Information Technology Section

Division: Library Services

The Information Technology (IT) Section promotes and advances the application of information technologies to library and information services in all societies, through activities related to best practices and standards, education and training, research, and the marketplace. Created by IFLA in 1963 at the beginning of the commercial computer era, the IFLA Section on Information Technology (IT) has led the Federation through changes in computer and communications technology by introducing, describing, teaching, and predicting its use for information delivery.  For more historical information, see “40 Years of Technology in Libraries: A Brief History of the IFLA Section on Information Technology, 1963/64–2003.” 

Today, the IT Section is one of the largest in IFLA, and the scope covers IT for the creation, organization, storage, maintenance, access, retrieval, and transfer of information and documents for all types of libraries and information centers; IT for the operation of libraries and information centers; and, related management and policy issues.  Of primary importance are applications of IT for supporting access to and delivery of information.

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This Section is sponsoring: Big Data Special Interest Group .

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Last update: 10 March 2020

Latest News

IFLA IT section 2020 events update

Because of global health situation, IT Section events related to IFLA WLIC 2020 had to be either postponed or changed.

26 June 2020

CFP IFLA WLIC2020 Open Session, "Better Together: Collaborative Solutions to the Challenges of Data and Libraries"

This is a call for participants for papers for the IFLA Big Data Special Interest Group’s open session to be held in Dublin, Ireland at the IFLA WLIC August 15-21.

25 February 2020

WLIC joint session with Knowledge Management Section

This is a call for participants for a joint session at the WLIC 2020 about the Library of the Future – is Open Source really the future, but will it only cost more than we think or are there other risks too?

14 February 2020