IFLA is delighted to announce that its 2010 IFLA World Library and Information Congress (WLIC) will be held in Gothenburg (Göteborg), Sweden, from 10 – 15 August 2010.

We thank our Swedish colleagues, led by the Gothenburg library community and Swedish Library Association, for their enthusiasm and commitment to work with IFLA at very short notice to host our 2010 Congress. We are confident that IFLA, the Swedish library community, and the city of Gothenburg, will present an outstanding congress experience for all delegates, sponsors and exhibitors.

The Swedish Library Association and library community has been a strong supporter of IFLA activities over many years. The 2010 WLIC will provide an opportunity to celebrate this support and to showcase Swedish librarianship. It provides IFLA members with the opportunity to thank our Swedish colleagues and the government for the tremendous professional and financial contribution they have made to libraries and for librarians all over the world, including through SIDA funding and library community support for IFLA FAIFE and the Action for Development through Libraries Programme (ALP) activities.

The decision to locate the 2010 WLIC in Gothenburg has been made following the difficult decision by IFLA to move the Congress from Brisbane, Australia. The Congress in Gothenburg, with its guarantee of local funding to support the Congress budget, excellent facilities, community support, and more central location for a majority of our members, reduces the financial risk for IFLA in what we anticipate will be a difficult year financially for us all due to the impact of the world economic crisis.

Information on the World Library and Information Congress 76th IFLA General Conference and Assembly, Gothenburg, Sweden 2010 will be available at the IFLA Stand at IFLA WLIC Milan 2009.

Claudia Lux
IFLA President 2007 – 2009
Ellen Tise
IFLA President-elect 2007 – 2009
IFLA President 2009 – 2011