ALA Representative to IFLA Applications

ALA representatives IFLA applications are due May 1.

ACRL invites applicants to serve as ALA representatives to IFLA standing committees for the 2025–2029 term. There is currently one vacancy each in the following IFLA standing committees:

• Academic and Research Libraries
• Art Libraries
• Rare Books and Special Collections - recent name change
• Science and Technology Libraries
• Social Science Libraries

To apply as an ALA representative to IFLA, submit the materials detailed below to the appropriate section contact no later than May 1, 2024.

1. Completed “Request to be Nominated to IFLA” application form, available here.
2. A resume reflecting expertise in field of the applicable section.
3. Statement affirming that the person can fulfill the working language and travel requirements.

IFLA Standing Committee ACRL Section bringing forward nominations Section leader to whom application materials should be submitted by May 1
Academic and Research Libraries CJCLS, CLS, ULS

CJCLS: Linda Miles

CLS: Nathaniel King

ULS: Nancy Gibson

Art Libraries Arts Sarah Carter
Rare Books and Special Collections - recent name change RBMS Melanie Griffin
Science and Technology Libraries STS Rachel Ellen Hamelers

Social Science Libraries ANSS, EBSS, and PPIRS ANSS: Jessica Hagman

EBSS: Yu-Hui Chen

PPIRS: Sandy Hervieux

ACRL sections review the IFLA representative applications and make recommendations to the ACRL Leadership Recruitment and Nominations Committee (LRNC). The LRNC will review applications at the 2024 ALA Annual Conference. The LRNC then submits its recommendations to the ACRL Board for consideration at the 2022 Fall Executive Committee Meeting. In turn, the ACRL Board submits the approved candidates for nomination to the ALA International Relations Committee in November, 2024.

Please review the detailed guidelines located in the Guide to Policies and Procedures, Appointments and Nominations Chapter 7.

Additional Information is also available on the ALA International Relations Office Committee webpage and ALA Representation on IFLA Standing Committees webpage.

Summary of the highlights:
Members are nominated and officially endorsed for a four-year term to every IFLA section standing committee at each IFLA election. The new appointments will be for the 2025 – 2029 term. Individuals can only serve on one IFLA committee at a time, and a maximum of two consecutive terms. Any ALA/ACRL member may be suggested for nomination to one of the five IFLA standing committees above. Individual applications for nomination are also acceptable. Current incumbents who are eligible for a second term may apply for continuation.

Nominees should be experts in the field covered by the section and have a working knowledge of at least one working language of IFLA (English is an IFLA working language), and should have reasonable expectation of attending meetings of the standing committee without cost to IFLA or to ACRL.

ALA representatives on IFLA section standing committees are required to:
• Report to their constituencies on appropriate developments and information originating from their respective committees; these communications may be published in ALA journals or newsletters, or as special reports to ALA members;
• Transmit a copy of the report(s) to the ALA International Relations Committee.

Questions? Please contact the appropriate section leader (above) or ACRL Program Officer Elois Sharpe,