MLAS Strategic Plan 2006-2007


Within IFLA, the MLA Section (MLAS) supports the role of IFLA as an international advocacy agency and policy maker. It addresses the interests, aspirations and concerns of the library associations represented among IFLA members and is mindful of its role in providing leadership which encourages Associations to be more conscious of social responsibilities within society. The MLAS supports the needs and interests of all types and sizes of library associations, taking into account that there is a continuum of resources available to library associations: some have paid staff and others are run by volunteers, both possessing a wide range of experience and expertise. MLAS welcomes the participation of all library associations, both IFLA and non-IFLA members.


Goal 1: Promoting the role of national library associations in IFLA policy development and in influencing decision making.

(Professional priorities: (a) Supporting the role of libraries in society; (b) Defending the principle of freedom of information;(c) Promoting literacy and reading; (d) Providing unrestricted access to information; (h) Developing library professionals; (j) Supporting the infrastructure of library associations)


1.1 Advise IFLA governance structures on international policy-making and the role of national library associations.
1.2 Support the implementation of the IFLA Three Pillars Strategy
1.3 Act as a partner and consultative body for IFLA governance structures on policy matters relating to national library associations.
1.4 Recommend appropriate strategies to IFLA on matters relating to national library associations.
1.5 Partner IFLA in global lobbying activities and programmes.
1.6 Monitor and give support, where required, to national library associations in implementing IFLA policies and decisions.

Goal 2: Strengthen library associations as representative bodies for the library and information sector and encourage their full and active participation in IFLA and the MLAS.

(Professional priorities: (a) Supporting the role of libraries in society; (h) Developing library professionals; (i) Promoting standards, guidelines and best practices (j) supporting the infrastructure of library associations)


2.1 Working within the IFLA infrastructure identify and cooperate with other associations or bodies that are involved with library association development; with a specific focus on the Group of National Library Associations of South America, Spain and Portugal [Building on work done in Buenos Aires]
2.2 Glad-Programme. To strengthen leadership skills and competences of national library association officers and monitor and give support in order to effectively operate library associations (through the GLAD Programme).
2.3 Sponsor at least one regional MLAS seminar on library associations, incorporating the promotion of IFLA's activities.
2.4 Hold sessions at IFLA Conferences inviting representatives of library associations to participate.
2.5 Hold a mid-year meeting of the MLAS Standing Committee hosted by one of the members and meet with colleagues from the association within that country, or have a study tour of the appropriate institutions. These meetings are open to all national library associations as observers.

Goal 3: Promote IFLA's Advocacy and Professional Priorities in MLAS projects and programmes.

(Professional priorities: (h) Developing library professionals; (j) Supporting the infrastructure of library associations)


[To be further developed]

3.1 Submit information and news items regularly about the MLAS for the IFLA Journal. [Responsibility of the Information Coordinator].
3.2 Communicate regularly with the IFLA regional offices, offer regional MLAS programs and distribute MLAS publications.
3.3 Foster the work of the IFLA ALP Core Activity programmes.

MLAS Strategic Plan Work-group

Jennefer Nicholson
Winnie Vitzansky
Alicia Ocaso
Sabine Stummeyer

Action plans, Management of Library Associations

Last update: 14 January 2013