The International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA) has selected Dubai, United Arab Emirates to host the 2024 World Library and Information Congress. The Congress – IFLA’s flagship annual event – is a central moment in the life of the Global Library Field. It is a chance both for international visitors to experience and learn about other library cultures, and for participants from the host country and region to immerse themselves in international librarianship.
In recent years, and specifically with the creation of the Regional Divisions, IFLA has strongly committed itself to being a truly global organisation and is doing more to promote geographical and cultural inclusion, in line with its core values. After 95 years, it is therefore looking forward to holding its first ever Congress in the Arabic-speaking world.
Barbara Lison, IFLA President, said: “As a global organisation, IFLA is all about providing a space for exchange and learning between cultures, and we all gain when we can hear from new voices and perspectives, as well as share learnings from our own work. I am very grateful to our colleagues in Dubai for making it possible to do this, for the first time, in the Arabic-speaking world.”