9 June 2017

Press Release

IFLA Global Vision Latin America and the Caribbean starts with an inspiring address by Vice President of Argentine Republic

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Vice President of the Argentine Republic, Lic. Gabriela Michetti, speaking at the workshop

Vice President of the Argentine Republic, Lic. Gabriela Michetti (centre), speaking at the workshop

BUENOS AIRES, Argentina, 9 June 2017—The International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA) is holding its IFLA Global Vision Regional Workshop for Latin America and the Caribbean on 8 and 9 June 2017 at the historic Library of the National Congress in Buenos Aires, Argentina.

The Vice President of the Argentine Republic, Lic. Gabriela Michetti, opened the event welcoming participants and highlighting the key role of libraries–especially public libraries–in providing free and democratic access to information fostering economic and social development. During her opening remarks, she stated: “We are very happy that the Library of the National Congress was chosen as one of IFLA’s Regional Offices, this shows a deserved recognition to the work and the trajectory of the library in the country and in the region”. About the Global Vision Regional Workshop, she mentioned: “It is a pleasure to be here today, and to share this moment with you. I hope you have a very productive and fruitful meeting.”

IFLA President-elect Glòria Pérez-Salmerón

IFLA President-elect Glòria Pérez-Salmerón

IFLA President-elect Glòria Pérez-Salmerón, remarked: “Today we will start a workshop of the IFLA Global Vision Discussion, which is not a project, it is a process. Because we believe that the future is in our hands and that libraries can change how things are in society—for the better.”

IFLA Secretary General Gerald Leitner

IFLA Secretary General Gerald Leitner

IFLA Secretary General Gerald Leitner, emphasized: “For the realization of our ideas we will need the support of visionary policy makers. Today we heard a strong commitment of high political representatives to the central role of libraries for the development of societies.”

The Latin American Regional Workshop gathers senior representatives of library associations and national libraries of 27 Latin American and Caribbean countries to discuss how a united and connected library field can tackle the challenges of the future.

This is the fourth in a series of six regional workshops taking place around the world. Two more workshops will be held in Singapore (28 – 29 June 2017) and in Madrid, Spain (5 – 6 July 2017).

Read more about the IFLA Global Vision Discussion: globalvision.ifla.org

For more information, contact globalvision@ifla.org

About IFLA

The International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA) is the leading international body representing the interests of library and information services and their users. Founded at an international conference in Edinburgh, Scotland in 1927, IFLA now has more than 1,350 Members in over 140 countries around the world. It is the global voice of the library and information profession.

About the IFLA Global Vision

IFLA is facilitating a Global Vision discussion through a series of high-level meetings and workshops in different parts of the world following our kick-off event in Athens, Greece on 4 April 2017.  Face-to-face and online, future-oriented conversations will be taking place throughout the year. See the Global Vision discussion website: globalvision.ifla.org for more details, and join the conversation on Twitter and Instagram using the #iflaGlobalVision hashtag.

Together we create the future: Join us!

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