The IFLA 2022-23 presidential theme or call to action is Libraries: Building a Sustainable Future. The IFLA Asia Oceania regional workshop focused on building a stronger and more sustainable library field and the kaupapa was to stimulate action at the local, national and regional level.
There were more than 50 delegates from 28 countries representing several types of libraries at the Bangkok workshop. Kim made some good connections particularly with the president and vice-president of PIALA Erlinda Naputi and Roland San Nicolas PIALA Pacific Islands Association of Libraries, Archives, and Museums and with colleagues from Vanuatu, Fiji, Singapore, Australia, Mongolia, Nepal, India, Malaysia, Phillippines, Cambodia and Bangladesh.
Claire McGuire from IFLA reported back from COP27 in Egypt, with interesting feedback in relation to libraries. You can view her COP27 presentation on accelerating climate empowerment by partnering with the cultural sector.
Regional delegates also attended a seminar at the Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (UN ESCAP), one of the five regional commissions of the United Nations, on the role of the library and information sector in achieving UN goals in the Asia-Oceania region. Clare Thorpe, Australian Library and Information Association (ALIA) vice president spoke about ALIA’s stretch Sustainable Development (SDG) targets for the sector to achieve by 2030. The American Library Association (ALA) has a SDG taskforce led by Loida Garcia-Febo, ALA past-president.
Next week, two librarians from the Pacific Libraries Network will be panellists at DevNet 2022 in Auckland. LIANZA President-elect Richard Misilei is speaking on the panel and Winston Roberts, IFLA Asia-Oceania regional chair is supporting the event. Kim and Richy are looking forward to hosting our Pacific visitors and continuing conversations on the SDGs and libraries.
At the IFLA Asia Oceania Regional Workshop, delegates also discussed how countries in the region are represented on the Library Map of the World, which includes SDG library stories.
LIANZA has been active in promoting the SGDs with articles and submitted library SDG stories to NZ's Voluntary Review 2019. The association was represented at the SDG Summit in 2019 at the University of Auckland. In early 2021 over 300 people attended a webinar on libraries and the SDGs co-hosted by IFLA and LIANZA. This webinar included an address by Loida Garcia-Febo and five speakers from the region, including LIANZA past president Paula Eskett, shared stories, successes and challenges. Paula led an SDG workshop at LIANZA 2021 Conference and continues to support and advocate for the SDG work and connections to libraries. LIANZA also supported the collation and publishing of SDG Stories from Asia and Oceania booklet in December 2021 and recently shared learning about climate action from the IFLA WLIC 2022.
A meeting is planned in February to discuss how LIANZA may support the IFLA Library Map of the World. Committing further resource to this initiative will be considered by LIANZA Council as part of finalising the association's strategic plan in 2023.
The SDGs will also be discussed at the LIANZA Forum on climate action next week, which aims to begin a conversation about the role of libraries and the climate crisis.
Presentations from the event are available from the IFLA repository.
Photos from the event are available from IFLA’s Flickr stream.
Read more about the workshop on IFLA news site.