3 December 2018

Asia Oceania at IFLA WLIC 2018

By Chin Loy Jyoon, Vice President 2, Persatuan Pustakawan Malaysia

IFLA WLIC 2018 with the theme “Transform Libraries, Transform Societies”, jointly organised by IFLA, Librarians Association of Malaysia (PPM) and the National Library of Malaysia was successfully held from 24 to 30 August 2018 at the Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre (KLCC). The Congress was strongly supported by the Ministry of Tourism, Arts and Culture Malaysia and Malaysia Convention and Exhibition Bureau (MyCEB).

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Guests of Honour at the Opening Session; photo courtesy of PPM

WLIC 2018 attracted 3,520 attendees from 102 countries with seven of the top ten represented countries from the Asia Oceania region that is Singapore (160), China (155), Australia (86), Korea, Republic of (76), Indonesia (74), Japan (68) and Malaysia (1,241).  For the first time in the history of WLIC, Bangladesh sent 23 delegates to the Congress. There were 2 plenary sessions, 249 sessions and 220 papers presented during the entire Congress. 

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Poster session; photo courtesy of PPM

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The Library Boulevard showcasing products and services from Malaysian libraries; photo courtesy of PPM

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Newcomers' session attracted many participants; photo courtesy of PPM

In conjunction with IFLA WLIC 2018, Satellite Meetings were successfully held throughout Malaysia and neighbouring countries either before or after the Congress. A total of 17 satellite Meetings were held with 15 in Malaysia and a satellite Meeting each in Singapore and Calcutta, India. 

The ASEAN CAUCUS, jointly organised by the National Library of Malaysia and the National Library Board, Singapore, was successfully held on 25 August 2018 at the KLCC. 475 participants attended the session that went very well. Some of the feedback from IFLA and attendees as a testimony of the best IFLA WLIC ever held.

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IFLA President Glòria Pérez-Salmerón at the Closing Ceremony; photo courtesy of PPM

IFLA WLIC 2018 was deemed as an “outstanding” success and the “very best that I have ever seen in my 25 years in IFLA.”
Glòria Pérez-Salmerón, IFLA President

Attending an IFLA Conference for the second time was a great experience for me on the personal and professional level. Malaysia offered us an incomparable Convention Centre, hospitality, conference quality and a great opportunity to familiarise us with the culture and history of the country."
Iro Tzorpatzaki, University of Macedonia, Thessaloniki

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IFLA WLIC 2018 volunteers; photo courtesy of PPM

Although I have attended many IFLA Congresses, each one is special to me and is linked to the city, the culture and the people.  Kuala Lumpur had a wonderful conference venue, a friendly atmosphere, a surreal skyline, great food and very good conference sessions. The organising committee had done a great job."
Alexandra Papazoglou

It was my first visit to Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia although it was my 10th time attending an IFLA WLIC. Year by Year, my belief that the IFLA conference is a lifelong learning course for me becomes stronger. The WLIC 2018 added a new dimension to my experiences from attending the WLIC."
Eva Semertzaki

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