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IFLA 2001 in U.S.

The International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA) Annual Conference will be held in Boston in 2001. The Conference includes exhibits, programs, and meetings of the IFLA Council and is typically attended by up to 3,000 participants. As the primary annual event for the international library community, the Conference is held each year in a different nation. The 2001 Conference presents a special opportunity for U.S. librarians, as the Conference has not been held here since 1985. It will also be an election year for IFLA. (Conferences in 1999 and 2000 are being held in Bangkok and Jerusalem, respectively.)


Registration Information

Conference registration will be $300 for pre-registration and $375 for on-site registration.

Organizational Background

IFLA has 1,480 members, including 150 associations, 1,070 institutions, and 260 non-voting personal affiliates, representing 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, its headquarters are in The Hague, Netherlands.

IFLA 2001 Conference Theme and Subthemes

Each IFLA Conference has a theme and subthemes from which the programming for the conference is designed.

The theme is "Libraries and Librarians: Making a Difference in the Knowledge Age"

The subthemes for IFLA 2001 will be:

  • Advancing the Leadership Role of the Librarian in the Knowledge Age
  • Delivering Lifelong Learning Across Space and Time
  • Managing Information and Technology in the Information Age
  • Forging Collaborative Partnerships
  • Making a difference--
    • To Government and Industry in Economic Development
    • To Society in Social and Cultural Development
    • To researchers and Scientists Exploring the Frontiers of Knowledge
    • To Children and Young Adults in Learning Opportunities
    • In the Quality of Life to the Public

Programming at IFLA Conferences

General programming for the Conference is done by the various IFLA Divisions, Sections, Roundtables, Discussion Groups, and the IFLA Professional Board. The U.S. National Organizing Committee (NOC) is responsible for the plenary speaker, opening session speakers, and all social and cultural events. The NOC also assists IFLA in finding speakers from the United States for programs.

U.S. Role

Many U.S. library associations and libraries are members of IFLA, and take an active role in developing leadership and policy for the association. The goals of U.S. librarians-access to information, intellectual freedom, public awareness-- all have global implications and likewise, what happens globally affects U.S. libraries.

The host country is responsible for many aspects of the Conference and a National Organizing Committee (NOC) has been formed to take overall leadership. The committee is made up of two-person teams from each of the six national library associations involved in the planning process. Eight subcommittees have been formed to address specific areas of the conference: finance; local planning; publicity/promotion; programs; registration; fund development; exhibitions, and technology. Each subcommittee is chaired by a member of the NOC. The individual members of the eight subcommittees have already been selected.

National Organizing Committee (NOC) for IFLA 2000

  • American Association of Law Libraries(AALL)
    Larry Wenger and Susan E. Fox, secretary
  • American Library Association (ALA)
    William Gordon and Gary Strong, co-chair
  • Association for Library and Information Science Education (ALISE)
    Evelyn Daniel and Sharon Rogers
  • Association of Research Libraries (ARL)
    James Neal and Duane Webster, co-chair
  • Medical Library Association (MLA)
    Tovah Reis and Carla Funk, treasurer
  • Special Libraries Association (SLA)
    Nancy Anderson and David Bender