Here is our remarkable panel discussions: a rare line-up of innovative leaders from the world’s libraries, sharing with you their thoughts and experiences. Enjoy!

10 Ways to Engage with IFLA!

22.09.2020, 4.30 pm – 5:30 pm EEST
Librarianship is a truly global profession, with millions of members all over the world. This brings with it great opportunities to learn, make links, and work together in support of great library services for all. IFLA’s own mission is to help realise this potential by inspiring, engaging, enabling and connecting the field. Through resources, activities, and spaces for discussion, IFLA offers you ways to get involved in international librarianship! In this session, hear about just ten ways to do this, from learning more about our global field to sharing your own stories, from ten-minute activities to hone your advocacy skills, to becoming a member, from engaging with the IFLA Strategy to improving library Wikipedia! Join us to find out more!

Panel Discussion: Community Responses to Crisis – facilitated by Stuart Hamilton, NAPLE

23.09.2020, 5.30 pm – 7.00 pm EEST
Can local responses to COVID-19 be applied at a national and international level? Together with his guests, Dr. Stuart Hamilton -NAPLE President for the period 2020-2023- will answer this question and will discuss community’s responses to crisis, related to current events. His experience encompasses policy development, implementation and advocacy in international multi-stakeholder environments, primarily in the areas of access to digital information and freedom of expression.

Panel Discussion: Overcoming the Barriers – The Life of Disabled People from Isolation to Integration

24.09.2020, 5.00 pm – 6.30 pm EEST
The starting point of the discussion is the label that society sets on disabled people, limiting the individual in a socially and also psychologically manner. We’ll take a step by step look at the role of the educational system, libraries, and state authorities, through policies they are suppose to make, in order to support the normal integration of these people into society. Join this panel discussion hosted by the National Library of Romania!

Panel Discussion: Lasting connections; future impact

24.09.2020, 5.00 pm – 6.30 pm EEST


A panel discussion on the legacy of the Global Libraries program of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation as seen through the eyes of former grantees and current library transformers, facilitated by Deborah Jacobs and Jessica Dorr.

Open-Themed Interactive Session: What did librarians’ cooperation teach us? – with New Professionals Special Interest Group (IFLA)

25.09.2020, 1.00 pm – 2.00 pm EEST
Join our young colleagues in an open-themed interactive session organized by New Professionals Special Interest Group (IFLA). You’ll meet Marija Šimunović (Croatia), Co-convenor of NPSIG, Andrés Reinoso (Argentina) – NPSIG’s Information Coordinator since 2017, Magdalena Gomułka (Poland) NPSIG convenor since last year, and Paria Tajallipour (USA) , NPSIG member.