The 10-Minute International Librarian #12: Check out an IFLA Standard

Each library is unique, with staff needing to use their skills and judgement to assess what their communities need.

Nonetheless, there is also plenty that we have in common, there is plenty that we can learn from each other. One of the key types of work that takes place within IFLA is the development of standards and guidelines.

This provides a way to harvest the fruit of the discussions and exchanges that take place across our organisation, and present them in a way that can benefit the field as a whole.

From providing specific instructions on more technical issues, to simply underlining issues to consider, these can help librarians everywhere benefit from the collective wisdom of the field. This both saves time, and should help improve services.

So for our 12th 10-Minute International Librarian exercise, check out an IFLA standard.

You can find a full list of current IFLA standards on our website.

There are a huge range of materials already available, focusing on different library types, library users, and library services.

Let us know which one(s) you have found most useful in your work!

Good luck!


This idea relates to the IFLA Strategy! 2.3 Develop standards, guidelines, and other materials that foster best professional practice.

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! Do also share your ideas in the comments box.