Official Invitation

Elaine Ng, Chair of the IFLA WLIC 2013 National CommitteeOn behalf of the National Committee of the International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA) World Library and Information Congress (WLIC) 2013, I am delighted to invite you to the IFLA WLIC August 2013 in Singapore.

We are honoured to host the Congress, which is the leading professional event for the international library and information services sector. In a world of exponential information growth, WLIC’s importance is underscored by the need for international collaboration to ensure equitable access to information and learning opportunities for every citizen. At the WLIC, information professionals have the valuable opportunity to share insights and shape policies that address global challenges affecting our local communities.

Libraries are at the cusp of technological developments that are revolutionising information access and use. Information has never been more conveniently available on so many devices and in many formats to provide a myriad of learning experiences. At the same time, this information deluge presents new challenges to processing, sense-making, and ethical use. Hence, libraries and information professionals have a vital role to play in harnessing the infinite possibilities that today’s technologies offer for information access and service delivery.

It is timely, therefore, that the theme for IFLA WLIC 2013 is Future Libraries: Infinite Possibilities. Libraries have the power to be a positive force for change on multiple fronts. Libraries empower individuals with the resources to be lifelong learners, while engaging families and communities in collaborative reading and learning pursuits. To touch the minds and hearts of communities, librarians and information professionals must be connected to the local communities they serve, providing services that are relevant to local needs, and connect citizens to the world’s knowledge and creativity.

We share IFLA’s commitment to further the interests of library and information professionals and look forward to making this Congress a stimulating and memorable one for you. Located at the crossroads of Asia and with access to the fascinating troves of culture in our surrounding countries, Singapore is a cosmopolitan blend of modernity and multi-culturalism with its confluence of diverse races, cultures, and languages. The IFLA WLIC 2013 National Committee and the Singapore library community are pleased to invite you to experience the vibrant sights, sounds, and tastes of Singapore’s cultural tapestry and warm hospitality.

See you in Singapore in August 2013!

Elaine Ng
Chair of the IFLA WLIC 2013 National Committee

Last update: 10 July 2013