The International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA) has released its 2018 annual report, ahead of the 2019 World Library and Information Congress (WLIC 2019) in Athens next month. It is a great source of information for librarians and information professionals wanting to learn more about the work of this international organisation and build awareness of the work that will be discussed in detail at the WLIC 2022 hosted in Auckland in three years time.
Last year in Kuala Lumpur, IFLA launched an Ideas Store – aiming to create the biggest ideas store for actions in the library field, IFLA built a dedicated website to host a global call, through which every librarian worldwide was welcomed to submit ideas for actions to help fulfil the Global Vision.
Over 30,000 people have shared their opinions on the strengths and priorities of libraries from 190 United Nations Member States, and over 8,500 ideas were submitted to the IFLA Ideas Store from 154 UN Member States, from across the library field.
By using the worldwide library community’s unique perspectives on how to realise the 10 opportunities identified in the Global Vision, it has been possible to collect some truly inspirational ideas for action that highlight our profession’s creativity, diversity and commitment to innovation.
The thousands of ideas comprise a vast body of material collected by IFLA, fully analysed and submitted to the Governing Board, providing a basis from vision to action, towards the IFLA Strategic Plan 2019-2024.
“I have been privileged to be so closely involved in the IFLA Global Vision, which has set a new standard for inclusion and participation. This has truly taken the spirit of IFLA to libraries everywhere, bringing people together, mobilising them, and triggering the change in mindsets that I believe will be essential for a successful future”. Glòria Pérez-Salmerón President 2017-2019
During 2019, IFLA will continue to engage the library community globally in a discussion about the future of a united library field, going on to inspire and be inspired by the biggest Ideas Store for actions in the library field — a unique storehouse of inspirational ideas available to all librarians around the world! The Ideas Store, alongside the results of the Global Vision process, are also a core reference for the Governing Board in the preparation of a new Strategy. This will mark a new high point in IFLA’s ability to reflect and respond to the priorities and needs of its members.
Ref: IFLA Annual Report 2018 https://www.ifla.org/files/assets/hq/annual-reports/2018.pdf