The IFLA World Library and Information Congress and the 77th IFLA General Conference took place on August 11-18, 2011, in San Juan (Puerto Rico).
This year’s congress theme was: “Libraries beyond libraries: Integration, Innovation and Information for All”.
Founded in 1927, the International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA) is actually the most authoritative and representative non-governmental international organization in the field of librarianship.
About 2 000 representatives of libraries and information institutions took part in the 77th IFLA General Conference and Council. The biggest delegations were from the USA (about 160 people), Turkey (120 people), Canada (70 people) and China (40 people). The CIS member-countries were represented by the libraries of Russia (40 people), Ukraine (2 people), and also Belarus and Kazakhstan – one person from each country.
R.S. Motulsky, director of the National Library of Belarus, took part in the information congress, the CIS member-states meeting and the Conference of Directors of National Libraries (CDNL).
Participants of IFLA Conference considered the urgent issues of librarianship:
- copyright and intellectual property legislation;
- digital libraries development;
- library development in a multicultural environment;
- fight against terrorism, protection and freedom of access to information.
R.S. Motulsky as a president of Non-Profit Partnership “The Library Assembly of Eurasia” (BAE) headed the meeting of library representatives of the CIS member states (Caucus CIS meeting). Newly-elected IFLA president Ingrid Parent (Canada) delivered a welcoming speech at the meeting.
Within the framework of IFLA General Conference and Council, the annual Conference of Directors of National Libraries (CDNL) was held. This year’s Conference was devoted to the development of national digital libraries. The Conference speakers reported that, in a number of European countries, television and radio broadcast and also Internet sites are listed as national documents along with traditional documents (printed editions, audio documents etc), and are archived in National digital libraries.
A wide variety of new document scanning and digital library technologies were on display at the traditional exhibition of information products and hardware. Japan specialists showed an interesting novelty – an integrated system which provides an all-around automation of document storage and document delivery at public libraries.
Negotiations, consultations and meetings with the representatives of international organizations, directors of libraries and information services were carried out within the framework of the conference with R.S. Motulsky. The main goal was the further cooperation in the field of creation, acquisition and use of information resources.
Among the significant results of the IFLA conference it can be distinguished the following:
- Determining of the approaches on providing of national document electronic copies in forming of the World Digital Library;
- Coming to an agreement about the National Library of Belarus invitation to participate in the project "Europeana" on the creation of the World Digital Library;
- Discussion of approaches (subject and specific) on the further development of the CIS digital collection "The golden collection of Eurasia";
- The suggestion of the National Library of Belarus joining to Baltic projects on the document digitization and the creation of the digital library;
- Determining of the exchange peculiarities of electronic document copies with national libraries of Russia, Poland and Lithuania.
It is also significant that OCLC has given the high appraisal to the quality of the National library of Belarus bibliographic records and their full conformity to the international standards. It was achieved the agreement on the necessity of legal and economical aspects active discussion of the further cooperation with OCLC.