quarta-feira, 15 de fevereiro de 2012

World Library & Information Congress: 78th IFLA General Conference and Assembly

IFLA would like to take this opportunity to invite you to attend the 78th IFLA General Conference and Assembly which will take place on from 11 - 17 August 2012 in Helsinki, Finland.

The IFLA Final Announcement is now available to download from the web-site: www.ifla.org. The Final Announcement contains valuable information pertaining to the upcoming IFLA General Conference and Assembly including details on the programme, satellite meetings, library visits, registration, accommodation, tours and social events and much more!

Registration Now Open!

Online registration is now open and attendees can register for the Congress via the Congress web-site: http://conference.ifla.org/ifla78/registration
Should you have a group booking of ten or more attendees please contact: wlic2012-registration@kit-group.org for further information on how to register your group.

Non-salaried affiliate benefits extended to Congress registration!
At the December Meeting in 2011, the IFLA Governing Board established a new affiliate membership category for non-salaried persons.

We are pleased to announce that the benefits for this category have now been extended to the Congress registration. IFLA members from this category can register for the Congress at the same rate as the student rate. The systems will be updated to accommodate this change.


As demand for hotel rooms in Helsinki is always very high, early booking for accommodation is recommended to avoid disappointment. Telephone reservations will not be accepted. K.I.T. Group, the Congress Secretariat, has reserved accommodation at a number of selected hotels in Helsinki. The list of available hotels and the link to the online booking tool can be found on the web-site: http://conference.ifla.org/ifla78/accommodation-tours

We look forward to welcoming you to Helsinki and if you have any questions about your participation, please do not hesitate to contact us at wlic2012-registration@kit-group.org

Congress Programme

The list of Conference Session Themes is now available!
You can find a full list of all the Conference Sessions and their themes on the Congress web-site:

The full programme is expected in early March 2012.

Keynote Speaker - Opening Ceremony

Helena Ranta

Helena Ranta is a Finnish forensic dentist who has gained publicity particularly by contributing to several international forensic investigations of conflicts. The most well-known is her work in Kosovo in the 1990's.
Helena Ranta is an exceptional professor at the University of Helsinki: it is not often that a Licentiate gains a professor’s position which is usually reserved to research doctorates only.
The Finnish NC suggests Professor Ranta to be the key note speaker at the IFLA WLIC 2012 Opening Ceremony. This is due to her talents to speak about the value and importance of culture even in extremely difficult circumstances, where words like genocide and cruelty can be used.

In her work to find substantiation for war trials, Professor Ranta has to meet, describe and report on massacres and other inhumane deeds in details, time after time. During the trials, Professor Ranta has also been pressured and accused of being partial (see more information

In spite of these stressful elements, she has the energy to get acquainted with the culture and cultural monuments of the cities and towns she visits – or maybe we should rather say that she is particularly capable of maintaining her own integrity thanks to her active interest in varying cultural heritages.

Furthermore, she is also able to speak about her cultural and human findings in a unique way. The audience cannot forget her work, and furthermore, the content of her presentations shares the richness and positive variety of the human life she has encountered.
Professor Ranta is an active photographer and always gives her lectures and presentations about culture with touching photos.

A typical Finn, Professor Ranta has restrained behaviour and no dramatic gestures. However, she makes the audiences concentrate and listen to her message in perfect silence. The dreadfulness is there all the time, but she surpasses it, and always stresses our possibilities to build a better world together.

Plenary Speakers

Peter von Bagh
Peter von Bagh is a film historian, author of more than 30 books on film, history and popular arts (including The History of World Cinema, 1975 and 1998, and a book about and with Aki Kaurismäki, published in five languages). Doctor in Political Sciences; television and radio producer for all his life; a book publisher (more than 100 books from Balzac to Eisenstein, Meyerhold, Fellini and many more); a film director, with speciality in compilation films, including a large series as Oi kallis Suomenmaa, A History of Finland (1997), and Song of Finland (Sininen laulu), a 12-hour programme on the history of arts in Finland - which in 2007 became a Finlandia prize winning book. Later films include "Helsinki Forever" and "Sodankylä Forever" that have toured around the world. Scriptwriter (e.g. films by Risto Jarva); editor-in-chief (since 1971) of the "Filmihullu" magazine; curator (1967-70) and Programme Director (1970-85) of the Finnish Film Archive; a professor of film history at The Helsinki University of Arts; Artistic Director and Co-founder (with the Kaurismäki brothers) of The Midnight Sun Film Festival; Artistic Director of an Italian film festival called Il Cinema Ritrovato (Bologna, since 2001).

Yrjö Engeström

Professor Yrjö Engeström is Director of the Center for Research on Activity, Development and Learning (CRADLE) at the Institute of Behavioral Sciences of the University of Helsinki. CRADLE is an internationally recognised competent and supportive scientific community of some 30 researchers, conducting workplace development and studies based on cultural-historical activity theory and the sociocultural approach. The focus of the studies is transformation and learning processes in work activities and organisations.

Professor Yrjö Engeström has been involved in a long-lasting library research and development project, Knotworking in Academic Libraries. The project, underway at the Helsinki University Library, aims at developing a new kind of boundary crossing, knotworking work model for librarians and research groups.

Engeström has served as Professor and Director of the Laboratory of Comparative Human Cognition at the University of California, San Diego, and as Academy Professor appointed by the Academy of Finland. He is Director of CRADLE and was Director of its predecessor the Center for Activity Theory and Developmental Work Research which was a National Centre of Excellence in Research from 2000 to 2005.

Professor Engeström has an honorary doctorate from the University of Oslo and honorary professorship from the University of Birmingham, UK, as well as three ongoing visiting professorships (Lancaster, Osaka, Oslo).

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