International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA)

IFLA is the international body for library associations and ALIA is an active member. The Association is represented by the ALIA President and/or a senior officer, at the annual World Library and Information Congress.


International Advocacy Programme

ALIA is a member of this program, along with 75 other countries, and we are committed to advocacy in support of the Sustainable Development Goals.

Library Map of the World

With input from other library organisations, ALIA has provided Australian data to the IFLA Library Map of the World project.

Global Vision

IFLA is promoting a global discussion about how libraries can meet the challenges of the future. There have been six workshops around the world, and there is the opportunity for everyone to participate through an interactive online voting platform launched in August 2017. At the same time, ALIA ran a survey to collate the views of people in the Australian library sector so that our national perspective can be fed into the discussion. We received 449 responses and the results can be found below.

The Global Vision continued in 2018. Find out more from the IFLA Global Vision discussion website. IFLA is encouraging participants to use social media and to tag posts with #iflaGlobalVision.


Australian High Commission Reception 2018

In place of the Australian Caucus and Dinner, on 24 August 2018, the Australian High Commission in Malaysia hosted a reception for ALIA guests at the IFLA Congress in Kuala Lumpur. The event was in partnership with Taylor and Francis.


Australian Caucus and Dinner 2017 and 2016

In 2016 at the IFLA Congress in Columbus OHIO USA the first official Australian Caucus took place on Saturday 13 August 2016. The second Australian Caucus meeting was in Wroclaw, POLAND on Saturday 19th August 2017. 19:00-20:00 Room Oval 11, Centennial Hall, Wroclaw.


Photo Kerry Smith (CC BY-SA 2.0)


 ALIA places on IFLA committees and sections:

  • Asia and Oceania (2017-2021) Vicki McDonald, ALIA Fellow and former ALIA President

  • Continuing PD & Workplace Learning (2015-2019) Gillian Hallam, former ALIA President

  • Copyright and other Legal Matters, Chair (2017-2019, second term) Evelyn Woodberry, ALIA Fellow

  • Copyright and other Legal Matters (2019-2021) Jessica Coates

  • Governing Board of IFLA, President-elect (2017-2019) Christine Mackenzie, ALIA Fellow and former ALIA President

  • Governing Board of IFLA, Chair Division I (2017-2019) Vicki McDonald, ALIA Fellow and former ALIA President

  • Information Technology (2017-2021) Edmund Balnaves, former ALIA Director
  • Library Theory and Research (2015-2019) Gaby Haddow

  • Management and Marketing (2015-2019) Damian Lodge, former ALIA President

  • Public Libraries, Chair (2015-2019) Jan Richards, former ALIA President

  • School Libraries (2015-2019) Judy O’Connell 

Representatives on these committees are self-funded.

IFLA Sections

ALIA is a member of the following sections:

  • Public Libraries (section 8)

  • School Libraries (section 11)

  • Information Technology (section 21)

  • Education and Training (section 23)

  • Library Theory and Research (section 24)

  • Asia and Oceania (section 26)

  • Management and Marketing (section 34)

  • Management of Library Associations (section 40)

  • Continuing Professional Development and Workplace Learning (section 43)

  • Indigenous Matters (section 50)


Other ALIA Members hold formal positions with IFLA committees as a result of their personal or institutional membership of the international association. These include:

  • Academic and Research Libraries (2017-2021) Jayshree Mamtora

  • Copyright and other Legal Matters, eLending sub-committee, Chair, Margaret Allen, ALIA Fellow and former ALIA President

  • Health and Bio Sciences Libraries (2015-2019) Heather Todd

  • LGBTQQ Users Special Interest Group, Convenor, Anne Reddacliff, former ALIA Director

  • Library and Research Services for Parliaments (2015-2019) Dianne Heriot

  • Library Buildings and Equipment (2015-2019) Janine Schmidt, ALIA Fellow

  • Library Buildings and Equipment (2017-2021) Marian Morgan-Bindon, former ALIA Director

  • Library History Special Interest Group, Convenor Kerry Smith, former ALIA President

  • Public Libraries (2017-2021) Margaret Allen, ALIA Fellow and former ALIA President

  • Statistics and Evaluation (2015-2019) Harlinah Teoh


Find out more about IFLA on the website

Contact the ALIA Membership team to find out ALIA's IFLA number.