Each year, the Academic and Research Libraries section awards three grant to cover registration at the IFLA World Library and Information Congress.  Each recipient receives € 435 registration expenses at the 2012 IFLA Congress.  The Awards will be formally presented at Conference Session 165: 15 August 2012 09:30 – 11:30 | Room: 6 Hot topics in research support

The 2013 recipients are: 


María Violeta Bertolini – Chief Librarian at the Center for International Economy (Centro de Economía Internacional –CEI-) and WTO Reference Centre in Argentina

…”The opportunity to attend the IFLA World Library and Information Congress 2012 would contribute directly to my professional development because it would allow me to access the presentations and posters of librarians and specialists firsthand. It would also be an excellent opportunity to meet and build relationships with other library professionals worldwide.Because I am Chief Librarian of a government research library, I am extremely interested in the topics of sections Academia and Research Libraries, and Government Libraries. I’m sure that assistance to these WLIC sessions would enable me to see experiences from around the world, information resources and ideas to make the most of the resources we have. Also it would allow me to meet other professionals working in libraries with similar characteristics, which would be very useful for my professional performance and the development of the library in which I work through interlibrary cooperation”….

Sarah Kaddu – Librarian at the National Library of Uganda and Secretary General Uganda Library and Information Association & Librarian, National Library of Uganda

…”The Conference will give me the opportunity of interaction with international LIS Professional Associations Leaders to discuss management of a Professional Association in a developing country and o get new strategies to improve Uganda Library Association of which am the General Secretary. I should also have the opportunity to interact with experienced information professionals to share experiences which might have positive impact on as LIS educator. Through multiplier effect, these experiences would improve performance of colleagues at the Department of Information Studies I coordinate I intend to visit poster sessions, exhibitions, for exposure to  developments and practices in the profession. Furthermore, the study tours to research and academic libraries should enrich my knowledge, skills and experience in running such institutions  As the Coordinator of the Digital Services at the National Library of Uganda, I intend to participate in   sessions including, Multimedia and Digital library section, the National Library Section, the Research and Academic Libraries section, Africa section, and the Special Interest Group of Education for Developing Countries to, share and contribute to the  discussions and also share experiences and suggestion for the future.”…..

Aamir Shahzad – Assistant Manager, Information Resource Center (IRC), Acquisition Section, Central Library, International Islamic University,  Islamabad…”This event will give a lot of international experiences to me if I attend this great event first time in my life as in personal capacity. We exchange our views and knowledge and share our experiences with each other. It is very informative and innovative congress will for me. I will representative of my organization as well as to represent my country. The different conferences gave us update knowledge because to serve our community and nation in better way.  In my personal life I was looking such this event in Library & Information Science profession since last four years. I have always strived to attain the best in this discipline, eager to learn capability to grasp new environment…”. 

Note : Unfortunately, Aamir Shahzad has advised that he is unable to attend IFLA World Library and Information Congress in Helsinki.