Satellite Meetings

IFLA Professional Units often organise a number of interesting Satellite Meetings prior to or just after the IFLA World Library and Information Congress.

These 1-, 2- or 3-day meetings are held either in the host country or in countries in the direct region.


1. Africa

Libraries as Centers of Community Engagements for Development

Date: 22-23 August 2018

Location: TBC, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia


2. Government Libraries

To be confirmed. Likely to focus on how revised Guidelines for Government Libraries tie in with UN Sustainable Development Goals and are applicable to libraries in the region

Date: 2-day, post-congress

Location: TBC – Sri Lanka (3h45m) or Malaysia


3. Library and Research Services for Parliaments

Transforming parliamentary libraries and research services to meet changing clients’ needs

Date: 22 – 23 August 2018

Location: TBC


4. Information Technology Section & Reference and Information Services

Reinventing Reference with Technology Transformations

Date: 22 – 23 August 2018

Location: University of Malaya Library


5. Knowledge Management

Is knowledge management the new library science?

(KM is spreading widely in organizations. The skill sets of librarians and information professionals resemble the ones required for KM).

Date: 23 August 2018

Location: Xiamen University Malaysia campus (XMUM), Salak Tinggi, Selangor, Malaysia

(15 minutes from Kuala Lumpur International Airport)

Call for Papers


6. Law Libraries

Teaching legal research: innovations and trends

Date: 20 – 23 August 2018

Location: Singapore Management University SMU Libraries, at the Kwa Geok Choo Law Library and the SMU School of Law


7. Library Services to People with Special Needs and Libraries for Children and Young Adults

Inclusive Library Services for Children and Young Adults

Date: 1,5 day pre-congress

Location: National Library Board (NLB), Singapore – Venue is the National Library of Singapore


8. Asia and Oceania with Education and Training

Transforming the society: libraries as the torch-bearer of change

Date: 3-days pre-congress

Location: Department of Library & Information Science; University of Calcutta, Kolkata, WB, India


9. Women, Information and Libraries SIG

Collections, Ethics, Perspective, and Voice: The Importance of Context

Date: 2-days pre-congress

Location: TBC


10. Genealogy and Local History with Asia and Oceania

Local Histories and Genealogies in Multicultural Asia

Date: 20 – 21 August 2018

Location: Areca Books/Think City – George Town, Penang, Malaysia


11. Art Libraries

Global Arts and the Islamic World: Documenting Islamic Arts Worldwide

Date: 23 August 2018

Location: IAMM Islamic Arts Museum Malaysia, Kuala Lumpur


12. Management of Library Associations

How strong is your library association? Advocacy in action

Date: Thursday, 23 August 2018

Location: TBC