2019 IFLA World Library and Information Congress: “Libraries: dialogue for change”
This year’s World Library and Information Congress of the International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA), IFLA WLIC 2019, and the Federation’s 85th General Conference and Assembly will be held from 24 to 30 August in Athens. The programme of the Congress will be held under the theme Libraries: dialogue for change and is expected to prompt international professional debate aimed at re-evaluating the role of libraries in driving social change and promoting dialogue as the highest manifestation of democracy, basis for the freedom of expression and free flow of information, as well as an essential precondition to a better future.
As one of the birthplaces of science, a city boasting the world’s first public library and the 2018 World Book Capital, Athens provides the ideal environment where librarians from all across the world will be able to exchange their experiences and look into ways in which libraries may further improve their role as intermediaries between people and new insights and technologies. In this context, as well as in the light of today’s rapidly growing socio-economic challenges, special consideration will be given to the role of libraries in the implementation of the UN 2030 Agenda and its related sustainable development goals.
The last year’s edition of this key gathering of the global library community brought together more than 3,500 participants from 110 countries, including over 600 lecturers, who prepared over 250 oral and 120 poster presentations. Also at IFLA WLIC 2018, the representatives of the National and University Library in Zagreb were presented with third place IFLA BibLibre International Marketing Award 2018, which the Library received for the development of Greetings from Zagreb, a mobile application presenting the rich and fascinating cultural heritage of Zagreb, Croatia’s capital.