Governing Board Elections 2013-2015

Statement of Candidacy

For the position of Governing Board Member 2013-2015

Barbara Lison (Germany)

Barbara LisonDirector
Bremen Public Libraries

Am Wall 201
28195 Bremen
Tel. (+49) 4213614046

A modern, democratic civil society needs libraries and information services as basic organizations for the realization of the human right of free access to information. IFLA, being the international voice for the library profession, therefore focuses their activities on democracy, freedom of access to information and cultural diversity. IFLA's success is based on the contributions from active members from all over the world.

My involvement with IFLA started in 2003 when I supported the German application for the IFLA-conference 2003 in Berlin and I worked as a volunteer on the spot. I have been active in the IFLA Section of Metropolitan Libraries (former INTAMEL). And I was a member of the German IFLA National Committee from 2006-2010, now being their chair from 2012 on. As president of the German umbrella organization for libraries (BID) I was involved in the three IFLA President's Meetings in Germany of former IFLA President Prof. Claudia Lux.

When having been elected to IFLA Governing Board for the term 2011-2013 I focused a special activity on the IFLA-working group for multilingualism which I chaired. One major result of this working group together with 7 colleagues was the launch of the Spanish and French versions of the IFLA-website. Another focal point of my work was the IFLA Congress Advisory Committee which is responsible for the strategic decisions for the World Library and Information Congresses (WLIC).

I am especially interested in library policy, advocacy and marketing. These are the focal points of my "political" activities. I believe in the success of networking and co-operation with partners from different branches as well as within the library field. Therefore I have a great experience of networking and partnering.

What you can expect from me, when I am elected:

Based on my activities and experience of the last GB-term I would like to continue my commitment for the libraries on international level. Most important for me is the objective to support the political and social acknowledgement of the libraries' important role for the future of the international knowledge society. Especially, I would like to continue the activities for the multilingual strategy of IFLA. And I am ready to bring in my expertise on the issue of E-Books in public libraries.

Barbara Lison


Last update: 4 February 2016