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Gloria Pérez-Salmerón and libraries for democracy

Gloria Pérez-SalmerónHello,

Yesterday, 1th November 2015, Gloria Pérez-Salmerón, the new president of the International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA), visited our School to inaugurate the Master in Management and Direction of Libraries and Information Services.

Yesterday, 1th November 2015, Gloria Pérez-Salmerón, the new president of the International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA), visited our School to inaugurate the Master in Management and Direction of Libraries and Information Services. Gloria Pérez-Salmerón’s conference was entitled "IFLA: the value of a global voice" and, after to claim the IFLA’s leadership on the realm of libraries, she warned about the required change of the professional mentality to afford the future challenges in libraries: news attitudes and news perceptions.

In relation the public libraries, her opinion was that these are key resources to guarantee a democratic access to information yet. In fact, the main goal of the IFLA’s Agenda 2030 will be to preserve the public access to information and to protect fundamental freedoms.

Once again, Gloria Pérez-Salmerón showed us that the struggle for the democracy, the freedom and the equal opportunities to access to information is not a won battle, but a continuously fight where each professional has to participate according its possibilities.

Enjoy it!

Andreu Sulé

University of Barcelona

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