2009 IFLA Milan

NOIR SIG programme outcomes

Group discussions resulted in a variety of subjects for NOIR SIG to pursue in the coming years.  Participants identified activities with concrete results, and activities that advance strategic plans and policies.

Specific activities were selected as the focus of work for 2009-2010.  Reports on those activities will be made at the NOIR SIG session in Gothenburg.

As we take action on these topics, details and results will be posted to the NOIR SIG pages.


Existing best practices - compile a summary of cases, list of contacts around the world

  • Grant programme for young professionals
  • Look at programmes offered by existing organizations
  • Cooperation with IFLA's New Professionals Group
  • Wikis for sharing existing best practices
  • Guidelines about financial commitments, gifts, visitor arrangements
  • Cultural understanding - accommodating needs of visitors
  • MoU to understand purpose of visit
  • Agenda for visits
  • Interpretation and translation for visitors
  • Protocols
  • Each organization should have link to international activities on their website - information for international visitors
  • Guidelines for drafting MoUs
  • Update IFLA's guidelines on book donations


  • International relations as a means to accomplish organizational goals
  • List of international activities within your institution - keeping a calendar, preparing reports on activities
  • Decisions on which opportunities to take up, which to refuse
  • What are the anticipated benefits?
  • Clearly articulated priorities
  • Communication upwards, sideways, downwards
  • About process, as well as outcome
  • Priorities:
    • Make the case to promote international relationships
    • Reach out to organizations and associations
    • Improve IFLA's own communications with other international bodies
  • Need to show what work has already been done by members in this group
  • Get colleagues involved early in their careers - attract students
  • Encourage learning other languages
  • Comparative research
  • Contracts expanded to further exchange of ideas
  • Report back to colleagues about participation in international activities and discussions
  • More interaction using technologies
  • Leverage existing networks (e.g. Goethe institute)
  • Budget for activities - IFLA scholarships for students

Activities for 2009-2010

  • Survey of international activities of national associations and institutions
  • Guidelines for drafting MoUs and partnership agreements
  • Best practices in hosting international delegations
    • Categories of visitors: professionals, diplomatic, academic - use ministries of foreign relations and culture for developing protocols
  • Active engagement with colleagues from developing countries
    • Work with your national aid agencies for visits from colleagues in developing countries

National Organizations and International Relations (NOIR)

Last update: 5 October 2012