Library History Special Interest Group Satellite Meeting

Mons, Belgium: The Mundaneum

17-19 August 2023

Title: Preserving Our Origins: Approaches to the Organization, Curation, and Historiography of the Record of National and International Organizations in Libraries, Information, and Documentation.

Keynote Speakers:

Alistair Black, Professor Emeritus, University of Illinois
Memory and Amnesia in the Archival Practices of the World’s Library and Information Associations
W. Boyd Rayward, Professor Emeritus, University of Illinois
The Emergence of a Post-World War II International Information Order


Thursday, August 17
10:30 Film “The Man Who Wanted to Classify the World” presented by the Director Françoise Levie
Tour of Mundaneum
12:30 Lunch
13:30 Alistair Black, Keynote
15:00 – 17:00 Session 1
Cara Bertram, Preserving the History of the Oldest Library Association
Paola Castellucci, Research & Documentation in Italy at the turn of the Century
Mary Carroll, Documenting a Profession: The Knowledge Bank of Australian and New Zealand School Libraries
Friday, August 18
9:00 W. Boyd Rayward, Keynote
10:30 – 12:30 Session 2
Peter Lor, IFLA in the International Arena Before the Second World War
Yasuyo Inoue, International Influence over Japan Library Association and librarians before the World War 2
12:30 Lunch
13:30 – 15:30 Session 3
Matilde Fontanin, A narrative of the codebreakers’ library at Bletchley Park
Raffaella Vincenti, Navigating the Vatican Library institutional records
15:30 – 17:00 Session 4
Thomas Kohlwein, Letters between Libraries: Correspondence records as sources for the history of Librarianship
Jenny Bossaller & Tatjana Aparac-Jelusic, The Fragility of the Historical Record and Current Efforts to Ease Historical Work
18:30 Dinner
Saturday, August 19
9:00 – 12:00 Collaborations and Next Steps

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