The 10-Minute International Librarian #5: Think of a Potential Partner

Libraries should never need to be isolated or alone.

Indeed, building partnerships, not just inside but also outside our field can be a great way of increasing impact while saving effort.

While it can seem like an effort at first, just taking a little time to identify and build partnerships can bring major benefits in future.

Indeed, this was the subject of one of the ten key opportunities identified in IFLA’s Global Vision!

So for our 5th 10-Minute International Librarian, as a first step, think of some potential partners.

Who shares the goals of libraries? Who sympathises with our institutions? Whose support could help you go further?

It could be a business sector, a non-governmental organisation, or even a part of government.

Write your ideas down – you can even categorise them by sector, or by how easy you think it could be to reach out.

Good luck!


This idea relates to the IFLA Strategy! Strategic Direction 3, Key Initiative 3: Empower the Field at the National and Regional Levels.

As we publish more ideas, you will be able to view these using the #10MinuteInternationalLibrarian tag on this blog, and of course on IFLA’s Ideas Store (especially Opportunity 7)! Do also share your ideas in the comments box.