June 2022 — Vol. 2, No. 7
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Dear colleagues,

We have an exciting programme that will allow delegates to reflect upon and celebrate our accomplishments, renew friendships, extend their networks, and jointly explore current and future directions. The IFLA Congress is where people come together to be inspired and energised by their colleagues, and the stories we collect are absolutely going to be worth remembering and sharing.

After a two years absence, I am enthusiastic about the opportunities to finally see many of you again in Dublin in two weeks from now. The congress provides a space to discuss, in person, items that are not always easy to be discussed online. The congress shall give us the opportunity to discover and imagine the next chapter in our Federation’s story.

As you've started to prepare your agendas for the Congress, I'd like to share couple of thoughts:

1) A great strength of WLIC is the possibility to learn things you didn't expect to learn — to expand your experience and internationalise your professional practice.

2) Include something in your planning that you wouldn't normally engage with and discover the full richness of the library field.

To put a conference of this magnitude together is no small task. It takes teamwork, including from all the members of all IFLA's committees and the Professional and Regional Councils, working together with the IFLA HQ team, the Irish National Committee and our professional conference organiser, K.I.T. — I thank them all. IFLA is particularly appreciative of the sponsoring organisations and exhibitors for their generous financial support and attendance in Dublin. Finally: I would like to thank – in anticipation – all of you for your contributions which I am convinced will make this a hugely successful World Library and Information Congress.

Let’s learn, connect, and enjoy a week full of inspiring and engaging events! ☘️

Barbara Lison
IFLA President

Getting Ready for WLIC 2022 ☘️

Here are some of the things that you can do now to prepare:

1) Get familiar with the programme on the WLIC website and use iPlanner to create your own schedule.

Register for the OPADE virtual platform before July 21 and don’t forget to pack your headphones and mobile device if you are joining us in Dublin. At the venue, you will only be able to access simultaneous translation through this platform on your own device. This is also where you will be able to chat and network with other WLIC delegates.

A Guide for Newcomers ☘️

Are you new to WLIC? Watch the video below for eight great tips to help you to get the most out of your time in Dublin!

A guide for newcomers: Getting the most out of WLIC 2022!

Above all — relax and have fun, learn and share, network and engage! We look forward to meeting you!

Keynote speaker, Michael Peter Edson. Climate Conflict and Community: The role of libraries in a world on Fire

Feature Session ☘️

Libraries are used to operating within well-established boundaries of authority and trust. But the imperatives of the 21st century — including the climate emergency, conflict, and rapid technological and social change are acting like a truth serum, or X-ray, on our profession, revealing gaps and flaws in the conceptual foundations of our work.

In this provocative and inspiring keynote, cultural strategist and digital pioneer Michael Peter Edson will draw from 25 years of work in the library and museum sector to argue that an updated concept of librarianship is needed if we are to answer today’s most important questions about culture, society, and change.

🗓️ Thursday, July 28, 13:45 IST

Walking Library Visits ☘️

In addition to half and full day library tours, we will also be hosting a number of free ‘Walking Visits’ including the Book of Kells and Old Library at Trinity College Dublin, National Library of Ireland including the Yeats: The Life and Works of William Butler Yeats exhibition, and The Infinite Library - an interactive exhibition about the future of libraries - at the Goethe-Institut.

Photos of two impressive library interiors and one virtual reality exhibit

Tickets can only be booked onsite at the Convention Centre at the Library Visit Counter located in the Registration Area. Spots are limited.

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WLIC 2022 Online Events

Online Events ☘️

To encourage as much participation as possible from all around the world, eight selected #WLIC2022 sessions will be livestreamed for free.

Coverage in English will be via our YouTube channel and can be accessed at any time.

For simultaneous interpretation in all official IFLA languages, registration to a dedicated platform (OPADE) is required, before 21 July, 2022.

This deadline (21 July) will be the same for delegates hoping to access OPADE features in Dublin. We urge you to carefully read and follow the instructions you have received by email.

Create your free OPADE account →

Further details will be announced on the WLIC2022 News page and social media channels.

A group of smiling delegates at WLIC 2019. Hashtag WLICWOW


Seeing and hearing inspiring highlights and stories from our delegates is one of the most exciting parts of WLIC!

Did you connect with somebody new? Have you attended a session that inspired you to make a difference? Did you reunite with friends and colleagues after a long time apart?

Share your #WLICWOW moments with us via social media or email for your chance to win free registration for WLIC 2023 in Rotterdam!

The competition begins on Tuesday 26 July at 8:00 IST and ends on Wednesday 27 July at 17:00 IST. Each post must include an original photo and caption along with the #WLICWOW hashtag.

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An Irish-language sign that says Public Library

Learning the Lingo, Irish edition! ☘️

Are you brave enough to learn and speak a bit of Irish? While you won’t always hear Irish being used for everyday business, most people on the streets have a couple of words, or as we like to say, cúpla focail!

Why not impress your friends (and maybe the taxi driver!) with your own cúpla focail

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 dlr LexIcon lit up in the evening light

Cultural Evening ☘️

A message from our hosts:

‘‘dlr LexIcon is delighted to host the WLIC 2022 Cultural Evening!

Our beautiful award-winning library has become a firm favourite with borrowers and tourists alike, having been one of the most visited public buildings in the country for some time. Seven years after it opened, the LexIcon still draws in approximately 34,000 visitors a month.

Alongside its varied collections of books for all ages, DVDs, public access computers and numerous study spaces, it is home to the 100-seater Studio Theatre, the Municipal Gallery, a designated Local History and Archives space, a Café, plus the LexIcon Lab - where staff and facilitators hold STEAM events throughout the year.

The library space is not solely a book repository. National, regional, and local events and exhibitions play a major part in the day to day running of the library. Whether you visit for the Cultural Evening, the Friday Library Tour or you simply have time at the end of one of the Conference days, drop into the LexIcon and view one of our Summer exhibitions. Learn about 'The Forgotten 10' — men who were killed during the Irish War of Independence; take the stairs to Level IV and spend time browsing the Leinster Printmaking Studio exhibition; or view our bespoke/specially selected book displays highlighting independent Irish printers alongside very early printed books, all the while taking in the breath-taking views of Dún Laoghaire Harbour and Dublin Bay beyond.

There is plenty to see and do during your Cultural Evening with us and LexIcon staff cannot wait to show you around.’’

🗓️ Wednesday, 27 July at 19:00 IST.

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The Library Association of Ireland and Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council are proud sponsors of the WLIC 2022 Cultural Evening.

It's not too late to join us in Dublin!

If you haven’t registered yet, there is still time – tickets are available at our Standard rate until 22 July. After that, registration is possible at the venue until 25 July.

As an IFLA Member, you are eligible for a 25% discount.

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IFLA booth buzzing with activity in 2019.

Meet Team IFLA ☘️

The IFLA President along with members of the IFLA HQ team, Professional Units, and Governing Board will be available throughout the Congress to offer support and advice on key topics and initiatives.

No booking is required, just visit us at the IFLA Booth and we will be delighted to see you!

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Membership Discounts ☘️

IFLA Member  2022 logo

The World Library and Information Congress is a great networking opportunity, where delegates can share and learn alongside librarians from around the world. All IFLA members receive a 25% discount on registration fees.

Become a Member →

Social Spotlight ☘️

Take part in real-time discussions about the Congress using the official #WLIC2022 and #WLICWOW hashtags!

The IFLA World Library and Information Congress 2022 would not be possible without key sponsors who we recognise and gratefully acknowledge here:

Platinum Sponsor – OCLC

Silver Sponsor – CONUL – Consortium of National and University Libraries

Bronze Sponsors – Baker & Taylor, Library Association of Ireland, Dublin City Council, ProQuest

Associate Sponsors – Kildare Library Service, AXIELL, EBSCO, ISSN, Digital Science, IREL, Maynooth University, San José State University