Until 1973 IFLA consisted of five Sections:

  1. National and University Libraries
  2. Public Libraries
  3. Special Libraries
  4. Libraries and Museums of the Theatre Arts
  5. Parliamentary and Administrative Libraries

Several of these had more sub-sections. Library activities were addressed in Committees, twelve in all, among which was one for library education. From 1973 there were still 5 Sections but the one for Libraries and Museums of the Theatre Arts had been exchanged with one for library schools.

This Section had a Standing Advisory Committee with Preben Kirkegaard (Denmark) as chair, Lev Vladimirov (Soviet Union) as vice-chair, H.P. Geh (Federal Republic of Germany) as secretary and with the other members being Danton (US), Hogg (UK), Kabrt (CSSR), Kunze (DDR) and Sharify (US). This structure continued until 1977 although some of the persons changed. Kirkegaard became IFLA President in 1974 and Vladimirov took over as chair and Sharify became vice-chair. The committee was extended with Havard-Williams (UK), Marco (US), Richter (France), Saunders (UK), Skripkina (USSR) and, with the first representative from a developing country, Ogunsheye from Nigeria. In 1975 Rovelstad (US) became a committee member and Richter left and in 1976 Saunders, Kabrt and Kirkegaard left the committee while the second representative from a developing country, Nadarajah (Malaysia) was appointed.

By 1976 the Section had prepared standards for library education and they were approved and published that year in IFLA Journal no. 4. Further topics for the Section were – education for library, information and archive studies and their combination, the problems of international exchange of information about library education, (which resulted in a proposal for one or more centres to deal with this exchange of information and to be coordinated with FID and UNESCO), statistics about library education (which led to a suggestion for a preliminary statistical directory for library schools). Finally a feasibility study for the establishment of an international library school was suggested.