“Transform Libraries, Transform Societies”: NSK representatives at the 2018 IFLA World Library and Information Congress and 84th IFLA General Conference and Assembly
This year’s IFLA World Library and Information Congress, IFLA WLIC 2018, along with the 84th IFLA General Conference and Assembly was held from 24 to 30 August in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Croatian conference participants included Dragana Koljenik and Ana Vukadin, the representatives of the National and University Library in Zagreb, Davorka Pšenica, Marijana Mišetić and Blaženka Peradenić-Kotur, the representatives of the Croatian Library Association, Marija Šimunović, the representative of the Zagreb Library Assocaiation, Edita Bačić, the representative of the Library of Faculty of Law at the University of Split, and Višnja Cej and Nika Čabrić, the representatives of the Zagreb City Libraries network.
The theme of the Congress, Transform Libraries, Transform Societies, aimed to bring attention to the crucial role of libraries in the development and advancement of society as a whole, from a local, over national, to the global level. The Congress brought together more than 3,500 participants from over 110 countries who had the opportunity to take part in more than 250 open sessions, see 120 poster presentations and hear 600 speakers. Under the slogan Inform, Reform, Transform, the Congress’s programme aimed to encourage learning, analyses of many aspects of library activity, professional debate and provided many inspirational examples of innovative library practices from across the world. As an international institution strongly promoting better social inclusion, IFLA streamed live selected parts of the congress programme which were followed by over 100,000 viewers from all parts of the world.
In the Expand your reach in a digital world session, organised by IFLA Management and Marketing Section, Dragana Koljenik, from the Library’s Croatian Digital Library Development Division, gave a presentation on the project of the National and University Library in Zagreb aimed at the development of the Greetings from Zagreb mobile application, which won IFLA BibLibre International Marketing Award 2018, which Koljenik received as part of the congress programme on the following day.
NSK Standards Librarian Ana Vukadin took part in the meetings of the IFLA BCM Review Group and Linked Data Technical Sub-Committee (LIDATEC), which both operate under the IFLA Committee on Standards and participate in the development of bibliographic standards suiting the requirements of the contemporary online environment.
The National and University Library in Zagreb was also presented as part of the congress programme in relation to Green Festival, the Library’s special 2017 programme spotlighting environmental issues, which it organised in cooperation with the Croatian Library Association’s Working Group for Green Libraries and which won the IFLA Green Library Award 2018.
Kuala Lumpur, the capital of Malaysia, was a wonderful host. Malaysia, a home to 32 million people, is characterised by a peaceful coexistence of a multitude of nationalities, cultures, religions and languages, of which as many as 137 are living. Kuala Lumpur is also marked by such heterogeneity, whose colours, sounds and smells come together in a vivid atmosphere overwhelming the visitor.
Modern Malaysians are focusing on the future, unity and the economic and technological development of their country, whose progress is perhaps best embodied in the city’s Petronas Towers, whose 451,9 metres and 88 floors currently make them the highest twin towers in the world.
IFLA WLIC 2018 met with exceptional public reception in Malaysia – the Prime Minister of Malaysia the Honourable Tun Dr. Mahathir Mohamad welcomed the congress participants at the IFLA WLIC 2018 opening session, while the Malaysian Post Office issued a special IFLA WLIC 2018 stamp.