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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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Azadeh Parsapour
12 December 2018
Publishing industry
Iran celebrated its national book week from 15 to 22 November this year with the slogan ‘The Great Joy of Reading’. The book week is the second major book related event in Iran after Tehran international book fair that is held in May every year. Ther...
James Taylor
30 November 2018
Publishing industry
IPA’s President-elect, Hugo Setzer, virtually opened the last day of SCCR 37 in a video prepared by the Accessible Books Consortium (ABC). Hugo spoke eloquently (in Spanish, with English subtitles) about accessibility issues as they affect his native...
James Taylor
29 November 2018
Publishing industry
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James Taylor
28 November 2018
Publishing industry
Following yesterday’s surprise close to discussions on the Broadcasting Treaty with a Chair’s revised consolidated text, today’s proceedings moved onto Exceptions and Limitations (E&Ls) and the civil society NGOs in favour of E&Ls kicked off ...
James Taylor
27 November 2018
Publishing industry

The first day of the SCCR37 closed with ‘informal’ discussions about the Broadcasting Treaty amid much interest about whether the Argentine and American proposals would lead to a breakthrough or the continuation of the current deadlock.

James Taylor
26 November 2018
Publishing industry
If you’re not a regular WIPO-watcher you could be forgiven for having forgotten what happened back in May when the 36th session of WIPO’s SCCR confounded expectations and appeared to make progress on the Broadcasting Treaty. Back then there was even ...
Azadeh Parsapour
20 September 2018
Freedom to publish
The first time I encountered a self-published book in Iran was about 10 years ago. My blogger friend tried to publish his first collection of short stories and faced a dead end with the book office censors. The whole book had a dark comedy theme and,...
Hugo Setzer
30 August 2018
Publishing industry

From 21-24 August I had the chance to attend the Beijing International Book Fair on behalf of IPA.

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