VALA2008 Plenary 2 Lor

VALA2008 Keynote SpeakerInternational Librarianship 2.0: some international dimensions of Web 2.0 and Library 2.0

Peter LorVALA 2008 PLENARY 2: Peter Lor
Tuesday 5 February 2008, 16:10 – 17:25
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Peter Lor

Secretary General, International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions, the Netherlands and Professor Extraordinary, University of Pretoria, South Africa

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The World-Wide Web is evolving into an interactive, multipolar social space, referred to as Web 2.0. Libraries are urged to follow suit, as implied by the term Library 2.0. A brief exploration of the evolving environment precedes a discussion of a number of trends which affect the library profession and which require attention at the international level. They include the commodification and dematerialisation of information, globalisation, and empowerment. Their effects are diverse and affect freedom of information, equity of access, and inclusion in the information society – three themes that are addressed as part of IFLA’s international advocacy programme.