The International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA) closed the World Library and Information Congress (WLIC) in Helsinki, Finland, August 16 by honoring several of its longtime members and activists, including Winston Tabb and Jay Jordan of the US.
Siva Vaidhyanathan, author of The Googlization of Everything: (And Why We Should Worry) and professor of media studies and law at the University of Virginia, delivered a dynamic and challenging speech August 15 on the fourth full day of programming during the World Library and Information Congress of the International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA) in Helsin
“We’ve got to do much more to deliver knowledge with all that is available to us, much more than we do today,” said OCLC President and CEO Jay Jordan at the conclusion of a presentation titled “WorldShare: Cloud Computing, Webscale, and Building the Future with Libraries.” After screening a video demonstrating how vastly the library user experience could be enhance
Identified in the program as a forensic dentist, keynote speaker Helena Ranta had many delegates to the World Library and Information Congress in Helsinki, Finland, wondering what connection she would make to libraries and the work of the International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA).
Sixteen librarians visited the ALA offices in Chicago June 15 from countries as far away as Nigeria, Egypt, and Japan, among others. The librarians were part of an annual summer associates program assembled by the Mortenson Center for International Library Programs at the University of Illinois Library at Urbana-Champaign.
Nearly 200 academic library leaders from five continents came together at Tongji University in Shanghai, China, for the International Conference on Leadership and Innovative Management in Academic Libraries in the Age of New Technology, held April 24–28, 2012. Attendees from Greater China traveled from the Mainland, Hong Kong, and Macao.
School librarian Deborah Lazar matches ALA donations dollar for dollar in recent fundraising drive.
Generous library supporters contributed $6,999.95 to the ALA Haiti Library Relief Fund in a 100-day campaign from October through January in support of the Petit-Goâve Public Library, which was destroyed in the earthquake of January 12, 2010. Deborah Lazar, librarian at New Trier High School in Northfield, Illinois, had offered to match ALA’s fundraising up to $5,000 during this period, but when she heard how successful it was, she agreed to increase her match, dollar for dollar—including an extra 10 cents, she told American Libraries, to make it come out to an even $14,000.