Benefits of attending
Attend the IFLA World Library and Information Congress (WLIC) and step outside of your professional bubble. Look beyond your horizons and extend your networks. An international world of librarianship awaits.
You’ll find you are not alone as you explore new areas, learn from engaging speakers, and discover solutions to challenges facing by the profession. By attending WLIC you’ll widen your perspective on what is possible and connect with peers in distant countries.
WLIC regularly has thousands of participants from more than 130 countries, providing for an astounding diversity of voices and viewpoints. Benefits of attending WLIC include:
- Connecting with professionals at all levels who are interested in the same topics as you
- Expanding the network of colleagues to which you can reach out in the future
- Establishing friendships that cross borders and continents
- Bringing back state-of-the-art ideas to your workplace
- Sharing what you have learnt with your work colleagues or in implementing new services to benefit the community you serve
- Being part of a global discussion and realising that we face similar challenges and can make change happen together
- Gaining ideas and inspiration for your advocacy for libraries, from your own workplace to the global level
- Activating your self – many find that attending WLIC renews their motivation and opens new possibilities.
If you attend a physical congress, you’ll also have the amazing experience of exploring a city and country, and learning from their librarians as they showcase the best of libraries in their country to the global library field. A full day can be set aside for library tours which provide a unique opportunity to look, listen, learn, compare, contrast, and re-evaluate your own library or workplace.
The Congress also offers an international trade exhibition where you can spend time exploring everything from new databases and publishing offers to the latest in scanners and library automation. Library suppliers are happy to demonstrate their solutions and discuss your needs or library situation.