Ehara taku toa i te toa takitahi, engari he toa takitini - success is not the work of one, but the work of many.
The International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA) and the New Zealand National Committee announced last night that the IFLA World Library and Information Congress (WLIC) in Auckland will now take place in 13-19 August, 2022. This postponement will enable the WLIC to be held as planned in the New Zealand International Convention Centre (NZICC).
IFLA WLIC has a long established practice of being held in single-site convention centres. As the NZICC faced construction delays and no other single-site venue providing the same outstanding facilities was available for 2020 in Auckland, the decision was made to postpone the event.
Through this postponement, IFLA and the New Zealand National Committee will ensure that delegates from around the world have the best congress experience when WLIC is held in New Zealand for the first time. IFLA looks forward to coming to New Zealand in 2022, and will share information about plans for a new host city for the 2020 WLIC in August 2019.
WLIC 2022 will see more than 2,000 library and information sector managers and professionals descend on Tāmaki Makaurau from across the global community. It will be the first time the flagship annual congress of the International Federation of Library Associations (IFLA) will be held in the Pacific region in nearly 40 years.
The world congress represents an extraordinary opportunity for New Zealand, Australia and all Pacific countries to showcase our innovative library and information sector, our cultural approaches and commitment to indigenous knowledge, and the valuable role libraries, librarians and information professionals have in our societies.
We invite you to share this news with your colleagues and networks and to encourage you to ‘save the date’.
The IFLA 2022 National Committee look forward to your involvement in a world-class WLIC in Auckland in 2022.
Ngā mihi nui,
Bill Macnaught and Te Paea Paringatai
Co-chairs, IFLA WLIC 2022 National Committee