Iran’s engagement with IFLA (2017-2018)

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Mohammad Zerehsaz | Active participation by Iran in IFLA is long-standing and has been expanding in recent years with representations in different sectors. The present note looks at Iran’s IFLA-related activities in 2017-2018.
1. Fatemeh Pazooki, (Head of the International Relations Committee of ILISA as well as head of Standards office of Iran Public Libraries Foundation [IPLF]), was accepted as a Corresponding Member of the IFLA Public Libraries Standing Committee.
2. Another important development concerned the participation, for the first time, of three Iranian libraries in the Call for the Public Library of the Year.
3. Moreover, the Behzistan (Welfare) Public Library, a higher education institution especially designed for women, was selected for the “best practice” category in the field of Women and Vulnerable Regions.
4. National Library and Archive of I.R.Iran (NLAI) succeeded in qualifying for the final round of IFLA Green Library Award.
5. Also, NLAI will host UniMARC meeting this year and the Iranian representative of PUC, Saeideh Akbari-Darian will attend the event.
6. Iranians are going to participate with 10 articles (oral presentation, posters) in IFLA WLIC 2018.
Presentation:
– Lessons learned from automatic indexing projects regarding Persian language specifications/Mahboubeh Ghorbani, Fattaneh Torkashvand
– Analysis of local information exchange in traditional market and its comparison with a new knowledge exchange model: Case study of the agricultural sector in Iran/ Mehrnoosh Mirzaei
– Health literacy training for diabetic patients and the role of public libraries : A Quasi- experimental study/ Maryam Kazerani, Hamed Pirialam, Maryam Shekofteh, Zahra Razzaghi.
– The role of local archives in collection, assembling and providing speciialized family service Case study/ Abolfazi Hassanabadi.
Poster:
– A local experience for study promotion: “Study stations” in Tehran, Iran/ Amir Reza Asnafi, Masumeh Abdollahi , Abdol Reza Noroozi Chakoli
– The effect of scientific awards reception on research performance of laureates: the case of price medal in informetrics/ Mohammadamin Erfanmanesh , Zohreh Moghiseh
– Considering the compliance scale of available resources with people information needs in reading stations in Bushehr Municipality in 2016/ Abdolrasool Khosravi, Fatemeh Moradi
– Earrings for reading: Podcasts of Iranian Children’s National Library/ Parisa Pasyar, Alireza Akbari
– Towards sharing Persian Name Authority Data in the Virtual International Authority File (VIAF)/ Massoomeh Niknia
– Our mobile library is a green library/ Khadije Morady
It should be noted that in the wake of encouragement and support by Gloria Pérez-Salmerón (President of the International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions) and Nafisah Ahmad (Director- General of the National Library of Malaysia) during their visits to Iran, Iranians showed a much stronger enthusiasm to participate in this event and share their experience with the international community. For this, four articles will be presented orally while six articles will take the form of posters in this year’s IFLA conference.
7. Masoomeh Niknia (PhD candidate of library and information science) as a Participation Grant winner to attend IFLA Congress.
8. Shima Moradi, Parisa Pasyar and Hamideh Memari as volunteers’ executive associates of IFLA WLIC 2018 are supposed to be Iranian participants in IFLA.

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