From left: Parisa Pasyar, Mandiaye Ndiaye, Amandine Wallon, Anya Feltreuter, Noraini Abd Rahman, Andrew Finegan, and Antoine Torrens-Montebello

IFLA: Global Library Love

August 29, 2019

Antoine Torrens-Montebello, director of Compiègne City Libraries in France and outgoing chair of NPSIG, and Anya Feltreuter, director of Mjölby (Sweden) Public Library, comoderated the session, which opened with the library-set music video of Tears for Fears’ song “Head Over Heels.” Catharina Isberg, library director at Helsingborg (Sweden) City Library, emphasized the power of love … Continue reading IFLA: Global Library Love


From left: Muy-Cheng Peich, Jim O'Donnell, and Ann Okerson

IFLA: Providing Access without Connection

August 28, 2019

This session, chaired by Ann Okerson, senior advisor on electronic resources at the Center for Research Libraries in Chicago, featured presentations by members of the Offline Internet Consortium: IFLA, Bibliothèques Sans Frontières (BSF), and Arizona State University (ASU). Presenters showcased initiatives and programs that bridge the digital divide by providing resources and access to networked … Continue reading IFLA: Providing Access without Connection


Back row, from left: Thanos Giannakopoulos, Anthi Katsirikou, and Jim Church. Front row, from left: Edward Junhao Lim, Vasiliki Rigakou, Ifigenia Vardakosta, Sotiria Salappa, Ageliki Oikonomou, and Aggeliki Giannopoulou

IFLA: Libraries, Data, and the Global Financial Crisis

August 28, 2019

“How can libraries best serve populations during a global economic crisis or make sense of government data?” was the question posed by Jim Church, librarian for economics and international government information at UC Berkeley and chair of IFLA’s Government Information and Official Publications section, which sponsored this program. Thanos Giannakopolous, director of the United Nations … Continue reading IFLA: Libraries, Data, and the Global Financial Crisis


From left: Ee Min Hoon, Philip Schreur, Toru Aoike, and Eero Hammais

IFLA: Artificial Intelligence and Data Mining

August 26, 2019

The session was sponsored by the Knowledge Management and Information Technology sections with the Big Data special interest group. Frank Cervone, director of information technology for the University of Illinois at Chicago’s School of Public Health, kicked off the program by asking, “Is AI real?” AI has been actively embedded in public and personal spaces, … Continue reading IFLA: Artificial Intelligence and Data Mining


From left: Peter Collins, Perrine de Coëtlogon, and Sandy Hirsh

IFLA: Smart Cities and Blockchain Development

August 26, 2019

According to the session’s moderator, May Chang, chief technology officer for University of Cincinnati (Ohio) Library, urbanization and population growth continue to put pressure on local and federal governments to ensure a sustainable living environment. Supported by technology and data, many cities are deploying smart and connected applications in transportation and mobility, public safety, public … Continue reading IFLA: Smart Cities and Blockchain Development


Dancers perform at the Opening Session of the International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions World Library and Information Congress in Athens August 25. (Screenshot of opening session livestream)

IFLA: Dialogue for Change

August 26, 2019

This year’s theme invites the international community to discuss changes in the library community through 250 sessions, 500 speakers, and 17 local library visits that will give delegates opportunities to learn and network. IFLA President Glòria Pérez-Salmerón and Secretary General Gerald Leitner welcomed colleagues and announced their plans to launch the new IFLA Strategy 2019–2024 during … Continue reading IFLA: Dialogue for Change



Loida Garcia-Febo

From Local to Global

September 4, 2018

Take, for example, Los Angeles Public Library, which partners with the city to provide patrons access to free classes to obtain a high school diploma. Or librarians in Alaska, who have partnered with the state to use devices to identify bats in danger of extinction and help preserve the biodiversity of the region. As many … Continue reading From Local to Global


New Zealand delegates sing a traditional Maori song to welcome IFLA members to Auckland for WLIC 2020.

IFLA Looks toward Athens and Auckland

August 30, 2018

Honors and awards Vicki McDonald, representing IFLA’s Professional Committee, awarded the organization’s new Dynamic Unit and Impact Award, which recognizes outstanding examples of the work and impact of IFLA units, to the Continuing Professional Development and Workplace Learning Section. Catharina Isberg, secretary of the section, accepted the award. The runners-up, the Public Libraries Section and … Continue reading IFLA Looks toward Athens and Auckland


IFLA President-Elect Christine Mackenzie at the World Library and Information Congress, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

Let’s Work Together

August 29, 2018

Five speakers each focused on one of the 10 different opportunities listed in the IFLA Global Vision Report through the lens of collaboration. Allison Dobbie, principal development advisor for the Auckland (N.Z.) Council, addressed Opportunity 10: “We must give young professionals effective opportunities to learn, develop, and lead.” Dobbie and Mackenzie cofounded the International Network … Continue reading Let’s Work Together


“Marrakesh Treaty in Force” presenters, from left: Hiroshi Kawamura, Victoria Owen, Dipendra Manocha, and moderator Kirsi Ylänne.

Marrakesh and More

August 28, 2018

Victoria Owen, chief librarian at the University of Toronto Scarborough, provided an overview of several guides on Marrakesh implementation—published by IFLA, Electronic Information for Libraries (EIFL), the World Blind Union (WBU), and other organizations—and their target audiences and purposes. Some guides are geared for libraries and librarians, while others are more suited for government decision … Continue reading Marrakesh and More