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Digital and Youth, in the heart of 80th IFLA Congress

2014, The International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions met in Lyon

Capture d’écran 2014-12-03 à 09.07.48Founded in Scotland, in 1927, the International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA) is the leading international body representing the interests of library and information services and their users. It is the global voice of the library and information profession. It now has over 1500 Members in approximately 150 countries around the world and have many thinking, networking and lobbying activities. The subject of 2014 meeting was “Libraries, Citizens, Societies : confluence for Knowledge ».

Whereas in many cities, urban densification leads to age discrimination, library could represent a spatial capital for youth. But it requires a common language and a welcoming space. In terms of design, researches noticed that young people spontaneously prefer comfortable equipment, close to the ground that let them experiment postures variety.

Jeunes et bibliothèques

Concerning digital field, algorithms were discussed. To promote cultural diversity on the web, librarians could develop production-centered algorithms, because user-centered algorithms tend to favour best sellers creation. The experience of connected learning models were also discussed. This approach links young people to their interests, to inspiring peers and mentors, and to online tools so that they can build on new skills.

IFLA 2014Götebord public library, in Sweden shared its experience about Public libraries in multicultural suburbs : successful methods of offering free services like basic computing courses, languages cafés and homework assistance. The library could be a democratic arena when it offers access to knowledge and participation in social progress for all.