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Following the 1999 IFLA (International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions) Conference, the Executive Board established an Advisory group to examine issues that were raised concerning Division 8, specifically the recommendation to mainstream Section 8 activities with the other seven divisions, thus dissolving this division. This document is a discussion paper by the Advisory Group covering: basic assumptions of the Advisory Group; background information on the creation of Division 8, ALP (Advancement of Librarianship in the Third World), and the Regional Offices; examination of the current structure, including funding support and strengths/weaknesses with regard to the regional groups; issues specific to Division 8; evaluation of the current structure; and recommendations and next steps. Of the seven recommendations made by the Advisory Group, three in particular stand out: (1) Division 8 should not be dissolved at this time; (2) the members of Division 8, the Regional Offices, ALP, and selected representatives should review, redefine and propose the regional organizational structure that will be most effective; and (3) funding for Division 8 and the Regional Offices should be examined and evaluated with an emphasis placed on consolidating funds, eliminating duplication of effort, and achieving a financial balance between the needs of the regional groups and IFLA's Divisions 1-7, Core Programmes, etc. (MES)

Descriptors: Advisory Committees, Developing Nations, Financial Support, Foreign Countries, International Organizations, Library Associations, Organizational Change

For full text: http://www.ifla.org/IV/ifla66/papers/127-89e.htm.

Author: Bloss, Marjorie E.; Hegedus, Peter; Law, Derek; Nilsen, Sissel; Raseroka, Kay; Rodriguez, Adolfo; Wu, Jianzhong

Source: https://eric.ed.gov/?q=a&ft=on&ff1=dtySince_1992&pg=9827&id=ED450735

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