Friday, December 9, 2011

PL 73/11: IFLA asked to reduce fees

Filed under: #ifla2012, IFLA — plinius @ 9:09 am

Social media allow scattered individuals to mobilize.

In December, the first calls for papers for next year’s IFLA (in Helsinki this time) are published. This time, people started to complain about the high conference fees that IFLA charges. The original issue had to do with members of the IFLA sections – who are (s)elected for four years and have to find money for five consecutive conferences.

The debate has moved from the IFLA mailing list to a website, which organizes petitions of all kinds. I just added my signature to the petition, with the following comment:

I am glad this debate has started – supported by  the power of digital technology

IFLA is a progressive and democratic organization with a rather traditional structure. This includes the high cost of the annual conferences and  the “sequence of hurried lectures” format.

Much has been done to adapt the organization in recent years – but the conference itself has only seen small changes. Process oriented small group sessions and spontaneous “unconferences” remain experiments. The high cost means that participants tend to come from senior positions in big libraries and hence to be above fifty or sixty (like myself …).

To flourish, IFLA needs young and innovative participants from not-so-rich institutions and countries.

Background is an online advocacy platform that empowers anyone, anywhere to start, join, and win campaigns for social change. Millions of people sign petitions on each month on thousands of issues, winning campaigns every day to advance change locally and globally.



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