Congress theme: “Future Libraries: Infinite Possibilities”

Laura Kho

Thursday, 22 August 2013

Uneasy Truths

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Dr Cherian George


My thoughts today are stimulated by a sense of unease..."

Dr Cherian George, a Singaporean writer and academic, made it clear from the beginning that his plenary speech would cover some uneasy truths. Indeed, the propositions he put forth suggested that what is portrayed in the media is not always what it seems. Quite the contrary, mainstream media often adjusts truths to regulate the opinion of the masses. However, it is in such an ambiguous landscape that he believes the role of librarian as ‘custodians and curators’ of information is more important than ever.

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Wednesday, 21 August 2013

Haiti: three years after

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Ark Project

What happens when the events of a single day threaten the cultural heritage of an entire nation? Haiti was faced with this predicament after a devastating earthquake struck in January 2010. Besides the devastation suffered by its people, the disaster also destroyed a great deal of Haiti’s cultural heritage in the form of important documents, printed material and books.  It revealed the need for greater standards of document treatment and conservation in Haiti.

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Tuesday, 20 August 2013

Opening the Exhibition Hall

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Exhibition opening

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.

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