26 August 2019
From the Annual Conference
Thousands of ideas now at your fingertips on the IFLA Global Vision Ideas Store
The IFLA Global Vision Ideas Store now hosts thousands of ideas shared by librarians from all over the world. It is a dynamic resource for ideas and actions, the result of the contributions of library and information professionals worldwide. It provides a unique source of inspiration for the strategic and daily work of librarians everywhere, and a proof of how libraries, working together, can go further.
The IFLA Ideas Store is the culmination of a global consultation process that IFLA undertook through its Global Vision project. Since 2017, over 30,000 people from 190 UN Member States have shared their opinions about the challenges that libraries face. To date, over 8,500 ideas have been shared.
Launching a major new feature today of the IFLA Ideas Store at the IFLA World Library and Information Congress (WLIC) in Athens, IFLA Secretary General Gerald Leitner invited librarians and library friends from all over the world to explore a first set of the wealth of inspiring, creative and useful ideas submitted!
But the Ideas Store remains open! New ideas for the collective vision for future libraries may still be submitted in any of the seven official IFLA languages (Arabic, Chinese, English, French, German, Russian and Spanish).
Explore the Ideas!
The ideas are there to inspire you to bring about change in your community, offer better services, strengthen your library association, and to support delivery of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.
From advocacy actions to steps to address community needs, from technological and digital transformation to changing behaviours and developing young leaders, the ideas can inspire you to action. These actions will be key to delivering on the new IFLA Strategy 2019-2024.
Wall of Fame
On the Ideas Store, you’ll also find our Wall of Fame, which is a simple way to recognise and celebrate the ideas, effort, time, energy of the library and information professionals, library associations and institutions and library supporters around the world who have made the Global Vision a truly global conversation. Your contributions are making the Ideas Store a unique storehouse of inspirational ideas available to all librarians around the world!
“Vision without execution is a hallucination. The Ideas Store is a unique platform for inspirational ideas for action. It is a place for explorers, for all those who want to strengthen our field, and strengthen our impact.”
said Gerald Leitner, speaking at the launch, adding:
“Get inspired to engage and influence your communities and help create a strong and united library field powering literate, informed and participative societies.”
Go on, explore the ideas and submit your own!
Go to the Ideas Store and explore ideas from each of the 10 Global Vision opportunities, by country, region or topic and explore the ideas submitted by the IFLA Professional Units. Or submit your own idea in any of the 7 IFLA official languages.