Local organizers of the 77thWorld Library and Information Congress in Puerto Rico pulled out all the stops Tuesday for a “Cultural Evening,” the high point in a conference peppered with local flavor. A section of the convention center was transformed into an enormous nightclub against a streetscape of old San Juan.
It’s official! Singapore is scheduled to host the 2013 World Library and Information Congress (WLIC) of the International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions. IFLA President Ellen Tise made the eagerly awaited announcement at the closing session of IFLA’s 77th annual conference, held August 13–18 in San Juan, Puerto Rico.
Copyright was created to protect the rights of literary and creative artists, said Trevor C. Clarke of the World Intellectual Property Organization. Librarians have now challenged WIPO to protect libraries’ rights, he said, noting that WIPO has also moved to secure its own position in a rapidly changing information world.
Luis Molina-Casanova, filmmaker and professor in the communications department of Sacred Heart University in San Juan, was the last plenary speaker at the 77th World Library and Information Congress of the International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions today in Puerto Rico.
“It’s indeed hard to describe my pleasure in standing before you today,” said James Nguo, “to receive the 2011 Access to Learning Award on behalf of the Arid Lands Information Network [ALIN] and the people of East Africa.” Nguo was in San Juan, Puerto Rico, August 16 to accept the $1-million prize, which is bestowed annually by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation
“How to Fix the World” was the provocative and cheeky title of a Sunday program sponsored by the Committee on Free Access to Information and Freedom of Expression (FAIFE) during the IFLA conference this week in Puerto Rico.
On Sunday at this year’s IFLA conference in Puerto Rico, representatives of stricken libraries in New Zealand, Chile, and Japan offered the 2,500 IFLA delegates from around the globe an opportunity to hear firsthand accounts of the horror of earthquakes and tsunamis, and about how librarians coped during those dreadful days.
Independence for Puerto Rico, an American “territory,” is the hottest topic you won’t see on the agenda as some 2,500 librarians, archivists, and other information professionals from all over the world meet at the International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA) 77th annual conference this week in San Juan.