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(via Nancy Bolt, IFLA section chair)

The ILFA (International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions) Section Library Services to People with Special Needs has been working on Guidelines for Library Services to Displaced Populations. These Guidelines cover library service to refugees, immigrants, migrants, and asylum seekers. These Guidelines are now ready for global review.

A Google Drive link can be found here. Please leave comments on the Google Drive document, or send them separately to Despina Gerasimidou at despina.gerasimidou@ifla.org. If you would like a PDF version of the draft Guidelines, contact Nancybolt@earthlink.net.

The deadline for comments is Tuesday, July 20.

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(via Michelle Twait, Gustavus Adolphus College)

ACRL invites applicants to serve as the ALA representative to the Academic and Research Libraries IFLA standing committee for the 2019- 2023 term. To apply as an ALA representative to IFLA, submit the materials detailed below to Michelle Twait (mtwait@gustavus.edu), CLS Chair, no later than Friday, May 4.

  1. Completed “Request to be Nominated to IFLA” application form:
  2. A resume reflecting expertise in field of the section applied for
  3. Affirmation that the person can fulfill the working language and travel requirements

CLS, CJCLS, and ULS chairpersons will review the IFLA representative applications and make recommendations to the ACRL Leadership Recruitment and Nominations Committee (LRNC). The LRNC will review applications at the 2018 ALA Annual Conference in New Orleans. The LRNC then submits its recommendations to the ACRL Board for consideration at the 2018 Fall Executive Committee Meeting. In turn, the ACRL Board submits the approved candidates for nomination to the ALA International Relations Committee in November, 2018.

Please review the detailed guidelines located at: http://www.ala.org/acrl/resources/policies/chapter7#7.2.3.

Additional Information is also available on the ALA IRO page at: http://www.ala.org/offices/iro/internationalrelations and http://www.ala.org/offices/iro/intlassocorgconf/iflarepresentatives

ALA representatives on IFLA section standing committees are required to:

  • Report to their constituencies on appropriate developments and information originating from their respective committees; these communications may be published in ALA journals or newsletters, or as special reports to ALA members;
  • Transmit a copy of the report(s) to the ALA International Relations Committee.

Questions? Please contact Michelle Twait (mtwait@gustavus.edu) or ACRL Senior Program Officer Megan Griffin, mgriffin@ala.org.

Posted in American Library Association (ALA), Calls and Requests, Committees (non-HSLI), International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA), Library Organizations | No Comments »

IFLA Releases Annual Report

The International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions recently released its annual report for 2014. (The organization has not yet come out with a report for 2015.) The IFLA has members from every continent except Antarctica; just under half are from Europe, and institutions make up two-thirds of members. It strives to make information as freely and broadly available as possible to people worldwide, regardless of race, culture, or economic status. Some of the organization’s accomplishments for the year are below.

  • Distributing the IFLA Trend Report as widely as possible, including making it available in many languages
  • Hosting the World Library and Information Congress, which drew almost 4,000 people from over 130 countries, in Lyon, France
  • Bringing the two-year IFLA International Leaders Programme, which trains individuals to become stronger advocates for the profession at both the regional and international levels, to a successful conclusion at the congress
  • In 2015 (after the period covered by the report), the organization inaugurated a new President, American Donna Scheeder. She held a two-day summit in Cape Town, South Africa, to launch the IFLA’s Change Agenda, which seeks to strengthen the library and information profession at four levels: individual, organizational, national, and global.

The organization is also in the process of creating a strategic plan for 2016-2021. The plan will focus on bringing about social change by making access to information resources and knowledge as broadly available as possible, using innovative and creative methods. Preserving, and educating about, cultural heritage will receive special emphasis. This will build upon the 2010-2015 strategic plan’s focus on making the library and information field more dynamic, while giving librarians the tools to effect change.

To view the IFLA annual report, click here.

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