Public Libraries Section Annual Report
It’s been a spectacular year for the Public Libraries Section and it has been a delight (and an absolute privilege) to hold the position of Section Chair. The accountability for offering compelling evidence demonstrating that public libraries have the agility and responsiveness to remain at the heart of the communities they serve has been very much a shared one.
Success for delivering on the PLS action plan is due to the sustained team effort of the Section members, harnessing their many skills and partnerships across the world to achieve IFLA’s goals. I would like to extend a very special thank you to each and every one of the Standing Committee, and our partners.
The Section remains as committed as ever to demonstrate and position the world’s public libraries in the everyday of our communities, and this very united Section will continue to leave the field strong.
- The IFLA Public Libraries satellite in Bergen Managing Change: Library Transitions was organised in partnership with IFLA’s Management and Marketing Section and hosted by Bergen City Library and Hordland County Council. The two day program offered delegates opportunities to hear from speakers from around the world on ways in which to accept the challenges that confront today’s library professional.
- Successful sessions with other IFLA sections were held during the WLIC in Wroclaw. All attracted a large number of participants and offered individual SC members the opportunity to work with colleagues from other sections in developing these programs.
- In order to ensure active engagement by Standing Committee members and being mindful of forthcoming elections a Welcome Kit was developed to be distributed to all successful candidates for the Public Libraries Standing Committee. A working party met to develop this, using reflections from all other members.
- The Public Libraries Standing Committee took a virtual approach to the request to participate in the Global Vision discussion and held a facilitated discussion using Survey Monkey. Together we represented in excess of 360 years of library experience. Participants were drawn from 11 countries across 4 continents.
- For four great days in March public librarians from around the world converged on Sydney to learn about STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Maths) as part of the IFLA Public Libraries Standing Committee’s mid-term meeting. It has become traditional for the Standing Committee to offer a seminar program for colleagues from within the host country and these are always popular. The 2017 program STEAM into Sydney was no exception. With inspirational speakers and best practice examples on offer plus tours to some of Sydney's newest and most beautiful libraries is it any wonder that the program was booked out in 4 hours! Delegates were drawn from eleven countries including all states of Australia. We were also delighted to welcome a sizeable contingent of library professionals from neighboring New Zealand.
I would encourage you to read the longer version of our Annual Report 2016-2017
Outgoing Chair, Public Libraries Section, August 2017
Last update: 12 January 2018