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Auckland to host World Library & Information Congress 2020
Auckland has secured the bid to host the world’s most significant Library and Information Congress in 2020. The Congress will be held at the New Zealand International Convention Centre from July 28 to August 5 2020. The congress is expected to attract more than 3,000 information sector managers and professionals from across the global community and bring an estimated economic benefit of over $7 million to New Zealand.
The Library Association of New Zealand Aotearoa (LIANZA) worked with Auckland Tourism, Events and Economic Development’s Auckland Convention Bureau (ACB) to secure the winning bid, with support from Tourism New Zealand’s Conference Assistance Programme. It will be the first time in nearly 40 years that the flagship annual congress of the International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA) will be held in the Pacific region.
Auckland has one of the largest library networks in the Southern Hemisphere, attracting around 12 million visits a year, along with an increasing number of people utilising the network’s digital services. The congress will also provide a unique opportunity for Pacific librarians and information professionals to participate on the world stage.