Public Libraries Section - Satellite - Philadelphia

21st Century Literacies in Public Libraries


10 – 11 August 2016




IFLA Public Libraries Section invites you to attend the IFLA Satellite Meeting to be hosted by the Free Library of Philadelphia on Wednesday 10 and Thursday 11 August 2016.

For many years literacy has been core to the provision of public library services but as the world in which we live has changed, so has the concept of literacy. It has expanded from the traditionally understood definition as ‘the ability to read and write’ to encompass proficiency in a range of other fields. We now talk about civic, health, financial, digital, and information literacy (to name but a few).

What role does the public library have in developing and delivering these services? This is the question we will address through our exciting program 21st Century Literacies in Public Libraries which will comprise a combination of keynote speakers and targeted papers.  

Over the two days of the meeting delegates will have the opportunity to spend time with colleagues and to share and learn from others’ experiences. The expected audience is likely to include public library staff, cultural workers, students and scholars, other professionals working in the information industry and government representatives.

Satellite Meeting

Last update: 11 May 2016