Congress theme: “Open access to knowledge - promoting sustainable progress”

IFLA Press Conference

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Ingrid Parent introduced the Building Strong Library Associations Programme (the BSLA Programme). Library associations are an essential part of the library and information profession and the programme will support building and sustaining library associations. Three countries will be selected by IFLA each year for three years and Ellen Tise announced that the selected countries for 2010 are Cameroon, Lebanon and Peru. Deborah Jacobs, Director of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation’s Global Libraries Programme, announced three more countries, sponsored by the Foundation, to take part in the BSLA Programme: Botswana, Lithuania and the Ukraine. The BSLA platform will be online from September 2010, allowing all IFLA members to make use of case studies and training material.

The IFLA World report is now continued as an electronic version as Stuart Hamilton, IFLA Senior Policy Advisor, announced. By leaving the paper version behind new features, such as navigating the different country reports by Google map and enabling users to comment, have been made possible. 

Jay Jordan, OCLC President and CEO announced the 2011IFLA/OCLC Fellows:

  • Mrs Khumo Dibeela, Botswana
  • Mr Bishwa Raj Gautam, Nepal
  • Miss Geanrose Lagumbay, Phillipines
  • Mr Fiskani Ngwira, Malawi
  • Miss Tian Xiaodi, China
  • Mr Milan Vasiljević, Serbia

Eileen Breen, from Emerald Group Publishing, announced the 8th IFLA International Marketing Award. Emerald is a long term Corporate Partner of IFLA and sponsors this award which was given to the Learning Resource Centre (LRC), Indian School of Business, India, represented by Dr. K. Mohan. The second place was awarded to Gail Borden Public Library District, USA and third place to the University of Bergen Library, Norway. 

With the help from eight different sponsors, more than 40 librarians from developing countries have been able to attend the conference in Gothenburg. Elham Abdallah from Lebanon thanked Dr. Shawky Salem for being able to take part in the IFLA conference this year after receiving the Dr. Shawky Salem Conference Grant 2010.



Dr. Ismail Serageldin, Director of the Bibliotheca Alexandrina and IFLA Secretary General, Jennefer Nicholson were pleased to confirm the continuing cooperation through signing a renewed agreement on the IFLA Language Centre for Arabic.

Building Strong Library Associations Programm

This is indeed an excellent initiative.  How can an association benefit?