The ceremony began with awarding Claudia Lux, former President of IFLA, as an honorary fellow of IFLA. Her first IFLA conference was in 1987 and in 2010 she was blogging and on Twitter, making her point that IFLA has changed dramatically. She said she was able to achieve all that she did, “with a little help of my friends…with a lot of help of my friends.”
The next award was given to INIST, L’Institut de l’Information Scientifique et Technique for it’s significant contribution to IFLA as the worldwide host for the IFLA website from 2002 to 2009.
The next award was given to Elizabet Ramos de Carvalho for her significant contribution to IFLA as the regional manager and in promoting the Latin American and Caribbean region. She says she shares the metal with her friends and colleagues from Latin America and the Caribbean.
IFLA also thanked the Swedish library association for hosting IFLA 2010 and in doing it so well with only one year’s notice.
Patrice Landry, chair of Professional Committee, gave the Newsletter of the Year award to Library Services for Multicultural Populations. He also awarded the best IFLA poster session for 2010 to African Water Information and Documentation System (African WIS) by Kabou Kamboukadio from Burkina Faso.
Then, a video from http://www.meetpuertorico.com on Puerto Rico was shown to illustrate what future conference attendees have in store for them. The Puerto Rico Natioinal Committee chair then formally invited people to attend the 77th IFLA Congress from August 13-18, 2011. “We share your dreams and your expectations…to join efforts to better serve all.” Treats were then passed out so we could get a taste for Puerto Rico.
This was followed by Ingrid Parent, IFLA President-elect, speaking in Swedish and then thanking the Swedish National Committee in English for their amazing work hosting the IFLA Conference this year. Additional thanks go out to the sponsors, the exhibitors, the communication team, the interpreters, the staff, and many many others including the delegates. The ceremony then showed a photo slideshow of the conference and a video about “the hero” with closing words from Agneta Olsson, the chair of the Swedish National Committee.
We spent the week in Gothenburg immersed in information, cultural activities, and Swedish hospitality. To the city of Gothenburg, to IFLA, to all those who volunteered, thank you for an amazing, unforgettable week! You have welcomed us, you have impressed us, you have inspired us.