IFLA World Library and Information Congress (WLIC)*

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

Knowledge Management Section events:
Pre-conference Satellite Meeting, Open Sessions, Knowledge Management Cafes, and business meetings of the Standing Committee of Knowledge Management Section

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
Satellite Meetings/Conferences: TBD

85th IFLA WLIC 2019, 24-30 August 2019, Athens, Greece
Conference Theme: Libraries: dialogue for change
Satellite Meetings/Conferences: Artificial Intelligence and its Impact on Libraries, Aug 22, Ionian University (Department of Archives, Library Science and Museum Studies), Corfu, Greece (Knowledge Management Section in cooperation with the Digital Humanities / Digital Scholarship SIG)
(Joint) Open Sessions: Artificial Intelligence and Data Mining to transform knowledge management and information services in libraries and information organizations (Knowledge Management Section with the Information Technology Section and the Big Data Special Interest Group)

84th IFLA WLIC 2018, 24-30 August 2018, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Conference Theme: Transform Libraries, Transform Societies
Satellite Meetings/Conferences: Is knowledge management the new library science?
(Joint) Open Sessions: Digital scholarship and knowledge management: building confidence in the digital world
5th Knowledge Café: Continuous Learning for Successful Info Pros in the Knowledge Economy
Sponsored Sessions (by the KM Section): Lightning Talks on “The Transforming Digital Scholarship Model – From Service Provider to Interdisciplinary Partner (by the Digital Humanities/Digital Scholarship Special Interest Group (DH/DS SIG))
Sessions: Knowledge Management SC I + II

83rd IFLA WLIC 2017, 19–25 August 2017, Wrocław, Poland
Conference Theme: Libraries. Solidarity. Society.
Satellite Meetings/Conferences: New Directions in Knowledge Management
Open Sessions: How does knowledge management inform change agency?
Knowledge Management Cafe: New librarians for new times: Continuous Learning to become change agents in a changing world

82nd IFLA WLIC 2016, 13–19 August 2016, Columbus, Ohio, United States of America
Conference Theme: Connections. Collaboration. Community.
Satellite Meetings/Conferences: Sharing practices & actions for making best use of organizational knowledge in libraries
Open Sessions: Using social media at work: How to share knowledge, improve collaboration and create a mutual savoir-faire?
Knowledge Management Cafe: Continuous Learning in Libraries and their Communities

81st IFLA WLIC 2015, 15-21 August 2015, Cape Town, South Africa
Conference Theme: Dynamic Libraries: Access, Development and Transformation
Satellite Meetings/Conferences: Knowledge Management and Innovation in 21st Century Library and Information Services in Africa
Open Sessions: Change and sustainability – Breaking paths for a world of balance
Knowledge Management Cafe: Preservation and Access Challenges (PACS) for Government and Parliamentary Information

80th IFLA WLIC 2014, 16-22 August 2014, Lyon, France
Conference Theme: Libraries, Citizens, Societies: Confluence for Knowledge
Satellite Meetings/Conferences: Knowledge Management as a vital tool for change management
Open Sessions: Knowledge in the Digital Age – Libraries and librarians are managing the digital transformation; Knowledge Management initiatives and development in Asia and Oceania (with Asia & Oceania Section)
Knowledge Management Cafe: Learning Challenges for Librarians and Library Managers

79th IFLA WLIC 2013, 17-23 August 2013, Singapore
Conference Theme: Future Libraries: Infinite Possibilities
Satellite Meetings/Conferences: CANCELLED! Knowledge management – the Asian way?; CANCELLED! How do we fit in the global knowledge environment? Researching the Library’s Role (by the Library Theory and Research Section)
Open Sessions: Open Access (OA) in the context of full lifecycle of Knowledge Management

78th IFLA WLIC 2012, 11-17 August 2012, Helsinki, Finland
Conference Theme: Libraries Now! – Inspiring, Surprising, Empowering
Satellite Meetings/Conferences: Knowledge Management Theory in Action: how to plan, apply, and assess knowledge management in libraries; The Homeless and the Libraries – the Right to Information and Knowledge For All (by the Library Services to People with Special Needs Section); The Road to Information Literacy: Librarians as facilitators of learning (by the Continuing Professional Development and Workplace Learning Section and the Information Literacy Section)
Open Sessions: Potential of Knowledge Management in Public Libraries

77th IFLA WLIC 2011, 13-18 August 2011, San Juan, Puerto Rico
Conference Theme: Libraries beyond libraries: Integration, Innovation and Information for all
Satellite Meetings/Conferences: Applied knowledge management: a panorama of success stories & case studies in libraries and lessons learned; Promoting global access to law: developing and open access index for official, authenticated legal information (by the Law Libraries Section)
Open Sessions: e-Legal Deposit: from legislation to implementation; from ingest to access

76th IFLA WLIC 2010, 10-15 August 2010, Gothenburg, Sweden
Conference Theme: Open access to knowledge – promoting sustainable progress
Satellite Meetings/Conferences: Voice of Global Knowledge Management; Librarians in action: Information policy and human rights (by the Law Libraries Section); Global learning systems: how they foster learning and sharing of information (with the Continuing Professional Development and Workplace Learning section and Information Technology Section); Libraries and the Semantic Web (with the Information Technology, Cataloguing, and Classification and Indexing Sections)
Open Sessions: The Voice of Global Knowledge Management; Global Learning Systems (with the Information Technology Section and the Continuing Professional Development and Workplace Learning Section)

75th IFLA WLIC 2009, 23-27 August 2009, Milan, Italy
Conference Theme: Libraries create futures: Building on cultural heritage
Satellite Meetings/Conferences: Removing Barriers to Knowledge Sharing: How can social tools be used to facilitate knowledge management in order to improve user services?; Emerging trends in technology: libraries between Web 2.0, semantic web and search technology (by the Information Technology Section)
Open Sessions: Knowledge Management, Knowledge Advocacy; Social Computing Tools for Learning & Knowledge Sharing (with Information Technology Section and the Library and Research Services for Parliaments Section)

74th IFLA WLIC 2008, 10-14 August 2008, Quebec, Canada
Conference Theme: Libraries without borders: Navigating towards global understanding
Satellite Meetings/Conferences: Knowledge Management – Best Practices and Lessons Learned in Web 2.0 Environment
Open Sessions: Knowledge Management: Towards Understanding in the Multi-Cultural World

73rd IFLA WLIC 2007, 19-23 August 2007, Durban, South Africa
Conference Theme: Libraries for the future: Progress, Development and Partnerships
Satellite Meetings/Conferences: Best practices / Lessons Learned
Open Sessions: Using knowledge management to facilitate information transfers in our multicultural world

72dn IFLA WLIC 2006, 20-24 August 2006, Seoul, Korea
Conference Theme: Libraries: Dynamic Engines for the Knowledge and Information Society
Satellite Meetings/Conferences: —
Open Sessions: Evidence-based knowledge management (with the Statistics and Evaluation Section); Institutional Repositories: policies, implementation issues, an overview of the technologies (with Information Technology Section, National Libraries Section, and Academic and Research Libraries Section)

71st IFLA WLIC 2005, August 14-18 2005, Oslo, Norway
Conference Theme: Libraries – A voyage of discovery
Satellite Meetings/Conferences (1st ?): Knowledge and Information for Parliaments – a premise for Democracy (by the Norwegian Parliament)
Open Sessions: Knowledge Management – the broader issues and opportunities

70th IFLA WLIC 2004, August 22th – 27th 2004, Buenos Aires, Argentina
Conference Theme: Libraries: Tools for Education and Development
Satellite Meetings/Conferences: ???
Open Sessions: Knowledge Management Practices; Information Literacy for a knowledge society in Asia and Oceania (by the Asia and Oceania Section)

69th IFLA WLIC 2003, 1-9 August 2003, Berlin, Germany
Conference Theme: Access Point Library: Media – Information – Culture
Satellite Meetings/Conferences: —
Open Sessions: Presentation of a recent survey from Sweden (Knowledge Management Discussion Group)

68th IFLA WLIC 2002, 18-24 August 2002, Glasgow, Scotland
Conference Theme: Libraries for Life: Democracy, Diversity, Delivery
Open Sessions: Introduction & Presentations (Knowledge Management Discussion Group)

67th IFLA WLIC 2001, 16-25 August 2001, Boston, USA
Conference Theme: Libraries and Librarians: Making a Difference in the Knowledge Age
Open Sessions: Start-up meeting (Knowledge Management Discussion Group); Knowledge Management for Not-For-Profit Organizations (by the Social Science Libraries Section, the Government Libraries Section and the Management and Marketing Section); How LIS Journals create knowledge (by the Library and Information Science Journals Section); What is Knowledge Management and why is it Important? (Guest Lecture by Laurence Prusak); Parameters of Knowledge Management within Library/Information Science Education (by the Education and Training Section); Education and Knowledge Organization (by the Classification and Indexing 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
Open 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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