MLAS/BSLA satellite meeting at WLIC 2014

How strong is your library association? Advocacy in action


13 – 14 August 2014


Lyon, France, Bibliothèque municipale de Lyon


The IFLA Management of Library Associations Section (MLAS) together with the IFLA Building Strong Libraries Associations (BSLA) programme invites you to its 2014 satellite meeting in Lyon, France.

Registration is Free (no charge): Register now

Objectives and outcomes for participants

  • Promotion of national advocacy as an important tool to effect change for libraries, responding to challenges and new opportunities in the digital environment – identified in the IFLA Trend Report, IFLA Principles for eLending, Draft of Lyon Declaration
  • Increased understanding of IFLA’s advocacy efforts at the international level, and understanding of the relationship between international and national advocacy
  • Building of advocacy skills and strategies for national library associations representatives to contribute to national level advocacy efforts
  • Sharing of national library advocacy campaigns that have taken place, or are being prepared;
  • Importance of engaging new professionals in association efforts
  • Identification of possible library coalition members from outside the sector within each country (and wider region) including consumer groups; digital rights groups; civil liberties groups

Contact Persons


Wednesday, 13 August 2014

08.30 hrs  Registration

09.15 hrs Welcome and introduction

Welcome and Introduction to the satellite meeting

Gerald Leitner, Chair MLAS

Ice breaker exercise

Gillian Hallam, Australia, BSLA trainer

10.00 – 12.00 Training BSLA Advocacy: Libraries on the Agenda (Gillian Hallam, BSLA Trainer)

Topic 1: What is advocacy?

In between:  coffee break

12.00 hrs Only Lyon: city marketing and branding initiative

Alexandre Jacques (Lyon convention bureau)

12.30 hrs Lunch

13.30 hrs Topic 2: Developing an advocacy role

15.30 Coffee

16.00 hrs -17.30 hrs Presentation of success stories, part I

16.00 hrs EBLIDA Campaign on E-Books “The  right to E-Read” in Austria

Gerald Leitner, Austrian Library Association

16.45  hrs Library Lovers  - a successful campaign in Sweden

Leif Mårtensson, Swedish Library Association

17.30 Close and guided library tour

Thursday, 14 August 2014

09.00 hrs Questions, reflections

09.15 hrs Topic 3: Developing an Advocacy Plan

10.30 hrs coffee break

11.00 Topic 3: Developing an Advocacy Plan

12.00 Action Plan

12.30 hrs lunch

13.30 hrs Transformation of library associations:

Short Interviews of association leaders followed by discussion

Moderator: Marian Koren

14.30 hrs – 15.30 hrs Presentation of success stories, part II

14.30 hrs Lobbying for Changes in Copyright and the role of associations

Alicia Ocaso, Uruguay

15.00 hrs Stronger Together: Swedish and Kenian Library Association

Christina Tovoté, Swedish Library Association and Dr Tanui arap Tirong, Kenian Library Association

15.30 hrs coffee

16.00  Report back and action plan

16.30  Conclusion

17.00 Evaluation and close

Satellite Meeting, Management of Library Associations

Last update: 8 July 2014