IFLADIAL Working Group Report on IFLA Communications to IFLA Professional Committee Meeting
1 Purpose of paper
This paper looks at issues of communication with IFLA, as identified by members and activists, and suggests areas for improvement.
The issue of communication within IFLA was highly discussed during the WLIC in Helsinki.
During several business meetings with IFLA representatives, it became clear that many IFLA Officers and activists are not quite satisfied with the current practices; an active interest in strengthening the flow of information and communication was expressed.
As a result of one of these discussions during the Division IV Leadership Brief, led by Division Chair Anna Maria Tammaro on August 12, the IFLADIAL Working Group was established to investigate concerns related to IFLA communication issues and to develop proposals for the PC to consider at its meeting in December 2012. The Working Group met face to face on August 14 to develop a work strategy and establish a consultation mechanism.
On August 28 the IFLADIAL group posted an opening statement in English and Spanish inviting participation to contribute to web-based discussions using different channels, including IFLA-L and comments on several IFLA blogs, all linked through the use of a shared hashtag (#ifladial). The opening statement on IFLA-L and blogposts generated very few, but nevertheless very interesting responses.
A short online survey available in English in Spanish, was also set up and advertised.
25 replies (14 in English and 11 in Spanish) were received by September 16, with a good geographical spread, including Argentina, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, Ghana, Hungary, India, Indonesia, Italy, Mexico, New Caledonia, Norway, Peru, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, USA and UK.
45% of the respondents to the online survey were IFLA Officers / SC Members / SIG Conveners. Although not all respondents addressed all the questions, the answers were quite similar, hence symptomatic of generalised concerns. A further 20 people participated on the #ifladial tweetchats which took place on September 1 and Saturday 8 September. The same five key questions on the online survey were posted on twitter to generate discussion:
- Q1. What do you think about the way that IFLA communicates with its activists?
- Q2. What do you think about the way that IFLA communicates with its members?
- Q3. What do you think about the way that IFLA communicates with the general public?
- Q4. What do you think about the way that IFLA uses social media? (blogs, twitter, etc)
- Q5. What suggestions do you have to improve communications within IFLA?
Storify was used to keep a record of the 1st tweetchat, 2nd tweetchat and the general ifladial archive including tweets and blog posts. Continue reading »