IFLA World Library and Information Congress (WLIC)*

IFLA World Library and Information Congress (WLIC)*

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The IFLA World Library and Information Congress (WLIC) is the General Conference and Assembly (until 2008 Council) of the International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA). It is the international flagship professional and trade event for the library and information services sector.

Knowledge Management Section events:

    Pre-conference Satellite Meeting, Open/Joint Sessions, Knowledge Cafe, and Standing Committee (business) Meeting

Conference themes of special interest:

  • 2014: Libraries, Citizens, Societies: Confluence for Knowledge
  • 2010: Open access to knowledge – promoting sustainable progress
  • 2006: Libraries: Dynamic Engines for the Knowledge and Information Society
  • 2001: Libraries and Librarians: Making a Difference in the Knowledge Age

Conference History:

88th IFLA WLIC 2022, 13-19 August 2022, Auckland, New Zealand

87th IFLA WLIC 2021, 19-26 August 2021, Rotterdam, The Netherlands

86th IFLA WLIC 2020, 15–21 August 2020, Dublin, Ireland
(Co-organizer: Library Association of Ireland)
Conference Theme: Inspire, Engage, Enable, Connect

85th IFLA WLIC 2019, 24-30 August 2019, Athens, Greece
Conference Theme: Libraries: dialogue for change

  • Pre-conference Sattelite Meetings: Artificial Intelligence and its Impact on Libraries, August 22, 2019, Ionian University (Department of Archives, Library Science and Museum Studies), Corfu, Greece (Knowledge Management Section)
  • Conference Sessions: Artificial Intelligence and Data Mining to transform knowledge management and information services in libraries and information organizations (Knowledge Management Section, Information Technology Section, Big Data Special Interest Group)
  • Knowledge Café: Learning, growing, developing and succeeding in the face of change (Knowledge Management Section, Library and Research Services for Parliaments Section, Continuing Professional Development and Workplace Learning Section)
  • Meetings: Standing Committee meeting I+II (Knowledge Management Section)

84th IFLA WLIC 2018, 24-30 August 2018, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Conference Theme: Transform Libraries, Transform Societies

  • Pre-conference Sattelite Meetings: Is knowledge management the new library science?, August 23, 2018, Xiamen University – Malaysia Campus (XMUM), Salak Tinggi, Selangor, Malaysia (Knowledge Management Section)
  • Conference Sessions: Digital scholarship and knowledge management: building confidence in the digital world (Knowledge Management Section, Academic and Research Libraries Section and Rare Books and Special Collections Section); Lightning Talks on “The Transforming Digital Scholarship Model – From Service Provider to Interdisciplinary Partner (Digital Humanities/Digital Scholarship Special Interest Group, sponsored by the Knowledge Management Section)
  • Knowledge Café: The Knowledge Economy: How continuous learning can prepare Information Professionals for the future (Knowledge Management Section, Library and Research Services for Parliaments Section, Continuing Professional Development and Workplace Learning Section)
  • Meetings: Standing Committee meeting I+II (Knowledge Management Section)

83rd IFLA WLIC 2017, 19–25 August 2017, Wrocław, Poland
Conference Theme: Libraries. Solidarity. Society.

  • Pre-conference Sattelite Meetings: New Directions in Knowledge Management, August 18, 2017, University of Economics, Wrocław, Poland (Knowledge Management Section)
  • Conference Sessions: How does knowledge management inform change agency? (Knowledge Management Section); Knowledge Systems for Sustainable Development Goals (Access to Information Network – Africa (ATINA) Special Interest Group)
  • Knowledge Cafe: New librarians for new times: Continuous Learning to become change agents in a changing world (Knowledge Management Section, Library and Research Services for Parliaments Section, Continuing Professional Development and Workplace Learning Section)
  • Meetings: Standing Committee meeting I+II (Knowledge Management Section); Exploratory Meeting to Establish a New Special Interest Group (Knowledge Management in Global and Disaster Health Special Interest Group)

82nd IFLA WLIC 2016, 13–19 August 2016, Columbus, Ohio, United States of America
Conference Theme: Connections. Collaboration. Community.

  • Pre-conference Sattelite Meetings: Sharing practices & actions for making best use of organizational knowledge in libraries, Langsam Library, University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, Ohio, USA (Knowledge Management Section)
  • Conference Sessions: Using social media at work: How to share knowledge, improve collaboration and create a mutual savoir-faire? (Knowledge Management Section); Brave New World ‐ the Future of Collections in Digital Times: Services without Content OR Content in Context? (Knowledge Management Section, Academic and Research Libraries Section); Skills and Knowledge for Citizens in an Open Data and Technology Environments (Information Technology Section); Reclaiming subject access to indigenous knowledge (Classification
    and Indexing Section)
    ; Sustaining the circle of knowledge: with your contribution and my contribution, indigenous communities thrive! (Indigenous Matters Section); African Libraries: Enhancing Community Access to Information and Knowledge for Development (Access to Information Network – Africa (ATINA) Special Interest Group)
  • Knowledge Cafe: Continuous Learning in Libraries and their Communities (Knowledge Management Section, Library and Research Services for Parliaments Section, Continuing Professional Development and Workplace Learning Section)
  • Meetings: Standing Committee meeting I+II (Knowledge Management Section)

81st IFLA WLIC 2015, 15-21 August 2015, Cape Town, South Africa
Conference Theme: Dynamic Libraries: Access, Development and Transformation

  • Pre-conference Sattelite Meetings: Knowledge Management and Innovation in 21st Century Library and Information Services in Africa, August 14, 2015. Goethe-Centre, Cape Town, South Africa (Knowledge Management Section)
  • Conference Sessions: Change and sustainability – Breaking paths for a world of balance (Knowledge Management Section); Mind the Gap! Bridging Access to Information and Knowledge Gaps in Development and Transformation Strategies (Access to Information Network –
    Africa (ATINA) Special Interest Group)
  • Knowledge Cafe: Continuous Innovation and Transformation of
    Libraries and their Communities (Knowledge Management Section, Library and Research Services for Parliaments Section)
  • Meetings: Standing Committee meeting I+II (Knowledge Management Section)

80th IFLA WLIC 2014, 16-22 August 2014, Lyon, France
Conference Theme: Libraries, Citizens, Societies: Confluence for Knowledge

  • Pre-conference Sattelite Meetings: Knowledge Management as a vital tool for change management, August, 15, 2014. Lyon Gallo-Roman Museum, Lyon, France (Knowledge Management Section)
  • Conference Sessions: Knowledge in the Digital Age – Libraries and librarians are managing the digital transformation (Knowledge Management Section); Knowledge Management initiatives and development in Asia and Oceania (Knowledge Management Section, Asia & Oceania Section); It’s public knowledge: understanding health literacy from an information science perspective (Health and Biosciences Libraries Section, Information Literacy Section); Knowledge, information and citizens: the social value of libraries (Latin America and the Caribbean Section); Google is not enough: Reference and Information Services for the transfer of knowledge – reframing the discussion (Reference and Information Services Section); All we need is news – knowledge production and dissemination through news media (Newspapers Section); Government libraries as knowledge platforms for citizen engagement (Government Libraries Section, Government Information and Official Publications Section); Confluence for Knowledge – Advocacy – Strong Libraries (School Libraries on the Agenda: Advocacy Initiatives from Around the World) (School Libraries Section)
  • Knowledge Cafe: Learning Challenges for Librarians and Library Managers (Knowledge Management Section, Library and Research Services for Parliaments Section, Continuing Professional Development and Workplace Learning Section)
  • Meetings: Standing Committee meeting I+II (Knowledge Management Section)

79th IFLA WLIC 2013, 17-23 August 2013, Singapore
Conference Theme: Future Libraries: Infinite Possibilities

  • Pre-conference Sattelite Meetings: Knowledge management – the Asian way?, August 16, 2013, Goethe Institute, Singapore (CANCELLED!; Knowledge Management Section); How do we fit in the global knowledge environment? Researching the Library’s Role, August 14-14, 2013, University of Illinois, Advanced Digital Science Center, Singapore (CANCELLED!; Library Theory and Research Section)
  • Conference Sessions: Open Access (OA) in the context of full lifecycle of Knowledge Management (Knowledge Management Section); Building a learning and knowledge sharing organization (Knowledge Management Section, Information Technology Section, Continuing Professional Development and Workplace Learning Section); Agile management: strategies for achieving success in rapidly changing times (Knowledge Management Section, Academic and Research Libraries Section); Indigenous knowledge and multiculturalism in LIS education and library training: Infinite possibilities (Education and Training Section, Library Services to Multicultural Populations Section, Indigenous Matters Special Interest Group)
  • Knowledge Café: Taxonomies & metadata rule (Knowledge Management Section, Library and Research Services for Parliaments Section)
  • Meetings: Standing Committee meeting I+II (Knowledge Management Section)

78th IFLA WLIC 2012, 11-17 August 2012, Helsinki, Finland
Conference Theme: Libraries Now! – Inspiring, Surprising, Empowering

  • Pre-conference Sattelite Meetings: Knowledge Management Theory in Action: how to plan, apply, and assess knowledge management in libraries, August 10, 2012, Goethe-Institut Helsinki, Finland (Knowledge Management Section); The Homeless and the Libraries – the Right to Information and Knowledge For All, Tallinn Central Library, Tallinn, Estonia (Library Services to People with Special Needs Section); The Road to Information Literacy: Librarians as facilitators of learning (Continuing Professional Development Section, Workplace Learning Section and the Information Literacy Section)
  • Conference Sessions: Potential of Knowledge Management in Public Libraries (Knowledge Management Section); Strong libraries = strong societies: democratizing access to knowledge through libraries (President-Elect’s Planning Session)
  • Knowledge Cafe: Driving access & services (Knowledge Management Section, Library and Research Services for Parliaments Section)
  • Meetings: Standing Committee meeting I+II (Knowledge Management Section)

77th IFLA WLIC 2011, 13-18 August 2011, San Juan, Puerto Rico
Conference Theme: Libraries beyond libraries: Integration, Innovation and Information for all

  • Pre-conference Sattelite Meetings: Social Science Libraries: A Bridge to Knowledge for Sustainable Development, August 8-10, 2011, National Library of Cuba José Martí, Havana, Cuba (Social Science Libraries Section)
  • Conference Sessions: Applied knowledge management: a panorama of success stories & case studies in libraries and lessons learned (Knowledge Management Section); Promoting global access to law: developing and open access index for official, authenticated legal information (Knowledge Management Section, Law Libraries Section, Government Libraries, Government Information and Official Publications Section); e-Legal deposit: from legislation to implementation; from ingest to access (Bibliography Section with IFLA-CDNL Alliance for Digital Strategies Programme (ICADS), Information Technology Section, National Libraries Section, Knowledge Management Section); Information systems for indigenous knowledge in agriculture (Agricultural Libraries Special Interest Group); Libraries Driving Access to Knowledge (A2K) (IFLA President’s Theme Session)
  • Knowledge Cafés in action: Learning through doing (Knowledge Management Section, Library and Research Services for Parliaments Section)
  • Meetings: Standing Committee meeting I+II (Knowledge Management Section)

76th IFLA WLIC 2010, 10-15 August 2010, Gothenburg, Sweden
Conference Theme: Open access to knowledge – promoting sustainable progress

  • Pre-conference Sattelite Meetings: —
  • Conference Sessions: Voice of Global Knowledge Management (Knowledge Management Section); Librarians in action: Information policy and human rights (Government Libraries Section, GIOPS, Knowledge Management Section, Preservation and Conservation Section, Law Libraries Section); Global learning systems: how they foster learning and sharing of information (Knowledge Management Section, Continuing Professional Development and Workplace Learning Section, Information Technology Section); Libraries and the Semantic Web (Knowledge Management Section, Continuing Professional Development and Workplace Learning Section, Information Technology Section); To have access to Information and Knowledge – a Question of Dignity and Empowerment (Information Society Working Group); Open access to knowledge and cultural heritage through libraries in Latin America and the Caribbean (Latin America and the Caribbean Section); National libraries promoting open access to knowledge (National Libraries Section, CLM Section); Libraries providing access to knowledge that supports democracy (Library and Research Services for Parliaments Section)
  • Meetings: Standing Committee meeting I+II (Knowledge Management Section)

75th IFLA WLIC 2009, 23-27 August 2009, Milan, Italy
Conference Theme: Libraries create futures: Building on cultural heritage

  • Pre-conference Sattelite Meetings: Removing Barriers to Knowledge Sharing: How can social tools be used to facilitate knowledge management in order to improve user services?, August 21, 2009, Goethe Institute, Milan, Italy (Knowledge Management Section);Emerging trends in technology: libraries between Web 2.0, semantic web and search technology, August 19-20, 2009, Florence, Italy (Information Technology Section, Fondazione Rinascimento Digitale)
  • Conference Sessions: Knowledge Advocacy (Knowledge Management Section); Social Computing Tools for Learning & Knowledge Sharing (Knowledge Management Section, Library & Research Services for Parliaments Section, Information Technology Section); From the classical community of knowledge to A2K : the commonwealth of information in Africa (Access to Information Network – Africa (ATINA) Special Interest Group)
  • Meetings: Standing Committee meeting I+II (Knowledge Management Section)

74th IFLA WLIC 2008, 10-14 August 2008, Quebec, Canada
Conference Theme: Libraries without borders: Navigating towards global understanding

  • Pre-conference Sattelite Meetings: Knowledge Management – Best Practices and Lessons Learned in Web 2.0 Environment, August 8, 2008, Université Laval, Quebec (Knowledge Management Section)
  • Conference Sessions: Knowledge Management: Towards Understanding in the Multi-Cultural World (Knowledge Management Section); Indigenous knowledge: language, culture and information technology (Regional Activities Division)
  • Meetings: Standing Committee meeting I+II (Knowledge Management Section)

73rd IFLA WLIC 2007, 19-23 August 2007, Durban, South Africa
Conference Theme: Libraries for the future: Progress, Development and Partnerships

  • Pre-conference Sattelite Meetings: Best practices / Lessons Learned, August 17, 2007, EG Malherbe Library, Howard College Campus, University of KwaZulu-Natal, Durban, South Africa (Knowledge Management Section)
  • Conference Sessions: Using knowledge management to facilitate information transfers in our multicultural world (Knowledge Management Section); Traditional knowledge, cultural expressions and folklore (Copyright and other Legal Matters Section)
  • Meetings: Standing Committee meeting I+II (Knowledge Management Section)

72nd IFLA WLIC 2006, 20-24 August 2006, Seoul, Korea
Conference Theme: Libraries: Dynamic Engines for the Knowledge and Information Society

  • Pre-conference Sattelite Meetings: —
  • Conference Sessions: Evidence-based knowledge management (Knowledge ManagementSection, Statistics and Evaluation Section); Institutional Repositories: policies, implementation issues, an overview of the technologies (Information Technology Section, National Libraries with Academic and Research Libraries Section, Knowledge Management Section); Libraries and indigenous knowledge in Africa (Africa Section)
  • Meetings: Standing Committee meeting I+II (Knowledge Management Section)

71st IFLA WLIC 2005, August 14-18 2005, Oslo, Norway
Conference Theme: Libraries – A voyage of discovery

  • Pre-conference Sattelite Meetings: Knowledge and Information for Parliaments – a premise for Democracy, August 10-12, 2005, Stortinget, Oslo, Norway (Library and Research Services for Parliament Section)
  • Conference Sessions: Knowledge Management – the broader issues and opportunities (Knowledge Management Section)
  • Meetings: Standing Committee meeting I+II (Knowledge Management Section)

70th IFLA WLIC 2004, August 22th – 27th 2004, Buenos Aires, Argentina
Conference Theme: Libraries: Tools for Education and Development

  • Special Workshops: Reaching further: telecentres and libraries working together to create the shared knowledge society
  • Conference Sessions: Knowledge Management Practices (Knowledge Management Section); Information Literacy for a knowledge society in Asia and Oceania (Asia and Oceania Section)
  • Meetings: Standing Committee meeting I+II (Knowledge Management Section)

69th IFLA WLIC 2003, 1-9 August 2003, Berlin, Germany
Conference Theme: Access Point Library: Media – Information – Culture

  • Conference Sessions: Presentation of a recent survey from Sweden & Plenary session on “Change of Paradigm in Knowledge Management – Framework for the Collaborative Knowledge Production” (Knowledge Management Discussion Group); Blurring the Boundaries – Changing the Way in which We Create, Distribute and Utilise Knowledge in LIS Journals (Library and Information Science Journals Section)

68th IFLA WLIC 2002, 18-24 August 2002, Glasgow, Scotland
Conference Theme: Libraries for Life: Democracy, Diversity, Delivery

  • Conference Sessions: Knowledge Management Presentations with open discussion (Knowledge Management Discussion Group); From Information to Knowledge (School Libraries Section)
  • Knowledge Cafe for Metadata (Metadata Discussion Group)

67th IFLA WLIC 2001, 16-25 August 2001, Boston, USA
Conference Theme: Libraries and Librarians: Making a Difference in the Knowledge Age

  • Conference Sessions: Knowledge Management for Not-For-Profit Organizations (Social Science Libraries Section, Government Libraries Section, Management and Marketing Section); How LIS Journals create knowledge (Library and Information Science Journals Section); Parameters of Knowledge Management within Library/Information Science Education (Education and Training Section); Education and Knowledge Organization (Classification and Indexing Section); What is Knowledge Management and why is it Important? (Guest Lecture by Laurence Prusak)
  • Meetings: Discussion Grroup Start-up Meeting (Knowledge Management Discussion Group, sponsored by the Social Science Libraries Section)

66th IFLA WLIC 2000, 13-18 August 2000, Jerusalem, Israel
Conference Theme: Information for Co-operation: Creating the Global Library of the Future

65th IFLA WLIC 1999, 20-28 August 1999, Bangkok, Thailand
Conference Theme: On the Threshold of the 21st Century : Libraries as Gateways to an Enlightened World

  • Conference Sessions: Knowledge Management and Business Intelligence as a Tool for Special Librarians (Corporate and for Profit Libraries Discussion Group)

64th IFLA WLIC 1998, 16-21 August 1998, Amsterdam, Netherlands
Conference Theme: On Crossroads of Information and Culture

63rd IFLA WLIC 1997, 31 August – 5 September 1997, Copenhagen, Denmark
Conference Theme: Libraries and Information for Human Development

62nd IFLA WLIC 1996, 25-31 August 1996, Beijing, China
Conference Theme: The Challenge of Change: Libraries and Economic Development

61st IFLA WLIC 1995, 20-25 August 1995, Istanbul, Turkey
Conference Theme: Libraries of the Future

60th IFLA WLIC 1994, 21-27 August 1994, Havana, Cuba
Conference Theme: Libraries and Social Development

59th IFLA WLIC 1993, 22-28 August 1993, Barcelona, Spain
Conference Theme: ???

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  1. Please what is the theme for the 2020 edition of the conference
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