For those of you coming to Athens, please join us at our SIG business meeting: Sunday 25 August 2019 from 13.45 – 15.45 in Business Room 4 of the conference venue. 

The IFLA Library History Special Interest Group (SIG) decided to partner with the IFLA Section on Local History and Genealogy for a session at the IFLA 2019 conference in Athens:

Session 271, Local History Collections, Genealogy and Oral History as Critical Information Services in Libraries – Local History and Genealogy with Asia & Oceania Section and Library History (SI)

The programme for this session, on Thursday 29 August 2019  from 13:45 – 15:45 in the Trianti room is now on the conference website:

In assisting with the review of the abstracts received, I felt that  4 had a "library history" theme and two* have been listed in the session programme:

  • Safeguarding the local history and tracing the genealogical history of Balifrom generation to generation | Ari Kurnia (Airlangga University, Java, Indonesia)
  • Inheritance and Innovation: Local History Collections in the Academy Library | Shunqing Wang (Fudan University Library, Shanghai, China)
  • *Archival research project. The unknown story of the Athens Municipal Library as part of the city’s history | Georgia Antonopoulou (Athens, Athens, Greece)Vasiliki Sfika (Athens, Athens, Greece)
  • Oral Histories in Africa: Preserving Critical Knowledge | Cherie Bush (FamilySearch International, United States, United States) Russell Lynch (FamilySearch International, United States, United States)
  • *The Manila American Library exhibit at the 1915 Panama-Pacific International Exhibition | Brendan Luyt (Nanyang Technological University, Jurong West, Singapore) Karryl Kim Sagun (Nanyang Technological University, Jurong West, Singapore


Dr Kerry Smith, FALIA, AM

Convenor IFLA Library History SIG