PC Suggested Priorities for 2013-2015

When Patrice Landry completed his term as PC Chair in 2011, he articulated for us a list of suggested priorities, which I came to call “Patrice’s Ten Commandments.”  They were invaluable in launching this term, now nearing its end.  As Chair, I’d like to post here a draft list of my own, which will be discussed in Singapore.  I/we would welcome your comments, additions, thoughts on what you see below.   At the Leadership Brief on Saturday morning (August 17th) we hope to see as many officers (current and aspiring) as possible and to provide a forum for you to express your wishes in the form of: “If I could ask ask anything of the PC, it would be______”  Please come prepared!  And meanwhile, here goes:

Ann’s Suggested Priorities for 2013-2015 

1.         Align IFLA’s professional activities within its broad strategic planning and Key Initiatives:  Following on the “Professional Units Key Initiatives” session in Singapore, continue to increase involvement of Sections and SIGs in IFLA’s overarching goals and priorities; in turn, professional units can also shape and influence IFLA’s future directions.

2.         Promote professional projects:  Encourage professional projects, as a major means of advancing library and IFLA objectives.  Improve project follow-up, highlight and promote completed projects, and promulgate outcomes.  (Further rationalize timing of calls, reports.)

3.         Continue to focus on ever-improving communications, supporting IFLA’s aim of being as transparent an organization as possible:

  • Actively solicit and receive suggestions from IFLA’s various professional units and act on them to improve up/down/sideways engagement across the professionals within the PC’s remit.
  • Continuously seek to improve effectiveness of Leadership Briefs, Division Forums, and Officer Training; involve units where possible in the planning of these WLIC events.
  • Further enable IFLA’s professionals to be more active in PC’s discussions, working groups, etc.  The PC has been able to do more of this in its past term, and should aim to increase insofar as possible.
  • Improve the visibility and communications (and schedule) of the ‘ProfSpeak” blog or its equivalent.  Aim for a regular schedule as possible.
  • Develop responses to requests of committees for support (for example, web templates for newsletters and communications).

4.         Publications are essential documents for IFLA and the library profession:

  • Continue review of publications’ (IFLA’s book series and Journal) goals, strategies, and procedures, and monitor updated or newly created policies/practices/submissions.  The work will be in accord with IFLA’s recent policies and recommendations on topics such as open access and ebook practices.
  • Implement the Repository by developing policies and guidelines for active deposit of appropriate documents.  Articulate the relationships between IFLA’s current publications and repository content.

5.         Refine budget and finances:  Continue to evolve and improve ways by which PC’s budgets and expenditures will be in balance, while fostering important professional work.

6.         Possible follow-ups of topics unfinished in 2011-2013, which could include:

  • Communications technologies, toolkits, and social media opportunities; E-posters; Funding toolkit for committees; Standards as a Key Initiative, Succession planning for committees and the PC, Review of professional awards, etc.

See you soon!  Ann Okerson

Chair of IFLA’s Professional Committee (for a little while longer)

1 Response to “PC Suggested Priorities for 2013-2015”

  • Hi, Ann

    nice initiative!

    “If I could aslk anything of the PC, it would be:

    to encourage all PC members to shsre their personal thinking, policy ideas, pictures (solected) and reasoning about IFLA issues (including contested ones) on the open web (transparency)

    to approach SC officers and members personally and informally during conferences and other events and ask us what we think IFLA is doing well – and what needs to change

    to praise people for failures (eLearn Africa has started to do that) – in order to support risk taking, innovation and creativity

    to use seating to encourage dialogue


    (we love IFLA and want it to be a learning organization …

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