Past IFLA Conferences and IFLA Presidents

(Sorting order is by conference session number)

Isak G.A. Collijn, president 1927-1931 Isak G.A. Collijn

  1. 1928 — Rome
  2. 1929 — Rome, Florence, and Venice
  3. 1930 — Stockholm
  4. 1931 — Cheltenham

William Warner Bishop, president 1931-1936 William Warner Bishop

  1. 1932 — Berne
  2. 1933 — Chicago and Avignon
  3. 1934 — Madrid
  4. 1935 — Madrid and Barcelona

Marcel Godet, president 1936-1947 Marcel Godet

  1. 1936 — Warsaw
  2. 1937 — Paris
  3. 1938 — Brussels
  4. 1939 — The Hague and Amsterdam

Wilhelm Munthe, president 1947-1951 Wilhelm Munthe

  1. 1947 — Oslo
  2. 1948 — London
  3. 1949 — Basel
  4. 1950 — London
  5. 1951 — Rome

Pierre Bourgeois, president 1951-1958 Pierre Bourgeois

  1. 1952 — Copenhagen
  2. 1953 — Vienna
  3. 1954 — Zagreb
  4. 1955 — Brussels
  5. 1956 — Munich
  6. 1957 — Paris
  7. 1958 — Madrid

Gustav Hofmann, president 1958-1963 Gustav Hofmann

  1. 1959 — Warsaw
  2. 1960 — Lund and Malmö
  3. 1961 — Edinburgh
  4. 1962 — Berne
  5. 1963 — Sofia

Sir Frank Francis, president 1963-1969 Sir Frank Francis

  1. 1964 — Rome
  2. 1965 — Helsinki
  3. 1966 — The Hague — "Libraries and Documentation"
  4. 1967 — Toronto — "Library Service for a Nation Covering a Large Geographical Area"
  5. 1968 — Frankfurt am Main — "Books and Libraries in an Industrial Society"
  6. 1969 — Copenhagen — "Library Education and Research in Librarianship"

Herman Liebaers, president 1969-1974 Herman Liebaers

  1. 1970 — Moscow — "Lenin and Libraries"
  2. 1971 — Liverpool — "The Organization of the Library Profession"
  3. 1972 — Budapest — "Reading in a Changing World"
  4. 1973 — Grenoble — "Universal Bibliographic Control"
  5. 1974 — Washington — "National and International Library Planning"

Preben Kirkegaard, president 1974-1979 Preben Kirkegaard

  1. 1975 — Oslo — "The Future of International Library Cooperation"
  2. 1976 — Lausanne — "IFLA"
  3. 1977 — Brussels — "Libraries for All: One World of Information, Culture and Learning"
  4. 1978 — Strbské Pleso — "Universal Availability of Publications"
  5. 1979 — Copenhagen — "Library Legislation"

Else Granheim, president 1979-1985 Else Granheim

  1. 1980 — Manila — "Development of Libraries and Information Systems"
  2. 1981 — Leipzig — "The Role of National Centres in National Library Development and in International Library Cooperation"
  3. 1982 — Montreal — "Networks"
  4. 1983 — Munich — "Libraries in a Technical World"
  5. 1984 — Nairobi — "Basis of Information Services for National Development"
  6. 1985 — Chicago — "Libraries and the Universal Availability of Information"

Hans-Peter Geh, president 1985-1991 Hans-Peter Geh

  1. 1986 — Tokyo — "New Horizons of Librarianship towards the 21st Century"
  2. 1987 — Brighton — "Libraries and Information Services in a Changing World"
  3. 1988 — Sydney — "Living together: People, Libraries, Information"
  4. 1989 — Paris — "Les Bibliothèques et l’information dans l’économie hier, aujourd’hui et demain"
  5. 1990 — Stockholm — "Libraries: Information for Knowledge"
  6. 1991 — Moscow — "Libraries and Culture: Their Relationship"

Robert Wedgeworth, president 1991-1997 Robert Wedgeworth

  1. 1992 — New Delhi — "Library and Information Policy Perspectives"
  2. 1993 — Barcelona — "The Universal Library: Libraries as Centres for the Global Availability of Information"
  3. 1994 — Havana — "Libraries and Social Development"
  4. 1995 — Istanbul — "Libraries of the Future"
  5. 1996 — Beijing — "The Challenge of Change"
  6. 1997 — Copenhagen — "Libraries and Information for Human Development"

Christine Deschamps, president 1997-2003 Christine Deschamps

  1. 1998 — Amsterdam — "On Crossroads of Information and Culture"
  2. 1999 — Bangkok — "On the Threshold of a New Century: Libraries as Gateways to an Enlightened World"
  3. 2000 — Jerusalem — "Information for Cooperation: Creating the Global Library of the Future"
  4. 2001 — Boston — "Libraries and Librarians: Making a Difference in the Knowledge Age"
  5. 2002 — Glasgow — "Libraries for Life: Democracy, Diversity, Delivery"
  6. 2003 — Berlin — "Access Point Library: Media - Information - Culture"

Kay Raseroka, president 2003-2005 Kay Raseroka

  1. 2004 — Buenos Aires — "Libraries: Tools for Education and Development"
  2. 2005 — Oslo — "Libraries - A voyage of discovery"

Alex Byrne, president 2005-2007 Alex Byrne

  1. 2006 — Seoul — "Libraries: Dynamic Engines for the Knowledge and Information Society"
  2. 2007 — Durban — "Libraries for the future: Progress, Development and Partnerships"

Claudia Lux, president 2007-2009 Claudia Lux

  1. 2008 — Quebec City — "Libraries without borders: Navigating towards global understanding"
  2. 2009 — Milan — "Libraries create futures: Building on cultural heritage"

Ellen Tise, president 2009-2011 Ellen Tise

  1. 2010 — Gothenburg — "Open access to knowledge - promoting sustainable progress"
  2. 2011 — San Juan — "Libraries beyond libraries: Integration, Innovation and Information for all"

Ingrid Parent, president 2011-2013 Ingrid Parent

  1. 2012 — Helsinki — "Libraries Now! - Inspiring, Surprising, Empowering"
  2. 2013 — Singapore — "Future Libraries: Infinite Possibilities"

Sinikka Sipilä, president 2013-2015 Sinikka Sipilä

  1. 2014 — Lyon — "Libraries, Citizens, Societies: Confluence for Knowledge"
  2. 2015 — Cape Town — "Dynamic Libraries: Access, Development and Transformation"

Last update: 2 April 2015