The message below accompanies the July edition of the IFLA Newsletter.

IFLA Newsletter, Vol. 2, No. 7

We have an exciting programme that will allow delegates to reflect upon and celebrate our accomplishments, renew friendships, extend their networks, and jointly explore current and future directions.

The IFLA Congress is where people come together to be inspired and energised by their colleagues, and the stories we collect are absolutely going to be worth remembering and sharing.

After a two years absence, I am enthusiastic about the opportunities to finally see many of you again in Dublin in two weeks from now. The congress provides a space to discuss, in person, items that are not always easy to be discussed online. The congress shall give us the opportunity to discover and imagine the next chapter in our Federation’s story.

As you’ve started to prepare your agendas for the Congress, I’d like to share couple of thoughts:

  1. A great strength of WLIC is the possibility to learn things you didn’t expect to learn — to expand your experience and internationalise your professional practice.
  2. Include something in your planning that you wouldn’t normally engage with and discover the full richness of the library field.

To put a conference of this magnitude together is no small task. It takes teamwork, including from all the members of all IFLA’s committees and the Professional and Regional Councils, working together with the IFLA HQ team, the Irish National Committee and our professional conference organiser, K.I.T. — I thank them all. IFLA is particularly appreciative of the sponsoring organisations and exhibitors for their generous financial support and attendance in Dublin. Finally: I would like to thank – in anticipation – all of you for your contributions which I am convinced will make this a hugely successful World Library and Information Congress.

Let’s learn, connect, and enjoy a week full of inspiring and engaging events!

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Barbara Lison
IFLA President