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CILIP welcomes new IFLA Global Strategy

27 August 2019   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Gus MacDonald
CILIP welcomes new IFLA Global Strategy

CILIP has welcomed the publication of the new IFLA Global Strategy, launched this week at the World Library and Information Congress in Athens.

CILIP strongly supports IFLA’s vision of “a strong and united library field powering literate, informed and participative societies” and we are committed to working with our colleagues at IFLA and in Library and Information Associations worldwide to make it a reality.

Responding to the launch, CILIP Vice President Judy Broady-Preston commented, “The new IFLA Global Strategy was the product of a genuinely open and collaborative process involving thousands of our fellow librarians and information professionals around the world.

The result is a powerful statement of unity, built on common values and the need for libraries, information and knowledge services to become the ‘engines of change’ for their communities. I am delighted to welcome this new Strategy and to commit CILIP to doing everything we can to support it.”

The Strategy sets out four main priorities for IFLA to:

  • Strengthen the Global Voice of Libraries
  • Inspire and Enhance Professional Practice
  • Connect and Empower the Field
  • Optimise our Organisation

CILIP CEO Nick Poole commented, “CILIP has had an opportunity to review the detailed goals in the new IFLA Global Strategy and we are delighted to see strong alignment with our own plans in a number of areas. In addition to sharing IFLA’s commitment to the UN Sustainable Development Goals (Goal 1.1), we will seek to work directly with IFLA to strengthen our advocacy on issues such as open access, Intellectual Freedom and human rights (Goal 1.3).

As a global lead in professional practice and certification for librarians, information and knowledge management practitioners, we will work with the IFLA community to “develop standards and guidelines which foster best professional practice” (Goal 2.3).

We welcome commitments from IFLA to “support virtual networking and connections” (Goal 3.2) and to working with us to strengthen CILIP’s role as the UK’s professional association for librarians, information and knowledge workers (Goal 3.3).

Finally, we will embrace the opportunity of working with IFLA to continue to “increase, diversify and engage” their membership (Goal 4.3), with a particular focus on raising awareness of and engagement with IFLA across the UK.”

The full text of the IFLA Global Strategy is available from

CILIP is attending the IFLA World Library and Information Congress in Athens thanks to the generous support of the Arts Council England for the Working Internationally project – a 2-year initiative to promote international collaboration and partnership between English libraries and their international counterparts. The initiative is ring-fenced to England in the first instance due to the conditions of funding, but it is CILIP’s ambition to expand this work across the rest of the UK in partnership with key strategic agencies.

Banner image: CILIP Vice President Judy Broady-Preston, accompanied by Immediate Past President Ayub Khan and CILIP staff members Rabeea Arif and Andrew Grave preparing to welcome UK and international delegates to the UK Caucus at IFLA WLIC in Athens.

Published: 27 August 2019

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