IFLA Releases Global Vision Report Summary
“From the International Federation of Library Associations:
IFLA’s eagerly-awaited Global Vision Report Summary launches today, Monday 19 March, at the IFLA President’s Meeting 2018, revealing incredible insights into the views of over 31,000 participants from 213 countries and territories and across all seven continents.
The Global Vision discussion highlights show libraries are:
- Dedicated to providing equal and free access to information and knowledge
- Deeply committed to core roles in supporting literacy, learning and reading
- Focused on our communities
- Embracing digital innovation
- Strong advocates for libraries at national and regional leader level
- Aware that funding is our biggest challenge
- Eager to work more collaboratively and develop strong partnerships
- Desiring to be less bureaucratic and resistant to change
- Proud to be guardians of the memory of the world
- Attracting young professionals deeply committed and eager to lead
The full Global Vision report will be presented in August 2018 during IFLA’s World Library and Information Congress in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
|IFLA Unveils the Next Steps for Its Global Vision
by Marydee Ojala
Posted On April 10, 2018
At the International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA) President’s Meeting, held in Barcelona, Spain, on March 19, 2018, the organization unveiled the next phase of its Global Vision project. IFLA’s president, Glòria Pérez-Salmerón, and its secretary general, Gerald Leitner, stressed that the main finding of the ongoing project is unity: Librarians around the world share common values and are united in their goals.
The project began in April 2017 with a meeting in Athens, Greece. IFLA’s professional units were asked to discuss the core values of libraries, what they are exceptionally good at, what they should do more and less of, and the main challenges to institutions and the profession.
‘Global Vision Report Summary’ Highlights and Opportunities
The “Global Vision Report Summary” highlights are as follows:
One quibble I heard from the meeting attendees was the use of the word “young” in the 10th highlight. Those new to the profession aren’t necessarily young. Thus, many would have preferred the terminology of “new professional” (which is also the name of the related IFLA Special Interest Group) rather than “young professional.”
The opportunities identified spring directly from the highlights. They constitute the beginning of an action plan for global libraries and librarians:
Workshops Around the World
Following the President’s Meeting were 2 days of workshop activities. The Barcelona Kick-Off Workshop participants comprised IFLA section officers and governing board members. They were divided into 10 groups, each of which was charged with creating an action plan for one of the opportunities from the “Global Vision Report Summary” assigned to it. At the end of the workshop, each group presented its best “bold ideas” for implementing the opportunity. Ideas included verbal translation apps, restructuring IFLA to create an IFLA Academy, and adding a staff member at IFLA headquarters who is devoted to innovation.
Leitner cautioned, “A vision without execution is a hallucination.” Thus, the next phase is to conduct six regional workshops in the April–July 2018 time frame—one on each continent except Antarctica. Results from the regional workshops and the Barcelona meeting will be synthesized into the document to be presented in August 2018 at WLIC. The IFLA Global Vision project then moves into the action phase. Between September 2018 and March 2019, there will be an analysis and design of Global Vision actions, with the launch of the new IFLA strategic plan to be revealed in August 2019 at the WLIC in Athens.
Marydee Ojala is the editor-in-chief of Online Searcher magazine, chairs WebSearch University, and is Program Development Director for Enterprise Search & Discovery.