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This update report has been commissioned by IFLA to deepen insights and provide examples of the impact of globalisation as well as technological and societal trends on the library field. The papers are based on the presentations of four speakers who gave inspiring addresses during the IFLA President’s Meeting that took place in Athens in April 2017.

The meeting was focused on the idea of a strong and united library field providing a joint response to the challenges from ever-increasing globalisation. The meeting also kicked off IFLA’s next major initiative, the Global Vision discussion.

This has already engaged librarians and library friends from more than 213 countries in the development of a global vision for the future of libraries to ensure that all people have the opportunity to be part of a literate, informed and participatory society

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