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 through a series of high-level meetings and workshops in different parts of the world following the kick-off event in Athens, Greece. Representatives of 140 countries engaged in the discussions during six regional meetings organised by IFLA: in Washington D.C., Yaoundé, Alexandria, Buenos Aires, Singapore and Madrid. The workshops have focused on how to strengthen the ties within the library field, helped identify future challenges and opportunities for the library field, and prioritise actions that the library environment could take in response to the fast-pacing changes in societies.

Numerous meetings and online threads under #iflaGlobalVision led by librarians from all over the world are building on the momentum started in Athens. They follow a similar format and are focused on a set of questions designed through a collaborative process, e.g. What are the core values of libraries? What are libraries exceptionally good at? What are the main challenges to libraries? What would be the characteristics of a united library field? In order to make the participation in the discussion even easier, an online voting platform based on the outcomes of the regional meetings was made available on this website following its launch in August during IFLA’s World Library and Information Congress in Wrocław, Poland. The platform included the same set of questions used in the regional and self-facilitated meetings and the survey answer options were based on the outcome of the regional meetings in six continents.

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 the first quarter of 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

Learn more about the Global Vision regional workshops organized by IFLA:
Regional Meeting North America, Washington D.C.

  • summary: https://www.ifla.org/node/11375
  • photo album: https://www.flickr.com/photos/ifla/sets/72157683647038715/

Regional Meeting Africa, Yaoundé

  • summary: https://www.ifla.org/node/11394
  • photo album: https://www.flickr.com/photos/ifla/sets/72157681933023550/

Regional Meeting Middle East North Africa, Alexandria

  • summary: https://www.ifla.org/node/11419
  • photo album: https://www.flickr.com/photos/ifla/sets/72157681553073302/

Regional Meeting Latin America and the Caribbean, Buenos Aires

  • summary: https://www.ifla.org/node/11443
  • photo album: https://www.flickr.com/photos/ifla/sets/72157683052865210/

Regional Meeting Asia Oceania, Singapore

  • summary: https://www.ifla.org/node/11485
  • photo album: https://www.flickr.com/photos/ifla/sets/72157682943961584/

Regional Meeting Europe, Madrid

  • photo album: https://www.flickr.com/photos/ifla/sets/72157686025632446/
  • the final recap: https://www.ifla.org/node/11524