Greeting from the Minister for Communications and Information

Dr Yaacob Ibrahim, Minister for Information, Communications and the ArtsSingapore looks forward to welcoming delegates to the International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA) World Library and Information Congress 2013.

Libraries are well-loved spaces where people from all walks of life come together to learn, exchange ideas and bond. They are also the gateways to knowledge and ideas, helping to enrich and empower people with literacy skills.

Today, we are living in an increasingly connected world. New innovations and technologies are changing the way we consume and create knowledge. Libraries need to evolve and adopt these new technologies to better serve the changing needs of society.

The endless possibilities of merging technology and libraries are aptly reflected in the theme, Future Libraries: Infinite Possibilities. We can look forward to many engaging discussions on library services, best practices, continuing professional development, information literacy and library leadership at the 2013 Congress. I believe that through these discussions, we can develop a deeper understanding of the trends that are shaping the information landscape.

Singapore is a small nation where East meets West, where the traditional co-exists with the modern, and where people of different races and religions live together in harmony. Our libraries constantly ensure that knowledge, whether for education, career advancement, self improvement and leisure, is widely accessible to everyone. Libraries are therefore a key social pillar. While we started humbly, our libraries have grown over the years. They now house an impressive and ever expanding collection of books, as well as provide world class services in line with international standards. So it is with much pride that I look forward to meeting you in Singapore, to share the collective experiences of all librarians in shaping a better world.

While in Singapore, let me also invite you to enjoy the various sights, sounds and tastes that our city has to offer. Come and discover our unique blend of cultures, reflected in our food, architecture and way of life. We welcome you to Singapore in August 2013.

Dr Yaacob Ibrahim
Minister for Communications and Information

Last update: 13 August 2013