| Guidelines for the management of professional associations in the fields of archives, library and information work |
This Guideline is a project of the IFLA (International Federation of Library Associations) Round Table for the Management of Library Associations and produced under contract -to Unesco through its General Information Programme. It is hoped, when it is published by Unesco, that it will join other guidelines of use in the management of library associations such as that produced by the IFLA Round Table for Editors of Library Journals on the production and editing of these important communication tools.
This Guideline is prepared with the objective of improving the management and efficiency of professional associations in the library, information and documentation and archive fields. It is hoped that improving their efficiency will contribute to the better development of library, information and archive services particularly in the Third World and will assist in improving the image of the profession but specifically its reputation and the salaries that are paid to those that work in it and by so doing enhance the status of these three under - appreciated professions.
This work has benefitted much from three sources: the author's twelve years of experience as Deputy Chief Executive of one of the oldest library associations in the world - The Library Association in the United Kingdom. The experiences gained their and the expertise obtained from colleagues both working in the Secretariat and elected members not only of Council but of its many sub-organisations have made a major contribution. Two colleagues, Ray Palmer of the Medical Library Association of the United States and David Bender of the Special Libraries Association in the United States provided the basis for the original work and particularly for Chapter 8 on Finance: Accounts and Budgeting. Their generous assistance is warmly acknowledged. IFLA itself and my twelve years of experience working for it in a number of areas of its activities has also provided valuable experiences which have been drawn upon, along with the others, in the preparation of this Guideline.
My own personal contribution comes from. experiences gained by working in library and information services for over fifteen years in Iraq, India, Sri Lanka and Nigeria for the British Council and, before joining the Library Association, teaching a course leading to a Masters degree intended to improve the quality and extent of library and information science education in the Third World. My knowledge of archives is limited and I am grateful to the International Council on Archives (ICA) as well as to the International Federation for Information and Documentation (FID) for their approval of the final text. On the library and information side I acknowledge the support of David Bender, Ray Palmer and Klaus Plotz of the Library Association of the GDR for their helpful comments during the final stages of drafting.
The final responsibility however for the contents of document and the views it expresses rests with the author.
I hope that it will prove to be a useful and practical tool that will help many library associations, particularly in the Third World, to be more effective and in so doing help them to raise the reputation and status of the library, information science and archive professions.