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LIBER Responds to the IFLA WLIC 2024 Controversy
LIBER (Association of European Research Libraries) made a statement in response to IFLA’s decision to hold its 2024 World Library and Information Congress (WLIC) in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. It reads, in part:
After the recent debate and discussion generated in response to the decision to host WLIC 2024 in Dubai, IFLA informed its members that it is holding an Advisory Referendum. The referendum will seek the views of IFLA’s voting Members to inform the Governing Board on this decision. As a voting member of IFLA, LIBER … participated in the referendum.
LIBER understands the complexity of IFLA’s decision to select Dubai as the local host for WLIC 2024 and thanks IFLA for sharing its considerations. … Nevertheless, LIBER has decided to vote against hosting the IFLA conference in Dubai. …
LIBER defends and supports values that are core to universities and, more broadly, Higher Education and research. LIBER considers these values—including academic sovereignty, Diversity, Equity and Inclusivity (DEI), solidarity, integrity, transparency, and user rights—to be public goods.
For more information, read the statement.
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