We had unprecedented submission numbers this year so we anticipate record-setting attendance at the 2023 Annual Meeting. We hope those of you who are able will plan to attend the 86th Annual Meeting in person in London, UK. The Program Committee has finished selecting the scientific program which will include 95 papers, 32 panels and alternative events, and 11 preconference workshops, including 1 virtual workshop. Workshops require a separate registration. We had so many excellent poster submissions that we had to add a 2nd poster session. There will be a poster session in conjunction with the Welcome Reception on Sunday evening and a second session on Monday evening as part of the President’s Reception. Visit the Annual Meeting website or review the conference agenda for complete details on the program. It’s going to be an outstanding meeting, and you don’t want to miss it!
Opening Plenary, Sunday, 29 October, 9:00 AM - 10:30 AM (GMT)
“Librarians as Lifelines: In Praise of Critical Information Care”
Alison Phipps is UNESCO Chair in Refugee Integration through Languages and the Arts at the University of Glasgow and Professor of Languages and Intercultural Studies. She was De Carle Distinguished Visiting Professor at Otago University, Aotearoa New Zealand 2019-2020, Thinker in Residence at the EU Hawke Centre, University of South Australia in 2016, Visiting Professor at Auckland University of Technology, and Principal Investigator for AHRC Large Grant ‘Researching Multilingually at the Borders of Language, the body, law and the state’; for Cultures of Sustainable Peace, and is now co-Director of the Global Challenge Research Fund South South Migration Hub. She is Ambassador for the Scottish Refugee Council. She is an academic, activist, educator and published poet.
Tawona Sitholé is a poet, playwright, mbira musician, educator and facilitator. His ancestral family name, Ganyamatope, is a reminder of his heritage, which inspires him to make connections with other people through creativity, and the natural outlook to learn. As co-founder of Seeds of Thought arts group, Tawona’s work involves supporting and facilitating access to the creative arts. Tawona is Poet in Residence for GRAMNet and works in a variety of settings and institutions. He is Research Associate with the Migration for Development and Equality (MIDEQ) research project. As he continues to write, teach and perform, mostly he appreciates his work for the many inspiring people it allows him to meet. For a taste of Tawona's work, watch him perform A Guide to the Traveller.
Closing Plenary, Tuesday, 31 October, 1:15 PM - 3:45 PM (GMT)
“If You Don’t Get It the First Time, Back Up and Try It Again (Party): How Information Research Must Be Harnessed to Improve Library Advocacy”
Dr. Stuart Hamilton is the Head of Libraries Development for the Local Government Management Agency (LGMA) in Ireland. He is the national advisor on public libraries and leads the development and implementation of the national public library strategy across 31 local authorities. He is the current Chair of the National Authorities on Public Libraries in Europe (NAPLE) Forum, the Chair of the International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA) Europe Regional Division, and a member of IFLA’s Regional Council. Dr. Hamilton was previously Deputy Executive Director of International Relations and Communications at the Qatar National Library where he developed the library’s international relations, partnerships and outreach activities, and led the coordination of the library’s opening in 2017/2018. Before moving to Qatar he was Deputy Secretary General at IFLA in the Netherlands where he directed the Federation’s policy and advocacy work around copyright, human rights, Internet governance, and all issues relating to access to information, libraries and the digital environment. He was responsible for IFLA’s engagement with WIPO and UNESCO, as well as work relating to WSIS, the IGF, and the United Nations 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. He holds a PhD in Library and Information Science from the Royal School of Library and Information Science in Copenhagen, Denmark.
Registration and Housing Open
Save money and register by the August 11 early bird deadline.
Don’t delay in reserving your hotel room at the Novotel West Hotel in London, UK. We have negotiated a Special Rate Bed & Breakfast at £159.00 Single occupancy. With a larger anticipated attendance, hotel rooms at this rate will sell out quickly so don’t delay in making a reservation.
From Big Ben, to Westminster Abby, to Buckingham Palace, there’s so much to see an do! Make plans now to arrive a few days early or extend your stay after the meeting ends so you can explore this amazing city. European travel is so easy with the many railways and high-speed trains. Hope over to Brussels, only 1 hour and 48 minutes by train or how about Paris, only a 2 hour and 20 minute train ride! Be sure to review all that London has to offer.
Sponsors and Exhibitors
We would like to thank the following sponsors and exhibitors who have signed on early to help support this outstanding meeting:
- Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey
- University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign School of Information Sciences
- University of British Columbia School of Information
- Nanyang Technological University
- Cambridge University Press
- University at Albany College of Emergency Preparedness, Homeland Security and Cybersecurity
2024 Annual Meeting
Looking to the future, the 87th Annual Meeting will be held in Calgary, AB, Canada, October 25-29, 2024.