International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions
The International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions ( IFLA ) is the international association of library associations and institutions (also the official German name). IFLA was founded in Edinburgh (Scotland) in 1927 . The first presidents were Isak Collijn (1927-1931) and William Warner Bishop (1931-1936). There are currently 1,700 members from 150 countries representing approximately 500,000 libraries .
The purpose is to promote and develop quality library and information services of all kinds, to promote free access to information and to represent the interests of the library and documentation system in general. To achieve this goal, IFLA publishes publications, including the four-yearly trade journal, organizes seminars and workshops, and the annual World Congress (WLIC) in August. The IFLA General Assembly of Members, which, according to the IFLA Bylaws, is the association's highest governing body, is held annually during the World Congress.
The organization works with other international organizations such as UNESCO and the World Intellectual Property Organization ( WIPO ) and has observer status at the United Nations . The interests of the library and information sector are represented not only by IFLA but also by the European Bureau of Library, Information and Documentation Associations (EBLIDA). IFLA is a founding member of the culture protection organization Blue Shield International . In this context, national and international protection of libraries as part of the cultural heritage in wars, armed conflicts or disasters should be ensured (often together with UNESCO or the United Nations ).
The head office is in The Hague , with regional offices in Dakar , Singapore and Rio de Janeiro . The seven official IFLA languages in which members communicate at conferences and meetings are Arabic, Chinese, German, English, French, Russian and Spanish. The current IFLA President since 2019 is the Australian Christine Mackenzie. Barbara Lison , Director of the Bremen City Library , is President-elect and will take over the office of President in 2021.
IFLA is divided into eight divisions:
- Div I: General Scientific Libraries
- Div II: special libraries
- Div III: Libraries for the general public
- Div IV: Bibliographical Control
- Div V: Collection and Services
- Div VI: Management and Technology
- Div VII: Education and Research
- Div VIII: Regional Activities.
Furthermore, these departments are divided into 45 sections. A large part of the technical work is done in the sections. For example, the specialist events during the WLIC are planned and carried out independently by the sections, the sections hold pre-conferences for their subject areas, organize their own working meetings (e.g. the so-called mid-term meetings) or prepare publications. The sections are headed by a steering group, the “Standing Committee”, for which elections are held every two years. In addition to the sections, there are committees on the main areas of activity ( core activities ) of the organization. These include the Free Access to Information and Freedom of Expression Committee , the Copyright and other Legal Matters Committee and the IFLA-CNDL Alliance for Bibliographic Standards .
IFLA World Congress and IFLA Presidency
IFLA organizes a world congress every year, which also includes the general assembly of members as the highest body of the association. The first congress took place in Rome in 1928 . Since then, the congress has taken place annually, with interruptions 1940–1946 because of the Second World War and in 2020 because of the COVID-19 pandemic .
IFLA Presidents have been in office for two years since 2003. They are elected and are president-elect for two years before their actual presidency.
|year||Congress venue||Hosting State||Congress motto||year||Presidency
and possibly motto
|1928||Rome||Italy||1927-1931||Isak GA Collijn||Sweden|
|1932||Bern||Switzerland||1931-1936||William Warner Bishop||United States|
|1964||Rome||Italy||1963-1969||Sir Frank Francis||United Kingdom|
|1966||The hague||Netherlands||Libraries and Documentation|
|1967||Toronto||Canada||Library Service for a Nation Covering a Large Geographical Area|
|1968||Frankfurt am Main||Germany||Books and Libraries in an Industrial Society|
|1969||Copenhagen||Sweden||Library Education and Research in Librarianship||1969-1974||Herman Liebaers||Belgium|
|1970||Moscow||Russia||Lenin and Libraries|
|1971||Liverpool||United Kingdom||The Organization of the Library Profession|
|1972||Budapest||Hungary||Reading in a Changing World|
|1973||Grenoble||France||Reading in a Changing World|
|1974||Washington, DC||United States||National and International Library Planning|
|1975||Oslo||Norway||The Future of International Library Cooperation||1974-1979||Preben Kirkegaard||Denmark|
|1977||Brussels||Belgium||Libraries for All: One World of Information, Culture and Learning|
|1978||Strbské Pleso||Slovakia||Universal Availability of Publications|
|1980||Manila||Philippines||Development of Libraries and Information Systems||1979-1985||Else Granheim||Norway|
|1981||Leipzig||Germany||The Role of National Centers in National Library Development and in International Library Cooperation|
|1983||Munich||Germany||Libraries in a Technical World|
|1984||Nairobi||Kenya||Basis of Information Services for National Development|
|1985||Chicago||United States||Libraries and the Universal Availability of Information|
|1986||Tokyo||Japan||New Horizons of Librarianship towards the 21st Century||1985-1991||Hans-Peter Go||Germany|
|1987||Brighton||United Kingdom||Libraries and Information Services in a Changing World|
|1988||Sydney||Australia||Living together: people, libraries, information|
|1989||Paris||France||Les Bibliothèques et l'information dans l'économie here, aujourd'hui et demain|
|1990||Stockholm||Sweden||Libraries: Information for Knowledge|
|1991||Moscow||Russia||Libraries and Culture: Their Relationship|
|1992||New Delhi||India||Library and Information Policy Perspectives||1991-1997||Robert Wedgeworth||United States|
|1993||Barcelona||Spain||The Universal Library: Libraries as Centers for the Global Availability of Information|
|1994||Havana||Cuba||Libraries and Social Development|
|1995||Istanbul||Turkey||Libraries of the Future|
|1996||Beijing||China||The Challenge of Change|
|1997||Copenhagen||Sweden||Libraries and Information for Human Development|
|1998||Amsterdam||Netherlands||On Crossroads of Information and Culture||1997-2003||Christine Deschamps||France|
|1999||Bangkok||Thailand||On the Threshold of a New Century: Libraries as Gateways to an Enlightened World|
|2000||Jerusalem||Israel||Information for Cooperation: Creating the Global Library of the Future|
|2001||Boston||United States||Libraries and Librarians: Making a Difference in the Knowledge Age|
|2002||Glasgow||United Kingdom||Libraries for Life: Democracy, Diversity, Delivery|
|2003||Berlin||Germany||Library as a portal: media - information - culture /
Access Point Library: Media - Information - Culture
|2004||Buenos Aires||Argentina||Libraries: Tools for Education and Development||2003-2005||Kay Raseroka||Botswana|
|2005||Oslo||Norway||Libraries - A voyage of discovery|
|2006||Seoul||South Korea||Libraries: Dynamic Engines for the Knowledge and Information Society||2005-2007||Alex Byrne||Australia|
|2007||Durban||South Africa||Libraries for the future: Progress, Development and Partnerships|
|2008||Quebec||Canada||Libraries without borders: Navigating towards global understanding||2007-2009||
"Libraries on the Agenda -
|2009||Milan||Italy||Libraries create futures: Building on cultural heritage|
|2010||Gothenburg||Sweden||Open access to knowledge - promoting sustainable||2009-2011||Ellen Tise "Libraries Driving Access to Knowledge"||South Africa|
|2011||San Juan (Puerto Rico)||United States||Libraries beyond libraries: Integration, Innovation and Information for all|
|2012||Helsinki||Finland||Libraries Now! - Inspiring, surprising, empowering||2011-2013||Ingrid Parent "Libraries: Forces of Change -
Libraries: a force for change"
|2013||Singapore||Singapore||Future Libraries: Infinite Possibilities|
|2014||Lyon||France||Libraries, Citizens, Societies: Confluence for Knowledge||2013-2015||Sinikka Sipilä "Strong Libraries,
Strong Societies -
Strong Libraries, Strong Societies"
|2015||Cape Town||South Africa||Dynamic Libraries: Access, Development and Transformation|
|2016||Columbus||United States||Connections. Collaboration. Community.||2015-2017||Donna Scheeder
"Libraries: A Call to Action -
|2017||Wroclaw||Poland||Libraries. Solidarity. Society.|
|2018||Kuala Lumpur||Malaysia||Transform Libraries, Transform Societies||2017-2019||Gloria Pérez-Salmerón
"Libraries: motors for change"
|2019||Athens||Greece||Libraries: dialogue for change|
"Let's work together"
|2021||Rotterdam||Netherlands||Let's work together!|
IFLA National Committee in Germany (IFLA-NK)
The National Committee of IFLA in Germany (IFLA-NK) is the link between international and national specialist communities. Members of the IFLA-NK are the library umbrella organization BID , the dbv , the professional associations BIB and VDB , the libraries DNB , BSB , SBB-PK and SLUB , the Goethe-Institut , the Arbeitsgemeinschaft der Spezialbibliotheken (ASpB), the chairwoman of the IFLA National Committee and her deputy, as well as the secretariat of the IFLA National Committee, which however has no voting rights. The IFLA-NK tries to ensure that German libraries are adequately represented on IFLA bodies and that young librarians are interested in IFLA's work. To achieve these goals, the IFLA-NK organizes regular information events at library congresses and conferences, translates IFLA materials into German, and offers support and networking services for those active in committees.
Comparable international institutions from related fields include:
- ICA ( International Council on Archives ) for archives ,
- ICOM ( International Council of Museums ) for museums and
- ICOMOS ( International Council on Monuments and Sites ) for architectural monuments and art sites .
The International Federation for Information and Documentation (FID), founded by Paul Otlet in 1895 as the International Institute of Bibliography , ceased to exist in 2002.
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- Ellen Tise
- Ingrid Parent
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