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

To have access to Information and Knowledge – a Question of Dignity and Empowerment

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12 August 2010 10:00 - 11:00 | Room: Offsite

Following this morning's Plenary Session, everyone is invited to an informal discussion with Plenary speaker, Henning Mankell and IFLA ICT4D's Christel Mahnke (IFLA President's Information Society Working Group). The discussion will focus on Henning Mankell's experience in Africa, regarding the role of access to information and knowledge in the struggle for economic and political self-empowerment of people. Of course, the role of libraries in the empowerment of people, especially in Africa, will be a topic. The talk will be open to questions from the audience.

Location: Weather permitting, the talk will be held outside on the lawn in front of the University Library / Central Library. In case of rain, the discussion will take place in a conference room inside University Library.


About the IFLA President's Information Society Working Group / ICT4D Group
The IFLA President's Information Society Working Group is an informal working group of IFLA members, founded during the WSIS (World Summit on the Information Society) 2003-2005. Since WLIC Milan 2009, cooperation with the ICT4D community (NGOs working in the field of Information and Communication Technology for Development) became the new group's new focus.

ICT4D is closely related to the presidential theme ‘Libraries driving access to knowledge'. IFLA President Ellen Tise encouraged the group to explore relations to the Open Access community, CLM and other partners, and stressed the focus on the developmental agenda.