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IFLA to Live-stream Selected WLIC Sessions

August 20, 2018

IFLA, the International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions, has announced that selected sessions of the 2018 World Library and Information Congress (WLIC) will be live-streamed.

To access the live streaming, access this playlist in YouTube and select the session.

Recordings will be made available afterwards on the IFLA YouTube channel and the WLIC 2018 website after the sessions.

Sessions to be live-streamed include:

Saturday, August 25

Opening Session

10:30 am to 12:00 pm (Kuala Lumpur time)
Toronto: 10:30 pm (Friday) to 12:00 am
Vancouver: 7:30 pm to 9:00 pm (Friday)

The Opening Ceremony will reflect IFLA’s WLIC 2018 theme “Transform libraries: Transform societies” in the context of Malaysia.

Programme Outline:

  • Welcome Remarks by Dato’ Nafisah Ahmad, Malaysia National Committee, Director General National Library of Malaysia & President Librarian Association of Malaysia
  • Welcome Address by Tan Sri Haji Mhd Amin Nordin bin Abd Aziz, The Mayor of Kuala Lumpur
  • Opening Speech by Gloria Pérez-Salmerón, IFLA President
  • Speech by Gerald Leitner, IFLA Secretary General
  • Speech by The Hon. Mohamaddin Ketapi, Minister of Tourism, Arts and Culture Malaysia
  • Cultural Performance by Istana Budaya
  • Keynote Address by Tan Sri Dato Sri Ali Hamsa, Chief Secretary General to Government of Malaysia
  • Official Opening by Gloria Pérez-Salmerón, IFLA President
  • Special Message from The Hon. Tun Dr. Mahathir Bin Mohamad, The Prime Minister of Malaysia

From Data to Advocacy: Using Digital Tools Like the IFLA Library Map of the World to Communicate Your Library Stories

1:45 pm to 3:45 pm (Kuala Lumpur time)
Toronto: 1:45 am to 3:45 am
Vancouver: 10:45 pm (Friday) to 12:45 am


  1. Community Engagement – the Key to Demonstrating the Impact of Libraries through Evidence-Based Stories
    Kristine Paberza, IFLA, Netherlands
  2. Using Outcome Data to Tell Your Impact Story: Examples from U.S. Public Libraries
    Emily Plagman, PLA, United States
  3. IFLA Library Map of the World is Efficient Tool to Unite Russian Libraries Together and Integrate to International Context
    Vadim V. Duda, Margarita Rudomino All-Russia State Library of Foreign Literature, Russian Federation
    Anna N. Belkina, Margarita Rudomino All-Russia State Library of Foreign Literature, Russian Federation
  4. CODE Kids – a Romanian Success Story and its Impact on Libraries and Communities
    Claudia Serbanuta, Progress Foundation, Romania
  5. Communicating Library Stories: Norwegian Experience
    Mariann Schjeide, Norwegian Library Association, Norway

Sunday, August 26

Highlights Session

8:30 am to 9:15 am (Kuala Lumpur time)
Toronto: 8:30 pm to 9:15 pm (Saturday)
Vancouver: 5:30 pm to 6:15 pm (Saturday)

The Highlights Session is the quickest way to find out about all of IFLA’s main projects and initiatives. Come along, plan your week, make the connections, discover something new, and meet the IFLA President, the IFLA Secretary General and the team from IFLA Headquarters who’ll be there to answer your questions throughout the week.

Motors of Change: Changing Ourselves to Change Our World – IFLA President’s Session

9:30 am to 12:00 pm (Kuala Lumpur time)
Toronto: 9:30 pm (Saturday) to 12:00 am
Vancouver: 6:30 pm to 9:00 pm (Saturday)

Libraries – by providing meaningful access to information to all – are motors of change. Yet to fulfil this role into the future, libraries themselves need to be ready not just to adapt, but to stay ahead of trends.

IFLA is working to make this possible by building a united library field, better able to work together to face the challenges of globalisation, and turn them into opportunities to serve our users. In the second phase of the Global Vision, IFLA is focusing on actions – clear, new ideas for what we can do ourselves, and with partners, to achieve our goals.

Success will depend on new ways of thinking, on changes in mindset. The President’s Session at the 2018 World Library and Information Congress will therefore look at what it takes to change mindsets and mobilise, to change ourselves in order to better change our world.

IFLA Global Vision

1:45 pm to 3:15 pm (Kuala Lumpur time)
Toronto: 1:45 am to 3:15 am
Vancouver: 10:45 pm (Saturday) to 12:45 am

IFLA is inviting you to the launch of the Global Vision call for actions, a global call which aims to create the biggest ideas store for actions in the library world.

The most important key finding from the IFLA Global Vision discussion is the discovery that we are globally united in our goals. After the successful launch of the Global Vision Report Summary, with its 10 highlights and 10 opportunities, Global Vision has kicked off once again in a second phase of discussions —this time to create the biggest ideas store for actions! This session will explore the findings from the Global Vision Report Summary and share insights about how we could turn our ideas into actions.

Our vision, our future! #iflaglobalvision

Intellectual Freedom in a Polarised World

4:00 pm to 6:00 pm (Kuala Lumpur time)
Toronto: 4:00 am to 6:00 am
Vancouver: 1:00 am to 3:00 am

In many national contexts, citizens are seen to be either “with the government or against it,” leaving little opportunity to freely and safely express more nuanced views of current social, political or economic issues. While notable authoritarian regimes quite transparently monitor and limit societal discussion, others, ostensibly democratic, may work in practice to blunt potentially unfavourable social commentary on the pretence of defending political stability or public morality. IFLA’s Freedom of Access to Information and Freedom of Expression (FAIFE) Advisory Committee explores this phenomenon–and the potential role of civil society and information professionals in advancing freedom of expression–through the experience and insights of an NGO leaders, an academic public intellectual, and an officer of UNESCO.


  1. Internet and the freedom of expression in Indonesia: opportunity and challenges
    Indriaswati Dyah Saptaningrum, University of New South Wales; former Executive Director of the ELSAM human rights organization (Indonesia), Australia
  2. Freedom of Expression in Malaysia
    Azmi Bin Sharom, Faculty of Law, University of Malaysia, Malaysia
  3. What’s up with WhatsApp – polarisation and lynchings in India
    Swaraj Paul Barooah, The Centre for Internet and Society, India
  4. How to align national laws with international standards on freedom of expression?
    Ming-Kuok Lim, Programme Specialist for Communication and Information, UNESCO, Indonesia

Wednesday, August 29

What’s Up with eLending? – eLending Working Party with Public Libraries

8:30 am to 10:30 am (Kuala Lumpur time)
Toronto: 8:30 pm to 10:30 pm (Tuesday)
Vancouver: 5:30 pm to 7:30 pm (Tuesday)

In the 5 years since the last major session at WLIC, we have seen talk of the death of the physical books replaced by talk of the death of the eBook (both unsubstantiated), evolution in licensing practices and the emergence of library created platforms, and the first e-Public Lending Right scheme established. While it may be too soon to talk about the maturity of eLending, it is time to explore recent trends and questions faced by libraries which are already eLending, or are looking to do so.

This session, coordinated by IFLA’s Working Group on eLending will share the latest research on the impact of eLending on sales and readership, and the latest practical steps to make eLending work for libraries and their users.


I. The eLending Landscape:

  1. Keynote: 5 countries and 100,000 books – what the data tell us about the eLending landscape
    Rebecca Giblin, Monash University, Australia
  2. Malaysian response
    Vui Yin Wong, Sabah State Library, Malaysia
  3. Latin American and the Caribbean response
    Fredy Forero, Centro Regional para el Fomento del Libro en América Latina y el Caribe, CERLALC
  4. European response: The NAPLE study
    Mikkel Christoffersen, Copenhagen Libraries, Denmark

II. Hot Topics in eLending:

  1. Libraries and self-publishing initiatives
    Christina de Castell, Vancouver Public Library, Canada
  2. eAudio
    Mikkel Christoffersen, Copenhagen Libraries, Denmark

Win-Win: building strong education, training and continuing professional development together with strong library associations

10:45 am to 12:45 pm (Kuala Lumpur time)
Toronto: 10:45 pm (Tuesday) to 12:45 am
Vancouver: 7:45 pm to 12:45 am (Tuesday)


  1. Collect, Collaborate and Communicate: Knowledge Sharing and Learning Amongst the Malaysian Librarians
    Dato’ Nafisah Ahmad, National Library of Malaysia, Malaysia
  2. The Essential conditions for Library Associations to Play Their Full part in Supporting Continuing Education: Experience of China
    Jing Zhang, Sun Yat-sen University, China
    Xiaoying Xu, Sun Yat-sen University, China
    Siyu Li, Sun Yat-sen University, China
  3. Faculty Development Scheme of LIS Education as a Strategy for Making Stronger Japan Library Association
    Naoki Matsumoto, Keio University, Japan
  4. How the CALADOM – ASMAC partnership has upgraded the profession of Librarian in Cameroon
    Simon Jules Koudjam Yameni, University of Douala, Cameroon
  5. Let’s get you out there: Mentoring as a tool for professional development
    Anni Aalto, Tampere City Library, Finland
    Maria Bang, Helsinki City Library, Finland
    Pirjo Kangas, Humak University of Applied Sciences Library, Finland
    Jarno Laakso, Oulu City Library, Finland
    Siina Vieri, The Municipal Library of Loppi, Finland
    Paper in English
  6. Professional Librarians Continuing Development in the scope of Indonesian Catholic Universities Association in supporting Library Transformation
    Lian Hateveana Dhita, Universitas Indonesia, Indonesia
    Yohanes Sumaryanto, Universitas Indonesia, Indonesia
  7. Hong Kong Library Association mentoring Programme: Experience, Challenges and Opportunities
    Leo Ma, The Chinese University of Hong Kong, China
    Maggie Mei Ki Wong, Hong Kong Baptist University Library, China
  8. Filling the Gaps: Aligning Our CPD Programmes to Our Objectives
    Nor Edzan Che Nasir, Librarians Associaition of Malaysia, Malaysia
    Hasnita Ibrahim, BERNAMA (Malaysian National News Agency), Malaysia

Closing Session

4:15 pm to 5:30 pm (Kuala Lumpur time)
Toronto: 4:15 am to 5:30 am
Vancouver: 1:15 am to 2:30 am


  1. Address by President Glòria Pérez-Salmerón
  2. Presentation of Awards
  3. Announcement of WLIC 2020 location
  4. Vote of thanks WLIC 2018
  5. Invitation to WLIC 2019 in Athens, Greece
  6. Close of the Assembly

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(Via International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions)

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