3 December 2018

Asia and Oceania Open Session at the 84th IFLA World Library and Information Congress held in Kuala Lumpur (Malaysia), 24 – 30 August 2018

By Tina Yang, Secretary, IFLA Regional Standing Committee of Asia and Oceania

Nearly 100 abstracts were received from the authors in Asia and Oceania region and beyond for the Open Session of the Asia and Oceania Section at IFLA 2018 in Kuala Lumpur in response to the theme "Libraries Transformed to Transform Their Communities (Society)". After a long and vigorous review process, the Programme Committee finalized six papers for presentation and confirmed Dr B Shadrach, a Public Library Consultant in India, as the keynote speaker.

The much anticipated Open Session was held on 28 August 2018 at the Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre. The number of attendees reached a new high of around 300 delegates.

Dr. B Sadrach in his thoughtful and inspiring keynote talk introduced an overall approach to transforming libraries to transform societies. The other five presentations showcased the different ways in which different types of libraries in various parts of Asia and Oceania re-positioned themselves to contribute to the social, educational and economic development of the communities they serve. Details can be seen from the list of topics below:

Keynote Talk:

Transforming Libraries to transform societies: Where do we begin?

B Sadrach, Public Library Consultant, India

Presentation/paper title:

1.  Full STEAM ahead: Empowering and catalyzing creative thinking and social entrepreneurial skills of the community through library makerspace

Donna Lyn G. Labangon, Libraries, De La Salle University, Manila, Philippines. Randolf D. Mariano, American Spaces, U.S. Embassy in the Philippines, Manila, Philippines

2.  The SolarSPELL Offline Digital library

Kristen Linzy & Laura Hosman, School for the Future of Innovation in Society, Arizona State University, Tempe, USA.

3.  Community Library Spaces for Promoting Reading for Pleasure in Thailand -

Chommanaad Boonaree, Anne Goulding & Philip Calvert, School of Information Management, Victoria University of Wellington, Wellington, New Zealand.

4.  Identifying the role of open access information in attaining the UN Sustainable Development Goals -

Jayshree Mamtora, Research Services Coordinator & Prashant Pandey, Acting Director, Office of Library Services, Charles Darwin University, Darwin, Northern Territory 0909, Australia

5.  New Styles of “Reading Space” as the Way to expand Public Library Service in China and Japan.

Xiaofang Zhang; Ph.D Candidate, Department of Information Management, Peking University.  Dr. Takashi Nagatsuka, Professor Emeritus, Tsurumi University, Japan.

Following the presentations, the floor was opened to the audience. Participants and presenters had a warm discussion and the session concluded in good time with success and joy.

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