IFLA Reports from the World Library and Information Congress

The 76th IFLA General Conference and Assembly “Open Access to Knowledge: Promoting Sustainable Progress" took place August 10–15, 2010 in Gothenburg, Sweden. ALCTS sponsors representatives to eight sections of the International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions annual meeting (named World Library and Information Conference beginning in 2003): Acquisition and Collection Development, Bibliography, Cataloguing, Classification and Indexing, Knowledge Management, Preservation and Conservation, and Serials and Other Continuing Resources. We regret that reports were not available for all sections. Ed.’s note: We were fortunate to get two reports from ALCTS representatives to the Acquisitions and Collection Development Section.

Acquisition and Collection Development / Bibliography / Cataloguing / Classification and Indexing | Preservation and Conservation    

Acquisitions and Collection Development Section

Judy Jeng, Clarion University

I attended the World Library and Information Congress: 76th IFLA General Conference and Assembly, in Gothenburg, Sweden. The conference attracted over 3,000 delegates from 128 countries. Gothenburg is the second largest city in Sweden. The conference theme was “Open Access to Knowledge: Promoting Sustainable Progress” and attracted excellent presentations from the world on this timely topic.

Preconference Tour

I took a preconference tour from August 6–9 to visit Stockholm, Sweden’s capital. Stockholm is called “the beauty on water,” is over 750 years old, and is steeped in tradition and history. The tour included an orientation tour of Stockholm, a visit to the Vasa Museum, a dinner in Old Town, a visit to the Drottningholm Royal Palace, and a visit to Skansen, the oldest open-air museum in the world, founded in 1891. I arrived in Gothenburg on August 9 by SJ X2000 train. The three-hour ride gave me another opportunity to see more of Sweden.

Acquisitions and Collection Development Section Standing Committee Meetings

The Acquisitions and Collection Development Section Standing Committee met twice at the conference—Tuesday (August 10, 2010, 8:30–11:20 am) and Sunday (August 15, 2010, 1:15–2:45 pm). At the Acquisitions and Collection Development Section Standing Committee’s first meeting, Judy Mansfield, Chair of the committee, announced the change of section secretary (from diTillio to Hafner), change in membership (from Lammers to Ladron de Guevara), and appointment of a new Corresponding Member. Hafner led the discussion on the committee’s program in Gothenburg. Rudberg organized a dinner for the committee members on Saturday. Mansfield led a discussion on IFLA Strategic Plan 2010–2015 and the Acquisitions and Collection Development Section Action Plan 2010–2011, particularly regarding their intersection. Schmolling led the planning discussion on IFLA 2011 in San Juan, including complimentary accommodations for speakers, payment methods, and EURO versus Dollar.

At the Committee’s second meeting, members discussed possible future topics, 2012 satellite seminar in Finland, the location of the mid-term meeting (China and Washington, D.C. received higher votes), IFLA electronic resource guidelines, posting conference pictures to the blog, and section newsletter.

U.S. Caucus

The U.S. Caucus met on Tuesday, August 10, 2010, 6–7 pm Carla Funk welcomed attendees and introduced the presidents and executive directors of the American Library Association, the Association for Library and Information Science Education, the Association of Research Libraries, the Chief Officers of State Library Agencies, the Medical Library Association, the Special Libraries Association, and Urban Libraries Council. Agneta Olsson welcomed U.S. delegates to Gothenburg. Eilen Tise, IFLA President, gave welcoming remarks. Donna Scheeder, represented the Governing Board, and stressed the importance of building strong library associations and listening to members. Steve Witt, from the Professional Committee, discussed building new models to move the IFLA conference forward, including the analysis of section proposals, the establishment of five tracks, the implementation of a new financial model, and the modification of how the conference site is selected. Winston Tabb reported on the Committee on Copyright and other Legal Matters. Loida Garcia-Febo reported on FAIFE, the Newcomers’ Session, and the New Professional Group. Luisa Vigo-Cepeda gave a status report on preparing IFLA 2011 in Puerto Rico. Maija Berndtson reported on planning for IFLA 2012 in Finland.

IFLA Night Spot

I attended one IFLA Night Spot on August 10, held at Gothenburg City Library. Ellen Tise, IFLA President, welcomed the participants. Axiell presented their product.

Opening Ceremony

August 11 marked the official start of the conference. The Opening Ceremony, scheduled in the morning, was well attended with live music and dance. Jan Eliasson, Former President of the United Nations General Assembly and Minister for Foreign Affairs of Sweden, gave the keynote speech and stressed the importance of globalization of knowledge.

Newcomers’ Session

The Newcomers’ Session, on the afternoon of August 11, was informative and covered how to get the most from the IFLA conference, how to be actively involved in IFLA, and what to do in Gothenburg.


The conference attracted 160 international exhibitors. The exhibits opened on August 11 at 4 pm with a wine and cheese reception.

UNESCO Open Forum

The UNESCO Open Forum, on the morning of August 12, focused on UNESCO’s new open access initiatives. The printing landscape is changing. We need to conduct conceptual discussions on building knowledge society and providing universal access to information. We need to emphasize multilingual contents on Internet and access those multilingual materials via codes other than ASCII. The Open Access Initiative, which begins in 2010, focuses on Africa and developing countries.

Plenary Session

Hans Rosling gave an interesting and thought provoking speech on a fact-based world view at the August 13 Plenary Session.

President-Elect Brainstorming Session

A brainstorming session took place on August 13 to discuss Ingrid Parent’s presidential theme “Libraries Shape the Future.” There were five presentations on the concepts followed by round table group discussions for actions.

Conference Programs

Many excellent papers were presented at the conference. Conference attendees received proceedings in DVD format. I had the opportunities to attend a few programs:

Cataloging (August 12)

Four papers were presented at this program, including one about the Virtual International Authority File (VIAF) by Barbara Tillett from the Library of Congress.

Audiovisual and Multimedia (August 12)

Four papers were presented at this program, including a presentation of FADIS (Federated Academic Digital Imaging System).

National Organizations and International Relations (August 13)

Kjell Nilsson gave useful tips on how to participate in international activities, including an understanding of the task, an examination of cost benefits to your organization, and individuals’ competence including language competence.

Education and Training (August 13)

Five interesting papers were presented on the afternoon of August 13, including one on usability.

Academic and Research Libraries (August 14)

Interesting collaborative projects were presented at the program, including digital archiving, collaborative cataloging, and offsite storage.

National Libraries (August 14)

Speakers at this program shared their experiences in providing open access, including emphasis on cultural heritage and role of national libraries.

Acquisitions and Collection Development (August 15)

The Acquisitions and Collection Development Section Standing Committee organized this excellent program. Five papers, from France, Finland, Norway, and the United States were presented. The program theme was “Opening Doors to Spectacular Collections: Access to Multisensory, Multimedia and Mobile Materials.” Aalto University, in Finland, found that digital rights management (DRM) technologies support downloading but restrict access; e-readers are great for reading novels, but lack the functionality required for academic reading; and students still prefer to read e-books on laptops.

Dance Night

Conference attendees enjoyed a dance evening at Brewhouse on Friday, August 13. Complimentary cocktails were served.

General Assembly

The General Assembly met on Sunday, August 15, 2010. IFLA has members from 150 countries. The General Assembly approved the motions to hold the next General Assembly in August 2011 and to increase membership fees up to 2 percent.

Closing Session

Honors and awards were presented at the Closing Session. Chandou Lux was the recipient of Honorary Fellow this year. Angela Olsson, Chair of the Swedish National Committee provided closing remarks. Ellen Tise announced the closing of the General Assembly.    

Acquisitions and Collection Development Section

Sha Li Zhang, University of North Carolina at Greensboro

On August 10–15, 2010, the World Library and Information Congress: 76th General Conference and Assembly was held in Gothenburg, Sweden. The theme of the Congress was “Open Access to Knowledge: Promoting Sustainable Progress.”

The Congress

The 2010 Congress was originally planned to be held in Brisbane, Australia. Due to inadequate financial support and a predicted low number of participants, IFLA made a decision and moved the Congress to Gothenburg, Sweden. The library colleagues in Sweden had only a short time to put this worldwide event together. As it was promised, the Swedish National Committee, the library colleagues, and Congress volunteers in Sweden did an excellent job in preparing this Congress and in welcoming more than 3,300 participants from 128 countries around the world. It was the fourth time that IFLA held its annual conference in Sweden.

As is always the case, the opening ceremony of the Congress is one of the highlights of the event. At the opening ceremony in Gothenburg, a guitar performance by Thomas Anderson opened the event. In subsequent acts, Agneta Olsson, Chair of the Swedish National Committee, and Ellen Tise, the IFLA President, offered their welcoming remarks and opening speeches respectively. Their words were closely tied to the Congress theme.

Jan Eliasson, former President of the sixtieth session of United Nations (U.N.) General Assembly (from September 13, 2005 to September 11, 2006), was a keynote speaker at the opening ceremony. Mr. Eliasson recalled that his father only had seven years of education which took place in a one-room school. Nonetheless, in his generation, Mr. Eliasson was able to graduate from college, earn a master’s degree, and holds honorary degrees from several institutions of higher education around the world. He emphasized the importance of reading and the power of the words. Eliasson asserts that the words of diplomacy are rich assets and tools to solve today’s conflicts; access to knowledge is the key to the development of society. Eliasson has continued to provide his services to the City of Gothenburg, has been a visiting professor at the University of Gothenburg, and often used the libraries in the city. He challenged librarians at the opening ceremony that they have obligations in fairly distributing knowledge between the haves and have-nots around the world. He encourages librarians that, though no one can do everything, one can do something to close the gap between the haves and have-nots. After the keynote address, a performance by an ABBA cover band led the event to the conclusion. The ABBA band is a pop group from a non-English-speaking country which has enjoyed success around the world since its inception in 1972.

exterior, former royal library (built 1906)

Exterior, former Royal Library (built 1906)

The Section Standing Committee Meetings

The Acquisitions and Collection Development Section Standing Committee held two meetings during the IFLA Congress. The first meeting was on August 10, prior to the opening of the Congress. The committee members discussed the following agenda items:

  • Logistics for the open program hosted by the Section Committee during the Congress
  • IFLA Strategic Plan and its intersection with the Section’s Plan
  • Decisions on the location of the Section’s 2011 Midterm meeting
  • Planning for the Section’s satellite meeting in Virgin Island prior to 2011 IFLA Congress in San Juan
  • Considering a proposal for a satellite conference prior to 2012 IFLA Congress in Helsinki, etc.

Other agenda items included the changes on the membership composition. Corrado di Tillio from Italy and the Section’s Secretary resigned from the post and from the Section Committee. Joseph Hafner from Canada was elected to take the position. Glenda Lammers, a committee member from the United States, resigned from Committee. Helen Ladron de Guevara, former correspondent member from Mexico, was appointed to the ommittee.

The second committee meeting was held on August 15, prior to the closing ceremony of the Congress. Committee members received the reports of the Divisions II meeting from Judith Mansfield, Chair of the Committee; offered evaluations on the Committee’s open program and the Congress in general; reviewed progress on several projects undertaken by the committee members, i.e., translations on Gift Guidelines, completion on the Guidelines on Electronic Resources, using blogs and other social networking tools for communications, etc. The contents for the upcoming issues of the Committee’s Newsletter were explored at the meeting.

children’s room, copenhagen central library

Children’s Room, Copenhagen Central Library

Open Program

The section committee had a very successful open program during the Congress, with the theme “Opening Doors to Spectacular Collections: Access to Multisensory, Multimedia, and Mobile Materials.” There were more than 200 delegates at the Congress attending the program.

Five papers were presented:

  • The Mobile digital library in the National Library of Norway, by Jingru Hoivik (Norway)—The presenter introduced plans under investigation at the National Library of Norway that will improve digital access through use of mobile devices. Google’s Android will be used as a platform. The specific examples of the investigation include a picture slide show on mobile devices; user/patron-provided pictures and voice-over/comments into library’s database via mobile phones; location-based information search; interface to mobile devices with multimedia presentations from library collections, and the establishment mobile user communities at the National Library of Norway.
  • When the academic reading room and the movie theatre get married, by Gregory Miura (France)—Though I had a hard time following the simultaneous English translation of this presentation, I gathered from the pictures shown by the presenter, it appears that the French university library redesigned and renovated the space that was used for group lectures and individual readings. The new space provides capability for viewing movies with a theater effect and access to web-based materials nearby the viewing location. The radio, audio, and video lines are well connected with all equipment to provide users a unique viewing experience.
  • How to create new services between library resources, museum exhibitions, and virtual collections, by Claudio Vandi and Elhadi Djebbari (France)—The presenters explored the potential (or possibilities) provided via mobile devices to store objects (videos, images, documents, bibliographies, etc.) and to retrieve them through the object’s identifier. Several technologies such as Near Field Communication, Bluetooth, RFID, QR codes, etc. were suggested to enable the mobile use in connecting these objects.
  • A collaborative study: on the demands of mobile technology on virtual collection development, by Mari Aaltonen and Marja Hjelt (Finland)—The presenters shared their studies on users’ experience with e-book readers. After analyzing the survey responses, they concluded that e-readers are great for reading novels, but lack the functionality required for academic reading.
  • Digital environments and libraries: using second life as a catalyst for campus wide virtual literacy initiative, by Julia Gelfand (United States)—The presenter introduced the University of California Irvine Library’s Anteater Island to highlight library services and to provide a platform for research and teaching to faculty.
exterior, black diamond library, the new royal library

Exterior, Black Diamond Library, the new Royal Library

Local Library Visit

After the Congress, I had opportunity to visit a few libraries in Copenhagen, Demark where I co-presented a paper with Dr. Loriene Roy at a satellite conference hosted by the IFLA Library Services to Multicultural Populations Section in Copenhagen:

  • The Old Royal Library—The old library building on the site of Slotsholmen was built in 1906. Though the library door was closed for unknown reason, I was able to visit the garden and surroundings of the building.
  • The Black Diamond ((Det KGL Bibliotek)—This is the Royal Library’s extension which was opened in 1999. Its entrance faces a waterfront. The building was designed by Schmidt Hammer Lassen Architects. The people of Copenhagen take great pride in this building. According to the fact sheet at the Library, the building is covered with Absolute Black granite, mined in Zimbabwe, and cut and polished in northern Italy. There are 450 rooms in the building and 800 doors requiring keys. In addition to housing print collections, the library also offers space for exhibitions, a concert hall, conference rooms, café, and bookshop.
  • Copenhagen Central Library (Københavns Biblioteker)—It serves as a public library in the City. The four-floor facility houses collections in arts, literature, humanities, sciences, music, film, children’s areas, web workshop, exhibitions, and other library functions. The Library’s extensive collection on English-language newspapers and periodicals is quite impressive, though the Library uses the Denmark Decimal Classification System for its print collections.
interior, black diamond library, the new royal library

Interior, Black Diamond Library, the new Royal Library

Future Congress

The 2011 IFLA Congress will be held in San Juan, Puerto Rico. A large presence of librarians from the United States and Central and South American countries are expected to participate in the Congress.    

Bibliography Section

Charlene Chou, Columbia University, and Glenn Patton, OCLC

Gothenburg, Sweden, provided a wonderful location and excellent conference facilities for the 76th IFLA World Library and Information Congress, August 10–15, 2010. About 3,500 delegates enjoyed the hospitality of the city and participated in more than 160 sessions and meetings, which focused on the theme, “Open Access to Knowledge—Promoting Sustainable Progress.” Gothenburg was a somewhat late substitution after IFLA’s decision in 2009 not to proceed with Brisbane, Australia, as the location for this conference but the Swedish Organizing Committee produced a conference that showed no signs of a shorter-than-average preparation time.

interior, copenhagen central library

Interior, Copenhagen Central Library

Anke Meyer from Deutsche Nationalbibliothek (DNB) and Charlene Chou from Columbia University organized the Open Forum for the Bibliography Section Standing Committee, and selected four out of seven proposals for the section program in Gothenburg, Sweden. The theme of the session was "Open Access to National Bibliographies: Best Practices and Business Models." The selected papers from Germany, Serbia and Poland presented their new business models to meet the challenges of implementing open access, such as financial issues, with outcome analysis, i.e. users’ satisfaction and feedback. The paper from Iran did a thorough content analysis for their open access manuscripts in National Library and Archives of Iran. There were approximately 100 attendees for the program on August 12. After four presentations, Anke led the Q&A session and had a lively discussion with all presenters and some attendees. Four papers have been translated into several languages with the assistance from committee members, and they are available online at: http://www.ifla.org/en/news/papers-for-congress-track-1-world-library-and-information-congress-12-august-2010.

At its business meetings, the Bibliography Section Standing Committee discussed several initiatives begun at last year’s congress in Milan. These include final plans for the international bibliography conference in St. Petersburg, Russia, in September ( http://www.nlr.ru/tus/20100921/eng/index.html), in which section members will participate; and the reports of working groups which considered ways to provide a renewed focus on bibliographic standards within IFLA (chaired by Glenn Patton) and made recommendations on a future direction for the IFLA publication, International Cataloguing and Bibliographic Control (ICBC). The committee also heard about the latest plans for a seminar on national bibliographies in French-speaking Africa, to be held in November 22–26, 2010, in Mali. Section members will have leadership roles in the seminar. The seminar organizers have received support from the IFLA Bibliography Section and the IFLA National Libraries Section, from IFLA Action for Development through Libraries (ALP) Programme, from the Mali government and from the Organisation internationale de la Francophonie with other support coming from OCLC in the form of a speaker and supply of bibliographic data for analysis.

Charlene Chou represents the Bibliography Section on two active groups. The IFLA Working Group on Guidelines for Subject Access by National Bibliographic Agencies is chaired by Yvonne Jahns from the Deutsche Nationalbibliothek with representatives from the Classification and Indexing, Cataloguing and Bibliography Sections. An initial draft of the guidelines was discussed at the group meeting on August 13, 2010, and the revised draft will be posted on the group wiki. Jahns will organize a meeting for working group members by next January so that a further revised version can be presented in the next IFLA annual conference. Chou is in charge of chapter six—Functionality and interface, and welcomes the comments from committee members. The IFLA Namespaces Task Group is chaired by Gordon Dunsire with the representatives from several standing committees. The final report was sent to the IFLA Professional Committee before its meeting in April 2010. The focus of the report is on the management of IFLA bibliographic standards in relation to the Semantic Web. The final report made nine recommendations, and all recommendations except the formation of a Technical Group can be met by contracting third-party suppliers in place of any in-house development.

In other business, the Standing Committee reviewed the group’s activities against the section’s strategic plan and began the process of creating action plans for the coming year as part of IFLA’s revised strategic planning process and new strategic plan ( http://www.ifla.org/files/hq/gb/strategic-plan/2010-2015.pdf). Two aspects of the section’s work are of particular interest. The section’s blog ( http://blogs.ifla.org/bibliography/) was started during the past year as a way of communicating news of interest in a more timely fashion than was previously possible with the section’s newsletter. During the coming year, the section will focus on increasing contributions to the blog and publicizing its availability for widely. The section has also begun building a register of national bibliographies ( http://www.ifla.org/en/node/2216) to provide up-to-date information about these important resources. Entries contain information about the history and background, scope, organization and administration, services offered, business models, standards used, etc. At present, twenty-two national bibliographies are included in the register and, during the coming year, the section will concentrate on increasing that number.

The congress ended on a sad note as attendees learned of the death of Bob McKee, Chief Executive of the Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals (CILIP), on August 13, 2010. McKee had been active for many years in IFLA (including service on the Governing Board and membership in the FAIFE Committee) and will be greatly missed by his IFLA colleagues.

More information about the Gothenburg conference can be found in the full program, including all the conference papers ( http://www.ifla.org/en/conferences-programme-print/216) and on the special conference web site ( http://2010.ifla.org/) which includes conference blog posts and tweets as well as pictures.

Future IFLA meetings are now planned as follows:

  • 2011—San Juan, Puerto Rico, August 13-18, 2011
  • 2012—Helsinki, Finland August 11-16, 2012
  • Beginning with the 2013 Congress, IFLA will begin a seven-year cycle designed to ensure rotation in geographic locations: 2013 in Asia and Oceania; 2014 in Europe; 2015 in Africa; 2016 in North America; 2017 in Europe; 2018 in Latin America and the Caribbean; and, 2019 in Europe.    

Cataloguing Section

William Garrison, University of South Florida and John Hostage, Harvard Law School

The World Library and Information Congress: 76th General Conference and Council of IFLA was held in August 2010 in Gothenburg, Sweden.

Anders Cato of the National Library of Sweden chaired the activities of the Cataloguing Section. Bill Garrison of the University of South Florida serves as newsletter editor, and John Hostage of Harvard Law School serves as information coordinator with Ana Barbarić of the University of Zagreb, Croatia, as secretary.

The program of the Cataloguing Section featured the papers “Using relator codes in connection with access points instead of quoting statements of responsibility: the Danish implementation,” by Hanne Hørl Hansen; “Bibliographischer und universeller Zugriff: schriftliche historische Quellen und Werke der fiktionalen Literatur in FRBR” (Bibliographic and universal access: Historic sources and fictional works with FRBR) by Frank Förster; and “Identifiers: bridging language barriers” by Jan Pisanski, Maja Žumer, and Trond Aalberg.

The Cataloguing Section is participating in efforts to create an IFLA namespace for various standards established by IFLA, including the ISBD (International Standard Bibliographic Description), FRBR (Functional Requirements for Bibliographic Records), FRAD (Functional Requirements for Authority Data), FRSAD (Functional Requirements for Subject Authority Data), etc. This will make the elements and vocabularies in IFLA standards easier to share in a web environment.

The FRBR Review Group is chaired by Pat Riva of Bibliothèque et Archives nationales du Québec. The group provides a place within IFLA for the support and development of the FRBR conceptual model. Now that the Functional Requirements for Subject Authority Data have been published, the review group will begin the task of consolidating that model with FRBR and FRAD. The Working Group on Aggregates continues to study the modeling of different categories of aggregates. The Working Group on FRBR/CRM Dialogue is continuing to work on an object-oriented model of FRBR, which has been released in version 1.0.1 as of January 2010.

The ISBD Review Group is chaired by Elena Escolano Rodríguez of the National Library of Spain. Now that the preliminary consolidated edition of the International Standard Bibliographic Description has been published, the group is focusing on the first round of updates. There is still work to be done in harmonizing the provisions of the ISBD. Meanwhile, a new Area 0 (Content form and media type) for the ISBD and a collection of full examples of ISBD records in multiple languages have been published. The review group also has an ISBD/XML Study Group that is investigating an expression of the ISBD elements in an XML/RDF schema.

The next World Library and Information Congress and IFLA General Conference and Council will be held in San Juan, Puerto Rico, in August 2011.    

Classification and Indexing Section

David Miller, Curry College and Edward T. O’Neill, OCLC Research

At the World Library and Information Congress in Gothenburg, Sweden, the Classification and Indexing Section partnered with the Information Technology, Cataloguing, and Knowledge Management Sections to present a nearly four-hour program, “Libraries and the Semantic Web.” This collaboration among four Sections arose from the realization at the WLIC in Milan (2009) that interest in the Semantic Web was common to each and that the topic would be well addressed in a unified set of presentations. Despite the length of the program, it was not only well-attended, but the number of attendees remained consistent through the final talk. Richard Wallis (TALIS) provided the keynote address. The morning’s presentations included topics ranging from “Initiatives to make standard library metadata models and structures available to the Semantic Web,” to the Europeana data model and the German CONTENTUS project, linking of open data and “Porting library vocabularies to the Semantic Web and back.” Links to most of the full papers are provided at http://www.ifla.org/en/conferences-session-day/2010-08-15 (scroll to Session 149).

This year was the Classification and Indexing Section’s first in the new IFLA Division III, Library Services. IFLA’s divisional structure has been reorganized, from eight former Divisions to five at present. The four Sections of the former Division IV, Bibliographic Control, which also included Cataloguing, Bibliography, and Knowledge Management, are now joined by seven other Sections, such as Information Literacy, Information Technology, Libraries for Children and Young Adults, and Reference and Information Services. The Library Services Division is also the home of the IFLA UNIMARC Core Activity.

The Functional Requirements for Subject Authority Data (FRSAD) Final Report was approved for publication in early summer, and is available at http://www.ifla.org/en/node/1297. With this publication, the family of “FR” documents—including Functional Requirements for Bibliographic Records (FRBR) and Functional Requirements for Authority Data (FRAD)—is complete. However, it is necessary to examine the three reports with the object of further harmonization and consolidation. This task now falls to the Cataloguing Section’s FRBR Review Group, which edited its terms of reference to become responsible for the whole FRBR family of models ( http://www.ifla.org/en/about-the-frbr-review-group).

The Section’s Working Group for Subject Access by National Bibliographic Agencies (Yvonne Jahns, chair) met in Germany between the Milan and Gothenburg Congresses. Attendance at this mid-year meeting was possible thanks to funding from IFLA. The Working Group produced an initial draft of its guidelines and aims for publication in 2001.

Section Standing Committee member Gordon Dunsire (University of Strathclyde) chaired the IFLA Namespaces Task Group, which presented a report to the IFLA Professional Committee in March 2010. The Task Group includes representatives from the Bibliography, Cataloguing, Classification and Indexing, and Information Technology Sections, and the FRBR Review Group, ISBD Review Group, and ISBD/XML Task Group. The impetus for the Task Group arose from concern about the place of IFLA standards in the Association’s new divisional structure, a topic discussed during the Milan conference. The Task Group’s focus was to recommend a structure to coordinate, maintain, and promote IFLA standards from a technical point of view, given the general consensus within the relevant IFLA groups that these standards have a significant potential role in the development and utility of the Semantic Web. The Task Group’s March report included nine recommendations, and was well-received by the Professional Committee. A technical group will be formed, to “coordinate IFLA standards and develop common approaches to their maintenance, promotion, and interaction with third-parties”, and will review the other recommendations in the March paper.

Following the Gothenburg Congress, the Multilingual Dictionary of Cataloguing Terms and Concepts (MulDiCat) was published on the Classification and Indexing Section web site ( http://www.ifla.org/en/publications/multilingual-dictionary-of-cataloguing-terms-and-concepts-muldicat). MulDiCat, a project of the Cataloguing Section, was edited by made ready for initial Web publication by Barbara Tillett (Library of Congress), Classification and Indexing Section. MulDiCat contains definitions for many terms and concepts used by the library cataloguing community. Terms and definitions are available in English and a variety of other languages. It is intended to be used for authoritative translations of IFLA cataloguing standards and related documents. The terms reflect international agreements on terms to use for these cataloguing and classification concepts—in particular, the agreements reached during the IME ICC (IFLA Meetings of Experts on an International Cataloguing Code) that reviewed FRBR, FRAD, and ISBD terminology while developing the International Cataloguing Principles (ICP). As additional official translations of ICP are added to IFLANET, MulDiCat has been updated to include terms in these additional languages. Other terms will be added as international agreement is reached for them.

The Classification and Indexing Section’s home page is located at http://www.ifla.org/en/classification-and-indexing.    

Preservation and Conservation Section

Jeanne Drewes, Library of Congress

The IFLA Preservation and Conservation Section held two committee meetings where it was decided to cosponsor a program in 2011 with the Audio/Visual Section and to hold a satellite meeting in 2012 in Helsinki. It was also proposed to create a new brochure to encourage membership and that will soon be on the web site for download in various languages. The Special Interest Group on Sustainability will continue to be sponsored by the committee. They are in their second year and had a well attended program. The newsletter editor, also the current ALA ALCTS representative, will be concluding her term of service on the committee and a new newsletter editor will be needed. The cosponsored programs were well-attended. There is generally strong interest in preservation among the IFLA attendees. To read more about the programs please see the newsletter: http://www.ifla.org/en/preservation-and-conservation.

A satellite meeting on conservation research was also held in August in Uppsala. Some of the papers will be published on the web site in the near future.

There was also an update on the disaster response of IFLA for Haiti cultural materials. To hear the panel that was presented see http://2010.ifla.org/node/1828. There will more updates on Haiti efforts in the newsletter. The IFLA P and C section is always looking for translators of publications and links to such publications already translated.