Libraries are social entities: They are established for society and are supported by society. Moreover, it’s been said by the American Library Association that “Libraries are the mind and soul of their communities, and librarians are the mind and soul of the library.” For this reason, libraries should keep pace with societal change.
Some 80 librarians from every region of Bulgaria gathered September 29–30 in the city of Shumen to celebrate the 130th anniversary of the birth of Stoyan Chilingirov, a prominent Bulgarian author of books about history, ethnography, and folklore and an early library advocate.
What was arguably the most provocative program of the entire IFLA World Library and Information Congress in San Juan, Puerto Rico, was also, ironically, the least formal and structured of the entire conference.
Local organizers of the 77thWorld Library and Information Congress in Puerto Rico pulled out all the stops Tuesday for a “Cultural Evening,” the high point in a conference peppered with local flavor. A section of the convention center was transformed into an enormous nightclub against a streetscape of old San Juan.