26 August 2018

From the Annual Conference

Launched! IFLA Global Vision Ideas Store now live

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The IFLA Global Vision Ideas Store is now open and ready to receive ideas from the library field! 

Launching the new platform today at the IFLA World Library and Information Congress (WLIC) in Kuala Lumpur, IFLA Secretary General Gerald Leitner invites librarians and library friends from all over the world a chance to contribute their ideas for the collective vision for future libraries.

IFLA Global Vision Ideas Store

The Global Vision Ideas Store will be the biggest ideas store for actions to make the Global Vision a reality. It will provide a source of inspiration for the strategic and daily work of librarians which will drive the Global Vision’s ultimate goal, to create a strong and united library field powering literate, informed and participative societies, further forward.

In 2017, IFLA started to explore the challenges and opportunities of libraries around the world. Never before has there been such an initiative as the IFLA Global Vision, which gives every single librarian in the world the chance to contribute – and never before have so many librarians from so many parts of the world contributed to a single, global conversation.

Your ideas matter!

Global Vision ReportAlongside the launch of the Ideas Store, Gerald Leitner also unveiled the full IFLA Global Vision Report. The Global Vision Report – the result of contributions from colleagues from 190 countries and all seven continents – shows that across all regions, all library types, and lengths of library experience, we share a deep commitment to the enduring value and role of libraries. And across the global library field, no value was more highly rated than a commitment to equal and free access to information and knowledge.

...as IFLA Secretary General I say it loudly and proudly: no other organisation in the field of culture, education and science in the world has been able to launch such an inclusive and democratic process worldwide. The IFLA Global Vision Report is the manifestation of the power and potential of a united library field.”

said Gerald Leitner, speaking at the launch, adding:

But we are just at the beginning. For the realisation of all the great opportunities which the Global Vision Report identifies, we need all of you. Your ideas and your actions.”

And this is where the Ideas Store comes in! All ideas are welcome. But hurry! You have until 30 September 2018 to take part in the largest global discussion the library field has ever seen. 

Have an idea for IFLA’s Global Vision Ideas Store? Visit ideas.ifla.org and submit yours now!

IFLA WLIC 2018, IFLA Global Vision