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11 May 2018

2018 IFLA Asia and Oceania Section Standing Committee Mid-Term Meeting and Exchange Seminar for Libraries in Asia and Oceania

2018 IFLA Asia and Oceania Section Standing Committee Mid-Term Meeting and Exchange Seminar for Libraries in Asia and Oceania

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IFLA Regional Standing Committee for Asia and Oceania (RSCAO) meets twice a year to discuss library matters relating to the Region. This year, the mid-term meeting was held in Seoul, Korea from 9 to 10 April 2018. The National Library of Korea hosted the meeting at the Digital Library building, which is part of the National Library of Korea.

Mr. Sanjay K Bihani, Chair of RSCAO, welcomed the new committee to the meeting as some of the members were new to the Section. The meeting was successfully held and the host, National Library of Korea, invited the committee to tour the Memory Museum that showcases artefacts of the archival media and digital memory age.

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In addition, the committee visited the popular Digital Library housed within the National Library of Korea, the beautiful Starfield Library within the COEX mall in Seoul, as well as the award-winning Seoul National University Library for its architectural beauty.

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Digital Library, National Library of Korea

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Starfield Library, COEX Mall

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Seoul National University Library

The Exchange Seminar for Libraries in Asia and Oceania was held on 11 April 2018 in the auditorium of the National Library of Korea after the RSCAO mid-term meeting. Distinguished speakers from the Committee were invited to speak on their experiences on the topic regarding “Libraries for Transformation of Communities – Cases in Asia and Oceania”. Established library professions from the Korean Library Associations also shared about how library projects in villages transformed the communities after the international sharing.

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Approximately 150 participants from the Korean Library Association and library communities attended the Seminar. It was a very well received session.

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