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IPA President, Michiel Kolman, and Secretary General, José Borghino, attended the 84th World Library and Information Congress (WLIC) of the International Federation of Library Organisations and Institutions (IFLA).

Conducted under the rubric ‘Transform Libraries, Transform Societies’ this year’s WLIC was held in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia from 24-30 August. It was a broad-ranging congress, with 3516 delegates, over 250 sessions and 500 speakers. Michiel and José were invited to the opening session which included a recorded speech from the new Malaysian Prime Minister, Mr Mahathir bin Mohamad, and live speeches from two government ministers as well as face-to-face meetings between the IPA and IFLA Presidents and Secretary Generals. IPA had fruitful meetings with current IFLA President Glòria Pérez-Salméron, from Spain, and with the President-elect Christine Mackenzie, from Australia.

At IFLA’s ‘Strategic Partners’ meeting held during the Congress, the IPA agreed to meet in the next six months with IFLA, IFRRO and other key organisations to discuss possible international projects. The next opportunity to further this dialogue will be in Toronto, Canada, on 19 September when the second biannual IPA-IFLA-STM meeting for 2018 takes place. We will report on that meeting in the next Newsletter.

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Michiel Kolman
31 March 2020
Publishing industry
Diversity and Inclusion

Close scrutiny showed a more complex but also more positive answer for both the UK and US.

Michiel Kolman
30 January 2020
Publishing industry
Diversity and Inclusion
As we start a new decade, the subject of diversity remains firmly on the radar for most businesses and industries in 2020. This is also true for our own publishing industry as we continue to see how issues around diversity and inclusion, such as wome...
Michiel Kolman
18 December 2019
Publishing industry
Diversity and Inclusion

IPA D&I envoy, Michiel Kolman interviews Elsevier’s Simon Holt and Springer Nature’s Kirsty Bone about their experiences of having a disability and working in the publishing industry. This is a long but fascinating read.

Hugo Setzer
07 November 2019
Publishing industry

October and the first days of November were again very busy, with visits to four different countries and three book fairs in the course of three weeks.

James Taylor
25 October 2019
Copyright
Publishing industry

SCCR 39 concluded this evening with an agreement found on how to keep the Exceptions and Limitations discussion moving forward and the other agenda items wrapped up and a possible new issue raised in the chamber.

James Taylor
24 October 2019
Copyright
Publishing industry

The second day of discussions on the broadcasting treaty were mainly conducted behind closed doors with the plenary chamber finally filling at 17:40 for a presentation of conclusions.

James Taylor
23 October 2019
Copyright
Publishing industry
Today’s discussions saw the focus shift from Exceptions and Limitations to the Broadcasting Treaty (and sadly not about all of the value generated by the copyright in an original work that migrates from being a book to a film, for example). The Excep...
James Taylor
22 October 2019
Copyright
Publishing industry
Educational Publishing

The first day closed with Dr Kenneth Crews waiting to be grilled by delegates and observers. He was given the opportunity this morning, but the highlights today were the side events and the ripples from some late-night messages to delegates.

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