OCLC to Hold Presentations and Open House During IFLA 2016August 5, 2016
OCLC, the leading global library cooperative based in Dublin, will welcome thousands of librarians from around the world as the premier sponsor and a local host of the 2016 IFLA World Library and Information Congress in Columbus August 13-19. The IFLA World Library and Information Congress (WLIC) is the international flagship professional and trade event for the library and information services sector. The event is expected to draw some 4,000 participants from more than 120 countries. It sets the international agenda for the library profession, and offers opportunities for networking and professional development. It has been 15 years since the IFLA WLIC took place in the United States, when delegates met in Boston in 2001. Last year, the IFLA WLIC met in Cape Town, South Africa. Before that, it was in Lyon, France; Singapore; and Helsinki, Finland.
“For decades, OCLC has been bringing libraries together through technology, services and other initiatives designed to make it possible to collaborate and share resources on a global scale,” said Skip Prichard, OCLC President and CEO. “IFLA will bring together the international library community in Columbus, and we’re thrilled to be able to welcome these leading librarians to our headquarters. OCLC staff will be out in full force during the congress, sharing our work and contributing to programs at the Greater Columbus Convention Center, as well as at numerous events on our Dublin campus.”
OCLC will host several events and programs, including IFLA Satellite Meetings in Dublin August 10-12, and again on August 19. Tours of OCLC’s newly renovated headquarters will be offered on August 19. OCLC staff will be participating as speakers, facilitators and volunteers throughout the congress. More about OCLC events during the IFLA Congress is on the OCLC website.
“IFLA and OCLC have worked together as partners for many years on a variety of projects and programs,” said Prichard. “We were thrilled to partner with our colleagues at the Columbus Metropolitan Library, The Ohio State University Libraries, Experience Columbus and the City of Columbus to help bring this event to Columbus. While we are a global organization, we have a lot of hometown pride. There are exciting things happening in Columbus, throughout central Ohio, and here at OCLC in Dublin. We’re eager to show the world what we have to offer.”
OCLC is the nonprofit global library cooperative that provides shared technology services, original research and community programs to thousands of libraries around the world. Through OCLC, member libraries cooperatively produce and maintain WorldCat, the most comprehensive global network of data about library collections and services.