The Singapore Response - IFLA Global Vision
Your voice counts: We are polling our Singapore librarians to complete the Singapore response to IFLA's Global Vision!
After 2 days of workshops and gathering the responses from more than 100 Singapore librarians from 6 & 7 Sept 2017, we want to know if you agree with the top responses.
Please vote for your top answers to the questions by 17 Sept 2017!
How many years have you worked in or for the libraries? This includes work supporting libraries and the profession as well, e.g. as a library lecturer, library supplier.
What are the core values of libraries? Please select 3 top answers.
Providing for equal, free & open access to information
Providing a safe, experiential learning space with opportunities for programmes and services
being the guardian and a trusted source of information
being adaptive: the library is a living organism adapting to changes and the needs of the community
Having a passion for learning
Being an advocate and educate for info literacy
Having respect for staff and profession
To inspire learning
Being unbiased and neutral
Support learning, inspire new ideas and spark reading interest
What are libraries exceptionally good at? Please select 3 top answers.
Safe haven to relax and take refuge
Gathering, organizing and curating information for access and retrieval
Building communities by providing social meeting spaces
A social leveler : being a neutral place and space for learning
Develop reading and lifelong learning programmes
Develop and impart information literacy skills
Provision of information and content curation
Good branding of libraries with high trust factor
Community engagement and networking with users and stakeholders
Passionate and committed librarians with genuine interest in people
What should libraries do more of? Please select top 3 answers
Encourage more public participation and engagement
Advocate for the importance of libraries
Have more collaboration & partnerships
Go back to library basics e.g do our own research and cataloguing
Stay relevant to the needs of the people
Improve the branding of libraries
Be a clearing house for copyright
Have a strong digital presence on the internet
Facilitate the creation of content
Stronger stand on freedom of information
What should libraries do less of? Please select 3 top answers.
Place less emphasis on Key Performance Indicators
Do less non core
Lessen the over self-censorship e.g collections
Lessen the red tape, restrictions and enforcement
Lessen the reaction to trends; instead, anticipate or set trends for others to follow
Stop being silos , instead go for consortium arrangements
Relax the barriers to enter the library profession e.g. the need to have MLIS
Have a reduced role as gatekeeper
Do less speculative acquisition of collections
Lessen focus on digital; strike a better balance between going digital and retaining the human touch
What are the main challenges to society? Please select 3 top answers.
Addressing the changing societal norms and behaviour
Coping with the rise of social media
Users having many demands on their time
Differences in educational level in people and the need to bridge the skills gap
Addressing the sense of uncertainty created from the rapid technological advances e.g. AI and job replacements
Erosion of moral values
Differentiating between real and fake news/information
income disparity: difference between the rich and poor
being sensitive to the terms used for special needs / disadvantaged
What are the main challenges to libraries? Please select 3 top answers.
Dealing with the shifting mindset of users with a preference for fast, immediate, convenient services, and access to free digital resources.
There is a lack of awareness and appreciation on what libraries and librarians do for the people.
Getting stakeholders' acknowledgement of the value of libraries and librarians to the country and the people
Responding to the users' needs coming from changing societal norms in an appropriate and relevant manner
Finding the right measurement to measure library's performance and value
The need to rethinking the library profession and how it should serve the people
There is a lack of appropriate librarians' training & development
It is a challenge in preserving and raising awareness of Singapore content
There is a dilution of the library profession
Coping with cuts in the resources for manpower & budget
How should a united library field help meet the challenges identified? Please select 3 top answers.
Form consortia network to have better acquisition bargaining power, leverage on economies of scale and streamline procurement
Have a unified and common platform for libraries to tap onto for expertise, best practices, solutions and content
Rethink the profession to address societal norms, and stay relevant.
Match the needs of different countries to available library expertise, best practices, knowledge and solutions
Remove barriers of and provide for access to information both locally and internationally, through legislation
Improve the image and branding of libraries and librarians
Have better definition of the business and the core values of libraries and librarians
Hold more productive dialogue and conversations between libraries and librarians
Support lifelong learning of users through libraries
Influence policies and lobbying for libraries on international platforms
What would be the characteristics of a united library field? Please select 3 top answers.
Inclusive and belief in universal values, that transcends different views, economic, social and political context
Transparent, open minded and willing to share resources and knowledge with each other
United to collaborate, cooperate and work as one
Connected through a virtual common platform that overcomes physical borders with each other
Strong advocate for libraries and their causes
Fighter for freedom of access to information
A body of strong leaders that represents all libraries on international platforms
Has a clear, simple and focused vision for all
Engaged and involved community of libraries
Please indicate which type of library institution you come from?
Special and/or Research library
Library support services (e.g cataloging, collection supplies)
Library training and development
Retired from library or library related jobs
Thank you for taking part in this survey. Your feedback and votes will be put into a report for IFLA HQ as the Singapore response to IFLA's Global Vision.
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