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UNESCO Memory of the World Programme at World Library Congress

29-07-2005 (Paris)
The Memory of the World Programme will be the theme of the "UNESCO Open Forum" at the World Library and Information Congress that IFLA organizes from 14 to 18 August in Norway’s capital Oslo.
The UNESCO Open Forum on Memory of the World on 14 August will include presentations on regional activities of the Memory of the World Programme focusing on the Timbuktu Manuscripts, the Slave Trade Archives project and the UNESCO/Jikji Prize. The session will be chaired by Bendik Rugaas, former Norwegian national librarian, Norwegian Cultural Attaché in the USA and former Chair of the Memory of the World Programme International Advisory Committee.

The event in Oslo is the 71st annual conference of the International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA). Explaining teh conference theme “Libraries – A Voyage of discovery”, Jon Bing, Chair of the National Organizing Committee, says: “For the users of libraries, the freedom of expression gives them the possibility to travel among all the visions, the imaginary journeys, the host of persons populating works of fiction, the horizons of knowledge discussed and analysed in scholarly works. Indeed, libraries themselves are vessels for the discovery of the boundless world of ideas, as it has been expressed in words on a page, tracks on a record, pictures on a reel and – not least – the magnetic or optical patterns of computer disks.”

IFLA, which maintains official relations with UNESCO for many years, is the leading international body representing the interests of library and information services and their users. It describes itself as the “global voice of the library and information profession”.
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