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.
SIF funds supported Stage 2 of IFLA’s International Leaders Programme. This programme provides learning and development opportunities for nine leaders (known as Associates) supported by three mentors. The nine Associates represent countries from all IFLA regions including Europe and North America and included three people with strong public library backgrounds. Stage 2 was the final year of the programme culminating in WLIC 2018 in Kuala Lumpur. During 2018, these leaders were also involved in a range of advocacy events such as attending IGF and copyright meetings in their regions. They increased their knowledge in these areas and contributed to outcomes for the library field in their region. They also all contributed to a storytelling manual which has become a critical tool for promoting stories about libraries contributions to the SDGs. The 2018 grant supported the attendance of the leaders and mentors at WLIC 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 and in their final presentations to the Governing Board and in sessions during the conference. A number have since taken leading roles within their home countries.
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 supported an outstanding group of leaders for the library field.
Angela Bersekowski was a German librarian who passed away in 2015, bequeathing a Legacy to the Stichting IFLA Foundation for the purposes of supporting the WLIC through grants and a social event. This Legacy was received in 2017.
An amount was spent in 2018 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 2018 to support the attendance and registration fees to WLIC 2018 for a group of young African librarians, chosen for their implementation of innovative services in public libraries in their home countries. During WLIC they were able to network with librarians and gather ideas for new services for their communities. Part of their programme at WLIC 2018 in Kuala Lumpur involved a workshop with the IFLA Leaders Programme Associates mentioned above.
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