International Federation of Library Associations (IFLA)
The IFLA, the International Federation of Library Associations, was founded in 1927. Its objective is to foster the development of high-quality library and information services of all kinds on an international level. It is a politically neutral, non-governmental organisation with almost 1,700 members in over 150 countries. Among the members there are (inter)national library associations, libraries and library institutions in the private and public sectors, as well as personal members and students.
The IFLA pursues its goals by publishing the "IFLA journal", as well as guidelines, reports and monographs. The IFLA organises the international annual congress, workshops and seminars in order to support professional practice and to raise awareness of the growing importance of libraries in the digital age.
All this is done in cooperation with a number of other non-governmental organisations, sponsors and international institutions such as UNESCO and the World Intellectual Property Organisation (WIPO). The association's website is an important information source about IFLA, its programmes and activities.