The library profession has existed since ancient times and has undergone many changes. These shifts have been impacted by political, religious, educational, intellectual and cultural history spanning countries and peoples. Throughout its evolution, the profession has found itself both in parallel and at odds with dominant cultural and political forces.
The aim of the conference is to provide a comparative history of librarianship. It will seek to highlight not only the history of practices and motivations driving the profession but to also reflect theoretically on the divergent views among librarians in their role of gatekeepers to knowledge on the one hand and serving specific audiences to facilitate access on the other.
The conference will focus on the following topics:
The development of library education
The actions and activities of groups and organizations
Organizational and institutional development
Discord and continuities that reflect difference between the expectations of librarians and their public
The role of IFLA and national and international associations
Internationalization of librarianship
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