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1 IFLA – opportunities for international involvement & action Ian Smith Senior Librarian (Personnel) La Trobe University

2 IFLA What is it? What does it do (or try to do)? How to get involved!

3 IFLA – what is it? International Federation of Library Associations & Institutions Founded – institutional members (+ affiliate members) 155 countries

4 IFLA – what is it? Independent, international, non-governmental, not-for-profit. Aims: –Promote high standards of provision and delivery of library and information services –Encourage widespread understanding of the value of good library & information services –Represent the interests of IFLA members throughout the world.

5 IFLA – what does it do? Global/strategic level –Lobby group –Advocacy –Global voice for libraries/librarians Example: World Summit on the Information Society

6 IFLA – what does it do? “Grass roots” level –Sections & Special Interest Groups, e.g.: Action for Development Through Libraries Programme Committee on Free Access to Information and Freedom of Expression New Professionals Discussion Group Continuing Professional Development and Workplace Learning Section.

7 The “new” IFLA Membership Leadership and Governance Focus Engagement Action

8 Opportunities for involvement Sections Special Interest Groups Conferences –Annual World Library & Information Congress –Satellite conferences & programs Discussion Groups eLists

9 Sections Forty seven sections, including: –Government Libraries –Metropolitan Libraries –Social Science Libraries –Geography and Maps Libraries –Science and Technology Libraries –Public Libraries –Libraries Serving Disadvantaged Persons –Libraries for Children and Young Adults –School Libraries and Resource Centers –Mobile Libraries

10 Sections … –Acquisition and Collection Development –Cataloguing –Bibliography –Document Delivery and Interlending –Reference Work –Serials and Other Continuing Resources –Government Information and Official Publications –Rare Books and Manuscripts

11 Sections … –Information Literacy –Knowledge Management –Women's Issues –Continuing Professional Development & Workplace Learning

12 Other programs your library® - The Campaign for the World's Libraries –Action for Development Through Libraries Programme

13 Conferences World Library & Information Congress –2004 Buenos Aires –2005 Oslo –2006 Seoul –2007 Durban –2008 Québec

14 Satellite conferences/meetings Some examples: –Literacies for the 21st Century –Public Libraries from Public Education to What? –The Physical Library and Beyond - Library as Place and the Library in Cyberspace –The Impact and Outcomes of Library Services

15 CPD&WL Section Conference Continuing Professional Development & Workplace Learning Section – Satellite Conference - CPD - Preparing for New Roles in Libraries: a Voyage of Discovery

16 Satellite conference themes –Preparing for new/changing roles through CPD & workplace learning –Engaging & supporting people in CPD & workplace learning –Putting it all together – tools for CPD & workplace learning –Context and place –CPD & WPL practice in different countries/contexts

17 CPD&WL Section Conference 40 presenters 17 countries Plenary and parallel sessions Workshops Joint sessions with Schools & Reading Section – Information Literacy/CPD&WPL

18 Discussion Groups Represent emerging issues/interests Provide node for discussion & further development Four groups: –E-Learning –Law Libraries –New Professionals –Quality Issues in Libraries

19 eLists 38 eLists, including –ACQUIS-L –CPDWL –DIGILIB –FAIFE-L –FRBR –IFLAART –IFLA-L

20 eLists … –IFLAPARL –IFLAREF –LAW-L –LIBJOBS –MEDLIBS –SCHOOL-L –WOMENISS

21 More information … IFLANet: –http://www.ifla.org/http://www.ifla.org/ IFLA activities: –http://www.ifla.org/act-serv.htmhttp://www.ifla.org/act-serv.htm Oslo conference: –http://www.ifla.org/IV/ifla71/index.htmhttp://www.ifla.org/IV/ifla71/index.htm Ian Smith –Ph:


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