By Salomon Hellman, Librarian, Stockholms stadsbibliotek, Sweden

In 2018 we released the IFLA Guidelines for Library Services to Children aged 0-18, a completely revised version of the previous Guidelines from 2003. With the Guidelines we provide up-to-date knowledge and professional insight for all of you strategically planning or delivering library services for children and young adults.

We are now taking another step, as we are creating a guidelines poster covering the most essential parts of the main document, together with eye-catching infographics. A QR-code will provide easy access to the complete guidelines. The poster will serve as an introduction to the guidelines for people not yet familiar with them, as well as an everyday reminder for everyone already working with them. We plan to have the poster ready by August 2021, for this year’s WLIC.

On the IFLA Libraries for Children & Young Adults’ Section’s Guideline’s website you find translations of the Guidelines into 14 different languages, and with more to come! If you miss a certain language and want to volunteer to submit a translation, please contact us to make sure no one else is already working on it. We are currently looking for two of the official languages of IFLA, Arabic and French.


Share your thoughts! Have you used the Guidelines at your library or in any other situation? Have they been helpful and inspiring? Do you miss anything? We would love to hear what you think and get examples of how the Guidelines can be used. Please write us a line or two!


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