Call for nominations: Regional Council Chair (one place)

To serve August 2021-August 2023

Voting begins 26 April 2021. Eligible voters have until 12:00 CEST on 24 May to cast their votes.


IFLA’s new Regional Council will have a key role both in increasing the presence of world regions in IFLA, and IFLA’s presence around the world. It will have a particular focus on advocacy and building capacity.

Its Chair will oversee this work, liaising both with IFLA’s Professional Council, and ensuring that the voice of regions is heard on the Governing Board. The Regional Council Chair is a full member of the Governing Board so this is a busy position with obligations for involvement in meetings of both the Governing Board and the Regional Council. It will also be rewarding with the opportunity to widen your international network and understand regional concerns of the profession.

Who can stand for this position?

Anyone can stand. Candidates do not have to be an IFLA Member or Affiliate and if elected, are elected in their own right and not as the representative of their employer or nominator.

What is the term of office?

The term of office is two (2 years) from 2021 – 2023.

What are the roles and responsibilities for this position?

The role of the Chair of the Regional Council is to coordinate and support the development of Regional Division action plans, review Regional Division activities and raise emerging issues to the Governing Board.

They should also lead efforts to provide input on IFLA advocacy work, review success in developing the regional dimension of the IFLA Strategy, and promote IFLA membership and fundraising in the regions. They oversee coordination of work with the Management of Library Associations Section and the National Libraries Section, as well as with the Professional Council. 

What skills and attributes do I need for this position?

Candidates for this position should be able to demonstrate:

  • expertise, experience and interest in library policies and advocacy;
  • expertise, experience and interest in/across the library field, and in particular of the work of libraries in different world regions; 
  • proven ability to inspire, provide guidance and support, and represent the interests of a diverse range of colleagues;  
  • an understanding of financial management, fundraising and risk-management; 
  • an understanding of strategic planning, implementation and review processes; 
  • proven leadership skills, with experience in communication, representation, and networking with both library and non-library audiences, as well as an ability to leverage networks;
  • willingness and ability to devote time and energy to the role – this is likely to be several hours per week; 
  • time allowance to prepare and attend meetings of the Governing Board and Regional Council, and financial resources to attend at least the IFLA annual Congress; 
  • an ability to act with respect, trust, confidentiality and transparency within the Governing Board and recognize the need to protect personal and privileged information. They must declare any conflicts of interest and abstain from discussions where they have a conflict or potential conflict of interest.

How many nominations do I need?

Each candidate requires five (5) nominations for this position.

Who can be a nominator?

IFLA Members and Affiliates can nominate individuals for this position. They have received an election email containing information describing how they can submit a nomination.

How many candidates can each Member of Affiliate nominate for this position?

Each Member or Affiliate can nominate one (1) candidate for this position.

How do I find a nominator?

Check the list of IFLA Members and Association Affiliates found on the Membership page. Contact IFLA members in your country or region and ask if they are willing to nominate you.

How do I submit my nominee consent form?

Those wishing to stand as a candidate will need to submit a nominee consent form for this position. This should be done once sufficient nominators have been found. In this form you will be asked to provide a 500 word statement describing how you demonstrate the skills and attributes required.

A nomination only becomes valid when there is a match between the number of required nominations and a completed nominee consent form.