IFLA WLIC 2017 Wroclaw



Congress Programme                                                                 Off-site 4
21.08.2017   10:00-18:00

Session 101: New Insights at the Intersection of Genealogy and Other Professional Communities – Including Librarians, Archivists, Historians, Demographers, Linguists, Anthropologists  and Geneticists – The Genealogy and Local History Section jointly with the Asia and Oceania and the Information Technology Sections. 

The session is sponsored by the Lower Silesian Public Library, Wroclaw (conference facilities) and Olesnica town (volunteers).
Kate Cordes (New York Public Library, United States)

Lower Silesian Public Library (the full name in Polish: Dolnośląska Biblioteka Publiczna im. Tadeusz Mikulskiego, Wrocław, ul Rynek 58 – the Old City).
Capacity is limited to 60 participants.

The session is open for all (no conference fee), but due to space limits, we would like you to register here: https://iflawdbp2017.konfeo.com/en/groups.
Registration is closed now.

All details of the events of the day can be found here:
https://genlocblog.wordpress.com/ifla-wlic-2017-wroclaw/, and on the Library’s website:

For additional information, please contact: Bozena Rasmussen (bozennara@gmail.com).

The morning session will include presentations and group discussions exploring a range of projects and collaborative work centered on the creation, use, and interpretation of historical collections.
In the afternoon, we welcome lecturer Daniel Horowitz who will present the opportunities afforded by new techniques in DNA matching, followed by an overview of the resources available via the genealogy database MyHeritage.
The event closes with the Special Session dedicated to the 500th anniversary of Belarusian book-printing.

PART I – GENEALOGY AND LOCAL HISTORY SESSION                                                        

10:00-10:30  Registration. Coffee/tea.
10:30-10:35  Welcome by Andrzej Tyws, Director of the Lower Silesian Public Library.
10:35-11:25  Presentations:

  1. Volunteer and Tech Power Bringing New Ideas to Life at the University Library, Belgrade
    Milena Kostić, University Library “Svetozar Markovic”, Serbia
    Vesna Vuksan, University Library “Svetozar Markovic”, Serbia
  2. The Application of oral history methodology in developing the Selangor State Collection: The experience of the Raja Tun Uda Library, Shah Alam
    Mastura Muhamad, Selangor Public Library Corporation, Malaysia
    Norelmin Sapuan, Selangor Public Library Corporation, Malaysia
    Hikmah Hassan, Selangor Public Library Corporation, Malaysia
    Mohamad Fadzli Mohd Fauzi, Selangor Public Library Corporation, Malaysia
    Juliana Es Mohd Munawir, Selangor Public Library Corporation, Malaysia
  3. Our Ancestors and the History of Tattooing: How Documentary Sources and Oral History Help to Fill In the Gaps
    Milena Dobreva-McPherson, Library, Information and Archive Science Department,
    Faculty of Media and Knowledge Sciences, University of Malta, Malta
    Video presentation

  4.  Local History and Community Ties: Insights into Library Co-operation and Solidarity with Nyong Essien Special Collections in/of University of Uyo Library, Nigeria
    Kathryn Philip Social Science Librarian, UNIUYO, Nigeria
    Emmanuel Okon, Librarian, Maritime Academy of Nigeria, Nigeria
  5. Library projects and Basic Law: The experience of Lam Tin Methodist Primary School Library
    Helen Chan, Library, Lam Tin Methodist Primary School, Lam Tin, Hong Kong

11:25-12:15 Small table discusions (“world café”). Coffee/tea available

12:15-13:15 LUNCH BREAK


13:15-13:20 Introduction to DNA session
Daniel Horowitz, MyHeritage:
TITLE: DNA Matching Technology: a New Frontier in Genealogy
DESCRIPTION: MyHeritage is an international company offering genealogical
services on the web. Since 2016 it has offered an easy-to-use DNA home testing
kit that can reveal valuable family history information and tell people more
about their origins. MyHeritage DNA provides two main features: The DNA
Matching Service includes a detailed ethnicity report that shows the
percentage of your DNA that comes from different populations around the
world, together with your family events.

14:05-14:35 Discussion

14:35-14:50 COFFEE BREAK

14:50-15:20 Daniel Horowitz, MyHeritage:
TITLEMyHeritage Library Edition
DESCRIPTION: In this lecture we present SuperSearch, a 
search engine for historical records, which contains over 7.5 billion global records. This engine is the most powerful genealogical discovery program available on the Internet. Advanced algorithms correct for spelling and phonetic variations, understand nicknames, handle synonyms, and deal with ethnic variations. Enter the surname you are researching, or a combination of a first + last name. Searches can be tailored to find exact spellings or multiple spelling variations; to retrieve common nicknames; to include synonyms; and to account for ethnic variations in many languages. This search engine is particularly useful for researching rare last names and uncommon combinations of first names and last names.
15:20-15:35  Questions
15:35-15:40  Rounding-off

15:40-16:00 BREAK

 PART III – BELARUS SPECIAL SESSION                       

500 years of printed books in Belarus

Program of the Special Session of the World Library and Information Congress in Wroclaw dedicated to the 500th anniversary of Belarusian book-printing

16:00-16:20   Opening
Roman Motulsky, National Library of Belarus, Belarus
Alexander Averyanov,  
Welcome speeches
Katarzyna Śląska, National Library of Poland, Poland
Alexander Visly, National Library of Russia, Russian Federation
Renaldas Gudauskas, Martynas Mažvydas National Library of Lithuania, Lithuania
Andris Vilks, National Library of Latvia, Latvia

16:20-16:50   Presentations

  1. Publications of Francysk Skaryna in state and private collections of Belarus and foreign countries
    Alexander Susha, National Library of Belarus, Belarus 
  2. Editions of Francysk Skaryna in the collection of the Russian State Library Dzhamilya Ramazanova, Scientific-Research Department of the Rare Books, the Russian State Library
  3. Francysk Skaryna as an artistic figure”
    Ada  Kolganova, Director of the Russian State Library of Arts, Russia

16:50-17:20   World cafe – Questions and discussions with the presenters
(who circulate) at smaller tables

17:20-17:40   Conclusions
Presentation of the international scientific and editorial project “The Book Heritage of Francysk Skaryna”.
The granting of the facsimile reproduction of “The Book Heritage of Francysk Skaryna” to  Polish libraries: Wroclaw University Library, National Library of Poland, Jagiellonian Library

For additional information, please see the dedicated websites:

Conference website (English):

Conference website (Polish):

For event in Vilnius (conference program, registration and practical information), please follow the link:

(English): http://konferencijos.lnb.lt/ifla-2017/en/programme/
(Lithuanian): http://konferencijos.lnb.lt/ifla-2017/

Presenters for Paper sessions, are kindly advised to read:

IFLA guidelines for paper authors and presenters


Genloc’s Production guidelines for Genloc authors and presenters https://genlocblog.wordpress.com/ifla-wlic-2017-wroclaw/production-guidelines/

Updated: Bozena Rasmussen, 19 August, 2017.

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