Congress theme: “Libraries Now! - Inspiring, Surprising, Empowering”

Sunday, 12 August 2012

Opening Address by IFLA President Ingrid Parent

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Ingrid Parent

Libraries – A Force For Change:  - Inspiring, Surprising, Empowering

Dear Colleagues:

As President of the International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions, it gives me great pleasure to welcome you to our 78th Annual General Conference and Assembly—here in the beautiful and historic city of Helsinki, the city by the sea.

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Helena Ranta, Keynote speaker today's Opening Session

When?

12 August, 10:30-12:00

Where?

Amphitheatre

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Helena RantaProfessor Helena Ranta is a Finnish forensic dentist who gained notoriety particularly through her involvement in several forensic investigations of international conflicts. Her most well-known work was in Kosovo during the 1990s. Helena is also an exceptional professor in the University of Helsinki.

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Opening Session

When?

12 August, 10:30-12:00

Where?

Amphitheatre

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NOTE: this session will be live-streamed. Please check back just prior to session time!

Doors open at 10:00

Keynote Speaker:  Helena Ranta

Other speakers to include: Ingrid Parent, IFLA President and Maija Berndtson, Chair of the IFLA 2012 WLIC National Committee.

Newcomers’ session

When?

12 August, 08:30-10:00

Where?

Session Room 1

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Is this your FIRST IFLA Congress?

This session offers a brief introduction to various aspects of the IFLA congress and the IFLA organisation in an informal way.  Attend this session and you'll find that other participants will make you feel welcome. The Newcomers’ session is a great opportunity to start building and expanding your international professional network!

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Exhibition Opening today

When?

12 August, 16:00-18:00

Where?

Hall 4 and 5

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Meet IFLA’s President (Ingrid Parent), Secretary General (Jennefer Nicholson), and President-Elect (Sinikka Sipilä)

ingrid Parent     Jennefer Nicholson     Sinikka Sipilä

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IFLA Market: Library Boulevard – Finnish Edition

When?

12 August, 12:00-13:30

Where?

Glass Gallery

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IFLA Market: Library Boulevard – Finnish Edition

Finnish libraries will be introducing themselves at the conference—not just in the lecture halls. The route from the convention centre entrance to the main floor will be an actual Library Boulevard. Along it one will see up to 50 intriguing presentations from the world of Finnish libraries, with some additional presentations from Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, and Russia. On the main floor Finnish libraries will be assembling the Libraries.fi exhibition stand, which will be offering information, working examples, and varies hints and bulletins. Details about after hour events will also be found here.

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IFLA Secretariat in the Exhibitors Lounge

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As in other years the IFLA HQ Secretariat will re-locate almost entirely to the Conference Centre to assist delegates and IFLA Members with various issues on-site.

Please come and find us in the Exhibitors Lounge to discuss membership opportunities, pick up voting documents for the General Assembly, and any other questions that you would like our help with!

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Frequently Asked Questions

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Welcome to Helsinki!

 

How can I get the most out of my attendance at the Congress?

Check the Annual Conference page for programme information before you leave for the Congress. When you go to the link Programme & Proceedings you will find a general overview and an overview per day. In the overviews per day the main conference tracks are indicated with different colours. This year’s tracks are: Open Access and Digital Resources; Policy, Strategy and Advocacy; Users Driving Access and Services; Tools and Techniques and: Ideas, Innovations, Anticipating the New.

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IFLA Highlights and news

When?

13 August, 09:30-10:45

Where?

Session Room 5

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NOTE: this session will be live-streamed. Please check back just prior to session time!

Major announcements, awards, updates and other important IFLA-related news will be made during this session. Congress delegates and all members of the Press are welcome and encouraged to attend.

Come and hear the latest news!