The International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA) attracted about 3,750 people from 120 countries to Singapore for its 79th World Library and Information Congress. Despite the heat and humidity, attendees enthusiastically embraced the conference theme of Future Libraries: Infinite Possibilities. The Suntec Singapore conference center is perched atop a shopping center -- in true Singaporean fashion -- so conference attendees were tempted to take a break from sessions and spend money. The opening session began with a very colorful LED dragon weaving through the crowd. Thought-provoking, if not particularly cheerful, was the message of plenary speaker Cherian George, a Singaporean journalist, who noted that public knowledge is being manipulated. He called these the "unknown knowns," saying that even when reliable information is available, it is too often avoided.
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