IFLA Asia-Pacific regional webinar on libraries and the SDGs


26 February 2021


National Library of New Zealand, Wellington, New Zealand and Zoom


IFLA RSCAO / LIANZA webinar 2021


The Library and Information Association of New Zealand (LIANZA) is delighted to host the mid-term webinar for IFLA Regional Standing Committee for Asia and Oceania (RSCAO).

Library communities world-wide are engaged in responding to the UN 2030 Sustainable Development Goals. We are excited to provide this webinar to share stories, successes and challenges from library leaders from across the Asia and Pacific region.

Five speakers will focus on the contribution of libraries globally and in densely populated countries of mainland Asia and the smaller widely-dispersed populations of the Pacific.

This Zoom webinar is offered virtually to IFLA members and other library professionals throughout the Asia-Pacific region. Participants in New Zealand can attend by Zoom or in-person in Wellington.

This event will be recorded and made available on the LIANZA YouTube channel.

Programme & Speakers

Welcome – Mihimihi

A welcome will be given by the National Library with a karakia (prayer) and waiata (song). LIANZA President, Anahera Morehu will respond on behalf of all participants. A brief introduction to the webinar will be given by Tina Yang, University of Hong Kong and Chair of the IFLA Regional Standing Committee for Asia and Oceania (RSCAO).

Keynote speaker – Loida Garcia-Febo

The keynote speaker is an experienced IFLA leader and former American Library Association (ALA) President, Ms Loida Garcia-Febo. Loida will share global efforts being made by libraries to respond to the UN Sustainable Development Goals. 

Other speakers 

  • Ela Qica (Fiji)
    Ela is a senior librarian at the University of the South Pacific and has served on the Fiji Library Association and the Pacific Library Network.
  • Paula Eskett (New Zealand)
    Paula is the Waimakariri District Library Manager and a LIANZA Past-President.
  • Gene Tan (Singapore)
    Gene is the Assistant Chief Executive, Partnership & Strategy Group of the National Library Board.
  • Ramesh Gaur (India)
    Professor Gaur is the Dean & Director (Library and Information) and Head-Kalanidhi Division, Indira Gandhi National Centre for the Arts, New Delhi; and a member of IFLA RSCAO.


Time will be provided for all participants to engage with the speakers in a moderated question & answer session.

To attend this free event RSVP by Wednesday 24 February 2021
Please indicate if you will attend in-person or via Zoom.

Zoom participants:

A secure Zoom link will be sent to you in your event confirmation. You will be held in a Zoom waiting-room until let in to the meeting by the host.

New Zealand participants in-person:

If you are attending in-person come to the lower ground entrance to the National Library, in Aitken Street. Refreshments from 17:30.


Webinar, Asia and Oceania, New Zealand

Last update: 12 February 2021