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The challenges facing the library field from ever-increasing globalisation can only be met and overcome by an inclusive, global response from a united library field.

IFLA’s Global Vision discussion brings together thousands of representatives of the library field worldwide to explore how a connected library field can meet the challenges of the future.

IFLA launches and facilitates this global discussion at a series of high-level meetings and workshops in different parts of the world following the kick-off event in Athens, Greece. Numerous meetings and online threads led by librarians from all over the world will build on the momentum started in Athens. Simultaneously, this dedicated “Global Vision” website provides key information about the initiative and will also provide support materials as well as interactive mechanisms (e.g. real-time voting) that allow active participation in identifying future challenges and prioritizing actions that the library environment could take.

Conclusions from this conversation along with voting data will then be gathered and analysed by IFLA. This unique material will provide a basis for the IFLA Global Vision report which will be published in early 2018. Based on the report, the library field will develop concrete work plans on how to put our collective vision of the future into practice.

We firmly believe that only a unified and connected library field will be able to fulfil one of the true potentials of libraries: to build literate, informed and participative societies.

Together we create the future. Join us!

Gerald Leitner Global vision conversation discussion about the role of libraries in the future of IFLA international federation of library associations

Gerald Leitner
IFLA Secretary General

Global vision conversation discussion about the role of libraries in the future of IFLA international federation of library associations