Public Libraries Section Satellite Meeting in Malmö, Sweden
7 – 10 August 2010
Building strong communities: unleashing the potential of public libraries to build community capacity, engagement and identity
We in the IFLA Public Library Section are happy to welcome you all to the beautiful city of Malmö 7-10 August 2010.
Malmö and the county of Skåne is located in the south of Sweden in the Öresund Region, a dynamic and beautiful part of Scandinavia.
Theme: Building strong communities: unleashing the
potential of public
libraries to build community capacity, engagement and identity
How do we unleash the potential of libraries?
In collaboration with The Regional Library Scania, Malmö City Library and The Swedish Arts Council we are proud to present an interesting programme.
Increasingly libraries, especially public libraries, are recognised as having a valuable role to play in community development through building capacity, enabling social engagement and fostering a sense of identity within the communities they serve.
Through libraries individuals and groups increase their skills and confidence, develop their sense of identity and belonging, participate in first culture retention, and access the memories that define who we are. Libraries take action to offer equity of opportunity for all. They do this through their services, collections, programmes and places. These activities support economic, cultural and social well-being. Librarians have considerable expertise in designing programmes to achieve outcomes in these areas.
The programme will encourage and resource librarians to position their library services as part of a multi-faceted response to wider community development needs. This will influence decision makers to recognise and strengthen the critical role that libraries play in society.
Contact person: Ruth Ornholt, Ruth.Ornholt@post.hfk.no
Sponsor: IFLA's Public Library Section
Co-sponsors: The Regional Library Scania; Malmö City
Library and the Swedish Arts Council
Last update: 4 October 2012