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IFLA Information Session - Elections

  • Friday, March 26, 2021
  • 2:30 PM - 3:30 PM
  • Zoom
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Friday March 26, 2021 - 2:30PM - 3:30PM

IFLA elections: your committee needs you! You are invited to attend a LIANZA information session this Friday 26th by Zoom, at 2.30-3.30pm, hosted by the National Library, to discuss the changes in IFLA and the election process that is under way.  Please register to receive the zoom link.

As you know, the IFLA restructuring proposals were recently endorsed by the membership, and they will come into effect in mid-August (at the general meeting during the virtual Congress). These are the most radical changes in IFLA for many decades, and they are designed to meet the global challenges currently facing the organisation. They are a mix of strategic and technical changes with far-reaching implications. They concern the new more tightly focused Governing Board, changes to the management and organisation of the professional Divisions, Sections and other units,…  And revisions to the Statutes and Rules of IFLA in order to implement the changes.

But the most radical changes – which particularly affect us in Aotearoa/NZ – include the upgrade of the current Regional Sections into Regional Divisions, and the creation of new Regional Divisions (for North America, Europe and Middle East/North Africa), all reporting to a new Regional Council which will parallel the Professional Council.

All the changes are explained on the IFLA website at https://www.ifla.org/elections-2021 - see particularly the FAQ.

This is a great opportunity for NZ members to influence the new Regional Division for Asia-Oceania, and its committee, which will be more strategically focused than the present regional Section, and give us and the whole region a voice in the Regional Council.

The most immediately urgent task is to nominate candidates to the new positions (deadline for nominations: Tuesday 13 April). The next task will be to vote (various election dates between 26 April and end of May, according to the positions).

All IFLA members and affiliates in New Zealand will have received full details by email: in particular a document early this month which is tailored to the situation of each member or affiliate. The document contains links for online nomination forms, which eligible members need to use to nominate candidates for election to the various positions. And, there is also a link to the online ‘Nominee consent form’, which anyone nominated (or self-nominated) must complete. All nomination forms and consent forms must be submitted online to IFLA Headquarters not later than midday 13 April Central European time = 10pm NZ standard time.

Again, see the explanations on the IFLA website at the tab “Opportunities to Engage”.

IFLA is holding information Round Tables/webinars this week. The first (on the professional structure) was held last night Monday. The next (on the Governing Board changes) will be held TONIGHT 23 March at 8-9.30pm NZ time. The following will be possibly the most important for us: on Thursday 25th 8-9.30pm will be the Round Table on the new Division structure, and how we fit into it.

On Friday 26th, LIANZA and the NZ IFLA group will hold a discussion session by Zoom, hosted by the National Library, at 2.30-3.30pm, to answer questions and explain the ins and outs of the new arrangements.

Please use the register button to RSVP and the Zoom link and password for the meetup will be emailed to you.
Please do not share this Zoom link or password.
RSVP’s and passwords are being used to ensure the Zoom meetup is a ‘safe space’.
Please ask any colleagues to RSVP to receive the link and password to join the webinar.

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