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. Acquisition and Collection Development

Digital Library Networks: New Opportunities for Librarians
Date: 2-day pre-congress
Location: TBC, in contact with 2 possible venues in Singapore

2. Africa

Theme to be confirmed
Date: TBC
Location: TBC

3. Academic and Research Libraries, Library Buildings and Equipment and Public Libraries

The evolving concept of “library” and the impact on building design
Date: 21 – 22 August 2018
Location: Singapore: Singapore Management University Library

4. 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

5. Library and Research Services for Parliaments

Transforming parliamentary libraries and research services to meet changing client needs
Date: 20 – 23 August 2018
Location: Parliament of Malaysia Library

6. Information Technology Section & Reference and Information Services

Reinventing Reference with Technology Transformations
Date: 22 – 23 August 2018
Location: University of Malaya Library

7. 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: Bank Negara Malaysia Sasana Kijang (the knowledge management center)

8. 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

9. 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

10. 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

11. Women, Information and Libraries SIG

Collections, Ethics, Perspective, and Voice: The Importance of Context
Date: 2-days pre-congress
Location: TBC

12. 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

13. Art Libraries

Global Arts and the Islamic World: Documenting Islamic Arts Worldwide
Date: 23 August 2018
Location: IAMM Islamic Arts Museum Malaysia, Kuala Lumpur