IFLA WLIC 2019
IFLA WLIC 2019 - World Library and Information Congress 2019

World Library and Information Congress

85th IFLA General Conference and Assembly

24-30 August 2019, Athens, Greece

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2019/08/24 08:00:00

Greetings from the National Committee

Dear Delegates,

Οn behalf of the National Committee it is a great pleasure to welcome you all to the 85th World Library and Information Congress of IFLA in Athens, Greece which will take place from August 24 to August 30, 2019.

The theme “Libraries: dialogue for change” invites the Library and Information Science international community to discuss, re-examine, re-think and re-interpret the role of libraries as promoters or change. Dialogue is the utmost expression of democracy, the basis for the freedom of expression and information and thus, the gear for a better future. Libraries serve as an open, free, democratic, inclusive and participatory meeting places and mediators between knowledge and people.

In an era of rapid changes in the socio- economic-technological sphere, libraries ought to define their role as information providers, promoters of reading, settlers for the community they serve, key players in innovation, and leading actors for changes in the society. Libraries and society need to be in a constant, open dialectic relationship. This will lead to well informed citizens facilitating progress and development, implementing the UN Sustainable Development Agenda and leading to prosperity in all fields of the democratic society.

Greek libraries are also in a nodal point re-examining and re-defining their role, developing and promoting new information services, establishing collaborations and networks, incorporating cutting edge technologies, all with the view to meet the constantly changing needs of their audiences. Greek libraries face the challenges with optimism and work towards embedding new technological evolutions along with changes brought by a multi-cultural society.

The National Committee will propose a programme for visiting more than 60 libraries of all types, not only in the greater Athens area but in other cities around Greece as well, combining them with excursions in the archaeological and cultural sites found nearby.
Here, in Athens, the cradle of democracy and the World Book Capital for 2018, delegates will have the unique opportunity to discuss, under the light of the Temple of Athena (Parthenon), the challenges for our profession in the new millennium. In Athens, the first public library in history with main view of storing, preserving, and disseminating the written heritage was founded, almost the same time with the birth of Democracy, Philosophy, Science, and Theatre. The contemporary face of the city, including the new premises of the National Library of Greece, will offer the opportunity to examine the past, present and future of libraries in a continuous line connecting different periods of history in the bright highway of our profession.

The summer in Athens is a unique experience. The proximity to the sea where the visitor can enjoy the clear waters of Argo-Saronic Gulf; the Athens Festival with its vast cultural programme with performances varied from ancient Greek Theatre to post-modern music concerts; the vivid night life; the multicultural neighborhoods which can offer almost everything even to the most demanding traveler. We are sure that delegates of the IFLA World Library and Information Congress will have the opportunity to explore the city’s life and live a part of the Athenian culture and atmosphere.

We look forward to welcoming you to the country that fosters open dialogue and discussion.

Sincerely,

Christina Kyriakopoulou
Co-President of the Greek NC
President
Association of Greek Librarians and Information Scientists
Dr Filippos Tsimpoglou
Co-President of the Greek NC
Director General
National Library of Greece

Key Dates

Start of Online Registration

24 August 2018

Start of Accommodation Booking

1 October 2018

Early Registration Fee Deadline

15 May 2019

Standard Registration Fee Deadline 

20 August 2019

Onsite Registration

From 23 August 2019

Congress Dates

24-30 August 2019

Start of Online Registration
24 August 2018

Start of Accommodation Booking
1 October 2018

Early Registration Fee Deadline
15 May 2019

Standard Registration Fee Deadline
20 August 2019

Onsite Registration
From 23 August 2019

Congress Dates
24-30 August 2019

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