Jan Richards

Vicki McDonald

IFLA President &
State Librarian, State Library of Queensland

Dear Colleagues,

I invite you to join me at the IFLA Information Futures Summit in Brisbane, Australia from 30 September – 3 October 2024.

The Information Futures Summit is a new event format for IFLA, focused on bringing the energy, expertise and rich diversity of our field together to find solutions to the information challenges facing us today and in the coming years.

You will have the opportunity to join the discussion with professionals and thought leaders from around the world about the place and role of information in the future we want, and what this means for libraries.

A dynamic programme of inspiring keynote speakers (from inside and outside our field) will be complemented by open discussions, unconference sessions and ideas exchanges. It will allow participants maximum opportunity to engage with each other and to share their own experiences and insights.

With a strong focus on outputs, this will be an event designed to give everyone ideas that they can use in their own work, as well as to shape our Federation as we head towards IFLA’s centenary in 2027.

Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre

Located in the heart of South Bank, Brisbane’s arts and cultural precinct, the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre is surrounded by lush parklands, countless dining options, vibrant entertainment venues, and cultural institutions including the State Library of Queensland and the Queensland Art Gallery | Gallery of Modern Art. Its central location ensures easy access to all areas of the city and beyond – making it an ideal choice for our summit.

Stronger Together

With its contemporary and distinctive skyline and centred around a winding river as featured in our Summit logo, Brisbane boasts a diverse and dynamic culture. The population of Brisbane reflects the city’s reputation as a welcoming and inclusive community, promoting a truly integrative society where every narrative matters and the opportunity for participation is significant.

Similarly, IFLA boasts over 1700 members from 147 different countries, each offering unique perspectives that better empower the library field. Participating in the IFLA Information Futures Summit in Brisbane provides you with the unique opportunity to discover how collaboration and connection can make the library field stronger.

Australia

You could take advantage of your trip to explore the world-class libraries throughout Brisbane and across the country, ranging from the Mitchell Library at the State Library of New South Wales in Sydney to the State Library of Victoria in Melbourne, and the National Library of Australia in Canberra. Be prepared to make this your trip of a lifetime! Where will you go? What will you see? Immerse yourself in Australia’s iconic landmarks, including the Sydney Harbour Bridge, and the majestic Great Barrier Reef. Learn from the world’s oldest living culture and visit the spiritually significant Uluru. Or, you may choose to experience the rugged Outback and the stunning landscapes of the Australian Alps. This vast and diverse country offers something remarkable for everyone to discover.

I warmly invite everyone to join, exchange ideas, and collaborate during the upcoming event—a truly special Summit!

Vicki McDonald
IFLA President 2023-2025