Wednesday, 21 August 2013
At present, digital information is being lost because its value is underestimated, because of the absence of legal and institutional frameworks or because custodians lack knowledge, skills and funding.
It is essential that we explore these issues in-depth and obtain solutions to preserve as much digital information as possible.”
–Joie Springer, UNESCO
Drop your business card off at the IFLA booth (F117) in the Exhibition Hall before 11:30 on Wednesday, 21 August and you could be the winner of a FREE registration for WLIC 2014 in Lyon!
A lucky winner will be chosen at the IFLA Booth on Wednesday, 21 August at 12:00 and also announced Online.
Tuesday, 20 August 2013
Programme will be expanded to build capacity within the profession for equitable access to information and improved library services in partnership with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Global Libraries Initiative.Read more
20 August, 19:00-23:00
Tanjong Beach Club, Sentosa Island
A much anticipated event during every Congress, the Cultural Evening brings delegates together for a taste of the local food and culture.
Singapore is an island nation, and there is no better way to experience the tropics than a beach party!Read more
Government-run program will use $1 million Access to Learning Award to advance digital inclusion in Brazil’s most populous state
August 19, 2013, SEATTLE – The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation today presented its 2013 Access to Learning Award of $1 million to Acessa São Paulo, which works to ensure all São Paulo residents have free and easy access to computers and the Internet. Acessa is part of the government of São Paulo’s multipronged approach to help the most vulnerable lift themselves out of poverty.Read more
In the Spotlight
During yesterday's Plenary Session at the 79th World Library & Information Congress in Singapore, IFLA President Ingrid Parent and Secretary General Jennefer Nicholson launched the IFLA Trend Report, looking into high level trends shaping our global information environment.
IFLA members can now sign up to access the IFLA Trend Report in full at trends.ifla.org.Read more
20 August, 15:00-15:45
De Gruyter Saur and IFLA would like to invite you to a joint book presentation of all IFLA / De Gruyter Publications which have been launched during the last 12 months. Following a brief presentation, participants have the chance to meet with editors and authors and enjoy light refreshments.Read more
21 August, 09:30-12:45
The Committee on Freedom of Access to Information and Freedom of Expression (FAIFE) is multitude of things. It is an arena for IFLA visitors to check the latest trends of freedom and expression. It is also a global network of library activists who think these issues are too important to be left for others.Read more
In the Spotlight
20 August, 08:30-09:15
Exhibition Hall 404-405
Cherian George, a Singaporean writer and academic, is an Associate Professor at the Wee Kim Wee School of Communication and Information, Nanyang Technological University. He serves as the Director of the Temasek Foundation - NTU Asia Journalism Fellowship. He is also an Adjunct Senior Research Fellow of the Institute of Policy Studies at the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy, National University of Singapore. His main research interest is in media and politics, including the political economy of journalism, censorship and alternative media. Dr. George takes an active interest in media policy and media reform.Read more
The IFLA Academic and Research Libraries Section (ARL), with generous sponsorship by ExLibris and Sage, offered three Attendance Grants for the IFLA Congress in Singapore 2013 to an information professional from each of the following regions: Africa, Latin America and the Caribbean and the Asia/Pacific Region.Read more
The IFLA WLIC 2013 Exhibition was officially opened by IFLA President-Elect Sinikka Sipilä on 18 August. Ms Sipilä welcomed all delegates and participants to explore the 1000 m2 exhibition area, a space for library partners and stakeholders to interact and share new technologies and initiatives from around the world. The 88 exhibitors include publishers, vendors, database companies and National Libraries. From 19 to 20 August between 12 noon and 2pm, delegates can also try various local cultural crafts and activities and learn more about the host nation Singapore.Read more
20 August, 13:45-14:45
At WLIC 2013, the joint Beyond Access-IFLA session will explore how public libraries power development in Asia. Drawing examples from Bhutan, Nepal and the Philippines, this session will offer new ideas for public library services and partnerships with a particular focus on the role of technology. It will also look at the role library associations have in promoting and supporting the new role and image of public libraries in Asia. What unique challenges do libraries face in the region and what are solutions that have worked?Read more
Is your Unit planning to submit a professional project proposal to the IFLA Professional Committee this year? Yesterday’s session gave some good tips that will increase your chances of success in gaining approval from the IFLA Professional Committee.
20 August, 09:30-10:30
Curious about some of the most important work IFLA has been involved with in the last year? Would you like to learn more about the exciting directions in which we're headed? Stop by this now streamlined session and get some answers.Read more
Infor, a provider of integrated library system (ILS) solutions, is best known in Europe. Its products, namely Iguana and V-smart are used by a variety of clients, including: the Vatican Library, a network of libraries in Belgium and Paris, the Volusia County Public Library in the United States, and the Essex County Libraries in the United Kingdom.Read more
19 August, 12:00-14:00
20 August, 12:00-14:00
In the Exhibition Hall you will find over 100 unique poster presentations. Together these form a kaleidoscopic and representative overview of library and information initiatives and projects—large and small—from around the world.Read more
Monday, 19 August 2013
19 August, 08:30-09:15
Exhibition Hall 404-405
Now live: http://trends.ifla.org
The world around us is rapidly changing.
Newfound and emerging opportunities for digital communication, collaboration and collective action have the capacity to economically and socially empower billions of people—while also serving as an instrument for extremists and disruption. During the past year IFLA has commissioned a range of experts to look at our shifting environment and identify trends that will affect access to information over the coming years. The result is the IFLA Trend Report which will help libraries worldwide position themselves in relation to emerging issues and provide the best possible services to their users.Read more
IFLA delegates were given a glimpse of Singaporean culture through a series of multi-ethnic, beautifully harmonised performances: a Chinese dragon dance, rhythms from an array of traditional and modern percussion, a Chinese lion dance with a welcoming message in Singapore’s four official languages and beautiful dance steps that were distinctly Chinese, Indian and Malay all at the same time.Read more
19 August, 13:45-15:45
The session will take a closer look at how to make the Vancuver Declaration a reality, the IFLA/UNESCO efforts to establish a written cultural heritage risk register and updates on the World Digital Library and the Memory of the World programme.Read more