Conference Session 69

Newcomers Session

12 August 2012 08:30 - 10:00 | Room: Session Room 1 | SI

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!

For more information on becoming and IFLA member, please leave your contact details at the end of the session.



Buhle Mbambo-Thata, Chair


Jennefer Nicholson, IFLA Secretary General or Sinikka Sipilä, IFLA President-elect (To be confirmed)

Topic 1: What motivates me to go to an IFLA conference?

  • How do I get the most out of the programme?
  • Opportunities to network
  • Making friends and lifelong memories
  • What to see in the host country, both professionally and recreational


  • Alejandra Martinez del Prado, IFLA FAIFE Committee member (To be confirmed)
  • Shaked Spier, Berlin School of Library and Information Science
  • Mirja Martamaa


Topic 2: What can I gain professionally and personally from an IFLA conference? 

  • What an international perspective brings to my professional practice
  • First-timer/one-timer/many-timer – opportunities for ongoing participation in IFLA
  • Information exchange
  • New perspectives


  • Ai Cheng Tay, Secretary & Treasurer, IFLA Metropolitian Libraries Section
  • Buhle Mbambo-Thata, IFLA Governing Board member
  • Alex Byrne, former IFLA President (to be confirmed)



Coffee and cake

Last update: 8 August 2012