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ALA Representative to IFLA Applications due May 4

Dear ACRL Members,

ACRL invites applicants to serve as ALA representatives to IFLA standing committees for the 2019– 2023 term. There is currently one vacancy each in the following IFLA standing committees:

  • Academic and Research Libraries
  • Art Libraries
  • Information Literacy
  • Rare Books and Manuscripts
  • 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 4, 2018.

  1. Completed “Request to be Nominated to IFLA” application form:
  2. A resume reflecting expertise in field of the section applied for
  3. Affirmation that the person can fulfill the working language and travel requirements

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 2018 ALA Annual Conference in New Orleans. The LRNC then submits its recommendations to the ACRL Board for consideration at the 2018 Fall Executive Committee Meeting. In turn, the ACRL Board submits the approved candidates for nomination to the ALA International Relations Committee in November, 2018.

IFLA Standing Committee

ACRL Section bringing forward nominations

Section leader to whom application materials should be submitted by May 4, 2018

Academic and Research Libraries


CJCLS: Jacquelyn Bryant jabryant02@gmail.com

CLS: Michelle Twait mtwait@gustavus.edu

ULS: Maura Seale mauraseale@gmail.com

Art Libraries


Jennifer Cox lafrancememanque@yahoo.com

Information Literacy


Merinda Kaye Hensley mhensle1@illinois.edu

Rare Books and Manuscripts


Athena Jackson

Science and Technology Libraries


Kara Whatley    

Social Science Libraries


ANSS: Anne Larrivee larrivee@upenn.edu

EBSS: Joyce Garczynski jgarczynski@towson.edu

PPIRS: David Schwieder dschwieder@uflib.ufl.edu

Please review the detailed guidelines located at:


Additional Information is also available on the ALA IRO page at:

http://www.ala.org/offices/iro/internationalrelations and http://www.ala.org/offices/iro/intlassocorgconf/iflarepresentatives 

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 2019 – 2023 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 six 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 (see chart above) or ACRL Senior Program Officer Megan Griffin, mgriffin@ala.org.