The aim of the conference is to provide a comparative history of librarianship. It will seek to highlight not only the history of practices and motivations driving the profession but to also reflect theoretically on the divergent views among librarians in their role of gatekeepers to knowledge on the one hand and serving specific audiences to facilitate access on the other. 

The conference will focus on the following topics:

  • The development of library education
  • Professional publications
  • Theoretical reflections
  • The actions and activities of groups and organizations
  • Organizational and institutional development
  • Discord and continuities that reflect difference between the expectations of librarians and their public
  • The role of IFLA and national and international associations
  • Internationalization of librarianship

Registration is free and must be done online at the congress website.