The Trustees 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.
SIF funds supported Stage 1 of a second cohort for IFLA’s International Leaders Programme. Following a call for applications, nine leaders (known as Associates) were chosen by a selection panel comprising members of the Governing Board. Three mentors were also appointed to assist with the Programme. The nine Associates represent countries from all IFLA regions including Europe and North America and included three people with strong public library backgrounds. The International Leaders Programme will run over three years from 2016 – 2018 beginning at WLIC 2016 in Columbus, Ohio and ending at WLIC 2018 in Kuala Lumpur. The 2017 grant supported the attendance of the leaders and mentors at WLIC 2017 and 2018. The SIF funding supported the costs of flights, hotels, WLIC registrations, per diems, and audio visual hire and catering for the two seminar days. The benefits of the week spent together at WLIC can be seen in the work and confidence of the Associates in the months since their meeting. Many are taking lead roles in their national associations or have begun to speak on behalf of libraries at regional meetings. Others have been invited to attend IFLA’s IAP regional workshops and have been involved in follow up advocacy activities back in their home countries. Recently some have stood for election to IFLA Standing Committees.
The IFLA International Leaders Programme aims to develop professionals who are already leading within their own countries to be able to advocate and lead strongly at regional and international levels, on behalf of others and IFLA. The SIF funds have been the basis of a very strong and promising beginning to the Programme.
SIF had been advised by an attorney for the estate of a German librarian who passed away in 2015, that she has bequeathed a Legacy to the Stichting IFLA Foundation for the purposes of supporting the WLIC through grants and a social event. This Legacy is received in 2017.
An amount is spent in 2017 to support young librarians taking part in IFLA’s annual conference and for them to benefit from a professional and personal cultural exchange. The SIF utilised a part of the A. Bersekowski Legacy Grant to make a number of grants in 2017 to support the attendance and registration fees for a group of young African librarians in August 2017 at the IFLA World Library and Information Congress (WLIC) in Wroclaw, Poland.
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