Michael Huang, Coordinator of the Office of Global Library Initiatives and Health Sciences Librarian, attended the World Library and Information Congress: 81st IFLA General Conference and Assembly in Cape Town, South Africa from August 15 through August 21, 2015. The Congress theme was “Dynamic Libraries: Access, Development and Transformation,” and about 3,100 library professionals from all over the world attended the Congress.
In March this year, Michael was appointed as a Standing Committee member on the IFLA’s Health and Biosciences Libraries Section for the term 2015-2019. 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. During the Congress, Michael actively participated in the business meeting of the Health and Biosciences Libraries Section, its open session titled “Career-long learning for the health information professionals: educating, training and retooling for the changing health environment,” and its joint session with the School Libraries Section titled “Well-being: school libraries and health libraries working for access, development and transformation.” He also assisted with staffing the ALA stand and had discussions about international exchange and cooperation with Sari Feldman, ALA President, and Michael Dowling, Director of the ALA’s International Relations Office. In addition, he met and had conversations with Courtney Young, ALA Immediate Past President; Shali Zhang, Dean of Libraries, University of Montana; Xuemao Wang, Dean and University Librarian, University of Cincinnati; and Clara Chu, Director of Mortenson Center for International Library Programs, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.