Congress theme: “Libraries beyond libraries: Integration, Innovation and Information for all”

Friday, 19 August 2011

IFLA 2011 Conference Grantees' reports

IFLA 2011 Grantees in San JuanAfter general announcements for IFLA-supported conference participation grants for San Juan were made in spring 2011, we received over 250 applications from all over the world.


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Honours and Awards at the Closing Session

Luisa Vigo-Cepeda, Chair, National Committee

During the Closing Session on 18 August, IFLA President Ellen Tise and IFLA Professional Committee Chair Patrice Landry conferred the following honours and awards...

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IFLA Express 2011 team

This year's team of writers, translators, photographers, technical assistants, and coordinators—onsite and remote—ALL did a fantastic job.  We thank them for showing tremendous grace under pressure of deadlines to help make this newsletter happen in 7 languages everyday of WLIC 2011. 

There are over 500 webpages and hundreds of photos & videos here!  WOW!

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Thursday, 18 August 2011

Agenda for the General Assembly – Closing Session


18 August, 16:15-18:00


Grand Salon A

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  1. Presentation of Awards
  2. Introduction of new Governing Board
  3. Invitation to WLIC 2012 in Helsinki, Finland
  4. Announcement of WLIC 2013 location
  5. Vote of thanks
  6. Address by incoming President Ingrid Parent
  7. Close of the Assembly

Marta Terry — Legend of the Caribbean

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Marta TerryIn 1980, the 46th IFLA conference was held in Manila, Philippines. For the first time, two librarians were participating from Cuba. One year later, they decided to attend the Conference in Leipzig and submit their application for IFLA Membership. One of the Cuban delegates was Marta Terry.

IFLA must have made an impression on her, because 30 years later, Marta is still with us!  One has to be terribly young and/or very novice to IFLA not to know who Marta Terry is. She was a pioneer of Cuban representation at IFLA and a supporter of the development of librarianship in the Caribbean and Latin America as well.

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Librarians for the Future

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With the title “As for the future, your task is not to foresee it, but to enable it”, words taken from the famous literate Antoine de Saint-Exupery, Professor Derek Law began his presentation showing that in the future the librarian’s task is not predictable.  To explain this, he uses results from IBM research, models based on famous persons and key characteristics for the future librarian.  He initiated his speech by talking about the enterprise of the future, based on an IBM research.

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IFLA & UNESCO – Important partners

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Jānis KārkliņšThe following is a short interview with Jānis Kārkliņš, Assistant Director-General of Communication and Information of UNESCO

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Let's talk about Puerto Rican public school libraries

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Loida Garcia-FeboPuerto Rican public school libraries are welcoming oases where students can read, watch movies, listen to music, research, and use computers.

Innovative librarians have established sister library programs with other schools. The students exchange emails and information with peers in other cities in the United States. Other school librarians teach library instruction using numerous online research resources.

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Courage and optimism: driving forces for the future of libraries

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Report on Session 123 — Rethinking the role of public libraries — Public Libraries Section with Metropolitan Libraries

The public library faces many challenges, particularly in the competition for people’s attention by ever more prevalent electronic and mobile technologies. These challenges must not be perceived as threats; instead, they can (and must) be turned into opportunities to transform the library into a multifaceted service that respond to patrons’ varied needs and interests.

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