Ann OKERSON (United States of America)

Position Senior Advisor
Organisation Center for Research Libraries
Motivation statement

Librarianship has taken me to many international settings, with numerous opportunities to support librarians and patrons in making best use of information in challenging settings.

Initially this was as Associate University Librarian for International Programs at Yale University Library, along with projects at INASP, the Gulf SLA and local organizations in the Middle East, Africa, and South and East Asia -- plus other venues. More recently, I serve as a Senior Advisor to the Center for Research Libraries' global resources program and also co-convene the Offline Internet Consortium, with its mission to connect 50% of the world that remains unconnected to the Internet.

Throughout the last two decades, I've been devoted to working in numerous committee and leadership roles within the IFLA professional structures, with growing appreciation for the opportunities this unique organization brings to advance libraries' common work worldwide.

Recently, I served on the IFLA Professional Committee, participating in strategic planning just as the transition to IFLA's new governance structure was in its early stages -- and have a deep understanding of and respect for what is being built. The new PC will support standing committees and SIGs to be even more inclusive and effective in multiple ways; we'll engage more colleagues than ever in this important work; and we can use the lessons of the pandemic to help us work together more closely, purposefully, and more energetically than ever. There's much to be done to launch the new possibilities and structures and to assure that in this new stage IFLA gets off to the best possible start.

With proven experience for the Division Chair job, I'm eager to play a role at this exciting time for IFLA to achieve things only dreamed of before.