Report on Activities (2019)

    The Board of Directors agreed to allocate a grant to the IFLA to support the strategic directions of IFLA through its Key Initiatives and activities that meet the objects of the SIF.

    The IFLA Key Initiatives encompass activities for enhancing digital content and access; International Librarianship leadership development; outreach for advocacy and advancement of the Library and Information sector; and Cultural Heritage disaster reconstruction.

    The activities undertaken with SIF grant funds in 2019 were:

    New Professionals WLIC 2019 Attendance Grants

    Funds were used in 2019 to support 25 young librarians taking part in IFLA’s annual conference in Athens through provision of a free conference registration. This was a new category of grant for IFLA, specifically targeting new professionals with 3 to 10 years of experience. The grants aimed to empower and motivate newer librarians to engage with the international library field. The grants were available to librarians and library workers from all library types who were required to be a member of his/her national library association. Priority was given to applicants who were first-time attendees to the IFLA World Library and Information Congress. Each applicant had to provide the relevant documentation and a motivation letter. The 25 selected applicants came from 23 different countries across all IFLA regions.

    Angela Bersekowski Conference Grants

    Funds from Angela Bersekowski’s generous legacy were used to support librarians taking part in IFLA’s annual conference and for them to benefit from a professional and personal cultural exchange.

    Twenty librarians were selected to take part in IFLA’s annual conference in Athens through provision of a free conference registration. The grants aimed to empower and motivate librarians who had never attended WLIC to have this opportunity to engage with their global peers.

    The grants were available to librarians and library workers from all library types who were required to be a member of his/her national library association. The link back to national library associations is an important indicator of commitment to their career and a way for IFLA to support increased membership of local library associations.

    Each applicant had to provide the relevant evidential documentation and a motivation letter. The 20 selected applicants came from 18 different countries across all IFLA regions.

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