IFLA Satellite Conference at the Mundaneum | Peter Johan Lor (

Keynote speaker: W. Boyd Rayward

(from post by Peter Johan Lor)

IFLA Satellite Conference at the Mundaneum | Peter Johan Lor (

IFLA Library History Special Interest Group has organized a Satellite Conference to be held from 17 to 19 August, in Mons, Belgium. The Satellite Conference will immediately precede IFLA’s 2023 World Library and Information Conference (WLIC), which will be held in Rotterdam, the Netherlands, from 20 to 24 August.

The theme of the Satellite Conference is “Preserving our origins: Approaches to the organization, curation, and historiography of the record of national and international organizations in libraries, information, and documentation.” It has two aims: (1) to build on our understanding of the state of preservation and accessibility of historical sources for the historiography of library information sciences (LIS) and information science and technology organizations; and (2) to further explore the history of these organizations from their origins in the late 19th and early 20th century to today.

Attention will be paid to digitization and curation programs as well as accounts that focus both on organizational history and the associated primary sources that serve as the basis of this research, including selected topics in the history of LIS and documentation organizations in preparation for the celebration of IFLA’s centenary in 2027. For more on the event, see the Satellite Conference webpage.  

The Mundaneum

The event is organized in collaboration with the Mundaneum, in the city of Mons.

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