Congress theme: “Future Libraries: Infinite Possibilities”

Free Public Talks at the National Library Building

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17 August, 14:00-15:30
17 August, 16:00-17:30
18 August, 14:00-15:00
19 August, 09:30-12:45
21 August, 19:00-20:30


Central Public Library – National Library Building

National Library Building Singapore

Library practitioners from all over the globe will be in Singapore, offering a rare opportunity for WLIC delegates and locals learn from each other.

For WLIC 2013 a series of free public talks are being made available—some taking place just before the opening of the Congress.

Speakers to include

  • Dr Ismail Serageldin –Director of the Library of Alexandria
  • Cathy Davidson – Professor and Author
  • Dr. Michael Seadle – Director of the Berlin School for Library and Information Science
  • Linda Pavonetti – Vice President, International Board on Books for Young People (IBBY)
  • Lisa Von Drasek – Curator, Children’s Literature Research Collections, University of Minnesota Libraries
  • Ingrid Källström – Children’s Librarian, Stockholm Public Library


From Antiquity to Modernity : A Look at the Bibliotheca Alexandrina and its Re-engagement with the World
Dr. Ismail Serageldin
17 August, Saturday, 14–15:30

Now You See It: The Science of Attention and the Future of Learning
Cathy Davidson
17 August, Saturday, 16–17:30

The Art of Preservation & Conservation
Speakers from the National Archives of Singapore and Mb nano-Tensilogies Pte Ltd
18 August, Sunday, 14–15:00
Note: Session will be held in the Possibility Room on Level 5 in the National Library Building

Accessibility: Hi Tech for Access
Speakers:  Dr. Michael Seadle, Oscar Stenberg, Bitte Kronkvist, Heidi Carlsson Asplund, Hiroaki Mizukami, Dipendra Manochoa, Hiroshi Kawamura and Misako Nomura
19 August, Monday, 9:30–12:45

Getting kids to read in this busy world
Speakers:  Linda M. Pavonetti, Lisa Von Drasek and Ingrid Källström
21 August, Wednesday, 19:00–20:30


Central Public Library
National Library Building
100 Victoria Street