How IFLA supports development through libraries

IFLA has a long history of capacity building and training activities in support of development through its Action for Development through Libraries Programme (ALP). IFLA’s commitment to development manifests itself through:

  • Providing training workshops to help librarians better understand the role of libraries in development activities and the Millennium Development Goals
  • Making learning materials, such as our workshops on Transparency, Good Governance and Freedom from Corruption or Public Access to Health Information available free of charge to members and non-members for their own use
  • Commissioning publications that examine the work of libraries and development in depth, and promote the role that libraries can play in providing information services in support of development
  • Commissioning articles for IFLA Journal on the relationship between Information Communications Technology for Development (ICTD) community and the library community
  • Helping its members to deliver higher quality library services to their members, by building capacity at institutional and association levels through the Building Strong Library Associations (BSLA) Programme Playing an active role in the groundbreaking Beyond Access initiative that promotes public libraries as hubs for economic and social change worldwide
  • Advocating for libraries as agents for development and providers of public access to the Internet at the World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) activities and the Internet Governance Forum
  • Developing standards and policies, including the IFLA Statement on Sustainable Development (2002)

During 2013 IFLA is also finalising the development, in association with Beyond Access, of a new training module that will help librarians understand why they must engage with the development community and help them to advocate for public libraries as hubs for social and economic change.

Last update: 18 February 2013