Head Librarian
University of Toronto Scarborough
Ontario, Canada


Last update: 28 March 2017