Earlier this month, the IFLA World Library and Information Congress (IFLA WLIC) took place in Singapore. Each year the conference provides an engaging environment to explore and debate the challenges faced by both library and information services professionals.
This year’s conference was no different. With the future of the library being up for debate, discussions this year focused on the new hybrid reality for the library. Delegates looked at the ubiquitous, integrated and social nature of technology and explored the effects that this is having on how the physical library operates and how those who work with and within it are adapting their interactions with the wider scholarly community.
Having been the publisher of IFLA journal for over ten years, SAGE is delighted to be a part of the congress again this year, both through panel participation, and by supporting three Academic and Research Libraries Section (ARL) attendance grants. SAGE’s Rosalia Garcia, Consortia/Library Sales & Marketing Director took part in one of the plenary sessions debating the future of the library, where she looked at how publishers and librarians are working together to explore the challenges and opportunities of our changing academic landscape. In addition, Senior Commissioning Editor, Caroline Lock presented a seminar looking at how to get published in journals, and Nell McCreadie, Group Marketing Manager for SAGE, presented the findings of our latest white paper report looking at the perceived value of the academic library in developing world countries.
- The full version of Rosalia’s presentation on the future of the library is available here
- The full version of Nell’s presentation on the value of academic libraries in the developing world is available here, and the full white paper report can be found here. Join the Twitter conversation at #libvalue
- The full version of Caroline’s presentation on how to get published in journals is available here
As IFLA demonstrated this year, the future of the library is one that continues to be debates as our market goes through transitional developments and changes. SAGE is committed to being a part of this conversation addressing these challenges, be it through supporting attendance for information professionals at key events, developing research with our library partners to explore specific areas of concern, or by helping to initiate an open dialogue between publishers and our library partners.
More information on our work with the library community can be found here. Keep your eyes on SAGE Connection and our library Twitter and Facebook page for updates on our latest research and attendance at industry debates.