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IFLA Wraps Up; Next Year in Helsinki; Singapore in 2013

IFLA 2011 in San Juan, PR has passed into history.  Photos and reports from the final sessions are on the IFLA Express website.  Final attendance was 2,593, making San Juan a successful event.

Next year, the 78th IFLA World Library and Information Congress (WLIC) will be in Helsinki, Finland, on August 11-17.  Singapore has been selected as the venue for the 79th WLIC; dates will be announced later.  Sponsors will be the  National Library Board of Singapore and the Library Association of Singapore.

At the closing session in San Juan, Ingrid Parent, University Librarian at the University of British Columbia, Canada, became President of IFLA, succeeding Ellen Tise, Senior Director, Library and Information Services, J.S. Gericke Library, University of Stellenbosch, South Africa

Look for a report on the San Juan congress in an upcoming issue of Information Today.

Don Hawkins
Columnist, Information Today and Conference Circuit Blog Editor

This is Our Library: The Bibliotheca Alexandrina

Outside the Bibliotheca Alexandrina. Photo courtesy of Dina Youssef

I was interested in the report of a presentation by author Dina Youssef on the IFLA Express site, describing the effects of the recent uprisings in Egypt on libraries, and particularly the Bibliotheca Alexandrina.  A security guard was quoted: “This is our library.  It belongs to our children”.  Youssef’s report showed some of the remarkable efforts of citizens in protecting the library and how it was preserved from violence and damage, including these inspiring concluding thoughts:

“Because this valuable resource was spared a violent end, it can now be a cornerstone for rebuilding the new Egypt.  The library will lead the movement to collect, organize, and make public the artifacts and evidences of this revolution.  Those standing arm in arm around this building have come to represent the new Egypt, where the diverse population appreciates that libraries are not just buildings with books.  Libraries are the gateways to knowledge and knowledge is the foundation of empowerment.”

Don Hawkins
Columnist, Information Today and Conference Circuit Blog Editor

New Semantic Web Group to Meet at IFLA 2011

A new Semantic Web Special Interest Group (SWSIG) will meet for the first time at the IFLA 2011 Congress on Wednesday August 17 at 9:30 AM.  According to an e-mail that I received, “the SWSIG intends to be the platform where interested professionals could gather, and undertake whatever tasks are needed to develop, enhance and facilitate the adoption of semantic Web technologies in the library community.”

Interest in semantic technologies continues to grow as data mining, taxonomies, and similar techniques become important in the development of large information data sets, digital libraries, etc.  If you are attending the IFLA Congress, this is a good opportunity to learn more about them.

Don Hawkins
Columnist, Information Today and Conference Circuit Blog Editor


IFLA 2011 Conference Opens in San Juan

IFLA’s 2011  Conference opened yesterday in San Juan, PR.  I’m not attending the conference (physically, at least), but I got a good sense of the events of opening day by looking at IFLA Express, the dedicated website for daily news and updates.  The opening session was well represented with a large collection of photos, including crowd shots.  Take a look–you might see someone you know.  I spotted Jane Dysart and Frank Cervone, long-time attendees at ITI’s Computers in Libraries and Internet Librarian conferences.  (Jane is Program Chair of these two events, and Frank has made many presentations at them.)

IFLA Express also features a daily video with an interview with a selected guest.  Today’s video was on the subject of “Policy, Strategy, and Advocacy, and the guest was Helena Asamoah-Hassan, University Librarian at KNUST Library in Kumasi, Ghana.  And the sidebar provides links to posts by bloggers at the conference.

Don Hawkins
Columnist, Information Today and Conference Circuit Blog Editor


Scenes of San Juan (site of the IFLA 2011 Conference)

If you are going to the IFLA conference starting in a few days, I hope you will have a chance to visit the Old City of San Juan, with its great restaurants, historical sites, and fascinating architecture. You will find that life moves at quite a different pace than in many other cities of the world, as the photos below show. (Full disclosure: the first one was taken about 6 months ago when my wife and I visited San Juan on a cruise.  The second photo is from another island, but there are very similar signs in San Juan.)

Enjoy your visit and the conference.

Don Hawkins
Columnist, Information Today and Conference Circuit Blog Editor

Are You Blogging at the IFLA Conference?

In the spirit of cooperation with our IFLA colleagues, I reproduce here a recent e-mail for those blogging at the upcoming conference in San Juan.  (Having sent very similar e-mails for ITI’s Internet Librarian and Computers in Libraries conferences, I can attest that this is a great way to get good publicity for your blog.)

Dear Colleagues

Will you be blogging about this year’s upcoming World Library and Information Congress in San Juan, Puerto Rico? Or are you already?

If so, we would like to add your blog to a list of blogs dedicated to, or with posts about the San Juan Congress on our special ‘Follow the conference as it happens’ (IFLA Express) website:


Become an IFLA blogger by:

1. tagging your posts wlic2011 so we can add them to our Activity Stream
2. and officially registering your blog. Just send a note, with your name and blog’s URL, to: webmaster@ifla.org

See you in San Juan!

IFLA Web team

Don Hawkins
Columnist, Information Today and Conference Circuit Blog Editor