Advocacy efforts at the global, regional and national level are severely hindered by the fact that IFLA and many national associations do not have basic information about the state of libraries in their countries. Reliable global library statistics is our shared vision.
The IFLA Library Map of the World (http://librarymap.ifla.org/), officially launched today at WLIC 2017 in Wrocław, addresses the critical need of the library field to accurately collect and share basic information about the library landscape in countries around the world.
This year, IFLA has been liaising with national library associations, national libraries and other institutions across the world. They have collated existing library statistics in their countries and provided data on selected library performance metrics. The first version of the Library Map of the World publishes library data from 75 countries across all regions of the world. Data collection will continue until the end of October this year when results will be analysed.
The Library Map of the World will be an annual activity, managed and maintained by IFLA to ensure a permanent home for the world’s library data.