IFLA School Libraries Section 2022 Midyear Meeting :: NEWS
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IFLA School Libraries Section 2022 Midyear Meeting

29 April 2022 Share

A report for Darryl Toerien on the IFLA School Libraries Section, which was supported by SLA, and attended by Ali Kennedy, our Vice Chair

On 21-22 April 2022, Blanchelande College was honoured to host the midyear meeting of the School Libraries Section of IFLA ahead of the 2022 World Library and Information Congress in Dublin, Ireland, from 26-29 July 2022.


The Business and Professional Development Programme reflected the strategic importance and value of the following two key IFLA publications, both of which will be launched at the 2022 World Library and Information Congress in Dublin, Ireland:


  • The revised IFLA School Library Manifesto (2022), which is currently with UNESCO for ratification, and which revitalises the principles upholding the IFLA School Library Guidelines (2015)

  • The latest book in the Global Action for School Libraries series, Models of Inquiry (2022), which reaffirms the centrality of inquiry to achieving the school library's educational and moral purpose


Standing Committee member Darryl Toerien, who is Head of Inquiry-Based Learning at Blanchelande College, was joined by Standing Committee members Valérie Glass (Chair, France), Luisa Marquardt (Secretary, Italy), Albert Boekhorst (Brazil) and Hans-Petter Storemyr (Norway), and by Ali Kennedy, Vice-Chair of the Board of the UK School Library Association.


We were joined in person by Guernsey-based colleagues and online by colleagues who were not able to travel to Guernsey, and the Professional Development Programme was both streamed and recorded (see https://bit.ly/3EHYPOM). We are deeply grateful to those colleagues who contributed so freely of their time and expertise to the Professional Development Programme - Hugh Rose, Barbara Stripling, Joe Sanders and Jenny Toerien, and Kevin Heppell. We are also deeply grateful to Valérie, Luisa, Albert and Hans-Petter for their active contributions to proceedings in addition to their attendance, which enlarged and enriched the local context.

We were very pleased to draw the attention of the Guernsey Press (see photo below) to the work of IFLA and the School Libraries Section, with coverage in the national newspaper on both days of the Business and Professional Development Programme (see below for photograph by Luke Le Prevost from article by Cloe Presland for Guernsey Press).

We are also deeply grateful to Elizabeth Hutchinson, previously Head of the Schools Library Service at the Guille-Allès Library, for assistance with all aspects of the formal and informal programme.


Rob O'Brien, Principal of Blanchelande College, highlighted in his welcome that the pandemic had tested the potential and limitations the school library as a virtual learning space, and that, in turn, the proposal that the library is both a virtual and physical learning space integral to the educational process could never be more promising. Michael Fattorini, a Trustee of Blanchelande College, confirmed this in his closing remarks, and reaffirmed the role of the school librarian in this space as a teacher whose subject is the inquiry-based educational process itself.


A fitting start and finish to very special time with enormously talented colleagues, who have also become dear friends, as we individually and collectively work out our “long obedience in the same direction”.