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IFLA’s Global Vision Discussion reaches 140 countries across 6 regions. Now it’s your turn!


The Hague, the Netherlands, 8 August 2017

The worldwide response to International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA) ‘s Global Vision Discussion, a venture which will generate a united library field roadmap for the future, has been nothing short of remarkable. 

A staggering 178 librarians from approximately 140 countries not only engaged in the discussions, but also embraced the unifying ethos behind the campaign by sharing words of encouragement to the next region waiting to pick up the baton. North America, buoyed by their Global Vision experience that took place at the Library of Congress in Washington DC on the 3 May 2017, said:   

“Libraries are different across countries and they are united in certain parts. We can all play our own role, towards the same score. And it is better together rather than alone. You might have solos but it is better together. Together that you achieve it. No one can do it alone.”


The IFLA Global Vision Regional workshops have focused on how to strengthen the ties within the library field and respond to the fast-pacing globalisation that is opening new opportunities and challenges. From the very first kick-off meeting in Athens this Spring, each workshop has contributed its own droplet into an ever-increasing river of ideas. 

For participants, the inclusive approach to these opportunities and challenges allows for every voice to be heard and during Africa’s regional workshop the Global Vision discussion was summed up perfectly:

“Everybody is connected. No one is excluded. If we don’t have connections and networks, we cannot achieve anything.”

IFLA’s Secretary General, Gerald Leitner, who has guided all the IFLA Regional Workshops, said:

“Since IFLA launched the Global Vision Discussion I have been delighted at the response from library professionals from all over the world to get involved and discuss how the library field can become stronger and more connected to tackle the challenges of globalisation.

The workshops were just the beginning. Now, the Global Vision movement reaches out to everyone. We want discussions taking place in all countries, all communities and all libraries so that every voice can be heard.”

As momentum builds, IFLA wants to hear from every library in every country as to what they believe are the most important opportunities and challenges of the future. There are several easy ways to get involved and already self-facilitated Global Vision workshops are taking place using IFLA’s downloadable templates.  And what’s more, an online voting platform will launch on Monday 21 August during the IFLA World Libraries and Information Congress (WLIC). Never has there been so many avenues to share views and unite the entire library field! 

Visit to find out how you can take part in the discussion.   



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For an interview with Secretary General, Gerald Leitner, please contact Claire Worland, Communications Officer, +31703140884

About IFLA

The International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA) is the leading international body representing the interests of library and information services and their users. It is the global voice of the library and information profession. Founded in Edinburgh, Scotland, in 1927 at an international conference, IFLA now has over 1,300 Members in approximately 140 countries around the world. IFLA was registered in the Netherlands in 1971. The Royal Library, the national library of the Netherlands, in The Hague, generously provides the facilities for IFLA headquarters.

About the IFLA Global Vision

IFLA is facilitating a Global Vision discussion through a series of high-level meetings and workshops in different parts of the world following our kick-off event in Athens, Greece on 4 April 2017.  Face-to-face and online, future-oriented conversations will be taking place throughout the year. See the Global Vision discussion website: for more details, and join the conversation on Twitter and Instagram using the #iflaGlobalVision hashtag.

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