IFLA and Norway - Here I Come!
By Linda J. Goff, Library Instruction

Last week I got my official appointment letter from the International Federation of Library Associations, (IFLA), appointing me a to a 4-year term on the Information Literacy Standing Committee.

So what is IFLA and why am I so excited? IFLA was founded in 1927 as a federation of national library associations and now has members in 150 countries. Its headquarters is at the Royal Library, the national library of the Netherlands in the Hague. The annual meeting is in August every year, but the location varies. This year IFLA will meet in Oslo, Norway, in 2006 IFLA will convene to Korea, in 2007 we will meet in South Africa, and in 2008 it will be held in Canada. (Good thing, as I’ll be out of money and frequent flyer miles by then.)

How did I get appointed? In February 2004, ALA asked the Library Instruction Round Table (LIRT) to nominate a member who was interested in serving on the Information Literacy Committee of IFLA. As a long standing member of LIRT I was selected by the LIRT Executive Committee and my name and resume were forwarded to the International Relations Round Table. They approved and forwarded my nomination to the ALA Executive Board. After approval by ALA the nomination was forwarded to IFLA in June, 2004. It’s been quite a process.

According to their web page, http://www.ifla.org/VII/s42/index.htm - the IFLA Information Literacy Section’s primary purpose is

“to foster international cooperation in the development of information skills education in all types of libraries. The Section focuses on all aspects of information literacy including user education, learning styles, the use of computers and media in teaching and learning, networked resources, partnerships with teaching faculty in the development of instructional programmes, distance education, and the training of librarians in teaching information and technical sills. It is the mission of the Section to disseminate information on information literacy programmes and trends. The Section is very willing to work closely with other IFLA bodies and other organizations in the development of programmes, workshops and projects related to information skills instruction.”

The testing we’ve been doing this past month with ETS is right up their alley and I’m anxious to discover what other libraries in other countries are doing.