The International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA) has selected Columbus, Ohio, USA, as the site for its 2016 World Library and Information Congress.
The international flagship professional and trade event for the library and information services sector will be held August 11-18, 2016 at the Greater Columbus Convention Center. More than 4,000 attendees from 120 countries are expected to attend.
"We're delighted that Columbus has been selected to host the 2016 IFLA World Library and Information Congress," said Skip Prichard, OCLC President and CEO. "OCLC and IFLA have a long history of collaboration and partnership in support of innovation in libraries and librarianship. We're grateful to the IFLA selection committee for choosing Columbus. We look forward to welcoming library leaders from around the world to our city and our campus. We know that Columbus will offer an unforgettable experience."
Headquartered in The Hague, Netherlands, 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.
The IFLA World Library and Information Congress is held annually in different cities around the globe. The Congress will be held in Lyon, France, in 2014 and in Cape Town, South Africa, in 2015, before meeting in Columbus in 2016.
Columbus is the 15th largest city in the United States and the largest in Ohio. Home to more than 30 colleges and universities, the city recently was included in the Intelligent Communities Forum's Top 7 Cities in the world. OCLC began its operations in and around Columbus before establishing its headquarters in Dublin, just outside Columbus.