2014 IFLA President’s Meeting
Strong Libraries, Strong Societies : The Impact of Libraries on Society
22-24 May, 2014
Helsinki, Finland

Dear colleagues,

It gives me great pleasure to invite you to the IFLA President’s Meeting on a topic of great importance and interest : the impact of libraries on society. This international meeting will be held in Helsinki, Finland from 22-23 May 2014 at the Parliament Annex (address: Arkadiankatu 3).

Entitled “Strong Libraries, Strong Societies : Impact of Libraries on Society”, this President’s Meeting will explore the key role of libraries in the knowledge society and how they exert an effect on it. The IFLA Trend Report and effects of trends on libraries will be discussed.

The program includes distinguished speakers representing many viewpoints and interests. The aim is to advance the important role that libraries play in societal development at both the local and international level. The results of the meeting will help to inform the formation of such policies and practices that will serve to strengthen the impact of libraries on society in many parts of the world.

This meeting will be an exciting and rewarding experience for all participants. As IFLA President I look forward to welcoming you. Join us for stimulating two days of discussion and reflection, led by several renowned speakers from around the world. On Saturday 24th of May there will also be an opportunity to participate in study tours of various lengths and interests, where you can see some examples of Finnish libraries first hand.

With best wishes,


Sinikka Sipilä
IFLA President 2013-2015

6 thoughts on “Welcome!

    • je suis intéressé pour participer à ce IFLA President’s Meeting pour échanger avec des participants dans le devéloppement des Bibliothéques en Afrique et dans le Monde.

  1. Presidential Theme: “Strong Library Strong Society …” We find it relevant and timely to many of our libraries and librarians in Africa. Many of the discussions we held on this theme generated helpful recommendations for libraries and librarians to play a more active role in society by making libraries integral part of society and playing this role more actively.

  2. Je voudrais participé à cette grande rencontre pour partager avec nos camarades Bibliothécaires des autres continents du Monde comme celle de Afrique du Sud en 2012.

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