IFLA President Sinikka Sipilä invites you to the IFLA President's Meeting 2015. Over the course of the 3-day meeting, there will be five mains sessions with the following themes:

  • IFLA Trend Report and Lyon Declaration
  • Transforming Technologies: Opportunities and Threats
  • Legal regulations and the Impact on Information Technologies
  • Transformation in Public Libraries
  • Knowledge Economy in all Aspects

A dedicated website, final programme, and online registration are now available; take advantage of reduced hotel rates until 1 April 2015.

IFLA President Sinikka SipiläDear colleagues,

It gives me great pleasure to invite you to my second IFLA President’s Meeting which is being held in Istanbul, Turkey on 3-5 June 2015. While the topic of my first President’s Meeting arranged in May 2014 in Helsinki, Finland focused on the impact of libraries on society, the theme of my second Meeting will be to look at how libraries are being transformed.

Under the title of “The Art of Transforming Libraries”, this President’s Meeting will explore issues related to the changes faced by libraries all around the world today. The IFLA Trend Report as well as the Lyon Declaration on Access to Information and Development will set the scene for the other topics; these will include transforming technologies, legal regulations and their impact on information technologies, transformation of public libraries and knowledge economy.

The program includes distinguished speakers representing many viewpoints and interests. The aim is to advance our understanding of the needs and modes for transforming libraries. The results of the meeting will help libraries to adapt to the new technological, legal and other requirements with which they have to live on a daily basis. This meeting will be an exciting and rewarding experience for all participants. As IFLA President I look forward to welcoming you. Join us for three days of stimulating discussion and reflection, led by several renowned speakers from many countries. On Friday, 5 June there will also be an opportunity to participate in study tours designed for different interests, for example you will be able to see some examples of Turkish libraries at first hand.

I look forward to meeting you in Istanbul in June!

Sinikka Sipilä
IFLA President 2013-2015