IFLA 2.0

Reading Michael Stephens blogpost on ALA 2.0 I started thinking about library organizations and how web 2.0 can improve relations between members and organization and between organization and the world at large. I wrote a post on the Norwegian Library Association (NBF 2.0 – in norwegian) and having slept on the issue came to the conclusion that this was way to narrow thinking. The whole issue with web 2.0 and library 2.0 and hence Library Association 2.0 is that borders no longer count, national organizations are fine from both a social and professional viewpoint, but the real potential lies in the international possibilities that web 2.0 offers. Therefore the title of this blogpost: IFLA 2.0. IFLA, the International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions has so far, from where I stand, been an organization for the bigwigs on the national library scene. The director and president of the Norwegian library association, the directors of the lagest academic and public libraries and some people with special skills or papers to present. The membership fee is high and the benefit of becoming a member hard to see unless you have the budget to travel to the annual conferences around the world. This could now change. There is so much to be said for an internationalization of the library association work. I feel that I have more in common with Michael Stephens, Jenny Levine, Karen Schneider, Sukhdev Singh, Bonaria Biancu, and other Librarian 2.0s than I have with a majority of my fellow members of the Norwegian Library Association.

I would love to be a member of an organization that organized the people that looks at what makes libraries work and how they can develop on an international scale. These people are the ones I want to meet and discuss with, online in Second Life or World of Warcraft, on conferences like Internet Librarian and in any IM or chat session you can name. I have discussed with many interesting people on the Library 2.0 gang podcast and know from experience that I have a LOT to learn from others.

I know that a lot of the members of IFLA comes from developing countries and that the issues of web 2.0 and technology are completely outside the immediate problems and challenges that face the librarians of Nigeria, Peru or Vietnam. At the same time I think that some types of technology have the potential of solving some of the problems facing librarians in these and other developing countries. I would love to exchange experiences and understanding with librarians from all over the world. I know I would become a far more knowledgeable person from this, and I hope that some of my understanding will contribute to the knowledge of others. I think that what we now need is a truely international library organization for individual librarians using web 2.0 technology to exchange knowledge and fuel professional development. Either IFLA could take this ball and run with it, or this will expand and develop on its own just from the need of a critical mass of people. When you have that need it will drive the establishment and future of such an organization.


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Posted in IFLA, Librarian 2.0, Library Associations 2.0
3 comments on “IFLA 2.0
  1. […] Neben der Diskussion um Libary 2.0 wird in englischsprachigen Raum auch eine Diskussion um Library Associations 2.0 geführt. Nachdem Michale Cassey über die ALA 2.0 nachgedacht hat, denkt nun Thomas Brevik über die IFLA 2.0 nach. Diesem Gedanken würde ich mich gerne anschließen. […]

  2. Ian Smith says:

    (One of my few words of Norwegian!)

    I’m interested in these ideas and in pursuing this discussion. I’m involved in IFLA and have been for a few years – specifically the Continuing Professional Development and Workplace Learning Section http://www.ifla.org/VII/s43/index.htm .

    We are working in the Section to make a practical/useful contribution and to get away from the notion of IFLA being a “bigwig talk fest”. One of the areas of work that we are trying to open up is the use of technolgies such as blogs as professional development tools – hence my interest in this posting.

    I have to admit that, as a Librarian in my 50’s, blogs are not something I know a lot about! So, this is an attempt to engage 🙂 with the technology. If you read this and are interested in what I’m talking about here please respond. My email address is: i.smth@latrobe.edu.au

    Ian Smith.

  3. […] them to travel to an IFLA conference (WLIC). A comment by Ian Smith from IFLA on my last post on IFLA 2.0 promted a lot of thought on how IFLA could use social networks to become more open to individual […]

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November 2006
The Librarian

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