Statement of candidacy President-elect
There is a new energy and excitement globally about the future of libraries that motivates and inspires me. IFLA also is changing and I have been pleased to be a part of that change. Just as libraries are evolving, innovating and connecting, IFLA is also evolving as it focuses on deepening its commitment to and connection with its members.
In the coming years IFLA is aligning with the goals of the United Nations 2030 Agenda, no one will be left behind, and the acknowledgement that “In our knowledge society, libraries provide access and opportunity for all.” Working with partners and like-minded organisations, IFLA’s advocacy efforts will be centred on how libraries can contribute to the UN agenda. This is important and vital work and success will greatly benefit all the people of the world.
Libraries are key partners in development and generate value to society. We add value to our collections and services through our creativity and innovation. We can create better value through impact, by changing the effect and influence of the benefits we deliver through advocacy, partnerships and connectivity.
The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation’s Global Libraries Legacy Grant enables this work. Over the next two years, IFLA will develop a global vision for libraries; create a world map of libraries; conduct a membership survey; create a plan to develop capacity to support regional operations; mobilise library leaders skilled in community engagement; and develop and implement the International Advocacy Program. I will work to ensure the success of these and future initiatives; and raise the engagement and involvement of public libraries within IFLA and at the global level.
I believe that one of the keys to achieving success is connecting - with ourselves and with partners, stakeholders and organisations that share our values and aspirations. IFLA’s core values embody principles of freedom of access to information; the need for universal and equitable access to information by all people; the conviction that high-quality library services help guarantee that access; and that IFLA is truly inclusive. A connected library field will foster partnerships and engagement within and outside our sector driven by the belief that it is better for people to live in an informed and literate society.
IFLA is on the road to becoming a more inclusive and dynamic federation and will be leveraging its strategic direction from the conversations that will be held over the next 12 -18 months. I am enthusiastic about the possibilities this will provide to strengthen libraries and inspire the people who work in them.
A visionary and united IFLA can create long term value for society by driving access and opportunity for all through the libraries of the world.