IFLAdial follow-up


Back IFLAdial-logoin August 2012, the IFLAdial Working Group kicked off at the WLIC in Helsinki with the main purpose of looking at improving communications within IFLA. Based on feedback by IFLA activists around the world via various social media channels, mailing lists, and an online survey, several recommendations have been compiled in an extensive report for IFLA’s Professionals Committee and Governing Board to be discussed at their latest meetings in December.

Meanwhile, the report has been put online on the website of IFLA Division IV [pdf file] for the public, an online version can be found in our blog. As the Professional Committee continues to engage with the suggestions and concerns raised in the report (such as in this recent post about conferencing tools), everyone is encouraged to send further feedback on the whole topic of communications within IFLA!

2 thoughts on “IFLAdial follow-up

  1. This is a useful report, but perhaps I could add a factual observation, a couple of personal comments, and a suggestion.

    Almost all the studies of blogs have demonstrated that they are only a form of one-way communication from the blog owner. They are also mostly dead; few show any signs of regular activity. So, why bother?

    Social media such as Twitter may be more active, but just deleting the irrelevant messages has a huge potential as a time waster, so why use them?

    IFLA’s human resources are its personal members. We seem to be gradually eradicating those who participated only if they could be accepted as authors of ‘air ticket’ papers, but how many people who have signed up as committee members do little more than attend committee meetings?. The solution to IFLA’s shortage of human and financial resources are inter-linked. IFLA could lend its status to bids for project funds, if committee members were expected to identify external funding sources, write the proposals, and manage the projects. Too often, these tasks are left to the few officers we can afford to employ. Committees need to be more aggressive in pursuing funds for the projects they wish to implement, and not just rely on HQ to provide them.

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