The 10-Minute International Librarian #45: think how you can be a leader

Building leadership can play an important role in advancing the work of the library field.

Yet being a leader isn’t only about being in charge. It’s just as much about moving things forwards, and helping others to realise their potential.

You can be a leader from so many different positions, through sharing your ideas, making connections, and supporting other people.

As a member of a committee or a team, you can build energy, suggest new ways of doing things, or take on responsibilities.

In doing so, you can build your own experience and confidence.

So for our 45th 10-Minute International Librarian exercise, think how you can be a leader!

How can you, from your current position, move your institution, association, or the library field as a whole forwards?

In what other positions could you do this?

It’s a great time to be thinking about this with IFLA’s nominations process open for another two weeks – find out about which posts are available on our elections pages.

But there are also likely to be formal, or less formal roles, in national or specialist associations, or within your own institution or community.

Let us know about the best examples of leadership that you have seen in the comments box below.

Good luck!


This idea relates to the IFLA Strategy! 3.4 Provide targeted learning and professional development.

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 below.