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Call for Panelists: Government Libraries as Knowledge Platforms for Citizen Engagement

WLIC2014We invite proposals for roundtable discussion topics for a two-hour programme during the next  IFLA World Library and Information Congress – WLIC 2014, to be held from 16-22 August 2014 in Lyon, France.

The session aims to address the ways that libraries and information services in government agencies are putting in place programs and projects where information and knowledge can be systematized and shared, contributing to solving particular public issues.

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Government Libraries as Voices for Open Government

A new IFLA World Library and Information Congress will be held in Singapore next month. We are glad to inform that we will be leading there a session focused on Open Government.

It is open to all IFLA participants who wish to discuss the theme, its set of features and how could be applied on current information procedures in the government sector and as part of citizen services.

The format will be flexible and interactive. Selected panelists will introduce topics by way of a 5-10 minute presentation. They will then chair round table sessions with participants from the audience, discussing the impact of these topics on their library services, how to effectively put the plan introduced in the presentation in place, and more. The outcome of each discussion group will be given by the original speaker or a Section member as a session wrap-up.

More details on the session’s programme are available at the official IFLA conference site.

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Call for Papers: Information for Development Action: Governments, Civil Society and Libraries

The IFLA World Library and Information Congress will be held in Singapore this year. As in past events, the Government Libraries Section will be sponsoring some activities during the Congress. One of them is the session “Information for Development Action: Governments, Civil Society and Libraries“, which is mainly organised by the Government Information and Official Publications Section.

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Cuba: II Congress on Health and Disasters

The II Congress on Health and Disasters, organised by the Ministry of Public Health of Cuba, will be held in Havana on March 20-22, 2013.

The objetives are placed in the intersection between disaster risk management and public health: increase in good practices and lessons learned, and the promotion of new alternatives for international cooperation.

Since the congress will have a multidisciplinary approach, information professionals are also invited to participate. Topics covered include information management during phases of natural disasters, information literacy and disaster risk management in libraries.

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Open Data Sevilla

It is not a surprise to find open data events nowadays. One such event took place  a few days ago in Seville, Spain. The II meeting on open government & open data (II jornadas en gobierno abierto y open data Sevilla) was organised by Opendata Seville Group and Universidad Pablo Olavide. The purpose was to promote transparency, public information access and participation from the open government standpoint.

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My IFLA WLIC 2012 Experience

Each conference experience is unique. A huge event such as IFLA World Library and Information Congress, is not an exception. On this ocassion, María del Carmen Díez-Hoyo, member of the IFLA Government Libraries Section, gives us her impressions gained from the last congress held in Helsinki.

Exhibition Area. Photo by Jonas Tana. Source: IFLA HQ at Flickr

Three years have passed since I had been to an annual IFLA meeting. The 78th annual conference took place in Helsinki, August 11th to 16th. It is a Nordic city, a kind city, beautiful and with pleasant weather, at least during the conference. It also enjoys good public transportation: trains, tramways, buses and subway. The conference’s headquarters was a huge convention hall, teeming with 4000 librarians, the usual suspects at these events, colorfully tagged with their names, institutions and countries.
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Successful events in Helsinki! Lyon will receive WLIC 2014!

Our activities in Helsinki have been successful! We have had many attendees and the sessions and meeting have been participative.
At the closing session, Lyon (France) has been announced as the venue for WLIC 2014!

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