IFLA Global Vision Discussion: Join in and have your say!
In an effort to provide answers and solutions by the global library community in relation to global social challenges and the future role of libraries in this context, IFLA, the International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions, launched IFLA Global Vision Discussion in April 2017. Throughout the year, this global discussion has been going on as part of IFLA’s meetings, workshops and conferences, including this year’s IFLA World Library and Information Congress and the Federation’s 83rd General Conference and Assembly, which were held from 19 to 25 August in Wrocław, Poland. During the Congress, IFLA made available an online voting platform, thus enabling everyone in any way related to or interested in the future of libraries to have their say on the outcomes of Global Vision meetings that have been held across the globe so far.
IFLA is inviting all librarians and library friends to take part in this important discussion by taking a vote on issues related to questions such as What should libraries do more of?, What should libraries do less of?, What would be the characteristics of a united library field?, and the like. The platform enables all members of the library community to take active part in bringing their profession in line with the requirements of the future and their involvement in the drafting of an all-embracing vision for a unified library community on the global level will surely contribute to the unlocking of the full potential of libraries as socially relevant institutions enabling wide access to information, spreading literacy and promoting social inclusion, which represent crucial factors in the achievement of the United Nations 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.
IFLA Global Vision was also discussed as an especially significant topic at the latest annual Conference of Directors of National Libraries (CDNL) which was held on 22 August as part of IFLA WLIC 2017 and in which Director General of the National and University Library in Zagreb (NSK) Tatijana Petrić also took part.
In early 2018 IFLA will publish its Global Vision Report, which will be based on the voting data and the conclusions of all debates held as part of the Global Vision Discussion and provide recommendations and guidelines with regard to library activities based on which libraries around the world will be able to gear their work plans towards their role in the realisation of this global vision.
Join the world’s leading library association in its efforts to enable libraries fulfil their true potential in further and better enabling free access to information and the advancement of knowledge society. Have your say!