IFLA is proud to be working with the Goethe-Institut on the Emerging International Voices programme, an initiative bringing together key library thinkers of the future in order to discuss key issues around the role of digital technologies in library services.

The emerging voices – presented on our news page – will take part in three webinars, followed by masterclasses with key experts from the library field. We are happy to say that the webinars will be open to the public. 

The second session is entitled From a Physical to a Virtual Community Space: What is Possible? Libraries are often seen as ‘third spaces’, or a key part of the ‘social infrastructure’ of the communities they serve. Much of this is based on the physical spaces they offer. We want participants to be able to explore the question of how increased use of digital tools – in particular remotely from the library – is likely to affect this aspect of libraries’ work. What do we know about how people interact with digital offerings, and how both to attract new users and keep those who are already there?

Our speakers will be Kathrin Schuster (Munich City Library) and Luke Swarthout (New York Public Library)

The session takes place from 1-2pm CEST (see what time this is for you).

You can register for the webinar, or simply watch it live on IFLA’s YouTube channel.

Find out more about the final webinar in the series: