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IFLA Closes Singapore Conference Looking to the Future

The closing session of the 79th World Library and Information Congress (WLIC) of the International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA) August 22 offered the 3,750 attendees from 120 countries a recap of 224 sessions held over six days in Singapore. Along with thanks to the local organizers and volunteers for making the conference possible, came the announcement that Cape Town, South Africa, had been selected as the 2015 venue for the 81st WLIC.

New Report Portends Global Societal Trends, as IFLA Continues in Singapore

It’s designed to assess “the impact of new technology on our global information environment,” said IFLA President Ingrid Parent, introducing the new IFLA Trend Report August 19 during the World Library and Information Congress in Singapore.

Will You Stand for Privacy?

The following message was sent to all ALA members this morning from ALA President Barbara Stripling:

Presidential Update on National Security Leak

Khaled Hosseini Discusses Unforeseen Consequences

On June 29, Booklist’s Donna Seaman interviewed bestselling author Khaled Hosseini as part of the Auditorium Speaker Series at the ALA Annual Conference, and discussed his new book, And the Mountains Echoed. The discussion delved into the author’s relationship with books, libraries, and the characters he creates. Hosseini began the conversation acknowledging how different his life would have been had he remained in his native Afghanistan.

Mikes Fail, Lights Flash, but Stone and Kuznick Forge Ahead

Oliver Stone, the Academy Award–winning writer and director of Platoon, Wall Street, JFK, Born on the Fourth of July, Natural Born Killers, and other films, and Peter Kuznick, professor of history and director of the Nuclear Studies Institute at American University and the author of countless books on science and politics, nuclear history, and Cold War culture, visited the 2013 ALA Annual Conference on Monday to discuss their collaborative project, The Untold History of the United States, as .part of the Auditorium Speaker series.

Whistleblower Issues Dominate Council III Session

After extended debate, the ALA Council voted to substitute the resolution in support of whistleblower Edward Snowden (CD#39) that passed in Council I on Monday, with a resolution on the need for reforms for the intelligence community to support privacy, open government, government transparency, and accountability (CD#20.4 and CD#19.2) developed by the Committee on Legislation and the Intellectual Freedom Committee, respectively. It resolved that the American Library Association:

Tech Visionary Jaron Lanier Opens the Auditorium Series

The ALA Annual Auditorium Speaker series kicked off on Saturday with an eye-opening talk by Jaron Lanier, one of the visionary forefathers of tech culture who popularized the term “virtual reality,” and the author of the bestseller You Are Not a Gadget. Lanier’s latest book, Who Owns the Future, addresses the detrimental effects networking technologies have had on our economy, and by extension, the lives of everyone on the planet.

Peter Arnett and the Preservation of the AP Archives

Pulitzer Prize–winning journalist Peter Arnett was the keynote speaker at ProQuest’s annual customer appreciation breakfast on Monday, and with good reason. Arnett, who had covered the Vietnam War for the Associated Press from 1962 to the fall of Saigon in 1975, was single-handedly responsible for preserving the entire archive of unpublished stories and service messages written by the AP’s Saigon Bureau, a repository that is now available in ProQuest’s History Vault collection.

Council I Supports Whistleblower Edward Snowden

Screenshot of President Barack Obama addressing librarians at Council IUpdate: On Tuesday of Annual Conference, Council III substituted the resolution on Snowden mentioned below for another resolution

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