National Library at the UNESCO and IFLA Forum
Added: 2018-11-20 19:02:00

12-14 November,  the Annual Meeting of the Internet Governance Forum (IGF) was hosted by the Government of France at the headquarters of UNESCO in Paris. French President Emmanuel Macron opened the event with the speech underling the importance of the information and public access for society. This year, the theme of the 13th forum was the Internet of Trust. IFLA meetings were organized by Esmeralda Moscatelli and Stephen Wyber from IFLA Headquarters.   

The National Parliamentary Library of Georgia took part in the events on the topic of public access in libraries and presented implemented projects. The events were organized by the IFLA and its partners in the Dynamic Coalition on Public Access (DC-PAL). 

Maia Simonishvili, Curator of the Marjory and Oliver Wardrops Anglo-American Reading Hall and Leading Specialist of the National Parliamentary Library of Georgia, presented the most prominent projects of the National Library, spoke about some urgent needs of the Georgian libraries and the perspectives for international collaboration,  she also took part in a roundtable discussion about the new toolkit for the Public Access and modernization of libraries. 

Panel for the Dynamic Coalition on Public Access in Libraries Panel (l-r Valeria Betancourt (APC), Maia Simonishvili (National Parliamentary Library of Georgia, IFLA), Esmeralda Moscatelli (IFLA), Don Means (Gigabit Libraries Network). Not shown: Peter Micek (Access Now), Leandro Navarro (Pangea), Roger Baig (

The second event was held at the American Library in Paris, where participants discussed some good examples of public access and future possibilities. participants at this event included Libraries Without Borders, Internet Society, Dynamic Coalition of Public Access, Partnership for Public Access, Community Connectivity Coalition, and Laurence Engel, the President of the National Library of France.  The Theme of the event was how Public Access Centers/Libraries, Community Networks, and Offline Internet all combine to provide a solution to reach the billions of people not yet connected. A representative of The National Parliamentary Library of Georgia presented the project "Equilibrium" as well as new digital library and other new works, which already made public access available for 150 village libraries across whole Georgia.


with Stephen Wyber, Manager Policy & Advocacy, IFLA

The American Library in Paris was established in 1920 under the auspices of the American Library Association with a core collection of books and periodicals donated by American libraries to United States armed forces personnel serving their allies in World War I. "After the Darkness of War, The Light of Books" is the motto of the library till today. The Library has grown since then into the largest English-language lending library on the European continent. It operates as a non-profit cultural association in France incorporated under the laws of Delaware.Among interesting archives of famous artists and writers, Ernst Hemingway's and Marlene Dietrich's personal books are part of the rich collection.  According to Audrey Chapuis, the director of the American Library in Paris, the library has cardholders in 60 countries today. 

The International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA) is the leading international body representing the interests of library and information services and their users. It is the global voice of the library and information profession. Founded in 1927 in Edinburgh, Scotland at an international conference, the organization celebrated its 90th birthday in 2017 and has more than 1,400 Members in over 140 countries around the world.


Maia Simonishvili and Esmeralda Moscatelli, IFLA policy manager at the UNESCO conference 

The IGF inter-sessional work focused on the Policy Options for Connecting and Enabling the Next Billion(s) is a community-driven process started during the IGF 2015 preparatory cycle.  The objective for the CENB IV is to collect concrete stories showcasing how connecting the next billion(s) helps achieve broader Sustainable Development Goals such as:
- SDG 7: Ensure access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy for all
- SDG 8: Decent Work and Economic Growth
- SDG 9: Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure (particular linkage with Internet access)
- SDG 17: Partnerships for the Goals 

More information and article about the development of the Internet Government Forum, IFlA and Partner organizations will be published in the magazine of the National Parliamentary Library of Georgia "Georgian Libraries".

An article by the IFLA policy manager, Esmeralda Moscatelli is available in the link

For additional information ask at the Marjory and Oliver Wardrops Anglo-American Reading Hall


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