Welcome to the September issue of the IFLA Newsletter!
The World Library and Information Congress 2023 (WLIC) Satellite hosted by IFLA's Library Services for Children & Young Adults (C&YA) and Literacy and Reading (LITREAD) Sections saw a vibrant gathering of professionals dedicated to fostering a love for reading among young people. Titled "Journeys into Reading," this satellite event, co-organized by the Dutch reading Foundation, was held at The Hague at KB, National Library and featured a series of insightful presentations that delved into innovative approaches, challenges, and successes in encouraging our very youngest to embark on the lifelong adventure of literacy and reading.
The Information Literacy Section provides an international platform for libraries and educational communities to share and improve information literacy practices, research in IFLA and with the broader library community. Working collaboratively with international and education communities, the Section organise programmes and activities that focus on various aspects of information literacy and areas for professional development, research and practice, education and training.
Libraries have a great story to tell of making a difference to development across the policy agenda. As our engagement at the SDG Action Weekend showed, this story is becoming better known at the United Nations among those working on sustainable development. Next step: new partnerships and impact.
While the evidence is clear that libraries' contribution to sustainable development is as broad as it is deep, it is also too often unrealised. IFLA will be participating at the Sustainable Development Goals Action Weekend in order to change perceptions and attitudes, and secure a stronger place for our profession.
What opportunities are there between now and the end of the year to highlight and celebrate the work of libraries to decision-makers and partners? Our look ahead sets out some key moments at the international level, to help you in your planning!
We are happy to share the announcement from our partners at the European Cultural Foundation of the 2023 edition of the Europe Challenge Call. This offers a great opportunity to work with peers across Europe to bring together ideas and creative solutions.
Nominations and nominees are welcome for positions on IFLA's new Open Science and Scholarship Advisory Committee, whose creation was agreed by the IFLA Governing Board on 25 August. 1 place for a chair and 9 places for members are available. Nominator and nominee forms are due by 12pm CEST on 3 October 2023.
In advance of the African Youth SDGs Forum, IFLA was happy to support a workshop for students and new library professionals in Zambia, focusing on sharing the skills they will need to fulfil the potential of libraries today and tomorrow.
At the 5th African Youth SDGs Summit in Lusaka, Zambia, libraries were actively present through participation in major sessions to share evidence of libraries' work in contributing to the SDGs.
IFLA’s new Governing Board 2023-25 met for the first time the day after the closing of the World Library and Information Congress, on 25 August 2023, at the Rotterdam Ahoy Conference Centre, The Netherlands.
Highlights from Day Four of IFLA WLIC 2023...
A dynamic Professional Unit has the greatest impact on IFLA’s global work – engaging members, developing strong leadership and identity, delivering high-quality services with a measurable impact, and communicating activities within IFLA and beyond. The Professional Committee launched the Dynamic Unit and Impact Awards (DUIAs) to recognise the Professional Units who have excelled in putting Dynamic Unit goals into practice. 4 DUIA were awarded this year: Quality and Impact of the Work; Effective Communication; Membership Engagement and Leadership Development; Overall Achievement.
Highlights from Day Three of IFLA WLIC 2023...