The recording of the SIG’s session for IFLA’s WLIC 2021 is completed. The session is titled “Librarians learning from the past to inspire, include and sustain” and is scheduled for Day 3 (19 August 2021) of the conference.  You will need to check the schedule for the time in your part of the world.  The underlying theme is oral histories and the 4 speakers are:

  • Dr. Mary Muldowney who works at Dublin City Council’s Historians in Residence, Dublin, Ireland and her talk is titled “Decades of Change. Remembering the Library at Trinity College Dublin, 1950-2000”.  Mary is an historian who has used oral history interviews extensively in her research and publications.
  • Peymaneh Salehi who is a Researcher at the National Library and Archives of Iran and her talk is on “Narratives through dialogue: A report based on Iran’s Library and Information Science Oral History Projects”.  Peymaneh is the retired librarian of the National Library and Archives of Iran and has worked for 28 years interviewing, editing, cataloging, classifying, and publishing oral history resources.
  • Cara Setsu Bertram who is the Archives Program Officer for the American Library Association Archives, at the University of Illinois in the USA and Cara will speak about “Preserving the Voices of Librarians at the American Library Association Archives” where she has managed them since 2013.
  • Dr.  Marica Sapro-Ficovic, from the Dubrovnik Public Library in Croatia who will tell us about “Life of libraries under siege in the war: an oral history research” the topic of her recently completed PhD.  From 2001 to the present, Marica is the Senior librarian at the Dubrovnik Public Library, and Head of the Dubrovnik-Neretva County System for public and school libraries.


Dr. Kerry Smith, FALIA, AM
Convenor IFLA Library History SIG