Sam Meister, preservation communities manager at the Educopia Institute, discusses the preservation of digital data in disasters.

Preparing for the Worst

August 16, 2016

The panelists addressed the topic from a variety of angles. Bogdan Filip Zerek, head of the conservation department at the National Library of Poland, presented an exhaustive study of how the library combated the effects of water damage in the Krasiński Palace in Warsaw, built in the 17th century, which houses the library’s iconographic collections. … Continue reading Preparing for the Worst


After the program, the fellows took a bus to the newly renovated Main Library of the Columbus Metropolitan Library. The reception was held in the new reading room that overlooks a topiary garden.

Reception Celebrates 2016 IFLA Fellows

August 16, 2016 The International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA) 2016 National Committee awarded 180 fellowships to librarians and information professionals from North America and beyond to attend IFLA World Library and Information Congress (WLIC) 2016 in Columbus, Ohio. The fellows were selected from more than 3,000 applicants and represent 75 countries. The National Committee more … Continue reading Reception Celebrates 2016 IFLA Fellows

Eddy Maepa, executive director for core programs at the National Library of South Africa in Pretoria, discusses his library's efforts to comply with the United Nations' Sustainable Development Goals.

National Libraries and Sustainable Development

August 16, 2016

Lili Boshevska, director of the University St. Kliment Ohridski Library in Bitola—one of five national libraries in Macedonia—said that the majority of the UN goals are already mirrored in national policy. “Sustainability is possible,” she said, “but there is still much to be done by 2030.” Combating poverty by eradicating illiteracy is one of Macedonia’s … Continue reading National Libraries and Sustainable Development


Keynote speaker Loida Garcia-Febo, a library consultant with international expertise and a member of the IFLA governing board, addressed how libraries are using their powers to do good around the world.

Libraries Improving Lives in Asia and Oceania

August 15, 2016

Section Chair Jayshree Mamtora said that the problems these countries face—relations with indigenous peoples, developing economies, immigration, climate change, multilingual populations, and communication over vast distances—are all being addressed by libraries that are experimenting with new ways of contributing to the social and economic development of the communities they serve. Keynote speaker Loida Garcia-Febo, a … Continue reading Libraries Improving Lives in Asia and Oceania




IFLA President Sinikka Sipilä, secretary general of the Finnish Library Association, at the closing session of IFLA's 2015 World Library and Information Congress in Cape Town, South Africa.

Rewarding the Past and Looking to the Future

August 21, 2015

Awards at the closing session included naming IFLA Past President Ingrid Parent, university librarian at the University of British Columbia, as Honorary Fellow, IFLA’s highest award. The award noted her “landmark work” in producing the 2013 IFLA Trend Report, which identified five high-level trends that are shaping the information society. Among other awards, the IFLA … Continue reading Rewarding the Past and Looking to the Future


Image of damaged pages from a manuscript in Timbuktu showing the effects of chipping. (Photo: Alexio Motsi and Mary Minicka for the Timbuktu Manuscripts Project.)

Preserving Africa’s Heritage

August 21, 2015

Musa Wakhungu Olaka, African global and international studies librarian at the University of Kansas, described the collaboration between the University of Southern Florida (USF) and Ibuka, an umbrella organization of various groups representing survivors of the 1994 Rwandan genocide. “The Rwandan genocide was a major tragedy to Rwanda and humanity,” Olaka said, “that resulted in … Continue reading Preserving Africa’s Heritage