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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
20 May 2020
Publishing industry
Educational Publishing
Diversity and Inclusion
Diversity & Inclusion in the publishing industry is not only relevant for the workforce in our industry (see my previous blog on key surveys measuring exactly that), but also for what we publish. Important questions that arise are ...
Michiel Kolman
24 April 2020
Publishing industry
Diversity and Inclusion
It has been impressive to see how fast our industry has responded to the challenges presented by COVID-19. While many publishers are busy trying to keep their businesses running, it would be easy to dismiss diversity and inclusion (D&I) as just a...
Ben Steward
23 April 2020
Publishing industry
Two weeks into the COVID-19 (née coronavirus) pandemic and its attendant doldrums, I noticed some A-list singers were performing via Instagram from the discomfort of their homes. Chris Martin and John Legend were among the first to sign up to the&nbs...
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.

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