World Library and Information Congress: 24-30 August 2019, Athens, Greece

Session 33 – SC I National Libraries meeting, Saturday 24 August 2019 (13.30-15.30 Athens College 226)

Session 226 – SC II National Libraries meeting, Wednesday 28 August 2019 (10.45-13.45 Business Meeting Room 3)

Session 249 – National Libraries: Evolving Spaces – National Libraries Chair: Guy Berthiaume, Ottawa, Canada Chair: Gerard Bouwmeester, The Hague, Netherlands Chair: Mark Sweeney, Washington DC, United States

  1. But how are we all supposed to work together?! Stuart Hamilton, Irish Local Government Management Agency, Dublin, Ireland
  2. Challenges for a brand new building Monique Kieffer, National Library of Luxembourg, Luxembourg
  3. Librarians and Architects: opponents or allies? Filippos Tsimpoglou, National Library of Greece, Athens, Greece
  4. A Building that Reflects the Vision: the new National Library of Israel and the Jewish people worldwide Oren Weinberg, National Library of Israel, Jerusalem, Israel
  5. The experience of the Egyptian National Library in renovating and transforming its Bab Al-Khalq historic building Hesham Azmi, National Library and Archives of Egypt, Cairo, Egypt
  6. Ensuring new missions with new partners Guy Berthiaume, Library and Archives Canada, Ottawa, Canada
  7. Re-designing library spaces: let’s keep on reinventing ourselves Laurence Engel, Bibliothèque nationale de France, Paris, France
  8. Living knowledge : thinking about dynamic management of collections (remote sites, long-term storage, etc.) Liz White, British Library, London, United Kingdom
  9. Celebrating the written word Lily Knibbeler, Koninklijke Bibliotheek, The Hague, Netherlands
  10. Developing a Visitor Experience Master Plan for the Library of Congress a User-Centered Approach to the Historic Thomas Jefferson Building Mark Sweeney, Library of Congress, Washington DC, United States


World Library and Information Congress: 24-30 August 2018, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Session 34 – SC I National Libraries meeting, Friday 24 August 2018 (15.45-17.15 Meeting Room 401)

Session 093 – National Libraries and social media: meeting the challenges of acquiring, preserving and providing long-term access (9.30-11.30, Plenary Theatre)

Chair: Guy Berthiaume (Library and Archives Canada, Canada)

  1. Archiver les plateformes vidéo contributives à la BnF. Expérimentations, réalisations et projets / Archiving “social videos” at BnF: experiments and projects Alain Carou, Bibliothèque nationale de France, France (Paper in French)
  2. Social media collecting at the National Library of New Zealand Bill Macnaught, National Library of New Zealand Te Puna Mātauranga o Aotearoa, New Zealand (Paper in English)
  3. Institution as Social Media Collector: Lessons Learned from the Library of Congress and the National Archives and Records Administration Kate Zwaard, Library of Congress, United States Dana Allen-Greil, National Archives and Records Administration, United States
  4. Institution as Social Media User: Lessons Learned from the National Archives and Records Administration and the Library of Congress Dana Allen-Greil, National Archives and Records Administration, United States Kate Zwaard, Library of Congress, United States

Session 228– SC II National Libraries meeting, Thursday 29 August 2018 (110.45-13.15 Meeting Room 305)


World Library and Information Congress: 19–25 August 2017, WrocÅ‚aw, Poland

Session 034 – SC I National Libraries meeting, Saturday 19 August 2017 (12:30–14:30 Conference Room A). See Agenda

Session 186 – National Libraries with Information Technology Open Session, Wednesday 23 August 2017 (9:30–12:45 Main Court, SI)

Theme: A Memory Bank for the Digital Society: National Libraries and Web Archiving

Chairs: Guy Berthiaume (Library and Archives Canada, Canada), May Chang (University of Cincinnati, United States) and Genevieve Clavel (Swiss National Library, Switzerland)

  1. Memory Entanglements and Collection Development in a Transnational Media Landscape / Eva-Maria Häusner (National Library of Sweden, Sweden) Paper in English
  2. Access Strategies / Moderator: Peter Webster (Webster Research and Consulting, United Kingdom)
  3. Access Strategies – 1: Constituer un Réseau d’accès aux Archives de l’internet: L’exemple Français / Ange Aniesa and Ariane Bouchard (Bibliothèque Nationale de France, France) Paper in French
  4. Access Strategies – 2: Mireille Laforce (Bibliothèque et Archives Nationales du Québec, Canada)
  5. Access Strategies – 3: Julien Masanès (Internet Memory Foundation and Internet Memory Research, France) and Gemma Waterston Batson (Internet Archive)
  6. Access Strategies – 4: Jason Webber (UK Web Archive, United Kingdom)
  7. Getting Started in Web Archiving / Moderator: Abbie Grotke (Library of Congress, United States) Paper in English
  8. Getting Started – 1: Alenka Kavčič-ÄŒolić (National and University Library, Slovenia)
  9. Getting Started – 2: Aija S. Vahtola (National Library of Finland, Finland)
  10. Getting Started – 3: Marie-Louise Ayres (National Library of Australia, Australia)

Session 227 –  SC II National Libraries meeting, Thursday 24 August 2017 (10:45–13:15 Conference Room C). See Agenda


World Library and Information Congress: 13-19 August 2016, Columbus, Ohio, United States

Session 201 – National Libraries Open Session, Thursday 18 August 2016 (8:30–10:30 Union Station A/B/C)

Theme: National Libraries and digital collaboration: building connections and communities : Preservation, enhancement and access to shared documentary cultural heritage

Chairs: Guy Berthiaume (Canada) and Genevieve Clavel (Switzerland)


  1. Digitally reassembling scattered collections: IFLA, the Memory of the World, and the implementation of the new UNESCO’s Recommendation for Documentary Heritage / Julia Brungs (Policy and Research Officer, IFLA, Netherlands) and Vincent Wintermans (UNESCO National Committee, Netherlands) Paper in English
  2. Digital reunification of dispersed collections: The National Library of Korea digitization project / Jaesun Lee (National Library of Korea, Republic of Korea) Paper in English
  3. Digital preservation and access on collaborative platforms – The Réseau francophone numérique /Driss Khrouz (Bibliothèque nationale du Royaume du Maroc, Morocco) Paper in French
  4. The British Library and its international collections / Caroline Brazier (The British Library, United Kingdom) Paper in English
  5. Une bibliothèque nationale, un patrimoine universel: quelle responsabilité? La politique internationale de coopération numérique de la Bibliothèque nationale de France / Isabelle Nyffenegger (Bibliothèque nationale de France, France) Paper in French


World Library and Information Congress: 15-21 August 2015, Cape Town, South Africa
Theme: Dynamic National Libraries – Innovating to Progress National Information Policy (with the National Information and Library Policy SIG)
Session: 200
Date: Thursday 20 August 2015 (08:30 – 10:30 Roof Terrace Room)
Chair: Bill Macnaught (New Zealand)


  1. Strategic Positioning of the National Library of South Africa (NLSA) as a Change Agent in Social Cohesion and Nation Building / Rocky Ralebipi-Simela (National Library of South Africa, South Africa) Paper in English
  2. The Twain Shall Meet: 10 Years of Evolution and Innovation at Library and Archives Canada / Guy Berthiaume (Library and Archives Canada, Canada) Paper in English
  3. Being the National Library for Five Million People: Creating the Idea of the Library for the Whole Century / Aslak Sira Myhre (National Library of Norway, Norway)
  4. New Legislation for Public Libraries in the Netherlands & the New Role for the Koninklijke Bibliotheek / Jos Debeij (Koninklijke Bibliotheek, Netherlands) Paper in English


World Library and Information Congress: 16-22 August 2014, Lyon, France
Theme: National libraries and the cultural heritage in the digital age
Session: 107
Date: Monday 18 August 2014 (16:00 – 18:00)

  1. HOCKX-YU, Helen (2014) Archiving Social Media in the Context of Non-print Legal Deposit. Paper in English
  2. BONNEL, Sylvie (2014) La sélection de sites web dans une bibliothèque nationale encyclopédique: une politique documentaire partagée pour le dépôt légal de l’internet à la BnF. Paper in English; Paper in Franch
  3. AGUIRRE, Roberto (2014) Biblioteca Nacional Digital: un nuevo paso para la preservación de la memoria de Chile. Paper in Spanish
  4. SOLBAKK, Svein Arne (2014) Implementation of digital deposit at the National Library of Norway. Paper in English


World Library and Information Congress: 17-23 August 2013, Singapore
Theme: Digital collection strategies at National Libraries: challenges and opportunities
Session: 198
Date: Thursday 22 August 2013 (08:30 – 10:30)

  1. BRAZIER, Caroline (2013) [email protected]: the opportunities and challenges of implementing a digital collection development strategy. Paper in English; Paper in Spanish
  2. PABÓN CADAVID, Jhonny Antonio, SATHIK BASHA, Johnkhan and KALEESWARAN, Gandhimani (2013) Legal and technical difficulties of web archival in Singapore. Paper in English; Paper in Spanish
  3. RYDÉN, Jerker (2013) Legal restrictions and the digital library – is digital access to knowledge achievable?. Paper in English; Paper in French; Paper in Spanish
  4. TANG, Chris (2013) Acquiring, organising and providing access to digital content: The Singapore Memory Project experience.
  5. YAMADA, Toshiyuki (2013) Digital collection strategies at the National Diet Library. Paper in English; Paper in Spanish


World Library and Information Congress: 11-17 August 2012, Helsinki, Finland
Theme: National libraries and open data: new discovery and access services


World Library and Information Congress: 13-18 August, San Juan, Puerto Rico
(with the Literacy & Reading Section)
Theme: Beyond the United Nations Decade of Literacy: What Libraries Can Do


World Library and Information Congress: 10-15 August, Gothenburg, Sweden
(with CLM)
Theme: National libraries promoting open access to knowledge


World Library and Information Congress: 24 August 2009, Milan, Italy
Theme: National libraries in the digital age: leadership and collaboration


World Library and Information Congress: 10-14 August 2008, Québec, Canada
(with the Statistics and Evaluation Section)
Theme: Ensuring quality in national libraries: performance measures and quality evaluation supporting cultural heritage and research