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librarygroup On January - 6 - 2014

IFLA (International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions)

The International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA) is a leading international association of library organisations. It is a global voice of the library and information profession, and its annual conference provides a venue for librarians to learn from one another. The IFLA forum promotes international cooperation, research and development in all fields related to library activities. The current president of IFLA is Ingrid Parent. A very important and close partner of the IFLA is UNESCO. Several of the manifestos prepared by committees of the IFLA have been recognized as UNESCO manifestos.ifla-logo

IFLA is part of the International Committee of the Blue Shield (ICBS), which works to protect the world’s cultural heritage threatened by wars and natural disaster.

IFLA was founded in Edinburgh, Scotland, in 1927 when library associations from 14 European countries and the United States signed a resolution at the celebration of the 50th anniversary of the Library Association of the United Kingdom. Isak Collijn, head of the National Library of Sweden, was elected the first president. The first constitution was approved in Rome in 1929 during the World Congress of Librarianship and Bibliography.

During the 1930s the first library associations from outside Europe and the US joined, these being China, India, Japan, Mexico and the Philippines. By 1974 IFLA membership had become virtually global with 600 members in 100 countries.

Membership criteria were expanded beyond library associations in 1976 to include institutions, i.e. libraries, library schools and bibliographic institutes. At this time, the word Institutions was added to the organisation’s name. Since then further new categories of membership have been created, including personal affiliates.

IFLA has now grown to over 1,600 members in approximately 150 countries. It is headquartered in the Koninklijke Bibliotheek, the National Library of the Netherlands, in The Hague.

IFLA’s objectives:

  • To develop, maintain and promote guidelines for library services
  • To represent librarianship in matters of international interest
  • To promote the continuing education of library personnel

IFLA Publications:

  • IFLA Journal is published four times a year by SAGE Publication on behalf of IFLA. Each issue covers news of current IFLA activities and articles.
  • Annual Report records IFLA’s achievements during the previous years.
  • IFLA publications series, published by IFLA’s publisher, includes such titles as: Digital Library Futures: User perspectives and institutional strategies, Strategies for Regenerating the Library and Information Profession, and the 3rd edition of The World Guide to Library, Archive and Information Science Associations
  • IFLA Professional Reports series feature reports of professional meetings and guidelines to best practice. Recent reports include: Using research to promote literacy and reading in libraries: Guidelines for librarians, Mobile Library Guidelines, International Resource Book for Libraries Serving Disadvantaged Persons: 2001-2008.
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