The World Library and Information Congress and the 73rd International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions General Conference and Council kicked off this year's event under the banner of Libraries for the Future: Progress, Development and Partnerships August 19 to August 23 in another exotic locale: Durban, South Africa. South African author and storyteller Gcina Mhlophe, also known as the "Mother of Books" or "Weaver of Dreams," moderated the opening ceremonies at the World Library and Information Congress. Patrick Danowski, a young librarian from the State Library of Berlin, spoke in the National Libraries session. His presentation addressed Web 2.0 principles in libraries (i.e., being interactive and allowing user contributions and feedback). Janice Lachance, CEO of the Special Libraries Association, focused on the role of individual involvement in global political advocacy. There are a number of factors that need to be considered, especially timing. Understanding how decision-making organizations operate is also critical.
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