The annual International Library and Information Congress: the 82nd General Conference IFLA took place in Columbus (the USA) on August 13–19.
The topic of the 2016 Conference is "Inventions and Innovations". Traditionally, experts have gathered here from all over the world to exchange ideas, experiences, discuss new information technologies and achievements in librarianship. In accordance with the program of the conference, more than 150 meetings were held, which addressed issues of digital collections, copyright protection, peculiarities of the development of libraries in the information society.
The director of the National Library of Belarus Roman Motulsky took part in the annual meeting of the Directors of National Libraries (CDNL). During the talks with the leaders of the National Libraries of Poland, Lithuania and Russia, issues related to the return of book culture monuments and lost book collections in digital format were discussed. Roman Motulsky invited heads of the National Libraries to visit Belarus to participate in the International Congress "The library as a cultural phenomenon" (October 2016) and the exhibition "Francysk Skaryna and his epoch" (September–October 2017).
Also during the Congress, Roman Motulsky held talks with the President of IFLA Donna Schieder and the chairman of the committee on genealogy and local history Bozhena Rasmussen, having discussed the issues of cooperation in the framework of preparation for the celebration the 500th anniversary of the Belarusian and East Slavonic printing in 2017.
The visit was supported by the United States Embassy in the Republic of Belarus.