The International Federation of Library Associations & Institutions

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The International Federation of Library Associations & Institutions


THE SIXTY-SIXTH IFLA GENERAL CONFERENCE CONVENED IN JERUSALEM, ISRAEL, August 13-18, 2000. Although not as large as IFLA conferences held in Europe and North America, a successful final registration number of over 1,800 was reached from ninety-three countries. SLA was an exhibitor at the conference, and was met with great interest by a number of attendees. IFLA is intended to have a global reach, and indeed it did, with the greatest number of attendees from Israel, with 400 Israeli participants at the Jerusalem Conference. These numbers were followed by 265 from the USA, 207 from the Russian Federation, 88 from France, and 85 from the United Kingdom.

IFLA has become known for the quality of its presentations, the festivities of the social events, the variety of participants, the work done during business meetings, and the vibrancy of the host city. The cooperation of the weather made this conference a huge success. Some 244 meetings were held, 24 of them simultaneous interpretation, 30 poster sessions, 26 workshops, with an impressive 150 people attending the start-up meeting of the Digital Libraries Discussion Group.

IFLA participants had the opportunity to visit several libraries, including the National and Government Libraries, Judaica Libraries, Libraries of Religious Institutions (Christian, Moslem, Mormon, Armenian), Academic Libraries (Central Libraries, Humanities & Social Science, Science, Technology & Engineering, Medical Law) along with Public Libraries & School Libraries. There were also sightseeing tours arranged for multiple destinations, including Massada and the Dead Sea.

IFLA's Roundtable on the Management of Library Associations (RTMLA) held its executive board meeting during the conference and was attended by David R. Bender as an executive committee member. The executive board meeting focused on the roundtables' Medium Term Program and Action Plan, goals and mission of the roundtable, program/workshop presentations for Israel, and the roundtables' publications program. The meeting also focused on finalizing workshops for IFLA's 2001 conference in Boston, Massachusetts. The roundtable serves the interests of library, information science, and documentation associations around the world. It focuses on improving the management and operations of member associations, encouraging support for library and information services worldwide, and providing an international forum for the exchange of ideas and information.

Ralph Manning, chair of the Professional Board, presented an overview of the program of the sixty-sixth IFLA General Conference to the Final Council meeting. The text of his presentation is published at IFLANET (http://www.ifla.org/) and in IFLA Journal. Some highlights of the conference follow.

Contributed Papers

In addition to many open forums, industry updates, guest lectures and the Council and open sessions, business meetings, workshops and discussion group sessions, a total of 154 conference papers were available in printed form, on the CD IFLANET Unplugged, and on IFLA's web site. These papers generated 153 translations into one or more of the other four IFLA working languages (English, French, Spanish and Russian).

During this conference a statement of IFLA's Professional Priorities was approved in principle, which was prepared by the Professional Board and it will be used to guide the future professional work of the Federation. A substantial number of standards, guidelines, and best practices were discussed and approved. This year three satellite meetings were held: Marketing and Communication for Libraries (Haifa, Israel), the sixteenth annual session for parliamentary libraries (Athens, Greece), and Preservation of Newspapers (Paris, France).

IFLA/OCLC Fellowships 2001 Awarded

During the IFLA Conference in Bangkok (1999), the launch of the IFLA/OCLC Early Career Development Fellowship was announced. …

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