It was announced in Kuala Lumpur on Wednesday, that LIANZA and Te Rōpū Whakahau have won the bid to host the IFLA World Library and Information Congress in Auckland July 28 - August 5, 2020.
The world knows New Zealand as home to the All Blacks, The Lord of the Rings, and Lorde – now our global colleagues have the chance to experience our open, trusted and united library communities.
Our bicultural partnership approach and commitment to indigenous knowledge will take centre-stage as we showcase Aotearoa’s innovative services and best practice to the international library and information community.
The IFLA World Library and Information Congress has the potential to bring thousands of library and information sector managers and professionals from over 100 countries to our very door-step.
It will be the first time the flagship annual congress of the International Federation of Library Associations (IFLA) will be held in the Pacific region in nearly 40 years.
The congress will offer an extraordinary opportunity for professional development in every sector and field of library work, and the chance to network with library and information professionals from all over the world.
“I was so excited to hear we were making the bid and to hear that we have been successful is just fantastic … I know that IFLA is driving towards the Sustainable Development Goals in the same way that we as a country are. Libraries, access to information, to education, to creative spaces for adults and children is at the core of who we see ourselves as a country.”
Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern
Winning the chance to host the conference in Auckland is a significant achievement for LIANZA and Te Rōpū Whakahau, and we acknowledge the support of the Tourism New Zealand Conference Assistance Programme (CAP), Auckland Tourism, Events and Economic Development (ATEED), the National Library of New Zealand Te Puna Mātauranga o Aotearoa, Conference Innovators and National Library Te Puna Foundation in securing the congress for 2020.
See Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern's video message to the IFLA Conference happening in Kuala Lumpur.