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IFLA In Review

The 67th annual conference of the International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA), held in August at Boston's Hynes Convention Center, drew a record-setting 5,330 attendees from more than 150 countries-an increase of more than 25%, according to conference organizers, over IFLA's prior attendance record.

The theme of the conference was "Libraries and Librarians—Making a Difference in the Knowledge Age." While formal activities were centered in downtown Boston, Harvard's libraries hosted hundreds of IFLA registrants on more than 20 individual library tours. Related meetings and events took place in a variety of locations—including Harvard Business School, Harvard Design School, and the Graduate School of Education. At an IFLA reception in Memorial Hall, Sidney Verba, the Carl H. Pforzheimer University Professor and Director of the University Library, and Nancy Cline, the Roy E. Larsen Librarian of Harvard College, greeted nearly 1,000 IFLA guests on behalf of Harvard University.

The photograph above shows an August 23 tour by Karen Bailey (second from right), rare book librarian in Baker Library, for members of the European Business School Librarians' Group. Here, the group examines État des forêts . . . de Metz, a 330-page French manuscript held in the Kress Collection at Baker. The tour followed a presentation by Thomas Michalak, Baker's executive director, entitled, "Providing Information Services in the Harvard Business School."

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