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Friday, April 20 • 8:30am - 10:00am
What Is Your Vision of the Future of Libraries? Join IFLA’s Worldwide Discussion!

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For the past year, at workshops conducted around the world by the International Federation of Library Associations (IFLA), the Global Vision Discussion has asked librarians to articulate their values and contribute their ideas in order to create a global library road map for the future. After worldwide voting on these values and ideas in fall 2017, IFLA plans to release its preliminary report in early 2018. The report will then need input from all who care about libraries to incorporate specific actions and strategies to make the vision a reality.

Come to this session and provide your input! After a fresh perspective on the role of libraries in socioeconomic development in emerging nations and a review of the key points of the preliminary report, attendees will meet in small groups to generate the innovative concepts and plans to plot the future course of libraries. A debriefing session will wrap up the proceedings. The input gathered will be sent to IFLA as Oregon’s own perspective on the future of our institutions. The presenters, both active in international librarianship, will guide attendees in this interactive workshop. Together, our many points of light can help create a bright future for Oregon libraries and libraries everywhere!


Richard Sapon-White

Head of Cataloging and Metadata Services, Oregon State University
Richard Sapon-White is currently Head of Cataloging and Metadata Services at Oregon State University Libraries, where he has worked for the past 21 years. An active member of both the ALA and the Oregon Library Association International Relations Round Tables, he has been coordinating... Read More →

Patricia A. Wand

University Librarian Emerita and Library Consultant, American University
Patricia A. Wand teaches, researches and writes on issues related to higher education, libraries, knowledge management and international development. Her research focuses on the role of libraries and information centers in developing economies. Ms. Wand was Dean of Libraries, Zayed... Read More →


Friday April 20, 2018 8:30am - 10:00am PDT
Board Room Hilton Eugene Conference Center, 66 East 6th Avenue, Eugene, OR 97401-2667 USA