Global vision

15.35 – Wednesday 4th July


 IFLA Global vision for libraries: the UK workshop

The challenges facing the library field from ever-increasing globalisation can only be met and overcome by an inclusive, global response from a united library field. This is why IFLA has engaged thousands of librarians and library friends in IFLA’s Global Vision discussion – a venture that will generate a united library field roadmap for the future. There has never been such an initiative before, which gives every single librarian in the world the chance to contribute. With feedback and input from 213 countries, IFLA is already on the way to create this Global Vision, powering literate, informed and participative societies. Come and join this debate and be part of a UK response to the IFLA Global Vision for Libraries.

If you are planning on coming along to this session then please do try and take a look at the Global vision report summary. This 2 page document summarises the 10 opportunities for libraries highlighted after a year of international discussions, workshops and online voting.



Barbara Lison, Treasurer of IFLA

For more than 25 years Barbara Lison has been working as Director of the Public Library Service of Bremen. She is an educated librarian with a degree in Slavonic Studies and History. Besides her director duties in Bremen, Barbara has been actively networking and advocating for libraries on national and international levels. She has held several offices in different library-related associations and is currently the Chair of the German Library Association. Several times since 1997 she has been a member and also Vice-President of the EBLIDA Executive Board. Between 2011 and 2015 Barbara served as an elected member of IFLA’s Governing Board. She was re-elected for 2017-2019 and is now IFLA’s Treasurer.

This session will end at 17:00.

 Chair: Ayub Khan, CILIP President

Ayub Khan started out as a library Saturday assistant in Birmingham. He spent his early career in education and children and young people’s services. Later, he was Project Officer for the new Library of Birmingham – involved in the early concept, visioning, design and business planning. Now Head of Libraries and Face to Face services for Warwickshire, Ayub leads a multi-disciplined workforce of over 500, and manages a multi-million pound budget. ‘Shakespeare’s County’ has a population of around 550,000.

He is involved with a number of professional bodies providing impartial advice on library policy and practice to Government. He is an Executive member and Digital Universal Offer lead for the Society of Chief Librarians. He recently led the national celebrations in libraries for Shakespeare’s 400th anniversary.

A Fellow and former Trustee of the Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals (CILIP), Ayub is also a member of the Library Buildings Committee of the International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA), and a former member of the UNESCO Culture Committee. He is on the British Library’s Public Lending Right Committee, and the editorial board of New Library World. He is a peer reviewer of library and cultural services for the Local Government Association.

In 2013, Ayub was awarded an MBE for his services to libraries.