Dr. Dilara Begum electes as IFLA Professional Division Committee Chair 2021-2023

Dr. Dilara Begum

Dr. Dilara Begum, Associate Professor and Chairperson, Department of Information Studies and Library Management and Librarian (In-charge), East West University, has been elected as the IFLA Professional Division Committee Chair for 2021-2023. This is the most significant achievement in the history of Library professionals of Bangladesh. It is worth mentioning that only IFLA officers can be elected for this position. Dr. Dilara Begum has been working as one of the IFLA officers for the last few years. She has been making an outstanding contribution to the LIS fields as well as IFLA and serving in diversified leadership roles, including elected Secretary, IFLA Information Literacy Section, Standing Committee Member of IFLA Management and Marketing Section, Information Coordinator of IFLA Asia and Oceania Section, Standing Committee member of the European Conference on Information Literacy (ECIL), General Secretary, DLNetSA, Country Coordinator of Information Literacy Consortium sponsored by UNESCO, elected Senior Vice President and Women Affairs Secretary of Library Association of Bangladesh (LAB) from 2009-2014, President (Acting) of Library Association of Bangladesh (LAB) in 2011.

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Antonia Arahova elected to serve as IFLA President-elect 2021-23 and then President

Antonia Arahova, IFLA President elect- 2021-2023

Antonia Arahova has been elected to serve as IFLA President-elect 2021-2023 and as IFLA President for 2023-2025.

Antonia Arahova has demonstrated and sustained a high level of achievement and leadership in library and information services throughout her career. Antonia has been making an outstanding contribution to the objects and work of IFLA and serving in multiple leadership roles, including IFLA Governing Board Member, IFLA Chair Division IV, and Member of IFLA Financial and Professional Committee. She has been Chief Operating Officer at the National Library of Greece from June 2011 until March 2014, where she has continued to work since 1995.

Antonia holds a bachelor degree in Greek Literature from the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, MRA (Master in Public Management & Public Policy) from the Department of International and European Economic Studies of Athens University of Economics and Business and Μs (Master in Communication and Mass Media in the Field of Political Communication) from the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens with a thesis on cultural diplomacy, social media and presidential libraries. Her PhD dissertation focuses on “Strategies for the Implementation of Electronic Services in the National Library of Greece”. She is the only person from Greece elected in March 2017 as a member of the Governing Board of the International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA) in its 90 years of operation. She is an officer in the Management & Marketing Section and a member of the International Committee for the IFLA International Libraries Marketing Award. She is also a member of the Financial and Professional Committee of IFLA. From 2007 to 2010, she was a member of the Board of Directors of the General State Archives. From October 2017, she is responsible for the Library of the President of the Hellenic Republic. She speaks French, English and Italian and plays piano. She is the Editor of the Literary Magazine (de)kata. She has participated in many international conferences and has published articles on strategic management, marketing, cultural heritage promotion and cultural diplomacy.

IFLA Election 2021: Voting closes on 24 May 2021, at 12pm CEST

Voting in the IFLA Elections is still open. If you are an IFLA member and haven’t voted yet, IFLA urges you to spend a few minutes and contribute your vote. It is an important member benefit which you can utilise to have a say in our Federation.

There is a strong and diverse set of candidates ready to take IFLA’s work forwards and it’s now up to you to shape the future of our organisation.

IFLA has engaged an independent, external company, UK Engage, to assist with this election. They have prepared the ballots and the website on which you can view the candidate statements. Moving to an electronic ballot makes it easier for you to participate in the elections. » Read more

IFLA Election 2021: Dil Ruksana Basunia is a candidate for standing committee member of the Academic and Research Libraries Section

Prodip Roy

May 4, 2021

Photo: Dil Ruksana Basunia in IFLA conference 2018, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Dil Ruksana Basunia, Deputy Librarian, University of Chittagong, Bangladesh, and an Adjunct Faculty in a private university in Chittagong, is a candidate for standing committee member of the Academic Research Libraries Section of IFLA election 2021.

Before her current position, she worked as Librarian at Asian University for Women (AUW) Bangladesh. She completed her B.A, Masters and MPhil (continuing) in Information Science and Library Management from the University of Dhaka. 

She was awarded a Gold Medal from Maitree Foundation, the University of Dhaka, for her academic excellence. Mrs Basunia was also awarded the “TLT Excellence Academic Librarian Award 2019 (Academic Librarian of the Year) for outstanding contribution to the academic libraries in Bangladesh. She has over 12 years of professional experience part-time and full time in diversified institutions, both government and private. 


Dil Ruksana Basunia’s candidacy profile can be found here. 

What She’d like to accomplish?

Since most Bangladeshi library professionals are unfamiliar with ARL, IFLA, and various activities, I believe I will be able to create a bridge between Bangladeshi library professionals and IFLA, allowing Bangladeshi library professionals to participate in ARL and IFLA in a variety of ways in the future-says Dil Ruksana Basunia.

“I also want to assist the board in fostering and diverse collaborating to ensure continued representation and relevance for our respective organizations and societies and lead the sector in raising the sector profile.”

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IFLA WLIC Congress attendance grant 2018, Dil Ruksana Basunia awarded

Ahasan and Mukta, Dhaka, 30 June 2018


Dil Ruksana Basunia, Deputy Librarian, University of Chittagong has been awarded for the 2018 recipients of the Academic & Research Libraries Attendance Grants of The International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA) to attend World Library and Information Congress (WLIC) from 24-30 August 2018 in Kuala Lumpur Malaysia. Dil Ruksana will attend the IFLA Congress and will present paper and also will take part in different discussion groups. Also will meet library professionals around the world. Transform libraries, transform societies

It is mentioning that Dil Ruksana Basunia has been working Corresponding  Member at Asia and Oceania Section of IFLA since 2015.

Sage and ExLibris are the sponsors for this category of grant of the incumbent WLIC.

Other Grant winners to attend IFLA Congress in KL in August 2018 are:


Ms Attya Shahid – National University of Computers and Emerging Sciences, Pakistan


Ms Adaora Chigozie Obuezie – Anambra State College of Health Technology, Obosi, Anambra State, Nigeria

Ms Kelemwork Agafari Kassahun/Madibela – Botho University, Botswana

The main source of the above information: https://www.ifla.org/node/52198