IFLA Public Libraries Section Meeting (Feb 2015)

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The minutes for the February 2015 IFLA Public Libraries Section meeting have been released.

It’s interesting reading – covering aspects of what is happening around the world in public libraries, various projects IFLA are working on, planned events, and themes to focus on.

A few things that caught my attention in particular were:

  • The IFLA Satellite event in Philadelphia proposed theme: an emphasis on “why public libraries should be free.”
  • The use of the Lyon Declaration (access to information and development) as an advocacy tool at local level.
  • The desire to update the Public Library Manifesto – a joint manifesto with UNESCO.

It’s well worth reading through the brief minutes, just to get a feel for what is going on in public libraries worldwide and the issues affecting them.

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