April 05, 2001
Have you ever wanted to go to an international library conference? Well here's your chance. Members of the American Association of Law Libraries are eligible for a special members' rate to attend the International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions Council and General Conference Aug. 16-25 in Boston.
For more information about the special AALL member rate, please contact AALL Executive Director Susan E. Fox.
Co-sponsored by the AALL, IFLA's 67th meeting allows librarians from across the world to meet, interact and learn from each other as well as showcase their libraries and library services to the global library community. Echoing the challenges to fulfill the time-honored mission of libraries to facilitate the free flow of information, this year's conference theme is "Libraries and Librarians: Making a Difference in the Knowledge Age."
Librarians in the United States may find the meeting particularly appealing. Because the host country is responsible for organizing much of the conference, many of the programs will focus on issues important to U.S. librarians, such as access to information, intellectual freedom and public awareness; the conference hasn't been held in the United States since 1985. Some of the subthemes include "Advancing the Leadership Role of the Librarian in the Knowledge Age"; "Delivering Lifelong Learning Across Space and Time"; and "Managing Information and Technology in the Information Age."
Representatives from the AALL, Association for Library and Information Science Education, Association of Research Libraries, the Medical Library Association and the Special Libraries Association comprise the IFLA 2001 National Organizing Committee, which plans the conference's programs.
Conference Activities and Opportunities to Participate
In addition to regular programs, IFLA's poster sessions offer librarians and libraries in North America the opportunity to highlight projects and services to international colleagues. Due to the popularity of the poster sessions at the American Library Association's conferences, the number of the IFLA poster sessions has been expanded to 50 over two days.
Those libraries that wish to showcase more than one project may want to participate in the special section of the exhibit floor at IFLA 2001 for libraries.
The Boston-area library community has also planned a number of social and cultural activities. Participants will tour more than 30 of Boston's renowned libraries, including law and academic libraries. Evening events consist of receptions and cultural performances at the Boston Public Library, Harvard University, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and the Museum of Science. IFLA's Local Planning Committee is still looking for librarian volunteers to provide support for the myriad of activities that will take place at the conference. For more information, please contact Tovah Reis, chair of the IFLA Boston 2001 Local Planning Subcommittee, at Tovah_Reis@brown.edu.
Fund Raising and Fellowships
Because IFLA does not receive funding from national governments for the conference, the conference organizers have embarked on a $1.5 million fund-raising campaign.
The IFLA 2001 Fellowship Program is part of that fund-raising effort. The program is trying to raise $300,000 provide grants to 100 librarians from developing countries to attend the IFLA conference. The grants cover travel, accommodation, per diem food allowance and conference registration fees. Priority will be given to young professionals with a minimum of five years of experience in the field of libraries who do not usually attend IFLA conferences. If your organization or institution would like to contribute to the program, please contact Jim Neal, chair of the IFLA 2001 Fund-Raising Committee, at email@example.com.
IFLA has 1,480 members, including 150 associations, 1,070 institutions and 260 nonvoting personal affiliates. The organization represents 140 countries and all types of libraries. Its mission is to promote international understanding, cooperation, discussion and action in all fields of library activities. Established in 1927, IFLA's headquarters are in The Hague, Netherlands.
For the latest information about attending or participating in the IFLA 2001 conference, please visit the conference website at http://www.ifla.org/IV/ifla67/index.htm.