KUALA LUMPUR, Aug 19 (Bernama) — Malaysia will host the 84th International
Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA) World Library and
Information Congress (WLIC) in 2018.
Malaysia’s winning bid to host the congress was announced by IFLA at the
82nd WLIC, which is currently being held in the city of Columbus, Ohio in the
United States of America.
The WLIC is an international flagship professional and trade event for the
library and information services sector.
The bid was led by the Librarians Association of Malaysia (PPM), with strong
support from two agencies under Ministry of Tourism and Culture, National
Library of Malaysia (NLM) and Malaysia Convention & Exhibition Bureau (MyCEB),
along with Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC) and Kuala
Lumpur Convention Centre (KLCC).
“WLIC 2018 is expected to generate RM44.4 million in economic impact to the
country and fully maximise Malaysia’s growth potential as an international
education hub and first-world knowledge economy. The eight-day annual congress
is expected to draw over 3,000 participants from more than 100 countries,” MyCEB
Chief Executive Officer Datuk Zulkefli Sharif said in a statement here today.
He said PPM and NLM together with MyCEB aim to encourage understanding of
the value and importance of high quality library and information services in the
public, private and voluntary sectors.
The IFLA strategic initiatives and objectives are aligned with Malaysia’s
2020 vision, to establish a social well-being community that will raise the
profile of Malaysia internationally, he said.
“The WLIC 2018 adds to the list of the growing number of world conferences
that have selected Malaysia as the host country.
“In a time where Malaysia is already being recognised for its effort to
elevate the quality of Malaysian education offerings, we are giving rise to a
platform that provides the opportunity for delegates both locally and globally.
“This will allow them to network, raise awareness and support a library and
information profession which anticipates and responds to the needs of
communities,” he said.