July 14, 2016

Only 30 days away: Columbus to host major international library conference

Still time to register for IFLA’s World Library and Information Congress

COLUMBUS—The International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA) is bringing its annual World Library and Information Congress to Columbus, OH, Aug. 13-19. It marks the conference’s first return to the United States since 2001 when it was held in Boston.

The weeklong slate of programming and events gives American library professionals an opportunity to network on a global scale with over 140 countries represented.

There is still time to register for the conference, which will be held at the Greater Columbus Convention Center.

The IFLA Governing Board announced Columbus as the location for the 2016 event at its 2014 congress, held in Lyon, France.

Experience Columbus estimates that nearly 4,000 attendees from 120 countries are expected to fill more than 11,000 hotel room nights and generate an estimated $8.2 million in direct visitor spending.

“Columbus Metropolitan Library is thrilled that IFLA has chosen Columbus to be the site of its 2016 IFLA World Congress,” said IFLA National Committee co-chair Patrick Losinski, CEO of Columbus Metropolitan Library (CML). “It gives our region great pride to have 4,000 library professionals from across the globe come to our city and visit not only innovative, world-class public and academic libraries but also acclaimed institutions of higher learning, arts, science and industry.”

“We are delighted to host IFLA in 2016,” said IFLA National Committee co-chair Carol Pitts Diedrichs, professor and director emeritus at The Ohio State University Libraries. “Columbus, in particular, is a diverse, innovative and progressive library environment that we want to share with librarians from inside and outside the United States.”

Founded in 1927 and headquartered in The Hague, Netherlands, IFLA is the leading international body representing the interests of library and information services and their users. It is the global voice of the library and information profession. Visit ifla.org for more information.