June 7


5 PM Auckland, New Zealand;  2 PM Tokyo, Japan; 1 PM Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia;  12 PM Hanoi, Vietnam; 7 AM Warsaw, Poland

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IFLA’s Management of Library Associations Section (MLAS) in collaboration with the New Professionals Special Interest Group (NPSIG), the Environment, Sustainability and Libraries Section (ENSULIB), and the IFLA Regional Divisions is proud to announce a webinar series on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and Library Associations.

The United Nations has stated that the world is in last Decade of Action to meet the SDGs. Libraries are sustainable accelerators. Library associations are key in moving forward the library agenda in each country. MLAS mission is to build and support strong library associations. Collaborating together with other IFLA groups and regions of the world, this activity will allow us to support national library associations highlighting effective strategies that will equip them to help their country to achieve development.

The webinar series “Sustainable Development Goals and Library Associations” follows the IFLA Strategic Direction 1.1 Show the power of libraries in achieving the Sustainable Development Goals. A working group from MLAS in collaboration with IFLA New Professionals SIG and IFLA Regional Divisions will coordinate webinars about various top topics resulting from a survey MLAS carried out during 2020-2021.  The webinar format includes interactive opportunities to engage attendees in conversations in languages spoken in the regions.

The event will be recorded.  Event updates on the IFLA-L, and on MLAS on Facebook and Twitter.


Loy Jyoon Chin, MLAS Secretary

Magdalena Gomulka, IFLA New Professionals SIG Convenor


Winston Roberts, Chair, IFLA Asia-Oceania Regional Division Committee, and Senior Advisor, National Library of New Zealand

Kiyoshi Chiba (Japan), Digital Communications Assistant at the United Nations Information Centre (UNIC) in Northeast Asia, UNIC Tokyo

Clare Thorpe (Australia), Vice President of the Australian Library and Information Association (ALIA)

Erlinda Naputi (Northern Marianas), President of the Pacific Islands Associations of Libraries, Archives, and Museums (PIALA), and member of IFLA Asia/Oceania Regional Division Committee

Lorin Pai (Fiji), President of the Fiji Library Association

Rashidah Bolhassan (Malaysia) –  Special Officer, Ministry of Tourism, Creative and Performing  Arts, Sarawak, Malaysia. Past President of the Librarians’ Association of Malaysia

Kim Taunga, President of The New Zealand Library Association Inc. (LIANZA), Head of Community Delivery Te Tonga/South, Auckland, New Zealand