The IFLA World Congress 2018
In 2018, Goethe-Institut was represented at the 84th IFLA World Library and Information Congress at a renewed joint booth. The congress was hosted by the IFLA, the International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions.
The IFLA World Library and Information Congress (WLIC 2018) is the largest international congress for the library and information services sector.
Taking place annually at a different location, the congress attracts more than 3,500 participants from more than 120 countries and is by no means simply an opportunity for career upgrading through numerous lectures and poster presentations. The WLIC is an important forum in which national library and information associations discuss and promote their common international agenda, for the WLIC is hosted by the IFLA, the umbrella organization of library associations and institutions worldwide and comprising 1,400 member organizations and institutions in 140 countries. IFLA members represent all together hundreds of thousands of libraries around the world.
The 2018 World Congress was held under the motto “Transform Libraries, Transform Societies” and took place 24–30 August in the Malaysian capital Kuala Lumpur.
As every year, Goethe-Institut is was represented in a shared booth at the congress. Goethe-Institut, three libraries from Germany, five library associations and the Frankfurt Book Fair provided visitors with insights into the German library and publishing sectors.
Booth programme during the IFLA WLIC
At the congress itself, Goethe-Institut had a talk and three poster presentations about selected projects of its library and information work.
The talk “Jermania – An interactive journey to Germany” shed light on the experiences gained during the conception and development of an interactive gaming app. Also on the subject of gaming, the poster “Football connects libraries” presented the underlying concept for an international e-sports tournament that was held by nine libraries of the Goethe-Institut in Asia. The poster “Improving skills for the protection of printed heritage”, on the other hand, addressed the topic of preservation. Lastly, the spatial and conceptual redesign of three libraries of the Goethe-Institut in Southeast Asia was presented by the poster “One company, one corporate design, three different examples”. This presentation creatively combined analogue and digital media:
While visitors discussed the poster with Goethe-Institut presenters, they could simultaneously use Virtual Reality Cardboards to explore the redesigned premises of the libraries in Bandung, Bangkok and Hanoi.