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World Library & Information Congress: 84th IFLA General Conference and Assembly

IFLA would like to take this opportunity to invite you to the 84th IFLA General Conference and Assembly which will take place from 24 - 30 August 2018 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

The IFLA WLIC 2018 website is now up and running and you can find information on the programme, satellite meetings, library visits, registration, accommodation, social events and much more! The information is also collated in the Final Announcement which is now available to download from the website:

Registration Now Open!

IFLA is delighted to announce that online registration and hotel booking is now open and attendees can register via the Congress website:

Please note that if you registered for one of the previous IFLA Congresses since 2012 via the online registration system, you can use the same login username and password for IFLA WLIC 2018.

Should you have a group booking of ten or more attendees please contact: for further information on how to register your group.

Milestones to IFLA WLIC 2018

May 2016: A Bid document for IFLA WLIC 2018 to be held in Malaysia was submitted to IFLA.
June 2016: IFLA confirmed Malaysia being shortlisted for site visit; this was effected on 21-23 June.
18 August 2016: Award announcement made at the Closing Ceremony of IFLA WLIC 2016, at Columbus, Ohio. Dato’ Nafisah Ahmad, PPM President, gave the Acceptance Speech on behalf of PPM.
24 August 2017: Signing Ceremony of the National Committee Agreement for the Organisation of the World Library and Information Congress 2018 took place at the Hala Stulecia Centennial Hall, Wroclaw, Poland. The signatories were: Mr Gerald Leitner, IFLA Secretary General; Ms Christine Mackenzie, IFLA Governing Board Treasurer; Dato’ Nafisah Ahmad, IFLA WLIC 2018 Chairperson, and Ms Ho Yoke Ping, General Manager, MyCEB. The Ceremony was witnessed by Ms Josche Ouwerkerk, Manager, IFLA Conference and Business Relations; and Datuk Rashidi Hasbullah, Deputy Secretary General, Ministry of Tourism and Culture Malaysia. Others present included Mr Mohamad Azlan Sabri of MyCEB; and members of the National Committee, IFLA WLIC 2018, being Dato’ Dr Zaiton Osman, Co-Chair, Ms Maimunah Kadir, Director of Secretariat, Ms Chin Loy Jyoon, Project Management.  

The Signing Ceremony. Seated left to right.: Ms Ho Yoke Ping, Mr Gerald Leitner, Ms Christine Mackenzie,
Dato’ Nafisah Ahmad. Standing L. and R.:  Datuk Rashidi Hasbullah, Dato’ Dr Zaiton Osman.
Photograph: Courtesy of Chin Loy Jyoon.

Gearing Up to IFLA WLIC 2018

The signing of the Agreement marked the official concrete beginning of an exciting adventure for the Malaysian Library and Information Science (LIS) community. It was yet another passing of the baton in holding this historic series of the annual conference.
For Malaysia, this will be the most prestigious event for LIS professionals both as organisers and as participants; it will be the most extensive geographically and the most diverse culturally. It is providing a platform for the many groups within the LIS community to work together, and to give of their best to ensure an enjoyable and rewarding time for participants. For many participants, this may be their first trip to the East, and to Malaysia. As a matter of national pride, of regional responsibility, and of professional desire, Malaysia will do its utmost not to let down the region, country or the profession. To this end, various initiatives have been set in motion.
The National Committee (NC). Strenuous efforts have been made to ensure the success of the event. Significant financial and organisational sponsorship have been obtained in support of  IFLA WLIC 2018. Various Sub-Committees have been established; powerful and appropriate partnerships have been effected, including the Ministry of Tourism and Culture Malaysia.


Leading the way are the  Librarians Association of Malaysia (PPM) and the National Library (PNM). A book on Libraries in Malaysia commissioned by PPM has been published; it will be given to all participants of IFLA WLIC 2018. Various IFLA WLIC 2018 awareness programmes have been initiated.


IFLA WLIC 2018 Awareness Programmes

In order to foster awareness of IFLA WLIC 2018 among the LIS community within Malaysia, PPM initiated the IFLA WLIC Awareness Programme. The first programme was held on 14 December 2016 immediately after PPM’s Extraordinary General Assembly and the second on 27 March 2017 immediately after PPM’s Annual General Meeting. The third programme was a special session on IFLA WLIC 2018 at the Persidangan Perpustakaan Se Malaysia 2017 (Malaysian Libraries Conference 2017, 12-13 September). The speakers and the moderator for the session had attended IFLA WLIC 2017 in Wroclaw and they were able to relate their experience. Mr Azahar Mohd. Nor is the Chairperson for the Volunteers of IFLA WLIC 2018, Dr Khasiah Zakaria was a volunteer at IFLA WLIC 2017, Ms Mastura Muhamad was a participant at IFLA WLIC 2017 and Dr Nor Edzan Che Nasir who moderated the session is the Chairperson for Satellite Meetings of IFLA WLIC 2018 and a volunteer at IFLA WLIC 2017. Considerable interest in this session was shown by participants. The 872 participants who attended the Seminar included LIS academics; and librarians from different types of libraries - national, state, academic, special, and school. A few more programmes will be organised as we approach August 2018.

IFLA WLIC 2018 – Here we come!
Photograph: Courtesy of Librarians Association of Malaysia (PPM)

Apart from these programmes, a very useful session was held on 24 July 2017 with Ms Tay Ai Cheng, Deputy Chief Executive, National Library Board, Singapore, to share experience in organising the IFLA WLIC. In addition, promotion in the form of presentations and distribution of brochures has taken place at various conferences, meetings and workshops in Malaysia and abroad. Our members who attended international conferences have either been given a slot to promote IFLA WLIC 2018 to the conference participants or were allowed to distribute brochures. The most recent was at Rapat Kerja Pusat XXI dan Seminar Ilmiah Nasional Ikatan Pustakawan Indonesia Tahun 2017 in Yogyakarta, Indonesia from 4-6 October 2017. Within Malaysia, we were able to promote IFLA WLIC 2018 at LIS conferences, with the latest being the 3rd Regional Workshop on School Libraries in South East Asia in Kuala Lumpur from 2 - 3 October 2017.

Sub-Committee Initiatives
All Sub-Committees have begun to work feverishly towards achieving their specific objectives next year. Some additional examples:
  • Marketing: Has begun “selling” IFLA WLIC 2018 at various seminars, generating interest at home and abroad. Various announcements have been made to publicize different aspects of the conference. These stimulate local interest and promote volunteerism for the congress.
  • Satellite: Has already communicated with libraries in Malaysia and within ASEAN; those who have agreed to be in involved have been identified.
  • Volunteers: Has produced a comprehensive plan for recruiting and training appropriate and helpful Volunteers and finalizing documentation that will help Volunteers perform their duties. Librarians across the country have volunteered their libraries for library visits; applicants for volunteers have begun to try to register to be Volunteers, ahead of commencement period for applications.

What Makes an IFLA WLIC Memorable: The Wrocław Experience

By Rashidah Begum Fazal Mohamed

For a long time all I knew about Poland were some of the brilliant people it had produced who had influenced the world far beyond the boundaries of their country -  Marie Curie discovered radium and other key elements; Frédéric Chopin, composer and pianist; Nicolaus Copernicus, astronomer and mathematician; and  Isaac Bashevis Singer, Nobel Prize-winning novelist. I had never heard of Wroclaw until it was selected to host IFLA WLIC 2017 and my decision to attend it gave me the most number of memorable experiences compared to the dozen or so IFLA WLICs I have attended in the past.

First memorable experience: The keynote lecture titled "Where were you going, Poland (before you were so rudely interrupted)?” was mesmerising. Professor Richard Butterwick-Pawlikowski told the story of the long and rich history and culture of Poland. Starting with the 16th century he recounted Poland’s turbulent history that caused much suffering -  political upheavals, wartime destruction and natural disasters. But each time there was recovery. Poland was described “as a nation undaunted by adversity”. The impact of the elements of continuity and change in Polish history and culture can be seen today in Poland. It has finally found stability and a chance for development. The story of Poland as presented by Professor Butterwick-Pawlikowski was a very inspiring story and added a valuable dimension to our understanding of the places we saw in Wroclaw and its people we interacted with during the WLIC.

Second memorable experience: The venue of the Congress was Centennial Hall, recognised as one of the greatest architectural achievements of the 20th century. In 2006 the Hall became a UNESCO World Heritage site. The Hall, which can accommodate up to 10,000 people was the venue of most of the IFLA WLIC programmes including the exhibition and poster displays. It was mainly one level and also very close to other buildings that were the registration and meeting venues. All were connected by broad walkways and surrounded by gardens and eating places. The vast amount of greenery in the area was very unusual for a conference venue, and it was a joy.

Third memorable experience: A visit to the penitentiary library (detention centre) in Wroclaw. It was organised by the IFLA Section for Library Services to People with Special Needs and was outside of the other library visits organised by the WLIC National Committee. The visit ended with a performance of prison theatre "Jubilio" by four prisoners. As a gift, I presented the library with a copy of Lat’s Kampong Boy.

Fourth memorable experience: A chance for Malaysia to be on centre stage. We shared a booth with IFLA and the Malaysians were kept busy interacting and engaging with the hundreds of visitors who came to our booth. Malaysia was literally on stage – twice – at the closing session. First was to receive the Best IFLA Poster 2017 award for The Buggy Ride @Perpustakaan Raja Tun Uda Library, Shah Alam, Selangor, Malaysia by Sabariah Sayuti, Mastura Muhamad and Noor Jasmin Jumhar. This was a tremendous achievement as the competition was very great. There were 188 posters from libraries throughout the world including those in USA, Europe and Asia. The second time was when the Malaysian representative from the Ministry of Tourism and Culture went on stage to deliver a welcoming address to all to attend IFLA WLIC 2018 in Kuala Lumpur. The whole 50-strong Malaysian contingent joined him on stage at the end of his presentation.

The Malaysian Contingent at the Closing Session IFLA WLIC 2017
Photograph: Courtesy of Rashidah Begum Fazal Mohamed

Fifth memorable experience: There was a sense of urgency about ensuring that the impact of librarians and libraries is more visible to the world. This was talked about in many of the sessions. More and more libraries, especially public libraries, are making sure that they are part of national legislation and local laws and regulations. This was also reflected in IFLA’s activities such as those on the UN Sustainable Development Goals and the launching of the IFLA global vision initiative.

Last memorable experience: the ease with which we could move around the conference venues and the hotel and all the other cultural attractions in Wroclaw. We were given free rides on the train and trams but most of us did a lot of walking as every part of Wroclaw was connected seamlessly and everything was close to each other.

All in all, a wonderful week of professional camaraderie amidst a calm but modern city with a beautiful heritage.

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