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June 22, 2023 — In addition to this week's NewsBreaks article and the monthly NewsLink Spotlight, Information Today, Inc. (ITI) offers Weekly News Digests that feature recent product news and company announcements. Watch for additional coverage to appear in the next print issue of Information Today.

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IFLA Defends Its Decision to Hold Annual Congress in Dubai

IFLA president Barbara Lison and president-elect Vicki McDonald released a statement about the organization’s decision to hold the 2024 World Library and Information Congress (WLIC) in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, which has received some pushback on social media. It says, in part:

IFLA’s values and core principles are important, and IFLA seeks to demonstrate these values across our work and with our partners, members, and volunteers. In selecting Dubai for WLIC 2024, the Governing Board actively sought relevant information, and considered the potential impact on some groups, and the LGBTQIA+ community in particular. The Governing Board was equally aware that every time we hold a congress, regardless of our host, there are some countries or communities that are excluded. …

IFLA is a global organisation, but we have simply not been as geographically inclusive as we should be. … [W]hen we received a strong bid from Dubai, the Governing Board agreed that selecting Dubai was the right decision and is in line with our renewed global commitment.

For more information, read the rest of the statement.

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