22 October 2019
IFLA President’s Message
Message from Ms Christine Mackenzie, IFLA President
I am delighted to have this opportunity to introduce myself. I am based in Melbourne, Australia where I have lived most of my life. I have worked in public libraries for over 40 years and managed three different library systems. My involvement with IFLA started in the early 2000s, when I was a member and later chair of the Metropolitan Libraries Section. I was a member of the 2011 -13 IFLA Governing Board, and then 2015-17 as Treasurer and 2017-19 as President elect.
Since I have been President elect, I have been able to visit a number of countries in the Asia Oceania region – Singapore, Myanmar, India, Vietnam, Philippines, Indonesia, China, Malaysia, New Caledonia, Fiji, and this time last year I was in Turkey. It has been a wonderful opportunity to meet so many passionate and dedicated librarians and I am continually inspired and energised by your work.
The role that librarians and libraries play in achieving the United Nations 2030 Agenda and the Sustainable Development Goals is vital, there is nothing more important than working for a sustainable future. Climate change, poverty, hunger, inequalities such as the digital divide, with 40% of the world’s population still having no internet access, gender inequality, and the need to improve education – there is a lot to be fixed in our world. Through the work that we are doing in libraries we are making a difference to people’s lives. Let’s work together, we are IFLA!
Christine Mackenzie, FALIA