Metropolitan Libraries Section
Division: Library Types
The Metropolitan Libraries Section aims to be a platform primarily for libraries of cities with 400,000 or more inhabitants, although libraries serving wide and diverse geographical areas with the same or more population may be included, and exceptions may be made e.g. for capital cities or major conurbations with a smaller population. Members exchange ideas and information on a range of professional topics which include: library networks; buildings; automation; training; research; public relations; and service to special groups.
The Metropolitan Libraries Section, formerly the Round Table of the International Association of Metropolitan Libraries (INTAMEL) dates its origins to 1966, the year Prague City Library organised an international conference to celebrate its seventh anniversary and invited city libraries from other countries to attend. The meeting proved to be a beneficial networking opportunity to share information and to promote the development and advancement of libraries. Thus in 1968, INTAMEL was founded as Round Table belonging to the Public Libraries Section of the International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA). Since 1968 INTAMEL has held an annual Conference hosted by a different library system from around the world. Section since January 2004.
Last update: 6 October 2015